Wednesday, August 24, 2016

How I picked my 100 Favorite Films of the 21st Century.

Last night, I discussed the BBC top 100 films of the 21st Century and how I wanted to make a list of my own. I spent all of last night, deciding which movies I wanted to pick ,which films that meant the most to me, played around with placements and came up with a list that I really like. If it were up to me and me only, these are the movies I'd crown as the best films of the 21st Century. Now, this might be an odd list. Because as I choosing films, some of them made the list because they define the century for me so far, others made it on there because they've had such a profound impact on our culture so far, some are a little bit of both. The point being, its a little silly when we try to compare different genres and differeny styles of film and try to actually say this or that is the "best." My lists on this blog have always been my favorite films, which movies moved me the most and which ones I know that I will return to the most. There are plenty of classics out there that I know are conventionally great, but I just don't feel the need to revisit that often, so how can I honestly say that its the best?

I think all 100 movies in my list are films I dig the living you-know-what out of, but I also think most, if not all, of these movies will be in film discussion for many years to come. Whether its discussion of awards won, box office numbers, or just how good and how detailed they are. These are all movies that have hit a certain audience a certain way. Of course, that's not what makes them great, but these movies also hit me a certain way too. So much so that I would feel bad not having them on any type of list.

1. Memento (2001)
2. No Country For Old Men (2007)
3. The Dark Knight (2008)
4. Boyhood (2014)
5. There Will Be Blood (2007)
6. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
7. Holy Motors (2012)
8. The Social Network (2010)
9. Children of Men (2006)
10. Oldboy (2005)
11. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
12. Her (2013)
13. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
14. 12 Years A Slave (2013)
15. Anomalisa (2015)
16. Mulholland Drive (2001)
17. Take Shelter (2011)
18. Gravity (2013)
19. Melancholia (2011)
20. Inglorious Basterds (2009)
21. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
22. A Separation (2011)
23. Toy Story 3 (2010)
24. Zodiac (2007)
25. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

26. Selma (2014)
27. Inception (2010)
28. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
29. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
30.  City of God (2002)
31. A Prophet (2009)
32. Lost In Translation (2003)
33. 25th Hour (2002)
34. The Departed (2006)
35. Spirited Away (2001)
36. Black Swan (2010)
37. Argo (2012)
38. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
39. Wall-E (2008)
40. The Revenant (2015)
41. Before Midnight (2013)
42. Bronson (2008)
43. Inherent Vice (2014)
44. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
45. Let The Right One In (2008)
46. Minority Report (2002)
47. The Act of Killing (2012)
48. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
49. Once (2007)
50. Enemy (2014)

51. The Wrestler (2008)
52. Battle Royale (2000)
53. The Artist (2011)
54. Avatar (2009)
55. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
56. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
57. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
58. Inside Job (2010)
59. The Master (2012)
60. Midnight In Paris (2011)
61. 28 Days Later (2003)
62. Nobody Knows (2004)
63. Crazy Heart (2009)
64. Gone Baby Gone (2007)
65. Attack The Block (2011)
66. Into The Wild (2007)
67. Four Lions (2010)
68. High Fidelity (2000)
69. Gangs of New York (2002)
70. The Incredibles (2004)
71. Drive (2011)
72. Sideways (2004)
73. Crash (2005)
74. District 9 (2009)

75. The Avengers (2012)
76. The Ring (2002)
77. Requiem For A Dream (2000)
78. Superbad (2007)
79. Irreversible (2002)
80. Anchorman (2004)
81. Belflower (2011)
82. Eastern Promises (2007)
83. Traffic (2000)
84. Donnie Darko (2001)
85. Finding Nemo (2003)
86. Super Size Me (2004)
87. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
88. Casino Royale (2006)
89. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
90. Gladiator (2000)
91. Boiler Room (2000)
92. American Psycho (2000)
93. The Hangover (2009)
94. Frozen (2013)
95. A History of Violence (2005)
96. The Bourne Identity (2002)
97. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
98. Enter The Void (2009)
99. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)
100. In Bruges (2009)

Now, movies like "There Will Be Blood," "The Dark Knight," "No Country For Old Men," "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Children of Men" all appeared on the BBC list. So when a movie is so good, its hard to resist. When making this list, I tried to take into account every genre and what was good of that genre from the last sixteen years. That is why I had to include horror films like "28 Days Later" and "The Ring." Too often on these lists, horror films get forgotten by critics, and I felt the need to put some on there. Same with comedies like "Anchorman," "The Hangover" and "Superbad." 

I felt like something like "The Avengers" has completely changed how we digest superhero movies, so I felt it had to be represented on this list. And as much as I find "Frozen" overrated thanks to working with kids for the last three years. Its had a profound impact on our culture and felt it had to be represented here. For the past sixteen years, there have been two events that have impacted art as a whole, 9/11 and the 2008 Financial Crisis, which is why I included "Inside Job" a great movie about how the crisis took hold.

Its been a good sixteen years of film so far, and I hope you enjoyed my list. What films do you like from the early onset of the 21st Century?

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