I reserve the right to make changes to this list since there are a handful of movie from 2009 that I have yet to see that could potentially make the list. The list won’t have the usual suspects that you will see on other decade’s end lists. My list represents movies I liked and meant something to me.
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On with the list….
10. The Hammer – Come on. I had to put this on my list. It’s Adam Carolla’s semi-autobiographical movie about a 40 year old carpenter/boxing instructor making a run at the Olympics.
9. Ghost World – An unknown Scarlett Johansson, a nerdy, grown up Thora Birch and an even more nerdy Steve Buscemi. What else do you need??
8. Idiocracy – Not as funny as it could have been, but very prophetic. It’s not going to take 500 years to get to the Idiocracy. It’s already here.
7. Stepbrothers – Maybe just about the funniest movie of 2000s. There may have been better comedies, but this one had the most yuck yucks.
6. District 9 – Yeah, I know. I just watched it. How can I rate it so high? Admittedly, I may wonder what I was thinking when I do my retrospective in 2015. But it really is an interesting movie.
5. Borat – My favorite of the Sacha Baron Cohen characters. Yeah, I lot of the bits are obviously contrived. And this could have been a funnier movie. But there’s a lot of good stuff here.
4. No Country for Old Men – I couldn’t put a Movie list together that did not contain a Coen Brothers movie. This was their best of this decade. But I’m not sure it’s as good of a movie as Fargo or Raising Arizona.
3. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King – I had to give The Lord of the Rings some love. It took me a while to get on board with The Rings, but once I finally gave in to the hype and watched them, I loved them. I still think the books are a colossal bore, though.
2. Sideways – Yeah, this is where the list starts to get a bit personal and maybe a bit weird. I can’t explain it, but this movie really connected with me. The first twenty minutes aren’t that strong. And it could be that if I watched it right now I might think differently. But for much of the oughts, this was my favorite movie.
1. Stranger Than Fiction – Will Ferrell’s best movie ever. Also Queen Latifah’s best movie ever. Another personal choice, thus I can’t explain why it on my list or why it’s so high.