Since I write about unheralded movies in this space, and 'tis the season to roll out "best of the decade" lists, I figured I'd whip up a slate of flicks that might have slipped past the masses, but are nonetheless some of the decade's finest. So without further ado, here are ten lesser known films worthy of praise.
10 - 25th Hour (2002) - Edward Norton shines playing a convicted drug dealer living out his last day of freedom before serving a seven-year prison sentence. Spike Lee's skilled direction is on point.
9 - Kontroll (2003) - There's a murderer on the loose in the subways of Budapest, Hungary. It's part comedy, part
mystery, part romance. Everyone seeks control, but no one can find it. Not to be missed.
8 - The Quiet American (2002) - In pre-Vietnam War Saigon, British journalist Thomas Fowler finds himself embroiled in a love triangle and the CIA's insertion into the region. Michael Caine received a well-deserved Best Actor Oscar nod.
7 - Love Me If You Dare (2003) - A compelling, but odd little love story about childhood friends Julien and Sophie, who treat life and their relationship as one giant dare. Sometimes refusing to grow up is the bravest thing to do.
6 - Red Road (2006) - CCTV Operator Jackie just saw a man from
her past. Who is he? Why is she following him? All will be revealed in this serpentine story about vengeance and forgiveness.
Memories of war.
5 - Birth (2004) - Nicole Kidman delivers one of her best performances portraying a young widow convinced her dead husband of ten years has been reincarnated as a 10-year-old boy. An ethereal soundtrack and gorgeous cinematography are added bonuses.
4 - Waltz With Bashir (2008) - A tragic journey into the memory of filmmaker Ari Folman, who as a young man served in the Israel Defense forces during the 1982 Lebanon War. The tortures of combat unfold via stunning animation.
3 - Children of Men
(2006) - Alfonso Cuaron's dystopic sci-fi masterpiece is set in a future world where the human race is dying. A clever script and eye-opening long take action sequences highlight this modern classic.
2 - Spartan (2004) - David Mamet wrote and directed this taut political thriller about a first-rate covert operative tasked to find the kidnapped daughter of the President. Val Kilmer stands out in the lead role.
1 - Touching the Void (2003) - A brilliantly detailed documentary recounting the disastrous attempt by two climbers to scale Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes. Telling proof that real life will always trump fiction in the drama department.
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Scott is a freelance writer currently living in the Southeast. He is a film school grad with a love of theory and screenwriting. His tastes vary from obscure niche films to giant Hollywood blockbusters. In other words, he'll watch pretty much anything.|
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