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

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.


4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

The more pretentious lists will call this an all-time essential. I don’t know if I’d go that far. It’s great though, and should be seen.

Grindhouse (2007)

Probably the only non-essential Tarantino movie. It’s great and a lot of fun, but doesn’t feel like an all-time essential. Most people even forget this exists.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Essential, but like, mentioned within the entire franchise kind of essential.

Hot Fuzz (2007)

Doesn’t feel like an all-time essential movie. But should be seen.

I Am Legend (2007)

What a great movie until the third act. Not essential.

I’m Not There (2007)

Hmm. Can’t call this all-time essential. But it’s a fun list for sure.

Into the Wild (2007)

This could cross over into all-time essential. We’ll see. Right now, it’s straddling the line. Let’s see how this shakes out.

Juno (2007)

This might be all-time essential. Kind of a big movie. In terms of the last 15 years, this is 100% essential. So we need more time to see what it means for all-time. Looking promising for it.

Knocked Up (2007)

Not all-time essential. Big movie for the past decade. Can’t call it essential.

La Vie en Rose (2007)

Great movie, not feeling like it’s all-time essential, but some people do consider it as such.

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