Archive for November 14, 2014

A Pictorial History of the Movies: 2000 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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…)


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Pic of the Day: “I’ve already wasted my whole life. I want to tell you with my last breath that I have always loved you. I would rather be a ghost, drifting by your side as a condemned soul, than enter heaven without you. Because of your love, I will never be a lonely spirit.”

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