10 Most Influential Films of the Decade

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2009 5:14 PM CDT

(Newser) – Though "the task is ridiculous," Brendon Connelly has come up with 10 films from the last decade that will prove influential 20 years down the road. Slashfilm has the list:

  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow: "On the list for kick-starting green-screen mania."
  • The Bourne Ultimatum: A technical triumph for its "running man camera" and its "rapid-fire cross cutting between an alarming amount of different angles."
  • Traffic: The film that introduced a "narrative paradigm I think we’ll be seeing a lot of."
  • My Big Fat Greek Weeding: A "puff of wind" that allowed the "pseudo-indie wings of studios" to take flight.

  • Polar Express: "Motion capture is now here, and is not going anywhere."
  • Rushmore: For "stamping Wes Anderson’s style, in its most successful form, onto the broad pop culture."
  • The Matrix: For the dubious honor of "badly repackaging the good ideas and techniques of better films and filmmakers."
  • Children of Men: It takes "several elements" and brings "them together into long, seemingly unbroken ‘takes.'"
  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin: "The acorn from which the grand Apatow oak has grown."
  • Coraline: "3D is here to stay this time—no, really."