The 100 Best Movies of the 2000s: 80-71
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72. Melancholia (Lars Von Trier, 2011)
Melancholia is a sad, strange film. Divided into two very different halves (the first about a manic-depressive bride at her wedding, which almost feels like a farce, and the second about that same bride and her sister facing the impending end of the world), it is a gorgeously shot and brilliantly acted mediation on sadness, loneliness, and death. It even manages to get a brilliant performances out of Kristen Dunst, which isn’t something I previously thought possible. The only thing that ever took me out of the movie was Kiefer Sutherland, who managed to do so simply by being Kiefer Sutherland.
71. Moulin Rouge (Baz Luhrman, 2001)
Musicals aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but director Baz Luhrman, with his giddy, colorful, totally insane masterpiece Moulin Rouge managed to create one that has something for everybody. It’s got David Bowie music, Nicole Kidman as a prostitute, a narcoleptic Argentinian, an elephant-house, and plenty of Fatboy Slim. Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, Moulin Rouge feels like a movie out of time, pieced together with odds and ends from every decade. Most importantly, though, it’s tons of damn fun.