The 100 Best Movies of the 2000's: The Top Ten
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6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
In my opinion, Eternal Sunshine is the best love story ever told. A bold statement, I know, but think about it. It’s wildly original (due to both it’s great script, and some super imaginative direction by Michel Gondry,) it’s remarkably honest about relationships and why they are both wonderful and terrible, it seamlessly combines a crazy sci-fi concept with a vivid but real-to-life characters, and it has tons of great performances from a stellar cast. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet are both amazing in this, immersing us fully in the story of a couple that’s just meant to be together, even if it doesn’t necessarily want to be.
5. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Coen Brothers, 2000)
To me, no movie beats O Brother, Where art Thou for sheer rewatchability. I don’t know if it’s the great music, the bizarre but wonderful characters, or the cool, depression-era twist on Homer’s The Oddysey, but every part of this movie tickles my fancy. (Ugh. Let’s just forget I used that phrase, okay?) All three of the main characters are so totally bizarre, and find themselves in such outlandish situations, that O Brother feels as though it takes place in a world all it’s own, with just the right Coen mix of reality, whimsy, and originality. I’ve been quoting this movie incessantly for years, and if you watch it, I’m willing to bet you will be too.