Josh’s Top Ten (or so) Films of the Decade, 2000-2009
Ten years, ten movies. I’m not sure how this process works for everyone else, but for me, it starts off very easy, then grows very difficult, and, in the end, becomes very easy again.
When I first started thinking about which films I was going to honor as my favorites of the past decade, I jotted down a completely off-the-cuff, rough-draft list of ten movies– and as it turns out, the final list is extremely close to that initial, knee-jerk response. But before I could arrive at that conclusion, I had to very deliberately think through all the movies that weren’t on that first list. Among the films that I very seriously considered for this list are David Cronenberg’s subversive drama A History of Violence; Jim Jarmusch’s oddball mystery Broken Flowers; Guillermo del Toro’s nightmarish fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth; Zhang Yimou’s lavish epic Hero; and Edward Yang’s contemplative masterpiece, Yi Yi. 2008’s Speed Racer was one of the first films I thought of for my first list, and the one that it took me the longest to cut– a misunderstood, soon-to-be cult classic, and a sheer pleasure over which I feel no guilt.
But the ten films I’ve selected– and will be counting down over the next few weeks, leading up to the end of 2009– are, in the end, very easy and natural choices for me, movies I’m fairly positive I will still be watching, considering, and loving in another decade’s time. Whether any of them will become classics, I can’t say; all I can say is that they’ve already become favorites.