Welcome back to the countdown, as we are now counting down my top ten best movies of the decade.
The #9 best movie of the decade:
Requiem For A Dream (2000)
You may think this is just a movie about drugs and that the message of the film is to just say no to drugs. In a way it is. But you can say this is the most depressing and most artistic drug message you'll ever see. This film is not about drugs but about addiction and it chronicles the four happy souls down to a very devastating point of their life. I'll say this, there is no happy ending. No point of lesson realization where things go back to normal. Things go down to the sh*t.. hard! But in this heavy and moral issue lies a beautiful, emotional and visually-breathtaking experience even the faint of heart must see.
Its a visual feast grounded with a sense of emotional and dark issues, following the four characters as they tried to reach that ultimate goal and happiness in life. The most significant out of the four actors is Ellen Burstyn, who gave an outstanding and heartbreaking performance as the ignored, lonely old mother who wanted nothing more than to be on a television show and to be loved by her only son. Others gave great performances too, especially Marlon Wayans who did so well in a dramatic role. The film's trademark would be its editing and cutting style patterns in sequences representing the film's theme of addiction, one that will be parodied in certain films and TV series. The soundtrack is some of the most haunting and chaotic ever put on screen and the cinematography are just out there. Watch this film with caution, by the end of the film you will be hallow inside.
Favorite Defining Moment:
(Spoiler Alert - Don't see this until you see the movie)
I could talk about Ellen's brilliant monologue scene, or the montage that shows the character's demise, but probably my most favorite is the final phone conversation between doomed lovers Harry and Marion. Its a short and simple scene, but after following their romance throughout the movie, this comes full effect. That when they end their talk on the phone, all hope is lost and it is downhill from there.
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Tomorrow, I will reveal #8 best movie of the 00s. What will it be....