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

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.

Cars (2006)

Pixar movies need to have been seen.

Casino Royale (2006)

If you’ve never seen a James Bond movie before, the ones you need to have seen are Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger and this. You can expand the list if you want, but those are the real core essentials. Dr. No is important historically, From Russia with Love is the best Bond movie, Goldfinger is the most culturally well-known, and this one rebooted everything.

Children of Men (2006)

All-time essential movie.

The Departed (2006)

Essential. Scorsese, Best Picture winner, great movie, quoted up and down. 100% essential.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Culturally essential. Last decade essential. Not all-time essential.

Dreamgirls (2006)

Fun movie, not essential. Great singing, though.

The Fall (2006)

BEAUTIFUL movie. I’d say this will end up all-time essential, purely because of how great it looks. You owe it to yourself to seek this out and see this.

Find Me Guilty (2006)

What an underseen movie this is. Fun list.

The Fountain (2006)

LOVE this movie. Not all-time essential though, as much as I’d like it to reach that point over time. But it’s Darren Aronofsky, and I think everyone needs to have seen this.

The Hoax (2006)

I enjoyed the shit out of this movie. No one even knows about this. Fun list movie. Very underrated.

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