Kelly Shaw (kellyshaw) wrote,
Kelly Shaw

Favorite films of the decade, so far (revised: 12/13/2009)

With a new decade approaching, it's time to reflect upon the movies that captured our imaginations from 2000-2009. There are a lot of movies I'd like to see before finalizing my list of favorites, such as Soderbergh's two-part Che and the six-hour Italian TV-series The Best of Youth, to say nothing of a dozen or so interesting-looking films to be released later this year. Here, though, are the films (and cinematic television) that have most impressed me, that have moved me in some profound way and have stayed with me throughout this new millennium. It should go without saying, but I'll reiterate it anyway: This is my list, meaning it's very personal and not in any way meant to be an objective summation of the decade.

Top 30 (in alphabetical order)

A.I. Artifical Intelligence (2001, Steven Spielberg)
American Psycho (2000, Mary Harron)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007, Andrew Dominik)
Carnivale: Season 2 (2005, Daniel Knauf)
A Christmas Tale (2008, Arnaud Desplechin)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, (2008, David Fincher)
The Departed (2006, Martin Scorsese)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007, Julien Schnabel)
Donnie Darko (2001, Richard Kelly)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004, Michel Gondry)
Generation Kill (2008, David Simon and Ed Burns)
I Heart Huckabees (2004, David O. Russell)
Inglorious Basterds (2009, Quentin Tarantino)
Inland Empire (2006, David Lynch)
Kings and Queen (2004, Arnaud Desplechin)
Mad Men: Season 2 (2008, Matthew Weiner)
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001, Joel and Ethan Coen)
Mulholland Drive (2001, David Lynch)
The New World (2005, Terrence Malick; preferably, the "Extended Cut")
Oldboy (2003, Park Chan-Wook)
Public Enemies (2009, Michael Mann)
Punch-Drunk Love (2002, Paul Thomas Anderson)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, Wes Anderson)
Sideways (2004, Alexander Payne)
The Squid and the Whale (2005, Noah Baumbach)
Spirited Away (2002, Hayao Miyizaki)
There Will Be Blood (2007, Paul Thomas Anderson)
The 25th Hour (2001, Spike Lee)
Yi Yi (2000, Edward Yang)
The Wire: Season 1 (2002, David Simon and Ed Burns)
Zodiac (2007, David Fincher)

I'll stop now before I feel guilty for leaving off Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Nicolas Winding Refn's crime-saga Pusher, Joss Whedon's Firefly and seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the first (and only awesome) season of Battlestar Galactica ...
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