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Memento>>The Prestige>>The Dark Knight>>>Inception>>>Batman Begins>>>>>>>Insomnia.
Although i like Batman Begins alot and thinks its underrated.
The Batman films are horribly overrated - they're good blockbusters but still, at heart, populist claptrap - and the Prestige was similarly very good but not a great film.
I'm gonna chuck Rian Johnson in as well as I love Brick and Brothers Bloom an insane amount.
has only done a couple of films this decade though, and i haven't seen Punch Drunk Love. But for TWBB he has to be considered
On a similiar note, i'd like to put in Cronenburg. Only a couple of films, one of which was very good, and one of which was incredible
Magnolia was early this decade as well was it not?
and then you've got Boogie Nights in 1997. If you wanted to stretch it for a bit longer than a decade then yes, he'd be top dog
which made TWBB's comparative excellence even more surprising - although I maintain there's less to that film than meets the eye - it's a great story and a great character study but it doesn't have a profound wisdom of the human condition
big-budget Hollywood popcorn-muncher ever.
I liked it, but it didn't blow my mind.
Not for everyone sure (it moves at treacle-like speed), but I loved it.
I'd maybe add the Coens, though they went through a poor patch in the middle of the decade.
not seen Ratatouille yet mind
I'd also put a shout in for del Toro.
Cuaron if he'd made more than 2 films...
need to get on that.
rather than much
(i think it came out in like 2000 in hong kong but like 2001 everywhere else?) then that was one of the only truly great movies to come out this year without question. possibly THE only truly great movie.
And In the Mood for Love is definitely his best 2000s film, but the rest of his stuff for this decade's been a bit poor, and for me In the Mood for Love isn't quite as good as Happy Together, Chungking Express etc.
Or maybe Nolan.
I'd say The Coen's might possibly steal it actually, but then I liked Intolerable Cruelty. Yes, I know.
Oh, Park Chan Wook has to be in with a shout too. Vengeance Trilogy + I'm a Cyborg + Thirst? Yes indeed.
I'll stop now before it becomes obvious I'm just listing directors I like.
Nolan, Coen bros, Park Chan-wook, Spike Jonze, Guy Maddin spring to mind.
I only really like Rushmore, and that was 98.
Is g. del toro a director? Him.
so imma say noah baumbach based almost entirely on squid and the whale. and a bit of greenberg. and absolutely 0 margot at the wedding
Why even ask.
are all mostly rubbish?
but mostly good doesn't cut it for me
because he like getz away wit shit innit
'everyone wants to fuck little girls'
and he has admitted to fucking a little girl and yet he walks free.
*please note this is a joke and does not endorse any fucking of little girls.
or even what youre talking about
Alejandro González Iñárritu- Amorres Perros, 21 Grams, Babel
Alfonso Cuaron- Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men
Jean-Pierre Jeunet- Amelie, A Very Long Engagement, Micmacs
Like all his films it's very ambitious and tries to cover a lot of topics but in this case he doesn't quite pull it off. Still very thought provoking and some great performances, especially from the japanese girl.
I wish Cuaron and Jeunet made more films. I haven't seen Micmacs however.
I've not seen A Very Long Engagement or Micmacs: Amelie put me off Jeunet quite a bit.
don't say gran torino plz :(
(which are, as I'm bored:)
The Devils Backbone
Y tu mama tambien
In the mood for love
please 'this' this post
PT Anderson - not prolific enough
Wes Anderson - operates within his comfort zone too much, give him a summer blockbuster franchise then I'll consider him
PW Anderson - has never made a good film
G Del Toro - good shout
Aronofsky - Another good shout, I thought the Fountain was great. Let's see how Robocop does eh?
Nolan - Inception makes him the winner I guess
(and that's discounting the Funny Games film only because it's a remake)
Coen bros-O Brother where are thou, Man who wasn't there, No Country for old men, A serious man
Andrew Dominik, Jacques Audiard, Richard Kelly, Ang Lee also for consideration. Claire Denis if I'd seen more films.
