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

Photo of Eric Kohn By Eric Kohn | Eric Kohn January 1, 2010 at 7:45AM

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

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: Nico Sacasa and Jared Weiss.

Nico Sacasa
Management associate, WSK Management LLC

1. In the Mood For Love
2. Old Boy
3. Amores Perros
4. The Royal Tenenbaums
5. L'Enfant
6. Spirited Away
7. Elephant
8. Kill Bill Vol 1.
9. Grizzly Man
10. The Dark Knight

Jared Weiss
Musician; blogger

This list is by no means the word of God, nor is it a list of "the best films." No, it is simply a list of my personal favorites that for some reason or another have made a lasting impact on me. The order is subject to mood. I've already changed it around a dozen times, so you're gonna have to live with this one. Here goes...

1.) There Will Be Blood (Name a better film actor than Daniel-Day Lewis. Go ahead. You tried right? And you can't.)

2.) Synecdoche, New York (Existential delight... and torture.)

3.) Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind (No words, just a tear. A long forgotten tear.)

4.) Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 (It's one movie to me and it's a masterpiece.)

5.) Lord Of the Rings: Return Of The King (Gotta give it up to this epic film that deserves all the awards it got. Beautiful.)

6.) The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (Who ze shit is Kingsley Zissou?)

7.) Master and Commander: The Far Side of The World (Best film ever about life at sea. If you can find me another that's comparable, please let me know.)

8.) The Dark Knight (All you haters out there, get over it.)

9.) No Country For Old Men (And then I woke up)

10.) Gladiator (Joaquin Phoenix MAKES this movie. Without someone that diabolically evil to play off of, Crowe would never have won the Oscar for Best Actor.)

Honorable Mention(s):

A Mighty Wind (Every person who has one second of screen time in this movie is hilarious)

I've also got to give props to:

A Prairie Home Companion (I've been listening to Garrison Keilor before I could form contractions and Altman does his little show justice; the master's last great work in a storied career)

Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries (Even though it's not a feature film, the BSG miniseries gets an honorable mention. At three hours it was shot like a feature film and it's just as compelling as any feature film made in the last decade. All you naysayers out there, watch the whole thing. If you aren't compelled to watch the rest of the four season show's 73 episodes, I will eat my hat. It will be made of california rolls, but I will eat it.)

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