Wednesday, December 30, 2009

An attempt to list my favorite 50 films of the 2000s

Just thinking about how many films I had to leave out of this top 50 list hurts. Still, I've managed to pick 50 favorites through a very vague and random selection procedure. I'm glad I didn't spend too much time compiling this list as it can drive a man insane...

1. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (Peter Jackson, 2001/2002/2003)
2. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
3. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (John Cameron Mitchell, 2001)
4. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
5. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch, 2001)
6. The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky, 2006)
7. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson, 2004)
8. Ratatouille (Brad Bird/Jan Pinkava, 2007)
9. The New World (Terence Malick, 2005)
10. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)

11. Inglorious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)
12. Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
13. Les Triplettes de Belleville (Sylvain Chomet, 2003)
14. Gegen die Wand (Fatih Akin, 2004)
15. Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004)
16. Atonement (Joe Wright, 2007)
17. Billy Elliot (Stephen Daldry, 2000)
18. Avatar (James Cameron, 2009)
19. Battle Royale (Fukasaku Kinji, 2000)
20. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)

21. Kill Bill Vol. 1&2 (Quentin Tarantino, 2003/2004)
22. District 9 (Neil Blomkamp, 2009)
23. Adaptation. (Spike Jonze, 2002)
24. WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)
25. Let the Right One In (Thomas Alfredson, 2008)
26. The Isle (Kim Ki-duk, 2000)
27. Spider-Man 2 (Sam Raimi, 2004)
28. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
29. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004)
30. No Country For Old Men (Joel & Ethan Coen, 2007)

31. The Incredibles (Brad Bird, 2004)
32. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2003)
33. Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, 2006)
34. The Proposition (John Hillcoat, 2005)
35. Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)
36. The King of Kong (Seth Gordon, 2007)
37. Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)
38. In Bruges (Martin McDonagh, 2008)
39. Paprika (Satoshi Kon, 2006)
40. Cremaster 3 (Matthew Barney, 2002)

41. Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006)
42. Wilde Mossels (Erik de Bruyn, 2000)
43. Cargo 200 (Aleksey Balabanov, 2007)
44. Dead Man’s Shoes (Shane Meadows, 2004)
45. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazahkstan (Larry Charles, 2006)
46. Once (John Carney, 2006)
47. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Shane Black, 2005)
48. Cloverfield (Matt Reeves, 2008)
49. Monsters, Inc. (Peter Docter/David Silverman/Lee Unkrich, 2001)
50. Jackass: the Movie (Jeff Tremaine, 2002)

EDIT: I've already discoved an inconsistency between this list and the top 10 of 2009 I posted today as well. In the latter, I list District 9 higher as Inglorious Basterds, while here it's the other way around (and Tarantino's film is listed way higher). They're both great films though ;)

My Favorite Films of 2009

Here they are, my favorite films of 2009.

1. District 9
2. Inglorious Bastards
3. Avatar
4. Synecdoche, New York
5. Das Weisse Band
6. Coraline
7. The Hurt Locker
8. Star Trek
9. Panique Au Village
10. Watchmen

Where is Let The Right One In, you wonder? Well, that one I put in last year’s top 10. This year, it finally did get a theatrical release in the Netherlands though, becoming 2009’s nr 1 best film according to the Dutch film critics. I do not necessarily disagree with that, although District 9 and Inglorious Bastards form a pretty tough competition for the number one spot.

Avatar might not be the most solid film story-wise, as a technical achievement it is a marvel to behold. Can’t wait to see it again on IMAX next week. I also liked to include Coraline and Paniqua Au Village, the first a subtle masterpiece of the stop motion animation craft, the second also stop motion animated but low-budget and completely batshit insane.

And Watchmen, oh Watchmen. I still haven’t found the time to watch my ‘Ultimate Cut’ blu-ray yet, and I’m not entirely convinced if it will improve the original cut (or director’s cut for that matter) but I’m including the film in my top 10 for the maker’s courage (both aesthetically and financially) to adapt the graphic novel in such a literal way. Squid or no squid.

Runners-Up (alphabetical order):

2012, Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Los Bastardos, Chocolate, The Clone Returns Home, Il Divo, Doubt, Drag me to Hell, Encounters at the End of the World, A Film With Me In It, Gomorra, The Hangover, I Love You, Man, In The Loop, Kan Door Huid Heen, Martyrs, Moon, Public Enemies, Revolutionary Road, , Up, The Wrestler.

Films I regret I haven’t seen (yet):

Antichrist, Bronson, Capitalism: A Love Story, The Chaser, Che 1&2, Frozen River, De Helaasheid der Dingen, Not Quite Hollywood.

FYI: these are all films released in the Netherlands in 2008, spiced up with some films which should have been...
Next up, my top 50 of the 2000s!