CINEMATIC PASSIONS’ TOP 50 FILMS OF THE 2000S



Here are my Top 50 Films from the past decade.

50. CHERISH

49. THE GOLDEN BOWL

48. CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN

47. THE LAST STATION

46. BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY

45. SEXY BEAST

44. SEABISCUIT

43. MOONLIGHT MILE

42. DOWN WITH LOVE

41. ROAD TO PERDITION

40. ME & ORSON WELLES

39. UP IN THE AIR

38. THE BRAVE ONE

37. PIRATE RADIO

36. THE CONTENDER

35. ALFIE

34. THE GOLDEN COMPASS

33. THE DOOR IN THE FLOOR

32. BEFORE SUNSET

31. THE UPSIDE OF ANGER

30. A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT

29. INTERVIEW

28. BILLY ELLIOT

27. LAUREL CANYON

26. BATMAN BEGINS

25. MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS

24. COLD MOUNTAIN

23. ERIN BROCKOVICH

22. DOGVILLE

21. MILK

20. CHERI

19. CASINO ROYALE

18. WHATEVER WORKS

17. IN BRUGES

16. BREAKFAST ON PLUTO

15. LA VIE EN ROSE

14. TELL NO ONE

13. THE HOURS

12. THE DEPARTED

11. NOTES ON A SCANDAL

And the top 10…

10. VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
9. BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD

8. MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS

7. KILL BILL VOLUME I & II

6. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

5. DUPLICITY

4. BRIDESHEAD REVISITED


3. CHICAGO


2. THERE WILL BE BLOOD



1. CLOSER

4 Responses to “CINEMATIC PASSIONS’ TOP 50 FILMS OF THE 2000S”

  1. 11. BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD

    best opening scene ever and yes i have to kill you for including THE DEPARTED.

    oh again before the devil’s opening scene if ever something need to be filmed/shown in 3 d.forget avatar(please) this was it….

    oh TELL NO ONE there is gonna possibly be stateside/english language version.

    the french movie was based on an english language book…

    http://www.amazon.com/Tell-No-One-Harlan-Coben/dp/0440245907/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268503180&sr=1-1

    and the kids behind the english version of the movie supposedly had a script down before the fremch version was filmed/released.

    the kids behind the english version are Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. uh you may have seen their names attacked to a couple of transformers films.

    no kidding…even weirder seems their first attempt at TELL NO ONE was in the early 2000’s/before they were names/ultra known…

    so now those two are name script kids. their version of TELL NO ONE may get done within a couple of years or something.

    hold on…

  2. TELL NO ONE is such a brilliant thriller, glimster. I saw that seven times and every time I went I could barely breathe.

    And that ending just shook me to the rafters.

    GUILLAUME CANET is a bloody genius. How did he take those layers of plot (just like a jigsaw puzzle), put them together with all of those intricate scenarios and then adapt and direct a film that was so spellbinding that you’re completely drawn in from the first few seconds?

    Just mesmerizing.

    The surprising thing is that it’s French. Yeah, I know that it’s my own personal heritage. But I have to say…Gallic sensibilities are idiosyncratic and unique. This is why the French are revered.

    (Well, in some circles at least…)

    I never would have expected that a movie like this could come out of France. It’s like a house of cards dangerously close to imploding at any given second. The fact that it never does go off the rails is just amazing.

    I’m not waiting around for a stupid American remake. Who knows? It could be good. But the chances are excellent that they’ll F it up anyway.

    No, no, no, glimster…

    THE DEPARTED harkens back to Scorsese classics like GOODFELLAS. That, to me, is an exceptional film.

    Interesting thing about THE DEPARTED.

    I’m not going to lie about this. Quite often when I view movies – in the cinema or at home – I’m thinking about the men I see in them. (If you want examples: just consider looking at old ROBERT REDFORD or JEFF BRIDGES flicks.)

    I can still remember how my ex and I fought like hell over me saying “Wow” when we were at CASINO ROYALE. I’m talking about the moment when DANIEL CRAIG puts his tuxedo on in front of that mirror. The third time I saw it with him I did it all over again. After that, he said he’d never attend another screening (of that film) with me.

    He never did either.

    Good God, it’s an extremely iconic moment. One word sets him off. He’s jealous as hell. He still is and he is no position to be. Guess some people have some serious growing up to do. He’ll be 27 in May.

    But I think we’re probably better off not being involved in a serious romantic sense.

    Certainly at this particular juncture.

    But the point that I’m making is…

    There are guys that I see in movies where I’m thinking: Damn. If I had you in a room for the weekend, wouldn’t I just love to…

    Oh, never mind. It will sound like I’m bragging and my street cred (not to mention my pop culture quotient) will be in a precarious kind of jeopardy over this.

