The B+ Movie Guide for the 2000s (Part VIII)
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.
Not essential. But fun.
The Hours (2002)
Gonna say not essential. This doesn’t feel like it’s held up enough to be considered essential.
In America (2002)
Not essential, but I love this. I think it’s essential.
Nolan is mostly essential, but this is a lesser Nolan. Most people don’t even remember that this is a Nolan.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
I honestly think all three of these movies belong as separate entries on an all-time essentials list.
Minority Report (2002)
Again with the post-Private Ryan Spielberg. Hard to tell. I feel essential, but I don’t know.
One Hour Photo (2002)
Fun list. Creepy Robin Williams movie. Great stuff.
Panic Room (2002)
Fincher has a lot of essentials, but not this one.
Phone Booth (2002)
Not essential. Clearly. But fun, though.
The Pianist (2002)
This feels like it’s going on an all-time essentials list. And I’m okay with that.
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