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I know I will never catch up on all the good movies I have missed in the last bazillion years, but this weekend I finally got around to March of the Penguins (narrated in Swedish) and My Big Fat Greek Wedding (both of which were okay, but nothing to really write home about). There are so very many movies I would have liked to have seen and probably hundreds more that I don't even know are out there, since I'm so far out of the loop where movies are concerned. If it's not a huge blockbuster or a kid-friendly animated feature, it doesn't even cross the radar these days.

How sad for someone who used to regularly visit the independent & foreign films section of the local video store, who usually saw nearly every film that was nominated for major awards and who loves watching movies.

I managed to get out of my musical cultural quagmire thanks to first Pandora and now last.fm, but those were free. Renting or buying DVDs costs money and it's even worse trying to find time and money to spend at an actual movie theater these days.

What have you missed in the past 10 years that you really want to see? And alternatively, what movies from the past 10 years do you think it's a crime if I haven't seen them?

Already on my list to see some day or as soon as I can swing it
Pan's Labyrinth
The Fall
The Diving Bell & the Butterfly (read the book, at least)
Once
Whale Rider (have the book to read soon)
Little Miss Sunshine
An Inconvenient Truth (read the book, at least)
Nobody Knows
Pride & Prejudice (the one with Keira)
A Very Long Engagement
The Importance of Being Earnest (a favorite play!)
Pleasantville
The Triplets of Belleville
Spellbound
Ghost World
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I use Netflix to keep up with movies. When they come out I determine if it's worth the fee for a big screen viewing-- "Diving Bell" won that one-- great on the big screen. I pay 4 bucks a month for Netflix and it's so worth it.

Your list is good! I have not seen a handful of these, but the rest are grand.

Isn't Netflix only available in the US? I think they used to have some sort of similar service here in Sweden, but I haven't heard anything about it in a long time...suspect it's not around anymore. :( I'll have to do some research and see what's available. Most of what I hear about is online mentions by blogging friends or word of mouth (plus the really big blockbusters that you can't miss).

I really enjoyed Pleasantville. Such a good movie. Reese Witherspoon is hysterical.

I've always liked her, since I first saw her in The Man in the Moon and A Far Off Place, both of which were excellent.

I love Whale Rider, I even have it on DVD. I didn't really like Pride and Prejudice, but then I'm a huge fan of the 1995 BBC adaptation, so I'm, well, prejudiced. ;-)

I really liked the BBC version, too, but do still want to see this one at least :)

Whale Rider is my all time favourite movie. I'm almost tempted to tell you to skip the book so it doesn't set an expectation in your mind :)

Hmm...really? I actually bought it for Martin, but figured I would read it too, since I've wanted to see the movie for so long, and haven't found it. I'll have to order it online!

(Anonymous)

Hit send too soon - Once is great, and a believable musical too!

julia @ kolokolo

I've heard great things about it and saw a little clip about it at some point that made me add it to the list immediately :)

I sure don't keep up with films the way I used to, but definitely "Whale Rider" should be right up there at the top for you and "Pan's Labyrinth" is really fascinating. "La Vie En Rose" if you haven't already seen it. Knightley's "Pride and Prejudice" was dreadfully painful for me, loathed it.

I haven't seen "Rose" thanks for the rec...and part of the reason I want to see P&P is because I keep hearing so much about it, both good and bad, and need to get some reference. Not just because I was hoping it would be good, but thanks for the warning! :)

(Anonymous)

I'm right there with you. I finally saw Whale Rider this week and several others on your list are on mine. Luckily there's that thing over here called Netflix and it has been great - I just add to the queue and these movies just magically show up. Wish I could send it to you in Sweden!

Heather

Wish you could too!

Pan's Labyrinth - very not a kid's movie, just so you know, in case you weren't sure.

Yes, I was aware of that :)

Oh my, "Whale Rider" and "Little Miss Sunshine" are musts. "Diving Bell" was quite good too, as are several others on your list.

Well, we are very naughty and we download what we want from Pirate Bay. That way we can get some older classic movies (esp Australian movies) with Swedish subtitles for L-G (he understands English, but sometimes it can be hard to follow if they talk fast).

I like "Whale Rider" and second Carolyn's suggestion of "La Vie En Rose". I also enjoyed "The Queen" with Helen Mirren (about Queen Elizabeth II), "The Hours" (but read Michael Cunningham's book of the same title first!), "Atonement" (read Ian McEwan's book first) and "Enduring Love" (again based on another Ian McEwan book).

Thanks for the recs, I'll check them out, though I did read The Hours by Cunningham and hated it, actually. ;)

P.S. I don't rate the latest version of "Pride and Prejudice" starring Keira Knightly as Elizabeth Bennet. Watch instead the BBC production starring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. It is long (about 6 hours) but so much better than the latest movie.

