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

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

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

Not essential. Pure fun western.

300 (2007)

Kind of an all-time essential. Just because of how it was shot and how it was really a watermark moment for these kinds of movies. And because it crossed over culturally as well.

Transformers (2007)

Not essential. Clearly. But fun, and should be seen, of all of them.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

Hilarious comedy. Pure fun list.

Zodiac (2007)

All-time essential. This is there already.

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2008

Australia (2008)

The least essential Baz Luhrmann movie. Great, and a throwback, but not essential.

The Brothers Bloom (2008)

Great, great movie. But not essential at all.

Burn After Reading (2008)

A non-essential Coen brothers movie (all-time). If you like movies, this is essential, though. This movie is hilarious.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

This is essential because of how it advanced motion capture technology and digital aging. It’s also a really good movie and a Fincher movie.

The Dark Knight (2008)

I feel like the Dark Knight trilogy is essential, but on an all-time list, this is the only entry that would appear. And the others would be mentioned within. Because this is the one people remember. The others are great, but not as essential as this singular film.

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