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6. "Shaun Of The Dead"
One of the reasons I fell into working as a movie critic is because I love to advocate for the films I think people should know about, the filmmakers I believe are worth encouraging, and there are very few films this decade I have worked harder to promote than this one. From the moment my manager sent me some tapes of a British comedy called "Spaced," I have been a fan of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost, but as great as that show is, I had no idea those guys were capable of something as effortlessly amazing as the genre-busting "Shaun Of The Dead," a film they described as a "zom-rom-com," which is a cute way of saying "it does it all, and it does it bloody well." What begins as a particularly well-observed comedy about a slacker named Shaun (Pegg) who is having trouble committing to his relationship with Liz (Kate Ashfield), due in no small part to his co-dependent friendship with the lovably loutish Ed (Frost), turns into a genuinely great zombie survival film. The movie elicits laughs, screams, and it even manages to make you care about the friendship between the guys in a very real, direct way. I have no doubt Edgar Wright will make bigger movies than this, and that Pegg and Frost are going to give us great performances to relish for decades, but I doubt I'll ever love one of their movies with the same intense purity that I love this one. After all, from now on, it's no surprise how great they are.