Top 10 Films of the Decade (So Far) / أفضل ١٠ افلام العقد حتى الآن

1. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)The Dark Knight Rises Movie Poster

2. Django Unchained (2012)

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3. Interstellar / بين النجوم

(2014)

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4. Grand Budapest Hotel / فندق بودابست الفخم

(2014)

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5. Guardians of the Galaxy / حراس المجرة

(2014)

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6. Toy Story 3 (2010)

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7. A Separation (2011)

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8. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

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9. Inception (2010)

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10. Boyhood (2014)

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Honorable Mentions:

The Act of Killing (2012); The Avengers (2012); Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’ (2014); Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014); Captain Phillips (2013); Drive (2011); Her (2013); The Master (2012); The Social Network (2010); Skyfall (2012); The Tree of Life (2011); 12 Years a Slave (2013); The Wolf of Wall Street (2013); X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

 

 

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Galaxy Quest (1999): A Guilty Pleasure

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Synopsis:

 

The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help.

 

Guilty Pleasure Qualities:

 

Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Tony Shalhoub at the top of their game. Top-notch special effects. Hilarious script. Good pace.

 

Guilty Pleasure Level:

 

Moderate (Revisited once every two years)

 

Director:

 

Dean Parisot

 

Cast:

 

  • Tim Allen (as Jason Nesmith)
  • Sigourney Weaver (as Gwen DeMarco)
  • Alan Rickman (as Alexander Dane)
  • Tony Shalhoub (as Fred Kwan)
  • Sam Rockwell (as Guy Fleegman)
  • Daryl Mitchell (as Tommy Webber)
  • Enrico Colantoni (as Mathesar)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hour and 42 minutes

 

Genres:

 

Action / Adventure / Comedy / Sci-Fi

 

Stills:

 

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Toy Story 3 (2010): A Great Films mini-review



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Toy Story 2 (1999): A Great Films mini-review



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Directors:

John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, and Lee Unkrich

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Top 10 Directorial Debuts | أفضل 10 أفلام إخراج أول



1. Reservoir Dogs (1992) (Director: Quentin Tarantino)

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Best of 2010



Black Swan


 

Synopsis: A ballet dancer wins the lead in “Swan Lake” and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan – Princess Odette – but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Writers: Mark Heyman (screenplay), Andres Heinz (screenplay), John J. McLaughlin (screenplay), Andres Heinz (story)

Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel



Buried


 

Synopsis: Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it’s a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

Director: Rodrigo Cortés

Writer: Chris Sparling

Stars: Ryan Reynolds



Despicable Me

 

 

Synopsis: When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.

Director: Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud

Writers: Cinco Paul (screenplay), Ken Daurio (screenplay), Sergio Pablos (story)

Stars: Steve Carell and Jason Segel



Exit Through the Gift Shop

 

 

Synopsis: The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy.

Director: Banksy

Stars: Banksy



Fighter, The

 

Synopsis: A look at the early years of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.

Director: David O. Russell

Writers: Scott Silver (screenplay) and Paul Tamasy (screenplay) & Eric Johnson (screenplay); Paul Tamasy (story) & Eric Johnson (story) & Keith Dorrington (story)

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

 



 

Synopsis: As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows.

Director: David Yates

Writers: Steve Kloves (screenplay), J.K. Rowling (novel)

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint



How to Train Your Dragon

 



 

Synopsis: A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

Director: Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders

Writers: William Davies (screenplay), Dean DeBlois (screenplay) & Chris Sanders (screenplay), Cressida Cowell (book)

Stars: Jay Baruchel and Gerard Butler



Inception

 

Synopsis: In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job to date: Inception.

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Christopher Nolan

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page and Michael Caine



Inside Job

 

 

Synopsis: Takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson

 



Kick-Ass

 



 

Synopsis: Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Writers: Jane Goldman (screenplay), Matthew Vaughn (screenplay), and Mark Millar (comic book) & John Romita Jr. (comic book)

Stars: Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage and Chloë Grace Moretz



King’s Speech, The

 



 

Synopsis: The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

Director: Tom Hooper

Writer: David Seidler (screenplay)

Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter



127 Hours

 



 

Synopsis: A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Director: Danny Boyle

Writers: Danny Boyle (screenplay), Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Aron Ralston (book “Between a Rock and a Hard Place”)

Stars: James Franco



Prophet, A

 

 

Synopsis: A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin.

Director: Jacques Audiard

Writers: Thomas Bidegain (screenplay) andJacques Audiard (screenplay), Abdel Raouf Dafri (original screenplay), and Nicolas Peufaillit (original screenplay)

Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup and Adel Bencherif



Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

 



 

Synopsis: Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in order to win her heart.

Director: Edgar Wright

Writers: Michael Bacall (screenplay), Edgar Wright (screenplay), and Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni Press graphic novels)

Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kieran Culkin



Secret in their Eyes, The

 

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Synopsis: A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior – both of which still haunt him decades later.

