110 Best Movies of the 21st Century

The hippest flicks of the third millennium.

50/50
A History of Violence
A Separation
Adaptation
Adventureland
All Is Lost
Almost Famous
Amelie
American Hustle
American Psycho
Avatar
Before Midnight
Best in Show
Birdman
Black Swan
Blow
Borat
Boyhood
Burn After Reading
Capote
Catch Me If You Can
Children of Men
City of God
Coherence
Deathproof
District 9
Drive
Eastern Promises
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Ex Machina
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Frances Ha
Funny Games
Ghost World
Gone Baby Gone
Gravity
Her
High Fidelity
In Bruges
Inception
Inglourious Basterds
Inherent Vice
Inside Llewyn Davis
Interstellar
It Follows
Kill Bill
King Kong
Knocked Up
Little Children
Little Miss Sunshine
Locke
Looper
Lost in Translation
Love & Mercy
Mad Max: Fury Road
Melancholia
Memento
Midnight in Paris
Minority Report
Moneyball
Moon
Mulholland Drive
No Country for Old Men
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Ocean’s Eleven
Old School
Oldboy
Pineapple Express
Requiem for a Dream
Rush
Sideways
Skyfall
Step Brothers
Superbad
Synecdoche, New York
Take Shelter
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
The Babadook
The Cabin in the Woods
The Dark Knight
The Fall
The Fighter
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Hangover
The Hurt Locker
The Incredibles
The Kids Are All Right
The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy)
The Master
The Pianist
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Social Network
The Tree of Life
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wrestler
There Will Be Blood
This Is the End
Tropic Thunder
United 93
Up in the Air
Waking Life
Walk Hard
Wet Hot American Summer
Whiplash
Winter’s Bone
Wonder Boys
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Zodiac
Zombieland

Whitney

Dreamy folk rock out of my sweet home Chicago. This is music that grows on you like a vine as songs evolve into multi-instrumental soundscapes of reverie. Listen to their debut album, Light Upon the Lake.  You’ll feeler cooler in no time.

Around the World

Globe Music

While by no means a definitive list, here are some international gems for your listening pleasure:

Algeria
Made In Medina, Rachid Taha (2000)

Argentina
Artaud, Pescado Rabioso (1973)

Australia
Lonerism, Tame Impala (2012)

Austria
Black Sea, Fennesz (2008)

Bahamas
Exuma, Exuma (1970)

Belgium
Djangology, Django Reinhardt (1949)

Bermuda
Oyster, Heather Nova (1994)

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bitanga I Princeza, Bijelo Dugme (1979)

Brazil
Acabou Chorare, Novos Baianos (1972)

Bulgaria
Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares: Volume 1, Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares (1975)

Canada
Funeral, Arcade Fire (2004)

Chile
Alcachofa, Ricardo Villalobos (2003)

China
Fu Zao, Faye Wong (1996)

Colombia
Un Día Normal, Juanes (2002)

Croatia
Time, Time (1972)

Cuba
Buena Vista Social Club, Buena Vista Social Club (1997)

Czech Republic
Bílé Inferno, Iva Bittová & Vladimír Václavek (1997)
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Papooz

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French duo’s slinky debut Green Juice is a subdued dance album that’ll make you want to boogie on a terrace in Paris with a cig on your lip. Give them a listen if you want to be hip.

Out of Our Heads: Rock ‘n’ Roll Before the Drugs Wore Off

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Just finished this fascinating book by George Case. Highly recommend it as a breezy summer read.

“Take a trip through rock ‘n’ roll’s haziest, craziest period, beginning with the Beatles and Bob Dylan “turning on” in a New York hotel, and continuing on through two-decades of wonderful, colorful, history-changing music. From psychedelic Woodstock warriors like Hendrix and the Jefferson Airplane to psycho-stereo adventurers Pink Floyd; from the post-hippie bliss of Neil Young and cosmic cowboy Willie Nelson to the druggy blues of Black Sabbath and the hemp-happy rhythms of Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, Out of Our Heads gleefully celebrates music’s most creative minds – and their chemically induced expansion.

“This is the rare book that is unafraid to bask in the groovy good times of rock ‘n’ roll without the politically correct preaching that has helped stifle the party. To all those who have ever listened to Dark Side of the Moon on a pair of headphones and said “Wow”: this book is for you.”
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