The Onion AV Club has posted their top 50 movies of the Aughts, and, as I love lists, I was enthralled. First, I had sort of forgotten that we’re at decade’s end; it seems like just yesterday when everyone was hoarding canned goods and convinced their PCs would explode. Good times.
Anywho, go read the whole thing.
Movies I have seen: Moulin Rouge! (47, natch; loved it), Adaptation (46; liked it), Brokeback Mountain (43; loved it), The Dark Knight (41; liked it), Punch-Drunk Love (33; loved it), WALL-E (30; loved it); Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (29; loved it), The Incredibles (26; loved it), United 93 (22; liked it), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (19; OK), Mulholland Dr. (18; loved it), The Royal Tenenbaums (17; loved it), Almost Famous (16; liked it), Y Tu Mama Tambien (15; loved it), Talk to Her (14; loved it), Children of Men (10; loved it), Capturing the Friedmans (8; liked it), Kill Bill Vol. I (7; loved it), Memento (5; loved it), There Will Be Blood (3; loved it), Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (1; loved it)
Movies I want to see: Gerry (49), City of God (40), A History of Violence (37), Pan’s Labyrinth (36), Waking Life (35), American Psycho (34), Morvern Callar (28; has anyone even heard of this movie? It’s the second time I’ve seen it on a top of the decade list), Zodiac (21), The Squid and the Whale (20; and I can’t believe I haven’t seen this movie), No Country for Old Men (4; and how haven’t I seen this?), The 25th Hour (2; again, this pops up for the second time on a decade list)
So, here’s my list starting with ones from above:
Moulin Rouge!, Brokeback Mountain, Punch-Drunk Love, Mulholland Dr., Children of Men, Memento, There Will Be Blood
If you haven’t seen them all, it’s a crime: tragic love and music!, tragic love, strange love, strange mind messing, dystopic perfection, strange mind messing, and sort of all of the rest put together.
To that, I would add:
Rachel Getting Married, 28 Days Later, V for Vendetta
Family drama, dystopic perfection, dystopic perfection.
I sense some themes.
Some close ones: Kill Bill, The Royal Tenenbaums, Casino Royale and The Bourne Ultimatum
What are yours?