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

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.


Up in the Air (2009)

I don’t know. Is this essential? Felt that way a couple years ago. Now, I’m not so sure. I think we need some more time on this.

Watchmen (2009)

Fun list all the way. Thus answering the question of who watches the Watchmen.

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

I’m calling this essential. I have no idea if it is or is going to be, but I think this movie should be seen by all.

Whip It (2009)

Fun list movie. Also criminally underrated.

World’s Greatest Dad (2009)

Pure fun list entry. No one even knows what this is. And it’s great.

Zombieland (2009)

Fun list. Fun is the word for this movie.

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Animal Kingdom (2010)

Fun list. Incredibly unknown (or under-known), but great.

Black Swan (2010)

Leaning toward essential, this one. We’ll see what time does. But I’m thinking essential.

Blue Valentine (2010)

Fun list. This never had a lot of presence or staying power. But it’s definitely a gem.

Buried (2010)

Complete fun list. Ryan Reynolds in a grave for the entire movie.

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