Saturday, March 26, 2011

2000 in Film

There are a lot of films from 2000 that would likely make a top 100 list on NonModernBlog. This is appropriately a dividing year, the end of the nineties and the end of an era that changed with the arrival of films like The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter movies; but an often overlooked year, falling after the momentous likes of The Matrix and The Sixth Sense—or even The Phantom Menace.

The strangest entry on this list would have to be number five. It is an imperfect film to be sure. Especially when you consider that I saw it with a great friend the night before his wedding. In spite of all its imperfections and downbeat ending, I find myself revisiting it. There is something about Polanski’s atmosphere that is captivating, and more so in his “fun” mysteries than his disturbing psychological studies.

Top Ten Personal Films of 2000:
1. O Brother Where Art Thou?
2. Chicken Run
3. Gladiator
4. Wo Hu Cang Long
5. The Ninth Gate
6. Chocolat
7. The Emperor’s New Groove
8. Shadow of the Vampire
9. Bedazzled
10. Unbreakable

Bottom or Most Disappointing Films of 2000:
-5. The Beach
-4. The Cell
-3. Left Behind
-2. Lost Souls
-1. Killjoy

Some of the Movies I Have Yet to See:
Best in Show
Erin Brockovich
Small Time Crooks

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