Thursday, November 12, 2009

100 Noughties Films, x2

I was inspired by William's post. He did the Times UK list, while I am doing both that list and the Telegraph's list of the 100 best films of the noughties (the first decade of the 2000's). There are surprising overlaps, and quite a lot of them (51, to be exact- no, I didn't count, Excel did!).

Movies I've watched in bold. Lots of notes in italics. Movies that I will never watch are crossed out.

I know there will be those that are judgmental- I'm fully aware of the fact that I have lowbrow taste in movies, I can't help it. If you look over the history of the films that I've worked on, it should really tell you something. I like to enjoy movies. I have strong opinions about actors, and will not see movies if an actor that I don't like is starring in it. I also don't like horror movies or, generally, war films. Or anything too dark or angsty.

The Times UK: The 100 Best Movies of the Noughties:
the best films released in the UK from 2000 - 2009

100.  The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
99.  Battle Royale (2000) The synopsis makes this sound like "Lord of the Flies" in Japanese. No, thank you.
98.  Crash (2004) I will never watch this movie again. I don't even think I made it all the way through the first time.
97.  Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005) I really, really want to watch this movie!
96.  Movern Callar (2002) I love Samantha Morton, another movie for my must-watch list. I'll probably read the book first, by Alan Warner.
95.  Amores Perros (2000) Gael Garcia Bernal. Wonderful. The movie? Meh.
94.  An Inconvenient Truth (2006) No. If I wanted to learn something, I'd be in school right now.
93.  House of Flying Daggers (2004) Lovely. I adored this movie and own the DVD.
92.  Dirty Pretty Things (2002) Immigration, black market organs ... no.
91.  Lantana (2001)
90.  Wedding Crashers (2005) Funny. More than the male leads, I thought Isla Fisher just acted with pure abandon and joy.
89.  School of Rock (2003) Funny. Jack Black? Meh. The kids? Awesome.
88.  The Royal Tenanbaums (2001) I overcame my distaste for Gwenyth Paltrow to watch this, and mostly loved it. It helps that I was supposed to dislike her character, because I really did. Can't wait for Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox."
87.  Time and Winds (2006) Sounds intriguing, but I don't know when I would ever watch this.
86.  The Orphanage (2007) No horror for me.
85.  The Piano Teacher (2001) I'm scared to watch this one. But I think I want to.
84.  Hotel Rwanda (2004) Genocide, not a topic I embrace in movies.
83.  The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006) IRA? No. Thanks, though.
82.  Yi Yi: A One and a Two (2000)
81.  In The Loop (2009)
80.  Me, You and Everyone We Know (2005)
79.  Le Grand Voyage (2004) I know I won't watch this. Religious movies are also not my thing.
78.  About Schmidt (2002)
77.  Bowling for Columbine (2002) I dislike Michael Moore. I do not support him.
76.  Control (2007)
75.  Talk to Her (2002)
74.  Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) This film terrified me. But it was beautiful and I own the DVD.
73.  The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)
72.  The Hurt Locker (2008) Iraq. No.
71.  Monsters, Inc. (2001) Love this film, as I do all Pixar movies!
70.  The Class (2008)
69.  Persepolis (2007) I own this DVD and have still not watched it...
68.  Memento (2000) Won't be watching this again, once was more than enough.
67.  Gomorrah (2008)
66.  City of God (2002) It was good, really, but once was enough.
65.  Waltz with Bashir (2008) War movie.
64.  L’enfant (2005)
63.  There Will Be Blood (2007) Have no desire at all to see this.
62.  Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) Funny, easy to watch, and I loved Christina Applegate.
61.  Spirited Away (2001) Adore this movie, as well as "Princess Mononoke."
60.  The Squid and the Whale (2005)
59.  Etre et Avoir (2002)
58.  Shaun of the Dead (2004) Surprisingly funny. I actually went to a screening where the director spoke about his experience and we asked him questions. He was a really funny guy.
