Sunday, November 8, 2009

UK Times 2000-2009

The UK Times listed their 100 Greatest Films of the Decade list today. Of course, with 2009 being the last year of this first decade of the twenty-first century, we're going to see a ton of these lists in the coming months - including one by me. My only question is: why not wait until December/January, because this crop of '09 films is pretty damn good, in my opinion, and I haven't seen Up in the Air, Nine, Avatar, A Single Man, The White Ribbon, etc, etc.

Anyways, here are the Times Top 30 of the Decade:

01. "Cache" (Michael Haneke, 2005)
02. "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "The Bourne Supremacy (Paul Greengrass, 2004 and 2007)
03. "No Country For Old Men" (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, 2007)
04. "Grizzly Man" (Werner Herzog, 2005)
05. "Team America: World Police" (Trey Parker, 2004)
06. "Slumdog Millionaire" (Danny Boyle, 2008)
07. "The Last King of Scotland" (Kevin Macdonald, 2006)
08. "Casino Royale" (Martin Campbell, 2006)
09. "The Queen" (Stephen Frears, 2006)
10. "Hunger" (Steve McQueen, 2008)
11. "Borat" (Larry Charles, 2006)
12. "The Lives of Others" (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)
13. "This is England" (Shane Meadows, 2007)
14. "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)
15. "Downfall" (Oliver Hirschbeigel, 2004)
16. "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (Michel Gondry, 2004)
17. "Brokeback Mountain" (Ang Lee, 2005)
18. "Let the Right One In" (Tomas Alfredson, 2007)
19. "United 93" (Paul Greengrass, 2005)
20. "Donnie Darko" (Richard Kelly, 2001)
21. "Good Night, and Good Luck" (George Clooney, 2005)
22. "Far From Heaven" (Todd Haynes, 2002)
23. "Man on Wire" (James Marsh, 2008)
24. "28 Days Later" (Danny Boyle, 2002)
25. "Dancer in the Dark" (Lars von Trier, 2000)
26. "Minority Report" (Steven Spielberg, 2002)
27. "Sideways" (Alexander Payne, 2004)
28. "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (Julian Schnabel, 2007)
29. "Being John Malkovich" (Spike Jonze, 2000)
30. "Irreversible" (Gaspar Noe, 2002)

First off, where are David Fincher's Zodiac (2007) and Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood? Not in the top 30? When Slumdog Millionaire, Team America, The Last King of Scotland are?

And, I admire and respect the Bourne movies to a certain extent, and they unquestionably rise above the traditional summer blockbuster mold, but putting them #2 is embarrasing. Perhaps the editors couldn't seperate the two because they're exactly the same film - they have the same flow, the same beats and rhythms, the same pulse, etc.

I'll be making my "Best Of Decade" list sometime in early February/late January after I've finished by 2009 "Best Of" list.

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