The B+ Movie Guide for the 2000s (Part XXVI)
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.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Best Picture winner. In the essential conversation. Need more time, though.
Speed Racer (2008)
I’d like it to be essential. Not quite there yet, sadly. But it’s looking better than it was five years ago.
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Essential. All Charlie Kaufman is essential.
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Fun list all the way. How great is this movie? The amount of things we reference now that came from this movie is actually impressive.
The Wrestler (2008)
Feeling like it was essential as of a few years ago. Now, maybe. We’ll see. Needs more time. Definitely in the conversation though.
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Essential all the way. Who’s gonna argue this one?
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
Not essential. But incredible. If you like Nicolas Cage, this is essential.
Big Fan (2009)
Fun list. Really underrated movie. Do people even know about this?
Black Dynamite (2009)
I want to call this essential so bad. But it’s a fun list movie.
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