David Lynch’s MULLHOLLAND DR. Tops L.A. Film Critics’ Best of the Decade List

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It’s been almost 10 years since David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. made its debut in theaters, but it still holds a very high place in the hearts of L.A. film critics. Here’s is [via Indiewire] the L.A. Film Critics Association’s just-released Best of the ’00s list:

1. Mulholland Dr. -  David Lynch
2. There Will Be Blood -  Paul Thomas Anderson
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind -  Michel Gondry
4. Brokeback Mountain -  Ang Lee
5. No Country for Old Men -  Joel and Ethan Coen / Zodiac -  David Fincher (tie)
6. Yi Yi -  Edward Yang
7. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days – Cristian Mungiu / The Lord of the Rings – Peter Jackson (tie)
8. Spirited Away -  Hayao Miyazaki
9. United 93 – Paul Greengrass / Y Tu Mama Tambien -  Alfonso Cuaron (tie)
10. Sideways -  Alexander Payne

Hit the jump for my thoughts on their Top 10 as well as my personal list for the best of the last decade.

I’m happy to see Michel Gondry’s movie in such a high perch, and have nothing but love for Yi Yi, so it’s nice to see that make the list too. And can you possibly get an odder combination thatn Cristian Mungiu and Peter Jackson tying for the seventh spot?  And just in case anyone’s wondering, here are my top 10 films from the last decade, in chronological order: 2000: Almost Famous; 2001: The Royal Tenenbaums; 2002: City of God; 2003: American Splendor; 2004: Maria Full of Grace; 2005: Hustle & Flow; 2006: Pan’s Labyrinth; 2007: Into the Wild; 2008: Let the Right One In; 2009: Inglourious Basterds.

What say you of the L.A. Critics’ picks? Any glaring omissions? Sound off in the comments section.


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  • Thiago

    It`s a pretty good list, but what the hell is Flight 93 doing there?

  • Tomturbine

    you can't have three different places where it ties. that defeats the purpose of having a top ten list.

  • JaySin420

    A top 10 list with 15 movies? I call that cheating.

  • hunter_d

    Mulholland Drive – David Lynch (2001)
    A perfect movie with my favorite sequence ever (the scene outside the diner with the homeless person) Mullholland Drive has haunted my dreams for years. I can't see it as parts, just the whole, like it was gilded rather than made.

    Bully/Ken Park/Wassup Rockers – Larry Clark (2001, 2002, 2005)
    The man is a bit disturbed, but Larry Clark knows how to frame an image and capture details of doomed youth like no other. These three films show very different, but interconnected views of modern youth culture.

    Fat Girl/Sex is Comedy – Catherine Breillat (2001, 2002)
    best viewed as a trilogy with Romance, but that was 1999. Another trilogy of films about doomed youths. These youths somehow even more doomed than Clark's apocalyptic hipsters.

    Up – Peter Docter & Bob Peterson (2009)
    No movie made me feel a broader range of emotions than this one. The first 15 minutes alone would qualify the film for this list, the other 81 are just icing on the cake.

    Sympathy of Mr. Vengeance/Oldboy/Sympathy for Lady Vengeance – Chan-Wook Park (2002, 2003, 2005)
    This one actually IS a trilogy. Visually stunning, told with complexity and nuance, and kickass action movies too. Not for the faint of heart, but three classics for those who like their movies rough.

    Storytelling/Palindromes – Todd Solondz (2001, 2004)
    Todd Solondz sees deeply into the human condition and he often finds things within it that are painful, and painfully funny.

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind/Adaptation/Synechode New York – Charlie Kaufman (2002, 2004, 2008)
    Not really a trilogy so much as an exploration of a theme. Eternal Sunshine is the most emotionally satisfying, Adaptation is the most interestingly written and Synechode is the most challenging. I appreciate all of them in equal measure.

    The Fountain – Darren Aronofsky (2006)
    In 15 years, this will be the defining movie of Aronofsky's early career. Daring, bold, and not afraid to get a little sappy, this movie is a great labor of love for the whole cast and the writer/director. Also, Clint Mansell's best score.

    Hedwig and the Angry Inch – John Cameron Mitchell (2001)
    I'm a sucker for pretentious philosophical crap. So of course a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” style musical about a transgendered singer reenacting elements from Plato's Symposium would make my list. But seriously, this is a wonderful, wonderful movie. Great to look at, and with way above average musical numbers.

    Let the Right one In –Tomas Alfredson (2008)
    Probably the best horror film of the decade, certainly the best vampire film. I've seen it four times and I get something completely new from it with each viewing.

  • joker93

    United 93 is amazing

  • joker93

    10) The Departed
    9) Inglourious Basterds
    8) V for Vendetta
    7) Moulin Rouge!
    6) Big Fish
    5) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    4) United 93
    3) The Lives of Others
    2) There Will Be Blood
    1) Memento

    Special mention: LOTR films and the Bourne trilogy

  • pykmi

    That scene from Mulholland Drive happens to be one of my favorite scenes as well. I literally fell out of my chair the first time I saw it. So creepy.

  • pykmi

    That scene from Mulholland Drive happens to be one of my favorite scenes as well. I literally fell out of my chair the first time I saw it. So creepy.

  • Bernieb

    Which lord of the rings made 8th place? There were three films

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