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Poll lists top 150 films of the decade. How does LOTR rank?

N.E. Brigand
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Mar 23 2010, 10:03pm


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Well, there is a reason I'm posting this in Off-Topic rather than Main or Movie.

Film Comment gathered ten-best lists for the 2000s from 183 "critics, programmers, academics, filmmakers, and others", and listed their top 150 responses.

LOTR failed entirely to make the list.

The top twenty:
  1. Mulholland Drive D. Lynch, U.S. 2001
  2. In the Mood for Love Wong K.W., Hong Kong 2000
  3. Yi Yi E. Yang, China 2000
  4. Syndromes and a Century A. Weerasethakul, Thailand 2006
  5. There Will Be Blood P.T. Anderson, U.S. 2007
  6. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu C. Puiu, Romania 2005
  7. A History of Violence D. Cronenberg, Canada 2005
  8. Tropical Malady A. Weerasethakul, Thailand 2004
  9. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days C. Mungiu, Romania 2007
  10. The New World T. Malick, U.S. 2005
  11. Platform Jia Z., Hong Kong 2000
  12. Zodiac D. Fincher, U.S. 2007
  13. The Intruder C. Denis, France 2004
  14. The Son J.-P. & L. Dardenne, Belgium 2002
  15. Dogville L. von Trier, Denmark 2003
  16. Cach M. Haneke, France 2005
  17. Kings and Queen A. Desplechin, France 2005
  18. Elephant G. Van Sant, U.S. 2003
  19. The Royal Tenenbaums W. Anderson, U.S. 2001
  20. Before Sunset R. Linklater, U.S. 2004

My favorite film of the decade, Nanni Moretti's The Son's Room, is also absent. The list includes films I think are pretty bad, like Tenenbaums above, and Miami Vice at #117.

It's possible that LOTR appeared on some individual lists; I'll have to find the magazine itself to check.

By way of comparison, here are the films these voters thought better than LOTR for each of its three years:

Better than The Fellowship of the Ring?
#1 Mulholland Drive D. Lynch, U.S.
#19 The Royal Tenenbaums W. Anderson, U.S.
#21 Spirited Away H. Miyazaki, Japan
#30 A.I.: Artificial Intelligence S. Spielberg, U.S.
#31 In Praise of Love J.-L. Godard, France
#44 Millennium Mambo Hou H.-h., France
#48 What Time Is It There? Tsai M.-l., Taiwan
#57 Y Tu Mam Tambin A. Cuarn, Mexico
#62 La cinaga L. Martel, Argentina
#78 Fat Girl C. Breillat, France
#81 Donnie Darko R. Kelly, U.S.
#87 Trouble Every Day C. Denis, France
#101 La libertad L. Alonso, Argentina
#107 Pulse K. Kurosawa, Japan
#110 Time Out L. Cantet, France
#115 Va Savoir J. Rivette, France
#127 The Piano Teacher M. Haneke, France
#128 The Lady and the Duke E. Rohmer, France
#133 Ghost World T. Zwigoff, U.S.
#146 Gosford Park R. Altman, U.K.
#150 Dog Days U. Seidl, Austria


Better than The Two Towers?
#14 The Son J.-P. & L. Dardenne, Belgium
#25 Talk to Her P. Almodvar, Spain
#29 Russian Ark A. Sokurov, Russia
#39 Blissfully Yours A. Weerasethakul, Thailand
#49 demonlover O. Assayas, France
#54 Distant N. B. Ceylan, Turkey
#60 Ten A. Kiarostami, Iran
#68 25th Hour S. Lee, U.S.
#72 Adaptation S. Jonze, U.S.
#74 Gerry G. Van Sant, U.S.
#77 Punch-Drunk Love P.T. Anderson, U.S.
#80 Far From Heaven T. Haynes, U.S.
#88 Femme Fatale B. De Palma, U.S.
#94 The Man Without a Past A. Kaurismki, Finland
#97 Turning Gate Hong S.-s., S. Korea
#103 The Pianist R. Polanski, Poland
#114 Morvern Callar L. Ramsay, U.K.
#137 Spider D. Cronenberg, Canada
#138 Friday Night C. Denis, France
#145 Divine Intervention E. Suleiman, Palestine


Better than The Return of the King?
#15 Dogville L. von Trier, Denmark
#18 Elephant G. Van Sant, U.S.
#23 Goodbye, Dragon Inn Tsai M.-l., Taiwan
#37 Caf Lumire Hou H.-h., Taiwan
#43 Los Angeles Plays Itself T. Andersen, U.S.
#55 Saraband I. Bergman, Sweden
#73 Lost in Translation S. Coppola, U.S.
#84 Memories of Murder Bong J.-h., S. Korea
#85 West of the Tracks Wang B., China
#96 The Best of Youth M.T. Giordana, Italy
#108 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Q. Tarantino, U.S.
#113 Mystic River C. Eastwood, U.S.
#117 Tarnation J. Caouette, U.S.
#126 Oldboy Park C.-w., S. Korea


Comments?

Here's an earlier discussion on TORN, based on a Salon article that also considered the standing of LOTR as the decade closed.

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Poll lists top 150 films of the decade. How does LOTR rank? N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Mar 23 2010, 10:03pm
    Very interesting MrCere Send a private message to MrCere Mar 24 2010, 12:25am
        Oh and one other thing MrCere Send a private message to MrCere Mar 24 2010, 1:14am
    I think we've seen this effect before. FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Mar 24 2010, 1:50am
        Do many critics think "Citizen Kane" is the greatest of films? N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Mar 24 2010, 2:40am
        There's also the SFF effect Arandiel Send a private message to Arandiel Mar 24 2010, 2:49am
        Proprietary pride Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Mar 24 2010, 7:57pm
    Spider, SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Mar 24 2010, 2:56am
    similar to book rankings... weaver Send a private message to weaver Mar 24 2010, 1:48pm
    And the best film of the noughties is..... a failed television pilot! Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Mar 24 2010, 7:48pm
        Dogville Annael Send a private message to Annael Mar 24 2010, 8:24pm
        Delightfully contrarian. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Mar 24 2010, 8:47pm
            Excellent question. Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Mar 24 2010, 9:42pm

 
 
 

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