10 Most Influential Films of the Decade

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2009 5:14 PM CDT

Though "the task is ridiculous," Brendon Connelly has come up with 10 films from the last decade that will prove influential 20 years down the road. Slashfilm has the list:

  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow: "On the list for kick-starting green-screen mania."
  • The Bourne Ultimatum: A technical triumph for its "running man camera" and its "rapid-fire cross cutting between an alarming amount of different angles."
  • Traffic: The film that introduced a "narrative paradigm I think we’ll be seeing a lot of."
  • My Big Fat Greek Weeding: A "puff of wind" that allowed the "pseudo-indie wings of studios" to take flight.

  • Polar Express: "Motion capture is now here, and is not going anywhere."
  • Rushmore: For "stamping Wes Anderson’s style, in its most successful form, onto the broad pop culture."
  • The Matrix: For the dubious honor of "badly repackaging the good ideas and techniques of better films and filmmakers."
  • Children of Men: It takes "several elements" and brings "them together into long, seemingly unbroken ‘takes.'"
  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin: "The acorn from which the grand Apatow oak has grown."
  • Coraline: "3D is here to stay this time—no, really."
(Read more film stories.)

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