The 100 Best Movies of the 2000s: 50-41
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42. Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan, 2005)
I know, I know. I have Batman Begins ranked above Dark Knight. And here’s why. We’ve all seen so many superhero origin stories that it’s extremely difficult to imbue them with something interesting, to make them seem new to an audience that has seen it all before.
Nolan managed to craft a Batman origin story that felt fresh and exciting, while also setting up awesome sequels such as Dark Knight. Begins never feels like it is pushing through the origin to get to the good stuff, because it is the good stuff. Plus it has a bunch of ninjas in it, which people always seem to overlook. And if there’s anything I love as much as Batman, it’s ninjas.
41. Midnight In Paris (Woody Allen, 2011)
Woody Allen is a wildly prolific director, and these days he fires off about as many misses as he does hits. However, when he hits, he hits big. Enter Midnight In Paris, his sweet, funny ode to the past, the writers and musicians of the 1920’s, and the City of Love. The story of Gil Pember, a hack screenwriter who idolized writers like Hemingway and Fitzgerald only to find himself somehow back in the 20’s hanging out with them, Midnight in Paris has plenty to say about love, art, and living in the past. Also, Corey Stoll is hilarious as Hemingway, who doesn’t care about anything that he can’t fight or drink.
Check in tomorrow for numbers 40-31!