my favorite movies of the 2000s, #7 and #8

Monday 28 December 2009

Are you itching for me to finish?  Look out, and I may get done before the 31st!

(These links go to previous post on these movies.)
#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)
This movie will depress you.  This movie will make you thankful you’re living the life you live.  This movie will challenge your ideas on addiction.  And this movie, in its final scenes, may end up being too much.  But even with all that, I love this movie.  In this movie, we get to see characters give in to drug addictions and the horrible repercussions that ensue.  But these aren’t characters that you could care less about, for the beauty of things is that you learn to love the characters before they fall.  Darren Aronofsky (director of another favorite movie of mine, Pi, he also directed #17: The Wrestler), brilliantly pulls together characters and scenes that horrify and astound you.  This movie should be shown in every high school (or junior high) in the country as a realistic view of the horrors of drugs.

#7: Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
After I saw this movie at the Milwaukee International Film Festival, I wrote a blog encouraging people to see this movie.  Then, over a year later, it finally found distribution and I saw it again in DC, and it was just as good as I remembered.  Based on a short story by Etgar Keret (a great writer himself: check him out) called “Kneller’s Happy Campers,” the movie takes place in a world where everyone has committed suicide.  You follow the main character who sets out to find his former love and girlfriend after he finds out she committed suicide, too, after he had died himself.  It’s not your standard love story, too be sure, and that’s what makes it such a good movie.  The characters are eccentric and quirky, another bonus.  If you can find it, watch it!