It was inevitable.
What are your top films released in 2000-2009?
Here’s my attempt.
Lost in Translation - this is quite a personal choice, a movie that came out just at the right time for me as I was feeling a bit adrift and living in a foreign country. It really speaks to me and I think it says some lovely things about the human condition, while also being pretty funny and containing maybe the last truly great Bill Murray performance.
Spirited Away - another movie that I feel a really personal connection with. The message is maybe my favourite of any animated movie, the designs and music and animation are all beautiful, and I genuinely felt like a different person after watching it. Magical.
Children of Men - stunning and brilliantly made, this hit me really hard. I haven’t watched it in years - I need to rectify that.
The Fountain - I know it’s polarising but I Iove it. The structure of it is incredibly clever, it looks fantastic and the stories all come together brilliantly. Really heartfelt and powerful.
Lord of the Rings - I’m cheating a bit by having all three as one choice, but this was an amazing achievement that changed films in a number of ways. A shame the Hobbit films were a bit crap in comparison.
Spider-Man 2 - the best superhero film ever?
X-Men 2 - the second best superhero film ever?
The Dark Knight - I feel a bit weird putting this but not Iron Man, as both came out at the same time and were great in their own way, kicking superhero movies up to the next level. But this one has so many great moments and was never topped, whereas I feel like the MCU ended up growing even bigger and better than Iron Man.
Memento - So simple but so effective. I watched this over and over after it came out. Once you get past the twists, you notice all the other clever little touches, particularly in the writing, that make the story hang together.
Amélie - a bit twee and it maybe hasn’t aged well, but I loved this when it came out and it turned me on to a lot of Jeunet’s other films.
This was hard. Going through the possibilities in my mind mad me realise that I probably saw more films at the cinema during this decade than any other, and I could easily have made a list of 30 or 50 favourites.