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Jarv’s Best Film of 2000-2009: City of God

Well, here it is. I can’t believe that anyone is surprised that I picked the Brazilian monster for my best film of the decade, but I find something new to love about it every time I watch it. In the last decade, which all in all has been quite good (despite what every summer has made me think), I can’t think of another film as good as this one.

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Jarv’s Best of 2000-2009. Number 2: The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others was a cause célèbre in Geek circles. Well, rather it being awarded the Oscar over Pan’s Labyrinth was. There was a huge amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth from the basement dwellers that populate boards such as AICN. However, in this case, as is so often true of them, they were talking (moaning) absolute nonsense. They were, being nice, ill-informed as very few people had actually seen this film before the Oscar. If they had, then they would know that this is the better film. In fact, it is Mrs. Jarv’s pick for Number 1. Read More…

Jarv’s Best of 2000-2009. Number 3: Battle Royale

Now we reach the climax of the list, it becomes harder for me to separate and rank them. This is a film that I saw back when it was first released that just blew me away. It’s got a terrible reputation, mostly down to the bad timing behind the release (what with it being so close to Columbine) but to treat it as a mere exploitation film is to underrate and disparage a staggering achievement. Battle Royale is a masterpiece of dystopian cinema that creates a bleak and depressing landscape of generational fallout and every man for himself.

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Jarv’s Best of 2000-2009. Number 4: Requiem for a Dream

Any of these top 4 could have been number 1. In fact, this was (until I rewatched it a few  nights ago) pencilled in as number 1, but on reflection it’s just too damned miserable to take the top spot. Read More…

Jarv’s Best of 2000-2009. Number 5: This is England

It’s hard for me to write objectively about this film, being as I recognise so much of it. It is, quite simply, my favourite British film of the last decade- and it’s got some stiff competition for that title.

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Jarv’s Best of 2000-2009. Number 6: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a difficult film to review. To begin with, it’s hard to pin down precisely what genre it falls under. It’s comic, there are science-fiction elements, a dash of romance, but it’s almost impossible to say where it should be. If I was a clerk at Blockbusters, then I’d add placing Eternal Sunshine in the aisles to my list of reasons for suicide. Read More…

Jarv’s Top 10 2000-2009. Number 7: The Descent

I said it about schlock, but I’m going to repeat it about Horror: this has been a terrible decade. Horror is, I believe, more problematic than Schlock as people will always make fun rubbish (intentionally or unintentionally). Horror, however, suffers from “trends”. What tends to happen is that one particular subgenre will be popular and, as Horror costs next to nothing to make, profitable. This in term brings all the scumbag cash in merchants out of the woodwork to bang out endless inferior copies that are a little bit like the original successful film. The predictable and depressing end result of this is that we get “movements” (I can’t think of a better description) that dominate the genre for about 6 years until saturation point is reached and the genre lurches into the new subgenre. Don’t believe me? Look at postmodernism in the 90’s- in the beginning there was Scream then Scream 2 and 3, the I Know films, Cherry Falls, Urban Legend etc. Read More…

Jarv’s Top 10 2000-2009. Number 8: Daisy

Daisy is part 3 of my “big softie” triptych, and arguably the best film of the three.  Occasionally, some films get criminally and disgracefully overlooked for various reasons, and this is a case in point. The amount of, to be honest, utter rubbish that gets a cinema release (let alone a DVD release) on a massive scale is a depressing statement about our times when real quality such as this (or OUTLANDER/ what those pricks at Lionsgate did to Fierce People) gets neglected. Read More…

Jarv’s Top 10 2000-2009. Number 9: WALL-E

I had to eat a huge amount of humble pie regarding this. All summer I’d been spouting off like I had the slightest clue what I was talking about decrying the utter mediocrity of this film- predictably, I was doing it sight unseen based entirely on the fact that it looked like being Pixar by numbers and the trailers were underwhelming. Silly me, Pixar by numbers is still significantly better than most things out there, and anyway, it isn’t as simple as that. Read More…

Jarv’s Top 10 2000-2009. Number 10: Tsotsi

What a misleading poster, and don’t get me started on the Tagline. I’m not going to spoil this film if you haven’t seen it, but I am just going to point out that Hope most certainly does not set him free.

Minor gripe aside, I’m now going to review in more depth my favourite 10 films in ascending order of the decade. If you’ve seen any of my regional lists (click on my name on the right to get them) then you should have a fair idea of  what films form the bulk of this list. Read More…