Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Best of the Decade: Romance & Horror (revised)

The decade is winding down. And people all over the internet are starting to count down (though slightly prematurely) their best of the decade lists. I am no different in catching that excitement and interest in reviewing the decade that soon will be no more in film. So, starting this month I hope to write a series of blogs (one per month) that counts down the best in film, first by genres, then my ultimate Top 10 of the Decade, leading to a list of the 100 Greatest Films of the Decade. Some may recall I started this list over 4 years ago, counting the Top 50 of the decade's 1st half.

So, with this first entry of the series, I thought I'd focus on two genres. In celebration of the release of Paper Heart and (500) Days of Summer, the latter in particular is getting exceptional buzz, I thought I'd count down the Top 10 Romances. And as a contrast to that, Top 10 Horror.

All right. So, romance movies. If there's ANY of these films you haven't seen, definitely make sure you do, because each of these do something different with the genre or are the best the typical Hollywood romance has to offer.

10. Knocked Up
9. Moulin Rouge
8. High Fidelity
7. Before Sunset
6. Love Actually
5. Waitress
4. Once
3. (500) Days of Summer
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
1. Brokeback Mountain

Honorable mention: Amelie, Atonement, The Notebook

And now for the Top 10 Horror movies of the Decade.  If there's a film listed here you haven't seen and you like horror definitely check it out. The thing about horror is it's usually a cheap-thrill, cliche-ridden genre. Well, these films are the ones that rose above these trappings and offer something better or simply do it all really well.

10. The Descent
9. The Orphanage
8. Drag Me to Hell
7. 28 Days Later
6. The Mist
5. Dawn of the Dead
4. The Ring
3. Shaun of the Dead
2. The Others
1. Let The Right One In

Honorable mention: Identity, Paranormal Activity, Slither, 1408, and Zombieland

So there you have it. Bear in mind that the order of these lists are somewhat loosely constructed. Check back in the future as I count down other genres such as documentaries and animated films. Please feel free to let me know what you think in the comments section below. Do you agree or disagree? What would you have included or left off?