As a list junkie, I'm still having a great time combing over the lists of the best films of the decade. In particular, I'm enthralled by the polls conducted at Indiewire and Film Comment (neither of which I participated in). The polls agreed on seven of the top ten films, and they ranged from well-known films to a couple of titles that feel pretty obscure. One film that reached the top ten on both lists barely ever had any distribution or attention in the United States. It showed up in the spring of 2007 on no more than 2 screens at a time, and its total U.S. gross was about $16,000 (that's sixteen thousand, not million). I saw it on a DVD screener at my house, and to the best of my knowledge, it never opened for a regular run in my hometown. The film is Syndromes and a Century, from Thailand, written and directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. He studied for a time in Chicago, so if you can't pronounce his name, he doesn't mind being called "Joe."
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