my favorite movies of the 2000s, #4, #5, and #6

Tuesday 29 December 2009

OK, so I’m pushing the end up a little, mostly because all the links every day are driving me a bit crazy!  I still hope to give you a bonus post/list on N.Y.E., but not promises at this point.  Enjoy what you have for now, and come back tomorrow night for #1!

#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)

#18: Hable con Ella (2002)
#17: The Wrestler (2008)

#16: Revolutionary Road (2008)
#15: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

#14: Hotel Rwanda (2004)
#13: Elephant (2003)

#12: Moulin Rouge! (2001)
#11: Juno (2007)

#10: Spellbound (2002)
#9: The Weather Underground (2002)

#8: Requiem for a Dream (2000)
#7: Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

#6: All the Real Girls (2003)
This is another love story on my list, and once again it’s not a conventional one.  This is perhaps the most realistic portrayal of boy meets girl and what follows that I’ve seen in film.  David Gordon Green (director of George Washington, another movie to check out) does a great job showing those small things that happen along that make and/or break a relationship.  It’s a nice character study, too, and just so intimate in all the details you’re really able to feel what the characters are feeling.  I won’t give away any more; you just have to see it to understand.

#5: Cidade de Deus (2002) (City of God)
This is another movie I saw too long ago to really remember, but I do clearly remember the poignancy and intimacy it treats its characters.  It’s the story of two boys growing up in Rio and the paths their lives take.  Perhaps with the Olympics heading there 2016, it would be interesting to see this fiction account of one part of the city.  I wish I could say more about this movie, but I saw it soon after its release and need to see it again to share any more specifics.  All I have now is the feeling this movie gave me, which is amazing.

#4: Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
The first time I saw this movie I found it a bit odd but intriguing (perhaps similarly to feelings I had for Magnolia, my favorite movie of the 1990s.  But then I saw it again, and I was completely pulled into the personal and intimate look at the characters portrayed.  There is the odd to be sure, like the young boys talking dirtily to a woman online about… well, watch it to see.  But Miranda July, the write and star, pulls you into the story in ways that can usually only happen in a book.  Her character is fragile and insecure, and the brilliance of this movie is how it makes us realize just how fragile and insecure we all are (what else could that title mean?).