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

Now we're really nearing the end!  The next ten were magnificent movies who just didn't quite make it to the top ten, but make sure to check back tomorrow when we reveal the best of the best. Without further ado here’s 20-11!

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20. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2009)

Lost in Translation

To those who still thought of Bill Murray as the Caddyshack goofball, his performance in Lost in Translation must have come as quite a surprise.  A quiet, melancholy performance, Murray never gets a big, showy outburst scene where he tells how he feels.  Instead, we are left to discern his emotions through his actions, as he befriends and falls for a lonely young newlywed.

The film presents a great portrait of an American ill-at-ease in Japan, which I’m sure is a crazy-ass place, and it also served as an introduction to Scarlett Johansson for many, which is something I will always be eternally grateful to it for.  

19. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)

Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds was Quentin Tarantino’s opus, the film he’d been planning and working on for over ten years.  The story of a group of badass jews killin’ nazi’s, Inglourious Basterds has one of the most oddly sophisticated and original scripts I’ve ever seen.  Broken up into a short number of very long scenes, it strikes a brilliant balance between tense (the opening scene, the tavern sequence, Landa’s lunch with Shoshanna) and gloriously madcap (the HUGO STIGLITZ moment, that absolutely insane ending).  Very few filmmakers can get away with revising history as extensively as Tarantino has here, but at this point, we’ve almost come to expect things like that from him.

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