The New York Times has published a list of the 25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far, and among them are three films for which Nonesuch Records released the soundtrack: Paul Thomas Anderson's 2007 film There Will Be Blood, which tops the list (and features a score by Jonny Greenwood), Richard Linklater's 2014 film Boyhood, and Joel and Ethan Coen's 2013 film Inside Llewyn Davis.
The New York Times has published a list of the 25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far, and among them are three films for which Nonesuch Records released the soundtrack: Paul Thomas Anderson's 2007 film There Will Be Blood, which tops the list, Richard Linklater's 2014 film Boyhood, and Joel and Ethan Coen's 2013 film Inside Llewyn Davis.
In placing it at the top of the list, New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis describes Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood as "a 21st-century masterpiece about love, death, faith, greed and all the oil and blood gushing through the American 20th century." Her colleague A.O. Scott says: "I never tire of thinking about There Will Be Blood. But every time I watch it, I find it outruns all my thoughts. Not many films do that."
In the article, Scott calls attention to Jonny Greenwood's score, a hauntingly dramatic work which Newsday had called "one of the few film scores in recent years that can honestly own the sobriquet of landmark."
Richard Linklater's 2014 film Boyhood, which the Times has at No. 8 on its list of the century's best, landed on a number of lists of Best Movies of the year in which it was released, including that of all three New York Times film critics. A.O. Scott placed it at No. 1 then, exclaiming: "In my 15 years of professional movie reviewing, I can’t think of any film that has affected me the way Boyhood did."
Shot over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's film Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child who literally grows up on screen before the viewers' eyes. The soundtrack spans the story's 12 years, with songs ranging from the year 2000 (Coldplay, The Hives) to 2013 (Yo La Tengo), and features the song "Hero," by Family of the Year. The album also includes the classic "Band on the Run," by Paul McCartney and Wings, and the debut of a new song written by Jeff Tweedy, "Summer Noon."
Inside Llewyn Davis, which was written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, is at No. 11 on the New York Times list of the Best Films of the 21st Century So Far. Upon its US release in 2013, the film made over 450 Top 10 lists and was hailed as Best Picture of the Year by the New York Times, BBC, Film Comment, Variety, and many others.
The film's soundtrack, produced by T Bone Burnett, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen, with Marcus Mumford as its associate producer, features 12 new recordings created especially for the film and soundtrack. Also included is a never-before-released recording of Bob Dylan performing his song "Farewell," which was originally recorded during the sessions for his album The Times They Are A-Changin' and is available exclusively on this soundtrack. Nonesuch also released a recording of the one-night-only concert held at New York City’s Town Hall in 2013 to celebrate the music of the film titled Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of "Inside Llewyn Davis."
To see the complete list and read what else the New York Times film critics had to say, visit nytimes.com.