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Favorite Movies of the 2000s 
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After much agonizing, here is my top 10 of the 2000s. But first, my criteria, generally in the order that I employed them.

Criteria:
- Did it come out in the 2000s?
- Did I see it?
- Do I like it?
- Is it a good representative of the decade?
- Do I believe it'll stand the test of time?
- Has its effect on me endured to this day?
- Is it good enough to knock runners-up off the list?
- Is it better than similar films of its time?

And now, the list. I alphabetized them, because the process of selecting them at all is a muddy one. Trying to further order them by quality would end up being arbitrary and pointless.

Adaptation. (2002)
Children of Men (2007)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Memento (2000)
Superman II: the Richard Donner Cut (2006)
The Visitor (2008)
There Will Be Blood (2008)
WALL-E (2008)
World Trade Center (2006)


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Here's my list of my favourite films in 2000s so far. I apologize if I list more movies than what others would list, but I love all of them. and besides, the decade is not over yet.

2000:
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Memento
Requiem For A Dream

2001:
Moulin Rouge!
AI: Artificial Intelligence
Shaolin Soccer
Hero

2002:
Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers
About A Boy
Bowling For Columbine
Solaris

2003:
Lost In Translation
Love Me If You Dare/Jeux D'enfant
Twilight Samurai

2004:
Collateral
Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind
Sideways
Taegukgi

2005:
Munich
The 40 Year Old Virgin
Crash
Kingdom of Heaven: The Director's Cut
Lord Of War
Sin City

2006:
Borat
Children of Men

2007:
The Bourne Ultimatum
Juno
No Country For Old Men

2008:
The Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire

Possible 2009 candidates:
Avatar by James Cameron
The Lovely Bones by Peter Jackson


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1. Almost Famous (2000)
2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
3. Lost in Translation (2003)
4. Wonder Boys (2000)
5. World Trade Center (2006)
6. The Girl Next Door (2004)
7. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
8. Cast Away (2000)
9. Road to Perdition (2002)
10. V for Vendetta (2006)

Runner-ups: Seabiscuit, Cinderella Man, Nurse Betty, 13 Days, Unbreakable, Gladiator, Traffic, Memento, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Moulin Rouge, Minority Report, Chicago, Gangs of New York, The Last Samurai, The Aviator.


My individual lists of each year.


Top 10 of 2000:

1. Almost Famous
2. Wonder Boys
3. Cast Away
4. Nurse Betty
5. Thirteen Days
6. Gladiator
7. Unbreakable
8. Traffic
9. The Cell
10. All the Pretty Horses

Top 10 of 2001:

1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2. The Royal Tenenbaums
3. A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
4. Memento
5. Moulin Rouge!
6. The Majestic
7. Monster's Ball
8. Angel Eyes
9. Black Hawk Down
10. A Beautiful Mind

Top 10 of 2002:

1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2. Road to Perdition
3. Chicago
4. Minority Report
5. Insomnia
6. Gangs of New York
7. Moonlight Mile
8. About a Boy
9. Adaptation
10. The Mothman Prophecies

Top 10 of 2003:

1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2. Lost in Translation
3. Seabiscuit
4. The Last Samurai
5. Mystic River
6. Identity
7. Kill Bill Vol. 1
8. Daredevil
9. The Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions
10. Hulk

Top 10 of 2004:

1. The Girl Next Door
2. The Aviator
3. Garden State
4. The Passion of the Christ
5. Sideways
6. The Terminal
7. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
8. I Heart Huckabees
9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
10. Meet the Fockers

Top 10 of 2005:

1. Cinderella Man
2. Munich
3. Crash
4. Proof
5. Batman Begins
6. The Family Stone
7. Walk the Line
8. North Country
9. The Interpreter
10. Lord of War

Top 10 of 2006:

1. World Trade Center
2. V for Vendetta
3. The Good Shepherd
4. The Departed
5. Invincible
6. The Pursuit of Happyness
7. Mission Impossible III
8. The Good German
9. Babel
10. Silent Hill

