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The 100 Best Movies of the 2000s: 70-61

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Posted by: Eric Zipper

Wow, you’re still reading, huh? Alright here we go, we're almost at the halfway point! Let's continue on with numbers 70 - 61.

Get caught up:

70. The Descent (Neil Marshall, 2006)

the descent

One of my favorite horror films of all time, The Descent follows a group of six female best friends on a terrifying, claustrophobic spelunking adventure fraught with cave-ins, in-fighting, and of course, monsters.  Lots and lots of monsters.  By opting not to use any CGI, but to have the monsters played by talented body actors in fantastic make-up, the film takes on an eerie realness as our lovely protagonists must fight their way back to the surface.  By lulling us into a false sense of security in the relatively monster-free first half of the movie, we are unprepared for the absolute onslaught of the second half.  And it is awesome.

69. 500 Days of Summer (Mark Webb, 2009)

Summer

I swear I’m not just putting this on the list because it has factored in to several very successful first dates.  In fact, it’s kind of weird that it has, since as the movie is quick to point out, this is NOT a love story.  Well, it is, but only for one person.  The tale of a boy’s 500 day infatuation with a girl named Summer (played by my future wife, Zooey Deschanel), 500 Days of Summer has a razor-sharp script that is in turns funny and heartbreaking, whimsical and tragically down-to-earth.  You’ll fall in love with Summer, just like our protagonist.  And then she’ll break your heart, just like she does his.

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