As you may have noticed, the blogosphere is all a-twitter with Best of the Decade lists. To our credit, we here at FSR have published two lists. The first was our 30 Best Films of the Decade, composed by the editorial staff here at FSR — a website that has existed for almost half of this decade. The second was the 3,186 Best Films of the Decade, composed by our own Dr. Cole Abaius. His (mostly failed) attempt at lampooning the concept of list-making, exposing it for the farce that it is.
Now that you’ve read our lists (you have read them, right?), it is time for me to direct you to some of the lists that have caught my eye over the past week or so, including various critics whose opinions I respect (and others whose opinions make me laugh). As well, the major movie review aggregators have also weighed in with picks from critics and fans. First, the critics.
Critics and Bloggers:
There is no more recognizable name in the world of film criticism than Ebert. And ever since he’s gone blogger and attacked Twitter with a vengeance, Mr. Ebert seems to be sharper than ever (with the exception of a few confusing reviews this year). And as someone who owns an anthology of Ebert reviews in book form, I can’t help but start here — with multiple lists from the man in Chicago:
- The Best films of 2009
- The Best documentaries of 2009
- The Best animated films of 2009
- The Best foreign films of 2009
Drew McWeeny and HitFix.com
If Harry Knowles is the godfather of the movie blogosphere, Drew McWeeny is the Robert Duvall character — the lawyer who knew all of the family secrets. He’s also a damn good writer who delivered a very balanced top ten list this year. It is a very personal list, and one that hits on the big marks. As well, the HitFix staff put together a rather fun Worst Oscar Winners of the Decade list. Yes, I’m still mad about The Golden Compass. And so are they.
The AV Club
My Twitter followers (@rejects) will note that I’ve been almost obsessed with The AV Club for a while now. So they’re an easy choice, as their writing speaks to me on a level that I can’t exactly explain. Their best of the decade list is a bit high-brow, speaking to a decidedly indie crowd, but it has some very unique selections. As well, they too deliver a great list of best bad movies of the decade.
The fine folks over at Cinematical worked their way through just about every genre and subgenre, delivering lists detailing the Best Family Films (Live-Action) to the Best Documentaries of the decade. I would urge you to check out the following, if you haven’t already:
- Best of the Decade: The Comic Book Flicks
- Best of the Decade: Science-Fiction
- Best of the Decade: Remakes (a rather interesting list, considering general sentiment toward remakes)
Shock Till You Drop
Our friends and network brethren over at Shock Till You Drop know horror. And while our Robert Fure gave you his 15 best horror flicks of the decade, they delivered a list of 25. Personally, it is very hard to argue with their list — especially their top 5.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
I’ve been reading the blurby reviews of EW’s Gleiberman for years. And while his taste rarely matches mine, I’ve enjoyed his writing and his unique perspective all the while. With his best of the decade list, he’s taken some fascinating choices. Bonus points are earned for the inclusion of Moulin Rouge and Casino Royale, two great films that have not shown up on many other lists.
We Are Movie Geeks
One of my favorite up-and-coming movie blogs, We Are Movie Geeks, delivered a thorough list of the top 100 films of the decade. It’s a pretty well-rounded list for the geek set, which also receives an A for effort. Putting together a top 100 must have been quite the task: