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Shubhajit's Number 10 film of the 2000s, Michael Heneke's 'The White Ribbon'

100 Best Movies of the 2000’s

by Shubhajit Lahiri

     The 2000’s have been the most incredible time of my two and a half decades’ worth existence. These last ten years have played the most singularly important part in determining not just who I am today, but also, in all probability, in who I will be (or continue to be) in the next few decades that I hope to remain alive.
     Some of the most memorable things of my life have occurred in these last 10 years – high school, graduation in mechanical engineering, hostel life, my first job. This was also the time I made some good friends who I hope will last this lifetime, I had my first tryst with love, I learnt to appreciate good books, good music and good cinema (as opposed to their more popular equivalents), I realised my deep and lifelong love for my city Calcutta, and a lot more, not necessarily scandalous, that I rather not recount here at this blog of mine.

So, without further ado, let me present what counts in my opinion the 100 best movies of the first decade of this millennium, or more appropriately, the 100 best of what I have had the utmost pleasure of seeing till now and being immensely enriched by.

1. No Country for Old Men (US, ’06) – Joel & Ethan Coen
2. Utsab (India, ’01) – Rituparno Ghosh
3. Pan’s Labyrinth (Mexico, ’06) – Guillermo Del Toro
4. Oldboy (S. Korea, ’04) – Park Chan-Wook
5. 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (Romania, ’07) – Cristian Mungiu
6. A History of Violence (UK/Canada, ’05) – David Cronenberg
7. Yi Yi (Taiwan, ’00) – Edward Yang
8. Shubho Mahurat (India, ’03) – Rituparno Ghosh
9. The Diving Bell & the Butterfly (France, ’07) – Julian Schnabel
10. The White Ribbon (Austria/Germany, ’09) – Michael Haneke (more…)

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by Allan Fish

(UK 2008 74m) DVD1/2

The anus mundi

p  Sol Papodopolous, Roy Boulter  d/w  Terence Davies  ph  Tim Pollard  ed  Liza Ryan-Carter  narrated by  Terence Davies

It’s been called a eulogy and a love song – Davies himself might say chanson d’amour – to Liverpool, but upon finishing Davies’ latest work one was filled with a great deal of inner sadness.  Could Davies see it as his own eulogy, the end of his career, with Of Time and the City as his own final footnote?  It’s a sad state of affairs, but look at the facts; since Distant Voices, Still Lives appeared in 1988, Of Time and the City, made exactly two decades later, is only his fourth film.  Even then, it was made to celebrate Liverpool’s nomination as European City of Culture in 2008.  But what sort of country are we living in where talentless hacks peddling more and more thoughtless, vacuous cockney gangster rubbish can get funding from the National Lottery while Terence Davies, to these eyes the greatest British filmmaker of the last 20 years, struggles about for whatever change he can find walking alone along the corridors of power.  It really is a joke, one deserving of the richest irony and if I sound pompous, well me thinks we sometimes need pomposity.  (more…)

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