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Thought this might be fun.

I considered adding in Least Favorite as well, but thought it would be better to stay positive. Plus, I think we all have a pretty shrewd idea of what two particular people would choose as their least favorites for 2007 and 2009.

Choosing the best for some of these was really tough, especially 2004, 2005, and 2006. Many of the famous and critically-acclaimed ones I couldn't choose because I've never seen them (e.g. A Beautiful Mind). I have a feeling I'm forgetting a foreign film here or there as well.

Favorite:

2000- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2001- The Fellowship of the Ring

2002- The City of God

2003- The Return of the King

2004- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

2005- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

2006- Pan's Labyrinth

2007- Hot Fuzz

2008- The Dark Knight

2009- Inglourious Basterds

Best:

2000- Dancer in the Dark

2001- The Fellowship of the Ring

2002- The City of God

2003- The Return of the King

2004- Downfall

2005- King Kong

2006- Pan's Labyrinth

2007- Hot Fuzz

2008- The Dark Knight

2009- Inglourious Basterds

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Best

2000 - Memento
2001 - Amélie
2002 - The Pianist
2003 - Memories of Murder
2004 - The Machinist
2005 - Capote
2006 - Pan's Labyrinth
2007 - Zodiac
2008 - Let the Right One In
2009 - Un Prophète

Favorite

2000 - Shadow of the Vampire
2001 - Amélie
2002 - The Transporter
2003 - A Tale of Two Sisters
2004 - Primer
2005 - The Descent
2006 - Silent Hill
2007 - The King of Kong
2008 - Frontier(s)
2009 - Mary and Max

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Favorite:

2000- High Fidelity

2001- Donnie Darko

2002- Adaptation

2003- Kill Bill

2004- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2005- Batman Begins

2006- The Prestige

2007- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

2008- Wall-E

2009- 500 Days of Summer

Best:

2000- Oh Brother Where Art Thou

2001- Spirited Away

2002- Punch Drunk Love

2003- Kill Bill

2004- Downfall

2005- Good Night and Good Luck

2006- Pan's Labyrinth

2007- No Country for Old Men

2008- Wall-E

2009- Moon

Although I could spend all day going back and forth on some of these. 2007 alone has Hot Fuzz, Zodiac, Gone Baby Gone, There Will be Blood, Bourne Ultimatum, etc.

And 2006 has literally my three favourite films of the decade, The Prestige, Pan's Labyrinth and The Fountain. I mean, I'd take the Fountain over most anything else any other year.

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Favourite:

2000- Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang)

2001- Ichi The Killer

2002- Suicide Club

2003- Big Fish

2004- Dead Man's Shoes

2005- Sin City

2006- The Devil Wears Prada

2007- There Will Be Blood/Hot Fuzz (tie)

2008- The Wrestler

2009- Watchmen

Best:

2000- O Brother, Where Art Thou?

2001- Frailty

2002- Irreversible

2003- A Mighty Wind

2004- The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

2005- Grizzly Man

2006- Children of Men

2007- Zodiac

2008- The Dark Knight

2009- Moon

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I thought Pan's Labyrinth was pretty boring, to be honest. It isn't even Del Toro's best film. Not even in the top three.

I agree with a lot of films almost making the list, but there were also years where I had to struggle to find two, like 2008 and 2009. Terrible years for movies.

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This was more difficult that I thought. There were relatively few movies in this decade that I felt terribly strongly about.

Favorite:

2000 - Memento

2001 - The Fellowship of the Ring

2002 - Chicago

2003 - The Return of the King

2004 - Spider-Man 2

2005 - Serentity

2006 - The Departed

2007 - Hot Fuzz

2008 - Iron Man

2009 - Star Trek

Best -

2000 - Memento

2001 - The Royal Tenenbaums

2002 - Adaptation

2003 - The Return of the King

2004 - The Incredibles

2005 - Batman Begins

2006 - The Departed

2007 - There Will Be Blood

2008 - The Dark Knight

2009 - Up

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I actually do love Mimic as it was an early date film for Megan and I and the noise the creature made still creeps her out. But, no, MImic is at the bottom.

My Del Toro list from best to worst is as follows:

-Devil's Backbone

-Blade 2

-Hellboy

-Cronos (has everything that Pan's Labyrinth does, but more of a heart)

-Pacific Rim

-Pan's Labyrinth

-Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (definitely needs a rewatch)

-Mimic

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I have seen Mimic but it made no impact. For Del Toro my list goes something like this-

Pans Labyrinth

Devil's Backbone

Pacific Rim

Blade II

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

Cronos

Hellboy

Not to say any of those are bad. I should probably rewatch Cronos sometime, it's the only one of these I've seen just the once.

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Favorite -

2000 - Memento

2001 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

2002 - Punch-Drunk Love

2003 - Lost in Translation

2004 - Spider-Man 2

2005 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

2006 - Little Miss Sunshine

2007 - Ratatouille

2008 - The Dark Knight

2009 - Where the Wild Things Are

Wow, 2005 must have been a shitty year for me to have put my least favorite Potter film as my favorite film of the year.

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Favorite:

2000 - Wonder Boys

2001 - Moulin Rouge

2002 - Chicago

2003 - Kill Bill Vol. 1

2004 - Shaun of the Dead

2005 - Serenity

2006 - The Departed

2007 - Grindhouse

2008 - Repo: The Genetic Opera

2009 - Coraline

Best -

2000 - Traffic

2001 - The Royal Tenenbaums

2002 - Spirited Away

2003 - Return of the King

2004 - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2005 - Brokeback Mountain

2006 - Pan's Labrynth

2007 - (No Strong Opinion here)

2008 - The Dark Knight

2009 - Inglourious Basterds

I was so torn on 2001. Gosford Park was a near choice for Best, so was Amelie. 2002 was worse. Spirited Away, Chicago, The Hours, Insomnia. So many movies.

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