Since I moved to Korea downloading movies has become a nightly ritual. I have seen a wide range of movies and feel like I can finally say I kind of ‘understand’ how movies work. The idea of a film capturing and creating a whole new world scares and amazes me. The developments of completely new places and new characters that have never existed is brilliant and bringing an interesting unusual plot and unlikely actors together is one of my favorite parts I love films. I think I want to be a screen writer.
Anyway, I thought that it could be very interesting and great and wonderful and fantastic if I created a list of my favorite movies from 2000-2009. It’s been a great decade. I’m excited for what lies in the world of film in the future, maybe….myself.
1. The Wackness (2008)
Okay… This movie is probably way to inappropriate for ehhh my age, but my level of maturity has indeed allowed me to look beyond the drug abuse, alcohol and ehhhhhh sexual content, for the wonderful intriguing coming of age move it is. First of all, Josh Peck (from Drake and Josh) plays a drug dealer, he shed an amazing amount of lbs. for this role, I even have a crush on him…. okay I love him. But, it does not end there – he costars with Ben Kingsley (Ghandi!!!!!!!!!!), Olivia Thrilby (Juno), Mary Kate Olsen (BILLBOARD DAD, ANYONE?) and Method Man (WHAAAAAT!). This movie made me want to be a casting director, I would love to bring talented random actors together for a great movie and unexpected roles. I love this movie because it shows the ‘nitty-gritty’ life of New York high schoolers and isn’t candy coated with Juicy Couture (gag me) and Marc Jacobs i.e. Gossip Girl. While your a teenager you need to “Get your heart broken, find yourself face down in the gutter”. AND, this movies amazing soundtrack brought the nineties back to life featuring Wu-Tang Clan, Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Raekwon and Faith Evans. Absolutely amazing. Makes you question what you are really ‘getting’ out of the world, and what it means to live a meaningful life as a teenager – if possible.
“All that stuff about embracing your pain, making it a part of you? You can’t do this, you can’t just give up. Life is hard and it’s full of pain and what-not, but we take it cause there’s great stuff too. And we can do it cause we have friends- because we have each other.”
– Luke Shapiro
2. Ghost World (2001)
Thora Birch (20 lbs plus American Beauty) and Scarlett Johannsen are high school girls who don’t plan on going to college and having ‘a real life’. Something that I hope to do, this movie was easy to relate too. Thora Birch plays Enid (a character some have said reminds them of me – something that makes me happy/sad/confused/worried) a girl who makes it her job not to be like anyone else, and has unexpected connections with older…. much older… Steve Buscemi. (I love Steve Buscemi…okay not THAT much) Scarlett Johannsen is much more tolerable because she isn’t wearing red lipstick and laying on a bed like she is in the Dolce and Gabana ad I just saw, she is in real in Ghost World and I love that.
Alcoholic Customer: Do you serve beer or any alcohol?
Enid: I wish. Actually you wish… after about five minutes of this movie, you’re gonna wish you had ten beers.
3. Notorious (2009)
Rapper genius Notorious B.I.G.’s life makes a wonderful movie, something that I never really understood until recently. His music is one of my favorites, his movie is also. Born and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant (BED-STUY!!!), Brooklyn, Christopher Wallace’s early rap career brought him fame, money and all the ladies in New York City, but did greed get the best of him? I’m fairly embarrassed to say that I cried at the end, because it was completely expected, but I love how you can feel so connected to a character after watching a movie, I kind of felt like I knew biggie smalls beyond his ‘Everyday Struggle’ (breaks out in song).
4. New York I Love You (2009)
Ahhh… America…. American cities…. American people. Okay, Yeah I don’t miss it or anything. This movie was great, following Paris Je T’aime I feel like this one is much better. I actually do love New York, I definitely see myself there in the next 5-10 years… the city that never sleeps is much more than skyscrapers and fashion weeks, New York I Love You follows the lives of its inhabitants in short films all directed by different directors. Featuring actors such as Natalie Portman, Blake Lively, Christina Ricci, Rachel Bilson, Ethan Hawke, Olivia Thirlby and other wonderful actors.
5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Wow. I don’t think I’m capable of finding the right words to describe this movie besides… acid trip. It’s a lovely, unordinary dream – taking random elements of life and New York and mixing them into one of the best Indie films featuring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet (one of my favorite actresses). Winslet’s eccentric hair colors are one of the best parts of the movie. Their love is bizarre and addicting. This movie feels like an acid trip but, this was one of the first movies that ‘made me think’. If you could erase anyone out of your life would you? If it meant deleting every single great time you had together. Who would you erase? Would you ever want to meet them again, in a different light?
