So a lot of people were doing film lists of the past decade… Like Top 100 Films from 1999-2009. And the first thing that sprang to my mind was the fact that I loved more than 100 films in that ten year’s time so I decided to do a list that required more thought. People who know me know that I do not have a favorite movie or actor; this have nothing to do with talent, I just try not to limit myself. So I thought the perfect list of films for the last decade as it comes to me would have to be this:
Top Movie Going Experiences for 1999-2009 [in no particular order]
- The Matrix (1999) – I remember being twelve and sitting in a crowded movie theater with my older brother and father and having absolutely no idea what I was witnessing. Seriously that first sequence with Trinity hanging in midair blew away the restrictions of my tiny adolescent mind and opened it to so many other things [soon after I saw this movie was the first time I ever saw Pulp Fiction].
- Star Trek (2009) – I am a huge comic book and scifi fan and I went to the midnight showing of this beauty with my older brother. Every time a faint clue or easter egg was given to the original series, like Kirk’s passing the Kobayashi Maru, made me and everyone else in the theater giggle with childlike intensity. JJ Abrams really knows how to make an idea pop off the screen.
- Cloverfield (2008) – I remember being excited for this movie back when the incredibly cryptic trailer was shown for it before Transformers the pervious summer. Back then it was only 1-18-08, but by the time January rolled around and I finally got to see the movie I was even more impressed than I was by the trailer. The sights and sounds combined with the Blair-witch style camera work got my heart racing and didn’t let up until the credits.
- Inglourious Basterds (2009) – Pulp Fiction was the first real R-rated movie I saw at the age of reason, and after that I have been hooked to Quentin Tarantino and all of his movies, even his portion of Grindhouse. When I heard that Quentin wanted to do a spaghetti western set in WWII instead of the wild west I was all for it, each genre he has used he’s treated with the utmost respect and the Basterds is no different. I remember my heart racing during the opening sequence; it was the most intense conversation I have ever seen in film. And by the final scene of the movie I was ready to applaud the screen. When Aldo the Apache say “I think this might me my masterpiece,” at the end of the movie I exclaimed as loud as I could in the theater ‘Damn right you did, Quentin!’
- Serenity (2005) – I loved Firefly when it was on TV, even if FOX doomed it from the start by not showing the episodes in order. The idea of a space cowboys and Indians series was such an awesome idea to me. I remember the show being cancelled and being so frustrated and blasting forums praying for a movie. My prayers were answered with Serenity. I remember going to see it with a few of my most nerdcore friends and we were giddy from the start. And that scene at the end where ***** is killed, I literally screamed and threw my popcorn bucket to the ground. I loved the movie so much, and I thank you Whedon for the wild ride.