Also-Ran Movies of the ’00 – The Top 10

And now my final list of overlooked movies of the aughts.  These are the ten (OK, eleven) movies that were the very best of the overlooked movies.  If you have not seen these films, place them immediately in your Netflix queue.

In no particular order:

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – This film, which stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Val Kilmer, features the absolute best use of voiceover I have ever witnessed.  Seriously one of the best screenplays of the entire decade (Actually a lot of the movies on this list are here because of their strong screenplays).

In Bruges – I am loving Colin Farrell so much more now that he has decided to stop trying to be a movie star and go back to character acting.  He and Brendan Gleeson are just fantastic in this funny, quirky, violent little movie (which features not one, not two, but THREE Harry Potter actors – Bonus!)

The Orphanage – Based on the preview, this movie looked like it was going to be another stupid horror movie along the lines of The Others.  Scary quiet kids in masks, who needs that?  But this film is so much more than that, and boasts a truly heart-wrenching ending.  Confidential to Ashby: You might want to skip this one.

Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz – Funny horror and funny action done the British way.

King of Kong – Hands down the best good vs. evil film of the decade.  And it’s a documentary.  About Donkey Kong.

The Lookout – It’s Memento meats a bank heist film with the kid from Third Rock from the Sun and the other guy from Dumb and Dumber.

About a Boy – There are so many great things about this movie, but here are three: 1) Hugh Grant plays a great douchebag, and this was his first foray into douchebaggery, 2) The Badly Drawn Boy soundtrack is sublime, and 3) This is one of the few films that actually improves upon its source material.

Wet, Hot American Summer – If you are easily offended by awesome comedy, this film is not for you.  But if you can handle it, this is one of the funniest films of the decade.

Running Scared – Paul Walker and Vera Farmiga, plus Juliet from Lost in one of the freakiest roles in the freakiest scenes of the entire decade.

American Movie – This documentary follows friends Mark and Mike on their quest to film a horror movie called Coven.  I just realized this movie is actually from 1999, but I don’t care.  You should see it anyway.  Funny, but kind of frustrating.  My brother’s head will spin over this guy’s lack of monetary sense.

3:10 to Yuma – I’m not a big Western fan, but put Russell Crowe in anything and I’m bound to like it.  Make him the antagonist for Christian Bale and it’s a guaranteed must-see.



  1. Ashby Said:

    I’m kind of proud to say I’ve seen the entire list! I’d like to thank you for reminding me about the Orphanage. I had forgotten about that one, but guess what I’m going to be thinking of when I wake up in the middle of the night? Creepy kids with scary masks. Oh, and creepy old women – you omitted that charming characteristic.

  2. Mags Said:

    I think I blocked out the creepy old woman. Worst thing to happen to a jaw since “American History X.”

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