originals\ Jul 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm

The 100 Best Movies of the 2000's: 30-21

Oh man, we’re getting closer and closer to the end.  Here’s numbers 30-21! 

Get caught up:

30. Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004)

When parodying a genre, it helps to have immense affection for that genre.  Fortunately, that sort of affection for zombie films pours through in every frame of Shaun of the Dead. Billed as a ZomRomCom (Zombie Romantic Comedy), this film was America’s first introduction to Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, playing roommates/slackers Shaun and Ed.  Shaun somehow manages to be sweet, funny, gross, and scary all at the same time, showing that the best way to make a Zombie parody is to also have it be a really good zombie movie.  Imagine that.

Shaun of the Dead

29. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005)

Marking the beginning of a major director/actor relationship between David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen, A History of Violence is a family drama punctuated by moments of intense, graphic violence.  Viggo stars as a man whose past has come back to haunt him, and is putting his family at risk in the process.

History of Violence is also noteworthy for featuring an incredible four-minute performance by William Hurt that earned him an Oscar nomination.  Seriously.  The guy is onscreen for four minutes, near the very end of the film, and he pretty much manages to steal the movie.  It’s absurd.

History of Violence

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