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My favorites so far (in no particular order, except that The Royal Tenenbaums is the unequivocal No. 1): The Royal Tenenbaums, Brokeback Mountain, Lost in Translation, Walk the Line, Hustle & Flow, Closer, Match Point, Eternal Sunshine, Whale Rider, Adaptation, Catch Me if You Can, Amelie, Ghost World, Erin Brokovich


You're the only person I've come across who has seen What Time Is It There. Have you seen Love Letter, directed by Shunji Iwai? I thought it was good too.


I really love WTIIT - obviously, I guess, since it's on my list. I haven't seen Love Letter, but am going to check it out. I really love movies that take their time like that and establish a mood.

If you liked WTIIT, you might also enjoy some of Tsai Ming-Liang's other films. Many of them have the same actors basically portraying the same family. Although I still think WTIIT is my favorite of his.

There's a film of Tsai's called Goodbye Dragon Inn that takes place in one night at a movie theater on its last showing, and I think there must be five words in the whole picture. It got a little bit trying even for me, a big fan. But it definitely cast a spell, too.


I just borrowed your #1 and #11 from the library. I can't wait!

Mike Artherton

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Here is my list...

Favorite Movies 2000 - 2007

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Old Boy (2005)
The Life Aquatic (2004)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
The Princess and the Warrior (2000)
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Half Nelson (2006)
City of God (2002)
Spellbound (2002)

Honorable Mention

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
All the Lord of the Rings Movies
Amores Perros (2000)
Waking Life (2001)
Spirited Away (2001)
Stevie (2002)
The Station Agent (2003)
Master and Commander (2003)
Bad Santa (2003)
28 Days Later (2002)
The Incredibles (2004)
The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2006)
Brick (2006)
Batman Begins (2005)
Beulah: A Good Band is Easy to Kill (2005)

BTW, I think the release date for Beau Travail was 1999.


The Squid and the Whale and Batman Begins could easily have been honorable mention listings for me. I know Beau Travail was made in 1999 but I'd thought it was released in the US in 2000. It was on my Willamette Week top ten list for that year, so I used that rationale.


I watched In the Mood for Love this morning at 8am because it was due back to the library at 10am. The music (especially as she walks) had me mesmerized. Simply amazing cinematography.

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