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Top 25 Films of the 2000s – #20

December 12, 2009

#20 – Monsters, Inc. (2001)

In my opinion, Pixar is hands down the most consistent production house going today. The strength and quality of their storytelling is really something to marvel at, and the fact that I can still love a movie like Monsters, Inc. after having it in pretty much constant rotation for the last year (ah, the joys of having a toddler) is a testament to their abilities.

Looking back, Monsters, Inc. strikes me as something of a transitional film, somewhere between Toy Story 1 & 2 and the somewhat more…mature…stories found in The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and the like. Like the former, it remains solidly kid-friendly, keeps the catchy Randy Newman song, etc. But like the latter, it delves into some themes that probably fly right past the kiddos.

The animation is stunning, too, and the climactic chase through the door storage facility is one of the better, more inventive action scenes of the decade. But it’s really the whole package that brings me back, that lets me kick back and enjoy this movie, even if for the 178th time.

#21 – Inglourious Basterds

#22 – Hot Fuzz

#23 – Watchmen

#24 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

#25 – District 9

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