57.  The Consequences of Love (2004)
56.  Volver (2006) I do not like Penelope Cruz.
55.  Chopper (2000)
54.  Bad Santa (2003) Not that funny. But okay.
53.  Milk (2008)
52.  The Constant Gardener (2005) The only reason I would ever watch this is Ralph Fiennes.
51.  The Son’s Room (2001)
50.  The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Good. I work in VFX, I'm a nerd.
49.  Knocked Up (2007) Funnier than I thought it would be, with some sweet moments.
48.  Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
47.  My Summer of Love (2004) I love Emily Blunt, I need to see this!
46.  Traffic (2000) Not as great as people said it was.
45.  Touching the Void (2003) Mountain climbers? In the '80's? No.
44.  Under the Sand (2000)
43.  The Dark Knight (2008) Loved this. Was so upset that I did not work on this! Yes, I own the DVD.
42.  The Incredibles (2004) Adore Pixar.
41.  Children of Men (2006)
40.  Syriana (2005) Serious movie about corporations and oil. Nope.
39.  Lost in Translation (2003) Okay, but not really as amazing as people kept saying it was.
38.  Mulholland Drive (2001) I have a strange aversion to this movie. Perhaps because the real Mulholland Drive is so drab?
37.  In the Mood for Love (2000) I need to watch this!
36.  Capturing the Friedmans (2004)
35.  Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002) Good, but disjointed.
34.  Finding Nemo (2003) Adore Pixar.
33.  Monsoon Wedding (2002)
32.  Gladiator (2000) WHY?! Ew. I lasted 10 minutes and then fell over in a stupor.
31.  Iraq in Fragments (2006)
30.  Irreversible (2002)
29.  Being John Malkovich (2000) Charlie Kaufman. Genius.
28.  The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
27.  Sideways (2004) I didn't expect to like this movie, but I did.
26.  Minority Report (2002) I thought this movie was too slick. The VFX looked like they had been shellacked. Still, I own it on DVD.
25.  Dancer in the Dark (2000) I have the soundtrack but have never seen this movie!
24.  28 Days Later… (2002) It was really a solidly good film, not something generally associated with zombie flicks.
23.  Man On Wire (2008) I would be so tense through this entire thing. I can't watch tightrope walkers.
22.  Far from Heaven (2002) Beautiful and quietly poetic. Julianne Moore and Dennis Haysbert were perfectly cast.
21.  Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) I love David Strathaim, I need to watch this.
20.  Donnie Darko (2001) Overrated. Yes, it's good, but not so good it deserves cult status.
19.  United 93 (2006) Scary. Can't do it.
18.  Let the Right One In (2008) The synopsis sounds intriguing...
17.  Brokeback Mountain (2005) Missed this somehow. I will watch it someday, I'm sure.
16.  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) One of my favorite movies. Love.
15.  Downfall (2004)
14.  4 Months, 3 Weeks, & 2 Days (2007)
13.  This Is England (2007)
12.  The Lives of Others (2006) Scary. I am a wuss.
11.  Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) Okay, Sacha Baron Cohen, you're funny. I get it, I really do.
10.  Hunger (2008)
9.  The Queen (2006) I love Helen Mirren, I don't know how I missed this one.
8.  Casino Royale (2006) Great movie. I don't want to talk about the VFX, though. Why, yes, I do have the DVD.
7.  The Last King of Scotland (2006) Scary.
6.  Slumdog Millionaire (2008) For no reason at all, I've always been adverse to this film. Apparently, I am a terrible person. I can't help it- I'm caving to my psyche.
5.  Team America: World Police (2004) Funny but without any real thought behind the humor.
4.  Grizzly Man (2005) Unhinged man plus bear attack? Um, no.
3.  No Country for Old Men (2007) I like the Coen brothers, but I have to be really superficial for a moment: Javier Bardem's bowl / pageboy haircut made me dislike this movie from the very first trailer.
2.  The Bourne Supremacy / The Bourne Ultimatum (2004, 2007) I really liked this films and liked Matt Damon in them. Surprise! I have all three of the DVD's.
1. Hidden (Cache) 2005

