Friday, December 02, 2016

The BBC's List of the 21st Century's Greatest Films So Far, Part Two

Continuing from part one.

50. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015) - A lot of critics' circles were calling this the best or one of the best films last year, and I'd very much like to see it.

49. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014) – I'm really hit or miss with Godard, so I haven't prioritized this one.

48. Brooklyn (John Crowley, 2015) – This one is floating around on HBO for a while now, and I usually see whatever's been nominated for Best Picture, but this one just doesn't seem appealing to me at all. I'll probably get to it eventually.

47. Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014) – Don't think I know this.

46. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010) – I'd love to see this one, actually.

45. Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013) – I really loved this movie so much. It's on Netflix, I think. I'd love to show it to my wife. On of the best films of the decade, and I'd have placed it higher.

44. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013) – It's a powerful movie, but it's so intense. I understand why it is, but I'll probably never watch it again. It made me sick and I felt bad for days afterwards. Abject cruelty is harder and harder for me to stomach as I get older, even when it's being used to make a point.

43. Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011) – As a depressed person, this was kind of a vindicating movie. An excellent movie, and Kirsten Dunst is very good in it.

42. Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012) - Another one I might never watch again, because it was so depressing but so well-made and well-acted.

41. Inside Out (Pete Docter, 2015) – I liked it, but I also think it's hugely overrated.

40. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005) – A beautiful movie, one of my favorites. Honestly, I'd probably put it at number one on a list of my own. Back in 2011, when I made that list of my 100 Favorite Films of the Decade, I put it at number one. Having seen a lot more movies, I've been thinking of making a new version of that list... who knows? I wonder if this very moving film would still be number one.

39. The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005) – Beautiful.

38. City of God (Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, 2002) – I feel like I saw this not too long ago, but I've been realizing that "not too long ago" in my messed-up memory really means "within the last 5 to 7 years." I liked it a hell of a lot.

37. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010) – I've heard of it (hard title to forget) but never seen it.

36. Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014) – Don't know it.

35. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000) – Stunning. I remember seeing this one in the theater with the most obnoxious old people who were basically making fun of Becca and I for staying through the end credits. Weird what stays with you.

34. Son of Saul (László Nemes, 2015) – This is sitting on my TiVo right now, actually.

33. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008) – Yes, Heath Ledger is excellent, but I like these Dark Knight movies less and less as times goes on. I wish Christopher Nolan was less of a "symbolism as text" guy and more of a "plot that makes sense" guy. Also, I don't like the fascist take on Batman that's become so popular over the last 15 years.

32. The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006) – Excellent movie.

31. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011) – Excellent movie; one of my favorites this decade.

30. Oldboy (Park Chan-wook, 2003) - I really need to see this. I've wanted to for a decade and haven't.

29. WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008) – Although I don't necessarily think it's Pixar's best movie, it's probably my favorite.

28. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, 2002) – I haven't seen this. I generally like Almodovar. Volver should be on this list.

27. The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010) – I liked it, but I can't believe it's this high. Fincher is... not my favorite.

26. 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002) – Great movie. Nice to see it here.

25. ​Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000) - I saw this in a class in college. I liked it, but I've not revisited it.

24. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012) – Mesmerizing and very well-acted.

23. Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005) – I want to see this.

22. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003) – One of my favorite movies. There's something about loneliness that I relate to. Probably it's that I've gone to great trouble to isolate myself so much as an adult.

21. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014) – Very likable movie; I love the way it feels like an old movie from Weimar-era Germany. Not a lot of American filmmakers understand this kind of heightened removal without becoming twee or cloying.

20. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008) – I've always meant to see this a second time. I remember... not really liking it when I first saw it, but being weirdly fascinated by it. It didn't understand it, I think, and wanted to see it a second time to try and absorb it after the initial effects had worn off.

19. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015) – Love it. Just love this movie.

18. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009) – Excellent.

17. Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006) – Also excellent. I saw this in the theater and just fell in love with it.

16. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012) – I still want to see this.

15. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007) – It's very compelling, but hard. The desperation of the main character, trying to arrange an illegal abortion, is palpable.

14. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012) – I've not seen it.

13. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006) - One of those movies my wife and I vehemently disagreed on. I liked it, but she really did not.

12. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007) – Probably one of about two Fincher movies I really do like. Reminded me of a mystery thriller from the 70s.

11. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013) – Oscar Isaac is very good in this movie. I remember feeling a little ambiguous about it for a while, but I like this movie.

10. No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007) – Excellent. I thought this was just powerful. I've gotten into arguments about what the ending means, weirdly enough.

9. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011) – Great movie, very well-acted. A young friend of mine saw it and just did not get it, and I remember having very serious discussions with her about divorce.

8. Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000) – I've not seen it. I remember it by the title, but I don't remember what it's about.

7. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011) – You know, the first time I saw this movie, I really hated it. Then I saw it a second time (after liking Malick's To the Wonder) and I thought it was gorgeous. I don't know, man.

6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004) – There's so much I like about this movie. I have memory issues of my own, so I related a lot to Jim Carrey's character. A lot of it oddly reminded me of falling in love with Becca.

5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014) – I liked this movie a lot. This seems to be one of those movies now where the people that praised it are re-evaluating and tempering their earlier praise.

4. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001) – I love this movie so much. It's either this or Brokeback Mountain that's my favorite movie on this list.

3. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007) – Masterful. I saw this in the theater and went in expecting not to like it at all. I remember someone walking out about 10 minutes before the ending yelling about how awful the movie was, and my wife yelling at him to go fuck himself.

2. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000) – Haven't seen it, though I remember it getting great reviews when it came out. For whatever reason, I've never seen a Wong Kar-wai film, though I've had multiple people tell me I should.

1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001) – David Lynch fascinates me, as he fascinates many. I finally watched this movie in the last year or two, and it blew me away. It was so hyped up at the time that I avoided it forever, but I'm so glad I finally saw it.

Honestly, I'll probably see all of these at some time or another. I forget to keep track of how many of these movies I'd actually seen... Let's see... *counts quickly*... only 62. So now I've got 38 suggestions on films to watch, which makes me happy.

Definitely thinking about redoing my 100 Favorite Films of 2001-2010 now... or something similar. I miss the pointless lists.


Roger Owen Green said...

I never saw 12 Years a Slave, and don't think I need to.

SamuraiFrog said...

I understand that. It's VERY difficult to watch.

Immodium said...

Oldboy is amazing. Enjoy.