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

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.


Foxcatcher (2014)

Probably will end up more fun than essential, but I don’t know. We need a few years to decide on this one. Probably will end up like Capote: critically respected, Oscar love, but not a movie you have to see.

Frank (2014)

Fun list all the way. I loved this movie, and I know a lot of people who love this movie or have discovered how great this movie is. Everyone should see this. It’s so good.

Fury (2014)

Badass war movie. Not essential. Fun list all the way. But the fun list has that name for a reason.

Gone Girl (2014)

I think Fincher makes this essential, but I don’t know. Time’s gotta tell.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Wes Anderson has pretty much shown himself to be essential all the way. Clearly gonna be an essential movie.

The Guest (2014)

Fun list. Great movie. You guys know how I raved about this one last year. For sure a fun list movie.

The Imitation Game (2014)

Might end up essential. One of those I’m gonna need time to decide. Right now, it’s essential. But we’re only a year out. So that’s not saying much.

Inherent Vice (2014)

Paul Thomas Anderson is essential. End of story.

Interstellar (2014)

Christopher Nolan is essential now. End of story.

The Interview (2014)

This used to be It Follows, because I don’t say horror movies are great easily. But honestly, this movie brought down a studio. It caused such a firestorm that you have to mention it. Don’t know if it’ll be essential, but it’s definitely gonna be a note on the history books. And that has to be mentioned. (But also see It Follows too. Because that’s a better movie than this is.)

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