Best-of-the-aughts: making the final stand

With this being the last post in the best-of-the-aughts series, and the 10th and final post required for class, I decided to go all out on this one by including three years’ worth of movies. It was tough trying to whittle down the prospective films from the years 2000-2002, but I somehow managed to (although I cheated by including three more movies than I usually do).

As always, the list is in alphabetical order.

2002

1. Catch Me If You Can
The first of many Spielberg films on today’s list. Leo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks and Christopher Walken are in top-notch form in this true story of a con artist.

2. City of God
This brutally honest, and strikingly gritty look at life in the favelas is shocking.

3. Gangs of New York
Is it possible for Daniel Day-Lewis not to steal a movie from his fellow actors, even if they are as talented as these are?

4. Minority Report
I absolutely love the premise of this film. Cops working to stop crimes before they are committed.

5. The Ring
I had nightmares about this movie for months after I saw it as a kid. Still the scariest movie I have ever seen (along with The Shining).

6. Road to Perdition
I don’t often talk about cinematography on these lists (which is a shame), but I feel the need to comment on the gorgeous camera work in this film.

7. 28 Days Later
This inventive film (fast zombies!!) changed the game of zombie movie-making completely.

2001

1. Artificial Intelligence
The third Spielberg film on the list is the most heart-breaking of the three.

2. Black Hawk Down
The best war film since Saving Private Ryan. 

3. Ocean’s Eleven
The best heist film of the decade is oozing with coolness.

4. The Others
Just watch until the very end.

5. Moulin Rouge!
Extremely creative and visually eye-popping, this is one of my favorite musicals.

6. The Royal Tenenbaums
Somehow the first appearance of Wes Anderson in all of my lists. This film is the epitome of his quirky greatness.

7. Zoolander
The gasoline fight, blue steel, David Bowie, there are too many genius moments to count.

2000

1. Almost Famous
The best work of almost everyone involved.

2. Gladiator
Maximus Decimus Meridius. Also, this.

3. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
This re-telling of The Odyssey showed the Coen Brothers at their comedic best.

4. Memento
Christopher Nolan burst onto the scene with this film that destroys conventional narrative techniques.

5. Remember the Titans
I will always watch this if it is on TV. I’m a sucker for high school sports teams overcoming their numerous obstacles.

6. Requiem for a Dream
This unnervingly great film about addiction happened to have one of the most memorable scores from any movie of the decade.

7. Snatch
Guy Ritchie doing what he does best. Multiple story lines, colorful characters, violent showdowns and biting dialogue are abundant.

2001 and 2002

1. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring/The Two Towers

I felt that separating or excluding these movies would be unforgivable, plus combining them helped give me the same amount of films for each year. About the movies themselves, the Lord of the Rings trilogy was the most epic project of the entire decade, and possibly ever. Peter Jackson pulled it off wonderfully.

The 2000s were quite a decade for film, with the explosion of interest in both blockbusters and independent movies. If you feel like I have left out any movies from these years, or any of the previous years in the series, let me know in the comments section. Although this is the 10th and final post that is due for class, I have a feeling that this will not be the last post I have make on here.

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Best-of-the-aughts: exploring 2004 and 2003

Another week, another double dose of years in the best-of-the-aughts series. This week will feature a breakdown of the best films from the years 2004 and 2003. There isn’t much need for an introduction this week, so I will jump right into the list.

As always, the list is in alphabetical order.

2004

1. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy
Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy and the rest of his news team were the most quotable characters in any film from the decade..

2. Collateral
Seeing Tom Cruise in a villainous role was fascinating, as was Jamie Foxx’s performance.

3. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
I will fight anyone who speaks ill of this film.

4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
My favorite actress (the always magnificent Kate Winslet) in her signature role. Yes, that is including Titanic.

5. Friday Night Lights
The most realistic portrayal of the culture of high school sports from the decade.

6. Kill Bill: Vol. 2
The more talkative half of the two-part film proved great dialogue could be just as thrilling as action scenes.

