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Saturday, August 26, 2006


50 Best Movies (of the last 10 years)

For an organization I belong to, I recently contributed to a poll of the 50 Best Movies of the last decade (1996-2006...don't ask me, I don't get it either). They asked all of their members for their favorites, and turned those into a list of 400 nominees. The final 50 will be chosen over the next three weeks, and will be revealed on September 11th. (Again, don't ask me, I have no idea what the significance is.)

While the 400 is hopelessly weighted towards American movies and misses some crucial films for me -- notably John Greyson's Lilies, Steven Soderbergh's Solaris, and Paul Greengrass' trifecta of Bloody Sunday, The Bourne Supremacy, and United 93 -- it's a relatively fair list to choose from. Here's what I came up with today (with the knowledge the films would be different tomorrow, just the nature of listology):

1. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring (Kim)
2. Raising Victor Vargas (Sollett)
3. Waiting For Guffman (Guest)
4. Fight Club (Fincher)
5. Before Sunset (Linklater)
6. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Mitchell)
7. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Coen)
8. Angels in America (Nichols)
9. Brokeback Mountain (Lee)
10. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Jackson)

11. Boogie Nights (Anderson)
12. The English Patient (Minghella)
13. Magnolia (Anderson)
14. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Gondry)
15. The Red Violin (Girard)
16. The Matrix (Wachowskis)
17. Y Tu Mama Tambien (Cuaron)
18. Memento (Nolan)
19. House of Flying Daggers (Yimou)
20. Election (Payne)

21. The Bourne Identity (Liman)
22. City of God (Mereilles)
23. Contact (Zemeckis)
24. Bad Education (Almodovar)
25. Far From Heaven (Haynes)
26. Barbarian Invasions, The (Arcand)
27. Boys Don't Cry (Peirce)
28. American Beauty (Mendes)
29. After Life (Kore-eda)
30. Elephant (Van Sant)

31. Beloved (Demme)
32. Oldboy (Park)
33. Munich (Spielberg)
34. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Kunuk)
35. Bound (Wachowskis)
36. Virgin Suicides, The (S. Coppola)
37. The Opposite of Sex (Roos)
38. Roger Dodger (Kidd)
39. Amores Perros (Inarritu)
40. All About My Mother (Almodovar)

41. Incredibles, The (Bird)
42. Talk To Her (Almodovar)
43. Happy Together (Wong)
44. Moulin Rouge (Luhrmann)
45. Kundun (Scorsese)
46. Chicago (Marshall)
47. Fargo (Coen)
48. Run Lola Run (Tykwer)
49. Lagaan (Gowariker)
50. Almost Famous (Crowe)

10 Films Bubbling Just Underneath: Besieged, Bullworth, Chungking Express, Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai, Pi, Rushmore, Shattered Glass, Shaun of the Dead, The Triplets of Belleville, When We Were Kings

10 Films That I Omitted Which Will Disappoint The Film Critic Mafia: 2046, Breaking The Waves, Donnie Darko, The Fog of War, In The Mood For Love, Lost in Translation, Primer, The Return, Trainspotting, Velvet Goldmine

10 Films I Hated That Apparently Everyone Else Loved: Dogville, Garden State, The Green Mile, Irreversible, The Life Aquatic, Monster, Mulholland Dr., The Royal Tenenbaums, State and Main, Wonder Boys


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