Top 10 of 2007:

1. August Rush
2. In the Valley of Elah
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
4. Zodiac
5. Into the Wild
6. Bella
7. Things We Lost in the Fire
8. There Will Be Blood
9. Juno
10. Atonement

Top 10 of 2008:

1. Snow Angels
2. Rachel Getting Married
3. The Dark Knight
4. Nothing But the Truth
5. Defiance
6. Seven Pounds
7. Australia
8. Elegy
9. Max Payne
10. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Top 10 of 2009 (so far):

1. Up
2. My Sister's Keeper
3. The Burning Plain
4. Fireflies in the Garden
5. Crossing Over
6. Terminator Salvation
7. District 9
8. Prison Break: The Final Break
9. The Last House on the Left
10. Star Trek


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Post Re: Favorite Movies of the 2000s
#1. Into the Wild
#2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
#3. Black Hawk Down
#4. Gladiator
#5. Mystic River
#6. Big Fish
#7. The 25th Hour
#8. City of God
#9. Slumdog Millionaire
#10. Requiem for a Dream
#11. Apocalypto
#12. The Dark Knight
#13. Children of Men
#14. The Departed
#15. Superbad
#16. Saw (the first one)
#17. Gone Baby Gone
#18. The Lookout
#19. Memento
#20. Zodiac
#21. Signs
#22. Cast Away
#23. V for Vendetta
#24. 28 Days Later
#25. The Last King of Scotland

Honorable Mentions - "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang", "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", "The Passion of the Christ", "The Proposition", "Crash", "Sunshine", and "Sin City"

This isn't a set order though. It's like my personal favorites mixed in with what films I thought were the most well made. I'll probably change this up more than once every now and then.

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Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:41 pm
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What a difficult question....

1) No Country for Old Men
2) Requiem for a Dream
3) Lord of the Rings
4) Kill Bill
5) There Will be Blood
6) In the Bedroom
7) Million Dollar Baby
8) United 93
9) Letters from Iwo Jima
10) Lost in Translation
11) Synecdoche, NY

Movies I can't believe didn't make this list: Mystic River, Mulholland Drive, Juno, Once, Lives of Others, City of God, Sideways, Munich, Brokeback Mountain, Memento, etc.


Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:25 pm
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2000: Requiem for a Dream (2nd best - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2nd Best - AI: Artificial Intelligence)

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2nd Best - City of God)

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2nd Best - HULK)

2004: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2nd Best - The Village)

2005: King Kong (2nd Best - Downfall)

2006: Letters from Iwo Jima (2nd Best - Flags of our Fathers)

2007: Atonement (2nd Best - There Will Be Blood)

2008: The Wrestler (2nd Best - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas)

2009: Waltz with Bashir (2nd Best - The Soloist) (so far)


Sun May 17, 2009 9:23 pm
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My Current Top 20 for 2000-2009 ( I still have some catching up to do)

~No official order to them, because I find it impossible to rank them~

The Dark Knight
Batman Begins
Atonement
Adventureland
Rachel Getting Married
Memento
A Beautiful Mind
Pan's Labyrinth
Casino Royale
Pride & Prejudice
3:10 to Yuma
Sweeney Todd
V for Vendetta
28 Days Later
Sunshine
Slumdog Millionaire
Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire
Closer
American Gangster


Wed May 20, 2009 12:46 am
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My recent discussion in another thread led me to consider this one.

Into the Wild
Spirited Away
Children of Men
Little Miss Sunshine
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
LOTR Trilogy
Minority Report
Lost in Translation
Master and Commander
Pan's Labyrinth
Grizzly Man
In The Bedroom
Match Point
Serenity -- I go back and forth on this one. Having Mal be such a different character through much of it, plus the noted deaths, troubles me. However, the Chiwetel Ejiofor is SO awesome . . .
Inside Man
Sideways
Capote
The World's Fastest Indian
Ratatouille


Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:38 pm
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Right now, I'd say my top twenty for the aughts looks something like this...