I've seen it, and really liked it. But people keep talking about various things to do with the Knightley version, so I want to see it too, just for the reference.

(Anonymous)
Lars and the Real girl

I don't know if you can get it--but Lars and the Real Girl is one of my favorite films from last year that is not on your list ..

Bisous, E

Re: Lars and the Real girl

I remember reading about your review of it and thinking, "Huh" at the time. I don't know if I can find it easily, but will give it a second thought :)

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(Anonymous)

I found this great site recently at www.movielens.org. The idea is that you rate movies you've seen, and then it predicts movies that it thinks you'll like, based on your ratings and the ratings of other people that liked (or disliked) movies that you've both seen. It can also give you a list of movies you might like in things like recent DVDs (handy at the movie rental place) or current movies in theaters, and if you link it up with friends that also use movielens, it can tell you which movies you might both like (that neither of you have seen yet) or movies that you might like just based on that one person's ratings, etc.

Ok, so anyway, I've rated over 400 movies on that site so far :-) so I had it list out my top rated movies that came out in the last 10 years, and I'll include them below. The site has a rating system from 0 to 5 stars, so I'll just list the 5's and the 4.5's.

These are by no means my favorite movies of all time, mostly because they don't include any of the old classics, but it's a good list for the last 10 years. No idea how your tastes will match up with them, but maybe it'll be of some use.

-Russell

5.0 Rating:

Amelie (Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Le) (2001)
Bourne Supremacy, The (2004)
Children of Men (2006)
Chocolat (2000)
Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition, The (2000)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Fight Club (1999)
Gladiator (2000)
Juno (2007)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Life Is Beautiful (La Vita è bella) (1997)
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)
Matrix, The (1999)
Minority Report (2002)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Others, The (2001)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Serenity (2005)
Sixth Sense, The (1999)
Vanilla Sky (2001)
X-Files: Fight the Future, The (1998)

4.5 Rating:

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Almost Famous (2000)
American History X (1998)
Apocalypto (2006)
Beautiful Mind, A (2001)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Big Fish (2003)
Birthday Girl (2001)
Blair Witch Project, The (1999)
Blood Diamond (2006)
Bourne Identity, The (2002)
Bourne Ultimatum, The (2007)
Cars (2006)
Casino Royale (2006)
Cast Away (2000)
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Chicago (2002)
Cube (1997)
Dark Knight, The (2008)
Deja Vu (Déjà Vu) (2006)
Dish, The (2001)
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Finding Nemo (2003)
Green Mile, The (1999)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (a.k.a. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) (2001)
Illusionist, The (2006)
Iron Man (2008)
Last Samurai, The (2003)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Matrix Reloaded, The (2003)
Matrix Revolutions, The (2003)
Memento (2000)
Mongol (2007)
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Moulin Rouge (2001)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Once (2006)
Prestige, The (2006)
Ring, The (2002)
Show Me Love (Fucking Åmål) (1998)
Shrek (2001)
Snatch (2000)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Truman Show, The (1998)
WALL·E (2008)
Waitress (2007)
X-Men (2000)

Oooh great! Thanks! I'll check it out as soon as I have a chance (end of this week, most likely)

I have had two very reliable sources tell me I will love Once, so I just need to find the place to borrow it from and the time to watch it.

As for Spellbound, are you talking about the 1940s Ingrid Bergman/Gregory Peck version? If so, have you already seen Notorious?

Oh! No, it's not the Bergman/Peck version (and yes, I saw Notorious but it was a million years ago...I don't remember much!)...the movie I was referring to is this one.

Hooray for movie lists! Little Miss Sunshine is an absolute favorite in our house; we went to a screening of it in an independent theater a few years ago, and it was the second movie I'd ever been to where the audience clapped at the end. (The first was Finding Neverland. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend.) About the Pride & Prejudice debate: I've read the book many times and I've seen both the BBC AND the Keira version at least twice. My verdict? Keira's version wins. The BBC one is long and is so very accurate to the book that it ends up seeming stuffy to me. The new P&P takes a few [very few] liberties with the story, but is brimming with emotion and art; it makes this chick-flick hater weepy every time. Oh, The Importance of Being Earnest is one of my all-time favorites too; the movie (with Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon, yes?) does great justice to Oscar Wilde's sense of humor. Some of my other favorites from the last decade or so, which you may or may not have seen: Spanglish, Love Actually, Garden State, Amelie (oh dear, and I profess to hate chick flicks), Adaptation, The Royal Tenenbaums, Kill Bill, Hero.

Oooh! thank you! I had forgotten about Garden State and haven't seen it, and you have some others that I will definitely add to the list.

I've seen Amelie twice...I don't think it counts as a chick flick actually. And yes, Reese & Colin!

And Finding Neverland was on my list for ages, but I finally found it and bought it this past spring and LOVED it :)

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