So, as the decade winds down, I find myself thinking of some of the films that I have seen during these ten years. There are some that still resonate in my memory and have influenced me for good or ill, but will not fade. A few I will not watch again, others will be films I return to time and again, seeking comfort/company in an old friend.
So here is my list of films from the 2000’s that are important to me for various reasons.
Gladiator A reworking of the epic…great performances by Crowe and Phoenix
Almost Famous Fun, and Kate Hudson’s best film so far
Tully A small, quiet film overlooked unjustly.
Amelie This one came unexpectedly…quirky, intelligent, charming
Black Hawk Down My favorite war movie set in modern times
Serendipity Don’t ask me why, but a movie I can watch repeatedly…maybe because Kate Beckinsale is gloriously beautiful here
Mostly Martha finely crafted German film with characters you care about immediately
The Bourne Identity finally a spy movie that I can actually watch…the 007 crap bored me for years (this entry counts for the entire series)
Lost in Translation Love it or hate it…few people seem to be in the middle. The bittersweet recognition of love that might have been is enough for me.
Love Actually A bit overblown, but a feel good movie perfect for Christmas season
The Fall a glorious fantasy missed by most I think
Pan’s Labyrinth another fantasy, though much darker, and difficult to watch the brutality of Captain Vidal
Stranger than Fiction the only Will Ferrell movie I’ll watch
Letters from Iwo Jima an incredible film from the Japanese viewpoint of the invasion, far better than Flags of Our Fathers
No Country for Old Men I’ve been pissed off at the last third of this movie for two years…got to include it, though I’ll never watch it again
Juno another quirky unexpected film that clicked for me
Slumdog Millionaire Overhyped, but worth watching. Certainly different from the usual fare.
Gran Torino Great exit for Clint Eastwood
Let the Right One In Vampire story like very little else ever produced.
Nothing. Though I’m leaving a place of honor for Moon and possibly Avatar if I ever get a chance to see them.
So what movies from the last ten years have you seen that have really had an impact on you? I hope to find some I have missed.