Wednesday, 23 December 2009

My films of the decade

Okay, that's not entirely accurate. There's only two films from 2009 on the list because I'm still wrestling with that particular issue (I'm continuing to work my way through my BAFTA screeners. Saw A Single Man last night. Brilliant). So this is pretty much a list of those films that really rocked my world in one way or another between 2000-08.

I'm sure I've forgotten some, I'm almost certain of it, yet I was also aware that I really needed to get off the pot on this one and put something up. And so, here you have the films that I told/pleaded/insisted/begged people to go and see, because each and every one of them touched something in me, and that, in the end, became my main criteria for choosing.

Ali (2001, Michael Mann)

Almost Famous (2000, Cameron Crowe)

Amelie (2001, Jean-Pierre Jeunet)

American Psycho (2000, Mary Harron)

The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007, Andrew Dominik)

Before Sunset (2004, Richard Linklater)

The Believer (2001, Henry Bean)

Les Triplettes de Belleville (2003, Sylvain Chomet)

Big Fish (2003, Tim Burton)

Birth (2004, Jonathan Glazer)

The Bourne Supremacy (2004, Paul Greengrass)

Born Into Brothels (2004, Zana Briski, Ross Kaufman)

Brick (2005, Rian Johnson)

Capturing The Friedmans (2003, Andrew Jarecki)

Children Of Men (2006, Alfonso Cuaron)

Chopper (2000, Andrew Dominik)

City Of God (2002, Fernando Meirelles)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, Ang Lee)

CQ (2003, Roman Coppola)

The Devil’s Backbone (2001, Guillermo Del Toro)

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (2007, Julian Schnabel)

Elephant (2003, Gus Van Sant)

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004, Michel Gondry)

Hero (2002, Zhang Yimou)

In The Mood For Love (2000, Wong Kar-wai)

In This World (2002, Michael Winterbottom)

The Incredibles (2004, Brad Bird)

Infernal Affairs (2002, Alan Mak, Andy Lau)

Irreversible (2002, Gasper Noe)

The Lives Of The Others (2006, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)

Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003, Thom Andersen)

Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003, Joe Dante)

Lost In Translation (2003, Sofia Coppola)

Man On Wire (2008, James Marsh)

Memento (2000, Christopher Nolan)

Mulholland Drive (2001, David Lynch)

The Prestige (2006, Christopher Nolan)

Read My Lips (2001, Jacques Audiard)

[Rec] (2008, Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plazo)

Sex And Lucia (2001, Julio Medem)

Sideways (2004, Alexander Payne)

Solaris (2002, Steven Soderbergh)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (2007, Tim Burton)

Syriana (2005, Stephen Gaghan)

Traffic (2000, Stephen Soderbergh)

28 Days Later (2002, Danny Boyle)

United 93 (2006, Paul Greengrass)

Up (2009, Pete Docter)

Where The Wild Things Are (2009, Spike Jonze)

Wonder Boys (2000, Curtis Hanson)

Y Tu Mama Tabiem (2001, Alfonso Cuaron)

Zodiac (2007, David Fincher)


Gerard said...

Terrific list. And a nice reminder I'm still yet to catch a handful of your inclusions...

Gerard said...

But wait - no Coens? No There Will Be Blood? Tenenbaums?

(This is exactly why I don't plan on doing a decade list myself :P)

Mark Salisbury said...

I thought long and hard about TWBB but eventually opted against it.

Tennenbaums? Nah.

As for the Coens, The Man Who Wasn't There was there and then it wasn't. Ditto No Country... which on any other day probably would have made it.

My one major recommendation, if you haven't seen it, is Born Into Brothels.