7. Mean Girls
This film further proved the genius of Tina Fey. Arguably just as quotable as Anchorman. 

8. Million Dollar Baby
The high point of Clint Eastwood’s consistently great decade (more on that in a little bit).

9. Shaun of the Dead
The first ever zom-rom-com is easily the best horror-comedy of the decade.

10. Spider-man 2
Iron Man and company gave it a great run in this summer’s The Avengers, but I still think Spidey holds the title for best Marvel movie thanks to this exhilarating film.

2003

1. Big Fish
Tim Burton’s fantasy story about a father and his son is heartbreaking.

2. Elf
Buddy the Elf is classic.

3. Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Never upset Beatrix Kiddo. This bloody homage to samurai films of the past turns the gore, and creativity, up to full blast.

4. The Last Samurai
Speaking of samurais. Although this is a much different type of samurai film, it is just as enjoyable.

5. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The culminating film in the most detailed cinematic universe ever created. Peter Jackson won all the Oscars for this movie.

6. Lost in Translation
What did she whisper in his ear at the end? The film is so good that it doesn’t even matter.

7. Mystic River
The film that kicked off Clint Eastwood’s unprecedented creative streak to finish out the decade.

8. Oldboy
It will be best if I say nothing about this film other than the fact that it was my favorite movie from 2003. Just go watch it. I won’t ruin the surprises.

9. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Single-handedly revitalized the pirate genre and gave us the movie character most synonymous with the aughts: Captain Jack Sparrow.

10. X2: X-Men United
Easily the best of the original X-Men trilogy. The addition of Nightcrawler and the continued excellence of Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart set this one apart from the first in the series.

Unfortunately I could not fit in all of the films I enjoyed from these two years, so I would like to give a shout out to the following for being awesome: Brad Pitt in Troy, the fight scenes in The Matrix Reloaded, the remake of Dawn of the Dead, “vote for Pedro” t-shirts and Gary Oldman’s take on Sirius Black. If you have any additions or subtractions that you think the list needs, feel free to comment below!

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Best-of-the-aughts: discussing 2006 and 2005

After using last week’s post as a tribute to the wonderful year that was 2007, I will be doubling up on my subjects this week. I will be paying homage to the years of 2006 and 2005 for this installment in the best-of-the-aughts series.

2006

1. Borat
Sacha Baron Cohen swung for the fences with this witty send-up of American culture.

2. Casino Royale
The opening chase scene is one of the best action sequences of all time.

3. Children of Men
Alfonso Cuaron’s eerily realistic post-apocalyptic film was arguably the best science fiction film of the decade.

4. The Departed
Martin Scorsese. That cast. The music. The opening. The ending. This movie is awesome.

5. Inside Man
Spike Lee has been on a creative drought as of lately, but this heist film was filled with thrills.

6. Letters From Iwo Jima
Clint Eastwood made one good film after another during the decade, and this one belongs right up there with the rest.

7. Little Miss Sunshine
How can you not love this adorable movie?

8. Pan’s Labyrinth
This fantastical journey of a film is visually and emotionally striking.

9. The Prestige
Are you watching closely?

10. Talladega Nights
Ricky Bobby is America.

2005

1. Batman Begins
Our first taste of how a superhero movie could feel like it actually took place in the real world.

2. Brick
If you ever get the chance to see this under-appreciated throw back to classic film noirs, do it.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt proved he was a star in the making.

3. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Don’t let the title fool you; this is actually a sweet (and hilarious) take on adulthood.

4. A History of Violence
There are quite a few surprises in this tale of violence and owning up to your past.

5. Kingdom of Heaven
Ridley Scott’s Crusades-set epic needs to be seen in its true version, the director’s cut.
6. King Kong
The umpteenth take on the story of King Kong was the best of the bunch.

7.  Munich
The definition of tense. You will be clenching your fists in anticipation from beginning to end.

8. Sin City
Basically a comic book put to screen, this film is an exhilarating crime thriller.

9. Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith
I know there were tons of problems with the prequel trilogy, but Episode III ranks with the first two installments. Hearing Obi-Wan yell out to a mutilated Anakin, “You were the chosen one,” sends chills down my spine.

