Yesterday’s Couscous Salad (Luncha Libre!)

December 31, 2009

Like all good, overly-punctilious citizens of the world, we’ve been avoiding top ten lists or otherwise lauding the aughts. This is not because we haven’t been blogging–far from it! We’ve simply moved from an ethereal media (the internet) to a physical one, posting feuilletons by drawing lines in the sand at the Narragansett town beach. (Take that Fidelman!) No, the real reason that we’ve avoided celebrating the decade is that, as everyone knows, the decade doesn’t end for another year. Sure, some might say that we reified a new calendrical system in 1999-2000 when everyone called that the millennium–but this is a distinction that exists in the popular consciousness and Yesterday’s Salad is obscurantist at best. So phooey.

But, since a few people have asked, here is a list of the ten movies I’ll most remember from this “decade”:

1. There Will Be Blood (2007)

2. The Lives of Others (2006)

3. Adaptation (2002)

4. The Dark Knight (2008)

5. Mulholland Drive (2001)

6. Kill Bill (2003-4)

7. The Piano Teacher (2001)

8. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (2007)

9. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

10. A Serious Man (2009)


-2001 was a surprisingly good year for movies. I could easily have found a way to include “In the Bedroom” as well.

-Nothing from 2005, though “The Squid and the Whale” and “The Forty Year Old Virgin” come close.

-In all honesty, I couldn’t decide which of “Inglourious Basterds” or “A Serious Man” would stay with me more. I gave the nod to the Brothers Cohen as I’d already included Tarantino–perhaps twice–but this could easily have gone the other way. And, as great as I think “A Serious Man” is, I’m rooting for “Basterds” for Best Picture.

And now for something somewhat different, a list of the movies my algorithm tells me were the ten movies most likely to be nominated for best picture this decade*** (provisional; this year’s data is extremely incomplete)

1. Brokeback Mountain

2. No Country for Old Men

3. Return of the King

4. Slumdog Millionaire

5. Sideways

6. Gladiator

7. Chicago

8. A Beautiful Mind

9. Moulin Rouge!

10. Good Night, and Good Luck

-At the rate it’s going, I fully expect “The Hurt Locker” to crack the top ten.

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