Even being the classic film girl that I am, I can’t deny my love for modern cinema. As a fan of the old and the new, I couldn’t live in a better time where everything is quite literally at my fingertips and I’m not depending on old, battered and hard to find prints to get my fill.
This week Stylus Magazine released their “Top Films of the Millennium”, and colour me surprised… it’s an interesting list. Not only that, each entry actually has a thoughtful and interesting write-up! Shocking, I know.
Their list is as follows:
1. Mulholland Dr. (Lynch, 2001)
2. Children of Men (Cuaron, 2006)
3. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
4. The New World (Malick, 2005)
5. You Can Count on Me (Lonergan, 2000)
6. Before Sunset (Linklater, 2004)
7. The Son (Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne, 2002)
8. Y Tu Mama Tambien (Cuaron, 2001)
9. Far From Heaven (Haynes, 2002)
10. A.I. (Spielberg, 2001)
11. Best of Youth (Giordana, 2003)
12. Cruel Winter Blues (Jeong-beom, 2006)
They also include personal lists from all the contributors, which includes more of my favourites. I haven’t seen all the films listed, #5-#7, and #11-12 I haven’t seen (although I’ve seen the first three hours of the Best of Youth which was beautiful, I need to catch up on that). I’m also not a huge fan of Y Tu Mama Tambien, and outright HATE A.I. The list itself is even somewhat token in it’s non-mainstream-ness… it frankly is the support the contributors offer explaining their claims that make this a truly interesting list.
Out of pure boredom, my list since 2000 would look something like this (only top 12 like their article):
1. The New World (Malick, 2005)
2. The Fog of War (Morris, 2003)
3. Spirited Away (Miyazaki, 2002)
4. Battle Royale (Fukasaku, 2000)
5. In the Mood for Love (Wong, 2000)
6. The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Dominik, 2007)
7. Marie Antoinette (Coppola, 2006)
8. Un Long Dimanche de fiancailles (Jeunet, 2004)
9. Inland Empire (Lynch, 2006)
10. Zodiac (Fincher, 2007)
11. Capote (Miller, 2005)
12. Far From Heaven (Haynes, 2002)
What are your thoughts on the list? What abour your favourite films of recent years?