Monday, 19 April 2010

Decade in Review: The Best

I think I can say I've done my duty in recapping the decade. I've done a number of entries dedicated to the decade in review. I'm sure there's some miscellaneous category, but if it comes to me I'll let you know. I think it's time for me to stop looking back before I turn into a pillar of salt, and I suppose that the logical conclusion is to sum it up with the best films of the decade. But, you know me - always atypical, so I'm not recapping film quality, but acting quality. What were the films this past decade with the best ensembles? It's a question that always triggers me thoughts (I did the same for the nineties). So with no explanations I list the 30 best film ensembles of the decade -with a few runners up. Let me remind you, this is not a list of the best films. It's a list of the ensembles that I think were best - the most collectively good performances, the best chemistry among actors, the most talented....
          
Runners Up (alpha): The Constant Gardener, Closer, Dreamgirls, Erin BrockovichIn the Bedroom, In the Loop, King Kong, The Messenger, The Reader, Sweeney Todd

Tier Five
 
                      
Tier Four
  
           
Tier Three
 
             
Tier Two
 

Tier One

The Greatest Ensemble of the Decade
                                              
I'd expect that fans of certains films are foaming at the mouth, so do your worst and tell me where I went wrong. What's missing from the list, what should be missing...what are your thoughts on the top choice?

19 comments:

James D. said...

Gosford Park at number one? I can't say I disagree. Perhaps I underestimated it the first time around.

The Floating Red Couch said...

Requiem for a Dream is the best movie of the decade period

I understand that not all will agree with this, but it doesn't seem to be anywhere on your list. [grumbles]

Jose said...

Tier one is pretty flawless.
And as much as you dislike von Trier the ensemble of Dogville was perhaps the best of the decade.

Jude said...

Many inspired choices. I only wish Moulin Rouge! had been a bit higher up.

If I had to make any additions.. maybe Adaptation.

Simon said...

Dead on, except why is Eternal Sunshine so far away?

Japan Cinema said...

Requiem for a Dream is the most depressing movie of the decade, thats for certain.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

floating red couch i don't like requiem. i know many do, but that movie just does not sit well for me. even ellen, who is trying hard, but nope. nothing. (sorry)

james the film begins and ends with the ensemble.

jose dogville should make the last tier at least...i always forget that movie. perhaps it's my brain repelling lars.

jude i don't like adaptation. nicolas cage does little for me.

simon i always think of it as a kate and jimmy show (with mark just behind)...still, they're ALL good ensembles.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

japan cinema one of them at least, along with revolutionary road and a few others...

Castor said...

I can't say I have the same top movies as you but great way of presenting your top movies of the decade! Sometimes words are unneeded and pictures say it all.

So aside from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Mean Girls, Traffic, The Departed and LOTR:FOTR, well none of those are in my top 100 but I haven't seen quite a few in there though.

Danny King said...

I am somewhat puzzled by your honorable mention of "King Kong" (which I actually reviewed this past weekend).

I think Watts is terrific, but as far as an ensemble goes, the supporting performances from Brody, Black, and company virtually disappear once they reach Skull Island and Jackson starts piling on the action.

And just to reinforce, I agree with the "Floating Red Couch" that "Requiem" is among the decade's best films -- I haven't seen quite enough yet to label it the best, but it is certainly up there for me.

joe burns said...

What's the movie with the woman and man crying in the bathtub? And great choices! I only disliked a few, I think.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

castor well the ones there are some of the best. the lotr picture represents the entire series, though, it would be a bit redundant to divide the casts according to films because it's essentially the same throughout.

danny i read your kong but disqs sometimes has a problem loading hence no comment there. i like the film much (top ten of the year) and really it all works well for me.

i know you like requiem so i was hoping you happened to not click on this post...

joe the movie is big fish with jessica lange and albert finney.

Darren said...

Tier one is pretty great - nice to see some Departed love after all the indifference it seems to receive in retrospect ("it's not a Scorsese great," and all that).

Not sold on Gosford Park, though - but I accept I'm a minority on that.

Nigel said...

wow, Kate Winslet got so lucky with "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."

It was such a different road for her to take, and she treaded along so effortlessly.

And the hairrr lol. It was such an important aspect of her character; I bet the stylist who worked on that walks around proud.

anahita said...

YES. Gosford park has an amazing ensemble cast. Definitely best of the decade. Love the love for pride and prejudice and pirates of the caribbean too xD and lord of the rings - wow, shows how many good films have been made this decade xxx

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

nigel i find the blue hair to be undeniably hot.

anahita glad we're on the same page with the top choice (and i know about your love for p&p...:)

Danny King said...

Ha, I never miss an opportunity to commend the film!

And regarding Disqus, I know it is sometimes painful - perhaps it is time I change back to the default commenting system.

Robert said...

I also agree heavily with Gosford Park! Absolutely perfect ensemble. One that I would add is Milk, I don't know if it's simply because it's fresh in my mind, but I think that the acting in that film is fantastic.

And Kate's blue hair is amazing.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

robert on milk...it sounds like an obvious choice now that i give it some thought. but i was not a huge fan of the film.