Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My Top Ten Movies of the Decade

Playing favorites with ten years of cinema? Not an easy task. I could finesse this list indefinitely and still feel that I've left something out. The movies included on this list have left an indelible impression on me. I remember watching Wong Kar-Wai's In the Mood for Love when it was first released by Criterion; watching Maggie Cheung slowly walk up and down that beautifully lit stairway to buy noodles. I remember the frisson that went through me as I watched Naomi Watts collapse in on herself in David Lynch's masterful fever dream Mulholland Drive. I remember Samantha Morton as the title character in 2002's Morvern Callar, tentatively running her fingers along a door-frame as she waits for her friend to answer. (Not since Greta Garbo has an actor or actress been able to express so much with their hands.) And I will never forget the devastating and near-wordless opening scene of There Will Be Blood, as Daniel Day-Lewis damages his body and his psyche with his repetitive and lonely trade.

This list is presented chronologically. I tried ranking these titles, but I just can't be that mercenary.

In the Mood for Love
(2000)

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The Man Who Wasn’t There
(2001)

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Mulholland Drive
(2001)

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Morvern Callar (2002)

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Punch-Drunk Love
(2002)

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Oldboy
(2003)

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Brand Upon the Brain!: A Remembrance in 12 Chapters
(2006)

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Zodiac
(2007)

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No Country for Old Men
(2007)

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There Will Be Blood
(2007)

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1 comment:

  1. I love Morvern Callar (awesome soundtrack) and Punch-Drunk Love. For my own best of the decade, I'd pick: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Departed, Lost in Translation, Royal Tenenbaums, Children of Men, and Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

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