Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Best Films of the 2000s

1. Mulholland Drive (2001) - David Lynch's masterful Hollywood nightmare of a noir seduces me more and more with each viewing (it is the film I have seen more times than any other), never once losing its fire, intensity, intrigue or beauty. This is ingenious filmmaking: elegant, seductive, serpentine and beautiful.

2. The Fountain (2006) - Darren Aronofsky's wildly ambitious and positively gorgeous science fiction masterpiece stands alone in the sci-fi canon, as there has never been a film quite like it. Breathtaking visual brilliance, magnificent strength of performance and some heavy, heady material work together to create one of the most profound experiences I've ever had with a film. It's an absolutely spectacular feast for the eyes, but what's more is that it's a surprisingly cathartic journey for the heart and mind. Brilliant.

3. Inglourious Basterds (2009) - This is Quentin Tarantino's best film, and certainly one of the best screenplays ever written. This wildly audacious picture plays with our knowledge of history, showers us with intelligently mounted scenes of funny and horrifying violence and offers us some of the best dialogue-driven sequences yet written for the screen. This is Tarantino's masterpiece, as it is the best example of the genius filmmaker's ability, and unflinching willingness, to transport us into a fictional plane unlike anything we've ever seen or heard before, and yet so close to reality as to demand our direct involvement. It's an amazing piece of work.


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