NYT movie critic A. O. Scott offers his list of the best of the decade in terms of quality. He also has a list of the best in terms of influence. My score: Quality, 11 of 19; Influence 4 of 10. I have some living room work to do.
Wall-E (Andrew Stanton)and A.I. (Steven Spielberg): Visions of love in the post-human future.
Yi Yi (Edward Yang) and The World (Jia Zhangke): The joys and sorrows of everyday life in the era of globalization.
Million Dollar Baby and Letters From Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood): Late masterpieces from the last great classical American filmmaker.
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu) and L’Enfant (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne): Realism from New Europe and Old Europe.
Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro) and Where the Wild Things Are (Spike Jonze): Dark fairy tales for anxious grown-ups and the children who might comfort them.
The Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana): Four decades of recent Italian history in a half-dozen sublime hours.
Darwin’s Nightmare (Hubert Sauper) and Iraq in Fragments (James Longley): Documentaries on environmental and political catastrophe raised to the level of poetry.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry) and Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar): The glories and perversities of love.
25th Hour and When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee): Two American disasters illuminated by an essential American filmmaker.
Gosford Park(Robert Altman)and Moolaade (Ousmane Sembène): R.I.P.