Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Decade's Best: #91-#100

Well, now that I've gotten all that truculence out of my system, I feel better already. Though surely this has just as much to do with what you must have known was coming: my third and final series for December, an illustrated flyover of my 100 favorite movies from the decade now concluding.

Throughout December, I have reminisced about my fondest in-cinema memories of the 00s and catalogued the films that I am most eager to encounter or revisit. Sure, I longed to catch up on everything that eluded me earlier, and to reassess films for which I suspect, auspiciously or ominously, my first appraisal might have missed the mark. But this goal was hopeless and, I think, unhealthy: it's good to have things to look forward to, and lingering prospects for reacquaintance. It's silly to treat the end of any year as a now-or-never deadline for artistic enrichment. Besides, the 100 films I have collected here, whatever I omitted through neglect or misjudgment, are as thrilling a time-capsule as I could ever want of a decade's ecstatic pleasures.

Here goes with the first ten films, working as you surely guessed from the bottom of the list to the top. It already makes for an exhausting trip, hurtling from Boston to Korea to Mexico City to Australia to Africa to the American Midwest, twice over, to say nothing of our tour stops in Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell. Thank goodness that particular journey is organized in the opposite sequence, but don't get complacent. We've got zombies on our tail.

(And by the way, as we hit the road, tip me off whether you're digging the mosaic-style presentation of the main page, with frames, or if you're more of a non-frames person. I've structured each page so that the frames should be easily accommodated on any screen with display dimensions of 1024 x 768 or higher, but I do love my readers with the smaller monitors.)



Blogger Middento said...

Ooh, what an intriguing list so far! I'm so pleased to see DAY NIGHT DAY NIGHT in the mix (which I adored), even as I'm baffled to see why anything by Hernández is here (but that may because in the end I couldn't abide MIL NUBES DE PAZ...).

(Hey! I'm back! Woo!)

12:39 AM, December 22, 2009  
Blogger Glenn Dunks said...

LOVING the inclusion of Dawn of the Dead and Dogville and I like that you can include Wolf Creek without thinking it's a movie you want to see (or am I getting the wrong idea).

I wish the others had been released here, but they have not. Of those it is Day Night Day Night that continues to remain high on the list of titles that I fear will never see the light of Australian day. Mother will be on DVD soon enough though so that's something.

6:38 AM, December 22, 2009  
Blogger Tim said...

God, I totally forgot about Day Night Day Night - absolutely brilliant movie right there. Good list so far, even if I'll never understand what people see in Dogville.

...an ocean of biopics that would have bored even Paul Muni.

First laugh-out-loud moment of the day.

9:26 AM, December 22, 2009  
Blogger JKlorfein said...

Non-Frames. You've piqued my interest again in "Wolf Creek." Along with "Open Water 2," your horror recommendations keep accumulating in my netflix queue. Yay Dawn of the Dead / pre-teen 13-yr. old fantasies of being as cool as Sarah Polly.

11:44 AM, December 22, 2009  
Blogger Lev Lewis said...

I'm afraid I may never get to see "Johnny Mad Dog" or "Raging Sun, Raging Sky", unless they inexplicably show up on DVD, but I'm thrilled that you included "Mother" and "Day Night Day Night". Hopefully some more Joon-ho shows up.

Now, I REALLY have to see "Notre Musique" and "Wolf Creek".

11:58 AM, December 22, 2009  
Blogger NicksFlickPicks said...

@Middento: Welcome back! It's been a long time. The Hernández film is a krazy piece of work, but I found it totally gripping: the kind of mad-hatter self-indulgent experiment that would never work if he didn't know how to shoot and edit in a resonant way. I am sure most people will hate it if they ever even see it, but I'm curious to see the rest of his stuff.

@Glenn: Glad to make you happy, twice! Or three times - since I do love Wolf Creek and always have. Not sure what you mean with that last part?

@Tim: It's so great to have friends with whom Muni humor clicks!

@JKlorfein: Being as cool as Sarah Polley is indeed a tall order, but surely you realize you're at least very close. Glad you're game for my pulp faves.

@Lev: I'm afraid no one is going to see these movies, maybe not even me, and I'm desperate for a second view of both. RS,RS is an epitome of a kind of film that subsists on festivals with virtually no hope of commercial bookings, but I really think JMD would make some media waves and land on some Top Ten lists if people had a look at it. One of the Film Comment editors had it at or near the top of their "Best of Cannes" article in '08, which is why I bought the ticket in London. It did get a commercial release a couple months ago in the UK, so I'd go DVD-spotting on amazon.co.uk.

10:56 PM, December 22, 2009  
Blogger Glenn Dunks said...

Hmm, for some reason I was of the belief that you thought Wolf Creek was incredibly well made, but not a movie you actually like. If that makes sense. As in, you appreciate and respect what it does with the artform and the genre and the boundaries it pushes, but that it's not a movie you "like". I guess I was wrong. Not sure where I got that from. Misinterpreting the odd comment about it here and there, I guess.

4:06 AM, December 23, 2009  

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