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Lynch’s Mulholland Drive favoured as top film of 21st century

BBC Culture polled 177 film critics from 36 countries to come up with the top 100 films of the 21st Century to date.

Placing number one on the list was director David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive. (?!?!)

From the Guardian (“Mulholland Drive leads the pack in list of 21st century’s top films“):

Mulholland Drive, originally planned as a six-part TV show, came in at No 1. The film was described by the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw as “creepy, fascinating, dreamily self-indulgent” as well as being “very enjoyable”.

The most popular year for films was 2012, with 10 films in the top 100 including The Act of Killing (14) and Holy Motors (16). Nine films from 2013 also featured, including 12 Years a Slave and Blue is the Warmest Colour.

There is no room for some of the most popular films of the last 16 years, no Harry Potters or Hobbits or Pirates of the Caribbean; but there is a place for the more obviously commercial movies such as George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) at 19, WALL-E at 29 and Ratatouille at joint 90.

Top 10

1 Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001) – seen it

2 In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)

3 There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007) – seen it

4 Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001) – seen it

5 Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014) – seen it

6 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)

7 The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)

8 Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000)

9 A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)

10 No Country For Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007) – seen it

Here is the full BBC list: The 21st Century’s 100 greatest films

I’m somewhat perplexed that Lynch’s 2006 film Inland Empire, starring Laura Dern, didn’t make the list, but I’m nor a professional film critic. I saw Mulholland Drive back in the day, but it’s not a film that commits easily to memory.

Here would be my picks for a favourite 10 films from the 21st Century, based heavily on the BBC’s top 100:

  1. Let the Right One In (2008, Tomas Alfredson)
  2. No Country for Old Men (2007, Coen Brothers)
  3. There Will Be Blood (2007, Paul Thomas Anderson)
  4. Inland Empire (2006, David Lynch)
  5. The Lives of Others (2006, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
  6. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, Juan José Campanella)
  7. The Social Network (2010, David Fincher)
  8. Caché (2005, Michael Haneke)
  9. Children of Men (2006, Alfonso Cuarón)
  10. Spirited Away (2001, Hayao Miyazaki)

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