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Smart Hollywood: My Top Ten Fave Films of the 00’s

9. Into the Wild (2007)

Sean Penn may have closed out the decade winning a Best Actor Oscar for “Milk”, but to me his finest work of the 00’s was this film where he stayed very much behind the camera. Based on a best-selling non-fiction book by Jon Krakauer, “Into the Wild”, written and directed by Penn, tells the heart-breaking true story of one young man’s journey to find himself. This woefully underrated film was released at a time when such darkly cynical films such as “No Country For Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood” were dominating pop culture and the awards circuit. But for me, “Into The Wild” stands on equal ground with those two aforementioned films (which both were also very near-misses to this list). What sets this film apart from those 2 films to me is that it is a film full of beauty and life, and one which packs an emotional wallop that gets me every time I see it. Emile Hirsch leads a stellar yet quirky cast that includes Katherine Keener, Vince Vaughn, Kristen Stewart (yes everyone Bella from Twilight!), Hal Holbrook, William Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden, Jena Malone and “The Hangover“‘s very own Zach Galifianakis. Add in a hauntingly beautiful and sparse soundtrack by Eddie Vedder, and this completes a film that never fails to captivate nor move me.

>>>NEXT: “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

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