The 21st century’s 100 greatest films, part 1

Until I read my own review, I had forgotten how much I liked this film

Requiem for a DreamThe BBC surveyed 177 film critics “from every continent except Antarctica. “For the purposes of this poll we have decided that a list” of the 21st century’s 100 greatest films “should include the year 2000” because the year “was a landmark in global cinema.”

Though I started this blog in 2005, and reviewed many of the films I’ve seen over the years, I wasn’t as detailed in the beginning. Still my reviews will be the items that are hyperlinked. A few movies I am not familiar with I’ve designated DK (don’t know)

Yes there are three films at 100

100. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016) – DK
100. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000) – saw this in a not-very-crowded theater; at least half of the audience had seen the before. It was astonishing, druggy psychological drama with Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly. I thought the star, Ellen Burstyn, should have gotten the Best Actress Oscar instead of Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich. It was in my Top Ten films of the Aughts
100. Carlos (Olivier Assayas, 2010) – DK
99. The Gleaners and I (Agnès Varda, 2000) – DK
98. Ten (Abbas Kiarostami, 2002) – DK
97. White Material (Claire Denis, 2009) -DK
96. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, 2003) – I enjoyed it quite a bit when I first saw it; classic Disney dead parent film. Still, I can’t but see this initially through the eyes of The Daughter , when she was about 4 or 5, when she was at a party and was terrified by certain scenes
95. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012) – I found it delightful, and the serendipity of seeing it was almost as much a part of the experience
94. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008) – DK
93. Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007) – once I got over the idea of rats and edible food, I liked it
92. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007) – thought to see it, but just never did
91. The Secret in Their Eyes (Juan José Campanella, 2009) – DK, though I had heard of the 2015 American remake, which I did not see

90. The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002) – I thought to see it, but, based on the previews, I knew I had to steel myself to see a Holocaust movie, and just never got to the theater before the film left
89. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008) – DK
88. Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, 2015) – even though it won the Oscar for Best Picture, I think it’s somewhat underrated, because most of the performances were understated
87. Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001) – I definitely bought into the whimsy of the waitress ((Audrey Tautou) who was a change agent in other people’s lives, even as she disconnected inside
86. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002) – I found this film about 1950s Connecticut suburban bliss – but not really – quite powerful at the time in dealing with race, gender, sexual identity and class. Starring Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, and Patricia Clarkson. I feel as though I should see this again to find out if it holds up.
85. A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, 2009) – I saw the previews of a French film about murder and drug dealing, and I just wasn’t interested
84. Her (Spike Jonze, 2013) – at some level, I thought it was not at all implausible, the way we are tethered to our devices.
83. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001) – I had meant to see it, and just didn’t
82. A Serious Man (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2009) – I really wanted to see this. It’s about the struggle with issues of faith. Didn’t
81. Shame (Steve McQueen, 2011) – saw the trailer about sexual addiction with Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan as grown siblings. It looked dark – I mean in many ways, including visually, lots of night scenes. If I had seen more films that year, this might have been one of them

80. The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003) – may have seen the trailer of this Russian film about growing up
79. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000) – enjoyed this a lot, actually. A music film is in my emotional wheelhouse.
78. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013) – I picked off most of the Best Picture nominees that year, and I had seen this one. My parents-in-law HATED it, it’s very long, and ultimately I never saw it
77. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007) – until I read my own review, I had forgotten how much I liked this film
76. Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003) – saw the trailer, but it didn’t capture me
75. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014) – saw the trailer several times, and was never sure if I wanted to see it; didn’t, apparently
74. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012) – saw the previews, thought it looked TERRIBLE
73. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004) – I have to see the Before trilogy one of these days
72. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013) – DK
71. Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012) – DK
far from heaven
70. Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley, 2012) – though a mostly low-key documentary, I liked it a lot
69. Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015) – maybe a little TOO understated, but I enjoyed it
68. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001) – I disliked virtually every character in this film, which may have been the point, but I did not enjoy this film. At all.
67. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008) – I took this out from Netflix for four months, and never found the two-hour bloc to watch it. I need to watch a video the first time as though I were in the theater, which means in one solid bloc
66. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring (Kim Ki-duk, 2003) – DK
65. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009) – DK
64. The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013) -DK
63. The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, 2011) – DK
62. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009) – wasn’t sure I wanted to see another gory Tarantino film, so I didn’t
61. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013) – a horror film with ScarJo; the former turned me off

60. Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006) – DK
59. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005) – the Daughter was one y.o. We saw few movies in this period, and I’m not sure if this would have been a contender
58. Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembène, 2004) – DK
57. Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012) – sometimes the politics of the film gets in my way
56. Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, director; Ágnes Hranitzky, co-director, 2000) – DK
55. Ida (Paweł Pawlikowski, 2013) – DK
54. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011) – DK
53. Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001) – I have the soundtrack to this movie, some of which is fine, even spectacular, but other bits uncomfortably trite, rather like the movie
52. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004) – DK
51. Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010) – this actually intrigued me, the idea of stealing information by infiltrating the subconscious. Maybe I should rent it

Well, that’s the first half. The next part is where I show that I did not enjoy movies some of you love.

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. i hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

3 thoughts on “The 21st century’s 100 greatest films, part 1”

  1. Of your DK titles so far, the only one I’ve seen is La mujer sin cabeza, and while I think it’s worthy, it’s more mood piece than narrative: Verónica becomes increasingly detached from everything, aided and abetted by friends and family more than happy to insulate her from the consequences of that fateful auto accident.

    I only just this week picked up a copy of Her; I’ve been avoiding it because it sounds like something I think might happen to me.

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