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Sherry’s Ten Best Films of the Past Ten Years

Sherry Coben What a Daunting Task…  

So I’ll give you my criteria. It’s
simple really. If the movie’s playing on television as I flip past and can’t
stop watching even though I had no plans to do so, it’s making my list. Pretty
much. (Stricken with swine flu earlier this fall, I watched The Godfather Parts One and Two three times in a row. And a couple of the entries included below.)

A small caveat: This is a movie-lover's list, not a movie critic's list.  If you want to know pretty much everything about me, careful study of
this list should cover everything you need. Except: Gerard Depardieu and Johnny Depp
are mysteriously missing from this list, rendering the decade and my list disappointing
in the extreme. (Several of my top contenders turned out to have been released in late
1999 which seems hardly fair. Magnolia and Topsy Turvy, say for instance, missed the proverbial boat.) Here goes


10. Good Night and Good Luck (2005)

Good Night and Good Luck @ Movie Smackdown
Smart. About stuff that matters.

9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind @ Movie Smackdown
Romantic, evocative and thought-provoking. (Wait. Jim Carrey made my list. No Depardieu? No Depp? No justice. But that's how good this movie is.)

8. L'iceberg (2005)

Iceberg @ Movie Smackdown

Absolutely original and unforgettable.

7. Adaptation (2002)

Adaptation @ Movie Smackdown
Apparently, traditional narrative is lost on me.

6. Sideways (2004)

Sideways @ Movie Smackdown
Human and remarkably well observed.  Deserves a second look. And a third. (And if you watch it on DVD, listen to the Thomas Haden Church/Paul Giamatti commentary.)

5. Almost Famous (2000)

Almost Famous @ Movie Smackdown
The perfect coming of age film. (And the best film about music this decade.)

4. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Shaun of the Dead @ Movie Smackdown
Sweet and funny and gruesome. An exceedingly rare combo platter.

3. In The Loop (2009)

In the Loop @ Movie Smackdown
Incisive and hilarious.  Political satire that works like a charm.

2. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert
Ford (2007)

Assassination of Jesse James @ Movie Smackdown
Elegiac, a prose poem on celebrity. For my money, the best western in decades.

1. Amélie (2001)

Amelie @ Movie Smackdown
A perfectly gorgeous little truffle of a film. Inspired and inspiring.


Honorable Mentions:

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Lost In Translation

The Station Agent

The Class


State and Main 

Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Incredibles

Little Miss Sunshine

Where The Wild Things Are

Up In The Air

Love Actually

About Sherry Coben 77 Articles
A comedy writer who created the 1980s hit show Kate & Allie, Sherry Coben — tired of malingering in development hell — has enjoyed coaching a high school ComedySportz team in SoCal, making a no-budget, high-ambition webisode series, and biting the hand that feeds her.

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