American Cinematographer nominates the top 50 best shot films of the last decade
Amélie was awarded the #1 spot as the best cinematography of the past decade. I know aesthetics is very much a matter of personal taste, but I couldn’t agree more. For my money Amélie is one of the most beautifuly shot film I’ve seen to date. Here’s the complete list. I’ve linked the films I have covered in past blog posts. All the older films that only have SD shots I will be replacing at some point with HD shots. Enjoy!
6. Fight Club
10. American Beauty
16. The Matrix
20. Eyes Wide Shut
20. Requiem for a Dream
21. Kill Bill
22. Moulin Rouge
23. The Pianist
25. Black Hawk Down
32. The New World
33. Sin City
36. The Prestige
38. The Aviator
40. The Insider
43. The Fall
45. Snow Falling on Cedars
This is a great post, thanks for this! I just put a link up to it on my blog.
But many of those movies are from the nineties…
The poll is a follow-up to one published in AC in March ’99 in honor of the ASC’s 80th anniversary; that vote covered the best-shot movies of 1894-1997. For the new poll, AC asked subscribers to nominate 10 films released between 1998 and 2008 that they believed had the best cinematography.
Oh… Thanks for the info.
Your list of the Top 50 best shot films ends at 47. I’m no math major, but something doesn’t add up?
Ha. Well me neither but there are three ties. #12, #20, and #42 are ties. 50 films altogether.
This list is riddled of contradictions or incongruities, besides poor of sights. The fact that include a Brazilian and some Chinese films is not reason to forgive the exclusion of The Best Authors of World Cinematography as Haneke (none title here exceeds Das Weiss Band, LVT’s Melancholia & Antichrist at beauty are amazing, Kiarostami’s 10 & Copie Conforme technically & visually own Cinematography superior….
As always, american list is riddled of nationalist favoritism that decrease credibility to this kind of exercises.
Well this is a list of the best shot films released between 1998 and 2008 so Das Weiss Band, Melancholia and Antichrist weren’t released until 2009 or later. Also, its not a list of the greatest American cinematography. There is a magazine called “American Cinematographer” and this is their list. It doesn’t have anything to do with America really. The number one film on the list is a French film shot by a French cinematographer.
Now, I won’t argue that there may be some poor choices. For instance: Sky Captain? One of the top 50 best shot films in a ten year period? I don’t know about that.
But, the most important thing to realize is that aesthetics is very subjective. What I may find a beautiful film, you may not. So while I might disagree that certain films shouldn’t have made the list I’m not going to make a big deal about it because its a pretty pointless endeavor.
I would love to add Andrzej Bartkowiak to this list,
for “Falling Down” and the first ‘Speed”
”Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” doesn’t deserve a place in this list. I’m surprised they even considered it. I don’t understand why ”There Will Be Blood” is so high on the list no do I understand the love for its cinematography. It is interesting to note that only 9 of the listed films won the Academy Award for Cinematography and the top 2 weren’t among them. I’m also surprised but satisfied that films like ”The Matrix”, ”The Fall”, ”The Fountain” and ”Hero” which were not even nominated for the award at the Academy Awards are listed.
”Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” doesn’t deserve a place in this list. I’m surprised they even considered it. I don’t understand why ”There Will Be Blood” is so high on the list no do I understand the love for its cinematography. It is interesting to note that only ”Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” is not listed out of all the cinematography winners of the decade. I’m also surprised but satisfied that films like ”The Matrix”, ”The Fall”, ”The Fountain” and ”Hero” which were not even nominated for the award at the Academy Awards are listed.
Where is apocalypse now and the silence of the lambs?
They are not part of the last decade.