Everybody loves the classics. We here at Goliath sure do. But what exactly makes a classic, anyways? There’s something to be said for a movie that’s funny, or tense, or really nice to look at. But what gives a classic the staying power it has? What ensures a film will be remembered not in five years, but in thirty? It’s a question worth thinking on, and in thinking on it the staff around these parts couldn’t help but wonder what contemporary movies people might look back on and ultimately deem classics. We wanted to keep this list just that, contemporary, so we’ve chosen to include movies from the last five to eight years, and we’ve got a great assortment of flicks here that we think sort of define the generation they are attached to. So without further ado, here are 10 recent movies that are destined to be classics.
10. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
What it means to be an artist is a rapidly changing construct in the contemporary world. The advent of digital technology has made it easier than ever to create and display art in the public forum, but what does that mean for those individuals who call themselves artists? Exit Through the Gift Shop, the absurd, bizarre and endlessly intriguing film from noted street artist Banksy looks to understand these questions by telling the story of Thierry Guetta, a man who gets so involved in documenting the street art world that he begins to partake in it, although whether his art is of merit is very much up for discussion. It’s a strange and fascinating tale made all the more intriguing by Banksy’s shrouded and cynical presence in the film. We’re liable to think that of all the documentaries that have come out of late, this one is likely to have the most staying power as more and more individuals begin to question what really counts as art.