The Best

Always a work in progress. Lists are stupid but useful for expressing something but I don’t know what. To be honest, this is mostly to remind myself about things I’ve liked.

2016:

1. Moonlight

2. Manchester by the Sea

3. Moana

4. Don’t Think Twice

5. Swiss Army Man

6. 20th Century Women/Everybody Wants Some!!

7. The Edge of Seventeen

8. Other People

9. Fences

10. Arrival

Documentaries:

1. 13th

2. Weiner

3. Amanda Knox

4. My Scientology Movie

5. Zero Days

Honourable Mention: A Monster Calls, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Certain Women, The Conjuring 2, Ghostbusters, Hell or High Water, La La Land, Loving, Mascots, The Mermaid, Nocturnal Animals, Pete’s Dragon, Rogue One, Sing Street, Their Finest

Special Mention: Hail, Caesar! Lemonade

2015:

1. Creed

2. Mad Max: Fury Road

3. Room

4. Anomalisa

5. Ex Machina

6. Carol

7. Inside Out

8. Spotlight

9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

10. The End of the Tour

Documentaries:

1. In Jackson Heights

2. The Hunting Ground

3. Listen To Me Marlon

4. Amy

5. Best of Enemies

6. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

7. Prophet’s Prey

8. Tig

9. He Named Me Malala

10. Cobain: Montage of Heck

Honourable Mention: Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Big Short, Born to be Blue, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Demolition, Dope, Eye in the Sky Into the Forest, Home, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Lobster, Louder than Bombs, The Martian, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Mockingjay Part 2, Predestination, The Revenant, Sicario, Steve Jobs, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, Trumbo

Special Mention: The Last Five Years, Sisters, Tangerine

2014:

1. Boyhood

2. Whiplash

3. Selma

4. Interstellar

5. The Grand Budapest Hotel

6. Pride

7. Nightcrawler/A Most Violent Year

8. Gone Girl

9. Foxcatcher

10. Two Days, One Night/The Skeleton Twins

Documentaries:

1. The Look of Silence

2. Red Army

3. The Overnighters

4. Mistaken for Strangers

5. Last Days in Vietnam

6. Mitt

7. Merchants of Doubt

8. Finding Vivian Maier

9. Virunga

10. The Case Against 8/The Internet’s Own Boy

Honourable Mention: The Babadook, Beyond the Lights, Birdman, Blue Ruin, Camp X-Ray, Chef, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Dear White People, Force Majeure, The Keeping Room, Laggies, The Lego Movie, Locke, Love & Mercy, Lucy, A Most Wanted Man, Noah, The Normal Heart, Obvious Child, Rosewater, They Came Together, Welcome to Me, What We Do in the Shadows, While We’re Young

Special Mention: God Help the Girl, Hungry Hearts

2013:

1. Inside Llewyn Davis/Her

2. 12 Years a Slave

3. Gravity

4. Before Midnight

5. The Great Gatsby/The Wolf of Wall Street/American Hustle

6. Short Term 12/The Spectacular Now

7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

8. Nebraska

9. The Square/The Crash Reel

10. The Broken Circle Breakdown

Honourable Mention: 20 Feet From Stardom, The Act of Killing, Afternoon Delight, All is Lost, The Armstrong Lie, Bad Milo!, Behind the Candelabra, Blue is the Warmest Colour, Blue Jasmine, The Butler, Captain Phillips, The Conjuring, Don Jon, Enough Said, Frances Ha, Fruitvale Station, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Iron Man 3, Mama, Man of Steel, McConkey, Mud, Philomena, The Place Beyond the Pines, Prince Avalanche, Room 237, Saving Mr. Banks, Spring Breakers, Touchy Feely, We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, The World’s End

Special Mention: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, One Direction: This Is Us, This Is the End, Upstream Color

2012:

