My Top 25 Movies of the Decade: Michael Atkinson

12/29/2009 8:54 AM |

Editor’s note: This week, along with our major decade-in-review package (stay tuned), we’ll be posting our senior writers lists, paragraphs and assorted commentaries on their decade at the movies.

What the Oh-Oh’s were about: the autumnal rise of Michael Haneke, the whimsical torque of the “new indie” McSweeny’s-epoch auteur (Kaufman, Anderson, Anderson, Jonze, et al.), the dominance of East Asian meta-minimalism, and the stone-cold fact that cinema comes down to a handful of repeat-offender artists with passion and wisdom, not a billion dollars of digital wonkwork. Call me a monkeywrencher, but by this point if a virus ran amok worldwide and ate every CGI monster, robot, tidal wave and superhero on every hard drive, I wouldn’t be bummed.

The Top 25:

1. La Commune (Paris, 1871) (Peter Watkins, France)
2. What Time Is It There? (Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan)
3. Adaptation (Spike Jonze/Charlie Kaufman, US)
4. Werckmeister Harmonies (Bela Tarr, Hungary)
5. 2046 (Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong)
6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry/Charlie Kaufman, US)
7. Time of the Wolf (Michael Haneke, France)
8. Battle in Heaven (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico)
9. Cache (Michael Haneke, France)
10. Inland Empire (David Lynch, US)
11. Gerry (Gus Van Sant, US)
12. Elephant (Gus Van Sant, US)
13. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron, US/GB)
14. Oasis (Lee Chang-dong, Korea)
15. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weersethakul, Thailand)
16. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch, US)
17. Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)
18. Yi Yi (Edward Yang, Taiwan)
19. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong)
20. Songs from the Second Floor (Roy Andersson, Sweden)
21. Innocence (Lucile Hadzihalilovic, France)
22. The Weeping Meadow (Theo Angelopoulos, Greece)
23. Safe Conduct (Bertrand Tavernier, France)
24. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, US)
25. Platform (Jia Zhangke, China)