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The B+ Movie Guide for the 2000s (Part II)

The obvious drawback to my original list was that it stopped at 1999. Because it was easier. I wrote it up in 2012, and I wanted to give at least a decade’s worth of time before I made any of those decisions, because can we really say something that came out last year is essential? And at that point, it was just easier cutting the list off at 1999 and not dealing with any of it.

But since we really just combed through a lot of movies, I figure I should at least give it a shot. This is all pretty fluid anyway. It’s more meant to be about giving people things to watch that they probably should rather than making proclamations about the end-all, be-all list of “essential” movies. Think of it this way, if at least 90% of my list s comprised of movies people would say, if they found out you haven’t seen them, “Oh man, you gotta watch that,” then it accomplished what I wanted it to accomplish).

Here’s how this is gonna work: I’m gonna give you a giant list (I’ll cap it at a round number), going from 2000 to 2014, of all the movies you should see. And I’ll specify for each one whether it would go on an “essentials” list or that secondary “fun” list.

2000

Frequency (2000)

Fun list. Completely underrated gem from that year, too. Do people even remember this movie? I love this.

Gladiator (2000)

Feeling pretty essential. Are you not entertained?

Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)

Fun list all the way. Because how enjoyable is this movie?

High Fidelity (2000)

Not essential. Pure fun list.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Not essential, but definitely memorable. You’re not gonna beat the original in terms of essentialness. And I can’t put the short as an essential movie, sadly.

In the Mood for Love (2000)

Oh this is essential. Already 100% all-time essential.

Keeping the Faith (2000)

Fun list. Also completely forgotten. This movie is great, too. And nobody remembers it.

Meet the Parents (2000)

Kind of an all-time comedy. This actually holds up. This is still funny. Not sure if it’s all-time essential, but it’s definitely one that needs to be in the conversation.

Memento (2000)

Essential. Could maybe be a casualty and end up fun-list, but it’s definitely in the essential conversation.

O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)

Hard to not consider a Coen brothers movie not essential.

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