Special Features 014: CTS Podcast’s Very Best Films of the Aughts, 2000-2009 (Reissue)

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Brought to you by Movie Podcast Network and sponsored by Movie Podcast Weekly, we proudly present Special Features Episode 014, a reissue of the Considering the Sequels podcast’s “Very Best Films of the Aughts,” a bonus episode that celebrates the best cinema of the years 2000 through 2009.

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Jason, Andy and Karl’s very first podcast was Considering the Sequels (or CTS Podcast), launched in June 2010. (Ryan wasn’t born yet.) Typically, we would review movie franchises and determine whether the primary film’s sequels were deemed as “cinematic dead-horse beating.” But we sometimes released special episodes, like The Very Best Films of the Aughts, which was recorded on November 28, 2010 — the day Leslie Nielsen died.

This episode is noteworthy for a number of reasons: First, we were actually somewhat sheepish and polite to one another back then. Also, believe it or not, Andy actually makes an effort and prepares a real list and takes the episode seriously! Andy also records this show in the midst of a snowy, family road trip while lodging at some lonely hotel in Colby, Kansas, where the population at that time was 5,387.

You can also hear Andy podcast with one of his foremost nemeses, filmmaker Andrew James, co-director of “Cleanflix” (2009) and writer-director of “Street Fighting Men” (2017). And though he couldn’t attend this recording, we still read the prepared list of documentary filmmaker Torben Bernhard, who provided his Best Foreign Films of the Aughts list! And by the way, this show also provides our picks for the single best film of the entire decade! So, you get a nice sampling of somewhere around 50 of the most notable films of the Aughts. We also discuss Roger Ebert’s overview and picks for the 2000s.

Please pardon the audio quality. This was early in our podcasting career, so we didn’t have our sound dialed in. Nor did we follow all the proper podcasting etiquette, such as not speaking too close to the mic.

Note about Jason (aka “Jay of the Dead”): Since Jay loves all genres of cinema, and this exercise required the hosts to choose a No. 1 film for each year (and for the decade), you will notice a surprising and perhaps shameful absence of any Horror cinema representation in Jay’s picks… But this is simply due to the fact that each year during the Aughts, Jay’s No. 1 film of the year simply wasn’t a Horror film. Rest assured, Horror Movie Podcast will be providing its Best Horror Films of the Aughts episode!

So, without further delay, here is the Considering the Sequels Podcast’s “Very Best Films of the Aughts,” 2000 through 2009. Enjoy! And thank you for supporting the Movie Podcast Network.

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4 thoughts on “Special Features 014: CTS Podcast’s Very Best Films of the Aughts, 2000-2009 (Reissue)

  1. Jay, you really seem to like lists, so how could I not make my own Aughts list. I’m not as versed in the foreign or indie movies as you guys are, but I have seen A LOT of the movies in the aughts. BTW, Karl picked Transformers, so I feel pretty good about some of my so called guilty pleasures. So here we go…

    2000- Gladiator HM- Pitch Black
    2001- Fellowship of the Ring HM- Super Troopers (also I own Freddy Got Fingered and I bought it on purpose)
    2002- Blade 2 HM- Gangs of New York
    2003- Kill Bill HM- Underworld, Open Range
    2004- Kill Bill 2 HM- HP Prisoner of Azkaban, Team America World Police
    2005- Devils Rejects HM- Serenity, Sin City
    2006- V for Vendetta HM- Underworld Evolution, Casino Royale, Grandma’s Boy, Illusionist
    2007- 30 Days of Night HM- Transformers, August Rush
    2008- Favorite of the Decade HM- Iron Man, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Gran Torino
    2009- Sherlock Holmes HM- 9, District 9, Star Trek
    Favorite of the Decade

  2. Love what you do Jay. H.M.P. coverage of the Halloween franchise got me into you guys, now I love listening to that show as well as M.P.W. Can’t wait to here your and your co-hosts thoughts on Phantom Thread, although I suspect for the most part they will not be positive, considering the lack of love for P.T.A. expressed in the past. Punch Drunk Love excluded of course, which I was happy to hear on your list. For what it’s worth, the best movie made from 00-09 for me has got to be Battle Royale. Keep up the great work!

  3. 2000
    5. With a Friend Like Harry
    4. Almost Famous
    3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    2. Wonder Boys
    1. Songs From the Second Floor
    Oscar Winner for Best Picture: Gladiator
    What Should’ve Won Out of the Nominees: Almost Famous

    5. Gosford Park
    4. Amelie
    3. Sexy Beast
    2.Mulholland Drive.
    1. In the Bedroom
    Oscar Winner for Best Picture: A Beautiful Mind
    What Should’ve Won Out of the Nominees: In the Bedroom

    5. Adaptation
    4. Narc
    3. The Pianist
    2. Dirty Pretty Things
    1. The Return
    Oscar Winner for Best Picture: Chicago
    What Should’ve Won Out of the Nominees: The Pianist

    5. Vera Drake
    4. Mystic River
    3. Oldboy
    2. American Splendor
    1. Memories of Murder
    Oscar Winner for Best Picture: The Lord of the Rings
    What Should’ve Won Out of the Nominees: Mystic River

    5. Undertow
    4. Brothers
    3. Red Lights
    2. Sideways
    1. Downfall
    Oscar Winner for Best Picture: Million Dollar Baby
    What Should’ve Won Out of the Nominees: Sideways

    5. The Proposition
    4. A History of Violence
    2. A Bittersweet Life
    1. The Squid & the Whale
    Oscar Winner for Best Picture: Crash
    What Should’ve Won Out of the Nominees: Capote

    5. Apocalypto
    4. Children of Men
    3. Tell No One
    2. After the Wedding
    1. The Lives of Others
    Oscar Winner for Best Picture: The Departed
    What Should’ve Won Out of the Nominees: The Departed

    5. The Assassination of Jesse James
    4. The Banishment
    3. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, & 2 Days
    2. No Country for Old Men
    1. Zodiac
    Oscar Winner for Best Picture: No Country for Old Men
    What Should’ve Won Out of the Nominees: No Country for Old Men

    5. Hunger
    4. The Square
    3. Bronson
    2. The Chaser
    1. In Bruges
    Oscar Winner for Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
    What Should’ve Won Out of the Nominees: Slumdog Millionaire

    5. Fish Tank
    4. Inglourious Basterds
    3. A Prophet
    2. Broken Embraces
    1. The House of the Devil
    Oscar Winner for Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
    What Should’ve Won Out of the Nominees: Inglourious Basterds

    Top Ten of Decade
    11. Memories of Murder
    10. After the Wedding
    9. Dirty Pretty Things
    8. The Squid & the Whale
    7. Mulholland Drive
    6. In the Bedroom
    5. The Return
    4. The Chaser
    3. In Bruges
    2. Zodiac
    1. The Lives of Others

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