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

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.

2012

Flight (2012)

Fun list. Great performance, great film, and one that really flew under the radar (pun ridiculously intended). Still underrated.

The Grey (2012)

Fun list all the way. How badass is this movie?

The Impossible (2012)

I’d want this to be essential, but it’s clearly gonna end up fun list. I’ll tell you it’s essential though, is how I’ll get around that.

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Another one. I love this movie. I’ll say it’s essential, but it’s only gonna end up on a fun list. It’s great, though.

Les Misérables (2012)

Fun list. It’s not gonna be all time essential. But it’s great.

Life of Pi (2012)

Don’t know if this ends up all time essential. We’ll see. I’m cool either way.

Lincoln (2012)

Spielberg helps this. And the performance helps this. Don’t know how it shakes out. Gonna err on the side of essential for now. Need time, though.

Looper (2012)

Feeling fun list. But damn if this doesn’t feel essential to me.

The Master (2012)

Paul Thomas Anderson. Essential.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Wes Anderson. Essential.

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