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A poll conducted by BBC Culture found “Mulholland Drive” to be the greatest movie of the 21st century, after surveying 177 critics from 36 countries. Related: Top Fan-Demanded Movies And Shows The winning film stars Justin Theroux and Naomi Watts in a 2001 mystery/crime film. It earned David Lynch an Oscar nomination for Best Director. […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
When I was approached about contributing to the BBC’s list of the top hundred films of the 21st century, I was excited to participate precisely because I have such conflicting feelings about lists in general. Personal lists make sense to me. If I’m making a list of my ten favorite films of last year or my twenty favorite films of all time or the best movies of the 2000s or, if I ever felt really ambitious, my 1000 favorite films ever made, that makes sense because it’s a personal point of view. Ranking films side by side is, when you really look at it, a crazy endeavor. How can you compare two things as profoundly different in intent, execution, and voice as Enter The Void and The Incredibles or Mulholland Drive and Bridesmaids or whatever head-to-head you want to name, and honestly say that one is “better” than »
- Drew McWeeny
Frank Ocean: musician, visual-album releaser, list-making cinephile. Following on the heels of his latest album finally being made available to the eager public, Ocean has revealed his 100 favorite films. Originally posted on Genius, which has a breakdown of how movies like “The Little Mermaid” and “Eyes Wide Shut” made their way into his lyrics (“I’m feeling like Stanley Kubrick, this is some visionary shit/Been tryna film pleasure with my eyes wide shut but it keeps on moving”), the list contains a mix of familiar favorites (“Annie Hall,” “The Royal Tenenbaums”) and comparatively obscure arthouse fare (“Woyzeck,” “Sonatine”). Avail yourself of all 100 below.
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- Michael Nordine
The modern movie landscape can make some people feel like the best days of film are behind us. With remakes, reboots and adaptations very abundant, and original movies seemingly not raking it in at the box office, that is an understandable sentiment. But the BBC felt like there are a lot of recent movies worth celebrating, and that is why they set out to make a list of the 100 greatest movies of the 21st century. The list they came up with is nothing if not interesting, and it is definitely a reminder that there are a lot of great movies that have been made in the last 16 years.
BBC published the list on Tuesday morning, after taking months to put it all together. In order to come up with this list, they used nearly 200 critics from both print and online publications, as well as academics and curators. The contributors that were used spanned the globe, »
The century is young, but already we’ve seen some incredible films come and go. So recently, BBC took the opportunity to poll 177 critics from 36 different countries to come up with a list of the 100 greatest films of the 21st century so far. David Lynch‘s Mulholland Drive emerged as a favorite, with Wong Kar-wai‘s […]
- Angie Han
Related: Mrs Brown's Boys voted best sitcom of 21st century
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- Ryan Gilbey and Bruce Dessau
After a few delays, Frank Ocean‘s Channel Orange follow-up, Blond, has now arrived and, with it, not only an additional visual album, but Boys Don’t Cry, a magazine that only a select few were able to get their hands on. (Although, if you believe the artist’s mom, we can expect a wider release soon.) In between a personal statement about his new work and a Kanye West poem about McDonalds, Ocean also listed his favorite films of all-time and we have the full list today.
Clocking at 207.23 hours, as Ocean notes, his list includes classics from Andrei Tarkovsky, David Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Orson Welles, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean Cocteau, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, Fritz Lang, Werner Herzog, Akira Kurosawa, Ridley Scott, Bernardo Bertolucci, Sergei Eisenstein, F. W. Murnau, Luis Buñuel, and more.
As for some more recent titles, it looks like The Royal Tenenbaums »
- Jordan Raup
Last year, the BBC polled a bunch of critics to determine the 100 greatest American films of all time and only six films released after 2000 placed at all. This year, the BBC decided to determine the “new classics,” films from the past 16 years that will likely stand the test of time, so they polled critics from around the globe for their picks of the 100 greatest films of the 21st Century so far. David Lynch’s “Mulholland Dr.” tops the list, Wong Kar-Wai’s “In The Mood For Love” places second, and Paul Thomas Anderson and the Coen Brothers both have 2 films in the top 25. See the full results below.
