This has been a powerful and wonderful decade for me. I got married to an unbelievable woman, made lifetime friends at a very unlikely place, saw the resurgence of Alabama football, worked everywhere from political campaigns to banks to churches, and had a movement toward agnosticism arrested by hearing the Gospel in April of 2003. I laughed, cried, and blah, blah, blah.
Anyway, here are my Top 5 lists:
Top 5 Movies Made in the Decade of the Naughts:
1) Black Snake Moan – If there is a more Gospel-centric movie, I would like to see it. Not for the kiddies.
2) Stranger than Fiction – Another powerful movie with Gospel themes.
3) 21 Grams – I have a love/hate relationship with this movie. It sent me into crisis for about a month. I never want to see it again.
4) Into the Wild – I always thought I would like to live alone in the Rockies until I saw this movie. All the love this guy just ignored.
5) The Squid and the Whale – All lot of folks were able to relate to this movie.
Honorable mention: Star Trek, Letters from Iwo Jima, Melinda and Melinda, K-Pax, Waitress, City of God, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Top 5 Movies I First Saw in the Naughts:
1) The Enemy Below – May be my favorite movie of all time.
2) Diary of a Country Priest – Absolutely jarring movie.
3) The Browning Version – Inverse of Goodbye Mr. Chips. Gospel-centric.
4) The Spy Who Came in From the Cold – Ezekiel 36:26
5) Shenandoah – Jimmy Stewart and the death of Pelagianism.
Honorable Mention: Forbidden Planet, Au Revoir Les Enfants, Hiroshima Mon Amour, M, Stardust Memories, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Marnie
Top 5 TV Shows of the Naughts:
1) Mad Men – Best TV show I have ever seen.
2) Battlestar Galactica – Gripping.
3) The Wire – Brilliant.
4) Breaking Bad – No pretense.
5) The Office – How could it be left out?
Honorable Mention: The Sopranos, South Park, Freaks and Geeks, In Treatment, Weeds (until they started getting all political), Friday Night Lights
Top 5 Musicians I Discovered in the Naughts:
1) Fred Eaglesmith – “I think the bottom of the barrel is where the answers are.” – Fred
2) Chris Knight – “There’s a gift that good Southern writers have, an ability to see beyond the surface of things and connect the landscape in which they live with the raging tempest of the human spirit.” – article about Knight
3) Mofro – Soulful swamp boogie
4) Townes Van Zandt – Sick prophet.
5) Blaze Foley – Was shot and killed in the late eighties while trying to defend his elderly friend.