The 100 Best Movies of the 2000's: 40-31
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38. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
A Swedish film about a young boy and a girl vampire that fall in love, Let the Right One In is anything but your typical vampire movie. Shot in a gorgeous, surreal style, it somehow manages to capture both the creepy tone of a vampire film AND the giddy rush of young love, without either one diminishing the other. In turns gory, sweet, scary, and adorable, Let the Right One In works largely because of the brilliant performances by it’s two young actors. Building to a climax so beautifully staged it almost had me cheering in the theater, this is definitely a film to check out. I’ve heard that the American remake, Let Me In is also pretty good, but you know, whatever.
37. Fish Story (Yoshihiro Nakamura, 2009)
You’ve never heard of Fish Story, largely because it never got a US release. However, it has recently popped up on Netflix, and dear lord is it amazing. The story of how an obscure Japanese punk song from 1975 ultimately saves the world in 2012, Fish Story is a textbook crowd pleaser, with combining comedy, drama, action, and heart over five stories set in five time periods, and eventually coming together for one of the most satisfying climaxes I’ve ever seen. (I know, I know. ‘Satisfying climax.’ Very funny.) Also, the song that the film derives it’s title from is awesome and catchy, which it has better be, ‘cause we have to hear it like thirty times.