Monday, March 15, 2010

Middle 100 Movies of the Decade

These are the middle 100 neither best nor worst movies released between the dates of January 1st, 2000 and December 31st, 2009. If these movies went to high school, they'd be B- or C+ students. If these movies were politicians, they'd be milquetoast blue dog Democrats from red states. If these movies were superheroes, they'd be Ant-Man or maybe some of the more forgettable X-Men. If these movies did martial arts, they'd rise to the rank of yellow belt. If these movies were James Bond movies, they'd be Diamonds Are Forever.

These are the movies where when you're leaving the theater with your friends you say "that was, uh, that was pretty good," but then when you're asked about it a few days later you shrug one shoulder and say "it was okay, I guess," then when you're asked about it five years later you're like "I don't really remember that movie." This is the nonoffensive but forgettable theater filler that you describe in glowing terms like "watchable." The best part of all is that every single movie on this list is probably a beloved favorite to at least one person out there.

1. Meet the Parents
2. Wimbledon
3. The Italian Job
4. Ocean's Thirteen
5. State of Play
6. Finding Neverland
7. Defiance
8. Invictus
9. Cinderella Man
10. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
11. Baby Mama
12. Bolt
13. Capote
14. Red Eye
15. The Forbidden Kingdom
16. Hidalgo
17. Elephant
18. Austin Powers in Goldmember
19. Eight Legged Freaks
20. The Transporter
21. Orange County
22. Pieces of April
23. Ninja Assassin
24. Finding Forrester
25. Hellboy
26. The Girlfriend Experience
27. The Legend of Zorro
28. Death Proof
29. Bend It Like Beckham
30. The TV Set
31. American Wedding
32. Shoot 'Em Up
33. One Hour Photo
34. The Notorious Bettie Page
35. Transformers
36. Man on Fire
37. Gamer
38. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
39. Bedazzled
40. About Schmidt
41. Zack and Miri Make a Porno
42. The Descent
43. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
44. Step Brothers
45. A Knight's Tale
46. Secretary
47. Son of Rambow
48. I Am Legend
49. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
50. Fun with Dick and Jane
51. The Phantom of the Opera
52. The Illusionist
53. Closer
54. Ghost Town
55. I, Robot
56. Run Fatboy Run
57. The Wackness
58. Thirteen
59. Super Troopers
60. The Terminal
61. Spider-Man 3
62. Crash
63. 30 Days of Night
64. The Score
65. Swimming Pool
66. Valkyrie
67. Kissing Jessica Stein
68. The Bourne Supremacy
69. The Musketeer
70. The Good Girl
71. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
72. Sunshine Cleaning
73. War of the Worlds
74. X-Men: The Last Stand
75. A Beautiful Mind
76. The Men Who State at Goats
77. Joy Ride
78. Enemy at the Gates
79. Cold Mountain
80. The Interpreter
81. An Education
82. Get Smart
83. Frailty
84. Empire
85. The Constant Gardener
86. Lilo & Stitch
87. Frequency
88. Donnie Darko
89. Happy Feet
90. 12 Rounds
91. John Q
92. The Devil Wears Prada
93. The Chronicles of Riddick
94. Rent
95. Paranormal Activity
96. Monsters vs. Aliens
97. Saw
98. Blades of Glory
99. The Great New Wonderful
100. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Runners-up: Chicago, Jennifer's Body, The Protector, Beowulf, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Law Abiding Citizen, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Cooler, Holes, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Old School, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Bring It On, Sherrybaby, The Rocker, 9, Frida, Eagle Eye, Surrogates, Legally Blonde

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