10. War of the Worlds
A Spielberg double-take after the inclusion of Munich. One of the few remakes that worked.

Although I believe 2006 was a superior year, both of these years provided for some great movie-watching experiences. With proven veterans (Spielberg, Eastwood) and up-and-comers (Rian Johnson, Judd Apatow) both making their presence felt. If you felt I left anything out or included anything undeserving, let me know in the comments section.

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Best-of-the-aughts: a tribute to 2007

2007 stood out more so than any other year for films in the 2000s. I would rank it up there with 1999, which is referred to by movie experts as the “year that changed film.” There were so many good choices across a variety of genres. Even the Oscars stepped it up that year, harking back to the ’70s when they weren’t afraid to give awards to daring films. It only felt right to give 2007 its own post in this series.

The list is in alphabetical order.

1. American Gangster
Ridley Scott finally makes a gangster movie, with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe in the lead to boot.

2. The Bourne Ultimatum
The perfect ending to the trilogy that changed action movies for the better.

3. Eastern Promises
Viggo Mortensen is top-notch as a Russian hitman in this surprising crime drama.

4. Gone Baby Gone
Ben Affleck’s directorial debut. He more than proved himself with this complex kidnap thriller.

5. Grindhouse
I am so distraught every time I remember that I missed out on seeing this two-part ode to grindhouse cinema in theaters. The fake trailers in between Death Proof and Planet Terror would have been worth the price of admission alone.

6. Hot Fuzz
Genre-skewering at its absolute best. All action movies should take a lesson from Edgar Wright and company.

7. Into the Wild
Sean Penn proved he had legit directing chops and Emile Hirsch proved he was a true leading man.

8. Juno
Ellen Page spits out the biting dialogue like she was born to play the title character.

9.  Knocked Up
This movie is just so real. The Apatow gang are obviously familiar with each other, and it really shows on screen. You really believe that these guys are best friends. I know it’s technically more about the relationship with the two leads, but I really appreciate that aspect.

10. Michael Clayton
Another smooth-as-jazz turn from George Clooney. Tom Wilkinson and Tilda Swinton are wonderful as well.

11. No Country for Old Men
This neo-noir crime Western game of cat-and-mouse is the Coen Brothers magnum opus. Anton Chigurh, played by the menacing Javier Bardem, is arguably the most terrifying villain of the last 15 years.

12. Superbad
There are so many great quotes in this movie, but it is also a surprisingly sweet take on best-friendship and high school in general.

13. 3:10 to Yuma
This exhilarating Western starring Christian Bale and Russell Crowe was unfairly slept on in this packed year.

14. There Will Be Blood
Daniel Day-Lewis shows everyone else in the business how acting is supposed to be done in this film.

15. Zodiac
Criminally snubbed by the Oscars and movie-goers alike, David Fincher’s ode to ’70s political thrillers and serial killer movies was brilliant.

There were so many movies that I was not able to include in this post, whether it be because there was not enough room or I simply have not seen the movie. I would just like to give a shout-out to the first 20 minutes of I Am Legend, musicals, Gerard Butler’s abs, Dewey Cox, whoever created the robots in Transformers, and anything else great from 2007 films that I was forced to leave out. If you have any additions, complaints, or just general thoughts, comment at the bottom of the post.

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Best-of-the-aughts: ranking 2009 and 2008

After agonizing over my choices for the 2000’s entry in my bestofthedecades series, I finally decided that there was no feasible way for me to narrow the decade down to one short list. I came to the conclusion that it would be best if I broke down the aughts (2000-2009) into two-year increments that featured 10 films per year, starting with the most recent years: 2009 and 2008.

As usual, the list is in alphabetical order.

2008
1. Burn After Reading
Only the Coen Brothers could get Brad Pitt, George Clooney and company to act this hilariously silly.

2. Cloverfield
I will defend this movie’s status as a classic until I die. It had an extremely original premise: a monster movie, from the perspective of regular people, who never see the monster.

