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Top Movies of the Decade #85

85. Bloody Sunday

bloody sunday When he wasn’t helming the best action series of the decade not involving hobbits, Peter Greengrass directed movies about tragic real life events.   His penchant for hand-held cameras and quick editing lend these movies a documentary feel, but Greengrass’ talent lies in knowing when to make a movie feel like a documentary, and when to pull back and use more traditional storytelling techniques to keep an audience engaged and interested.   Greengrass’ depiction of that fateful day in Ireland, 1972 is raw, immediate, engaging, and tragic.   You really feel like you’re there, alternately lost in the confusion, watching things spiral out of control, and shocked at what’s happening before your eyes.  It’s a powerful, gut-wrenching experience, and a great movie.

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