    THE DEPARTED has perfect execution. That depends entirely on the tone…and MARTY was on fire. All the way through. How many motion pictures do you see that are that tragic (practically no one is left standing at the end) and you walk out with a smile on your face?

    That rat was genius.

    The music, the performances, the grand scale editing and MARTY’S exacting direction make for one of the grandest filmgoing experiences of all time.

    Honey, much as I love BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD, that opening scene is hysterical. That’s not sexy.

    PSH looking at himself the whole time?

    If I want a 3D experience (and I can’t honestly think of when I would be interested in one), I can certainly think of something…much more stimulating.

    But I’m extraordinarily grateful for your opinions, sweetie. As always.

  3. Honey, much as I love BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD, that opening scene is hysterical. That’s not sexy.

    PSH looking at himself the whole time?

    m. like fashion if something is good or ridiculous/hysterical it works for me. getting a reaction either way can put something in the positive zone for me. so this scene works for me.

    and i think it works better than a lot of supposed sexy love scenes that bored me tears… 🙂

    don’t know if you caught the humour in that post… 🙂

    the reason why i said the opening in before the devil was the best ever was because uh I guess it was such a suprising opening scene. who could have expected this?

    no one…

    the psh just looking at himself bit was classic. forget marty. that scene I repped has perfect execution. That depends entirely on the tone…

    plus yep geek bonus pointed it for psh surprise sex scene with someone that’s considered a bit more traditionally attractive then he is. go psh.

    and in your dream/their nightmare… 😉

    the departed. uh no m.

    and no.

    i’m just not that interested in this genre and i haven’t seen marty’s classics.

    and i don’t care that i haven’t. i did see the departed. and whatever.

    where’s my guy cred at??? oh yeah. really m/what was this??? didn’t work much for me. maybe i was too on fire during the screening to appreciate it. 😉

    no i don’t want any movie cred. i didn’t like the departed.

    yeah i know i don’t like the departed and i loved whip it. where the wimpy kids at ??? 🙂

    i don’t like the departed and i love bandslam. ha ha…

    but i was cool with some film magazine’s readers poll placing mulholland drive as the number one film of the decade. now what kind of movie fan am i????

    I can still remember how my ex and I fought like hell over me saying “Wow” when we were at CASINO ROYALE. I’m talking about the moment when DANIEL CRAIG puts his tuxedo on in front of that mirror. The third time I saw it with him I did it again. After that, he said he’d never attend another screening (of that film) with me.

    pretty insane. the only think that can slightly redeem this if he wasn’t the type to mention females with a media profile he liked in such way. (but too many guys drool over whatever media profile female and then get oh hell no if a female mentions a media profile guy in similiar way. they hate it. arrgh hate those guys…)

    he really got that upset??? anyway m. that type of thing you did wouldn’t bothered me worth a darn.

    damn i’m just so cool.

    maybe he was afraid that if you met craig you would an education him and dump him in about 40 seconds like graham in an education was the second that cool guy popped.

    really i just wanted a reason to sneak graham in from an education. i want an education to become a national phrase used to describe a guy getting blown off 20 seconds after a female mets a cool guy.

    graham didn’t suffer in vain. and graham we (losers) will never forget you…

    anyway the craig reaction. i thought this would be more annoying to someone not dating the female. not the person dating the female. but what do i know…..????

    i know graham is in our hearts forever… 🙂

  4. Oh, Christ. I’m wading into dangerous waters here.

    And I know for a fact just exactly who will be reading this too. So I’m going to choose my words very, very carefully.

    My darling boy, you can have any opinions you want on anything at all.

    I love PSH. I think he’s adorable. It’s probably because he’s blond. He looks really cuddly too. Like a teddy bear.

    So here’s the thing. My ex and I drive each other crazy.

    He used to stick it to me all the time. When I see him, he still does. It’s just like something out of GILDA. I may be the glamour queen that wears her sensuality on her sleeve. But girls just love him.

    So it’s UMA THURMAN and ANGELINA JOLIE. He also digs KIM BASINGER, LAUREN BACALL and ANN MARGRET.

    To be honest, he didn’t know much about some of the classic female movie stars until we started watching a lot of older films together.

    He worships FAYE DUNAWAY. He says that FAYE reminds him of me.

    So I can’t fault his taste. I’m certainly not going to stop featuring these women at my site. For that matter, he likes DANIEL CRAIG too.

    I know he’s not likely to meet UMA or ANGELINA. Would they be into him? Oh, yeah. Probably. But it just bugs the living hell out of me.

    Totally irrational. But I’m Catwoman. Attention must be paid.

    Don’t even get me started on this one cow at the restaurant where he works. He can’t stand her. She wanted his ass. I came in and she was rude to me. Let’s just say that I fixed her little red wagon.

