Sunday, December 6, 2009

For Your Consideration - Cinema's Best of the Aughts

1. Dogville (Lars von trier)
2. Irréversible (Gaspar Noé)
3. Lilja 4-ever (Lukas moodysson)
4. Time of the Wolf (michael haneke)
5. In This World (michael winterbottom)
6. Tarnation (jonathan caouette)
7. Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Peter Jackson)
8. The Five Obstructions (Jørgen Leth & Lars von trier)
9. The Passion of the Christ (mel gibson)

But then I don't want to complete a Top 10, because at this point I feel like I'm losing a vital organ or lopping off one of my children's heads...

3-Iron (Ki-duk Kim)
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu)
Adam's Apples (Anders Thomas Jensen)
Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
A Very Long Engagement (jean-pierre jeunet)
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Zacharias Kunuk)
The Barbarian Invasions (Denys Arcand)
The Black Dahlia (Brian De Palma)
Born Into Brothels (zana briski & ross kauffman)
Bus 174 (felipe Lacerda and José Padilha)
Code Unknown (michael haneke)
Crash (paul haggis)
The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan)
Day and Night (simon staho)
The Departed (Martin Scorsese)
Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly)
Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (guy maddin)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (michel gondry)
Garden State (zach braff)
Head-On (Fatih Akin)
House of Flying Daggers (yimou zhang)
House of Sand and Fog (Vadim Perelman)
In My Skin (marina de van)
Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
The Isle (Ki-duk Kim )
I Stand Alone (Gaspar Noé) [edit: OUCH! 1999, oops]
Kill Bill (Quentin Tarantino)
Kontroll (Nimród Antal)
La Moustache (Emmanuel Carrère)
Man on Wire (James Marsh)
Maria Full of Grace (joshua marston)
Mean Creek (jacob aaron estes)
Mysterious Skin (gregg araki)
No Country for Old Men (Joel & Ethan Coen)
Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro)
[Rec] (Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza)
Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky)
The Return (Andrei Zvyagintsev)
The Son (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (Ki-duk Kim)
Them (David Moreau and Xavier Palud)
There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Thirteen (catherine hardwicke)
Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow (theo angelopoulos)
Vinyan (Fabrice Du Welz)
Whale Rider (Niki Caro)

Films that I've added since I made this list Oct 8:
Adaptation (Spike Jonze)
The Class (Laurent Cantet)
The Edge of Heaven (Fatih Akin)
The Island (Pavel Lungin)
Lost in Translation (Sophia Coppola)
The Maid (Sebastián Silva)
The Science of Sleep (michel gondry)
Songs From the Second Floor (Roy Andersson)

I am certain the Top 10 will be labored over and will change.

A final decision on the Top 10 From the Aughts will be posted here January 17, 2010.

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