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Children Of Men
Rachel Getting Married
Punch-Drunk Love
The Life Aquatic
Shaun of the Dead
The Squid & The Whale
Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story
In Bruges
Pineapple Express
American Psycho
Wet Hot American Summer
Sexy Beast
There Will Be Blood
The Proposition
The Darjeeling Limited
Pans Labyrinth
Stuck
Synecdoche, NY
Knocked Up
The Royal Tenenbaums


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Wed Jul 15, 2009 12:06 am
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Kill Bill 1&2
Batman Begins
Ratatouille
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
The Incredibles
Finding Nemo
No Country for Old Men
Gangs of New York
The 40 Year Old Virgin
Spider-Man 2


Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:34 am
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Redux.

1) Serenity
2) WALL-E
3) The Lord of the Rings trilogy
4) United 93
5) Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)
6) Casino Royale
7) Speed Racer
8) Batman Begins
9) Best Worst Movie (a documentary that came out this year about Troll 2. Oddly touching)
10) American Psycho


Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:45 pm
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Hmmm, this is a hard one

I have, so far seen 2,495 films released since January 2000. As a decade it rates pretty close with previous decades with an average score of exactly 5.0 (1990's 4.9 and 1980's 5.2)

Of the 38 films that have ever scored a perfect 10 in my book, only two made it from this decade - Wall-E and Into the Wild

In alphabetical order the following films scored 9

All Or Nothing
Apocalypto
Away From Her
Band's Visit, The
Batman Begins
Before Sunset
Black Hawk Down
Bourne Ultimatum, The
Capote
City Of God
Contender, The
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Dark Knight, The
Deep Water
Diving Bell And The Butterfly, The
Far From Heaven
Finding Nemo
Fog Of War, The
Gladiator
Gone Baby Gone
Good Night, And Good Luck
Grindhouse - Death Proof
Grizzly Man
Hairspray
Happy Feet
History Of Violence, A
Hot Fuzz
In The Bedroom
In The Mood For Love
In The Shadow Of The Moon
Inconvenient Truth, An
Incredibles, The
Infernal Affairs
Inside Man
Letters From Iwo Jima
Lives Of Others, The
Lord Of The Rings - The Fellowship…
Lord Of The Rings : The Two Towers
Lost In Translation
Love Actually
Man On Wire
Man Who Wasn't There, The
Million Dollar Baby
Minority Report
Moolaade
Moulin Rouge
Murderball
Mystic River
No Country For Old Men
No Direction Home : Bob Dylan
Of Time And The City
Once
Pan's Labyrinth
Proposition, The
Queen, The
Rabbit Proof Fence
Ratatouille
Shrek
Signs
Slumdog Millionaire
Spider-Man 2
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter….. and Spring
Stanley Kubrick : A Life In Pictures
Syriana
Taegukgi Hwinalrimyeo
There Will Be Blood
Tracker, The
Tsotsi
Twenty One Grams
Unbreakable
United 93
Up Series - 49 Up
V For Vendetta
Wrestler, The

I guess this tells me that there are alot of good films out there :-)

Rob


Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:50 am
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Tuco wrote:
Evenflow8112 wrote:
P.S. - I think it is an overrated film, mostly because I thought the atmosphere the film created was underwhelming compared to what critics were saying about it. It does not come close to equalling 'Blade Runner' in this aspect, the film which most people (even Mods) like to compare this film to. I think it's abstractly presented instead of viscerally experienced.


Hmmmm.

I won't try to argue that you should like Children of Men. And I understand the comparisons to Blade Runner, although I'm not inclined to lump them together.

In fact, I'd argue pretty vehemently that Children of Men wasn't trying to achieve the same atmosphere that Blade Runner was. Blade Runner was a dark, sci-fi film noir where atmosphere permeated every frame--the lighting, the costumes, the set design, the effects. The atmosphere in Blade Runner was a character in the film, and much more poetically than in the films that later copied (or paid homage to) it, including stuff like Batman, the Crow, and even (to a degree) Sin City.

