93. The Fountain
Back when I was first getting into film, The Fountain was one of the first movies that I saw in theaters that really made me think about it, what it meant, what the symbolism was. While it hasn’t aged well, Darren Aronofsky’s beautiful and haunting exploration of immortality and the fear of death proves to still have some heft behind its themes. Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz headline as multiple characters in vastly different time periods. From the Spanish Inquisition, to modern day, to some point in the future in a floating bubble with a tree, The Fountain is a little hokey at times, but once you get past that it is a profound and deeply moving epic (at only 90 minutes) about the everlasting power of love.
One has to wonder what sort of movie Paul would’ve been if Edgar Wright had directed his two go-to actors, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in this sci-fi/comedy epic.It falls flat in some places as it stacks characters upon characters and references upon references as we can easily predict where the story will go, but it also does a good job at pleasing the crowd. Also, your feelings towards this movie also depend on your feelings towards Seth Rogen’s voice, which can supposedly be pretty off-putting to some people. Yet, it is still a charming movie to watch if you’ve ever seen any science fiction movie as it pretty much makes a nod to every famous one.
97. Zack and Miri Make a Porno
More Kevin Smith–and Seth Rogen–in this decent film that is all about sex and making money in desperate times. Rogen and Elizabeth Banks make for fun roomies who haven’t had the best luck with money and therefore turn to making a porno to hopefully recoup their loses. With actual porn stars, and a supporting cast that includes Jason Mewes, Craig Robinson, and brief cameos from Brandon Routh and Justin Long, the movie rushes towards a predictable conclusion after not a lot of development.
99. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
While not getting a whole lot of recognition, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a dramedy that needs to be seen more (it’s on Netflix.) As an asteroid is about to destroy the earth, Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley play road companions who end up being of some help to one another as they each try to find their way to someone who loves them before the world ends. It’s full of cameos, absurd humor, and a seriously emotional conclusion that you know is coming all along but you want–for the sake of the characters–to not come.
This movie would mean big trouble if it were to come out today. When it was released, nearly a decade ago, it arrived at a time before people were making headlines for the things they said involving race, sexual orientation or otherwise. It probably wouldn’t even see the light of day if it had been conceived after 2010 because the only group of people the movie doesn’t seem to take shots at is the transsexual community. It is entirely offensive, racist, and anti-semitic. It is painful to watch some of the jokes, and yes it is bad to laugh at them, but to try and do this also needs commendation because Cohen really took a chance to make fun of everyone. There are some moments that are just awful, but you still have to laugh–not because its funny, but because of how incredibly offensive it is and you wanna feel comfortable again.
101. Pineapple Express
The movie that made James Franco popular again, and brought us a stoner action-flick. Rogen and Franco make for a memorable friendship in this over-the-top action movie that all starts when Rogen accidentally witnesses a murder. While it may be overlong with some under-appreciated characters, it creates two characters you want to care about even though they are potheads who don’t really have much concern for their future. Whether or not we get a sequel depends on the budgetary issues involving Judd Apatow and Sony. I would be down for another ride, though maybe not everyone else will be.