The Best Film of 2012 and The Best Films of the Aughts

Once again, Film Club has descended into the male members demonstrating their affection for one another through insults. Lisa popped in to contribute to our latest discussion, which I’ll be getting to way at the end of this post, and we had an even rarer visit from Tara. Lisa and Tara tried to interject sanity into Film Club, but, sadly, sanity is not what rules Film Club.

Before I get to the task everyone’s been harassing me about, I want to show you what I expect to be the number one film on every Film Club member’s Best of 2012 list. I know the whole cast of this film, although, most notably, Lucas is featured in it, as the dude in the hard hat. Maxwell also makes an appearance; you’ll see him in a crowd scene holding a sign that says “BIRD KILLERS GO HOME” and shouting his fool head off. I make an appearance in the same crowd scene, although, as is so often the case in my daily life, you can’t see me because I am covered up by a protest sign.

This film will be screening at the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival in NYC on December 2. I move on December 1. I’m trying to figure out how I can do both things in one weekend without acquiring additional superpowers. For you locals, there will be a screening here in Rochester at the end of the month. I’ll be posting details.

All right, and fine, John, I’ll post my Best of 2000-2009 list. Before I do, though, I have to say that I was a little flip in my choices and so have been eager to post them, if only to get John and possibly other Film Club members riled up by things like my capricious inclusion of three Will Ferrell films. I realized after I made my list that I neglected some important films (like No Country for Old Men, which would have been in my top five had I remembered it), but unlike rulebreakers Arthur and Ben, I didn’t change my list after I submitted it. So here it is in all its disorganized glory:

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
Moulin Rouge!
Big Fish
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Up in the Air
28 Days Later
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Bowling for Columbine
Lost in Translation
Hurt Locker
It Might Get Loud
Inglourious Basterds
Finding Nemo
Tropic Thunder
Bridget Jones’s Diary
The Others
Kill Bill, Vol. 2
Little Miss Sunshine
Stranger Than Fiction
The Ring
Bubba Ho-Tep
Grizzly Man


  1. olivia
    Posted November 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    I suppose I should be ashamed of myself for only having seen four (?) of the films on your list.

  2. Jen Mitchell
    Posted November 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    I love the Hoot video. The kids and I have been reading it, very slowly. I can’t wait to show them the video!

    I love your list of moves as well. Much more than the one Jason posted. (Sorry Jason). Anchorman is a classic. I am laughing as I am thinking about it.

    Amelie is one of my all time favorite movies too. It’s charming. And unexpected. And stays with you long after it ends. (Much like anchorman)

  3. Irondequoit John
    Posted November 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Kill Bill Volume 2 over Kill Bill Volume 1? There are opinions and then there are things that are just wrong.

  4. adrienne
    Posted November 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Olivia, No way. No one should feel like they have to watch anything.

    Jen, I love Hoot the book, and I completely agree that my list is better than Jason’s. ;) I have watched Anchorman more times than any other film on that list, and just talking about it makes me want to watch it again.

    I often agree with you, John, but Volume 2 is clearly superior to Volume 1. I don’t want to have to get out my sword and swear a vendetta to make my point, but I will if I have to.

  5. Tonderdo
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    I have seen 12 of the movies so that’s something.

    I also want to point out I too am in the crowd scene but you can only see my eyes & the top of my head over a teen’s shoulder.

    We will work out how to do both things.

  6. Chad
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    I love many of the movies you have listed there. Amelie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Lost in Translation are movies I especially treasure. But I love many many of the movies listed.

  7. adrienne
    Posted November 17, 2012 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Tam, You can just see a little of my side in the movie.

    Chad, I missed some films I should have included, but it’s hard to pick favorites. I’ve been thinking about rewatching a bunch of these ones since I made the list, but like I have time with all this moving I’m doing. I asked the cats to do some packing for me, but, per usual, they’ve done nothing.

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