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333 Days

333 Days

If you don’t count today, that’s how many days we’ve got left of this decade. Which mostly scares me, but also excites for this reason and pretty much this reason alone: Decade lists! At the end of this year, writers of the pop culture variety are going to try and make sense of the Aughts or the Os or whatever the hell people are calling this decade with tons of summative editorial and many, many lists. The best films. The best television shows. The best albums. Etc. Etc. Etc.

High on valium and low on nutrients, I spent the conscious part of my flight back from Sundance pondering this. This will be quite the definitive decade for my lifetime. I turned 16 on January 1, 2000, and will turn 26 a second after the next decade begins. I’ve always considered pop culture to play quite a bit into my own sense of self, but that’s changed drastically since 2000. So when I started to write down a list of potential top 100 of the ’00s candidates, it felt really schizophrenic. Sure, in 2000 Requiem For A Dream, You Can Count On Me and Dancer In The Dark were ultimate cinematic experiences (just as, more embarrassingly, “Oops! I Did It Again” had a regular place in my discman). But I’ll admit I haven’t seen any of those films since at least 2004. Ten years is a long fucking time to summarize.

So instead I made a list of as many films as I could think of that it would be in my best interest to re-watch or watch for the first time if I stood any chance next December when it came down to trying to really understand what just happened in the past decade. About 70% of them I’ve seen, enjoyed and would stand good chances of making the list if I tried to make it now. About 20% I’ve never seen, occasionally lie about having seen and have even rented once or twice but never got around to watching (some big shames: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Gosford Park, L’Enfant, Syndromes and a Century, Murderball and Good Night, and Good Luck). The other 10% are films that didn’t really blow me away like they did other people whose cinematic tastes I usually trust quite well, and deserve another chance.

So here, I offer, 333 movies for the 333 days left in this decade. Chances are I won’t get through half this list by December 31st.. Especially considering that, hey, there’s a whole year of film yet to be released. But I’m gonna try. And I’d love to know of films I forgot, either on purpose, by accident, or by ignorance, and should add to my likely ill-fated ambitions.

21 Grams
24 Hour Party People
25th Hour
28 Days Later
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
40 Year Old Virgin, The
49 Up
51 Birch Street
8 Women
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
About a Boy
About Schmit
Aimee and Jaguar
All or Nothing
All The Real Girls
Almost Famous
American Psycho
American Splendor
Amores Perros
An Incovenient Truth
Angels in America
Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
Aviator, The
Away From Her
Bad Education
Ballad of Jack and Rose, The
Barbarian Invasions, The
Batman Begins
Beau Travail
Before Night Falls
Before Sunset
Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
Billy Elliot
Black Book
Bloody Sunday
Body of War
Boiler Room
Bourne Identity, The
Bourne Supremacy, The
Bourne Ultimatum, The
Bowling For Columbine
Bridget Jones’ Diary
Bring It On
Brokeback Mountain
Capturing The Friedmans
Casino Royale
Cast Away
Catch Me If You Can
Century of the Self
Chicken Run
Children of Men
Chop Shop
Chris and Don. A Love Story
Christmas Tale, A
Chuck and Buck
City of God
Class, The
Constant Gardener, The
Control Room
Cooler, The
Corporation, The
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Dancer in the Dark
Dark Knight, The
Darwin’s Nightmare
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party
Death of Mr. Lazarescu, The
Deep End, The
Deliver Us From Evil
Departed, The
Descent, The
Devil and Daniel Johnson, The
Devil Wears Prada, The
Dirty Pretty Things
Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The
Donnie Darko
Down To The Bone
Duck Season
Eastern Promises
Edge of Heaven, The
Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room
Erin Brokovich
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Eyes of Tammy Faye, The
Far From Heaven
Farenheit 9/11
Filth and the Fury, The
Finding Nemo
Finding Neverland
Flight of the Red Balloon
Fog of War, The
Freaky Friday
Friday Night Lights
Frozen River
George Washington
Ghost World
Gleaners and I, The
Go Tigers!
Good Girl, The
Good Night, and Good Luck
Goodbye Lenin!
Goodbye Solo
Gosford Park
Grizzly Man
Half Nelson
Happy Endings
Happy Feet
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Head On
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
History of Violence, A
Host, The
Hotel Rwanda
Hours, The
House of Flying Daggers, The
House of Mirth, The
House of Sand and Fog
Hustle and Flow
I Heart Huckabees
Idiots, The
Igby Goes Down
I’m Not There
In America
In The Bedroom
In The Mood For Love
Incredibles, The
Inland Empire
Into The Wild
Jesus Camp
Kids Stay In The Picture, The
Kill Bill, Volume 1
Kill Bill, Volume 2
King Kong
Kings and Queen
Knocked Up
Lake of Fire
Lars and the Real Girl
Last Days
Late Marriage
Let The Right One In
Letters From Iwo Jima
Life and Times of Hank Greenburg, The
Lion In The House, A
Little Children
Little Miss Sunshine
Lives of Others, The
Lookout, The
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The
Lost in La Mancha
Lost in Translation
Love Songs
Lovely & Amazing
Lust, Caution
Magdelene Sisters, The
Man on Wire
Manufactured Landscapes
March of the Penguins, The
Margot at the Wedding
Maria Full of Grace
Marie Antoinette
Match Point
Me and You and Everyone We Know
Mean Girls
Michael Clayton
Mighty Wind, A
Million Dollar Baby
Minority Report
Momma’s Man
Monsoon Wedding
Monster House
Motorcycle Diaries, The
Moulin Rouge!
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Mulholland Drive
My Kid Could Paint That
My Summer of Love
My Winnipeg
Mysterious Skin
Mystic River
New World, The
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
No Country For Old Men
No End In Sight
No Man’s Land
Nobody Knows
Nurse Betty
O Brother Where Art Thou?
Ocean’s Eleven
Old Joy
Old School
Orphanage, The
Our Daily Bread
Pan’s Labyrinth
Paradise Now
Paragraph 175
Paranoid Park
Pianist, The
Piano Teacher, The
Pineapple Express
Pride and Prejudice
Puffy Chair, The
Punch Drunk Love
Queen, The
Rachel Getting Married
Raising Victor Vargas
Requiem For A Dream
Revolutionary Road
Road To Perdition
Roger Dodger
Royal Tenenbaums, The
Russian Ark
Savages, The
Scanner Darkly, A
School of Rock, The
Sea Inside, The
Sexy Beast
Shattered Glass
Shaun of the Dead
Shut Up And Sing
Simpsons Movie, The
Slumdog Millionaire
Son, The
Spiderman 2
Spirited Away
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring
Squid and the Whale, The
Standard Operating Procedure
Station Agent, The
Still Life
Sweeney Todd
Sweet Sixteen
Syndromes and a Century
Synecdoche, New York
Talk To Her
Taxi To The Dark Side
Team America: World Police
There Will Be Blood
This is England
Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride
Touching The Void
Trembling Before G-d
Triplets of Belleville, The
Tropic Thunder
Tropical Malady
Trouble The Water
Under The Sand
United 93
Up The Yangtze
Vera Drake
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Virgin Suicides, The
Visitor, The
Waking life
Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Waltz With Bashir
Water Drops on Burning Rocks
Wedding Crashers
Wendy & Lucy
Wet Hot American Summer
Whale Rider
Wild Dogs, The
Winged Migration
Wonder Boys
Wrestler, The
X2: X-Men United
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Yi Yi
Yossi & Jagger
You Can Count On Me

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