My friend Peter posted a list of the movies he considered in contention for the best movies of the first decade of the 21st century, which inspired me to look at what I liked best this decade. The way I did this was to look at the movies that had dates between 2000 and 2009 that I rated 5 stars. Here's the list I came up with, and a one sentence synopsis of why I liked it.
8 mile It's rough and angry and introspective and real, like hip-hop should be.
Ali Will Smith plays the role of Ali so well, that it's easy to forget that he's there at all.
Big Fish A movie equivalent of Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like, in which you're beautifully reminded that the things you know to be true may not be and the things you know are impossible may not be either.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon A friend of mine, after seeing this movie, said "I don't need to see any more movies. This one is enough."
Flags of Our Fathers Most war movies are about overarching stories rather than the individuals who actually go out there and fight and die for us.
Hero As beautiful as Crouching Tiger (or more so) with a more interesting and moving story.
Hotel Rwanda Sometimes the heroes don't want to be the heroes.
Ice Age This would have probably made the list just for Scrat and his acorn.
Memento I love a story that screws with your mind in such a way that you can spend hours trying to figure it out.
O If you're going to update Shakespeare, you have to do it right.
Punch Drunk Love This movie was so good, it made Happy Gilmore a better movie for me.
The Royal Tenenbaums The strangest people you'll ever meet and come away feeling that they're somehow completely normal.
Shrek A near-perfect mix of humor for adults and kids.
Shrek 2 And they pulled it off twice?
Walk the Line Brilliant actors brilliantly portraying a brilliant life.