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Recently, frequent candler blog collaborator Sunrise Tippeconnie and I sat down to record a podcast titled “Bests of the Decade”. Instead of making a list of the best films of the decade, we thought it would be interesting to decipher who and what were the most notable people and events in cinema of the last ten years. We would name a best writer, best actor and actress, and best director while discussing their competition as a means of justifying our picks. The plan was to get all of this recorded in one ninety minute show, but instead we ended up blabbing for over 3 hours. As a courtesy, I have gone to the trouble of cutting our conversation up into segments, the first of which covers the most notable developments in cinema during the 2000s. We also go over our methodology and reasoning for composing a list in this manner.
It was one hell of a decade for filmmaking. We saw the proliferation of high definition and the legitimization of video as a screening format. The digital intermediate was introduced, the comic book film re-exploded in Hollywood, the movement once called Mumblecore found a way to speak to an entirely new generation of art-house audiences and filmmakers the world over struggled to translate the nuance of a post-9/11 reality. When you lay out all of the advances and struggles of the last ten years, you might be amazed at how much has actually happened and changed while we were all busy at work. Sunrise and I discuss just a few of these changes in Part I of the Bests of the Decade Candlercast. Since we know we missed a few, we’d love it if you left some more in the comments.