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The 100 Best Movies of the 2000's: 20-11

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12. Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2001)


“A movie told backwards?  No way!’ is probably similar to something I said when first heard about this movie.  Memento was my first major exposure to nontraditional form in film, and boy, am I glad.  It also introduced me and many others to Christopher Nolan, who I love, as evidenced by the presence of five of his films on this list.

Memento is a puzzle of a movie, which the viewer pieces together more and more of on each viewing.  The backwards-chronology could have easily felt like a gimmick in the hands of a lesser director, but here it feels essential to the telling of Lenny’s (Guy Pearce) story.  

11. District 9 (Niel Blomkamp, 2009)

District 9

Every once in a while, a groundbreaking Sci-Fi film comes along that changes the genre.  We had Star Wars, Alien, Terminator, and now, District 9. While looking gorgeous for it’s $30 Million budget, and being a brilliant allegory for Apartheid and racism,  District 9 primarily succeeds as a perfect sci-fi adventure film, telling the story of Wikus (Sharlto Copley), who goes from racist coward to tortured hero over the course of the film.  It was the first film for both Blomkamp and Copley, which is almost unfair, as both of them manage to out-perform people who have been doing this for years.  District 9 is exciting, moving, and most importantly, totally new.

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