Children of Men had a unique atmosphere as well, but it wasn't a front and center feature as in Blade Runner. And I'd never describe Children of Men as film noir--it was a realism-infused sci-fi parable. Blade Runner was a romantic film (in the grand, old sense); Children of Men was a film with much more modern sensibilities.

I really like Blade Runner--it'd be in my top 100 if I ran a web site on which to post it. If I were forced to choose, I'd admit liking Children of Men even more.


Hmm, beyond being a dystopian science fiction movie, what do Blade Runner and Children of men have in common?

Rob


Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:54 am
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Robert Holloway wrote:
Tuco wrote:
Evenflow8112 wrote:
P.S. - I think it is an overrated film, mostly because I thought the atmosphere the film created was underwhelming compared to what critics were saying about it. It does not come close to equalling 'Blade Runner' in this aspect, the film which most people (even Mods) like to compare this film to. I think it's abstractly presented instead of viscerally experienced.


Hmmmm.

I won't try to argue that you should like Children of Men. And I understand the comparisons to Blade Runner, although I'm not inclined to lump them together.

In fact, I'd argue pretty vehemently that Children of Men wasn't trying to achieve the same atmosphere that Blade Runner was. Blade Runner was a dark, sci-fi film noir where atmosphere permeated every frame--the lighting, the costumes, the set design, the effects. The atmosphere in Blade Runner was a character in the film, and much more poetically than in the films that later copied (or paid homage to) it, including stuff like Batman, the Crow, and even (to a degree) Sin City.

Children of Men had a unique atmosphere as well, but it wasn't a front and center feature as in Blade Runner. And I'd never describe Children of Men as film noir--it was a realism-infused sci-fi parable. Blade Runner was a romantic film (in the grand, old sense); Children of Men was a film with much more modern sensibilities.

I really like Blade Runner--it'd be in my top 100 if I ran a web site on which to post it. If I were forced to choose, I'd admit liking Children of Men even more.


Hmm, beyond being a dystopian science fiction movie, what do Blade Runner and Children of men have in common?

Rob

I wrote a lengthy essay on this topic at one time.
My basic point was that they both represented a revolution in the style of sci-fi, a point that can't really be proven until we see more examples of Children of Men style being used (a little in Knowing maybe, perhaps more in District 9).


Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:08 am
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Here's my favorites so far:

10. 3:10 to Yuma - I recognize the flaws, but the character arc more than covers them.
[Reveal] Spoiler:
Wade ends up respecting Evans so much that he becomes unwilling (or unable?) to render his sacrifice moot. What does that say about the nature of mankind?
Russel Crowe is amazing as a poetic, savage, bible-quoting fiend who in the end is much more human than some of his captors. One of the best westerns ever.

9. Gladiator (The Director's Cut)- The extra scenes really did a lot for me. Great action, great visuals, great story...Ridley Scott is a master. I know many people who say that the characters are too shallow (a common complaint about Scott's definite visual style), but I found every one of them three dimensional and fascinating. Where else can you see Roman political backstabbing and first rate action scenes married into one epic spectacle?

8. King Kong- When watching this for the first time, I realized that this was the ideal archetypal 'movie': a world so fascinating and lush that it could not exist outside of the imagination, a thrilling story (I did not know the ending going in), and, in this version, characters that you can actually care about.

7. Crash- Yes, the characters are thin, events are contrived, ect... But there are deeper messages here, such as how anyone-anyone-can redeem themselves, how connected we are, even through trivial things, and most importantly that no matter what happens, everything truly is meant to be.

6. No Country For Old Men- Saw this on my sixteenth birthday and wasn't impressed. Saw it a year later and caught everything I had missed before: the quirky humor and the deeper, tragic chords. Plus, this might have my favorite ending of the decade.

5. The Departed- Scorsese has crafted era-defining films since the 70's. It was great to see him give as much detail to a plot as he has done to characters in previous films (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull). As expected, the story is, to quote Ebert on Das Boot, "an exercise in pure craftsmanship."