Mary: How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! / The world forgetting, by the world forgot / Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! / Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d.
6. I’m Not There. (2007)
Okay, so I love movies about musicians. But, Bob Dylan’s is perfection. A man who cannot be portrayed by one actor but try six. Heath Ledger, Cate Blanchette (LOOKS JUST LIKE BOB DYLAN), Ben Wishaw, Richard Gere, Marcus Carl Franklin and Christian Bale play Bob Dylan immaculately. His life is a journey, a vision, and one worth studying. I am in awe of his work, his lyrical mastermind seizes to amaze me.
“Doesn’t really matter, you know, what kind of nasty names people invent for the music. But, uh, folk music is just a word, you know, that I can’t use anymore. What I’m talking about is traditional music, right, which is to say it’s mathematical music, it’s based on hexagons. But all these songs about, you know, roses growing out of people’s brains and lovers who are really geese and swans are turning into angels – I mean, you know, they’re not going to die. They’re not folk music songs. They’re political songs. They’re already dead. You’d think that these traditional music people would – would gather that mystery, you know, is a traditional fact, you know, seeing as they’re all so full of mystery.”
7. Paris, Je T’aime (2007)
Same concept as New York I Love You, this film is a trip to Paris. This movie depicts the city as the romantic one it is clicheed as but also adds some unfamiliar darkness. Maggie Gylenhaal and Natalie Portman give a great performance… I want to go to Paris!!!!!!!
8. The Royal Tenenbaums
I feel like if you were to take a piece of art and translate it into a movie, this movie would be the product. The Royal Tenenbaums is interesting and unusual and surprisingly the only Wes Anderson movie I have enjoyed. The Owen brothers, Gwyneth Platrow and Ben Stiller give an amazing preformance. I love Paltrow’s character, heavy eyeliner and bangs are a favorite.
9. Syndedoche New York (2008)
Phillip Seymore Hoffman is my favorite actor. He transforms himself yet again in this UNUSUAL film where a mans life is made into a movie, the actors having to change constantly due to the relationships between the actors and real life people. Kind of complicated. Makes me wonder… If you could have anyone play yourself who would it be? Who would your friends and family be? Would your friends and family actually relate to their ‘counterparts’? What would be the most interesting part of your movie?
Everything is more complicated than you think. You only see a tenth of what is true. There are a million little strings attached to every choice you make; you can destroy your life every time you choose. But maybe you won’t know for twenty years. And you may never ever trace it to its source. And you only get one chance to play it out. Just try and figure out your own divorce. And they say there is no fate, but there is: it’s what you create. And even though the world goes on for eons and eons, you are only here for a fraction of a fraction of a second. Most of your time is spent being dead or not yet born. But while alive, you wait in vain, wasting years, for a phone call or a letter or a look from someone or something to make it all right. And it never comes or it seems to but it doesn’t really. And so you spend your time in vague regret or vaguer hope that something good will come along. Something to make you feel connected, something to make you feel whole, something to make you feel loved. And the truth is I feel so angry, and the truth is I feel so fucking sad, and the truth is I’ve felt so fucking hurt for so fucking long and for just as long I’ve been pretending I’m OK, just to get along, just for, I don’t know why, maybe because no one wants to hear about my misery, because they have their own. Well, @*&! everybody. Amen.
10. Zoolander (2001)
MER MAN!!! MER MAN!!!!!!!! This movie is the funniest movie I have ever seen. Ben Stiller gives a GREAT performance as viewers sit back and take in the exceptional world of male modeling. See it for yourself! WILL FERREL WILL FERREL BEST PART EVER!
“I wasn’t like every other kid, you know, who dreams about being an astronaut, I was always more interested in what bark was made out of on a tree. Richard Gere’s a real hero of mine. Sting. Sting would be another person who’s a hero. The music he’s created over the years, I don’t really listen to it, but the fact that he’s making it, I respect that. I care desperately about what I do. Do I know what product I’m selling? No. Do I know what I’m doing today? No. But I’m here, and I’m gonna give it my best shot.”
These movies are a watch y’all! Do so! Do so! Do so! You will be a better person!