The B+ Movie Guide for the 2000s (Part XV)
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.
2000s essential. One of the most underrated movies of the decade.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
All-time essential movie. No arguments to be made.
I think this might be a 2000s essential. Do people remember this movie? It’s really great.
Is this 2000s essential? Might be. For Hoffman. Still a good movie that should be seen.
The Constant Gardener (2005)
2000s essential. Great movie.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
Game 6 (2005)
Fun list. Completely unknown movie. Michael Keaton doing similar things pre-Birdman. Robert Downey Jr. during his comeback. Takes place on the day before the Bill Buckner game in the ’86 World Series as Michael Keaton is trying to mount a comeback play after a series of failures.
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
2000s essential, and possibly all-time essential. I’d vote for that.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Same Harry Potter thing. Franchise is essential. This one is a lesser entry among the real “essential” ones (Sorcerer’s Stone and Azkaban).
A History of Violence (2005)
2000s essential for sure. Probably not all-time essential. But great.
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