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February 18, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | February 18, 2009 |

You want to feel old, folks? Grab some loose skin and noodle on this: 2009 is the last year of the aughts. It’s been nearly ten years since Cast Away, since the original X-Men movie, since Mel Gibson was making bad romantic comedies (What Women Want), since the original Scary Movie actually made over $150 million, and since many of you have been on a date. A lot can happen in 10 years — look at Nic Cage’s career, for instance.

For Hollywood, it’s been a fairly awful decade. It’s been mostly safe, studio films, a couple of bad Star Wars prequels, an entire LOTR trilogy, and a few gems thrown in here and there. 1999 — a year that saw American Beauty, The Matrix, Three Kings, Magnolia, Office Space and Fight Club — was sort of the latest apex of filmmaking. As a whole, it’s been markedly downhill since. Hence, the rise of a site like Pajiba, which excels at hate-fucking studio pablum.

We’re going to try to something that’s probably beyond our pay grade, but we’re going to do it anyway. For the next few weeks, our weekly comment diversions are going to be devoted to The Aughts. Today, we’re going to start with a simple one: What was the best movie of the decade? After you all list your favorites, we’re going to factor in your votes with our own, and starting in March, we’re going to be counting down the 10 Best (and probably Worst) of the Aughts with a series of reviews. By December, we should have compiled a nice, comprehensive set of Bests and Worsts to help us put the decade behind and move on to the 21st century’s teen years.

So, think on it, folks. What was your favorite movie since 2000? Hell, if you’re feeling adventurous, go ahead and put together your own top five list. We’ll definitely give consideration to your votes when we put together the ultimate list.


An Afternoon Comment Diversion / Dustin Rowles

Comment Diversions | February 18, 2009 |

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