The 100 Best Movies of the 2000s: 90-81
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86. Closer (Mike Nichols, 2004)
Stage plays are difficult to adapt into films because, by their very nature, they are sedentary and not action-driven, or if they are action-driven, much of it tends to occur off-stage, or in this case off-camera. Closer is a brilliant and heartbreaking looking at four people and their complicated relationships, as they dig deeper and deeper at each other.
Natalie Portman is phenomenal as an adorable stripper with lots of secrets, and Clive Owen is great as a pervy dentist named Larry. An emotionally challenging movie, but one of the best made in recent years about relationships.
85. X-Men 2 (Brian Singer, 2003)
‘The Greatest Superhero Movie Ever Made’ is a bold claim, but X-Men 2 certainly takes a run at it. By pitting the mutants against a vengeful, angry human played by the wonderful Brian Cox, the film’s message of tolerance blends perfectly with awesome action scenes and displays of mutant power.
Not to mention, the final fight features Wolverine and Lady Deathstryke stabbing each other, like, hundreds and hundreds of times and being fine. And there’s really no where else that you’re gonna see that besides an X-Men movie. It’s also got one of the coolest opening scenes ever, with Nightcrawler staging a one-man assault on the White House. Awesome.