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A Decade Under The Influence: 101 Favorites From 2000~2009

by John Levy
A Decade Under The Influence: 101 Favorites From 2000~2009 by John Levy
A lot of films over the decade. A lot of world cinema. Here are a few favorites in no particular order. 1. ALL THE REAL GIRLS (2003) Dir. David Gordon Green Cast:Zooey Deschanel, Paul Schneider, Patricia Clarkson, Shea Wigham, Danny Mcbride 2. THE NEW WORLD (2005) Dir. Terrence Malick Cast: Collin Farrel, Q’orianka Kilcher, Christian Bale, Christopher Plummer, Wes Studi, David Thewlis, August Shellinberg 3. THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS Dir. Wes Anderson Cast: Gene Hackman, Angelica Huston, Gweneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller, Danny Glover, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson. 4. LOST IN TRANSLATION Dir. Sofia Coppola Cast:Bill Murray, Scarlett… Read more

A lot of films over the decade. A lot of world cinema.
Here are a few favorites in no particular order.

1. ALL THE REAL GIRLS (2003)

Dir. David Gordon Green
Cast:Zooey Deschanel, Paul Schneider, Patricia Clarkson, Shea Wigham, Danny Mcbride

2. THE NEW WORLD (2005)

Dir. Terrence Malick
Cast: Collin Farrel, Q’orianka Kilcher, Christian Bale, Christopher Plummer, Wes Studi, David Thewlis, August Shellinberg

3. THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS(2001)

Dir. Wes Anderson
Cast: Gene Hackman, Angelica Huston, Gweneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller, Danny Glover, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson.

4. LOST IN TRANSLATION(2003)

Dir. Sofia Coppola
Cast:Bill Murray, Scarlett Johannson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris

5. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007)

Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis

6. THE FOUNTAIN (2006)

Dir. Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn

7. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE(2000)

Dir. Wong Kar-wai
Cast: Tony Leung, Maggie Chueng

8. PUNCH DRUNK LOVE(2002)

Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Phillip Seymour Hoffman

9. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (2004)

Dir. Michel Gondry
Cast: Jim Carey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkenson, Kirsten Dundst, Mark Ruffulo, Elijah Wood

10.MULHOLLAND DR.(2001)

Dir. David Lynch
Cast: Naomi Watts, Justin Theroux

11. ALMOST FAMOUS(2000)

Dir. Cameron Crowe
Cast: Patrick Dugan, Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Frances MacDormand, Jason Lee, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Zooey Deschanel

12. SECRETARY(2002)

Dir. Steven Shainberg
Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Jeremy Davies

13. SOLARIS(2002)

Dir. Steven Soderbergh
Cast: George Clooney, Natasha Mecholeone, Viola Davis, Jeremy Davies

14. THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD(2007)

Cast: Casey Affleck, Brad Pitt, Sam Rockwell, Paul Schneider, Jeremy Renner, Sam Shepherd

15. THE WRESTLER(2008)

Dir. Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood

16. O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?(2002)

Dir. The Coen Brothers
Cast: George Clooney, John Turtorro, Tim Blake Nelson, Holly Hunter, Charles Durning, John Goodman

17. KILL BILL(2003)

Dir. Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Sonny Chiba, Michael Parks, Gordon Lui, Lucy Lui, Michael Madsen

18. MONSTER’S BALL(2001)

Dir. Marc Forster
Cast: Billy Bob Thorton, Halle Barry, Peter Boyle, Mos Def, Heath Ledger, Sean Combs

19.THE FALL(2006)

Dir. Tarsem Singh
Cast: Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell

20.DIRTY PRETTY THINGS(2002)

Dir. Stephen Frears
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou

21. SEXY BEAST(2000)

Dir. Jonathan Glazer
Cast: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley

22. HIGH FIDELITY(2000)

Dir. Stephen Frears
Cast: John Cusack, Iben Hjele, Jack Black, Lisa Bonet, Joan Cusack, Tim Robbins, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lily Taylor

23. THE DANCER UPSTAIRS(2003)

Dir. John Malckovich
Cast: Javier Bardem, Laura Morreta

24. AMERICAN PSYCHO(2000)

Dir. Mary Haron
Cast: Christian Bale, Willem Defoe, Chloe Sevingy, Reese Witherspoon, Samantha Mathis, Justin Theroix, Josh Lucas

25. WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER(2001)

Dir. David Wain
Cast: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Marguerite Moreau, Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Meloni, Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino

26.TULLY(2002)

Dir. Hilary Birmingham
Cast:Anson Mount, Julianne Nicholson, Glenn Fitzgerald, Bob Burru

27. THE 25TH HOUR(2002)

Dir. Spike Lee
Cast: Edward Norton, Rosario Dawson, Brian Cox, Barry Pepper, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Anna Paquin

