Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Decade's Best: #71-#80

Just like last time, a new filmmaker crashes the list with not one but two titles, and this time it's somebody that no one had even heard of till 2000 rolled around. Also, though it's unlikely to faze anyone else, I'm excited to have two films in this bracket that I never imagined would wind up on a list like this when I first saw them—one that I thought was perfectly fine but not much more than that (it's at #78), and one that I practically hated, even though I respected its proficiency. In that case, you won't have any trouble figuring out which title I have in mind.



Blogger Unknown said...

This list convinces me I really need to see a film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul sooner than later. They're so impossible to find over here though! Argh.

Couldn't agree more with Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. I first saw it 9 years ago when I was 10 and thought it was just an awesome martial arts film with women. I watch it now, older and only slightly wiser, and see it to be perhaps the most feminist film of the decade? Which is a bold statement in itself.

12:12 AM, December 24, 2009  
Blogger Glenn Dunks said...

LOVE the inclusion of The Bourne Supremacy. It's my favourite of the trilogy and the only one I ever have a desire to revisit.

I still hate Syndromes and a Century, and I find it wonderful that the only parts of Fat Girl I liked are, indeed, the final 15 minutes or so which plays out like some deranged, frightening nightmare sequence (that ominous car drive!)

12:59 AM, December 24, 2009  
Blogger tim r said...

You must have known #78 would feel like a Christmas present, especially since it was stamped with a B until a few months ago! Superb. And we are the unofficial Bourne Supremacy > Ultimatum action group around here. I'm guessing one more Joe entry higher up, and maybe one more Ang, but maybe not...

Can't believe I still haven't seen Syndromes! What's wrong with me?

4:14 AM, December 24, 2009  
Blogger Lev Lewis said...

Haven't seen the Weerasethakul's yet, but they're doing a retrospective at the cinematheque here and I plan on catching them then.

"La Cienaga" , "Fat Girl" and "Before Night Falls" are brilliant selections.

11:51 AM, December 24, 2009  
Blogger NicksFlickPicks said...

@Himiko: Welcome to the site! Where is "over here" for you? I obviously do recommend the Weerasethakul films, though I'd recommend starting with Blissfully Yours or maybe Tropical Malady.

@Glenn: Glad you're psyched about Supremacy though I knew the Syndromes inclusion would bug you. You've got a gift on the way in the next installment.

@Tim: Supremacy > Ultimatum all the way, and imagine what a present I feel like I got from being prompted to re-examine what I thought was a "B" movie and discovering so much more to appreciate than I'd seen. Thanks for "giving" me that movie!

@Lev: See above, and I do think the films all play terrifically on the big screen. The one I talk about least is Mysterious Object at Noon, his sort of hilariously off-the-cuff, pseudo-documentary debut about an endless, improvised "folk tale," and I think it's totally charming. He went to film school here in Chicago, so I hear tell that his student shorts are hiding somewhere around the city...

10:25 PM, December 24, 2009  

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