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I know Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind gets mentioned all the time, but another equally brilliant (and weird) Charlie Kaufman-penned movie is Adaptation. And for me, rising way above both of them is Kaufman's masterpiece Synecdoche, New York. I highly recommend checking it out, if you're in the mood for something very different.
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I should also rewatch films like ... Dog Soldiers ...
Neil Marshall may actually be the #1 director of this decade. I'm very, very angry if at least two of his films don't show up on the final list
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Not recommendations per se but some of those I plan on rewatching for this countdown:

Furîzu mî [Freeze Me aka Freezer] (Takashi Ishii)
Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA [JSA aka Joint Security Area] (Chan-wook Park)
Araburu tamashii-tachi [Agitator] (Takashi Miike)
Frailty (Bill Paxton)
Kairo [Pulse] (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Mulholland Dr. aka Mulholland Drive (David Lynch)
Ocean's Eleven (Steven Soderbergh)
28 Days Later... (Danny Boyle)
Boksuneun naui geot [Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance] (Chan-wook Park)
Gangs Of New York (Martin Scorsese)
Gonggongui jeog [Public Enemy] (Woo-Suk Kang)
Panic Room (David Fincher)
21 Grams (Alejandro G. Iñárritu)
Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World (Peter Weir)
Sky High (Ryûhei Kitamura)
Dawn Of The Dead (Zack Snyder)
Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo [Brotherhood Of War] (Je-kyu Kang)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Shane Black)
The Descent (Neil Marshall)
Tom yum goong [The Protector aka Warrior King] (Prachya Pinkaew)
Apocalypto (Mel Gibson)
Inside Man (Spike Lee)
Ne le dis à personne [Tell No One] (Guillaume Canet)
The Wind That Shakes The Barley (Ken Loach)
Ji jie hao [Assembly] (Xiaogang Feng)
Moon to [Protégé] (Tung-Shing Yee)
Iron Man (Jon Favreau)
Død snø [Dead Snow] (Tommy Wirkola)
Merantau aka Merantau Warrior (Gareth Evans)
The Loved Ones (Sean Byrne)
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Neil Marshall may actually be the #1 director of this decade. I'm very, very angry if at least two of his films don't show up on the final list
It's gonna be tight, but The Descent might have a longshot chance in mine. Other than that and Dog Soldiers, I haven't seen any of his stuff.
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Here we go... based on what I've logged on Letterboxd, this is my Top 10 for 2004...

  1. The Village
  2. Kill Bill Vol. 2
  3. Before Sunset
  4. Downfall
  5. Hotel Rwanda
  6. The Passion of the Christ
  7. The Woodsman
  8. Mean Girls
  9. Collateral
  10. The Incredibles

These are some honorable mentions, or other films that I think deserve attention...
  • Spider-Man 2
  • EuroTrip
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • The Ninth Day
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • The Machinist

I should also rewatch films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Motorcycle Diaries, Crash, and Turtles Can Fly. It's been too long since I've seen them for me to properly rank.



It's gonna be tight, but The Descent might have a longshot chance in mine. Other than that and Dog Soldiers, I haven't seen any of his stuff.
I may be in a minority but I also liked Doomsday. Not as good as the other two, but still pretty damn entertaining. That's all he did in the 2000s.



Let's continue... based on what I've logged on Letterboxd, this is my Top 10 for 2005...

  1. Syriana
  2. A History of Violence
  3. Paradise Now
  4. Brokeback Mountain
  5. The Descent
  6. The Proposition
  7. War of the Worlds
  8. V for Vendetta
  9. Serenity
  10. Hard Candy

These are some honorable mentions, or other films that I think deserve attention...
  • Back to Bosnia
  • 12 and Holding
  • Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
  • Sin City
  • Zathura

I should also rewatch films like Munich, Sometimes in April, and The Constant Gardener. It's been too long since I've seen them for me to properly rank.



Non-English language movies of the 2000's that I recommend:



Just found this article from ScreenRant. I don't necessarily agree with the choices, but it might still serve as a guide to some. Nothing groundbreaking or extraordinary, though.

The Best Film From Each Year Of The 2000s



Based on what I've logged on Letterboxd, this is my Top 10 for 2006...

