The Decade's Best Movies
Richard Brody ranks and reviews the ten best movies of the last decade in the November 2009 issue of The New Yorker.
Brody's number one ranked movie of the last decade is the French film "Eloge de l'amour", which was directed by Jean-Luc Godard in 2001. Brody calls the film "one of the most . . . understated of love stories" and "a work of art."
American director Wes Anderson makes the list at number two with his "The Darjeeling Limited" (2007), which Brody describes as a "love and death, comedy and tragedy".
"The World"(2005), directed by Jia Zhangke, presents a picture of China's place in the world and makes the list at number three.
September 11th was the inspiration for Manoel de Oliveira's "A Talking Picture" (2003), which presents 9/11 from the point of view of a ninety-five-year-old and is Brody's pick for number four.
Number five on the list is "Regular Lovers" (2005), directed by Philippe Garrel, which profiles Richard Nixon during 1968 from the viewpoint of the youth of that generation.
At number six is "Sobibor, Oct. 14, 1943, 4 P.M." (2001), directed by Claude Lanzmann. This film profiles the life of Yehuda Lerner, "who took part in the uprising against the extermination camp's guards."
"Fingming: A Chinese Memoir" (2009) is director's Wang Bing's chronicling of China's recent history and makes the list at number seven.
Recent cult-classic "Knocked Up" (2008), directed by Judd Apatow, finds comedy in personal situations, and ranks at number eight on Brody's list.
Gender mutilation is the focus of Ousmane Sembene's "Moolaade" (2005) at number nine.
And finally, at number ten on Brody's list is "The Other Half" (2007). Directed by Ying Liange, this film is a drama that focuses on the "crossroads of private life and oppressive authority."
What is interesting about Brody's list is that he focuses on ten films, giving them a rank in cinematic quality and content. Then at the end of his piece, he lists 16 more films in no particular order, which he also recommends, making the list not the best ten, but the best 26.