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Best [or Worst] films lists are always interesting to read though can often provoke gasps of amazement and even anger if your favourite films didn’t make it or if there are entries which you think are undeseving. This year, the BBC polled critics from around the globe for their picks of the 100 greatest films of the 21st Century so far. There are lots of entries I regard very highly myself, even if I’m shaking my head at the lack of inclusion of Irreversible, The Fountain and The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. And it’s nice to see a film from the brilliant David Lynch as number one, but surely Inland Empire is a better deserving David Lynch entry than Mulholland Drive? And how on earth did Her, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind [whuch is number six!] and Inherent Vice make it? But these are only my opinions of course. Overall I like this list more than some others that I’ve seen – for a start it’s very diverse and doesn’t concentrate mainly on American films – and it sadly reminds me that there are so many notable movies that I haven’t seen yet.

100. “Toni Erdmann” (Maren Ade, 2016)
100. “Requiem for a Dream” (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
100. “Carlos” (Olivier Assayas, 2010)
99. “The Gleaners and I” (Agnès Varda, 2000)
98. “Ten” (Abbas Kiarostami, 2002)
97. “White Material” (Claire Denis, 2009)
96. “Finding Nemo” (Andrew Stanton, 2003)
95. “Moonrise Kingdom” (Wes Anderson, 2012)
94. “Let the Right One In” (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
93. “Ratatouille” (Brad Bird, 2007)
92. “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (Andrew Dominik, 2007)
91. “The Secret in Their Eyes” (Juan José Campanella, 2009)
90. “The Pianist” (Roman Polanski, 2002)
89. “The Headless Woman” (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)
88. “Spotlight” (Tom McCarthy, 2015)
87. “Amélie” (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
86. “Far From Heaven” (Todd Haynes, 2002)
85. “A Prophet” (Jacques Audiard, 2009)
84. “Her” (Spike Jonze, 2013)
83. “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” (Steven Spielberg, 2001)
82. “A Serious Man” (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2009)
81. “Shame” (Steve McQueen, 2011)
80. “The Return” (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003)
79. “Almost Famous” (Cameron Crowe, 2000)
78. “The Wolf of Wall Street” (Martin Scorsese, 2013)
77. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (Julian Schnabel, 2007)
76. “Dogville” (Lars von Trier, 2003)
75. “Inherent Vice” (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
74. “Spring Breakers” (Harmony Korine, 2012)
73. “Before Sunset” (Richard Linklater, 2004)
72. “Only Lovers Left Alive” (Jim Jarmusch, 2013)
71. “Tabu” (Miguel Gomes, 2012)
70. “Stories We Tell” (Sarah Polley, 2012)
69. “Carol” (Todd Haynes, 2015)
68. “The Royal Tenenbaums” (Wes Anderson, 2001)
67. “The Hurt Locker” (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008)
66. “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring” (Kim Ki-duk, 2003)
65. “Fish Tank” (Andrea Arnold, 2009)
64. “The Great Beauty” (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)
63. “The Turin Horse” (Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, 2011)
62. “Inglourious Basterds” (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)
61. “Under the Skin” (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)
60. “Syndromes and a Century” (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006)
59. “A History of Violence” (David Cronenberg, 2005)
58. “Moolaadé” (Ousmane Sembène, 2004)
57. “Zero Dark Thirty” (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)
56. “Werckmeister Harmonies” (Béla Tarr, director; Ágnes Hranitzky, co-director, 2000)
55. “Ida” (Pawe? Pawlikowski, 2013)
54. “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011)
53. “Moulin Rouge!” (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)
52. “Tropical Malady” (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)
51. “Inception” (Christopher Nolan, 2010)
50. “The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015)
49. “Goodbye to Language” (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)
48. “Brooklyn” (John Crowley, 2015)
47. “Leviathan” (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)
46. “Certified Copy” (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)
45. “Blue Is the Warmest Color” (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)
44. “12 Years a Slave” (Steve McQueen, 2013)
43. “Melancholia” (Lars von Trier, 2011)
42. “Amour” (Michael Haneke, 2012)
41. “Inside Out” (Pete Docter, 2015)
40. “Brokeback Mountain” (Ang Lee, 2005)
39. “The New World” (Terrence Malick, 2005)
38. “City of God” (Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, 2002)
37. “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)
36. “Timbuktu” (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014)
35. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (Ang Lee, 2000)
34. “Son of Saul” (László Nemes, 2015)
33. “The Dark Knight” (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
32. “The Lives of Others” (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)
31. “Margaret” (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011)
30. “Oldboy” (Park Chan-wook, 2003)
29. “WALL-E” (Andrew Stanton, 2008)
28. “Talk to Her” (Pedro Almodóvar, 2002)
27. “The Social Network” (David Fincher, 2010)
26. “25th Hour” (Spike Lee, 2002)
25. “Memento” (Christopher Nolan, 2000)
24. “The Master” (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)
23. “Caché” (Michael Haneke, 2005)
22. “Lost in Translation” (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
21. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Wes Anderson, 2014)
20. “Synecdoche, New York” (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)
19. “Mad Max: Fury Road” (George Miller, 2015)
18. “The White Ribbon” (Michael Haneke, 2009)
17. “Pan’s Labyrinth” (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006)
16. “Holy Motors” (Leos Carax, 2012)
15. “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)
14. “The Act of Killing” (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012)
13. “Children of Men” (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)
12. “Zodiac” (David Fincher, 2007)
11. “Inside Llewyn Davis” (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013)
10. “No Country for Old Men” (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)
9. “A Separation” (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)
8. “Yi Yi: A One and a Two” (Edward Yang, 2000)
7. “The Tree of Life” (Terrence Malick, 2011)
6. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (Michel Gondry, 2004)
5. “Boyhood” (Richard Linklater, 2014)
4. “Spirited Away” (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
3. “There Will Be Blood” (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
2. “In the Mood for Love” (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
1. “Mulholland Drive” (David Lynch, 2001)


Dr Lenera
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I'm a huge film fan and will watch pretty much any type of film, from Martial Arts to Westerns, from Romances [though I don't really like Romcoms!]] to Historical Epics. Though I most certainly 'have a life', I tend to go to the cinema twice a week! However,ever since I was a kid, sneaking downstairs when my parents had gone to bed to watch old Universal and Hammer horror movies, I've always been especially fascinated by horror, and though I enjoy all types of horror films, those Golden Oldies with people like Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee probably remain my favourites. That's not to say I don't enjoy a bit of blood and gore every now and again though, and am also a huge fan of Italian horror, I just love the style.

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