The B+ Movie Guide for the 2000s (Part XXVII)
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.
The Boat That Rocked (2009)
All of the Richard Curtis films are worth watching. This is the least essential, because it was edited into two different versions. But it’s a lot of fun.
Crazy Heart (2009)
Not essential. But good.
District 9 (2009)
Not essential. People would say otherwise, but it’s not an all-time essential movie. You can get by without seeing it.
Enter the Void (2009)
Not essential, but really cool.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
Not essential either. Most of this list isn’t essential.
An Education (2009)
Fun list. But great movie with a great leading performance.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
I want to say that all of Wes Anderson’s movies are essential. Not sure if this is any different. It’s amazing.
The Hangover (2009)
It’s essential as a comedy. Not sure if that means it’s all-time essential. But from the last decade, it’s pretty essential.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Not as essential as the others. I’m thinking only two Potter movies are legit essential all around and the rest are et al mentions on the list.
The Hurt Locker (2009)
100% essential and has only gotten stronger as one over time.
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