Best Films of the Decade

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Re: Best Films of the Decade

Postby A » Fri Jun 02, 2006 2:02 am

I don't know if I have caught more than five theatrical releases at cinema this year, but watching 50+ films at the Berlinale has certainly helped with my being more up to date.

Luckily I am keeping records of all the films I watch since the end of 1999, so...
But I haven't seen in any year more than your - if I recall correctly - 150+ new releases in 2005

Re: Best Films of the Decade

Postby arsaib4 » Fri Jun 02, 2006 2:23 am

250+, but who is counting?!

Re: Best Films of the Decade

Postby A » Fri Jun 02, 2006 2:38 am

But don't worry, we are all addicted here.

Re: Best Films of the Decade

Postby wpqx » Fri Jun 02, 2006 3:13 am

Do I see an arsaib list brewing?

Re: Best Films of the Decade

Postby arsaib4 » Thu Jun 08, 2006 9:41 pm

"Brewing" is the key word here. We'll see how long it takes. Anyway, one film on your lists that I'm not familiar with is Into the Arms of Strangers. Is it a doc.?

Re: Best Films of the Decade

Postby wpqx » Fri Jun 09, 2006 1:26 am

Yes its about Jewish children smuggled out of Germany in the early years of Nazism. It's subtitle is Stories of the Kindertransport. Which actually makes it the second WWII documentary on my 2000 list. As you probably realize, these lists are constantly up for revision. Every new film I see can potentially crack the list, which is why I just submitted a list when I did. Looking upon them, I probably have some revisions to do as well, I don't think All or Nothing was on my 2002 list. Perhaps one day A and I will finish our top tens from 1895 on up. Honestly I'd rather start with 1927, because a lot of films from 1908 seem very similar to me.

Re: Best Films of the Decade

Postby arsaib4 » Tue Jun 13, 2006 2:53 am

All the Real Girls - David Gordon Green / U.S.

Before Sunset - Richard Linklater / U.S.
Birth - Jonathan Glazer / U.S.
Blissfully Yours (Sud Sanaeha) - Apichatpong Weerasethakul / Thailand
El Bonaerense - Pablo Trapero / Argentina
The Brown Bunny - Vincent Gallo / U.S.

Caf Lumire (Kh jik) - Hou Hsiao-hsien / Japan
La Cinaga - Lucrecia Martel / Argentina
Clean - Olivier Assayas / France-Can-U.K.
Climates (Iklimler) - Nuri Bilge Ceylan / Turkey-Fra
Come and Go (Vai~E~Vem) - Joo Csar Monteiro / Portugal
La Commune (Paris, 1871) - Peter Watkins / France
Crash - Paul Haggis / U.S.
Crimson Gold (Talaye Sorgh) - Jafar Panahi / Iran

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Moartea Domnului Lazarescu) - Cristi Puiu / Romania
demonlover - Olivier Assayas / France
Les Destines Sentimentales - Olivier Assayas / France
Devils on the Doorstep (Guizi Lai Le) - Jiang Wen / China
Distance - Hirokazu Koreeda / Japan
Dogville - Lars von Trier / Denmark
Domestic Violence - Frederick Wiseman / U.S.
Drifters (Er Di) - Wang Xiaoshuai / China

Elephant - Gus Van Sant / U.S.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Michel Gondry / U.S.
Eureka - Shinji Aoyama / Japan

4 - Ilya Khrzhanovsky / Russia
Forty Shades of Blue - Ira Sachs / U.S.
From the Other Side (De l'autre ct) - Chantal Akerman / France-Bel

Gabrielle - Patrice Chreau / France
Games of Love and Chance (L'Esquive) - Abdellatif Kechiche / France
Good Morning, Night (Buongiorno, Notte) - Marco Bellocchio / Italy
Goodbye Dragon Inn (Bu san) - Tsai Ming-liang / Taiwan

A History of Violence - David Cronenberg / U.S.
The Holy Girl (La Nia Santa) - Lucrecia Martel / Argentina

I'm Going Home (Je rentre la maison) - Manoel de Oliveira / France-Por
In Praise of Love (loge de l'amour) - Jean-Luc Godard / France
In the Mood for Love (Hua yang nian hua) - Wong Kar-wai / Hong Kong
In This World - Michael Winterbottom / U.K.
In Vanda's Room (No Quarto da Vanda) - Pedro Costa / Portugal
Innocence - Lucile Hadzihalilovic / France
Intimacy - Patrice Chreau / France-U.K.
The Intruder (L'Intrus) - Claire Denis / France

Japn - Carlos Reygadas / Mexico

Keane - Lodge Kerrigan / U.S.
Kill Bill: Volume 2 - Quentin Tarantino / U.S.

Last Days - Gus Van Sant / U.S.
Last Life in the Universe (Ruang Rak noi nid Mahasan) - Pen-Ek Ratanaruang / Thailand
Late Marriage - Dover Koshashvili / Israel
Lichter - Hans-Christian Schmid / Germany
Lilya 4-Ever - Lukas Moodysson / Sweden
Loin - Andr Tchin / France
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Peter Jackson / U.S.-Nz
Lost in Translation - Sofia Coppola / U.S.

Mad Hot Ballroom - Marilyn Agrelo / U.S.
Memento - Christopher Nolan / U.S.
Millennium Mambo (Qianxi Manbo) - Hao Hsiao-hsien / Taiwan
Moolaad - Ousmane Sembene / Senegal
Los Muertos - Lisandro Alonso / Argentina
Mulholland Drive - David Lynch / U.S.
Munich - Steven Spielberg / U.S.
My Mother's Smile (L'Ora di Religione: Il Sorriso di mia Madre) - Marco Bellocchio / Italy
Mystic River - Clint Eastwood / U.S.

