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Total Film Poll Results - The Top 30 Movies of the Decade

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Total Film recently did a poll among it's staff AND readers over which films were the Best of the Decade... and here's the results (in reverse order).

30. Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003)
29. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
28. Up (2009)
27. Let The Right One In (2009)
26. Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004)
25. Finding Nemo (2004)
24. Lost In Translation (2003)
23. Children Of Men (2006)
22. District 9 (2009)
21. Dead Man's Shoes (2004)
20. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
19. Amelie (2001)
18. Kill Bill 1&2 (2002/2003)
17. Sin City (2005)
16. Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
15. City Of God (2004)
14. Oldboy (2003)
13. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)
12. Donnie Darko (2001)
11. The Departed (2006)
10. Memento (2000)
09. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
08. Wall-E (2008)
07. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
06. No Country For Old Men (2008)
05. Gladiator (2000)
04. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003)
03. There Will Be Blood (2008)
02. The Lord Of The Rings trilogy (2001-2003)
01. The Dark Knight (2008)

Now, while I agree with the majority of the movies on the list (if not their actual placings), and that it's voting from the readers of the magazine/visitors to the website that decided the films above, I do think it's a bit shitty to have LotR feature FOUR TIMES, especially when there was only three movies in the trilogy. Of course, this would have meant all the votes split between the four places being combined, putting the trilogy at #1, but I'd rather that than what we ended up with. I mean, Kill Bill was grouped as a collective, so Jackson's opus should've been also.
 

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Yeah, having four LotR's is really silly. Pan's Labyrinth was the best film of the decade for me by about 84 billion miles.
 

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I'm really glad to see City of God, Amelie, Pan's Labyrinth and Memento in there. Disappointed to see Sin City there, which I thought was a visually pleasing film that really captured the feel of a comic book, but had some pretty lifeless stories underneath the prettiness and wouldn't have made the list for me. Not much else I'd argue with apart from as already mentioned having the LOTR films individually, and then the trilogy as well.
 

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Oldboy at 14 makes me happy. I liked Sin City as well so glad that's in. There Will Be Blood was pretty good to though I'd have bumped it down a few places for the narmtasic first church scene.
 

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also, and I get the impression I'm in a serious minority on this but, I would take Shaun of the Dead out if I was doing my own list. I just didn't really find it very funny, and if you take away the humour you're not really left with anything else as that's the whole point of the film. I realise it must have connected with a LOT of people as it's generally considered to be great, but it just didn't do it for me at all. I doubt I'd even have it in a top 100 of the decade in terms of personal choice.
 

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I didn't particularly like Shaun of the Dead either, and that's coming from a massive, MASSIVE zombie film fan/geek. I've actually never seen anything since Spaced and Big Train to even remotely justify the hype around Simon Pegg.
 

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ditto with me, I'm a total mark for pretty much most zombie films. I go out of my way to even buy the really tacky B movie ones you can only find in the pound shop just to get more of a zombie fix. I just didn't find it that funny really and found myself bored throughout most of the film.
 

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The only funny part is when they run into the other group that's made up of more successful British comedians. The idea that a big group of genuinely famous people turn up for about ten seconds and then just wander off without any really mention was quite funny to me in a weird knowing way.
 

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I'd probably replace it with In Bruges which I find infinitely funnier and has some of the best dialogue of any film I've seen in ages.
 

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Oh hell yes, In Bruges was AWESOME. I can't believe that wasn't in there. Funny, tragic and probably the best heaven/hell/purgatory metaphor I've ever seen. A brilliant film. That would be in my personal top ten. Actually, why not;

1 - El Laberinto Del Fauno (Pan's Labyrinth)
2 - Cidade De Deus (City Of God)
3 - Funny people
4 - 千と千尋の神隠し (Spirited Away)
5 - In Bruges
6 - Up
7 - Thank You For Smoking
8 - Auf Wiedersehen, Lenin (Goodbye, Lenin)
9 - Superbad
10 - Donni Darko
 
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ok, I might end up omitting some stuff in terms of dates and thinking things are earlier/later than they were actually released etc but mine would look something like this..

Memento
Requiem for a Dream
In Bruges
Pan's Labyrinth
City of God
Amelie
LOTR trilogy
saw (just the original, not including anything that came after the first film)
Antichrist
Passion of Christ

I can't really put them in order and it'd change from day to day probably. I'd say Antichrist would probably be near the bottom of my top ten, and Requiem for a Dream/Pan's Labyrinth near the top. actually sod it, lemme do these in order and stop copping out.

1 Requiem for a Dream
2 Pan's Labyrinth
3 In Bruges
4 City of God
5 Memento
6 LOTR Trilogy
7 Passion of Christ
8 Saw (just the original)
9 Amelie
10 Antichrist

ask me again tomorrow and the order would probably change
 

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I considered putting Saw in mine too. It would definitely be in there if I could be bothered to do a top 30.