4. Inglourious Basterds- I would have never guessed that this would have made my list. I saw it the weekend it opened and was pretty unsure about it (kind of like I am about the spelling...). However, my brother dragged me to it two weeks later and it was like watching a different movie. The opening scene and the tavern scene elevate this to classic standing in my mind.

3. Requiem for a Dream- If you want to put a damper on illegal drug problems, strap every high school freshman down and force them to watch this movie. This is the most terrifying, gut-wrenching movie I have ever seen. Watching this made me aware of the tremendous impact that art can have on people and how it can shape them.

2. The Fountain- I'm not even embarrassed for including this because I love it so much. Even though it doesn't make sense in any fashion, even though the acting can be wooden (although I think this is the best work Hugh Jackman has ever done; at times, magnificent), and even though I get flak every time I mention it, the scope and tragedy of this movie left a huge impact on me. The visuals and the soundtrack only add to the potent psychological matter.

1. The Lord of the Rings- What more can I possibly say?

Runners up include A Beautiful Mind, United 93, and Munich. Also, despite some rancid preview moments, I am holding out for The Road to have a shot here. I have faith in John Hillcoat, whose Proposition was suitably bleak. I recently read the book, and if the film version is even fairly close, my list will need updating.

EDIT: 12/18/09
I just saw Avatar, so I am reserving the right to change this list a little bit. The comments still stand, but here is the new order:

1. Lord of the Rings
2. Requiem for a Dream
3. Avatar
4. The Departed
5. No Country for Old Men
6. The Fountain
7. Inglourious Basterds
8. King Kong
9. Memento (I finally saw it! Awesome!)
10. Children of Men (Another one that I just recently saw. Iconic of our times.)

I still haven't seen The Road, but I'm holding out. Also looking forward to seeing Moon, although I kind of doubt that it will make this list.


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mach1 wrote:
3. Requiem for a Dream- If you want to put a damper on illegal drug problems, strap every high school freshman down and force them to watch this movie. This is the most terrifying, gut-wrenching movie I have ever seen. Watching this made me aware of the tremendous impact that art can have on people and how it can shape them.


Hell, I'd say show it to them in JUNIOR HIGH -- the younger the better.

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2. The Fountain- I'm not even embarrassed for including this because I love it so much. Even though it doesn't make sense in any fashion, even though the acting can be, at times, wooden (although I think this is the best work Hugh Jackman has ever done; at times, magnificent), and even though I get flak every time I mention it, the scope and tragedy of this movie left a huge impact on me. The visuals and the soundtrack only add to the potent psychological matter.


Me, neither. I thought it was brilliant.

Here's my Top 10 from each year this decade (so far):

2000
10. "Almost Famous"
9. "Nurse Betty"
8. "Traffic"
7. "Quills"
6. "George Washington"
5. "Requiem for a Dream"
4. "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
3. "High Fidelity"
2. "Wonder Boys"
1. "Memento"

2001
10. "Frailty"
9. "Storytelling"
8. "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing"
7. "Ghost World"
6. "The Man Who Wasn't There"
5. "Waking Life"
4. "The Royal Tenenbaums"
3. "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"
2. "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence"
1. "Mulholland Drive"

2002
10. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"
9. "Rabbit-Proof Fence"
8. "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones"
7. "Solaris"
6. "Dirty Pretty Things"
5. "Punch-Drunk Love"
4. "About Schmidt"
3. Twenty-Four-Hour Party People"
2. "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
1. "The Pianist"

2003
10. "A Mighty Wind"
9. "Twenty-One Grams"
8. "Finding Nemo"
7. "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World"
6. "The Triplets of Belleville"
5. "Kill Bill - Volume 1"
4. "House of Sand and Fog"
3. "American Splendor"
2. "Lost in Translation"
1. "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

2004
10. "The Woodsman"
9. "The Assassination of Richard Nixon"
8. " Heart Huckabees"
7. "The Incredibles"
6. "Hotel Rwanda"
5. "Napoleon Dynamite"
4. "Crash"
3. "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou"
2. "Sideways"
1. "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"