28. GRINDHOUSE(2006)

Dir. Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Eli Roth, Rob Zombie, Edgar Wright
Cast: Kurt Russel, Michael Parks, Rosario Dawson, Rose McGowen, Zoe Bell, Eli Roth, Bruce Willis, Freddy Rodriguez, Naveen Andrews, Quentin Tarantino Eli Roth, Traci Thoms, Marly Shelton, Josh Brolin

29.THE WAY OF THE GUN(2000)

Dir. Christopher McQuarie
Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Ryan Phillipe, James Caan, Juliette Lewis, Scott Wilson, Nikki Katt, Taye Diggs, Geofrey Lewis

30. BUBBA HO-TEP(2002)

Dir. Don Coscorreli
Cast: Bruce Cambell, Ossie Davis

31. DOWNFALL(2004)

Dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel
Cast: Bruno Ganz

32. SUPER TROOPERS(2001)

Dir. Jay Chandrasekhar

33. BRICK(2006)

Dir. Riann Johnson
Cast:Joseph Gordon-Levitt

34. THE SHAPE OF THINGS(2003)

Dir. Neil Labutte
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Paul Rudd, Gretchen Mol

35. SEX AND LUCIA(2001)

Dir. Julio Medem
Cast: Paz Vega, Tristán Ulloa, Najwa Nimri

36. THE VIRGIN SUICIDES(2000)

Dir. Sofia Coppola
Cast: Kirsten Dunsdt, James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Josh Hartnett

37. INTACTO(2001)

Dir. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

38. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN(2008)

Dir. Tomas Alfredson

39. DOGVILLE(2003)

Dir. Lars Von Trier
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall, Phillip Baker Hall, Ben Gazzara, Patricia Clarkson, Stellan Skarsgaard, Jeremy Davies, James Caan, John Hurt

40. BLACK SNAKE MOAN(2006)

Dir. Craig Bower
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci

41. REVANCHE(2008)

Dir. Götz Spielmann

42. THE GIRL IN THE CAFE(2005)

Dir. David Yates
Cast: Bill Nighy, Kelly Macdonald

43. THE AVIATOR(2004)

Dir. Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo Dicaprio, Cate Blanchet, John C. Reilly, Kate Beckinsale, Alec Baldwin, Ian Holm, Alan Alda

44. OLDBOY(2003)

Dir. Park Chan-Wook
Cast: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang

45. REQUIEM FOR A DREAM(2000)

Dir. Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Conneley, Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans

46. AFTER THE WEDDING(2006)

Dir. Susanne Bier
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen

47. ZODIAC(2007)

Dir. David Fincher
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards

48. SPARTAN(2004)

Dir. David Mamet
Cast: Val Kilmer,Tia Texada, Derek Luke, William H. Macy, Ed O’neill, Kristen Bell

49. GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK(2005)

Dir. George Clooney
Cast: David Strathairn, Jeff Daniels, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Frank Langella

50. BATMAN BEGINS(2005)

Dir. Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Tom Wilkenson, Cillian Murphy, Katie Holmes

51. THE GANGS OF NEW YORK(2000)

Dir. Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo Dicaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Brandon Gleason, John C. Reilly

52. HEAVEN(2002)

Dir. Tom Tykwer
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi

53. STRANGER THAN FICTION(2007)

Dir. Marc Forster
Cast: Will Farrel, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thomas

54. THE DARK KNIGHT(2008)

Dir. Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllanhaal, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman

55. THE DESCENT(2005)

Dir. Neil Marshall

56. ELLIE PARKER(2005)

Dir. Scott Coffey
Cast: Naomi Watts, Chevy Chase, Mark Pelligrino

57. THE PROPOSITION(2005)

Dir. John Hillcot
Cast: Guy Pierce, Danny Huston, Ray Winstone, David Wigham, Emily Watson, and John Hurt

58. AMELIE(2000)

Dir. Jean-Peirre Jeunet
Cast: Audrey Tatuo, Matthieu Kassovitz

59. ABOUT SCHMIDT(2002)

Dir. Alexander Payne
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Dermont Mullrony, Kathy Bates

60. BREATH(2007)

Dir. Kim Ki Duk
Cast: Chen Chang

61. MEMENTO(2000)

Dir. Christopher Nolan
Cast: Guy Pearce, Joe Pantilliano, Carrie-Anne Moss

62. RED BELT(2008)

Dir. David Mamet
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Emily Mortimor, Tim Allen, Ricky Jay, Joe Mantagna

63. THE PLEDGE(2001)

Dir. Sean Penn
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Patricia Clarkson, Benicio Del Toro, Robin Wright Penn, Tom Noonan

64. THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR(2002)

Dir. Tom Tykwer
Cast: Franke Potente

65. A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE(2005)

Dir. David Cronenberg
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt

66. THE GOOD SHEPHERD(2006)

Dir. Robert Deniro
Cast: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, William Hurt, John Tutturro, Alec Baldwin, Robert Deniro, Billy Crudup, Lee Pace

67. HOTEL CHEVALIER/DARJEELING LIMITED(2007)

Dir. Wes Anderson
Cast: Jason Shwartzman, Adrian Brody, Owen Wilson, Angelica Huston, Natalie Portman

68. THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE(2001)

Dir. Guilleromo Del Toro

69. NEVER AGAIN(2001)

Dir. Eric Schaeffer
Cast: Jeffrey Tambor, Jill Clayburgh

70. BATTLE ROYALE(2000)

Dir. Kenji Fukasaku
Cast: Beat Takeshi

71. SHERRYBABY(2006)

Dir. Laurie Collyer
Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michelle Hurst, Sandra Rodríguez, Danny Trejo, Sam Bottoms

72. CHE(2008)

Dir. Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Franke Potente

73. THE DREAMERS(2004)

Dir. Bernardo Bertolluci
Cast: Michael Pitt, Eva Green

74. GHOST WORLD(2000)

Dir. Terry Zwigoff
Cast: Thora Birch, Scarlett Johannsan, Steve Buscemi

75. SUNSHINE(2007)

Dir. Danny Boyle
Cast: Cliff Curtis, Cillian Murphy, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh

76. BARBARIAN INVASIONS(2003)

Dir. Denys Arcand
Cast: Rémy Girard, Stéphane Rousseau, Marie-Josée Croze, Marina Hands, Dorothée Berryman

77. BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOUR DEAD(2007)

Dir. Sidney Lumet
Cast: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Albert Finney, Ethan Hawke

78. 2046 (2004)

Dir. Wong Kar-Wai
Cast: Tony Leung, Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi, Fay Wong, Carolina Lau, Chang Chen, and Maggie Cheung

79. BIRTH(2004)

Dir. Jonathan Glazer
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Cameron Bright, Danny Huston

80. SHAUN OF THE DEAD(2004)

Dir. Edgar Wright
Cast: Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost

81. SIN NOMBRE(2009)

Dir. Cary Fukunaga
Cast: Marco Antonio Aguirre, Leonardo Alonso, Karla Cecilia Alvarado

82. BOILER ROOM(2000)

Dir. Ben Younger
Cast: Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long, Nikki Katt, Ben Affleck

83. THE BEST OF YOUTH(2003)

Dir. Marco Tullio Giordana

84. DOWN IN THE VALLEY(2005)

Dir. David Jacobson
Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Edward Norton, David Morse

85. EASTERN PROMISES(2007)

Dir. David Cronenberg
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Vincent Cassel

86. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN(2007)

Dir. The Coen Brothers
Cast: Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Woody Harelson

87. TALK TO HER(2002)

Dir. Pedro Almodavor

88. THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY(2001-2003)

Dir. Peter Jackson

89. FUR(2007)

Dir. Steven Shainberg
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Robert Downey Jr.

90. SIN CITY(2003)

Dir. Robert Rodriguez

91. BEFORE SUNSET(2004)

Dir. Richard Linklater

92. UNDER THE SAND(2002)

Dir. Francious Ozon

93. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS(2009)

Dir. Quentin Tarantino

94. THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY(2008)

Dir. Julien Schnabel

95. THE PRESTIGE(2006)

Dir. Christopher Nolan

96. BUBBLE BOY(2001)

Dir. Blaire Hayes

97. THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD(2003)

Dir. Guy Maddin

98. MATCHPOINT(2005)

Dir. Woody Allen

99. MICHAEL CLAYTON(2007)

Dir. Tony Gilroy

100. LITTLE CHILDREN(2007)

Dir. Todd Field

101. DEMONLOVER(2002)

Dir. Olivier Assayas

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Syriana, In The Bedroom, The Bourne Trilogy, Morvern Callar, Donnie Darko, Hot Rod, Primer, The Machinist, Run Ronnie Run, Perfect Strangers, Red Violin, Far From Heaven, The Lookout, Rescue Dawn, The Station Agent, Nurse Betty, Broken English, Wonderland,Gladiator, Remember Me, my Love, The Warrior, CQ, Traffic, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Maelstrom, Happy Accidents, In The Valley of Ellah, Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Rabbit Proof Fence, Bubble, Ararat, Hannibal, Harsh Times, The Tracker, Broken Flowers, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Ripley’s Game, 3 Iron, Closer, Brothers Bloom, Hurt Locker, (500) Days of Summer, The Limits of Control, Stay, Frailty, Bug, The Girlfriend Experience, I Heart Huckabess, Choke, Children of Men, Moon, Broken Flowers, Narc, Colour Me Kubrick,, Three Times, and so many damn more.

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