1. The Master

2. Zero Dark Thirty

3. Les Miserables

4. Lincoln

5. Silver Linings Playbook

6. Stories We Tell/Take This Waltz

7. The Amazing Spider-Man

8. Searching for Sugar Man

9. Life of Pi

10. Looper

Honourable Mention: Argo, The Avengers, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, The Cabin in the Woods, Cloud Atlas, The Dark Knight Rises, The Deep Blue Sea, Detention, Django Unchained, End of Watch, Flight, The Grey, How To Survive a Plague, The Hunger Games, The Impossible, The Invisible War, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Killing Them Softly, Knuckleball!, The Last Gladiators, Moonrise Kingdom, Not Fade Away, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Prometheus, Ruby Sparks, Safety Not Guaranteed, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Sessions, Seven Psychopaths, Skyfall, Smashed, This is 40, Wreck-It Ralph, Your Sister’s Sister

Special Mention: Amour, Holy Motors, Magic Mike, Nobody Walks

2011:

1. Drive

2. Tree of Life

3. Midnight in Paris

4. Moneyball

5. Beginners

6. The Artist

7. The Descendants

8. 50/50

9. Margaret

10. Super 8

Honourable Mention: Another Earth, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, Bridesmaids, Carnage, Crazy Horse, Footloose, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Green Lantern, Higher Ground, Hugo, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, The Interrupters, Machine Gun Preacher, Margin Call, Martha Marcy May Marlene, My Week With Marilyn, Our Idiot Brother, Pearl Jam Twenty, Restless, Senna, War Horse, Warrior, We Need to Talk About Kevin, X-Men: First Class

Special Mention: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, Insidious, Sucker Punch

2010:

1. Inception/Black Swan

2. Exit Through the Gift Shop

3. The Social Network

4. Blue Valentine

5. The Tillman Story

6. The Kids Are All Right/Rabbit Hole

7. Greenberg

8. Never Let Me Go

9. The Ghost Writer/The American

10. Made in Dagenham

Honourable Mention: 127 Hours, Another Year, Catfish, Chloe, The Fighter, Four Lions, Gasland, Inside Job, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Kick-Ass, Marwencol, Red Riding Trilogy, Restrepo, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Teenage Paparazzo, Toy Story 3, Waiting for Superman, Waste Land, Winter’s Bone

Special Mention: Dogtooth, Easy A, MacGruber

2000-2009

1. There Will Be Blood

2. Synecdoche, New York

3. Closer/Revolutionary Road

4. The Dark Knight/Batman Begins

5. Inglourious Basterds/The Hurt Locker

6. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy/Avatar

7. Brokeback Mountain

8. Pan’s Labyrinth/The Orphanage

9. Sweeney Todd

10. About Schmidt

Worth mentioning: (500) Days of Summer, Adventureland, An Education, Away From Her, Before Sunset, Brothers, Capturing the Friedmans, Changeling, Crash, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, District 9, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Donnie Darko, Doubt, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Food Inc., Gone Baby Gone, Happy-Go-Lucky, In the Realms of the Unreal, Juno, The Laramie Project, The Lookout, The Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions, Moulin Rouge, No Country for Old Men, North Country, Once, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, Punch-Drunk Love, A Serious Man, Sideways, Slumdog Millionaire, Taxi to the Dark Side, Towelhead

2009:

1. Inglourious Basterds

2. The Hurt Locker

3. Avatar

4. A Serious Man

5. Brothers

6. Adventureland

7. Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

8. District 9

9. Food Inc.

10. Grown Up Movie Star

Honourable Mention: (500) Days of Summer, A Single Man, An Education, Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Away We Go, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Bruno, By the People: The Election of Barack Obama, Collapse, The Cove, Crazy Heart, Cropsey, The Damned United, Drag Me to Hell, Every Little Step, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Me and Orson Welles, Outrage, Up, Up in the Air, Watchmen, Where the Wild Things Are

Special Mention: Good Hair, Humpday

2008:

