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

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.


Howl’s Moving Castle (2005)

Miyazaki is essential.

The Ice Harvest (2005)

Fun list. Funny black comedy. Not enough people know about this one.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Essential from the 2000s. Trust me, it is. Not for all time though.

Lord of War (2005)

Really underrated movie. Fun list, but do yourself a favor with this one.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)

Such a fun movie. Not essential in the least.

Munich (2005)

Probably gonna make its way to the all-time essential list. Right now it’s essential for the 2000s though.

The New World (2005)

Malick movies (through Tree of Life) are all-time essential.

The Proposition (2005)

Great Australian western. Not essential. But worth seeing.

Romance and Cigarettes (2005)

Fun list movie. What a crazy, beautiful musical from John Turturro. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Christopher Walken sing and dance to “Delilah.”

Sin City (2005)

Essential from the 2000s, because of how it ushered in the era of the comic book/graphic novel movies. This was the one that broke the barrier and 300 was the one that got all the acclaim. But this one was the first.

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