3. The Dark Knight
If I had to name my favorite movie of the 2000’s, I would probably choose this. Heath Ledger’s Joker is perfect, as is Christopher Nolan’s direction.

4. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
This could be included because of the post-break-up montage scene alone.

5. In Bruges
Creatively brings a radically different take to the crime drama.

6. Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr. has enough charisma to carry this on his own; adding in other quality actors is not fair.

7. Pineapple Express
James Franco gives one of the funniest performances of the decade.

8. Role Models
Who doesn’t love Paul Rudd?

9. Slumdog Millionaire
I would have never guessed that a film revolving around a game show could be so thrilling.

10. Tropic Thunder
A perfect send-up of Hollywood.

2009
1. District 9
Has you glued to the screen from beginning to end. Just about as good of a debut as a director can have.

2. Drag Me to Hell
Sam Raimi’s triumphant and exhilarating return to horror.

3. 500 Days of Summer
Memento as a hipster love story. Without the murder of course.

4. The Hangover
Immensely quotable. Made stars out of most of the cast.

5. The Hurt Locker
The most nail-bitingly intense film I have ever seen.

6. I Love You, Man
This “bromance” film beat romantic comedies at their own game.

7. Inglourious Basterds
My pick for best film of 2009. Christoph Waltz puts on an acting clinic, Brad Pitt hams it up and Michael Fassbender has his Hollywood coming-out party.

8. Paranormal Activity
The Blair Witch Project for the current generation. The scariest movie I have ever seen in theaters.

9. Star Trek
Captain Kirk’s return to the big screen was an outstanding success. It had me from the use of the Beastie Boys in the opening scene.

10. Watchmen
The first 35 to 40 minutes of this movie are flawless.

11. Zombieland
Alright, I cheated and included 11 films, but I simply could not leave out this hilarious take on the zombie movie.

I think breaking the 2000’s down into separate posts was a good decision. I just blabbered on for almost 500 words on only two years. And I still probably left out a great film or two from these years. Let me know how what you think in the comments. I am more than ready to defend my exclusion of Avatar (Pocahontas with amazing visuals).

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Logan’s best-of-the-decades series part four: looking at the second half of the 1990s

The ongoing decades series is back again, this time with the second half (movies 16 through 30) of the ’90s list. You can check the first half here. Since I did all of my introducing of this decade in the last post, I will move straight to the list.

The list is alphabetical, as always.

16. Ed Wood (1994)
I know this should have been on the first part, but I just watched it last night. After I saw it, I had to include it on the list. It is in contention with Edward Scissorhands for my favorite Depp/Burton collaboration.

17. The Matrix (1999)
If I were to be asked what movie I have seen the most times, The Matrix would be the resounding answer. I used to reenact scenes from it in my back yard when I was a kid.

18. Miller’s Crossing (1990)
A gangster movie directed by the Coen Brothers? Oh, yes.

19. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Here it is, my favorite movie. I could watch this movie every day for the rest of my life, and I would never tire of it. Jules Winnfield. Vincent Vega. The briefcase. The watch. The countless references. I could write an entire blog post just about this film.

20. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Consecutive Tarantino films? I told you he was my favorite director. This movie has the second best Mexican standoff ever. (The best)

21. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
The storming of Normandy Beach is one of the most brutal, yet beautiful scenes ever filmed.

22. Schindler’s List (1993)
And now, consecutive Spielberg movies. Some of the saddest and most inspirational moments in film history.

23. Scream (1996)
The movie that brought slasher flicks back from the dead. The opening scene with Drew Barrymore gets me every single time.

24. Se7en (1995)
Kevin Spacey is beyond creepy. Brad Pitt screaming “what’s in the box?” at the top of his lungs will forever be ingrained in my memory.

25. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Andy Dufresne and Red had a better friendship than you will ever have with anyone. Ever.

26. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The special effects still look amazing today. The action scenes are nail-biting all the way through the film.

27. Three Kings (1999)
A heist film set during the Gulf War that teams up George Clooney, Ice Cube and Marky Mark? Bring it on.

