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

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.

2008

Doubt (2008)

Not essential. But man, what a movie. Those performances.

Gran Torino (2008)

Not essential. It’s just Clint Eastwood saying racist things and… actually…

The Happening (2008)

This should be essential. This movie is so unintentionally hilarious. Maybe that’s why it belongs on the fun list.

In Bruges (2008)

This makes a serious case for all-time essential. Let’s see if it continues doing so over the next couple years.

Iron Man (2008)

All-time essential. This movie changed the film industry. If this doesn’t succeed, we don’t have Marvel.

Let the Right One In (2008)

All-time essential. Maybe not 100% yet, but it will be.

Milk (2008)

Ooh… good one. I think it might be closing in on all-time essential, because of the themes and the performance. Not sure yet, though. It’s only been 7 years.

Nothing But the Truth (2008)

Fun list movie. No one even knows this exists. And it’s pretty great.

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

Not essential. But well worth seeing.

Role Models (2008)

Hilarious comedy. Essential as comedies go. Not all time essential at all though.

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