Welcome to Top 10. This week, the Top 10 Show highlighted a topic suggested by one of their patrons that was one of the more original ideas that they have had in quite a while. The Top 10 Best of 00’s by Year. So the pair were to pick their favorite film from each year, 2000-2009, and then they ordered that list of films into a top ten list. Very fascinating and entertaining discussion as always from Matt and John.
So I went into the research and I actually found this easier than I thought it was going to be. And I like that some of these films have not fallen into other lists that I have done.
#10. (2000) Erin Brockovich. 2000 was the year that had the most possible choices for me, but nothing specific stood out for me. So I chose the best performance of Julia Roberts in a great story involving a woman who was a force of nature taking on a law suit that had no business of succeeding. This was not the type of movie I typically enjoyed, but for whatever reason, I really liked Erin Brockovich. This is a true story and Julia Roberts played the real life woman.
#9. (2005) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This is the first movie that really changed up the Harry Potter series. It was darker. There was a death of Cedric Diggory, played by Robert Pattinson. This was one of the moments that really changed the series of films. Lord Voldemort returns and becomes a real threat. He did not just fail or was defeated. He became a danger. And Harry Potter took off.
#8. (2006) Casino Royale. The return of James Bond from the terrible late films of Pierce Brosnan, Casino Royale took the character back to his roots. The original creation of James Bond was a much darker character than what he had become. Daniel Craig came from out of nowhere to return Bond to the forefront of his own series. Craig was fantastic in this reboot. It was also great to see Judi Dench continue as M. There were some brutal scenes here as well, tossing aside the campy Bond of old. Casino Royale made the character of James Bond exciting once again.
#7. (2003) Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. This is the great conclusion to one of the top trilogies of all time. The Lord of the Rings films were amazing, brought to life by Peter Jackson. The film paid off what had been set up in its previous two. There is a joke that the film had too many endings, but each one brought to an end something that needed to be handled. The confrontation at Mount Doom with Frodo and Gollum is just tremendous.
#6. (2009) Zombieland. This movie was a complete surprise. I was totally charmed by it immediately and loved everything about it. The way the rules of Zombieland kept showing up on screen, as Jesse Eisenberg narrated it, was comedic gold. There was great chemistry between Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson as Columbus and Tallahassee. Of course, it also features the greatest Bill Murray cameo of all time.
#5. (2002) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. This is my favorite film of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. There was just something about this movie that worked so well for me. I loved how they went from group to group without trouble. Every time I started wondering what was going on with Frodo and Sam, the film would switch to them. Then, in a perfect timing, the film flipped to another scene, such as Merry and Pippen with Treebeard (who I just loved). I was completely satisfied with this movie and was as engrossed in what was happening as I have been in any movie. The first film was solid, but not great, but Two Towers was what really made me love this series.
#4. (2001) Moulin Rogue. One of my all time favorite musicals. I loved Moulin Rogue so much. It is also not necessarily a type of film that I expect to like, but the story grabbed me, the music was amazing (with everything from The Police to Kiss to Elton John), and there were amazing performances from the entire cast. When Satine dies at the end, it is about as heartbreaking as any movie around. So much amazing color. There is great humor here too. It is truly a fantastic musical that embraces the bohemian revolution. Come What May.
#3. (2008) The Wrestler. This was one of the tougher choices as there were two major possible choices in 2008 (Iron Man & Dark Knight). However, I really loved the Wrestler and it brought a world to light of something that I love to watch. I am a lifelong WWE fan and it makes you think about what these men and women are willing to do to put their bodies on the line to entertain me, but also how difficult it is to live that kind of life. It shows how tough it is for these pro wrestlers to give up the crowd, the cheers, the fame. Randy “The Ram” Robinson can be seen in so many other old real life pro wrestlers that it really makes you think. Mickey Rourke gives the performance of his career and gets robbed of the Oscar. The Wrestler is a tough movie, but also sows how important life is.
#2. (2004) Spider-man 2. This was one of my favorite movies for a long time and it is still a film that I look back on so fondly. This was originally the best version of Spider-man ever (though Homecoming has since surpassed it). There is so much tremendous action and character development in this film as Spidey starts to have power problems. Doc Ock arrives in the movie, but he is quite different than the comics. Doctor Otto Octavius was one of Peter’s idols and he meets him and is enthralled. When Otto’s wife is killed in a freak accident, the same accident that causes the mechanical arms grafted to his body, drives the scientist crazy and he becomes a super villain. The train fight with Doc Ock and Spidey is still one of the best sequences in any comic book movie.
#1. Zodiac. I love this film. David Fincher’s classic story about the Zodiac Killer that plagued San Francisco in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s and about the people who were obsessed with trying to find out who this murderer is. Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal) was a real person who ended up writing a book about the Zodiac, but we see him as a cartoonist at the SF Chronicle. Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jr) is an amazing character of this reporter taking silly risks. And Inspector David Toschi (Mark Ruffalo) is great. Then, the scene with Graysmith and Bob Vaughn (Charles Fleischer) is one of the best scenes of all time. So intense. So frightening. So much anxiety. It was amazing. Then, John Carroll Lynch is brilliant as Arthur Leigh Allen, the man whom Graysmith believed to be Zodiac. This is such a frighteningly tense film. Love this one.
Some other possible choices: Remember the Titans, Gladiator, Batman Begins, Dark Knight, Iron Man, X2, District 9, Inglorious Basterds, Finding Nemo, Moon.