Monday, January 25, 2010

Best of the Decade: 2000-2009

After long deliberation and even longer procrastination, and with very little fuss and/or fanfare, I give you my choices for the fifty best films of the last decade.

1. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch)
2. In the Mood For Love (Wong Kar-wai)
3. Dogville (Lars von Trier)
4. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
5. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
6. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)
7. Y Tu Mama Tambien (Alfonso Cuaron)
8. I'm Not There (Todd Haynes)
9. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman)
10. Werckmesiter Harmonies (Bela Tarr)
11. Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas)
12. 2046 (Wong Kar-wai)
13. Kill Bill Vol. I & II (Quentin Tarantino)
14. INLAND EMPIRE (David Lynch)
15. Russian Ark (Aleksandr Sokurov)
16. Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola)
17. The Royal Tanenbaums (Wes Anderson)
18. The Wayward Cloud (Tsai Ming-liang)
19. Antichrist (Lars von Trier)
20. Goodbye Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang)
21. The New World (Terrence Malick)
22. Zodiac (David Fincher)
23. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow)
24. Memento (Christopher Nolan)
25. No Country For Old Men (Joel & Ethan Coen)
26. Mystic River (Clint Eastwood)
27. Let The Right One In (Thomas Alfredson)
28. The Dreamers (Bernardo Bertolucci)
29. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron)
30. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
31. Public Enemies (Michael Mann)
32. Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt)
33. Regular Lovers (Philippe Garrel)
34. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu)
35. The Brown Bunny (Vincent Gallo)
36. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg)
37. Little Children (Todd Field)
38. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan)
39. Gone Baby Gone (Ben Affleck)
40. Irreversable (Gasper Noe)
41. Talk To Her (Pedro Almodovar)
42. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes)
43. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)
44. Moulin Rouge (Baz Luhrmann)
45. United 93 (Paul Greengrass)
46. The Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet)
47. Capturing the Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki)
48. Requiem For A Dream (Darren Aronofsky)
49. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu)
50. City of God (Fernando Meirelles)

So that's the list.  It may change somewhat in about an hour or so, and then again and hour or so after that, ad infinitum, but for now, this is the list.  Now I've got to start work on my next best of the decade list.


joel. said...

fantastic list. Mulholland Dr. takes my #1 as well. good to see Werckmesiter Harmonies up there too!

Kevyn Knox said...

Films that just missed the top 50 were Sideways, Collateral, Femme Fatale, Fast Runner, Miami Vice, Grindhouse (yea, really!), Gabrielle, 28 Days Later, The Wrestler & Dawn of the Dead.

claude said...

Hmm, there's no place in your heart for "Lost in Translation"? (...considering that you have on your list "Marie Antoinette").

Kevyn Knox said...

Actually Lost in Translation was a close runner-up and I almost put it on in place of City of God. Like most lists, the choices are arbitrary and could easily chance at the slightest whim.

Kevyn Knox said...

Oh no - just realized I forgot Scorsese's Gangs of New York!! Oh well, change is constant.