my favorite movies of the 2000s, #17 and #18

Wednesday 23 December 2009

This list continues!

#25: (500) Days of Summer (2009)
#24: FLOW: For Love Of Water (2008)
#23: In The Bedroom (2001)

#22: House of Sand and Fog (2003)
#21: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2003)

#20: Wo Hu Cang Long (2000)
#19: Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (2007)

(The links above take you to the descriptions I gave in previous blog entries.)

#18: Hable con Ella (2002) (Talk to Her)
This was my first film de Pedro Almodóvar, and I fell in love at first sight.  Another movie I should probably see again, as I don’t remember the details, but I took from it a feeling that’s hard to explain or remember.  A director who is obviously in love with visual images and the actresses he writes his films for, Almodóvar elegantly crafts female-central films with a distinctive artistic style.  He has a new film out now (Broken Embraces/Los abrazos rotos) and a substantial collection of films to choose from otherwise.

#17: The Wrestler (2008)
The return of Mickey Rourke in this 2008 film was hailed as a great personal achievement, and it was.  This movie is an amazing character study of a man forced to deal with the reality outside the ring while wishing he could live his life only inside the ring.  The violence is real (a few parts too graphic and gory for me) and a reminder of the glorification violence has in our society.  In the end both touching and tragic, The Wrestler reminds us of our need for community and acceptance and how far some of us go to find just that.