The ReelzChannel 100 began when we asked Leonard Maltin for his favorite Hidden Gems of the decade. His list led the web team into a general discussion about the best movies of the decade and — after no small amount of debate, arguing, and (we're not proud to say) some petty name-calling — we decided we'd better bring it to an end with a company-wide vote. Then it was just a matter of tallying up the votes and hoping for the best. Lucky for us, ReelzChannel is filled with a staff ranging from movie lovers to movie fanatics. What turned out isn't what you'll find on a critic's best of list — instead it's what movie fans really enjoyed.
For less than $5 million, Richard Kelly created a movie that looks as good as any studio movie and outdoes the big wigs by creating a dark, mysterious story that's above all a personal vision. Donnie Darko's take on suburban dystopia rivals anything by David Lynch, while doubling as a coming-of-age story with a morbid twist.
Sean Gandert, Web Production Manager
Danny Boyle created a uniquely colorful love story by focusing on characters instead of huge budgets, big-named actors, and crazy visual effects. By doing so, he reminded all of us what movie-making should be.
Coryn Kiefer, Line Producer, Spotlight
This coming-of-age story included a desire we all have to break out of our hometowns and see what’s going on in the greater world at large. It’s tough to capture a movie about rock'n’roll without being cheesy, but Cameron Crowe managed to do that with an elegance that made it look easy in Kate Hudson's debut picture.
Amy Upah, Media Librarian
It’s a coin toss between which was creepier — Javier Bardem’s Anton Chigur or his hair style. Either way, this is an amazing example of American cinema and a classic, modern Western.
Kristin Elliott, Social Media and Marketing Coordinator
Count me among the skeptical masses at the news that Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon were doing the singing. Yet, they pulled it off, channeling one of Country's most enthralling duos onstage and off.
Jolene Gustafson, Managing Editor, reelz.com
Clint Eastwood is a scary, grizzled old man. This movie is why I don’t make fun of the Shriners, Lions Club, or Masons anymore. A really interesting story about a character I wouldn’t care about had it been played by anyone else. Plus, you have to admit — the car IS awesome.
John Coffman, Production Assistant
Y tu mamá también is one of my favorite films of all time — I love the characters and the setting and most of all the way it was shot. Alfonso Cuarón, along with Emmanuel Lubezki, is one of my favorite filmmakers. The long takes and documentary style camera add to the movie's emotional aspect and help the story along in ways that are breathtaking and beautiful to watch.
Dave Ferry, Producer/Editor
Being a big fan of both Martin Scorsese and mob movies, I was looking forward to seeing this one and it did not disappoint. The concept was about two men operating from different sides of the law, with one of them working both for and against their organization. Of course Jack Nicholson is in it, and who does it better than Jack?
Steven Watson, Traffic Coordinator
For what's ultimately a science-fiction parable about relationships, it's startling how real Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind feels. The movie's absurd premise sets the stage for startlingly true emotions and observations about what it is to be human.
Sean Gandert, Web Production Manager
One of the greatest films of any decade, There Will Be Blood rightfully earned eight Academy Award nominations. A brutal retelling of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Upton Sinclair's Oil!, the film showcases the extraordinary acting ability of Daniel Day-Lewis and the too-often-ruthless nature of American capitalism. It also elevated writer-director-producer Paul Thomas Anderson into the upper echelons of Hollywood auteurs.
Brent Sprecher, Contributing Writer