Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Quick Update - Best of the Decade?

No Movie a Day for today. I was going to write up Alain Resnais' Je t'aime, je t'aime, which I saw today, but I also have his Muriel on my desk, so I'll combine them in a few days for a larger post. All good?

A fun link that's worth discussing - Jeffrey Wells made the first, as far as I can tell, foray into claiming the best films of the decade (which, for my part, isn't over yet - I'm waiting 'til after next year's Oscars to even begin). I dig that he has The Assassination of Jesse James, I'm Not There, Che, United 93, Michael Clayton, High Fidelity, Changing Lanes among some more obvious, but quite deserving, choices (There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men, Almost Famous, The Royal Tenenbaums, In the Bedroom, etc.). I especially dig that he put Zodiac at the number one spot, because, god, what a movie.

But no Mulholland Dr.? No The New World? I recently found out that Lost in Translation has isn't nearly as popular amongst cinephiles as it was when it came out, which is...sad, really, because it's still a really wonderful film. No Shaun of the Dead, surely one of the five or ten finest screenplays of the decade. No Punch-Drunk Love, which would probably make my top ten.

Anyway...like I said, I'm going to do something to recap the decade. I'm thinking a year-by-year top ten, which I can actually start on now, and work from there. It's funny, thinking already how different my top ten lists now will be than when I actually made the damn things at the end of each year. Looking forward to completely contradicting myself.

Oh, one last thing - thanks to Matt Jay for pointing this out, but apparently Michelle Williams is working with Kelly Reichardt again on a film also written by Jon Raymond? The trio behind my favorite film of last year, Wendy and Lucy? Comparisons to Gerry, another film sure to end up on my best of the decade list? Set in the earliest days of the Oregon Trail? Yes please.

P.S. For what it's worth, the other two films on my desk right now - David Gordon Green's All the Real Girls and Joe Dante's Looney Tunes: Back in Action. It'll be a good week.

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