28. True Romance (1993)
Drexl Spivey is the most insane villain Gary Oldman played in the ’90s. That is saying something. Christopher Walken kills it as well.

29. The Truman Show (1998)
It invented reality TV long before Survivor did. It was also one of Jim Carrey’s first roles in his rebirth as a dramatic actor.

30. The Usual Suspects (1995)
Keyser Soze. That ending. Just go watch it before I ruin the entire thing.

I feel like I am leaving out so many great movies. Donnie Brasco, Barton Fink, King of New York, Following, Magnolia, Glengarry Glen Ross, Forrest Gump, American Beauty, Being John Malkovich, pretty much any action movie from the decade. I could go on and on. Feel free to throw in any movie you think I left out in the comments. Also, I would like to note that I am planning on doing a separate list for animated films, so that should explain the absence of films like The Lion King or Toy Story. Next week will be the final entry in the decades series: the 2000s.

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Logan’s best-of-the-decades series part three: the 1990s

The best-of-the-decades series is back after trips through the ’70s and ’80s with the toughest challenge yet: the ’90s. There are so many films from the ’90s that I absolutely love, so having to narrow them down was a nearly impossible task. I decided to split the list into two parts.

Once again, the list is in alphabetical order.

1. American History X (1998)
Edward Norton got robbed at the Oscars. This was his greatest performance.

2.  The Big Lebowski (1998)
This movie screams Coen Brothers. Jeff Bridges and John Goodman are hilarious.

3. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The entire second half of the movie still gives me nightmares. Heather’s monologue is heart-wrenching.

4. Boogie Nights (1997)
My favorite Paul Thomas Anderson movie (which is a pretty huge compliment). The cast is  unbelievable.

5. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Back when Ice Cube was still intimidating. Furious Styles was the coolest dad ever.

6. Dazed and Confused (1993)
One of the best high school movies ever made. Plus, I really enjoy movies that take place in one day.

7. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
It perfectly captured the feel of classic film noirs. Denzel is top notch.

8. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
The first of the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton collaborations is still the best.

9. Fargo (1996)
The Coen Brothers, Steve Buscemi and a wood chipper add up to a perfect crime thriller.

10. Fight Club (1999)
Is Tyler Durden the coolest character ever? Probably. Oh, and one more thing: “His name was Robert Paulsen.”

11. Good Will Hunting (1997)
The movie that won Ben Affleck an Oscar long before he was the legit director that he is today.

12. Goodfellas (1990)
If you can show me a scene more perfect than the tracking shot through the Copacabana, I will never watch another movie again. Ok, I lied. But the scene really is perfect.

13. Heat (1995)
Finally, Pacino and De Niro together on the screen. Their meeting in the diner more than led up to the hype.

14. Jackie Brown (1997)
Quentin Tarantino is my favorite director, so naturally I love all of his films. I would have to say that this one is his most underrated, and most serious.

15. L.A. Confidential (1997)
I could talk about this movie all day. Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe AND Kevin Spacey in a crime movie? Come on, now.

Other than a quick mention of the immortal Johnny Utah, I will save my honorable mentions and shout-outs for the second half. Do you think I left anything out that should have been in this section? Do you hate any of the movies I included? Respond in the comments section. Next week’s list includes my all-time favorite movie, so you better come back and check it out.

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Logan’s best-of-the-decades series part two: the 1980s

DsaLast week, I started off my best-of-the-decades series with the ’70s. This week, I will continue the series with the ’80s. The ’80s saw the decline of the American New Wave, the rise of the independent film movement and possibly the height of genre film-making.

As always, the list is ordered alphabetically.

1. Aliens (1986)                                                                                                                                   The quintessential female action hero, Ellen Ripley, and a team of marines killing everything in sight. On a spaceship.

2. Back to the Future (1985)                                                                                                           Is there a more classic ’80s film? Doc Brown and Marty McFly will forever be ingrained in our popular culture.

3. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)                                                                                                       Eddie Murphy was arguably the biggest movie star of the ’80s, and this was his absolute apex.

