It's amazing to see 21st century films making it so high on the list in recent updates. For some of us who tend to be stuck in film history's past much of the time, these films show that there are plenty of recent films which will go on to take their place in the pantheon before long.
Tropical Malady (2004, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
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In an early scene, a pair of ghosts suddenly appear to Boonmee while he eats dinner. His family members can see them too. One of the ghosts is Boonmee’s dead wife, while the other is his missing son, who has become a Ghost Monkey, a monkey-like creature of the forest. But the Ghost Monkey isn’t just an animal. Its red laser eyes are reminiscent of the LED light on a camera, suggesting that the Ghost Monkey records its surroundings and stores them as memories. It can’t be a coincidence that Boonmee’s son first stumbled upon the Ghost Monkey’s existence with a camera. However, the memories that these creatures record are not those of the individual, but memories of time and place. As Boonmee’s sister-in-law points out, the ghosts seem to be tied to the farm itself, just like the workers who tend the land.