Director: Juan José Campanella

Writers: Eduardo Sacheri, Juan José Campanella, and Eduardo Sacheri (novel “La pregunta de sus ojos”)

Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil and Pablo Rago



Shutter Island

 

 

Synopsis: Drama set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding nearby.

Director: Martin Scorsese

Writers: Laeta Kalogridis (screenplay), Dennis Lehane (novel)

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer and Mark Ruffalo



Social Network, The

 

Synopsis: Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking website that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

Director: David Fincher

Writers: Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), Ben Mezrich (book)

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake



Tangled

 

 

Synopsis: The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.

Director: Nathan Greno and Byron Howard

Writers: Dan Fogelman (screenplay), Jacob Grimm (fairy tale) & Wilhelm Grimm (fairy tale) and Dean Wellins (additional story)

Stars: Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi



Toy Story 3

 

 

Synopsis: The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it’s up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren’t abandoned and to return home.

Director: Lee Unkrich

Writers: John Lasseter (story), Andrew Stanton (story), and Lee Unkrich (story) and Michael Arndt (screenplay)

Stars: Tom Hanks and Tim Allen



True Grit

 

 

Synopsis: A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn young woman track down her father’s murderer.

Directors: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

Writers: Joel Coen (screenplay), Ethan Coen (screenplay), and Charles Portis (novel)

Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and Hailee Steinfeld



Winter’s Bone

 



 

Synopsis: An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.

Director: Debra Granik

Writers: Debra Granik (screenplay), Anne Rosellini (screenplay), and Daniel Woodrell (novel)

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes and Garret Dillahunt



Toy Story (1995): A Great Films review

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A group of green toy soldiers begin to organize in preparation for the important raid they are about to participate in. Their commander, with a strong and aggressive voice, leads the way as they approach the intended location. They find a pot plant close to the area and decide to hide inside it. It is then that the commander uses the large walkie-talkie, carried by two of his men, to inform the cowboy on the other end that all is set. Woody, the leader of his owner Andy's toys, asks everyone to stay quiet and listen to the army commander. The location of the raid, it turns out, is the living room in which Andy's birthday is about to start. The toys tremble and shake throughout this dreadful ordeal, fearing the possibility of being replaced by a newer, shinier toy. However, Woody assures them all by proclaiming that “no toy will be replaced” and that “Andy loves us all.” We soon discover, however, that this is not the case at all. Leaving it as the final surprise present, Andy's mom shocks him by gifting him the newest toy in the market, a brand-spanking new Buzz Lightyear! It is this rivalry between Woody and Buzz that shapes and creates, in my eyes at least, the most groundbreaking animation picture in cinema history.

Toy Story Woody Buzz Lightyear

Toy Story, directed by John Lasseter, is a film that takes place in a world where toys could talk and have emotions, provided they are not under the watchful eye of their owners, us. The main driving force of the story, as previously mentioned, is the arrival of the new toy Buzz Lightyear into Andy's life and how this affects Woody and his place as Andy's favorite toy. The film made a large impact on the film industry when it was released in 1995 due to it being the first fully computer-animated feature film. Its studio, Pixar, would go on to dominate this genre for the next decade or so, proving that animated films can be as meaningful as live-action films, if not more so. Indeed, they could be credited, justifiably so, for being the pioneers of this unique genre.

Woody Toy Story

The animation and level of craftsmanship that went into designing this excellent animated film deserve to be noticed and appreciated. The characters are vivid and “alive”, living and breathing in a believable world. Not just with Woody and Buzz, the design of the remaining characters is equally admirable. Characters such as Rex the Dinosaur, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky the Dog, and many more, create an ensemble cast of toys that is simply unforgettable. Of course, this is without forgetting Sid, one of my favorite Pixar villains ever. The facial expressions, the hand gestures and the body movement are fantastic details that work together to provide a magical feeling and a sense of astonishment throughout the film. There are specific scenes that highlight this perfectly, one of which that springs to mind involves Woody and Buzz at an arcade named Pizza Planet searching for Andy. Another is the epic final scene that involves one of the most exciting chase scenes I've ever seen. It is very clear that the level of animation in this debut picture from Pixar will be taught and discussed for generations to come.

However, even if the animation is top notch, it still needs an excellent story as well as superb voice acting in order to be able to be called a truly great film. Thankfully, that is the case here. With Tom Hanks and Tim Allen playing the voices of Woody and Buzz respectively, it was clear from the beginning that Pixar wanted this movie to be given the utmost attention in every department. Hanks and Allen are joined by talented actors including: Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head), Jim Varney (Slinky), Wallace Shawn (Rex), John Ratzenberger (Hamm), Annie Potts (Bo Peep), John Morris (Andy) and Erik von Detten (Sid). They all manage, in their own unique way, to provide the story more depth and feeling. It is these actors with their excellent voice acting that give the film an extra dimension that would otherwise have made this a very normal film. A scene that showcases this clearly is the one in which Woody, out of jealousy from Buzz's new-found popularity, devises a scheme that backfires spectacularly, resulting in the other toys demanding Woody's ouster from the group. To be honest, I would find it very hard to believe that any viewer who has seen this film would feel disappointed or let down by the exceptional voice acting and creative storyline and dialogue.