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Though the list itself is fascinating, what’s also compelling are the statistics about the actual list. According to the the BBC, they polled 177 film critics from every continent except Antarctica. »
- Vikram Murthi
by Nathaniel R
Mulholland Drive voted the best film of the 21st century (thus far)Though we may collectively scratch our head at the need to do 21st century best of lists so often and at odd intervals. After 16 years? Ermm, okay? Lists usually get people talking. The BBC polled 177 critics (of which I was, alas, not one) and the results were both enjoyable and annoying, as with all lists.
• I won't see Toni Erdmann for another few weeks so I can't speak to its quality but it's odd to see it on a "best of the century list" when the film has only opened in one country (France) outside of its home countries (Germany/Austria). It starts opening in other countries next month and also hits the Toronto Film Festival. So that seems...early
- NATHANIEL R
Generally speaking, if you’ve seen one “greatest films of all time” list, you’ve seen them all, with the top choices usually containing some configuration of “Citizen Kane,” “The Godfather,” and “Vertigo.” History tends to solidify critical consensus which makes a list of more contemporary movies all the more interesting. With less time and perspective to […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
BBC1 show has failed to wow critics but takes top spot in Radio Times online poll
BBC1 comedy Mrs Brown’s Boys has been voted the best sitcom of the 21st century so far in an online poll of 14,000 people.
There is an audience out there that comedy forgot
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- Jasper Jackson
Ryan Lambie Aug 23, 2016
A critics' survey puts Mullholland Drive at the top of the list of the best films since 2000. Did yours make the cut?
Movie critics love Linklater, Studio Ghibli, the Coens and the surrealist stylings of David Lynch. At least, that's if a newly-published list of the 100 greatest films of the 21st century is anything to go by.
BBC Culture commissioned the poll, which took in responses from 177 film critics from all over the world. As a result, the top 100 includes an eclectic mix of the mainstream to independent movies, from dramas to sci-fi and off-beat comedies. Feew would be surprised to see things like Paolo Sorrentino's handsome Italian confection The Great Beauty propping up the lower end of the list, or that such acclaimed directors as Wes Anderson or the aforementioned Coens feature heavily.
What is pleasing to see, though, is how much good genre stuff has made the cut, »
Although we’re only about 16% into the 21st century thus far, the thousands of films that have been released have provided a worthy selection to reflect on the cinematic offerings as they stand. We’ve chimed in with our favorite animations, comedies, sci-fi films, and have more to come, and now a new critics’ poll that we’ve taken part in has tallied up the 21st century’s 100 greatest films overall.
The BBC has polled 177 critics from around the world, resulting in a variety of selections, led by David Lynch‘s Mulholland Drive. Also in the top 10 was Wong Kar-wai‘s In the Mood For Love and Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life, which made my personal ballot (seen at the bottom of the page).
- Jordan Raup
BBC Culture poll of 177 film critics around the world puts David Lynch’s 2001 surrealist masterpiece in top spot
A poll by BBC Culture of 177 film critics from 36 countries aimed to find the best films of recent memory.
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- Mark Brown Arts correspondent
Exclusive: World sales deal for Venice-bound film in which the iconic director discusses his formative years.
Made over four years, the filmmakers filmed and recorded more than 20 audio conversations with Lynch at his home, during which the iconic director discusses the formative years of his life and retells personal stories from his past including key events and inspirations.
The film will also take viewers into Lynch’s painting studio in the hills above Hollywood and retrace his steps “from an idyllic upbringing in small town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia.”