2005
10. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
9. "King Kong"
8. "Sweet Land"
7. "Match Point"
6. "Sin City"
5. "Batman Begins"
4. "The Squid and the Whale"
3. "Stay"
2. "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith"
1. "Munich"

2006
10. "Once"
9. "The Last King of Scotland"
8. "Breaking and Entering"
7. "Apocalypto"
6. "Fast Food Nation"
5. "A Prairie Home Companion"
4. "Children of Men"
3. "The Prestige"
2. "The Fountain"
1. "The Departed"

2007
10. "There Will Be Blood"
9. "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"
8. "Michael Clayton"
7. "Charlie Wilson's War"
6. "Juno"
5. "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
4. "I'm Not There"
3. "The Darjeeling Limited"
2. "No Country for Old Men"
1. "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

2008
10. "Blindness"
9. "Transsiberian"
8. "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian"
7. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
6. "Nothing But the Truth"
5. "Elegy"
4. "Synecdoche, New York"
3. "Wall-E"
2. "Happy-Go-Lucky"
1. "The Dark Knight"


Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:58 pm
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An amended list.

10. Rent (2005)
9. Children of Men (2006)
8. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
7. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
6. Munich (2005)
5. No Country for Old Men (2007)
4. The Wrestler (2008)
3. Serenity (2005)
2. Mulholland Drive (2001)
1. Requiem for a Dream (2000)


Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:05 am
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10. The Lord of the Rings trilogy
9. Lost in Translation
8. City of God
7. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
6. Pan's Labyrinth
5. The Dark Knight
4. Spirited Away
3. In the Mood For Love
2. No Country For Old Men
1. Memento

Honorable mentions: An Evening With Kevin Smith, Maria Full of Grace, Persepolis, Million Dollar Baby, Spider-Man 2, High Fidelity, U2 3D, Donnie Darko, Let the Right One In, and Goodbye Solo.

I threw LOTR in there because I'm sure it deserves a place, though I've never completed the trilogy. I've also seen it out of order (third film in 2004 and first film in 2007).


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Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:16 pm
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My favorites of the 2000s:

1. The Departed
2. The Dark Knight
3. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
4. The Prestige
5. The Bourne Ultimatum
6. Munich
7. Memento
8. Good Night, and Good Luck
9. Unbreakable
10. Minority Report


Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:03 am
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Robert Holloway wrote:
Tuco wrote:
Evenflow8112 wrote:
P.S. - I think it is an overrated film, mostly because I thought the atmosphere the film created was underwhelming compared to what critics were saying about it. It does not come close to equalling 'Blade Runner' in this aspect, the film which most people (even Mods) like to compare this film to. I think it's abstractly presented instead of viscerally experienced.


Hmmmm.

I won't try to argue that you should like Children of Men. And I understand the comparisons to Blade Runner, although I'm not inclined to lump them together.

In fact, I'd argue pretty vehemently that Children of Men wasn't trying to achieve the same atmosphere that Blade Runner was. Blade Runner was a dark, sci-fi film noir where atmosphere permeated every frame--the lighting, the costumes, the set design, the effects. The atmosphere in Blade Runner was a character in the film, and much more poetically than in the films that later copied (or paid homage to) it, including stuff like Batman, the Crow, and even (to a degree) Sin City.

Children of Men had a unique atmosphere as well, but it wasn't a front and center feature as in Blade Runner. And I'd never describe Children of Men as film noir--it was a realism-infused sci-fi parable. Blade Runner was a romantic film (in the grand, old sense); Children of Men was a film with much more modern sensibilities.

I really like Blade Runner--it'd be in my top 100 if I ran a web site on which to post it. If I were forced to choose, I'd admit liking Children of Men even more.


Hmm, beyond being a dystopian science fiction movie, what do Blade Runner and Children of men have in common?

Rob


I find this film to be incredibly overrated, and I agree with rob on the comparisons, I think that Minority Report is more relevant to Blade Runner.


Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:17 pm
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