Thursday, December 13, 2012

Best 12 Films in 12 Years

There have been some great movies released in the last 12 years. Hollywood has definitely been churning out the cream of the crop this past decade.

This is a list of the top 12 movies released in the last 12 years. With this list I have also included which film won the award for best picture from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

2001:  Enemy at the Gates
Trying to figure out what my favorite film of this year was absolutely taxing to my brain. This was a good year for films and when I finally narrowed it down to two
films, the real challenge began. Anyway, this historical war film is based on a novel of the same name and follows the lives of two snipers set during the Battle of
Stalingrad in World War 2. The roles of the two snipers are played by Jude Law (as the Russian sniper) and Ed Harris (as the German sniper). Also starring in this film
was Bob Hoskins, who played the role of the iconic character Nikita Khrushchev.

The Academy Award this year went to A Beautiful Mind.


2002:  Reign of Fire
This film starred Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, and Gerard Butler. It was set in a post-apocalyptic future where dragons have taken over the world.

The Academy Award this year went to Chicago.

2003:  Underworld
This vampire action movie starred Kate Beckinsale and Bill Nighy. Underworld is hands down my favorite vampire movie saga ever!

The Academy Award this year went to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

2004:  The Incredibles
This one is the only animated film to hit this list. It is a superhero flick put out by Pixar and featured the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Jason lee, and Samuel L. Jackson.

The Academy Award this year went to Million Dollar Baby.

2005:  Batman Begins
2005 was a rough year for other film's if they aspired to be on this list. It is hard to compete with my favorite movie of all-time. For those of you that have been living
under a rock, this movie is about the origins of Batman (as the title suggests) and stars Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Gary Oldman.

The Academy Award this year went to Crash.

2006:  The Departed
This year's top film shares the distinction of being the only film in this list that was also the film that earned the Academy Award for the year. This was a great film
directed by Martin Scorses. Set in Boston it had a stellar cast that includes such huge names as Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Sheen, and Alec Baldwin.

2007:  Charlie Wilson's War
This great film based on a novel by the same name was about the United States' involvement in the Soviet-Afghan War in the early 1980s, particularly the involvement of the U.S. Congressman, Charlie Wilson. It is a crime that this movie did not get the Oscar. It's cast included Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The Academy Award this year went to No Country for Old Men.

2008:  The Dark Knight
How any film could compete with another Batman movie is beyond me but trying to compete with this particular addition to the Christopher Nolan Batman franchise is even more baffling. Christian Bale returned in the title role as did Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman, who were complemented by the new additions of Aaron Eckhard as Harvey Dent and, playing the iconic character the Joker in an absolutely brilliant fashion, the late Heath Ledger. The character of the Joker will never be the same again.

The Academy Award this year went to Slumdog Millionaire.

2009:  Star Trek
This J.J. Abrams-directed re-boot of the Star Trek film franchise was amazing. Abrams did a masterful job on this film and even managed to explain throughout the movie why
it was a re-boot. The role of James T. Kirk was played by Chris Pine and Spock was played by Heroes master-villain Zachary Quinto. The sequel to this franchise is set to be released next year.

The Academy Award this year went to The Hurt Locker.

2010:  The Book of Eli
It is no secret that post-apocalyptic fiction, be it film or print, is my favorite genre of fiction and that is probably the reason that this film made my list for
favorite film of 2010. Denzel Washington does an amazing job of the wanderer traveling through the nuclear-ridden United States on his way to the west. Also starring in this film were Gary Oldman and Ray Stevenson.

The Academy Award this year went to The King's Speech which, if you are wondering, was a really good film and probably could have made the top spot of the year had it
not been for The Book of Eli.

2011:  X-Men: First Class
It took me a while to get this year narrowed down to just one film but the comic geek in me caused this particular film to finally edge out its competition. I'm not sure if this was meant to be a prequel to the Bryan Singer X-Men franchise or not. I would venture to say not based on certain aspects of this film. In any case, it was a great
film and put an interesting slant to the origins of mutant super hero team known as the X-Men. James McAvoy played the part of the younger Professor X while Michael
Fassbender played the part of the young Magneto superbly. Kevin Bacon also starred in this film as the group's main antagonist, Sebastian Shaw, otherwise known in comics as the leader of the Hellfire Club.

The Academy Award this year went to The Artist.

2012:  The Dark Knight Rises
Once again, Batman dominates the year in film. Even the movie The Avengers, which was an absolutely amazing film, in and of itself, could not defeat the mighty Batman. This film, which Christopher Nolan has stated time and time again would be the last of his Batman franchise, picks up 8 years after the events of The Dark Knight. It again stars Bale, Caine, Freeman, and Oldman and added Anne Hathaway in the role of Selena Kyle, aka Catwoman, Tom Hardy in the role of the master criminal Bane, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the seemingly uninteresting role of a Gotham police officer that proves to be so much more than that.

The Academy Award for this year has not been presented yet.

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