The 100 Best Movies of the 2000s: 70-61
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66. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aaronofsky, 2000)
I’ve only seen Requiem for a Dream one time, and I’m not sure I’m ever going to watch it again. That’s how much power there is in this film, a devastating look at drug addiction that easily could have played like an afterschool special, but avoids that trap due to deft direction from Darren Aaronofsky.
Ellen Burstyn gives an incredible oscar nominated performance as a woman who loses touch with reality when she gets addicted to diet pills, as her son and his best friend and girlfriend sink deeper and deeper into heroin addiction. It’s not very cheerful.
65. Love Actually (Richard Curtis, 2003)
A collage film, Love Actually capably juggles a large number of stories about love on and around Christmas, while somehow managing to avoid become the sappiest movie you’ve ever seen. This is in part due to it’s sense of humor about itself, but also the earnestness with which it tackles it’s subject. Rather than feeling like a money-grabbing, manipulative Hollywood ‘love’ story, Curtis really seems to believe in his subject matter, and highlights this by showing that love doesn’t always work out. Bill Nighy steals the movie as an aging rockstar who finds no comfort in his debauched lifestyle.