The choice was easy. Figuring out what to say about it was not.
This was a top 12 grosser in the US in 2000. It made $128 million. That, at the time, was unprecedented. Foreign films never made that kind of money in the US.
And you look at the other top grossers of 2000 — Cast Away you can make an argument for, the whole volleyball thing. But it felt like a weak choice. Gladiator — you could, but that’s lazy. Nothing else that made money feels particularly inspired as a choice.
But this movie does. Because this movie was a really big deal in 2000. This movie almost won Best Picture. People might not remember that. But this movie was this close to winning Best Picture.
And I think that deserves a lot of respect. Since for me, the cultural landmark film of 2000 was The Patriot. (more…)