Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Those 2000s movies .....

We have covered every decade here at The Projector, as per the labels - from the 1920s (Silents) through the 30s. 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. Its obvious the main decades for me, coinciding with my early movie-going are the Fiftes and Sixties and that great decade the Seventies too. The new century is covered in my 2000s label, but what were the movies of that new decade and century that I really liked?
Well, there's Wong Kar Wai's deliriously romantic IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE in 2000 (above), Todd Haynes' FAR FROM HEAVEN in 2002 with its wonderful recreation of 1950s Douglas Sirk melodramas, Ang Lee's BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN in 2005 and Malick's THE NEW WORLD, Paul Greengrass's compelling UNITED 93 in 2006, Quentin's INGLORIOUS BASTERDS in 2009, 2010's Apiachapong Weerasethakul's UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES, Haneke's AMOUR (which I have written about quite a bit here. French label) in 2012, Mike Leigh's ANOTHER YEAR also in 2010, 2009's I AM LOVE, and more recently THE GREAT BEAUTY12 YEARS A SLAVE, Marty's WOLF OF WALL STREET, plus DALLAS BUYERS CLUB and INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
I must around to posting reviews of some of these, and there were also DRIVE and ONLY GOD FORGIVES, EASTERN PROMISES, Pedro's audacious THE SKIN I LIVE IN and BAD EDUCATION, Ozon's and Deneuve's delicious POTICHE, Oliver Stone's ambitious ALEXANDER, the screaming BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, the mesmerising BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR and HBO's THE NORMAL HEART is that heartbreaking record of the '80s Aids era .... all of these and more are reviewed at the 2000s label. This season's feast of riches of course include the recently reviewed GRAND BUDAPEST HOTELIMITATION GAME, GONE GIRL and PADDINGTON! with lots more to see and review. 

but  what seems less important now? 
Well, Tom Ford's 2009 A SINGLE MAN for a start, which now looks like a fashionista's wet dream about Matthew Goode and Nicholas Hoult, totally mis-represents Isherwood's marvellous short novel which is a modern gay classic about middle aged people, which Ford turns into an extended commercial for perfect interiors and crisp white shirts. FAR FROM HEAVEN's Julianne Moore was also in the Ford - but a total contrast to what Isherwood had imagined ...

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