Everyone seems to be compiling these best of the decade lists right now. And I must admit, at first, I was a little reluctant. Tastes change so much in ten years. And it's difficult for me to gauge whether or not a response I had in 2001 would still be the same today.
But I like the idea of filters, and have seen my fair share of movies this decade, so I thought I would jump in the game:
1. All the Real Girls (2003)
My favorite David Gordon Green film. I still marvel at his naturalism and fully formed style here.
2. Mulholland Dr (2001)
One of my very favorite films from one of my very favorite directors. I couldn't explain the plot to you better than anyone else, but I love the labyrintine and alternate world that Lynch lets us play in here.
3. Funny Ha Ha (2002)
I love Bujalski's ability to be smart, sweet, human, and restrained all at once. His approach has an ease and grace that I really admire.
4. Regular Lovers (2005)
A difficult film, probably. But it's like McCabe & Mrs. Miller or The Mother and the Whore, films that create their own rules for time and space and ones that I never really want to leave.
5. What Time Is It There? (2001)
When it comes to using color and composition, I'm not sure I like anyone as much as the Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang. Of all of his films I've seen so far, this one seems the most accessible.
6. Yi Yi (2000)
Epic but also personal. Feels like the work of a wise and honest director, capturing many of life's truths.
7. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (2007)
That great blend of character and plot that I'm always after in my own work. Direction at a remarkably high level.
8. Tulpan (2008)
Another challenging film that's probably not for everyone. But brings fiction to life in a way that completely awed and inspired me.
9. Under the Sand (2000)
For me, just a very compelling story well-told. Not flashy; "the invisible director" in the way that I sometimes really like it.
10. Milk (2008)
Van Sant back in Hollywood. Proof that the great stylists can still make films with a lot of heart and appeal.
Note: Not in preferential order.
Favorites of the Year coming soon.
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