"A micromort is a unit of risk measuring a one-in-a-million probability of death."
And that, I think, was the handle — that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting — on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave….
So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark — that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back."
— Hunter S Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
28 Days Later (Danny Boyle, 2002)
Amélie [Le fabuleux destin d’Amél ie Poulain] (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004)
Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier, 2000)
The Edukators [Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei] (Hans Weingarten, 2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
Frost/Nixon (Ron Howard, 2008)
Hero [Ying xiong] (Zhang Yimou, 2002)
Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)
Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002)
Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)
I did try to get this down to just ten, but I couldn’t. (Interestingly, only two of the twelve are from post-2004. Why is that?)
If I had to pick just one, it would be Eternal Sunshine, which is just astonishingly lovely.
Director of the decade is (was?) Christopher Nolan: Memento (2000), Insomnia (2002), Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006) and The Dark Knight (2008) could all have made this list; I decided to limit myself to just the one.
“'Dry' vodka can be wrapped in paper and carried around in a pocket or a bag.” Yay?
Pope’s playlist: “Presumably he can relate to the lyrics ‘I’m tired of being poor and even worse I’m black.’”
Cool birthday cake for panda (Also, best use of the adjective “butter-stick-size”.)
If you haven’t read Obama’s Nobel prize speech, I can recommend it
“'The deadweight loss of Christmas' applies equally to Hanukkah and other holidays with gift-giving rituals.”
"Today there was also mixed news for the tens of thousands of fans of India’s most popular—and only—cartoon porn star.”