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The decade's best of the big screen

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The decade's best of the big screen

International critics choose their finest films from 2000-2009

  • Published: 25/12/2009 at 12:00 AM
  • Newspaper section: Realtime

To draw the curtain on the first decade of the 21st century, several film institutes and journals have issued their Best-Of-Decade lists since earlier this month (more will come out in January).

Sasha Baron Cohen in Borat.

Some have their members vote for Top 10, others have pushed more for a more comprehensive panorama with Top 50s.

Since lists - any kind of list - should serve as a cosy read this Christmas Day, I've compiled some of them below.

Some of these rankings are US mainstream-centric, while others flaunt a scholastic, critical preference over arthouse films - and that's not something to quibble about if you regard these lists not only as a confirmation or a repudiation of your taste, but as a cultural guideline into the vast and rich world of global cinema.

The only Thai film included in one of the lists is Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Syndromes and a Century, a gentle poetry that suffered the axes of local censors when it was released at home in 2008.

Maggie Cheung in In the Mood for Love.

Time Out New York
(a listing and entertainment guidebook)

1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, US, 2001)

2. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, US, 2007)

3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Spike Jonze, US, 2004)

4. The New World (Terrence Malic, US, 2005)

5. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong/China 2000)

6. Yi Yi (Edward Yang, Taiwan, 2000)

7. Dogville (Lars Von Trier, Denmark, 2003)

8. Zodiac (David Fincher, US, 2007)

9. A Christmas Tale (Arnaud Desplechin, France, 2008)

10. Friday Night (Claire Denis, France, 2002)

Sean Astin as Sam in The Lord of the Rings trilogy

Peter Travers, for Rolling Stone magazine

1. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, US, 2007)

2. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron, UK/US, 2006)

3. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, US, 2001)

4. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, US, 2005)

5. No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, US, 2007)

6. The Incredibles (Brad Bird, US, 2004)

7. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, US, 2005)

8. The Departed (Martin Scorsese, US, 2006)

9. Mystic River (Clint Eastwood, US, 2003)

10. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (Peter Jackson, US, 2001, 2002, 2003)

From Thailand, Syndromes and a Century.

The Telegraph UK
- 10 films that define the nougthies

1. Fahrenheit 9/11 (Michael Moore, US, 2004)

2. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, US, 2005)

3. The Incredibles (Brad Bird, US, 2004)

4. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, US, 2007)

5. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson, US, 2001)

6. Memento (Christopher Nolan, US, 2000)

7. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Larry Charles, UK/US, 2006)

8. Amores Perros (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Mexico, 2000)

9. The Passion of the Christ (Mel Gibson, US, 2004)

10. Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle, UK, 2008)

Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.

The Toronto International Film Festival Cinematheque
(the list was voted by its members of scholars, critics and programmers)

1. Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, 2006)

2. Platform (Jia Zhang-ke, Hong Kong/China/Japan/France, 2000)

3. Still Life (Jia Zhang-ke, China, 2005)

4. Beau Travail (Claire Denis, France, 2000)

5. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong/China, 2000)

6. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, 2004)

7. The Death of Mr Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu, Romania, 2005)

7. -tie Werckmeister Harmonies (Be'la Tarr, Hungary, 2000)

8. E'loge de lamour (Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland/ France, 2001)

9. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, Romania, 2007)

10. Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico/France/Netherlands, 2007)

A head trip through Mulholland Drive.

The Times
(the London paper lists 100 best films of the decade, though we quote only the top 10)

1 Hidden (Michael Haneke, France/Austria/Germany, 2005) 2005)

2. The Bourne Supremacy / The Bourne Ultimatum (Paul Greengrass, US, 2004 and 2007)

3. No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, US, 2007)

4. Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog, Germany, 2005)

5. Team America: World Police (Trey Parker, US, 2004)

6. Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle, UK, 2008)

7. The Last King of Scotland (Kevin Macdonald, UK, 2006)

8. Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, US/UK 2006)

9. The Queen (Stephen Frears, UK, 2006)

10. Hunger (Steve McQueen,

UK, 2008)

Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will be Blood.

Richard Brody, for The New Yorker

1. In Praise of Love (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 2001)

2. The Darjeeling Limited (Wes Anderson, US, 2007)

3. The World (Jia Zhang-ke, China, 2004)

4. A Talking Picture (Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal/France/Italy, 2003)

5. Regular Lovers (Philippe Garrel, France, 2005)

6. Sobibor, Oct 14, 1943, 4pm (Claude Lanzmann, France, 2001)

7. Fengming: A Chinese Memoir (Wang Bing, China, 2009)

8. Knocked Up (Judd Apatow, US, 2008)

9. Moolaade (Ousmane Sembene, Senegal/France, Burkina Farso, 2004)

10. The Other Half (Ying Liang, China, 2007)

Jia Zhang-ke’s The World.

Entertainment Weekly
(the only list whose choice is apparently Hollywood-centric)

1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Peter Jackson, US, 2001, 2002, 2003)

2. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, US, 2005)

3.Gladiator (Ridley Scott, US, 2000)

4. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, US, 2008)

5. Wall E (Andrew Stanton, US, 2008)

6. Moulin Rouge (Baz Luhrmann, US, 2001)

7. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron, UK/US, 2006)

8. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Judd Apatow, US, 2005)

9. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, US, 2003)

10. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, US, 2001)

Kong Rithdee, for the Bangkok Post

Bearing the cross: The Passion of the Christ.

1. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, 2004)

2. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, US, 2001)

3. Yi Yi (Edward Yang, Taiwan, 2000)

4. The World (Jia Zhang-ke, China, 2004)

5. Hidden (Michael Hanake, France/Austria, 2005)

6. Secret Sunshine (Lee Chang-dong, Korea, 2007)

7. Werckmeister Harmonies (Bela Tarr, Hungary, 2001)

8. Goodbye Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan, 2003)

9. Colossal Youth (Pedro Costa, Portugal, 2006)

10. Still Walking (Hirozaku Kore-eda, Japan, 2008)

A scene from Pixar’s Wall-E.

Javier Bardem as the killer in No Country for Old Men.

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