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Top 25 Films of the 2000s – #15

December 17, 2009

#15 – Zombieland (2009)

Around the office, Zombieland was without a doubt one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2009. So anticipated that our entire department ventured out to the Alamo Drafthouse to see it on opening day. Every single one of us went in with high expectations, and we were still blown away by how absurdly fun this movie was. Funnier, in my opinion, than Shaun of the Dead. I have every faith Zombieland will be remembered with the same esteem we now hold for Ghostbusters.

The best description I’ve read of the movie came from an interview with Jesse Eisenberg, where the interviewer likened it to “John Wayne and Woody Allen living through the zombie apocalypse”. And that’s just about right. Woody Harrelson’s gung-ho Tallahassee and Eisenberg’s introverted, neurotic Columbus make a great odd couple. There are moments of sheer hilarity, supreme awkardness, and surprising heart.

The kicker, though, are Columbus’ list of rules for surviving said zombie apocalypse (“Cardio”, “Limber up”, etc), which tend to pop up in the background at opportune times, in some of the best title treatments I’ve ever seen.

Interesting fact: Zombieland was originally pitched as a television series, and the movie is basically the plot of the pilot. Which means the filmmakers already have ideas that could span into another several movies. Please, God, let this happen.

#16 – Ratatouille

#17 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

#18 – Transformers

#19 – Iron Man

#20 – Monsters, Inc.

#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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