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the films of the decade

the films of the decade

As I wrote yesterday, the best movies aren’t just movies, they are experiences. In the case of my own top ten of the decade, these are the films and filmmakers from the past ten years that really mattered to me. Movies that I watched and pondered, discussed and shared with others and then re-watched.

For this decade, five filmmakers (and their films) are above all the rest. Then there are five films to round out my top ten list, followed by five more filmmakers and pairs of films, a list of great docs, and finally some special mentions.

Happy New Decade!

1. Pedro Almodovar: “Talk to Her”, “Bad Education”, “Broken Embraces”
2. Wong Kar-wai: “2046”, “In The Mood for Love”
3. Gus Van Sant: “Elephant”, “Paranoid Park”, “Last Days”, “Gerry”
4. Todd Haynes: “I’m Not There”, “Far From Heaven”
5. Lars von Trier: “Dogville”, “Dancer in the Dark”

6. “There Will Be Blood” (P.T. Anderson)
7. “The New World” (Terence Malick)
8. “Wonderland” (Michael Winterbottom)
9. “Nobody Knows” (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
10. “Tarnation” (Jonathan Caouette)

Philippe Garrel: “Regular Lovers” & “Frontier of Dawn”
Arnaud Desplechin: “Kings & Queen” & “A Christmas Tale”
Julian Schnabel: “Before Night Falls” & “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
David Gordon Green: “George Washington” & “Snow Angels”
John Cameron Mitchell: “Hedwig & The Angry Inch” & “Shortbus”

Great documentaries (alphabetical):
“Derek”
“Iraq in Fragments”
“Lake of Fire”
“A Lion In The House”
“Romantico”
“Super Size Me”
“The Corporation”
“The Kid Stays in the Picture”
“The Power of Nightmares”
“When The Levees Broke”

Special mentions (alphabetical):
“Before Sunset”
“L’enfant”
“Marie Antoinette”
“Moulin Rouge”
“Mysterious Skin”
“The Brown Bunny”
“The Cremaster Cycle”
“Toutes les nuits”
“Trans”
“Y Tu Mama Tambien”

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