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My best of the aughts lists

I become easily obsessed with lists. I enjoy reading them, comparing them, and making them and I list all sorts of things, not just movies. But at the end of the year, I start to compile lists of the movies I've seen and what I thought about them. This is an essential part of movie-going because I often don't really know what I thought about a film right after seeing it. It needs to bounce around in my head for awhile and then upon rethinking about a film I can gauge if a film was great, good, or just something that appealed to me at the time.

I've been reviewing the movies of the 2000s in an attempt to come up with a top 10. However, I've seen to many really awesome movies. Looking over my 10+1, there are so many I wish I could squeeze in. But I cannot take any out. This is agonizing!

My top 10 of the aught's

And this is the ever growing list of movies I really, really liked during the decade.

Best movies of 2009

Or rather, my favorites of the year. I cannot claim to be attached to the particular order of this list, but I tried to limit it to 10 films. However, I ended up pairing a few, due to similarities in theme or tone, plus one can get movie movies in a top 10 list that way...

1 Thirst
2 We Live in Public
3 Up
4 Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans/Terribly Happy
5 Inglorious Basterds
6 An Education/Coco Avant Chanel
7 Moon
8 In the Loop
9 Revanche
10 Rembrandt's J'Accuse/La Danse - Le ballet de l'Opera do Paris


There are plenty of others that I probably enjoyed just as much that maybe should be added to the above list, i.e. Still Walking, Black Dynamite, Taken, Humpday, Nure.Fighter.Boy, Jennifer's Body, Sunshine Cleaning, Orphan, Tokyo Sonata, and World's Greatest Dad. Additionally, the year isn't quite over yet and I haven't yet seen Up in the Air, Broken Embraces, or Avatar... along with tons of others, because I just never see them all, but I do what I can …

An Education & Coco Before Chanel

Is 2009 the year that Chick flicks will actually be taken seriously?

I decide what to see often based on critical consensus, and as  result I don't often notice whether I'm seeing films made by women. Looking back, it appears that most years I see close to 100 films and only a few are made by women.  I've been averaging 6 films/year that have been directed by women with the majority of those never receive a major theatrical release. This year, that number has already doubles and many of these are critically acclaimed. I've already written about the depiction of women in two of this year's woman directed films, Jennifer's Body and Whip It, but I've also seen Sunshine Cleaning (Christine Jeffs), Humpday (Lynn Shelton), Sita Sings the Blues (Nina Paley), Talhotblond (Barbara Schroder), We Live in Public (Ondi Timoner), The Escape (Katherine Windfeld) and The Hurt Locker (Katherine Bigalow). But this year, there have been two very notable releases, An Educatio…