I was Internet-less for much of last week, and for some reason the minute we were back up and running I was itching to compile my list of my top 20 movies from 2000-2009, which I’ve been thinking about since the aforementioned Filmspotting show. Plus I like the idea of posting it on 6/1/10. (And I’d love to hear your picks, too!)
So better late than never, arranged roughly in order:
Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001) – A beloved book and character depicted pitch perfectly.
Shattered Glass (2003) – J-school or not, I never imagined a story about plagiarism would have me so on the edge of my seat.
Volver (2006) – My introduction to Pedro Almodovar, which more than lived up to the hype.
Pride and Prejudice (2005) – Did we need another version? No, but Joe Wright earns it.
Once (2006) – A lovely modern-day musical.
Bowling for Columbine (2002) – Michael Moore was the first to challenge much of the conventional wisdom about school shooters.
Bring It On (2000) – 10 years later, still my favorite guilty pleasure.
The Bourne Identity (2002) – You can see its influence in almost every action flick since.
Saved! (2004) – A hilarious and surprisingly nuanced take on the evangelical culture.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) – The movie I held the longest from Netflix because I couldn’t bear to watch it. So glad I finally did.
Walk the Line (2005) – A sentimental pick, maybe, but the actors did our Johnny and June justice.
High Fidelity (2000) – If only for Rob’s wonderful monologues: “Which came first — the music or the misery?”
Junebug (2005) – A meditation on family and identity that hit close to home.
The King of Kong (2007) – An epic real-life battle between good and evil — over an outdated video game.
Punch Drunk Love (2002) – A weirdly sweet story anchored by a career-changing performance.
Young @ Heart (2007) – I dare you not to cry during “Fix You.”
Waitress (2007) – A smart, sexy tragicomedy.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) – I’m a sucker for stories (especially love stories) that play with narrative structure.
(500) Days of Summer (2009) – Ditto. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt rocks.
Ratatouille (2007) – I tend to be immune to the charms of animation, but damned if this one didn’t win me over.
Just missed the list: Shut Up & Sing; Batman Begins; Far From Heaven; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Serenity; Zack & Miri Make a Porno