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

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.

2007

Michael Clayton (2007)

Great movie, but not an all-time essential. It’s essential from the past decade, but not all-time.

The Mist (2007)

Fun list. This is a movie that has to be on the fun list, because then you don’t know what it is, don’t have expectations, and then when it’s over… yeah.

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007)

For me, it’s essential. But I don’t make the rules. It’s a fun list movie that I pound the table for every single day.

No Country for Old Men (2007)

All-time essential.

Ratatouille (2007)

Pixar. Essential.

Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)

Fun list all the way. How much fun is this movie?

Superbad (2007)

All-time comedy. Not all-time essential movie, though.

Sunshine (2007)

Not all-time essential. Quite an underrated movie, though (even if it does fall apart some in the third act).

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Not essential. Fun list. But great.

There Will Be Blood (2007)

This was all-time essential from the minute it came out.

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