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."

4 comments:

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

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  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.

    http://www.enchantedconversation.org/2009/11/steampunk-fairy-tales-why-it-works-by.html

    (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.

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  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.

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