2000-2009: Best Films of the Decade

Here are my choices for the ten best (or most memorable) films of the past decade, from 2000 to 2009. 

The only thing common to them is that they are personal, visionary works made by auteurist-filmmakers.

1. Mulholland Drive (2001), David Lynch

2. The Lives of Others (2007), Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

3. Cache (Hidden) (2006), Michael Haneke

4. The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy, 2001-2003), Peter Jackson

 

5. Time Out (2001), Laurent Cantet

 

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

 

7. In the Mood for Love (2002), Hong Kong, Wong Kar-wai

 

8. Brokeback Mountain (2005), Ang Lee

 

9. Zodiac (2007), David Fincher

 

10. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Spain, Guillermo del Toro

 

About the Directors

David Lynch has made many seminal films, including “Blue Velvet” (still my favorite of his works), and followed up “Mulholland Drive” with “Inland Empire.”

 

Michael Hanekes is represented this year with another good film, “The White Ribbon,” Germany’s entry to the Best Foreign language Film Oscar.

 

Peter Jackson’s latest work, “The Lovely Bones,” has divided critics and has not opened wide yet.

 

Lauren Cantet won the Cannes Film Fest top award, the Palme d’Or, for “The Class” (“Enre les murs”)

 

Joel and Ethan Coen have made a popular comedy, “Burn After Reading,” and “A Serious Man,” a darkly humorous comedy, which is one of 2009’s best films

 

After winning the Best Director Oscar, Ang Lee made one lukewarm film, and one flop, “Taking Woodstock.”

 

David Fincher was nominated last year for Best Director for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttock.”

 

Guillermo del Torro is attached to direct “The Hobbits,” under Peter Jackson’s supervision.

 

A List of runners up will be published later today.