The New World - Terrence Malick / U.S.
No Man's Land - Danis Tanovic / Bosnia-Herzegovina
Notre Musique - Jean-Luc Godard / France

One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich (Une Journee d'Andrei Arsenevitch) - Chris Marker / France

The Pianist - Roman Polanski - France-Ger-U.K.-Pol
The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) - Michael Haneke / France
Platform (Zhantai) - Jia Zhangke / China
The Pledge - Sean Penn / U.S.
The Profession of Arms (Il Mestiere delle armi) - Ermanno Olmi / Italy
Punch-Drunk Love - Paul Thomas Anderson / U.S.

Regular Lovers (Les Amants Rguliers) - Philippe Garrel / France
Requiem for a Dream - Darren Aronofsky / U.S.
Russian Ark (Russkij Kovcheg) - Aleksandr Sokurov / Russia

Saraband - Ingmar Bergman / Sweden
Sauvage Innocence - Philippe Garrel / France
A Scanner Darkly - Richard Linklater / U.S.
Shara (Sharasojyu) - Naomi Kawase / Japan
The Son (Le Fils) - Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne / Belgium
Son Frre - Patrice Chreau / France
Spider - David Cronenberg / Canada-U.K.
Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi) - Hayao Miyazaki / Japan
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom) - Kim Ki-duk / S.Korea
Star Spangled to Death - Ken Jacobs / U.S.
Still Life (Sanxia haoren) - Jia Zhang-ke / China-HK
The Story of Marie and Julien (Histoire de Marie et Julien) - Jacques Rivette / France
Suzhou River (Suzhou He) - Lou Ye / China

Talk to Her (Hable con Ella) - Pedro Almodvar / Spain
Tape - Richard Linklater / U.S.
Ten - Abbas Kiarostami / Iran
Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks - Wang Bing / China
Time Out (L'Emploi du Temps) - Laurent Cantet / France
Three Times (Zui hao de shi guang) - Hou Hsiao-hsien / Taiwan-Fra
Time of the Wolf (Le Temps du loup) - Michael Haneke / France
Triple Agent - Eric Rohmer / France
21 Grams - Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu / U.S.
The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei) - Yoji Yamada / Japan

Under the Sand (Sous le Sable) - Franois Ozon / France
Unknown Pleasures (Ren Xiao Yao) - Jia Zhang Ke / China

Va Savoir - Jacques Rivette / France
Vers Mathilde - Claire Denis / France
Vibrator - Ryuichi Hiroki / Japan
The Village - M. Night Shyamalan / U.S.

The Wayward Cloud (Tian bian yi duo yun) - Tsai Ming-liang / Taiwan
The Weeping Meadow (Trilogia I: To Livadi pou dakryzei) - Theo Angelopoulos / Greece
Werckmeister Harmonies (Werckmeister Harmnik) - Bla Tarr & gnes Hranitzky / Hungary
What Time Is It There? (Ni Neibian Jidian) - Tsai Ming-liang / Taiwan
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts - Spike Lee / U.S.
The World (Shijie) - Jia Zhang-ke / China-Jap-Fra

The Yards - James Gray / U.S.

Re: Best Films of the Decade

Postby wpqx » Tue Jun 13, 2006 7:59 am

Of the films on your list, i must say Distance seems the most intriguing to me, but as of yet it isn't available on DVD in this country. I'm assuming you caught it at some festival, because I don't even think it played in any theaters here. It's a little surprising considering the critical success Koreeda's three available films have received here. Also I haven't seen anything Wiseman has made since 1976's Meat. Enough on there to give me some suggestions, but I'd like to wait awhile before buying more DVD's, which I'm sure is understandable.

Re: Best Films of the Decade

Postby arsaib4 » Wed Jun 14, 2006 1:50 am

Yeah, it's unfortunate that Distance has never been released in this country. While the film deals with the aftermath of a Japanese cult's biological attack from the mid-90's, it also works well as a post-9/11 allegory. It's subtle and quietly haunting.

Re: Best Films of the Decade

Postby A » Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:51 pm

Wow! Finally up, and a very nice selection. As expected your selection fits my standards. Most of the films you listed and I haven't seen are one's I missed one way or the other. Hopefully this will change.
Interesting to notice the four differing approaches to structuring our lists so far. I thought of listing films alphabetically at first, but as I don't know the english titles for all of them this would have turned out too unclear. If I listed them by year, some titles would maybe be easier to find... Don't know if my assuption was correct though, as I decided to list them alphabetically (by original title) each year. I also thought of numbering first, but as preferences change over time, this would have been too much work keeping it updated (and would also mean too many rewatches )
As for the ratings, my systems have changed so much since 2000 that I had to do a lot on memory. I first thought to simply include all films with an 80 rating or higher (which means A- or higher, or in words anything from "great" onwards), but then I found out that I had also rated some imo great and essential films somewhere in the 70s. (One even as "low" as 71!). So to hell with my initial ratings, as I decided to trust the developing feelings over time a bit more.

I was able to track down Distance on DVD in Berlin, but had no time to watch it. But maybe a friend will copy it for me.

It will be interesting to see these lists grow and evolve over time, and I hope more people will contribute. I was thinking that we could also go backwards and do similar stuff with earlier decades.


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