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

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 Artist (2011)

The Best Picture status helps. Curious to see if this ends up all-time essential.

Bridesmaids (2011)

Right now it’s essential. I don’t think this holds up over ten years. We’ll see.

The Descendants (2011)

Alexander Payne is essential.

Drive (2011)

Right now, essential. Couple years from now… not sure.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Probably not essential given the original version being out there, even despite the Fincher presence.

Hanna (2011)

Fun list movie all the way.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)

All the Potter movies are essential, culturally. Do they all end up on a list of essentials? Probably a blanket listing.

The Help (2011)

Fun list. Not essential.

Hugo (2011)

Scorsese is pretty much essential all around.

The Ides of March (2011)

Fun list. But great.

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