Films of the Decade – 4. The Lives of Others

Films of the Decade – 4. The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others is fiction intertwined with history. While the narrative is a personal story about two characters, Georg Dreyman and Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler, it’s impossible to imagine the film set in any other place or time. Yet there is a timeless quality to the film. The Lives of Others is a warning about the danger of allowing the government to have too much power.

Films of the Decade – 5. The Lord of the Rings

Films of the Decade – 5. The Lord of the Rings

No honest list of the best films of this decade would be complete without The Lord of the Rings. I don’t want to specify which of the three chapters is my personal favorite, because it is really one body of work. Upon the release of the first film, Peter Jackson became a household name and part of an elite club of filmmakers that are able to please mainstream audiences as well as critics. The name Peter Jackson can be grouped with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas as visionaries.

Films of the Decade – 8. Kill Bill Vol. 2

Films of the Decade – 8. Kill Bill Vol. 2

tarantino’s first “detour” was Kill Bill. Originally intended to be one film, Tarantino eventually decided to split Kill Bill into two separate movies. This could have easily come across as a cash grab; however, the decision has artistic merit. The two volumes of Kill Bill are extremely different. They have their own stylistic tones, as well as their own story arcs.

Films of the Decade – 9. Good Night and Good Luck

Films of the Decade – 9. Good Night and Good Luck

There is something special about Good Night, and Good Luck that separates it from other modern movies. It is presented in black and white, but I don’t think that is one of the film’s defining features. Black and white in this day and age suggests a commitment to vision. Filmmakers could almost always make more money with a color film; however, they occasionally choose not to take the easy path.

Films of the Decade – 10. Vicki Cristina Barcelona

Films of the Decade – 10. Vicki Cristina Barcelona

Every year Woody Allen releases another film. He is never really out of the public’s eye. Just like Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona broke from in Allen’s standard conventions. The themes in both films are reminiscent of Allen’s earlier work; however, they focus on a completely different type of character. Allen’s protagonists in both movies are not his typical, nebbish neurotics. Match Point focused on a skilled manipulator, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona focused on artists who view their lives as art as much as their canvases.

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