The Telegraph: Top 100 Movies: Defining the Noughties
(Films in italics are on the Times UK list above.)

100. Avatar (2009) The movie's not even out yet. This is ridiculous.
99. Together (2000)
98. Crash (2005) Can't believe this made both lists.
97. Tropical Malady (2004)
96. Shrek (2001) I really was so glad that Dreamworks made this film. The sequels ... not so much.
95. Michael Clayton (2007) George Clooney is lovely, but this movie looked so dour.
94. The Brown Bunny (2003) Ew.
93. Grizzly Man (2005)
92. The Wrestler (2008)
91. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)
90. Bent It Like Beckham (2002) The only movie in which I could tolerate Keira Knightley.
89. Munich (2005) Another scary one.
88. The Pianist (2002) I own this DVD. Have never watched it.
87. The Child (L'enfant) (2005)
86. Let the Right One In (2008)
85. Erin Brockovich (2000) Not as good as I thought it would be. Julia Roberts underwhelmed me.
84. Sin City (2005) Loved this movie. Loved how similar it was to the graphic novel. Yes, I have both the graphic novel and the DVD.
83. Good Bye Lenin! (2003) Sounds like "Life Is Beautiful" but without the Italian exuberance.
82. Monsoon Wedding (2001)
81. Milk (2008)
80. The Return (2003)
79. Spider-Man (2002) Shocked that this movie is on the list. Yes, I work for the company that made it. And I own the DVD. Still ... shocked.
78. The Hurt Locker (2008)
77. Children of Men (2006)
76. Antichrist (2009) No, thank you.
75. The School of Rock (2003)
74. Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
73. Master and Commander (2003) Like "Gladiator" but on a boat? Pass.
72. Uzak (2002)
71. A History of Violence (2005)
70. Mulholland Drive (2001)
69. The Class (2008)
68. Waltz with Bashir (2008)
67. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
66. United 93 (2006)
65. The Departed (2006)
64. Spirited Away (2001)
63. The Piano Teacher (2001)
62. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
61. In This World (2002)
60. Kill Bill (2003)
59. Wall-E (2008) Love. Love. Love!
58. Donnie Darko (2001)
57. Sideways (2004)
56. Atonement (2007) Keira. Knightley. No. Never.
55. Bowling for Columbine (2002)
54. Talk to Her (2002)
53. No Country for Old Men (2007)
52. Hunger (2008)
51. Lagaan (2001) It has cricketing!
50. Russian Ark (2002)
49. Far from Heaven (2002)
48. Gladiator (2000) WHY?! Why is this on both lists??
47. Gosford Park (2001) Subtle and very English. I liked it very much.
46. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
45. District 9 (2009)
44. Hidden (2005)
43. The Dark Knight (2008)
42. Ratatouille (2007) Remy! Linguine! So cute.
41. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
40. Moulin Rouge! (2001) I know people either love this or hate this. I adore it and know all the lyrics. Yes, I am a dork.
39. Casino Royale (2006)
38. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
37. Billy Elliot (2000) Such a sweet, unassuming little film. I thought it was great and Jamie Bell played the role superbly.
36. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
35. Knocked Up (2007)
34. Moolaade (2004) Sounds scary but also like it could be really good?
33. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) Wonderful. I watch this DVD occasionally just to see the cinematography.
32. Oldboy (2003) So! Good! I was spellbound. And how I love Yoo Ji-Tae (유지태).
31. Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) Jack Sparrow made this movie for me. I don't even want to think about that wretched Elizabeth.
30. Downfall (2004)
29. In the Mood for Love (2000)
28. The Queen (2006)
27. Star Trek (2009) I can't believe I missed a VFX movie in the noughties, but I did.
26. Etre et Avoir (2002)
25. Up (2009) I still have not seen this. It makes me sad.
24. The Gleaners and I (2000)
23. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
22. City of God (2002)
21. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
20. Lost in Translation (2003)
19. Capote (2005) I really like Philip Seymour Hoffman, I think he does unexpected things with roles. I should watch this one.
18. Mamma Mia! (2008) So fun, so charming! I wish Pierce Brosnan had been dubbed, but oh, well. Meryl Streep makes it all worth it.
17. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (2007)
16. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
15. Before Sunset (2004) I don't like Ethan Hawke or Julie Delpy. So ... probably not going to see this, but it takes place in Paris ... so I'm waffling.
14. Saw (2004) Scary.
13. West of the Tracks (2003) NINE HOURS long?? Oh, no.
12. Amelie (2001) One of my all-time favorites. My DVD is getting positively worn out.
11. The Lives of Others (2006)
10. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
9. The Passion of the Christ (2004) No, no, no. I don't need to watch this one.
8. Amores Perros (2000)
7. Borat (2006)
6. Memento (2000)
5. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
4. There Will Be Blood (2007)
3. The Incredibles (2004)
2. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
1.  Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Michael Moore. No.

Well, the good news is, it's past 1:00 in the morning and I'm done with work. Hooray!

The bad news is, I get to go to work by 8:30 tomorrow (today) morning. Booooooo.

All I want to do tomorrow is curl up on the couch and watch some movies from the noughties. Maybe re-watch some old favorites and even discover new favorites?

Instead, I shall be trying to contribute to the making of what will potentially end up on a few "best of" lists in the future. I'm a little sad that none of the films I've worked on qualify as the 100 best, but at least two of them have won Academy Awards. So HA, English newspapers, HA on you.

Bedtime for me, otherwise I would be expounding upon the poor choices in both these lists...


william November 14, 2009 at 3:59 AM  

we have similar taste in movies, but i think i'm a little bit more high-brow (which is not necessarily a good thing). get thee to a video store (yeah right, like we do that now) and get in the mood for love. expect it to be slow. that's the way wong kar wai works.

i would watch it on a really rainy day, since you don't want him to put a damper on a bright and sunny day.

jeanny November 14, 2009 at 7:56 AM  

Honestly, I'm a little ashamed of my low-brow taste. Especially since I live in such a good city to catch indie movies!

I think Maggie Cheung is beautiful- the movie won't be too slow, I'll be busy staring at her.

Knowing me, I'll probably buy the DVD as soon as I ever see it in any store that I happen to be in.

Will definitely watch someday! That and "Eat Drink Man Woman" have been on my list for ages.