How did I forget Haneke, he's had a ridiculous decade
'The Beat That My Heart Skipped' is not bad either
He'd actually be my winner.
You can't be serious about Richard Kelly. Ang Lee has made some unremarkable films recently too. The only Dominik film I've seen is Jesse James which is pretty great but has he even done anything else apart from that and Chopper? There should be a 4 film minimum to qualify for this.
he'd be right up there. But that film's so much better than Hidden I can only assume it's his masterpiece.
and Brokeback. Dominik just for those two films, yep.
I'm just throwing a few names out there to mix up with the Nolan nerds.
if every Coen bros film was as good as A Serious Man they'd be in here like a shot. 2009 was a great year for perennial triers finally releasing their magnum opus.
Basically I said that if every Haneke was as good as The White Ribbon he might well be mine (alongside Lynch and Park Chanwook), but that TWB was so much better than Hidden I can only assume it's his masterpiece.
Also like Chrissy Nolan, Paul Greengrass, George Clooney & Brad Bird.
...that was '9 Songs' I'm going to say Michael Winterbottom. Thought provoking and not afraid to push film convention.
and only the past decade. Cronenberg, Lynch, Robert Rodriguez, Tarantino, Coens, and so on pretty much all made their best movies (in my opinion anyway) before this decade.
Wes Anderson is a bit annoying, but pretty good.
Nolan is only ok, let's face it. Prestige was shite. his only exceptional movie so far is Memento. (haven't seen inception)
Eastwood is possible, as is Del toro and PT Anderson. Maybe Charlie Kaufman, he has the most flawless body of work as a director (maybe because he has only directed one movie). buncha other people I can't think of right now
he's a little inconsistent though. and I can't say I've even seen half of his movies.
my squeamishness when i was younger put me off, but i'll give them a go now.
is it shit?
Almost so shit it's good in a couple of places. Almost...
but i reckon A History of Violence is Cronenburg's best film and Mullholland Drive is Lynch's best (think it was released over here in 2000)
this really makes no sense to me... it was pretty good, I guess, but it's got nothing on The Brood, Videodrome, Dead Ringers, The Fly, or Naked Lunch. or even his slightly lesser films, Spider (actaully, this was great), Crash, or eXistenZ.
Mullholland drive may be Lynch's best actually... Inland empire was pretty great as well, come to think of it.
He wouldn't be mine, but I'm surprised. A Scanner Darkly is an underregarded masterpiece.
is one of the best American films of the decade.
I maintain that ASD is his masterpiece - it takes Waking Life's visual style and gives it fucking depth - a great storyline, and a significant improvement on the animation itself. The dream/drug-logic of rotoscoping matches ASD's content perfectly - it's an ingenious and wholly successful marriage. BS is nice enough.
probably not a good sign.
really, I think this.
but I think Paul Greengrass is up there.
I'm not very indie, am I?
Possibly Denis because I think all her films this decade have been brilliant, even the slightly minor Vendredi Soir, which is one of my favourites.
Hou Hsiao-Hsien possibly. Both consistently released great films throughout the 00s.
Idk really, most directors I really like made their best films in the 90s then kept working throughout the 00s.
BUT, I'd be tempted to say Apichatpong Weerasethakul simply because he's 4 of the best films of the 00s. While I haven't seen his newest, that's apparently great as well. His films are consistently interesting and forward-thinking and full of great ideas so yeh, I vote for him.
I post to another messageboard where his few fans consistently go mental for him, to a strangely absent counterblast of naysaying. I think sadly there's a tacit homophobia behind his lack of profile.
I don't know about homophobia. It's possible, I suppose Wong Kar-Wai made Happy Together and was for a while the coolest film-maker in the world, but then that has the Brokeback mountain seal of it's director not actually being gay, idk. It might have more to do with them being pretty quiet and reflective. Hopefully his Cannes win will get him a few more fans, and I know he's got a pretty nice video installation thing showing at the BFI at the moment.
