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.
Stranger Than Fiction was an attempt to make Will Ferrell more than just a funny man who can be found on Saturday Night Live. The movie had elements of life, love, and unpleasant irony that parallel most of our own lives. Ferrell shines as the boring IRS auditor Harold Crick who learns that his last days are looming, and being carefully crafted by author Karen Eiffel. Though it didn't hit well with mainstream audiences, this movie had its own rhythm, sense of humor, and offbeat style that may resurrect it as a forgotten classic.
Dan Gutierrez, Producer, Movie Mob and Saturday Morning @ Reelz
This debut from performance artist Miranda July was a smash at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival but made little impact in the States. That’s in part because it deals with real relationships, rarely good news at the box office. Perhaps what makes the movie so joyfully confounding (and deliciously perverse) is the childlike playfulness of its images and music juxtaposed with extreme — sometimes repulsive — adult content. Me and You is never optimistic about finding true love or friendship, but neither is it fatalistic. It merely asks us to recognize that we're a lot more screwed up than we care to admit.
Rich Zwellig, Contributing Writer
People must have passed this one up strictly because of its title. Little did they realize that it was a very thoughtful comedy that covered a lot of important issues, from personal choice to censorship.
Blake Foley, Database Coordinator
Why this charming, imaginative movie never found a mass audience is beyond me. (Of course, the lame trailer didn't help.) With its vivid colors, funny setups, and naughty (but never bratty) children, the movie works for all ages. And for parents, it has the added bonus of serving up a few behavioral lessons with just enough sugar to make them go down easily.
Jolene Gustafson, Managing Editor, reelz.com
Amidst the swearing, shooting, insulting, and laughing, it’s easy to overlook the morality play taking place at the heart of this wicked-smart movie. Could it have taken place anywhere else? No. Would actors other than Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes have been as good in this movie? Absolutely not. Why In Bruges didn’t connect with a bigger audience in theaters is beyond reason. Seeing Farrell play something other than brooding badass is reason enough to check it out.
Kristin Elliott, Social Media and Marketing Coordinator
The funniest documentary ever made, King of Kong documents the pathos and drama of the human condition when even the stupidest things are at stake. Not just for arthouse types, King of Kong is also just good, fun entertainment.
Sean Gandert, Web Production Manager
Funny sweaters? Check. Loser guy? Check. Life-sized doll? Check. How they took such a weird concept and made you feel devastated when the doll gets "sick" is beyond me, but this movie works. It shows the silly ways we manifest our emotions and how the people around us show us love in spite of ourselves. Who would have thought they could make a movie where a man falls for a mannequin without having things end up creepy.
Kristin Rakes, Producer
On the surface, Idiocracy comes off as an indulgent and ridiculous comedy about our possible future, in which the most popular TV shows feature people getting hit in the balls and all the clocks in the background flash 12:00. But this Mike Judge joint is a hilarious, albeit pessimistic, cautionary tale of the corporatizing of our world and our ever-increasing laziness. Here's hoping he's not right.
Mark Jackson-Weaver, Web Designer & HTML Coder
The 17th-century has never been brought to life in such a realistic manner. What should have been the best picture of 2006 ended up being missed by most, even with superstar Colin Farrell as Captain Smith and newcomer Q’orianka Kilcher exploding onto the big screen in a breakthrough performance as Pocahontas. Writer-director Terrence Malick is a visionary and poet who deserves proper recognition for this piece of art.
Travis Oscarson, Host, Movie Mob and Saturday Morning @ Reelz
Yes, it's a big, sprawling, cluttered mess that doesn't really fit together. Yes, it spends ages on bad jokes and over-the-top acting. Yes, it's the most self-indulgent movie of the decade, possibly of all-time. But looking beyond that, Southland Tales offers a bold and singular view of the world courtesy of Donnie Darko's mastermind Richard Kelly and does it with a panache that no one can top. For every moment of WTF the film offers, there's an equally brilliant sequence to make up for it.
Sean Gandert, Web Production Manager