    For good.

    Plus every once in a great while I used to come in and there would be some chick (generally with her friends) who was obviously flirty.

    That would make me furious.

    As soon as he could see what the hell was shaping up, he would start looking at me over the top of her (their) head(s). God, that just made my blood boil. Then he would deliberately seat them over on the other side of the restaurant where someone else would serve them and he wouldn’t have to talk to them for the rest of the night.

    Once these girls got a load of the hot blonde sitting alone watching all of this unfold (and about to spontaneously combust), they settled right down. I couldn’t say much while I was inside. But believe me, they knew.

    And when he would pass by or come by the table I would say, “Are you enjoying your evening, jackass?”

    To which he would generally reply: “Just wait until my shift is over.”

    Oh yeah, my sweet boy. Bring it on….

    When I started to go out with him, there were at least three guys at his place of work that didn’t take it very well. I would grab myself a table and eat and the servers would come and hang out with me. On their breaks or not.

    If any of these guys started coming around too much (or ended up sitting in the booth), then he would come over and say: “Oh, you have to go and take care of blah blah blah…”

    Or if it persisted or he got mad, he’d waltz over and browbeat the guy and say stuff like: “Miranda’s not going to tip you. Why don’t you get busy doing something constructive?”

    So….lots of back and forth.

    The big thing is that he would like to get back together. Doubt that’s going to happen any time soon. I have to get to LA. Don’t know how I’m going to swing it. But that is my destiny.

    For better or worse.

    He will not come. He’s going to live and die here. End of story. So ultimately that’s it.

    As for famous men….

    Do I have to say something now? I imagine I should.

    I have known famous men. The only dudes that I would ever take seriously are the ones with no reps – the good guys, in other words.

    This is the thing.

    You either have character or you don’t. You are either capable of cherishing a relationship and making it a priority…or not. You will either be faithful or not.

    Some people rise above. For others, it’s just like being a kid in a candy store. It’s whatever the market will bear and whether you’re mature enough to handle it.

    Well known individuals are aware that there are untold thousands (no doubt millions in some cases) that would want to be with them or sleep with them in a heartbeat. But, in the final analysis, that’s all pretty superficial stuff.

    The people that have crushes on them don’t even really know them. So unless it’s just a passion filled weekend or some empty kind of short term fooling around, ultimately those relationships are subject to the kind of pressure and pitfalls that all romances fall under.

    So either you’re a good person and you have your head screwed on straight. Or not.

    This is the deal. Men have always found me enormously attractive. I could literally have been with hundreds of men by now. At the very least.

    Modesty does not become me. But I’m trying here.

    HARD.

    I wanted to live my life on a particular level and not run wild with every idiot that approached me. I’m always tempted. But it’s not for me.

    Why? Well, I know who I am and what I have to offer. I don’t need to sleep with the entire f’ing world to confirm the obvious fact that I’m a very desirable woman.

    I have never cheated on anyone. Technically. Came awfully close. But I could never live my life that way. Had a couple of incidents with two different men. When I took it to the wall, I never went back to the original relationships. They didn’t last anyway.

    So whatever. Live and learn. But I’m an honourable stand up chick.

    And believe me. It has not been easy.

    I’m loyal. When I’m happy, I don’t even notice other men. BRAD PITT could come up and talk to me and it wouldn’t even faze me. When I’m unhappy, I do flirt. I don’t ever lead anybody on though.

    And when I’m unhappy, I don’t stick around long. It’s not wise to complicate all of this stuff with other people. Get out, get going and then you can be with whomever you want to be. NOT while the thing is going on.

    So relationships are only threatened when I’m getting tired of the whole scenario. If people want me to stay, they have to adore me and let me know that I am important to them.

    Anyway, being famous per se doesn’t impress me right out of the box. I don’t care how much money or power or influence someone has. Have to use your brain here.

    Those things don’t have any importance. Not unless your career means everything to you (to the exclusion of everything else).

    It’s his money. Not mine. I want my own money. No one else’s.

    Yeah, I know a lot of ambitious women make so called relationship choices and those are the terms that they pay the most attention to.

    NOT ME.

    Friends and acquaintances with power and influence are always good to have. But romance is an entirely different thing to me. Plus there can be extenuating circumstances that currently prevent someone from being taken seriously.

    Am I driven? Yeah. But not to that degree.

    I just had a big blowout with someone that doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing. I don’t need another similar situation on my hands…and I don’t want to cause problems for anyone else either.

    These pissing contests aren’t making me very hot. Nobody took anyone else’s favourite toy away. I’m not a possession.

    I’m a passionate Irish princess.

    We’re all grown ups here. Let’s act like it. Play nice.

    I’m not going to discuss this openly. I have my own reasons.

    That’s it…

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