Movie Haiku: My Top 100 Films of the Decade (Part 4 of 4)

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Movie Haiku: My Top 100 Films of the Decade (Part 4 of 4)

For 100-76 go here

For 75-51 go here

For 50-26 go here

And for the Top 25, read on…


25. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (dir. Andrew Dominik, 2007)

Oft-told tale retold

Won’t spoil the ending for you

But clue’s in title

24.  Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (dir. Adam McKay, 2004)

Male chauvinism

In the Channel 4 newsroom

(No, it’s not Jon Snow)

23. Hot Fuzz  (dir.  Edgar Wright, 2007)

Team Shaun strike again

With country copper carnage:

High-octane Heartbeat

22.  Pan’s Labyrinth  (dir. Guillermo del Toro, 2006)

Spanish fairy tale

A faun in Franco’s garden


21. The Royal Tenenbaums  (dir. Wes Anderson, 2002)

Family saga

Of the dysfunctional type

Hackman’s the Daddy

20. There Will Be Blood  (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2008)

Fictional oilman

Think:  ‘Charlie Kane Does Dallas’

Dan Day Lewis shines!

19.  City of God  (dir.  Fernando Meirelles/Katia Lund, 2003)

Rio crime saga

Reinvigorates genre

Petrifies tourists

18.  High Fidelity (dir. Stephen Frears, 2000)

Record store romance

With non-haiku lists galore

A rom-com pour homme

17.  Iron Man (dir. Jon Favreau, 2008)

Wealthy arms dealer

Finds redemption in tin suit

He’s Invincible!

16.  Let The Right One In (dir. Tomas Alfredson, 2009)

Swedish vampire tale

Is no flat-pack Drakea

More Bergman with bite

15.  Kill Bill vols 1& 2 (dir. Quentin Tarantino, 2003-4)

An ode to revenge

And a love letter to film

Now where’s Volume 3..?

14. The Incredibles (dir. Brad Bird, 2004)

Pixar’s comic take

On Family Fantastique

Smart, funny and wise

13.  In Bruges  (dir. Martin McDonagh, 2008)

Two Irish hitmen

Lying low in Low Country

Beware racist dwarf!

12.  Synecdoche, New York  (dir. Charlie Kaufman, 2009)

Depressed director

Finds warehouse living a drag

All his world’s a stage

11.  Bubba Ho-Tep (dir. Don Cosccarelli, 2004)

King and JFK

Have Texan Mummy trouble

TCB, baby

10. Where the Wild Things Are  (dir. Spike Jonze, 2009)

Spike’s grown-up kids’ film

That’s perfect in every way

A beautiful freak

9.  Children of Men (dir. Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)

Cov bloke’s future shock

In Jaffa dystopia

Brave New World, indeed

8.  The Lord of the Rings (dir. Peter Jackson, 2001-3)

Unfilmable books

Become unmissable films

This Ring ruled them all

7.  Shaun of the Dead (dir. Edgar Wright, 2004)

Spaced boys’ rom-zom-com

Finds romance in Romero

And fried gold in pub

6. Zodiac (dir. David Fincher, 2007)

Real-life manhunt

Inspires forensic study

Into obsession

5.  Batman Begins/The Dark Knight (dir. Christopher Nolan, 2005/2008)

Costumed crime drama

Of order versus chaos

A spandex ballet!

4.  The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (dir. Wes Anderson, 2004)

Bill’s pseudo-Cousteau

Buckaroo Banzai with boats,

Red hats and Speedos

3.  Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (dir. Shane Black, 2005)

Fun nod to film noir

Reboots RDJ’s career

Nod nod, wink wink

2.  O Brother, Where Art Thou? (dir. Joel Cohen, 2000)

Homeric eejits

On dustbowl roadtrip with songs

It’s a constant joy!

1.  Memento (dir. Christopher Nolan, 2000)

Nonlinear noir

Was Chris Nolan’s calling card

(Should this be first line?)


About the Author:

My name is Tom Lennon and I'm a freelance writer who specialises in humour at the geekier end of the pop culture spectrum. I'm based in Birmingham, UK, and my work has recently appeared in BuzzFeed and Time Out.


  1. Rol March 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Genius. (And a great list of films too.)

  2. Tom Lennon March 17, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Thanks Rol!

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