Lynch states about the film project, which was backed through Kickstarter: “I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and color them, even »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Editor’s Note: Last week. producer Dan Schoenbrun announced that he would be giving away his festival hit “collective:unconscious” for free. While the strategy may be surprising, from the start nothing about the project — in which five up-and-coming directors would adapt each other’s dreams — was particularly conventional. We asked Schoenbrun the philosophy behind giving the film away and he shared with us this essay.
Read More: How Five Directors Adapted Each Others’ Dreams in ‘collective:unconscious’
I’ve spent the past two years producing “collective:unconscious,” an omnibus feature film where I asked five of my favorite filmmakers (Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Josephine Decker and Lauren Wolkstein) to literally adapt each other’s dreams for the screen.
We premiered the movie to a sold out screenings at SXSW, where we became the first ever anthology film to play in Competition. From there, we took the film out on the festival circuit, »
- Chris O'Falt
The longer David Lynch’s absence from feature filmmaking continues, the greater his legacy becomes. That, at least, is one takeaway from Touché Amoré’s video for “Palm Dreams,” which shows clear signs of having been influenced by Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive” — the consensus choice of a great many critics and cinephiles for the best film of the 2000s. Watch the video below.
The song itself hardly strikes the same mood as Angelo Badalamenti’s synth-laden score for the film — or, for that matter, even Linda Scott’s “I’ve Told Every Little Star” – but the actual video, with its palm trees and shots of a confused-looking woman roaming the streets of Los Angeles in a blonde wig, are can’t-miss callbacks to Lynch.
- Michael Nordine
Cast your mind back to October of 2014, a time when the largely dormant Twin Peaks fanbase was sent into a collective tailspin upon hearing news that the cult classic would return via limited series.
Fast forward five months and change and the abrupt departure of series creator David Lynch threatened to throw a spanner in the works, after the prestigious filmmaker bowed out of the small-screen revival citing “complications.” That all came to a head in the weeks thereafter and, thankfully, Lynch was back on board.
Whether said complication proved to be a storm in a tea cup is something we’ll likely never know, but the one thing we do know for sure is that Twin Peaks is coming back in 2017 and, according to Ray Wise, is being aligned for a summer premiere over at Showtime.
Word comes by of the Sdcc panel for Batman: The Killing Joke, where »
- Michael Briers
Bingham Bryant: "The intimations of ghosts - that was a strange self-fulfilling prophecy." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Matías Piñeiro, Jean-Luc Godard, Shakespeare, Hermia & Helena, Kobo Abe, Edgar Allan Poe, Marcel Proust, David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, the Brothers Grimm, plus Jake Perlin, Andrew Adair, and Tyler Brodie of the Cinema Conservancy haunted my conversation with For The Plasma writer/co-director Bingham Bryant.
Helen (Rosalie Lowe) monitors forest fires while living in a house in Maine and invites her acquaintance Charlie (Anabelle LeMieux) to keep her company and be her assistant. Deadpan Mainer lighthouse keeper Herbert (Tom Lloyd), a dead bat, four living crabs, a couple of Japanese businessmen (Ryohei Hoshi and James Han), and a few phone calls pop up to structure the narrative flow in Bryant and Kyle Molzan's Poe-tic For The Plasma.
"It is very tale-like because it creates just a suspension because of the loop. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Sometimes, a film comes along and most audiences just don’t know how to wrap their head around it. Some of those films find a strong life in the coming years on home video platforms, while others sink into the perpetual blackhole of mediocrity. While the jury is still out on lasting impact of Nicolas Winding Refn‘s The Neon Demon — with a $7 million budget, it will end its domestic run with just over $1.2 million at the box office — one writer-director has some clear thoughts on the matter.
Alex Ross Perry (Queen of Earth, Listen Up Philip) has written an article for The Talk House exploring what he considers the inherent issues in independent distribution that have been exhibited by The Neon Demon and its perceived failure by many. Perry posits that Demon is a staggering masterwork of modern cinema — putting to shame all the “weird” indie films that aren »
- Mike Mazzanti
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