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Best of the Decade

You know that I adore lists. I like to make them and I enjoy comparing lists. Well, lists of the best films of the decade are starting to emerge and what I've learned is that I am getting out to see the most highly regarded films, but these lists have two major flaws. They overlook Asian cinema and tend to under-rate action cinema. But I thought I would include a link to Times (UK) Online's list of The 100 Best Films of the Decade. And here are the films that I've seen.

Now for the blatant omissions. In the last decade, Quentin Tarantino has released 4 feature films and none of them are on this list? Also, missing is Martin Scorsese. Personally, I would have to include Gang of New York and Kill Bill, vol. 1 and Inglorious Basterds.

Others that might have been included, O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000), Ghost Dog (2000), Elephant (2003), Juno (2007), Up (2009), Amelie (2001), Billy Eliot (2000), Junebug (2005), Gosford Park (2001), Letters From Iwo Jima(2006), and A History of Violence.

Some of my favorites that are missing that are obviously underrated masterpieces that probably won't show up on anyone's list: Kinsey, I Heart Huckabees, Mysterious Skin, The Cooler, Brick, and Swimming Pool.

And where is the Asian cinema? Most of my favorites come from Hong Kong, Thailand, China, and Japan... how can Infernal Affairs (2002), Hero (2002), Last Life in the Universe (2003), Oldboy (2003), and Three Times (2005) not be on the list? Additionally, I would add Vital (2004), A Snake in June (2002), and Linda Linda Linda.

And where is Susanne Bier's amazing Brothers (2004), which hollywood is releasing a remake of in time for the oscars?

While I understand that no list can be perfect, but these are some pretty big omissions. But mostly these lists act as a reminder of the films that I didn't see. I've already rented Hou Hsio-hsien's The Flight of the Red Balloon to watch later today. Lists remind me of just how many movies there are in the world and how few of them I have actually seen. Please feel free to add your own overlooked classics of the last 10 years.

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