4. Blade Runner (1982)                                                                                                                       Harrison Ford’s first of many appearances on this list. Blade Runner is definitely the most thought-provoking of those films, while also being the most visually stunning.

5. Brazil (1985)                                                                                                                     Watching Brazil is like viewing 1984 through a kaleidoscopic. Watch the movie and that description will hopefully make sense.

6. Die Hard (1988)                                                                                                                               The most influential action movie, possibly ever. It spawned the “Die Hard Scenario” and the toughest action hero of the decade, John McClane.

7. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)                                                                                                   Two quotes should justify its inclusion: “No, I am your father” and “I love you…..I know.”

8. Evil Dead II (1987)                                                                                                                    Equal parts terrifying and hilarious, Evil Dead comes at the horror genre from a completely new angle.

9. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)                                                                                                     This is my favorite film of the ’80s. Ferris Bueller is cooler than everyone you know put together.

10. Ghostbusters (1984)                                                                                                              Who would have thought Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis as ghost exterminators would have equaled comedy gold? Oh wait, everyone did.

11. Raging Bull (1980)                                                                                                                     This was Robert De Niro’s greatest performance. And that guy had a pretty good career if i’m not mistaken.

12. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)                                                                                       Indiana Jones killin’ Nazis. Can you ask for more?

13. The Road Warrior (1981)                                                                                                             Who doesn’t love post-apocalyptic car chase battles over gasoline led by Mel Gibson?

14. The Shining (1980)                                                                                                                Hands down the scariest movie I have ever seen. Jack Nicholson is terrifyingly perfect in it.

15. The Thing (1982)                                                                                                                          The best movie of the John Carpenter/Kurt Russell collaborations.

16. The Untouchables (1987)                                                                                                      Eliot Ness and his boys trying to take down the notorious Al Capone . The end shootout was pure beauty.

I would like to give a shout out to Jack Nicholson’s Joker, Rambo’s biceps, and Robocop. What did you think? Did I include too many sci-fi movies? Did I leave out your favorite ’80s movie? Is Top Gun extremely overrated? (Yes, it is.) Respond in the comments section.

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Logan’s best-of-the-decades series part one: the 1970s

With this post, I am starting a best-of-the-decades series. Each week I will post a list of what I feel are the greatest films of a particular decade. This week I will begin the series with my favorite films from the ’70s. This decade contained the bulk of the American New Wave, which was arguably the greatest period in American film history.

Just like last week, these films are ordered alphabetically for practicality.

1. All the President’s Men (1976)                                                                                                The crown jewel of the paranoid genre that was the 70s conspiracy thriller.

2. Annie Hall (1977)                                                                                                                     Long before romantic comedies became formulaic and bland, there was Annie Hall, the greatest the genre has ever had to offer.

3. Blazing Saddles (1974)                                                                                                              Mel Brooks taking on Westerns? Sign me up.

4. Chinatown (1974)                                                                                                                       I’m a sucker for “man against the world” movies, and this is by far the best example of one I have ever seen. Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is one of the coolest characters to ever grace  the screen.

5. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)                                                                                                            “Attica! Attica!” Al Pacino gives the audience a lesson in acting.

6. Enter the Dragon (1972)                                                                                                                The hall-of-mirrors scene alone is enough to merit the film a spot on this list.

7. The French Connection (1971)                                                                                                    It has one of the most iconic chase scenes in film history and Gene Hackman at his peak.

8. The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974)                                               They have to be included together. There are so many amazing scenes in theses two films that I cannot even begin to discuss them. Brando. De Niro. Pacino. Caan. Duvall. Cazale. These two are as close to perfect as a film can be.

9. Jaws (1975)                                                                                                                     Spielberg’s first foray into blockbuster filmmaking. He never looked back.

10. Mean Streets (1973)                                                                                                              This film gave us the glimpse of the partnership between Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro.

11. Network (1976)                                                                                                                               Peter Finch’s final monologue is unbelievable. It won him the first posthumous Oscar for acting.

