DZ has been demanding that I produce some kind of end-of-the-decade list for movies. I realized tonight that I had one more day left. So here it is.

First let me say again what a wonderful time the last several years has been for character driven documentaries, stories about people and their struggles and joys and failures, rather than ideas and issues. I posted a list of these a while back along with some thoughts about each. I still feel like these are some of my favorite movies of the decade.

Apart from those documentaries, here are my ten favorite movies of the decade (in no particular order):
You Can Count On Me
Far From Heaven
Brokeback Mountain
Pan’s Labyrinth
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Gosford Park
Lives of Others
Children of Men
In Bruges

Here are several which (unlike the 10 above) didn’t seem to make their way into anybody’s lists but mine. They are all smaller indie films and they are all wonderful:
Dirty Filthy Love
Shattered Glass
Adam’s Apples
Winter Solstice
Off The Map
Chuck and Buck
The Orphanage and The Devil’s Backbone (much like Pan’s Labyrinth)

Some runners-up to all of the above:
A History of Violence
O brother where art thou?
High Fidelity
The Squid and the Whale
Unbreakable and Signs
Knocked Up and Superbad
There Will Be Blood
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
No Country For Old Men

And again the documentaries I mentioned at the beginning:
Bigger, Stronger, Faster (2008)
Surfwise (2007)
My Kid Could Paint That (2007)
King of Kong (2007)
Deep Water (2006)
Murderball (2005)
Born Into Brothels (2004)
Capturing The Friedmans (2003)
My Architect (2003)

I haven’t included a lot of movies from 2009, partly because I agree with DZ that this hasn’t been a particularly good year for them (as opposed to 1999 which was a gold mine). Partly because there are still a number I haven’t seen. And partly because the one movie from this year that I am crazy about (THE ROAD) is a movie I only saw two days ago and I am too close to it.

Best wishes to you all and have a great new year at the movies.