The list author says: "I'm currently re-watching all of the films that I've seen since 2000 (plus checking out all of the ones that I haven't seen) so that I can look at these films with a new and critical eye. Some movies have remained classics in my eyes, others aren't quite as good as I remember them being, and some I've actually liked a lot more this time around. These movies are prime examples of quality filmmaking, whether they are adult dramas, action movies or teenage comedies. The acting, direction, cinematography, writing and pacing are all top notch. Above all, though, they are, in my opinion at least, the most memorable films of the decade.
It is crucial for you, the reader, to understand the parameters that I take into consideration when evaluating a film, and these are: 1. what kind of film is it (what genre is it and is it trying to be intellectual/thought-provoking or not) and 2. the actual mechanics of the film (the writing, the acting, the cinematography, the pacing, etc). One cannot compare apples and oranges, only apples and apples. For example, if we're talking about the "intellectual value" of a movie then, yes, films like War of the Worlds, Napoleon Dynamite and Chicago don't really hold a candle to more intellectually demanding and thought-provoking movies like Cache, Talk To Her, Yi Yi, etc. Understanding this is vital to understanding why certain movies A. are on my list and B. received certain ratings. A film like Chicago and a film like Yi Yi may be completely different from one another, but if one takes into account their respective genres and intellectual aspirations they both easily deserve a 5.0/5.0.
P.S. The list order is alphabetical.
4.5 - Great (25 Total)
For mini reviews of each movie, go to the longer version of the list right here: http://www.imdb.com/list/TD9gEeJbjnk/"