KF 2000+

This gets tricky as there’s not much ‘test of time’ involved.

2000

Amores perros (Mexico, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
Baiser moi (France, Virginie Despentes & Coralie Trinh Thi)
Bamboozled (Spike Lee)
Battle Royale (Japan, Batoru rowairu, Kenj Fukasaku)
Code Unknown (France, Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages, Michael Haneke)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Taiwan, Wo hu cang long, Ang Lee)
Dancer in the Dark (Denmark, Lars von Trier)
Erin Brokovich (Steven Soderbergh)
Gangster No.1 (UK, Paul McGuigan)
Gladiator (Ridley Scott)
In the Mood for Love (Hong Kong, Fa yeung nin wa, Wong Kar-Wai)
Joint Security Area (Korea, Park Chan-Wook)
Memento (Christopher Nolan)
101 Reykjavik (Iceland, Baltasar Kormakur)
Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky)
Sexy Beast (UK, Jonathan Glazer)
Suzhou River (China, Suzhou he, Ye Lou)
Time for Drunken Horses (Iran, Zamani barayé masti asbha, Bahman Gobadi)
Timecode (Mike Figgis)
Traffic (Steven Soderbergh)

2001

Amelie (France, Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
And Your Mother Too (Y tu mama tambien, Mexico, Alfonso Cuaron)
Atanarjuat The Fast Runner (Canada, Zacharias Kunuk)
The Devil’s Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo, Sp-Mex, Guillermo del Toro)
Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly)
Kandahar (Iran, Safar e Ghandehar, Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson)
Millennium Actress (Sennen joyû, Japan, Satoshi Kon)
Monster’s Ball (Marc Foster)
Moulin Rouge (Australia, Baz Luhrmann)
Mulholland Drive (Fr-US, Davind Lynch)
The Others (Alejandro Amenabar)
The Pledge (Sean Penn)
Sex and Lucia (Spain, Lucia y el sexo, Julio Medem)
Shrek (Andrew Adamson & Vicky Jenson)
Spirited Away (Japan, Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi, Hayao Miyazaki)
Vanilla Sky (Cameron Crowe)

2002

Adaptation (Spike Jonze)
Bloody Sunday
(UK,
Paul Greengrass)
Bowling for Columbine
(Michael Moore)
City of God (
Brazil, Cidade de Deus, Fernando Meirelles & Katia Lund)
Dark Water
(Japan, Honogurai mizu no soko kara, Hideo Nakata)
Dirty Pretty Things
(Stephen Frears)
11/09/01 – September 11
(International, various)
Far From Heaven
(Todd Haynes)
Frida (US-Can-Mex, Julie Taynor)
Gangs of New York (Martin Scorsese)
Hero
(China, Ying xiong, Zhang Yimou)
Infernal Affairs,
(Mou gaan dou, Hong Kong, Wai Keung Lai and Sui Fai Mak
In This World (UK, Michael Winterbottom)
Irreversible
(France, Garspar Noe)
Lilja 4-ever
(Sweden, Lukas Moodysson)
The Magdalene Sisters
(UK-Ire, Peter Mullan)
Minority Report
(Steven Spielberg)
Morvern Callar
(UK, Lynne Ramsey)
The Quiet American
(Philip Noyce)
Rabbit Proof Fence
(Australia, Philip Noyce)
The Road to Perdition
(Sam Mendes)
Russian Ark
(Russia, Russkij kovcheg, Aleksandr Sokurov)
A Snake of June
(Rokugatsu no hebi, Japan, Shinya Tsukamoto)
Solaris (Steven Soderbergh)
Spider-Man
(Sam Raimi)
Springtime in a Small Town (Xiao cheng zhi chun, China, Tian Zhuangzhuang)
Sympathy for Mr Vengeance
(Korea, Boksuneun naui goet, Park Chan Wook)
The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei, Japan, Yoji Yamada)

2003

American Splendor (Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini)
At Five in the Afternoon
(Iran, Panj e asir, Samira Makhmalbaf)
The Barbarian Invasions (Canada-France, Les Invasions barbares, Denys Arcand)
Cold Mountain
(Anthony Minghella)
Dogville (Denmark, Lars von Trier)
The Educators (Die Fetten Jahre sind vorbei, Ger, Hans Weingartner)
8 Mile (Curtis Hanson)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (Michael Moore)
Ju-on: The Grudge (Japan, Takashi Shimizu)
Kill Bill Vol.1 (Quentin Tarantino)
The Last Samurai (Edward Zwick)
Lost in Translation (US-Japan, Sofia Coppola)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir)
Mystic River (Clint Eastwood)
Oldboy (S.Korea, Chan-Wook Park)
Ong Bak (Korea, Prachya Pinkaew)
Osama (Afghanistan / Netherlands / Japan / Ireland / Iran, Siddiq Barmak)
Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl (Gore Verbinski)
The Return (Vozvrashcheniye, Russia, Andrey Zvyagintsev
Tale of Two Sisters (Janghwa, Hongryeon, Korea, Ji-woon Kim)
thirteen (Catherine Hardwicke)
25th Hour (Spike Lee)
21 Grams (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
Zatoichi (Japan, Takeshi Kitano)