  1. The Prestige
  2. Pan's Labyrinth
  3. Children of Men
  4. The Lives of Others
  5. Mission: Impossible III
  6. Babel
  7. United 93
  8. Monster House
  9. Letters from Iwo Jima
  10. The Departed

Strong year. These are some honorable mentions, or other films that I think deserve attention...
  • Flags of Our Fathers
  • Casino Royale
  • Little Children
  • Apocalypto
  • Priceless
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Inside Man
  • Bug
  • The Host

I should also rewatch films like Running Scared, Last King of Scotland, and Blood Diamond. It's been too long since I've seen them for me to properly rank.



Oh yeah, I've seen it and he's amazing, but it's been a while, and I remember not being crazy about McAvoy, and the story feeling a bit uneven.



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I found my ballot from back when we did the Millennium list. Aside from the one 2011 film which is of course ineligible for this one, I think most of these films are still in contention.

1. Head-On (Gegen die Wand) (2004)
2. Lost in Translation (2003)
3. Oldboy (2003)
4. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
5. Downfall (2004)
6. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
7. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
8. Spirited Away (2001)
9. Let the Right One In (2008)
10. 28 Days Later (2002)
11. Quills (2000)
12. City of God (2002)
13. Donnie Darko (2001)
14. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
15. Sin City (2005)
16. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
17. A Single Man (2009)
18. 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (2007)
19. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
20. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
21. The Pianist (2002)
22. In the Mood For Love (2000)
23. Dancer In the Dark (2000)
24. Repo! the Genetic Opera (2008)
25. Sunshine (2007)



Another day, another year... Based on what I've logged on Letterboxd, this is my Top 10 for 2007...

  1. There Will Be Blood
  2. No Country for Old Men
  3. Zodiac
  4. Once
  5. Gone Baby Gone
  6. Bridge to Terabithia
  7. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
  8. The Bourne Ultimatum
  9. 3:10 to Yuma
  10. Persepolis

Probably the strongest year of the decade. These are some honorable mentions, or other films that I think deserve attention...
  • The Mist
  • REC
  • King of Kong
  • Stardust
  • 28 Weeks Later
  • Sweeney Todd
  • Into the Wild
  • Michael Clayton

I should also rewatch films like The Lookout, Hot Fuzz, Mongol, Sunshine, and The Orphanage. It's been too long since I've seen them for me to properly rank.



I found my ballot from back when we did the Millennium list. Aside from the one 2011 film which is of course ineligible for this one, I think most of these films are still in contention.
Your post got me curious, so I dug up my Millennium ballot. Most of my previous votes are also still in contention.

1. Quills
2. Gladiator
3. Ratatouille
4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
5. Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le Pacte Des Loups)
6. Bubba Ho-Tep
7. The Departed
8. Milk
9. 3:10 to Yuma
10. The Cell
11. Up
12. Catch Me If You Can
13. A Mighty Wind
14. Saved!
15. Zodiac
16. Tropic Thunder
17. WALL·E
18. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
19. Blood Diamond
20. The Libertine
21. Cold Mountain
22. Black Snake Moan
23. Doubt
24. The Reader
25. Walk the Line



Two more to go!... Based on what I've logged on Letterboxd, this is my Top 10 for 2008...

  1. Synecdoche, New York
  2. Slumdog Millionaire
  3. The Wrestler
  4. Valkyrie
  5. Burn After Reading
  6. The Hurt Locker
  7. Let the Right One In
  8. Wall-E
  9. Frost/Nixon
  10. Martyrs

These are some honorable mentions, or other films that I think deserve attention...
  • Recount
  • Bolt
  • Lake Mungo
  • The Midnight Meat Train
  • Defiance
  • Nothing But the Truth
  • JCVD
  • Bronson
  • The Wave
  • Cloverfield

I should also rewatch films like Revolutionary Road, Tropic Thunder, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. It's been too long since I've seen them for me to properly rank.



Why did I say "two more" yesterday, when this is the last one Anyway, based on what I've logged on Letterboxd, this is my Top 10 for 2009...

  1. Mother
  2. Dogtooth
  3. The Road
  4. (500) Days of Summer
  5. A Serious Man
  6. Inglourious Basterds
  7. Moon
  8. The Secret in Their Eyes
  9. Polytechnique
  10. Precious

This is another really strong year. These are some honorable mentions, or other films that I think deserve attention...
  • Up
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • The Exploding Girl
  • In the Loop
  • The Time That Remains
  • 9
  • Coraline

I should also rewatch films like District 9, Agora, and Public Enemies. It's been too long since I've seen them for me to properly rank.