Around 3 years ago, I had a little "moment" regarding Year-End lists that I think is all too indicative of the bad rap genre films get when it comes to the season of these critical tallies and awards. Before a screening, a certain Washington DC-area critic (whose name and publication I forget anyway) complained she was having trouble filling out her annual Top 10. I was pretty dumbfounded. Though only a lowly college journalist, I thought 2006 was a pretty excellent year and suggested Children of Men and Pan's Labyrinth as potentials for her list. She looked at me for a second, and admitted she really liked both films, but then said, "Those aren't really Top 10 sort of films, you know?"

No. I didn't then and I still don't today. Which is why I had a big smile on my face when Time Out New York unveiled a Top 50 Movies of the Decade list. There are plenty of glaring omissions and odd inclusions, as there will be in every such list. Some notable (and puzzling) names left off the list: the Coen Brothers, Clint Eastwood and Peter Jackson. But one thing TONY definitely cannot be accused of is genre prejudice. Sci-Fi and Fantasy are both well represented, and while you may not agree with every one of the picks (A.I. over Minority Report? Really?), it's definitely an interesting collection of films.

Hats off to TONY and here are the geeky highlights:

48) Donnie Darko

36) Pan's Labyrinth

31) A.I. Artificial Intelligence

30) Children of Men

25) Inglourious Basterds (yep, I'm counting this one rightfully as fantasy)

11) Spirited Away

3) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
categories Movies, Sci-Fi