1. Synecdoche, New York

2. Revolutionary Road

3. The Dark Knight

4. Happy-Go-Lucky

5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

6. Towelhead

7. Doubt

8. Slumdog Millionaire

9. Changeling

10. In Bruges

Honourable Mention: Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story, Burn After Reading, Frost/Nixon, Iron Man, JCVD, Man on Wire, Milk, The Reader, Recount, Religulous, Standard Operating Procedure, Tropic Thunder, Trouble the Water, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Young at Heart, The Wrestler

Special mention: Speed Racer

2007:

1. There Will Be Blood

2. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

3. The Orphanage

4. Juno

5. Away From Her

6. Gone Baby Gone

7. No Country for Old Men

8. Taxi to the Dark Side

9. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

10. Hairspray

Honourable Mention: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Across the Universe, American Gangster, Atonement, Boy A, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Black Snake Moan, Hot Fuzz, In the Valley of Elah, Knocked Up, Manufacturing Dissent, No End in Sight, Once, Ratatouille, Rendition, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Great Debators, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, The Lookout, The Savages

Special Mention: [Rec]

2006:

1. Pan’s Labyrinth

2. The Fountain

3. The Prestige

4. The Departed

5. Jesus Camp

6. Deliver Us from Evil

7. Letters from Iwo Jima

8. The Last King of Scotland

9. Thank You for Smoking

10. Little Miss Sunshine

Honourable Mention: Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film, Catch a Fire, Hand of God, Little Children, Stranger than Fiction, Tell No One, Volver, Who Killed the Electric Car?

Special Mention: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

2005:

1. Brokeback Mountain

2. Crash

3. North Country

4. Hustle and Flow

5. Munich

6. Match Point

7. Murderball

8. Corpse Bride

9. Batman Begins

10. Brick

Honourable Mention: Conversations with Other Women, King Kong, The Aristocrats, The Producers, Shopgirl, Street Fight

Special Mention: Fuck

2004:

1. Closer

2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

3. Sideways

4. Before Sunset

5. In the Realms of the Unreal

6. Garden State

7. I Heart Huckabees

8. Million Dollar Baby

9. Napoleon Dynamite

10. Shaun of the Dead

Honourable Mention: Finding Neverland, Hotel Rwanda, The Passion of the Christ

2003:

1. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

2. House of Sand and Fog

3. American Splendor

4. Capturing the Friedmans

5. Mystic River

6. Big Fish

7. Kill Bill: Vol. 1

8. Seabiscuit

9. Monster

10. 21 Grams

Honourable Mention: A Mighty Wind, City of God, Cold Mountain, Pieces of April, Thirteen

2002:

1. About Schmidt

2. Punch-Drunk Love

3. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

4. Adaptation

5. The Laramie Project

6. Chicago

7. Dirty Pretty Things

8. In America

9. Minority Report

10. Road to Perdition

Honourable Mention: 28 Days Later, About a Boy, Far from Heaven, Gangs of New York

2001:

1. Moulin Rouge

2. Donnie Darko

3. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

4. Waking Life

5. Memento

6. Zoolander

7. Vanilla Sky

8. Mulholland Dr.

9. In the Bedroom

10. The Royal Tenenbaums

Honourable Mention: A Beautiful Mind, Shrek

2000:

1. Dancer in the Dark

2. High Fidelity

3. Almost Famous

4. Amores Perros

5. Chocolat

6. Requiem for a Dream

7. Unbreakable

8. Billy Elliot

9. Best in Show

10. You Can Count On Me

Honourable Mention: Cast Away, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Erin Brockovich, Finding Forrester, Gladiator, Mr. Death, Quills, Traffic, Vinyl

1999:

1. Magnolia

2. The Matrix

3. Fight Club

4. American Beauty

5. Being John Malkovich

6. Eyes Wide Shut

7. Man on the Moon

8. The Boondock Saints

9. Dogma

10. Todo sobre mi madre

Honourable Mention: The Cider House Rules, The Green Mile, The Hurricane, The Insider, Private Dicks: Men Exposed, The Talented Mr. Ripley