6 Sep 2016

The best films of the 21st Century (so far)

From Widescreen, 3:19 pm on 6 September 2016
Laura Elena Harring and Melissa George in David Lynch’s Lynchian Hollywood fantasy Mulholland Dr. (for the time being the best film of the 21st Century)

Laura Elena Harring and Melissa George in David Lynch’s Lynchian Hollywood fantasy Mulholland Dr. (for the time being the best film of the 21st Century) Photo: Universal Pictures

The BBC asked 177 influential film critics (i.e. not Dan Slevin) to select their favourite films since 2000 and turned those selections into a list of the 100 best of the millennium, with David Lynch’s Mullholland Dr. at the top. Dan Slevin assessed the list for Jesse Mulligan on Afternoons earlier today.

The full list of 100 can be found at the BBC along with a breakdown of who voted for what.

 

Films discussed

Video essay on Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love (#2) by The Nerdwriter:

 

There Will Be Blood (#3) is one of three P.T. Anderson films in the list:

 

Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller) is the top blockbuster in the list at #19:

 

2010 Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is one of three Apichatpong Weerasathakhul films in the top 100:

 

The top film directed by a solo female director is Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty at #57 (even though her earlier film The Hurt Locker won an Oscar):

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