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Top Fifty Films of the 00s — Number One

#1 — No Country For Old Men (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, 2007) After all the words I’ve tapped out in the name of this ongoing project, this public exercise in grappling with the films that have meant the most

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Top Fifty Films of the 00s — Number Two

#2 — Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron, 2006) “Every edit is a lie.” That assertion is famously credited to filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. I referenced that the first time I wrote about Children on Men, but I can’t resist returning to

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Top Fifty Films of the 00s — Number Three

#3 — Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007) With Zodiac, David Fincher stakes out the compelling argument that if a true-life story is worth telling in the first place, it doesn’t necessarily need embellishments and alterations. Biopics and docudramas routinely hammer fact

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Top Fifty Films of the 00s — Number Four

#4 — The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006) Martin Scorsese’s The Departed is a powerhouse, a movie that announces itself immediately as unusually kinetic and dynamic. One of the earliest sequences sets the tone as the film rushes through the development

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Top Fifty Films of the 00s — Number Five

#5 — Good Night, and Good Luck. (George Clooney, 2005) The year that Good Night, and Good Luck. was released, George Clooney used his ample personal funds to get particularly fitting and telling Christmas gifts for many of his friends.

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Top Fifty Films of the 00s — Number Six

#6 — The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson, 2001) Forget for a moment the Oscar attention, the box office tallies, and the awestruck acclaim from unlikely quarters. Think instead about the context when The

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Top Fifty Films of the 00s — Number Seven

#7 — Sideways (Alexander Payne, 2004) Movies often trade in cataclysm and heartbreak, sending characters sprinting down rainswept streets chasing after that one urgent moment destined to change everything. That’s certainly stirring, but there’s also an inherent phoniness to it,

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Top Fifty Films of the 00s — Number Eight

#8 — The Incredibles (Brad Bird, 2004) Those whose entire knowledge of superheroes derives from visits to the cineplex–and I still find it remarkable that a working background acquired through such means could be so much more thorough that I

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Top Fifty Films of the 00s — Number Nine

#9 — Up (Pete Docter with Bob Peterson, 2009) Let’s start where everyone starts in discussing Up, with the sequence that seemingly inspires universal agreement about its excellence. With just a few minutes of screen-time, Pete Docter and Bob Peterson

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Top Fifty Films of the 00s — Number Ten

#10 — Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000) It’s all about those records under the bed, a treasure trove of rock ‘n’ roll left by a departing sibling with the promise that there are life-changing notes contained within the collection. When

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