I’m old enough that I can start recalling decades. Good god.

A Decade in Music and Films. My Favorites.

Top 50 Albums of the past decade:

  1. Radiohead – Kid A
  2. Sufjan Stevens – Age of Adz (w/ADP)
  3. Radiohead – Hail to the Thief
  4. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
  5. Arcade Fire – Funeral
  6. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
  7. Sufjan Stevens – Seven Swans
  8. Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
  9. Modest Mouse – The Moon & Antarctica
  10. Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
  11. Fun – Aim & Ignite
  12. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
  13. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
  14. Radiohead – In Rainbows
  15. The Cardigans – Long Gone Before Daylight
  16. White Stripes – Elephant
  17. Sigur Ros – Takk
  18. Sufjan Stevens  – Michigan
  19. Brandi Carlile – Give Up the Ghost
  20. M. Ward – Post War
  21. Patty Griffin – Children Running Through
  22. Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
  23. Over the Rhine – Ohio
  24. Steven Delopoulos – Me Died Blue
  25. Bright Eyes – Cassadega
  26. Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head
  27. Rufus Wainwright – Poses
  28. Patty Griffin – 1000 Kisses
  29. Ryan Adams – Cold Roses
  30. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
  31. The Shins – Chutes Too Narrow
  32. Switchfoot – Nothing is Sound
  33. The Format – Dog Problems
  34. The Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
  35. Radiohead – Amnesiac
  36. My Morning Jacket – Z
  37. Jónsi – Go
  38. Matthew Perryman Jones – Throwing Punches in the Dark
  39. The Jayhawks – Rainy Day Music
  40. Björk – Medulla
  41. Derek Webb – She Must and Shall Go Free
  42. Damien Rice – O
  43. The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
  44. Animal Collective – Meriwhether Post Pavilion
  45. The Postal Service – Give Up
  46. Vampire Weekend – Contra
  47. Jars of Clay – The Long Fall Back to Earth
  48. Beck – Sea Change
  49. The National – Boxer
  50. Rufus Wainwright – Want One

HM’s: Spoon – Kill the Moonlight, Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, Daft Punk – Discovery, The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You, Josh Ritter – The Animal Years, Björk – Vespertine, U2 – HTDAAB, Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights, Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism, G. Hansard & M. Irglová – Once


Top 50 Films of the past decade:

  1. Junebug – dir. Phil Morrison
  2. Lord of the Rings – Peter Jackson
  3. I Heart Huckabees – David O. Russell
  4. There Will Be Blood – Paul Thomas Anderson
  5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Michel Gondry
  6. Diving Bell and the Butterfly – Julian Schnabel
  7. Tape – Richard Linklater
  8. Dogville – Lars von Trier
  9. Synecdoche, New York – Charlie Kaufman
  10. Into the Wild – Sean Penn
  11. The New World – Terrence Malick
  12. Before Sunset – Richard Linklater
  13. Magnolia – Paul Thomas Anderson
  14. The Reader – Stephen Daldry
  15. Children of Men – Alfonso Cuarón
  16. Revolutionary Road – Sam Mendes
  17. The Dark Knight – Christopher Nolan
  18. City of God – F. Mierelles & K. Lund
  19. Pan’s Labyrinth – Guillermo del Toro
  20. Wall-E – Andrew Stanton
  21. No End in Sight – Charles Ferguson
  22. Almost Famous – Cameron Crowe
  23. King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters – Seth Gordon
  24. Mulholland Drive – David Lynch
  25. Darwin’s Nightmare – Hubert Sauper
  26. Punch Drunk Love – Paul Thomas Anderson
  27. The Corporation – M. Achbar & J. Abbott
  28. No Country for Old Men – Joel & Ethan Cohen
  29. Inglorious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino
  30. The Motorcycle Diaries – Walter Salles
  31. Memento – Christopher Nolan
  32. Brokeback Mountain – Ang Lee
  33. Fog of War – Errol Morris
  34. Wet Hot American Summer – David Wain
  35. Inception – Christopher Nolan
  36. The Squid & The Whale – Noah Baumbach
  37. Shortbus – John Cameron Mitchell
  38. Grizzly Man – Werner Herzog
  39. The Royal Tennenbaums – Wes Anderson
  40. Me and You and Everyone We Know – Miranda July
  41. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days – Marc Rothemund
  42. Manderlay – Lars von Trier
  43. Persepolis – V. Paronnaud & M. Satrapi
  44. Waking Life – Richard Linklater
  45. Oh Brother Where Art Thou? – Joel & Ethan Coen
  46. Adaptation – Charlie Kaufmann
  47. Goodnight & Good Luck – George Clooney
  48. Lost In Translation – Sofia Coppola
  49. Shaun of the Dead – Edgar Wright
  50. In Bruges – Martin McDonagh

HM’s: Mystic River – Clint Eastwood, The Fall – Tarsem Singh, Moulin Rouge – Baz Luhrmann, Talk to Her – Pedro Almodóvar, Zodiac – David Fincher, The 25th Hour – Spike Lee, Anchorman – Adam McKay The Hours – Stephen Daldry, Capote – Bennett Miller, Before Night Falls – Julian Schnabel

*Note: The decade spans 2001-2010. 2000 was technically the end of the 90’s. I’m sensitive to this fact since I graduated high school in ’01, the first class of the new millenium, and we took some pride in this. The past ten years have naturally been the most significant in making me who I am, here at 27-years-old, so I think this list probably says a lot about what’s shaped me, moved me, and sent me.

So….What’s missing? What’s in your top 5? Leave your list. Critique mine.

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About matthewryanward

Cultural cataloguer of unoriginal thoughts – a magpie learner & reassembler, champion idealist, localist, recovering and struggling elitist, student of grace, procrastinator extraordinaire, debtor, polemical aggravator, wannabe adventurer based in Music City's eastside. ----------------------------------- ----------- "There were no formerly heroic times, and there was no formerly pure generation. There is no one here but us chickens, and so it has always been: a people busy and powerful, knowledgeable, ambivalent, important, fearful and self-aware; a people who scheme, promote, deceive and conquer; who pray for their loved ones, and long to flee misery and skip death. It is a weakening and discoloring idea that rustic people knew God personally once upon a time — or even knew selflessness or courage or literature — but that it is too late for us. In fact, the absolute is available to everyone in every age. There never was a more holy age than ours, and never a less." - Annie Dillard
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