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

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.


Idiocracy (2006)

Fun list. But also entertaining and very prescient.

Inside Man (2006)

Not essential, but fun as shit. Great movie.

Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

Feels like it could make a play for essential. Maybe we need some more time.

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Very important for the past decade. Not sure if all-time essential, though.

Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

Fun list. Obviously. A nice little gem.

Marie Antoinette (2006)

Love this movie. Not essential at all.

Once (2006)

I want this to be all-time essential. Not sure if it is or will be.

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)

Everybody go see this movie right now, it’s incredible and hilarious. This and Lost in Rio. They’re both great. Pure fun list movies, but I know people haven’t really heard of them, so go see them right now.

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

All-time essential. Already. I think that’s understood.

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

Altman’s last movie, and one of my favorites of his. Lot of fun. Fun list, though.

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