Here it is, the ultimate list!
Supernaughts writers, guest writers, and friends of the site have gathered to rank their personal Top 10 movies from the years 2000-2015.
The only strict rules were to stick to the given time frame and 10 choices, though some bonus picks, runner-ups, and honourable mentions did sneak their way in. Some choices were expected, while others surprised me and will likely surprise you. At the end of the article you’ll find a small overview and analysis of the results.
Finally, due to the sheer length of the article, I’ve included an index so that you can jump quickly between the individual contributions.
UPDATED with a contribution by AsimovLives.
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With that out of the way, let’s kick things off with selections from our resident Grammar Nazi, Mr. Puck Propaganda.
10. Super Troopers (2001)
I suppose I’ll kick off my top 10 list with the most unlikely inclusion, Super Troopers aka the funniest, most quotable comedy of the past 15 years. No, wait, come back!! Don’t give up on my list so quickly! God damnit…all right meow, Super Troopers is far and away the best Broken Lizard film (Beerfest is the only other one I’d consider great), one which they’re still trying to top, meow resorting to a sequel due later this year. Meow apart from being hilarious, I also think the minimalist plot is pretty damn ingenious actually. All the guys are great in their roles and the addition of Brian Cox is a home run. Meow let’s hope they can do it again.
9. I Saw the Devil (2010)
A beautifully shot, unrelentingly bleak revenge thriller from South Korea that in my opinion is even better than the more well known and critically acclaimed Oldboy. I Saw the Devil is full of extreme violence, escalating into torture porn territory during the final act, but it never feels cheap or insulting due to the emphasis placed on the emotions of the lead characters. Lee Byung-hun (RED 2, Terminator Genisys) and Choi Min-sik (Oldboy, Lucy) are fantastic as the secret service agent and serial killer respectively, while the direction from Kim Jee-woon (A Tale of Two Sisters, The Last Stand) is superb.
8. Once (2007)
Best musical ever? Probably, though I’m not exactly the target audience for the vast majority of those. Once is far less extravagant than the typical Hollywood musical. It’s a low-budget, up close and personal folk pop/rock musical that’s carried by the power of its two leads, both musicians first, actors second. Glen Hansard of the indie rock group The Frames (one of my favourite bands) and Czech singer-songwriter Markéta Irglová are flawless as the two struggling musicians Guy and Girl. Their remarkable chemistry is likely due to having been friends for years prior to filming and then, coincidentally enough, this relationship went on to mirror that of the relationship between Guy and Girl. Once is a very touching film that avoids manipulative clichés by providing a genuine look at an all too brief but complex romance.
7. Ratatouille (2007)
My favourite Pixar film and among my top 5 animated films of all time. Food is awesome and I’ve always wanted to run my own restaurant (among many, many other dreams), so working that kind of imagery and subject matter into a great little underdog story is right up my alley. And what a voice cast; Ian Holm, James Remar, Janeane Garofalo, Brad Garrett, Will Arnett, Brian Dennehy, and of course Patton Oswalt in the lead role as Remy the rat. However, it’s the legendary Peter O’Toole who steals the show in a minor, but very important role as Anton Ego, the food critic. His monologue at the end of the film is perfection.
6. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
I almost left Mulholland Dr. off the list and the only explanation I have for that is sometimes I forget just how amazing this film is simply for the fact that it’s not among my top 3 Lynch films (Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me). So with that out of the way, yes, Mulholland Dr. is exceptional and deserves to be here. It’s a film that requires and rewards multiple viewings as you unravel the meaning behind seemingly unconnected and absurd pieces that only a master such as Lynch would dare deploy. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that Naomi Watts turns in the best acting performance by a female from 2000-2015, one that she didn’t even receive an Academy Award nomination for. Absolutely criminal.
5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Charlie Kaufman is a God damn genius and while the screenplays to Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. are arguably his best from a technical and creative standpoint, my favourite is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind due to its stronger emotional center and genuine, relatable characters. Sometimes a film just gets to you and for me this one did so big time. Mix in Jim Carrey’s best dramatic performance of his career, Kate Winslet at her finest, and the brilliantly imaginative direction of Michel Gondry and you’ve got an instant classic.
4. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Easily the best film of the past 10 years, easily Leonardo DiCaprio’s best performance of his career, and easily Martin Scorsese’s best film since Goodfellas. I fucking love every second of it. It’s one of those very rare 3 hour long movies that feels like it flies by in 90 brisk minutes. Absolutely hilarious, pushing me to tears at times I was laughing so hard. A lot of people complain about the excess, but that’s the entire point. It’s glorious excess on top of beautiful excess smothered in sweet, sweet excess. Either that works for you or it doesn’t, and I’ll admit this movie isn’t for everyone, but for me it’s a chocolate sundae smothered in whipped cream with a cherry on top.
3. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
I honestly think this is a perfect movie and I’m saying this as a huge fan of Stanley Kubrick (he’s tied with David Lynch as my favourite director). Story-wise I don’t think Kubrick would have changed a thing from what we got. Sure, it may have looked a little different visually, but that’s about it. As for Steven Spielberg, this is probably my favourite film of his, though I’m not a huge fan of his work anyway. Blasphemy? Pretty much everything I’m saying in regards to this film is blasphemy to most of you. Haley Joel Osment is so God damn good as David it’s terrifying. The much maligned ending is incredible and anyone who says differently just doesn’t get it.
2. American Psycho (2000)
The book is excellent, though not the best Bret Easton Ellis novel (that would be Glamorama or Lunar Park), and the movie is even better. Christian Bale absolutely kills as Patrick Bateman, turning in my favourite acting performance from 2000-2015. Brilliant. Also brilliant is the screenplay. It’s pure genius how it manages to incorporate some of the novel’s more difficult to film elements, such as Bateman’s critiques of 80s pop music. Hilarious, disturbing, and thought-provoking satire at its finest. The business card scene is one of the greatest of all-time. Murders and executions. I have to return some videotapes.
1. City of God (2002)
Not only my favourite film from 2000-2015, it’s also my favourite film ever. Period. Here’s what I said about it in a previous, yet-to-be republished on the Supernaughts article.
“City of God feels real to me on a level that has only been surpassed by maybe a few documentaries. The cast is comprised almost entirely of non-professional actors, many of whom lived in the neighbouring favelas, some within Cidade de Deus itself, and every performance feels spot on. The cinematography by César Charlone is beautifully dirty. The favelas are dusty, grimy places, but the colours shine through and a golden hue lends brightness to the proceedings. Both the direction from Fernando Meirelles and Daniel Rezende’s editing are brilliant. It’s briskly paced, expertly shot, and every jigsaw piece locks into the cohesive whole. Finally, Bráulio Mantovani’s screenplay is a work of art. It anchors itself on the photographic viewpoint of the narrator while simultaneously weaving its way through the moral and practical dilemmas of other major and minor characters.”
Adaptation.: Another gem from Charlie Kaufman and Nicolas Cage’s career best performance.
Let the Right One In/Let Me In: I honestly can’t decide which is better.
28 Days Later: My favourite “zombie” film. I enjoy the sequel as well.
Lilo & Stitch: Best Disney film since Beauty and the Beast.
Memento: Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece.
Unbreakable: M. Night Shyamalan’s masterpiece.
Hot Fuzz: My favourite of the Cornetto trilogy.
Boy A: Andrew Garfield will never, ever top his performance here.
The Constant Gardener: One of the most beautifully shot films I’ve ever seen.
A History of Violence: David Cronenberg’s best from 2000-2015 and among his top 5 overall.
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