Buzz Lightyear Woody Toy Story

With memorable songs such as “Strange Things” and “You Got A Friend In Me”, Toy Story has successfully cemented its place in cinema history as one of the most memorable, exciting, joyous, imaginative, entertaining and brilliant motion pictures ever made. It is also great because it contains many life lessons that all of us would appreciate and learn from. I believe Buzz Lightyear summarizes these lessons perfectly by asking us all to go “to infinity and beyond!”

 

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Director:

John Lasseter

Outstanding performances:

  • Tom Hanks (as the voice of Woody)
  • Tim Allen (as the voice of Buzz Lightyear)
  • Don Rickles (as the voice of Mr. Potato Head)
  • Jim Varney (as the voice of Slinky the Dog)
  • Wallace Shawn (as the voice of Rex the Dinosaur)
  • John Ratzenberger (as the voice of Hamm)

Runtime:

1 hour and 17 minutes

Rating:

G

Genres:

Animation / Adventure / Comedy

 

Memorable Years in Cinema: 1999



The Matrix

 

Without question, 1999 was one of cinema’s best years. A plethora of great and innovative films were produced in that year that still have profound impact on future films in all aspects.

Probably one of the most influential of all these films is The Wachowski Brothers’ The Matrix. The film, a Sci-Fi Action flick, takes place in a world in which nothing is what it seems. Starring Keanu Reeves, in probably his career-best role as the savior Neo, the film provides the audience with astounding action scenes and a truly creative premise that have since been copied and imitated, often very poorly so. The “bullet scene” was especially innovative with its smart use of slow-motion and camerawork. It is easily one of cinema’s greatest scenes.

 

Fight Club

 

Another superb picture in this remarkable year is Fight Club. Now, I admit that I did not fully understand and get this quirky and unconventional film’s point on my first viewing. However, after multiple viewings, it has become clear how ahead of its time this film was. Starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in two outstanding roles, the film is rather a harsh comment on mainstream society and consumerism as a whole. The film, directed by David Fincher, was indeed so ahead of its time that there where some commentators in the United States took offense to its message and found it very blunt. A sign, to me at least, of a great film.

 

Magnolia

 

Paul Thomas Anderson, one of my all-time favorite directors, contributed his own instant classic in this year with Magnolia. A superb drama, the film focused on multiple characters, each in different phases of their lives, struggling to find the meaning of life. It is presented in such a gripping and visionary way that it still truly amazes me whenever I watch it again. It also featured one of the best ensemble casts ever committed to film: Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Alfred Molina and Philip Baker Hall.

 

American Beauty

 

Another gem from 1999 is Alan Ball’s American Beauty. It broke ground, in my eyes, with the way it views the typical American suburban neighborhood as anything but normal. With a soaring performance from Kevin Spacey, the film explores one man’s life at the center of him undergoing a mid-life crisis. I loved how Ball commented on and made fun of one’s almost-automatic assumption that the most normal of lives exists in these ‘perfect’ neighborhoods. Being an avid fan of his later classic TV Show, Six Feet Under, I believe American Beauty offers an early glimpse of his genius and his satirical and unrelenting comment on contemporary life.

 

Toy Story 2

 

Toy Story 2, one of my favorite sequels, was also released in 1999. Following up one of the most groundbreaking animated films, it succeeded in not only achieving the same greatness and fun of the original but surpass it. Indeed, this sequel is so perfectly paced and entertaining that it was only logical for it to be considered a great film soon after it was released. One of Pixar’s proudest achievements.

 

The Green Mile

 

A film that I still believe is underrated but was one of 1999’s highlights is The Green Mile. Directed by Frank Darabont, the film takes place mostly in a prison compound in the American south. Based on a Stephen King story, the film does contain some ‘magical’ elements but also remains a very realistic portrayal of prison life in general. However, in comparison to Darabont’s other classic, The Shawshank Redemption, in this picture, it is the white man who is truly astounded by the black man’s courage and determination to live and endure despite the deep injustice and cruelty surrounding him.

It is clear that 1999 will always be one of cinema’s best years due to the high level of quality films that were produced in that year. The above films, and the below list of other exceptional films, show how filmmakers took big bets that paid off in dividends. A truly groundbreaking year in cinema history.

Other Notable Films:

  • All About My Mother (Director: Pedro Almadovar)
  • Being John Malkovich (Director: Spike Jonze)
  • Boys Don’t Cry (Director: Kimberly Peirce)
  • Office Space (Director: Mike Judge)
  • Sixth Sense, The (Director: M. Night Shayamalan)
  • Sleepy Hollow (Director: Tim Burton)

 

Top 10 Animation Films | أفضل 10 أفلام الرسوم المتحركة

 

1. Bambi (1942)

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