More of Tomorrow’s Classics: Film

The Voice is looking back at the best of the decade in Tomorrow’s Classics. To celebrate the end of the decade, Vox is getting in on the fun too! This week, the best of the silver screen, broken down by genre.


  • The Wrestler (2008): Darren Aronofsky’s best film yet reminded us all that Mickey Rourke is still one hell of an actor, even if he looks like Clayface. In a decade dominated by “ironic” nostalgia, The Wrestler is refreshingly honest about one man’s past. Let’s just hope that Rourke keeps putting in performances like this one in the future.
  • Children of Men (2006)
  • Gangs of New York (2002)
  • Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005)



  • Once (2006): The characters don’t have names, the film was shot in 17 days on a shoe-string budget, and the dialogue is sparse. But man, oh man, those songs. It’s difficult to explain why Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová are perfect, why the story is perfect, and why Once is the most touching films in years, if not decades. Just watch it. You’ll understand.
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  • High Fidelity (2000)
  • Love Actually (2003)
  • Pride and Prejudice (2005)


  • The Bourne Identity (2002): Remember when nobody thought that Matt Damon could play a believable action star? That was silly. The Bourne Identity has its faults—the “shaky cam” cinematography makes fight scenes confusing, for one—but it’s got all of the elements of a great action film. The fallen hero. A shadowy government agency. Clive Owen. It’s all in there.
  • Casino Royale (2006)
  • Ong Bak (2003)
  • Kill Bill Vol. 1, Vol. 2 (2003, 2004)
  • Crank (2006)


  • WALL·E (2008): Who would’ve thought a heartwarming story about a lonely robot could make a 19 year old college student cry? (I sure didn’t. Completely unrelated note: Crying while on a date is NOT a good way to woo the ladies.) WALL·E is the perfect Pixar film—it has a whimsical storyline, it astounds audiences with special effects, and it has a child-friendly moral. Make sure you keep some tissues nearby when watching, you know, just in case it gets dusty in the room.
  • Shrek (2001)
  • Ratatouille (2007)
  • Spirited Away (2001)
  • The Incredibles (2004)




  • 28 Days Later… (2002): Danny Boyle’s film about a man surviving in post apocalyptic England is down-right scary. Vampires stay out of the daylight. Zombies are slow and stupid. Werewolves are only a threat once a month. But the Rage-inflicted people in 28 Days Later…? Those bastards never stop running. Don’t forget: aim for the head, kids, not the body.
  • Saw (2004)
  • El Orfanato (2007)
  • The Descent (2005)
  • The Ring (2002)

Are you confused why some of your favorite films are missing? Check out this week’s issue of the Voice to see if they made the print edition of Tomorrow’s Classics!

Do you think we missed something great? Do you want to hit us on the crown of our skull with a ball-peen hammer for not considering Love Actually the best romance film of the decade? Are you disappointed that I didn’t mock any celebrity’s physical deformities this week? Let us know what you think of our choices in the comments! (But seriously, Love Actually isn’t as good as Once.)

7 Comments on “More of Tomorrow’s Classics: Film

  1. I think I agree with everything, except Gangs of New York. It had all of the pieces of a great movie (acting, cinematography, direction, etc), but in the end it was an awful, awful movie. 3 hours too long.

  2. you got some picks in Sci-Fi wrong, but on the whole decent. POA was the WORST HP movie, and ROTK was way better than TTT. You can tell I go to Georgetown because I like acronyms.

  3. Chris, Prisoner of Azkaban was pretty awesome. Maybe not the best, but definitely better than the first movie.

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