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Best of the Decade: Expanding the Arena, Part III.

Photo of Eric Kohn By Eric Kohn | Eric Kohn December 31, 2009 at 9:51AM

Best of the Decade: Expanding the Arena, Part III.

This is the latest in a series of blog posts collecting best of the decade lists from “non-professional” film-lovers. Go here to read the previous entry.

In this installment: Ryan Hagen and Vera Ryzhik.

Ryan Hagen
Research assistant to Stephen Dubner and Freakonomics blogger

1) There Will Be Blood
2) The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
3) Encounters at the End of the World
4) The Life Aquatic
5) The Fog of War
6) A Single Man
7) Che
8) Atonement
9) Spirited Away
10) Brokeback Mountain

Honorable mention: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl"--the scene at the end where the Dutch East India Company corporate villain freezes at the helm as his huge ship gets blown to pieces around him, in the middle of a cataclysmic whirlpool, is the image I had in my head all through the autumn of 2008, when Wall Street crashed.

Dishonorable mention: "Little Miss Sunshine"--The scene where the family accidentally escapes in their busted van because the breaks have failed and the horn won't stop bleating because the wiring is shot defines the whole sub-genre of saccharine trifles exemplified by this despicable little film. It pretends to be an artistically aggressive movie, but refuses to take the responsibility. It's all a carefully choreographed accident. I don't understand why anyone took this misadventure any more seriously than they did "Garden State." Because it was cast so well?

Vera Ryzhik
Columbia M.A. film studies grad

Hable con Ella
City of God
Capturing the Friedmans
In the Mood for Love
The White Ribbon
Gosford Park
Far From Heaven

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