Friday, January 01, 2010

Top 10 of 2000-2010

1. Lord of the Rings: The movie I was waiting for since grade four.
2. Pan's Labyrinth: I spent a year writing my thesis on it. I'd damn well better have liked it.
3. O Brother Where Art Thou?: Homer's Odyssey in the Depression years - George Clooney falling out of the train at the start sold me.
4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: While the most recent was the best, this will always be my favorite, for childlike nostalgia.
5. Moulin Rouge!: A gorgeous looking cinematic anomaly which shouldn't have worked, but did.
6. Dark Knight: The best superhero movie of the 21st century.
7. Wall-E: Pixar's best film can be viewed as children's movie, eco-statement, homage to SF, or theopoetic commentary on contamination and purity.
8. War of the Worlds: This movie remains one of the most chilling adaptations of Wells' book, and a stellar commentary on the post 9/11 world.
9. Silent Hill: A highly underrated movie with rich thematic depth.
10. Erin Brockovich: Julia Roberts' best role ever, and a great David vs. Goliath storyline.

What strikes me as particularly amazing, is that I could go back through the files from the Gotthammer website, which I started nearly 10 years ago. Before that, I have no record of what I thought the top 10 films of each year were, because I wasn't a blogger. 10 years ago, people weren't blogging per se. No one owned an Ipod. Mp3s were the hottest new technology. I didn't own a DVD player. 10 years ago, I was just recovering from the biggest crash of my life, and entering into a multimedia developer's program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. 9/11 hadn't happened yet. I didn't know who Harry Potter was. None of my writing had been published. My first band was over, and I hadn't started the next one. My children were years from being born. Lord of the Rings as a film phenomena was just a rumor. I had no idea that in a decade, I'd have left my first career behind, failed at my second, and moved onto a third. If you had told me I'd be studying steampunk for my PhD, I'd have said "steamwhat?"

I have no idea where the next 10 years will take me, but if the ride is as good as the last 10 have been, I am very excited. As Tennyson said, "'Tis not too late to seek a newer world."


  1. Anonymous6:43 AM

    Happy New Year Mike! I still want a 7DF Tshirt! :)

  2. Happy New Year! Nice succinct summary of the decade. It certainly has been a ride...

    By the way, I linked to you in an article I wrote in a new 'blogazine' called Enchanted Conversation (discussing and retelling fairy tales for scholars and adult enthusiasts). My article is "Steampunk + Fairy Tales: Why It Works". Thought you may be interested and like to know people may be clicking through to read your Steampunk Scholar blog.

    (I'm posting here because of the New Year thing :)

    Thanks for your blogs and for sharing your thoughts and explorations. I've found it very useful in my own ruminations.

  3. Good picks!
    Interesting perspective on the decade. I hadn't really thought of it but a lot HAS changed in the world and my life in ten years... And yeah, the Internet has made keeping track of media experiences much easier.