Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Defining Films of the 2000s (so far)

I've been enjoying a blog called The Search from Christian movie critic Brett McCracken. Brett shared an awesome post on the most defining films of the 2000s (so far, since it's only 2007 and we've got a couple more years worth of film-making!). I appreciated the word defining, as opposed to favorite or best. These are films that will be remembered as influential or definitive of the 2000s, not simply the coolest or most popular.

Some exceptional films made the list (Children of Men, Lost in Translation, Garden State, The Royal Tenenbaums) while some less-than-exceptional films were included (A.I., Tarnation). There's also a few I have not seen yet, so I'm excited to add some more films to my Netflix queue!

Some films I would have considered adding:

The Lord of the Rings (2001, 2002, 2003) These films redefined the fantasy and epic genres and inspired a new appreciation for classic literature. The films also relied heavily upon CGI, including the best all-computer-graphic character in a film thus far in Smeagol.

Brokeback Mountain (2005) While I certainly don't condone the relationships in the film, I have to admit that a love story celebrating two homosexual men would likely have never been as definitive in any other decade in American film histroy. The controversial film redefined the typical love story in ways that cannot be reversed.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) McCracken's list included Being John Malkovich, another film that questions reality and identity in a really quirky way. But Eternal Sunshine includes the theme of love and memories. What really counts, what we experienced or only how we remember those experiences?

Babel (2006) Our world is increasingly smaller and smaller as technology expands. We have the capability to interact with people from every culture. Babel addresses the themes of communication, human connection, and loss in this exceptional film of intertwining stories crossing three continents. The 2000s will be the decade where communication and technology exploded; Babel reminds us of some of the deeper issues that come with it.

Check out the top definitive films list here.

What films do you think defined the 2000s?


  1. I think that Land Before Time XVII was pretty definitive. It really made that epic tale of Little Foot and pals come to life.

  2. Ah yes, how could I forget the new Land Before Time, starring Cuba Gooding Jr.'s voice? Perhaps it should be called "Land beyond time" since it seems to be a never-ending saga. I remember seeing the first one come out when I was a little kid. Good ol' Little Foot and Petri.