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Mindless memeage fun [Jul. 22nd, 2010|10:17 am]
The Telegraph calls these the most 100 influential movies of the '00s. I am not responsible for the order or choice of movies (Fahrenheit 9/11 is number 1? Really??) Bold if you've seen it, italicize if you've heard of it but not seen it:

* 100 Avatar
* 99 Together
* 98 Crash
* 97 Tropical Malady
* 96 Shrek
* 95 Michael Clayton

* 94 The Brown Bunny
* 93 Grizzly Man
* 92 The Wrestler

* 91 Atanarjuat: the Fast Runner
* 90 Bend It Like Beckham
* 89 Munich
* 88 The Pianist
* 87 The Child
* 86 Let the Right One In
* 85 Erin Brockovich
* 84 Sin City
* 83 Good Bye Lenin!
* 82 Monsoon Wedding
* 81 Milk

* 80 The Return
* 79 Spider-Man
* 78 The Hurt Locker
* 77 Children of Men

* 76 Antichrist
* 75 The School of Rock
* 74 Los Angeles Plays Itself
* 73 Master and Commander
* 72 Uzak
* 71 A History of Violence
* 70 Mulholland Drive
* 69 The Class

* 68 Waltz with Bashir
* 67 Little Miss Sunshine
* 66 United 93
* 65 The Departed
* 64 Spirited Away

* 63 The Piano Teacher
* 62 The Devil Wears Prada
* 61 In This World
* 60 Kill Bill
* 59 Wall-E
* 58 Donnie Darko
* 57 Sideways
* 56 Atonement
* 55 Bowling for Columbine
* 54 Talk to Her
* 53 No Country for Old Men

* 52 Hunger
* 51 Lagaan
* 50 Russian Ark
* 49 Far from Heaven
* 48 Gladiator
* 47 Gosford Park
* 46 Y Tu Mamá También
* 45 District 9

* 44 Hidden
* 43 The Dark Knight
* 42 Ratatouille
* 41 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
* 40 Moulin Rouge!
* 39 Casino Royale
* 38 Pan’s Labyrinth
* 37 Billy Elliot
* 36 An Inconvenient Truth
* 35 Knocked Up

* 34 Moolaadé
* 33 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
* 32 Oldboy
* 31 Pirates of the Caribbean

* 30 Downfall
* 29 In the Mood for Love
* 28 The Queen
* 27 Star Trek

* 26 Être et Avoir
* 25 Up
* 24 The Gleaners and I
* 23 Shaun of the Dead
* 22 City of God
* 21 The Bourne Supremacy
* 20 Lost in Translation
* 19 Capote
* 18 Mamma Mia!

* 17 4 Months, 3 weeks, and 2 days
* 16 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
* 15 Before Sunset
* 14 Saw
* 13 West of the Tracks
* 12 Amelie
* 11 The Lives of Others
* 10 Slumdog Millionaire
* 9 The Passion of the Christ

* 8 Amores Perros
* 7 Borat
* 6 Memento
* 5 Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
* 4 There Will Be Blood
* 3 The Incredibles
* 2 Brokeback Mountain
* 1 Fahrenheit 9/11

I've seen 69, heard of 10 others, leaving 21 that I know nothing about. Now let me tell you why this is not a very good list. The writer does a poor job of explaining how these movies are supposed to be influential. For example, 40-Year-Old Virgin should replace Knocked Up, because it was the beginning of a new fad of "raunchy movies with conservative moral messages" that is still underway. As much as I love Mamma Mia! (and I do), it didn't relaunch the movie musical; Chicago (2002) did, and it didn't even make the list. Brokeback Mountain was a big deal in the year it was made, but has completely disappeared from most people's radars. Sloppy, filler writing. Shame on you, Telegraph.

