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

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.

2011

Like Crazy (2011)

Fun list. Really great hidden gem. The movie that introduced Felicity Jones to the world.

Margaret (2011)

This movie is great. I’d like this to be essential, but for now, it’s only fun list. Though many of those who have seen this do consider it a masterpiece.

Moneyball (2011)

I want this to go essential, but I don’t know if it does. This one needs more time.

Shame (2011)

Fun list. Not essential, but it’s great, though.

Super (2011)

Pure fun list movie. Man, is this fucked up. And hilarious.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

I want this to be considered essential. Has it gotten there? Maybe more time?

The Tree of Life (2011)

Terrence Malick is essential.

War Horse (2011)

Clearly only gonna be fun list. Even with Tintin. These are called the “lesser” Spielbergs. They only end up fun list.

Young Adult (2011)

Fun list all the way. People don’t even know about this movie. This movie is fucked up and dark. And hilarious. Definitely not essential.

You’re Next (2011)

Fun list all the way. But it’s real fun. You guys know I don’t go in on horror movies. I love this one.

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