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.
While Christopher Nolan is widely known today thanks to Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Memento is a terrific example of just how talented he is as a director. Based on a short story written by his brother, Jonathan Nolan, Memento is an engaging, intricate murder mystery that challenges you to figure out what everything means before the main character does by telling the story in two separate narrative sequences. Guy Pearce gives one of the best performances of his career as Leonard, a man with no short-term memory who uses Polaroid photos, notes, and tattoos to help him piece together the identity of his wife's killer.
Brent Sprecher, Contributing Writer
Enter the zombie rom-com. This genuinely new take on the walking dead raised a cult following by deftly mixing horrible surprises with mordant wit.
Bill Stouffer, Contributing Writer
A clever take on the misfit-toy-searching-for-his-identity theme from the Rudolf and Frosty claymation shows a generation earlier. Casting is brilliant, with Will Ferrell as the oversized elf, Bob Newhart as Papa Elf, and Ed Asner as Santa.
Dack Ragus, Contributing Writer
This is a movie for anyone but it’s especially for those that have worked in news. Will Ferrell’s dialogue alone will crack you up. Best of all, the egos and fights between the competing news stations are priceless.
Casey Messer, Movies & Music Host
Having grown up in New Mexico, this will always be a favorite of mine. Little Miss Sunshine stated perfectly that it is okay to be who you are. We all just have to keep trying. As long as we are trying, we will all be winners, even in a big, small town like Albuquerque.
Amy Upah, Media Librarian
A masterpiece. Every inch of celluloid crackles with mood and tone; you cannot help but be affected by its magnificent cinematography, riveting performances, and its compellingly cringeworthy score. Its final moments will be among the greatest scenes ever dedicated to film, period. The only movie that I’ve ever given a standing ovation.
Adam Galanter, Producer/Editor
Pixar movies will be remembered for years to come for their imaginative and creative aspects. Up, in particular, will continue to be watched because of how it perfectly captures our childhood dreams of adventures.
Heejin Han, Web Video Content Coordinator
Just like the books they draw from, the Harry Potter movies offer timeless characters and stories with a rich mythology. Finding your place in the world is rarely an easy task, no matter what talents or burdens you bring to the table. Watching Harry, Ron, and Hermione make their way will remain the perfect antidote to adolescence for future generations, as well.
Jolene Gustafson, Managing Editor, reelz.com
I have never classified myself as a diehard fan, yet I still find myself watching these movies every chance I get. They are masterfully crafted and beautiful to watch. The fact that these movies manage to suck me in time and time again is a testament to how brilliant they really are.
Blake Foley, Database Coordinator
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is every good movie in one. Romantic, dramatic, comedic, and endlessly inventive, there's nothing it's afraid to touch and in each case the movie pulls things off beautifully. If there's one movie that will stand the test of time from this past decade, Eternal Sunshine is it.
Sean Gandert, Web Production Manager