[User Picture]From: bart_calendar
2010-07-22 02:18 pm (UTC)
This week every single movie at the local movie theater is in 3D. Last summer not a single one was. This leads me to believe that Avatar should be higher up on the list.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-22 02:31 pm (UTC)
Definitely, though reluctantly, agree. Not that this is a good thing.
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[User Picture]From: justbeast
2010-07-22 02:46 pm (UTC)
Hmm, looks like I have a lot of films to catch up on, for the 'aughts. Though fortunately, some I have no interest in (like Passion of the Christ)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-22 05:29 pm (UTC)
I saw Passion of the Christ solely to be informed. It's appalling. I felt dirty after seeing it.
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[User Picture]From: wdomburg
2010-07-22 02:54 pm (UTC)
They cite Moulin Rouge (2001) as relaunching the movie musical, which it arguably did (solid if not overwhelming gross, first best picture nomination in decades). The justification for Mamma Mia is as the highest grossing British film of all time.
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From: penndavies
2010-07-22 03:01 pm (UTC)
I've seen 16.
I should get my skates on.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-22 05:31 pm (UTC)
We saw a lot of movies earlier in the decade. Not nearly as many recently.
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[User Picture]From: dawn_guy
2010-07-22 04:02 pm (UTC)
Atanarjuat: the Fast Runner is the first film written and directed in Inuktitut, and the company has released two other films I'm aware of: The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (which I've also seen) and Before Tomorrow (which I haven't borrowed from the local library yet). If you tend to like to watch foreign films with subtitles and appreciate the view from a different culture than you're used to, I think you'll enjoy it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-22 05:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks; I will look for it.
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[User Picture]From: mmseason
2010-07-22 04:18 pm (UTC)
I never do memes, but you caught me with this one. I've blogged it, but scheduled it for Monday (26th) because I've only just blogged and I do try to live regularly. Which if you knew me would sound full of irony. ;)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-22 05:35 pm (UTC)
I will probably miss it, because we will be in Disney World, but I'm glad I caught your attention.
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[User Picture]From: kenp_v3
2010-07-22 04:30 pm (UTC)
I've seen 31. The article was dated November of last year, which explains why Avatar is not higher. I think that was the month it came out.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-22 05:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, Avatar would be higher with the effect on 3D in the movies - rather a bad effect, IMHO.
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[User Picture]From: spreadsothin
2010-07-22 05:44 pm (UTC)
Lagaan & Before Sunset are two excellent, excellent movies!

Before Sunset is the sequel to Before Sunrise, a Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy movie where two characters meet in Paris and spend the night wandering and talking to each other.. It's a beautiful, conversation-driven love story. A coming of age in your twenties. Before Sunset happens ten years later, after some more compromises. I love them dearly.

Lagaan is a Bollywood style musical (in an Indian dialect & English) about colonialist India, where the villagers don't want to pay the tax. There's also a love triangle with a local village girl, the revolutionary leader, and the British daughter of the officer in charge of collecting the tax. Delightful, enjoyable: a musical with substance!

This post reminded me that I've been meaning to see Waltz with Bashir. What's Grizzly Man about? Would you recommend it?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-22 06:08 pm (UTC)
Grizzly Man is a documentary about a guy who got himself killed by a bear in Alaska after several years of spending summers with grizzlies on his own and against the advice of the Park Service. It's kind of fascinating.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-07-22 06:02 pm (UTC)
Seen 32, heard of 34, blanked on the other 34. Planning to see Up this weekend, which will shift me to 33/33/34. Can't get much more even than that.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-22 06:09 pm (UTC)
That's definitely a very even score!
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2010-07-22 06:33 pm (UTC)
Wow. I've seen a mere 13 of these, and three of them I was very sorry to have watched. The last decade must not have made a big impression on me.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-22 09:13 pm (UTC)
Which three did you dislike?
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[User Picture]From: ccr1138
2010-07-22 06:57 pm (UTC)
It's a stupid list. However, of the ones you've not seen, the only one I think you MUST seek out is The Pianist. Roman Polanski might be a pedophile and a rapist, but this film is pure genius. More than any other movie, this brought home to me the holocaust, and some of its images will stay with me forever.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-22 09:14 pm (UTC)
I have heard such mixed reviews about it. I should definitely see it.
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From: blogmella2
2010-07-22 08:11 pm (UTC)
There are some GREAT films in there. #46 Hell YEAH! ;)

I think you and Ferrett might like "East is East" if you haven't seen it. Set right near where I live.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-22 09:15 pm (UTC)
Coolness. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2010-07-23 03:33 am (UTC)
And done. I've heard of more of them, but you've seen more of them. Of course, you watch them on video occasionally, so you've got that advantage. I also delve into influential a bit more.
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[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2010-07-23 10:36 am (UTC)
I haven't even heard of some of those. I would recommend The Lives of Others.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-23 02:30 pm (UTC)
That's one that just got past us. Want to see it.
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[User Picture]From: flitterkit
2010-07-24 01:06 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed Bend it like Beckman more than I was expecting to. I've only seen about 64.. wow, someone who watches more movies than I do! :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-24 01:29 am (UTC)
Just haven't managed to see that one. One day. And yeah, we see a lot of movies.
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