No offense meant at all, but Antichrist and The Passion of the Christ would go on my Top Ten Worst films of the decade. Just personal taste, of course.
 

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my reasoning with Passion of Christ is that I'm not religious at all and have about as much interest in God and stories from the bible as I do in netball. Yet I still found the film incredibly moving and it totally sucked me in emotionally. For it to be a great film it had to go way beyond just being something that people who already had all these beliefs and vested interest in the story would like and find compelling. In that sense I thought it was fantastic.

I guess of all of the top ten I picked the two you picked would be the two that I'd definitely expect to be a lot more down to personal taste, although I still wouldn't have expected anyone to suggest they were in the worst ten of the decade whether they were their sort of film or not. Antichrist isn't the sort of film I'd expect everyone to like at all but I thought it was a fantastic piece of cinema and it definitely catered to my tastes. I kinda expected Passion of Christ to appeal more than that though on the basis that it appealed to me, and I'm not some religious God loving dude that you'd expect to feel moved by watching it.
 

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Antichrist is one of those films where either it's too clever for me, or it's too stupid for me, and I can't completely tell which one it is.
 

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I did read somewhere, can't remember where, that you have to be Danish to like it.

although, I'm not, so I guess that's not 100% true
 

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Right, I can't even approach naming a top ten of the decade, but In Bruge would probably be in there. LoTR as individual films and a collective is a) unfair and b) stupid. Their being there (even if the books are better, PJ laid to rest a boyhood dream of mine by making movies worthy of the books and as such deserves credit) is warranted, but only as one (a collective) or the other (individual films), not both.
 

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Curse of the Black pearl for, to me, the worst of the 3 Pirates movies. I loved Shaun of the Dead too, too much hate in this thread towards that movie by God.

LotR is sh*t. How the hell did that geek fest get on there 4 times when there are 3 movies, which all got a seperate place?! Bent.
 
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I actually prefer Hot Fuzz to Shaun of The Dead.

As for my fave movies of the decade? Erm City of God, Motorcycle Diaries, Sin City, The Dark Knight, Anchorman, Road to Perdition, Casino Royale, Amores Perros, Memento, Mulholland Drive, Vanilla Sky, The Departed to name but a few.

And I have never seen the fuss about LotR.
 

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30. Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003)

A mediocre film thrust forward by Depp's ridiculous over the top acting. I like the movie though.

29. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

I don't mind it being here purely for the battle scene in this.

28. Up (2009) Haven't seen it.
27. Let The Right One In (2009) Haven't seen it.
26. Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Funny? Yeah..in small doses. Hardly a great movie.

25. Finding Nemo (2004)

Great kids movie.


24. Lost In Translation (2003)

Decent.


23. Children Of Men (2006)

Pish from what I can remember.

22. District 9 (2009)

Overhyped but still a good film.


21. Dead Man's Shoes (2004) Haven't seen it.

20. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Good enough.


19. Amelie (2001)

Worth watching.

18. Kill Bill 1&2 (2002/2003)

F*cking drivel.

17. Sin City (2005)

Great movie.

16. Shaun Of The Dead (2004)

Still Simon Peggs best movie.


15. City Of God (2004) Haven't seen it (willing to bet it's sh*t)
14. Oldboy (2003) Haven't seen it
13. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)

Pope is catholic, sky is blue, LOTR is boring.


12. Donnie Darko (2001)

Okayish.


11. The Departed (2006)

Great performance from DiCapio alone make this a great watch.


10. Memento (2000) Haven't seen it
09. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Creepy.


08. Wall-E (2008)

Good kids movie.


07. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

Kate Winslet's best film (Ironically not getting an Oscar for it.)

06. No Country For Old Men (2008)

Incredible thrill ride. Loved it.

05. Gladiator (2000)

Epic movie with an epic performance from Crowe.


04. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003)

ZzzzZzzzZzzz

03. There Will Be Blood (2008)

Decent at best.

02. The Lord Of The Rings trilogy (2001-2003)

What? The trilogy as well? ..What a mindf*ck.


01. The Dark Knight (2008)

Good movie with a great performance by Ledger. Bale is not convincing though and it does hold it back.

I think it says something that despite the Dark Knight being a good movie, is it the best of the decade? Jesus that's depressing.

Surprised American Gangster wasn't on the list as it was better than at least half of those movies.
 

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15. City Of God (2004) Haven't seen it (willing to bet it's sh*t)
Can I ask why? Not saying you'd like it, I don't know anything about your taste in film but just interested as to why specifically of the films you'd not seen you singled that one out as one that you'd bet on being "shit"? What that you know about it turns you off?
 
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