What's the other forum? if you don't mind saying. I'm on the lookout for some more.
Whatever it is keeping him from widespread notability (and it might be the fact his movies are slow-paced and unconventional), it's meant I've never been in a position where seeing his films has been a distinct possibility - I'd need to personally buy his movies, and atm I'm absolutely skint. Nonetheless, I will pursue this one avidly. BFI installation, you say? May have to wander down...
The forum is this: http://www.ilxor.com/ILX/SiteNewAnswersControllerServlet and use the search function therein to your heart's content!
I'm going to see Tropical Malady in the cinema again this sunday, very much looking forward to it. The installation might not still be running so check the listing first, but it was on the little gallery bit, and was great.
Cheers for the forum, I shall get searching.
I would really love to watch Tropical Malady at the cinema, that must be an amazing experience. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that someone like the BFI does a retrospective when Uncle Boonmee comes out
I think the BFI installation's finished now unfortunately. Did you go to the Q&A?
Anyway, I would say the he is definitely my number one of the decade. He's certainly making the most forward thinking cinema
My local interesting is showing Tropical Malady as one of the 10 best/most important films of the decade along with (so far) Dancer in the Dark, Russian Ark, Elephant and another one I can't remember
Wish I could have gone to the Q&A bit I wasn't in London at the time. Did you go? What did he talk about, be very interesting to hear him give a talk actually.
Encounters at the end of the World
pretty strong, I think
I like all those movies, but I don't think the 00s would have much to say for itself culturally and philosophically if it was still best summed up by Herzog.
Actually that said, he's adapted a lot better than other film-makers, Bad Lieutenant very much reflects 00s pop culture to me, Encounters is a very strong representation of climate change (appended to the classic Herzog/Buchner/Kleist/Kant theme of the destructive power of nature), and I guess Grizzly Man hints at new technologies and the use of film in shaping identity.
I'm convincing myself now, yeh good shout.
he's got a 100% hit rate!
Paolo Sorentino, Michael Haneke, Pedro Almodovar, Andrea Arnold, Shane Meadows and Ken Loach
Tarantino and the Coen Brothers decade wasn't too shoddy either.
Broken Embraces, Volver, Bad Education, Talk to Her and All About My Mother all in the past decade? That is an absolutely spectacular run
How come no one has mentioned him?
# 2012 (2009/I)
# 10,000 BC (2008)
# The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
# The Patriot (2000)
Too many to choose from.
just shot from different angles?
wes anderson made:
fantastic mr fox
pedro almodovar made:
talk to her
now, none of these films are my very favourite of the last year but i would honestly argue that they are the two best bodies of work you're likely to find from one director in the last 10 years. i don't think you can givethe title to someone who has made two good films and two bad ones or even someone who has just made two good films. to be the best director of a decade you have to produced a serious body of work within the time frame and i can't think of anyone who as done more, better than these two.
The Coens are the only other contenders I think on the number of films of a certain quality count, but they've had a few dips this decade compared to the 90s so I think they're out.
Sunshine, 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire....
also, most filmmakers only manage to make 3-4 films per decade, as Orson Welles said, I quote from memory, "it's 5 % filmmaking, 95 % hustling for money". Only Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Spielberg, and few others manage to get a film out every year or so, given the contracts and level of success they have, in Allen's case less would be more, whereas Eastwood is doing very well.
I knew I was forgetting someone. Danny Boyle.
but apart from that, all his films have been 00s. Always interesting and provocative, even when shit. Better than Lars Von Trier? certainly more 00s-based.
It's an odd one, because it's when he stops making funny films and starts making bleak, experimental ones so it's a kind of half-way house but it's pretty powerful and interesting so yeh, I'd give it a go.
although the Coen Brothers would probably be a close second followed by Del Toro.
dogville and manderlay - excellent. antichrist - pretty great.
need to see more.
his 90s were SO much better.
Would have been 100% better if it ended twenty minutes earlier. Together and Show Me Love are fairly rad, though.