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

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.


The Squid and the Whale (2005)

Not an all-time essential movie. Memorable, and probably should have been seen from the past decade, if that makes any sense, but not all-time essential.

Syriana (2005)

Great movie, mostly forgotten. More fun list than anything.

Thank You for Smoking (2005)

Fun list. Pure fun list.

Walk the Line (2005)

If you made a movie of 2000s films you need to have seen vs. movies you should see, this is clearly on the “need to” side. But for all-time, I don’t think this’ll go up there with the essentials.

The Weather Man (2005)

Fun list. Very underrated and underseen movie.

The World’s Fastest Indian (2005)

One of the most underrated movies of the millennium so far. This movie is so lovely and likable.

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Apocalypto (2006)

The Mel Gibson movie the fewest people have seen. It’s great, but it can’t be considered essential.

Babel (2006)

Not essential. This movie was big at the time, but has since been forgotten.

Black Snake Moan (2006)

Fun list. I really like this, and it’s a unique little movie.

Borat (2006)

An essential comedy. All-time essential? Absolutely not. It’s essential for the past decade, though. I’m not really sure what makes that not all-time essential except — time relativity (and my assumption of a list being capped at a certain number).

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