Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sight & Sound: Syndromes of a New Century - 30 Key Films of the Decade

In lieu of a more typical ranked list of the best films of the decade, prestigious cineart publication "Sight & Sound" have instead offered a wide-ranging selection of 30 key films from the last ten years, alongside six groundbreaking filmmakers who they feel have most defined the decade. Many of the chosen films are represented on my own personal list of the decade's best, including Jia Zhangke's Platform, Michael Haneke's Cache, Bela Tarr's Werkmeister Harmonies, Wong Kar-Wai's In the Mood for Love, and Edward Yang's Yi Yi, among others. There are also a handful of films that are on my radar that for one reason or another I haven't got around to seeing yet, including Abbas Kiarostami's Ten, Michael Glawogger's Workingman's Death, and Agnes Varda's The Gleaners and I (which happens to be sitting on my desk as I type this-- should probably pop that one in, huh?). Anyway, these are all highly respected titles from hugely important directors, and you'd do well to seek out these unique pieces of modern cinema. You can read S&S editor Nick James' thorough introduction here, and then continue on to the individual film capsules here. I've also included the complete list below. And be on the look for InRO's upcoming list of the 100 Best Films of the Decade, which (spoiler alert) includes nearly every film listed here, and to which I contribute a handful of capsules. That countdown begins in a couple weeks, on Monday, February 15th.

Sight & Sound's Films of the Decade:

Adaptation. (Spike Jonze; 2002)
Battle in Heaven (Carlos Reygadas; 2005)
The Beat My Heart Skipped (Jacques Audiard; 2005)
The Bourne Ultimatum (Paul Greengrass; 2007)
Colossal Youth (Pedro Costa; 2006)
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu; 2005)
In Praise of Love (Jean-Luc Godard; 2001)
The Five Obstructions (Jorgen Leth, Lars Von Trier; 2005)
The Gleaners and I (Agnes Varda; 2000)
Cache (Michael Haneke; 2004)
Inland Empire (David Lynch; 2006)
In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai; 2000)
Memories of a Murder (Bong Joon-ho; 2005)
The Holy Girl (Lucrecia Martel; 2004)
Yi Yi (Edward Yang; 2000)
Platform (Jia Zhangke; 200)
Russian Ark (Alexandr Sokurov; 2002)
The Son (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne; 2002)
Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki; 2001)
Talk to Her (Pedro Almodovar; 2002)
Ten (Abbas Kiarostami; 2002)
There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson; 2007)
35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis; 2008)
Touching the Void (Kevin Macdonald; 2003)
Tropical Malady ("Joe"; 2004)
United Red Army (Wakamatsu Koji; 2008)
Distant (Nuri Bilge Ceylan; 2003)
Waiting for Happiness (Abderrahmane Sissako; 2002)
Werkmeister Harmonies (Bela Tarr; 2000)
Workingman's Death (Michael Glawogger; 2005)

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