Almost Two Thousand Reasons Why 2000 was Such a Good Year in FilmJul 13, 2008 (Updated Jul 31, 2008) Write an essay on this topic.
The Bottom Line You Can Count on Me like Traffic, even if I'm Cast Away on the The Isle of the Suzhou River, to give you the best of 2000.
2000 Started the Third Millenium with A Bang.
This is by far the best year in film in decades, if not ever, with creativity, sensibility and artistic overachievements. Take a look at the top list of cinematic masterpieces. Watch them, re-watch them and be impressed.
Foreign Fare with Flare
Amores perros (aka Love's a B*tch)
Iki-jigoku (aka Living Hell)
Italiensk for begyndere (aka Italian for Beginners)
La Virgen de los sicarios (aka Our Lady of the Assassins)
Must See Pictures
15. American Psycho // Men of Honor // State and Main // Unbreakable // Urbania // Wonder Boys*
14. Banpaia hantâ D (aka Vampire Hunter D)
13. Innocence // Snatch**
12. Seom (aka The Isle)
Top 10 Movies of 2000
10. What Lies Beneath
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writer: Clark Gregg
This is Zemeckis year where he was able to create two very different superior pictures, this being the less well received, yet strong enough to have caught my attention for a spot in the year 2000 strong lineup. After drama, sci-fi, action and comedy, this is his first time going in the horror genre, and he practically reinvents it, helped by an intelligent script and two seasoned actors. A bath scene to rival Psychos timeless shower scene.
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Writer: Giuseppe Tornatore
Combine Belluccis beauty with gripping cinematography and you have a succession of visual treats with lasting effects on your occipital lobe. In my eye, this Tornatores tour de force surpasses even his international classic, Nuovo cinema Paradiso. A well told story with emotions, humour, historical context and human drama. A mellow, yet melancholic mixture of the lighter and darker parts of human nature.
8. Denti (aka Teeth)
Director: Gabriele Salvatores
Writer: Gabriele Salvatores
Like Dalis surrealism, Denti uses imagination and imagery to create an art that aspires to go beyond its medium. This movie more than succeeds in conveying practical and philosophical thoughts about different stages and aspects of life and expressing it with visual and lyrical gusto.
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Stephen Gaghan
Based on Simon Moores thought-provocative miniseries Traffik, Gaghan and Soderbergh soared to success with this adaptation. A great ensemble cast paired with edgy editing and deft directing were enough to give a constant vision to a story that could have easily strayed. In the end, like the miniseries, this is a movie that asks a lot of good questions.
6. Suzhou he (aka Suzhou River)
Director: Ye Lou
Writer: Ye Lou
A real art house movie that delivers. Short & sweet, callous & confusing, like life itself, this first person perspective fairytale takes place in a real world full of aspirations and deceptions. The city and the camera become essential supporting characters in this descent into the depth of the metaphorical river that runs inside of us.
5. Cast Away
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writer: William Broyles Jr.
Broyles mindful exploration of what it is that makes us human. Hanks hands-down most masterful performance tells the story of solitude, imagination and hope. Zemeckis does not miss anything and puts all the pieces of the puzzle together perfectly to arouse the raw feelings and point out the most crucial observations. A much needed sharp contrast to our every day life.
4. Yi yi (aka Yi yi: A One and A Two )
Director: Edward Yang
Writer: Edward Yang
Another cinematography delight with the lens showing so many levels of intricacies and interrelations. Yang builds such brilliant, curious, convoluted complexity into this seemingly simple tale, that each viewing reveals another insight into his romantic and realistic outtake on life condensed in three hours of cinematic superachievement.
3. Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA (aka Joint Security Area)
Director: Chan-wook Park
Writers: Chan-wook Park, Seong-san Jeong, Hyeon-seok Kim & Mu-yeong Lee
War, politics and artificial boundaries cannot completely erase the real bounds humans have between each others. A beautiful reminder that there is better, that we can and should do better to bridge these unnecessary gaps.
2. You Can Count on Me
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Writer: Kenneth Lonergan
Ruffalo, Linney & Lonergan paint the picture of a real family trying to forgive and find each other. From the broader community to the complexities of each character that is trying to come to terms with something, this movie will move you through and through and show you that life and your fellow humans are far from perfect, but that we do our best and that, like it or not, that will have to do.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Christopher Nolan
I cannot remember why I liked this movie. Something about attempting to find yourself and then forgetting. I would watch it again, but Im afraid I may not be able to tell you much more about it Maybe you can help me
Extremism Breaks My Balls
Best TV movie
Kôrei (aka Séance) // La trilogie marseillaise : Fanny*
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport
Best Stand Up Comedy
The Original Kings of Comedy
In this 2000 Series
Fifteen Finest Films of 2000
Fifteen Finest Films of 2001
Fifteen Finest Films of 2002
Fifteen Finest Films of 2003
Fifteen Finest Films of 2004
Fifteen Finest Films of 2005
Fifteen Finest Films of 2006
Fifteen Finest Films of 2007
For the 1990s check out :
Top Ten American Films of the 1990s
Top Five Foreign Films of the 1990s
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