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.
Lilo & Stitch is a Disney movie that is, in a lot of ways, made for the boys that had to endure the "Princess" movies. It is, of course, the warm and cute story that we have come to expect from The Mouse, but we can’t forget the fact that the trailers for this movie showed Stitch tearing apart some of the more iconic "Princess" moments in Disney’s history.
Blake Foley, Database Coordinator
Hayao Miyazaki is a genius, pure and simple. He understands children — what they like, what they want, how they think, and what will reach them. What makes him a genius is that he also knows that those are the same things that motivate adults, too. Great visuals and a really good story make this a must-see.
John Coffman, Production Assistant
After spending the turn of the new century watching decades-old classics such as Snow White, The Little Mermaid, and Sleeping Beauty over and over again, it was a breath of fresh air to watch a magical film that was just as majestic and creative as the original Disney movies. Enchanted helped me remember why I love Disney.
Amy Upah, Media Librarian
I just really liked Finding Nemo! Sometimes that's all there is to it. I don't have something better to say, it was just a really good movie.
Casey Messer, Movies & Music Host
Set in Monstropolis, we follow the monsters Mike and Sully where they work for a company collecting children's screams to power their city. Hijinks ensue when they accidentally bring a small child back to Monstropolis (a big no-no) and attempt to get her back to the human world without being found out. A fun, uplifting gem from Pixar that's enjoyable no matter how old you are.
Mark Jackson-Weaver, Web Designer & HTML Coder
An entertaining, smartly conceived riff on the superhero genre that proved director Brad Bird's The Iron Giant (1999) was no fluke, and showed he's got a knack for creating animated flicks that appeal as much to adults as kids (or maybe more; see Ratatouille).
Dack Ragus, Contributing Writer
Only with Pixar can a troubled picture like this become one of the decade's masterpieces. Though it doesn't have any setpieces as showy as its brethren, Ratatouille manages the balance between humor and humanity better than even the studio's other efforts. Add in some Patton Oswalt and you've made a recipe for success.
Sean Gandert, Web Production Manager
An amazing cinematic achievement unfolding over a decade (and with more yet to come), this series brings J.K. Rowling's world of wizardry to life and gives us characters worth caring about. With the latest and darkest installment, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, the series proves that it can not only continue to deliver, but keep on building the drama.
Bill Stouffer, Contributing Writer
Up reminded me of my childhood when I wondered if balloons could take me away on adventures. But aside from its whimsical plot, the movie also touched on other topics, such as love, friendship, and compassion — I appreciated that.
Heejin Han, Web Video Content Coordinator
Admittedly the most grownup of the Pixar titles, with its bleak look at a trash-filled future earth and Charlie Chaplin–like quiet action, WALL-E may be the first science-fiction classic for children. And, hey, any movie that can make a cockroach loveable must be acknowledged.
Jolene Gustafson, Managing Editor, reelz.com