The 100 Best Movies of the 2000s: 70-61
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68. Garden State (Zach Braff, 2004)
While Garden State has experienced some backlash since it came out, to me it remains a poignant, sweet, oddly funny look at one man’s awakening. It’s got an odd sense of humor, several surreal moments, and Natalie Portman as a classic Manic Pixie Dreamgirl, but somehow it never loses it’s message amongst these things. I saw Garden State at a point in my life where I was going through very similar things to the protagonist, and it really spoke to me. While I’m not sure it holds up as well as some others on this list, I think it’s a film of real power. Also, Natalie Portman is, like, WAY cute in it.
67. Monsters Inc. (Pete Docter, 2001)
One of many Pixar films on this list, because those guys just know how to tell stories, man. Monsters Inc. creates a vibrant, lived-in world of monsters, and beautifully compares and contrasts it to our own. A fast-paced madcap ride that leads to one of my favorite chase sequences ever, Monster Inc. never slows down or lets up, remaining compulsively watchable for the duration of it’s running time.