Cinema Connoisseur: The top 100 films of the past decade (#60 to 41)
60. Chicken Run (2000) — Stop-motion animated film about a group of chickens that desperately want to learn to fly, so they can escape the farm they are trapped in. However their teacher Rocky (Mel Gibson) might not be the saviour they need.
59. Spider-Man (2002) — I'm sure you've heard of this one. Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) becomes Spider-Man, falls for Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst), battles the Green Goblin, and defeats “Macho Man” Randy Savage in a steel cage match. Sure, it's cheesy in parts, but is an overall enjoyable film, good for repeated viewings.
58. There Will Be Blood (2007) — Greed and religion slowly drive an oil baron (Daniel Day-Lewis) mad in the early 20th century.
57. Cast Away (2000) — Tom Hanks stars as a FedEx executive who lands on a deserted island, where he remains for many years with only a volleyball to talk to.
56. The Hangover (2009) — This past summer's huge hit comedy sees a bachelor party go awry when the groom goes missing, replaced by a baby and Mike Tyson's tiger.
55. Ratatouille (2007) — A hapless young chef becomes the toast of the town thanks to the culinary skills of a rat in another winner from Pixar. Those Pixar folks are due to make a stinker one of these days.
54. Hot Fuzz (2007) — A top London cop (Simon Pegg) is transferred to a small English town where there initially appears to be no crime to stop. However a rash of murders changes everything in this hilarious British comedy.
53. Blood Diamond (2006) — A smuggler (Leonard DiCaprio) and a journalist (Jennifer Connelly) get embroiled in the dark world of diamond mining in African war zones.
52. Brokeback Mountain (2005) — If there is a finer gay cowboy film out there, I certainly haven't seen it. If anyone out there is too prejudiced to watch it, grow up. It's a fine film that lived up to the hype.
51. Sexy Beast (2000) — Brutally abusive (both physically and verbally) gangster Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) recruits a retired robber back for one last heist. Worth seeing just for Kingsley's performance — he's just so mean!
50. The Matador (2005) — Dark comedy that sees a hit man who is losing his nerve (Pierce Brosnan) and a struggling business man (Greg Kinnear) bond after a chance meeting in Mexico.
49. The Last Kiss (2006) — Zach Braff plays a young man who is expecting a child with his long-term girlfriend, and feeling the pressure. When he meets a free-spirited young lady (Rachel Bilson) at a wedding, trouble ensues.
48. The School of Rock (2003) — Rock star wannabe Jack Black needs some cash, so he poses as his teacher roommate. Little does he know that he is about to form the ultimate rock band with his elementary school pupils. This is the pinnacle of Jack Black's film career.
47. Spider-Man 2 (2004) — Peter Parker battles Dr. Octopus while struggling with school, work, love and his relationship with his annoying Aunt May in this rare sequel that tops the original.
46. Superbad (2007) — Two high school friends (Michael Cera and Jonah Hill) deal with their impending separation due to college, while trying to score with some lovely ladies.
45. The Passion of the Christ (2004) — Who would have thought a religious picture in a foreign language would become a huge financial success? Mel Gibson, that's who! Gibson's film about the last hours of Jesus Christ's life made over $600 million dollars. That's one big collection plate. It is quite violent at times, not for the squeamish.
44. The Aviator (2004) — Martin Scorsese directed Leonard DiCaprio's turn as legendary aviator and film maker Howard Hughes, who become one of the wealthiest men in the world, but exhibited eccentric and reclusive behaviour.
43. Big Fish (2003) — A man returns home to visit his dying father, who has a knack for telling elaborate, far-fetched stories. After some examination however, it turns out there may be some truth to these tales. This one was directed by Tim Burton, and stars Ewan McGregor.
42. Black Snake Moan (2006) — Christina Ricci plays a woman of very loose values — she's the village bicycle, basically. When a blues musician (Samuel L. Jackson) finds her lying on the side of the road, he decides to turn her life around. Step one is to imprison her by chaining her up to his radiator.
41. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) — Before Will Ferrell started relying on the same shtick in every movie, he starred in this hilarious look at a 1970s news team. Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate all shine in this one. The brawl between warring news factions is classic.