2004

Bad Education (Spain, La Mala educacion, Pedro Almodovar)
Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater)
Birth (Jonathan Glazer)
Bullet Boy (UK, Saul Dibb)
Casshern (Japan, Kazuaki Kiriya)
The Day After Tomorrow (Roland Emmerich)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (Japan, Mamoru Oshii)
A Hole in My Heart (Sweden-Denmark, Ett Hål i mitt hjärta, Lukas Moodyson)
Hotel Rwanda (UK-US-Italy-S.Africa, Terry George)
Howl’s Moving Castle (Japan, Hauru no ugoku shiro, Hayao Miyazaki)
Kinsey (Bill Condon)
Maria Full of Grace (USA-Columbia, Joshua Marston)
The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motocicleta, South America, Walter Salles)
Ray (Taylor Hackford)
3 Iron (Bin-jip, Korea, Ki-duk Kim)
36 Quai des Ofrevres (France, Olivier Marchal)
Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow (Trilogia I: To Livadi pou dakryzei, Greece, Theo Angelopoulos)
Yasmin (UK, Kenneth Glennon)

2005

Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan)
Battle in Heaven (Batalla en el cielo, Mex-Bel-Fr-Ger, Carlos Reygadas)
A Bittersweet Life (Dalkomhan insaeng, Korea, Ji-woon Kim)
Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Tim Burton)
A Cock and Bull Story (UK, Michael Winterbottom)
The Constant Gardener (Germany-UK, Fernando Meirelles)
Crash (Paul Haggis)
Dark Water (Walter Salles)
Goodnight and Good Luck (Japan / France / UK / USA, George Clooney)
Hidden (Cache, France-Austria-Germany-Italy, Michael Haneke)
A History of Violence (David Cronenberg)
The Interpreter (UK / USA / France, Sydney Pollack)
Kingdom of Heaven (UK-US, Ridley Scott)
King Kong (Peter Jackson)
Lady Vengeance (Korea, Chinjeolhan geumjassi, Park Chan Wook)
Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood)
Princess Raccoon (Operetta tanuki goten, Japan, Seijun Suzuki)
Munich (Steven Spielberg)
Sin City (Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez)
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage, Ger, Marc Rothemund)
Syriana (Stephen Gaghan)
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (US-France, Tommy Lee Jones)
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (US-US, Tim Burton)
Tsotsi (UK-S.Africa, Gavin Hood
V for Vendetta (James McTeige)
War of the Worlds (Steven Spielberg)
The Wayward Cloud (Tian bian yi duo yun, Taiwan, Tsai Ming-liang

2006

Babel (Fr-US-Mex, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu)
Black Book (Zwarboek, Netherlands-Ger-Belguim, Paul Verhoeven)
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
(Larry Charles)
Casino Royale (UK-US, Martin Campbell)
Children of Men (Japan-UK-US, Alfonso Cuaron)
Climates (Iklimler, Turkey, Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
Curse of the Golden Flower (Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia, China, Zhang Yimou)
Flags of Our Fathers (Clint Eastwood)
The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky)
Ghosts (UK, Nick Broomfield)
The Host (Gwoemul, Korea, Joon-ho Bong)
Inland Empire (Fr-Poland-US, David Lynch)
Inside Man (Spike Lee)
Kidulthood (UK, Menhaj Huda)
Letters from Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood)
Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris)
Manufacture Landscapes (Canada, Jennifer Baichwal)
Pan’s Labyrinth (El Labertino del fauno, Sp-Mex-US, Guillermo del Toro)
The Prestige (US-UK, Christopher Nolan)
Red Road (UK, Andrea Arnold)
The Road to Guantanamo (UK, Michael Winterbottom)
A Scanner Darkly (US, Richard Linklater)
Shortbus (John Cameron Mitchell)
Still Life (China, Jia Zhangke)
United 93 (Paul Greengrass)
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Ire-UK-Ger-It-Sp-Fr, Ken Loach)

2007

The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik)
Atonement (UK-France, Joe Wright)
The Band’s Visit (Israel, Eran Kolirin)
Battle of Haditha (UK, Nick Broomfield)
The Bourne Ultimatum (Paul Greengrass)
Control (UK, Anton Corbijn)
The Counterfeiters (Die Fälscher, Austria-Ger, Stefan Ruzowitzky)
Eastern Promises (UK-Can-US, David Cronenberg)
The Edge of Heaven (Ger-Turkey, Fatih Akin)
4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile, Romania, Cristian Mungiu)
I’m Not There (Todd Haynes)
In the Valley of Elah (Paul Haggis)
Into the Wild (Sean Penn)
Jindabyne (Australia, Ray Lawrence)
Juno (Jason Reitman)
No Country for Old Men (Joel Cohen & Ethan Coen)
The Orphanage (El Orfanato, Spain, JA Bayona)
Persepolis (France, Vincent Parnnaud, Marjane Satrapi)
Rendition (Gavin Hood)
Teeth (Mitchell Lichtenstein)
There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
This is England (UK, Shane Meadows)
Yella (Ger, Christian Petzold)
Zodiac (David Fincher)

2008

The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan)
Gomarrah (Italy, Matteo Garrone)
Gran Torino
(Clint Eastwood)
Hunger (UK, Steve McQueen)
Of Time and the City
(UK, Terence Davies)
S
lumdog Millionaire (UK-US, Danny Boyle)
Wall-E
(Andrew Stanton)
Waltz with Bashir (Vals im Bashir, Israel, Ari Folman)

2009

The Age of Stupid (UK, Franny Armstrong)
The International (US-Ger-UK, Tom Tykwer)

2 Responses

  1. I feel as though Garden State (2004) should be included, it was a great demonstration of how someone can write/act/direct all in one go, especially on their first attempt. Could be my biased opinion however!
    Also, No Country For Old Men should definitely be in there.

  2. Thanks for this. Plenty I’ve missed. I should print it off and ask the man in our local DVD shop to keep it. That should save me a good half hour every time. Sorry to see some of my faves missing though – Happiness (for the opening scene alone) is worth a mention surely ? I’d also take Punch Drunk Love over Magnolia or even There will be Blood, and Mulholland Drive over the frankly inpenetrable Inland Empire.

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