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!

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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.