TIFF’s Best 30 Films of the Decade.


Aside from the title of this post, I got the link from this article, “Why it’s so hard to say what’s good when it comes to movies.” The link is a short read only and I think the author of that article has a point. I think I’ve previously mentioned about this before, films are subjective.

Like me, I have this certain fondness for the Saw series and I know a lot of people don’t even bother to see or watch it. Or how about the millions of people who have seen Titanic, where I vowed not to watch that film ever in my life. Obviously, these are more on the personal level.

That’s why it is really sucky when people come out with lists. Even people who came up with those four digit lists, I know they would’ve still heard a lot of criticisms from the films that they included in the list.

For me, I always find these lists only as a guide. If you find the movie good, I’ll try to look for it and watch it. If it is good for me then we might have the same taste in films and otherwise, I move on to the next film. It is that simple.

So, here is the list of the decades’ best from the Toronto International Film Festival.

  1. Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand).
  2. Platform (Jia Zhang-ke, Hong Kong, China/China/Japan/France)
  3. Still Life (Jia Zhang-ke, China).
  4. Beau travail (Claire Denis, France).
  5. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong, China),
  6. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, France/Thailand/Germany/Italy).
  7. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu, Romania); Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, Hungary).
  8. Éloge de l’amour (Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland/ France).
  9. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, Romania).
  10. Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico/France/Netherlands).
  11. Russian Ark (Alexander Sokurov, Russia/Germany).
  12. The New World (Terrence Malick, U.S.)
  13. Blissfully Yours (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, France/Thailand).
  14. Le Fils (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Belgium/France).
  15. Colossal Youth (Pedro Costa, Portugal/France/Switzerland).
  16. Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse (Agnès Varda, France); In Vanda’s Room (Pedro Costa, Portugal/Germany/Italy/Switzerland); Songs from the Second Floor (Roy Andersson, Sweden/Denmark/Norway).
  17. Caché (Michael Haneke, France/Austria/Germany/Italy); A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, classified as a U.S. film despite the director’s Canadian nationality.); Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, France/USA); Three Times (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan).
  18. Rois et reine (Arnaud Desplechin, France).
  19. Elephant (Gus Van Sant, U.S.)
  20. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain).
  21. The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran/France); Yi Yi (A One and a Two) (Edward Yang, Taiwan/Japan).
  22. Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, Spain).
  23. L’Enfant (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Belgium/France); The Heart of the World (Guy Maddin, Canada); I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan/France/Austria); Star Spangled to Death (Ken Jacobs, U.S.)
  24. The World (Jia Zhang-ke, China/Japan/France).
  25. Café Lumière (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Japan); The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Spain/France/Italy); L’Intrus (Claire Denis, France); Millennium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan/France); My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, Canada); Saraband (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden); Spirited Away (Hiyao Miyazaki, Japan); I’m Not There (Todd Haynes, U.S.)
  26. Gerry (Gus Van Sant, U.S.).
  27. Distant (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey); Dogville (Lars von Trier, Denmark/Sweden/UK/France/Germany); The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, U.S.);
  28. Alexandra (Alexander Sokurov, Russia/France); Demonlover (Olivier Assayas, France).
  29. Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner (Zacharias Kunuk, Canada); Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan).
  30. Longing (Valeska Grisebach, Germany); Secret Sunshine (Lee Chang-dong, South Korea); Vai e Vem (João César Monteiro, Portugal); Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, U.S./France).


  1. Other than My Blueberry Nights & In the Mood for Love, what Wong Kar-wai films can u suggest na mapanuod?

  2. i’ve seen happy together, chungking express and 2046.

    chungking express is good! easy to watch. yung 2046 medyo malalim as it took me a lot of starts before finally watching it. hindi ko pa din naintindihan. hahaha.

    and yung happy together is… uhm… a gay film.

    yung in the mood for love din is part of a trilogy. second sya and third yung 2046. i think there’s a running theme dun sa takbo ng stories. yung first part nyan is Days of being wild na hindi ko pa napapanood.

  3. Happy Together is a gay film?
    ANy chance na yun ang basehan ng Kris-Eric Quizon movie?

  4. there is a big probability. pero yung happy together ni wkw, talagang love story sya with sex and stuff… unlike with the eric quizon starrer… =)

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