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Archive for the ‘25 Best Films of the 2000’s’ Category

Top 50 Films of the 2000’s

And here is my list capping off numbers 50-1. All of them need to be checked out.

50 – Spirited Away – 2001
49 – About a Boy – 2002
48 – The Wrestler – 2008
47 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – 2000
46 – OldBoy – 2003
45 – A Very Long Engagement – 2004
44 – Zodiac – 2007
43 – Far From Heaven – 2002
42 – Thank You For Smoking – 2005
41 – 300 – 2007
40 – Team America: World Police – 2004
39 – Touching the Void – 2003
38 – No Country For Old Men – 2007
37 – 28 Days Later – 2002
36 – Garden State – 2004
35 – The Perfect Storm – 2000
34 – 500 Days of Summer – 2009
33 – Juno – 2007
32 – Grindhouse – 2007
31 – Memento – 2000
30 – Spider-Man – 2002
29 – Old School – 2003
28 – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – 2008
27 – Match Point – 2005
26 – Inglorious Basterds – 2009
25 – Lilya 4-Ever – 2003
24 – Napoleon Dynamite – 2004
23 – 25th Hour – 2002
22 – The Royal Tenenbaums – 2001
21 – Sympathy for Lady Vengeance – 2005
20 – After the Wedding – 2006
19 – Inland Empire – 2006
18 – Vanilla Sky – 2001
17 – Almost Famous – 2000
16 – Sideways – 2004
15 – Donnie Darko – 2001
14 – Moon – 2009
13 – The Departed – 2006
12 – In the Bedroom – 2001
11 – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – 2004
10 – The Dark Knight – 2008
9 – Amelie – 2001
8 – Lord of the Rings: Return of the King – 2003
7 – A History of Violence – 2005
6 – Requiem for a Dream – 2000
5 – Pan’s Labyrinth – 2006
4 – High Fidelity – 2000
3 – There Will Be Blood – 2007
2 – 2046 – 2004
1 – Kill Bill – 2004

#1 – Top Films of the 2000’s – Kill Bill Vol I, II

#1 – Kill Bill Vol I, II – 2004

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There has never been any doubt in my mind that “Kill Bill” is the best film of the decade. Quentin Tarantino is the greatest living director, and easily one of the 10 greatest directors of our time. I believe he is also probably one masterpiece from cracking into the top 5 which include (insert top 10 list 10: David Lynch, 9: Michelangelo Antonioni, 8: Francois Truffaut, 7: Ingmar Bergman, 6: Quentin Tarantino, 5: Andrei Tarkovsky, 4: Akira Kurosawa, 3: Alfred Hitchcock, 2: Federico Fellini, 1: Stanley Kubrick)…anyway. Tarantino has this great talent for being the film-goers filmmaker, because he has such a passion for watching films himself. He has been able to take all these great ideas from cinema throughout the decades and create a completely unique vision of his own. The western, the samurai film, the revenge film, etc., etc., he has taken all of these to the next level. He single-handedly changed the way we view films in 1994 with “Pulp Fiction” and has continued to break new ground along the way. “Kill Bill” is a beautiful, entertaining, dark, mysterious film, and for all the crazy fight scenes, and car chases, at it’s core it is a film about betrayal between a man and a woman. This can be seen in that final scene when Bill just plain makes a peanut butter sandwich for his daughter as the bride sits and listens, genius. A dysfunctional family at its core. It is a film that will resonant for years to come, and will be heralded as a masterpiece by film fans for decades after that.

#1 Pick of 2004

#2 – Top Films of the 2000’s – 2046

#2 – 2046 – 2004

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It is hard to describe how beautiful a picture 2046 is, or to really understand its genre as well. It plays like a romantic thriller, yet has the feeling, look, and vibe of a science fiction film, and it is a fantastic blend of Asian cinema from the past and what it will become in the future. A very loose sequel to Wong Kar Wai’s “In The Mood for Love”, “2046” follows Chiu-Wai a struggling soft-core porn writer. He is a drunk, a womanizer, and he inhabits a hotel room, room number 2047 as he begins to write a story about people who travel to 2046. The inhabitants of the hotel soon find themselves weaving there way into his story, especially when a young woman moves into apt. 2046. His life and his story begin to merge as he lives his days in the hotel. Chiu-Wai is a man that sees the women in his life come and go, believing that in a different time and in a different place perhaps he could find love, but he will not find it in this life. “2046” is a vibrant, opulent, epic poem of a film. The colors and textures of Wong Kar-Wai’s landscape are an absolute treat to watch. It will surely be a classic work of art.

#2 Pick of 2004

#3 – Top Films of the 2000’s – There Will Be Blood

#3 – There Will Be Blood – 2007

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From beginning to end “There Will Be Blood” is a complete example of perfection in filmmaking, acting, directing, scoring, you name it. It is the story of greed, deceit, and the madness that surrounds these things. Daniel Plainview (played by Daniel Day-Lewis in a well deserved Oscar winning role) is the first great oil man, willing to do whatever it takes to go where the oil is. He is followed by his son, who is used more as a marketing ploy than actually being a son to him. The story surrounding his son, and his brother who shows up later in the film becomes to slowly come together for us piece by piece adding on as a twisted sub-plot. The most interesting aspect of the film for me was the slow descent into evil that falls upon Daniel. You can slowly see him lose all traces of humanity over the course of the film, until he is finally taken over by greed, until he becomes this lonely William Randolph Hearst-esque character, trapped in his castle. Paul Thomas Anderson makes a great film slowly putting the pieces together, but also allows us the freedom to create our own unique interpretation during some points of the film, especially the story arc between Daniel and the preacher and what we are believed to be his brother or is it? It must also be said the score by Johnny Greenwood of ‘Radiohead’ is absolutely brilliant. This stark, yet enigmatic industrial undertones really put the film into this surreal place that could not be achieved otherwise. The pacing of the film is amazing, especially considering it’s clipping at almost three hours. I was constantly on the edge of my seat. It has the tension of an action film, and it all leads up to one absolutely brilliant finale. “I drink yourrrrrrr milkshake!”

#1 Pick of 2007