10 February 2010
TOP FIFTY MOVIES OF THE '00s: # 30-21
30. MY WINNIPEG
Guy Maddin had an incredible run this decade, from the insane short THE HEART OF THE WORLD to this alluring "docu-fantasia" hybrid that critiques and celebrates his hometown like no one else could.
29. JUDY BERLIN
A low budget, black-and-white fable about a day in the life of a sleepy Long Island suburb--the type of little indie film that now seems lost to a cherished, almost mysterious, long-ago era.
28. DONNIE DARKO
Kitty Farmer: "Rose, I don't know if you realize what an opportunity this is for our daughters. This has been a dream of Samantha's and all of ours for a long time! I made her lead dancer! (pause) Sometimes, I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion!"
27. GHOST WORLD
Seymour: "Well, I have to admit that things are really starting to look up for me since my life turned to shit."
26. MAN ON WIRE
Philippe Petit’s 1974 tightrope walk across the World Trade Center was an extraordinary stunt and a breathtaking work of art; James Marsh's documentation/reconstruction of it unavoidably comes across as a requiem that doesn't even need to mention 9/11 to get its point subtly across.
25. PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE
Barry: "I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine."
24. SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK
Constructed much like a warehouse full of one secret compartment after another, Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut is an absolutely terrifying comedy and one that requires multiple viewings--I'm looking forward to them.
23. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
Oskar: "Are you really twelve?"
Eli: "Yes. It's just I've been twelve for a very long time."
22. WHAT TIME IS IT THERE?
Another auteur with a great decade of work, Tsai Ming-Liang's best film is a variation on what he does in every film, but with a magnificent structure full of symmetry and echoes between twin narratives and a beautiful payoff at the end.
21. AMERICAN SPLENDOR
"Real" Harvey Pekar: "If you think reading comics about your life seems strange, try watching a play about it. God only knows how I'll feel when I see this movie."