The Best Movies Of The 2000s: Jack


1. Mulholland Dr. (2001): In dreams.

  • Casino Royale (2006): The Bourne Bond.
  • David Cronenberg: A History Of Violence (2005); Eastern Promises (2007): The past is never past. You can’t hide who you are forever.
  • Ghost World (2001): The pleasures and perils of geekdom.
  • Iron Man (2008): Everything I want out of a comic book film.
  • Lost In Translation (2003): Words fail.
  • No Country For Old Men (2007): On the border, a mop-top with a stun gun. Death is the great equalizer.
  • The Two Towers (2002): (see KC’s feature).
  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008): A portrait of the artist as a rich dog in Spain, on perpetual holiday, and the women who (think they) love him. KC hates it.
  • Zodiac (2007): Chasing a dead-end: The case of a shadowy villain who revels in his own mythology, and the obsessives bent on bringing him to justice.

With honors 

  • Almost Famous (2000): A rock & roll fantasy with heart.
  • The Dark Knight (2008): (see KC’s review).
  • The Departed (2006): Scorsese on auto-pilot.
  • Match Point (2005): Crimes And Misdemeanors redux.
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004): A love story with boxing as the backdrop.
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (2006): Childhood magic and loss.
  • Sideways (2004): Paul Giamatti, a loser who loves wine and writes books that don’t sell.
  • Spirited Away (2002): Another film about childhood magic and loss.
  • Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004): Another film about the pleasures and perils of geekdom.
  • Quentin Tarantino: Kill Bill (2003, 2004); Death Proof (2007); Inglourious Basterds (2009): Soul cartoons, only nothing as soulful as the great Jackie Brown — let alone Pulp Fiction.


  • Adaptation (2002): The crazy dream-life of creative people.
  • American Splendor (2003): Paul Giamatti, a loser who writes comic books.
  • The Cell (2000): Inside the mind of a killer.
  • Extract (2009): Office Space redux.
  • Femme Fatale (2002): Pure cinema.
  • The Hurt Locker (2009): War is a drug.
  • Let The Right One In (2008): Because of its Swedish setting and the knowing regard for innocents, a refreshingly different kind of vampire story.
  • The Prestige (2006): Illusionists compete in a film that explores the power of illusion.
  • The Royal Tenenbaums (2001): The Glass family is brought to life onscreen.
  • Wonder Boys (2000): Afternoon of a stoned author.

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