Within those ten years, many interesting movies have come out and within those 10 years, two of my favorite movies came from 2009 alone. Without further comment, here are my top 5 favorite movies-
5. Southland Tales
-This is by far the most underrated movie that I have seen so far between 2000 and 2010. Richard Kelly directed this film and Dwanye Johnson was the main protagonist. Dwanye Johnson should be doing more of these sorts of movies but unfortunately, he is doing horrifically bad children films. The plot revolves around a United States that has been attacked by a nuclear weapon in Texas. As a result, the United States is now a police state and World War 3 has started against Syria, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, and Afghanistan. As a result of this ongoing war, oil is in short supply so this scientist comes with this mysterious alternative fuel source called Fluid Karma. I don't want to give much away but what I personally enjoyed the abstractness of the film and for the ability of the viewer to come up with their own interpretation. Dwanye Johnson is a sort of ironic protagonist since he comes up with a scene play that is based on events that are going to happen and as the story plays out, he believe he is his main character but turns out in the end, he is not. Its too bad that the film bombed in the box office and was panned by critics.
4. V for Vendetta
-This movie was a badass film by all accounts. The movie has become a symbol for the resistance against Scientology and as a symbol for those crazy Ron Paul supporters(Sorry if I brought politics into this). Now, this movie is about a Dystopian England under a watchful authoritarian government. After reading 1984 and watching this movie a second time, I noticed some interesting similarities with this film and the book. I've always been a fan of dystopian films and this one definitely is a great example of such. There is a scene that has continued to mindfuck me and that is the prison scene whereas the protagonist is being tortured and isolated but it all turned out to be a simulation by "V". I continue to wonder how one guy did all of that but this is the only problem I have in a overall great film about a struggle for freedom against oppression.
3. Inglourious Basterds
-Ahh, nothing like seeing a group of Jewish soldiers and a hillbilly from the smokey mountains fighting against the cruel Nazis. During an interview on NPR, Quentin Tarantino describe the movie as a modern fairy tale based in World War 2 Nazi occupied Europe. That is definitely a great description of this film in general and such a film pleases me despite the historical inaccuracies. Unlike the movie 300, which I loath because of the historical inaccuracies, I found that this film had a sort of charm that made me forgive it and simply ignore this film inaccuracies because of the way it began, "Once upon a time". The movie was intense and fun as well as having some amazing actors such as Brad Pitt and Christopher Waltz. Of course, Christopher Waltz stoled the film with his portrayal as the evil Han Landa and I'm glad to see that he is part of the nomination for best supporting actor.
2. District 9
-With a budget of 30 million dollars, the CGI is amazing and I'm usually not a fan of CGI. The design of the prawn, an alien race that are now refugees on Earth, is amazing because you can feel a great amount of sympathy for them. The film won over a lot of praise, well except for the Nigerian government which hated how the Nigerians in the film were portrayed. The idea of Aliens coming to Earth and trying to kill us all has gotten old. This film however puts a new spin as we are suddenly the invaders in a sense. The film has such a realistic feel as at first, it looks like something out of Cloverfield with the whole video cam and it suddenly turns into a documentary then into a full out action flick. Its a great combination for a great film and the action is amazing as well as slightly funny sometimes since there are scene where you suddenly see humans explode like balloons. The reaction of the audience during the second time I saw it was just hilarious. This movie had great meaning about our own humanity and how we attempt to isolate and discriminate against those who we see as different or even sometimes, inhuman.
1. Motorcycle Diary
-Me encanta este pelicula y, oh sorry. Let me speak in English. This film must be watch with subtitles if you don't speak Spanish but it is worth watching still. This movie came out in 2004 and its about a young Che Guevara traveling with a friend to various parts of Latin America and with an ultimate destination at Caracas, Venezuela. On the way, Che Guevara witnesses the beauty and poverty of Latin American and helps to ultimately piece together his destiny. Now, this movie isn't about Che Guevara going around fighting rather, this is about a Che Guevara who is still in college and basically on a road trip. There is a serious message to the film but there is comedic relieve from Che's friend who is a womanizer and likes to party. This film is beautiful because you see the diversity of Latin America ranging from the dry deserts of Chile to the highlands of Peru. I highly recommend the film for anyone who hasn't seen it.
Well, because this is my first blog in all, I wish to get some feedback so possible future posts can be improved upon.