A couple of weeks ago, Cory and I, in our quest to become even geekier, started discussing the candidates for the “Best of 2000s” lists in movies and music. He went so far as to actually compile a list of his top 50 albums (a list he says he’ll post as a blog one day, and I hope he does because it has some interesting choices), while I’ve started a smaller list of my own for movies.
This morning, I saw on Entertainment Weekly’s website that one of my favorite writers, Bill Simmons, apparently addressed this same topic (movies, at least) in a recent podcast. This was Simmmons’ criteria, according to EW.com:
“1) Excellence when it came out; (2) Rewatchability; (3) Originality. Connelly proposed the corollary that the “defining” film must be loved, not simply admired. (Goodfellas and The Shawshank Redemption were deemed two exemplary examples from the 1990s).”
I’d argue that any list of the 1990s that doesn’t include Pulp Fiction and Boogie Nights is severely lacking, but I trust Simmons was merely giving examples and not an entire list.
Simmons picked Almost Famous and The Dark Knight, while his guest, Chris Connelly, selected O Brother, Where Art Thou, all of which are fine selections. (I’m somewhat conflicted on the inclusion of Almost Famous since it came out in 2000, and I’m not sure if that counts as the end of the last decade or the beginning of this one. Clarification appreciated).
The EW.com article went on to include this list: The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Almost Famous, Cast Away, Michael Clayton and The Dark Knight.
My list is far from being finalized, but I’m fairly confident the top 10 will include The Royal Tennenbaums, There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men, The Dark Knight and the Lord of the Rings series (I’ll count them as one epic entry).
I’m curious as to what you think should be considered for any list featuring the decade’s top movies, including some of your personal favorites in various genres (comedy, horror, action, etc). If anyone is reading this and cares to offer any suggestions, please do so in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing from you.