12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)                                                                        Nurse Ratched is terrifying, Jack Nicholson is on his A game and Christopher Lloyd is in it.

13. Rocky (1976)                                                                                                                             One of four films from 1976 on the list. It is THE underdog story.

14. Star Wars (1977)                                                                                                                        Do I need to explain why this is on here?

15. Taxi Driver (1976)                                                                                                                Most movie fans will argue that Raging Bull is the pinnacle of the Scorsese-De Niro partnership. Taxi Driver gets my vote. Travis Bickle is probably my favorite character from any movie on this list.

Well, that is the list. Before you get upset, yes, I realize that Apocalypse Now is not on the list. The explanation is simple: I have never seen the original version of it. Also, honorable mention goes out to the Russian roulette scene in The Deer Hunter. What other films do you think I missed? Do you think any of these films do not belong? Can you make an argument for Shaft? Respond in the comments section.

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Logan’s most underrated movies of the 21st century

I already know what you are thinking. This topic has been covered millions of times by much more talented and knowledgeable people. Trust me, I have read just as many underrated films lists as you have. That is one reason why I believe that this will hopefully be a fresh take on the subject. The other reason is because I have limited the list to movies from the current century. That means that many of the usual suspects (Fight Club or any Stanley Kubrick film come to mind) will be absent from this list. Hopefully I can make a case for these misinterpreted, unseen, unappreciated or disliked films. I have blabbed enough; on to the list.

These films will be in alphabetical order. I struggled while trying to whittle the list down to 15. It would take me days to order the list by preference.

1. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)                                                                                                  Phillip K. Dick adaptations always fall into two categories: instant classic (Minority Report) or dud (Paycheck). The Adjustment Bureau was liked, but not loved. It had its detractors, but no one hated it. Yes, the ending is cheesy. However, Matt Damon and Emily Blunt’s awesome chemistry cancelled out that cheese.

2. Adventureland (2009)                                                                                                                   This movie not only brought the laughs, but it did not forget to bring some heart as well. Also, the scene with “Breaking the Law” is pure gold.

3. Attack the Block (2011)                                                                                                           This movie revolves around Nick Frost and some British teens fighting aliens. Next, please.

4. Black Dynamite (2009)                                                                                                                       This is a perfect example of how a spoof  should be. It mocks the genre, while also showing vast knowledge of and respect for it.

5. Buried (2010)                                                                                                                  Somehow Ryan Reynolds and a coffin provided for the most suspenseful movie I have seen in a long time.

6. The Foot Fist Way (2006)                                                                                                             Anything that introduces Danny McBride to the world is great in my book.

7. House of the Devil (2009)                                                                                                     Quite simply the best American horror movie since The Blair Witch Project.

8. and 9. Layer Cake (2004) and RocknRolla (2008)                                                                   I included these movies together because they were generally dismissed for the same reason, being clones of early Guy Ritchie movies. RocknRolla was actually directed by Ricthie himself, while Layer Cake was directed by one of his proteges, Matthew Vaughn. Just because a film delves into familiar territory does not mean that it is bad.

10. Observe and Report (2009)                                                                                                 Taxi Driver by way of the Apatow generation.

11. Public Enemies (2009)                                                                                                                 I understand the argument, Johhny Depp + Christian Bale + gangster film should equal greatness. This movie was only very good, but it is still worthy.

12. Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)                                                                                                                   An American, more insane version of Hot Fuzz. Clive Owen disposes of a villain with a carrot.

13. Unbreakable (2000)                                                                                                                     What if Superman did not know he was Superman? That is the driving force behind Unbreakable.

14. Warrior (2011)                                                                                                                               It is a simple formula: Rocky with MMA fighting, but the cast brings their A+ game.

15. The Way of the Gun (2000)                                                                                                 This film was unfairly lost in the post-Tarantino glut of hyper-narrative crime films. The end shootout alone was worth the viewing.

Which of the movies do you agree are underrated and deserve a second chance? Which ones do you hate with a passion? What films did I leave out? Respond in the comments section.

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