November 12th, 2009

video madness

The Decade in Movies

As you probably know from my incessant yapping about it, the A.V. Club is in the middle of their best-of-the-decade coverage. We wrapped up TV coverage today, and next week, we're heading into Music, where I'll be listing my favorite metal albums of the 2000s. I'm not part of the AVC's Movie coverage (and it's probably a good thing, too; since moving to SATX, my watching habits -- with the exception of the Austin festivals -- are a good three months behind the curve, because nothing ever plays here), but I thought I might as well post my picks for the 20 best movies of the decade. I'm very excited to see how this jines up with my colleagues' picks, but I'll have to wait a month to find out, just like the rest of y'all.

Anyway:

THE 20 BEST MOVIES OF THE DECADE

1. Huayàng Niánhua [In the Mood for Love] (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000, HK)
2. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch, 2001, USA)
3. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008, USA)
4. Wòhu Cánglóng [Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon] (Ang Lee, 2000, CHI)
5. Adaptation. (Spike Jonze, 2002, USA)
6. Dogville (Lars Von Trier, 2003, DEN)
7. Sud Pralad [Tropical Malady] (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004, THA)
8. No Country for Old Men (Joel Coen, 2007, USA)
9. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007, USA)
10. Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000, USA)
11. Amores Perros (Alejandro Iñárritu, 2000, MEX)
12. Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Anderson, 2003, USA)
13. Femme Fatale (Brian DePalma, 2002, FRA)
14. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004, USA)
15. Les Temps du Loup {Time of the Wolf) (Michael Haneke, 2003, FRA)
16. The Saddest Music in the World (Guy Maddin, 2003, CAN)
17. Batoru Rowaiaru [Battle Royale] (Kinji Fukasaku, 2000, JAP)
18. Il y a Longtemps Que Je T’Aime [I’ve Loved You for So Long] (Philippe Claudel,
2008, FRA)
19. The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005, USA)
20. Elephant (Gus Van Sant, 2003, USA)

Nothing extremely shocking there. A couple of surprises, maybe, and at least one pick that'll get me yelled at by the usual suspects, but there you have it. One thing that surprised me: I'd thought of this as being an exceptionally strong decade for documentaries, but when it came time to put this list together, I couldn't think of one strong enough to make the top 20. If I'd gone to 50, though, there'd be a bunch of them, including Man on Wire, When the Levees Broke, and at least a couple of Herzogs.