Thursday, March 05, 2009

Jumping the Gun: The Top 15 Films of the Decade


Maybe I'm a wee bit early here. But, hey, when have I ever talked about film on this blog? I thought it could be a nice chance to work out the kinks I have while talking about film. Plus, what geek doesn't love making lists? I'm gonna do this slow-like, one film at a time. However, my rudimentary GRAPHICS should keep you enthralled in the absence of actual content, I am sure.

I absolutely cannot speak intelligently on the social significance of the films of this decade--certainly not with any kind of relevance in regards to all the previous decades. So, really, this is, without much pretense, a list of the films that I feel have been the most impressive (for one reason or another) and resonant to yours, truly. Pretty simple, really. I have obviously loved MORE than 15 films this decade, but I had to pick a number that I could manage. I am, after all, kind of a lazy bastard.

Enjoy!
P.S. I brought comments back. That means you, CULT ICON!



15. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

A weird choice, I know. But I recently saw this film for the first time…and then almost immediately watched it again. And, now, a third time. While I can understand how Wet Hot American Summer can ultimately be seen as a silly film to make this type of list, that really discounts what a wonderfully kinetic exercise in surrealism and parody that it is. Being such a specific satire of such a specifically asinine genre, it has the responsibility of not losing its head too far up its ass, and does so in the most irreverent and spastic ways. A lot of the jokes are actually hit or miss, given the collaborator’s sketch comedy origins, but there is something irrefutably sweet and comically perfect about the sentiment that remains in tact even while the most savage lampoons are taking place. This is a shockingly brilliant farce that takes into account its sparse cultural relevance as much as it does all of its 80’s pop signifiers.

28 comments:

Teresa said...

LOL. Awesome. Are you doing one post per entry or updating the same post? And how often?

Daniel said...

One post per entry. AND WHENEVER I FEEL LIKE IT.

hehe I'll try to get one up a day...but who knows?

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