17 January 2011

Blasts from the past!

For a slice of perspective in anticipation of my forthcoming best films of 2010 list (don't worry, it'll be here soon, my pets), I decided to drudge up some of my old "best-of-the-year" lists from my old haunts at Rotten Tomatoes, posted now here for your enjoyment. Some caveats: As the lists get older, they probably reflect my current feelings less and less (meaning it's possible that I could thoroughly disagree with my 2003 list if I were to watch them all again). A recent viewing of Caché has also shifted around my 2005 list from what it originally was. But if you're in the mood for some intriguing curios from my movie-going past and enjoy a good list, press on...

Best films of 2008

10. The Class (Laurent Cantet)
9. Still Life (Zhang Ke Jia)
8. Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt)
7. My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin)
6. Waltz With Bashir (Ari Folman)
5. Milk (Gus Van Sant)
4. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman)
3. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan)
2. Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme)
1. WALL-E (Andrew Stanton)

Best films of 2007

10. No End in Sight (Charles Ferguson)
9. Zodiac (David Fincher)
8. 4 Weeks, 3 Months & 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu)
7. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik)
6. I'm Not There (Todd Haynes)
5. Juno (Jason Reitman)
4. Once (John Carney)
3. Persepolis (Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi)
2. No Country for Old Men (Joel & Ethan Coen)
1. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)

Best films of 2006

10. Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt)
9. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu)
8. United 93 (Paul Greengrass)
7. Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck)
6. Casino Royale (Martin Campbell)
5. The Departed (Martin Scorsese)
4. Borat (Larry Charles)
3. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón)
2. Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro)
1. Letters From Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood)

Best films of 2005

10. Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Koreeda)
9. 2046 (Kar Wai Wong)
8. Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July)
7. Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch)
6. Murderball (Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro)
5. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)
4. King Kong (Peter Jackson)
3. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg)
2. The Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana)
1. Caché (Michael Haneke)

Best films of 2004

10. Osama (Siddiq Barmak)
9. Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembene)
8. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
7. The Aviator (Martin Scorsese)
6. Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood)
5. Maria Full of Grace (Joshua Marston)
4. The Incredibles (Brad Bird)
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)
2. Kill Bill - Vol. 2 (Quentin Tarantino)
1. Sideways (Alexander Payne)

Best films of 2003

10. All the Real Girls (David Gordon Green)
9. The Man Without a Past (Aki Kaurismaki)
8. The Fog of War (Errol Morris)
7. Kill Bill - Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
6. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir)
5. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich)
4. American Splendor (Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini)
3. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
2. Mystic River (Clint Eastwood)
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson)

I hope that will sate your list hunger until I post last year's list, hopefully by the end of this week, almost definitely by the end of the month.


  1. 2003 was an interesting year eh? I remember all those movies, seems like ages ago. I would have reversed your top three selections, Lost in Translation is still one of my absolute favorites. Of course so is Mystic River but without the intensity that wore off a few years ago.

  2. I would probably rank Lost in Translation higher than Mystic River now, too, than I did in that original list. Certainly has held up well.