In dual 12.20 postings called “We Love the Aughties: An End-of-Decade Clip Party,” L Magazine’s Matt Zoller Seitz has provided “an exhaustively subjective reflection on ten years of moviegoing.” He started “by soliciting suggestions from a number of L critics and friends and went from there. The roughly chronological arrangement of clips generally reflects the year of the films’ public premiere, although some films have been grouped with the year of their initial US theatrical run.”
So many assemblages seem to emphasize the slamp-bang, high-emotion, startling-visual stuff. In fact, nearly every video wrap-up piece about any year or era or genre does this. (Or so it seems.) Seitz’s aughty reels are much more initimate and thoughtfully moody — very well chosen for their ability to trigger just the right moods and associations.