The B+ Movie Guide for the 2000s (Part I)
The obvious drawback to my original list was that it stopped at 1999. Because it was easier. I wrote it up in 2012, and I wanted to give at least a decade’s worth of time before I made any of those decisions, because can we really say something that came out last year is essential? And at that point, it was just easier cutting the list off at 1999 and not dealing with any of it.
But since we really just combed through a lot of movies, I figure I should at least give it a shot. This is all pretty fluid anyway. It’s more meant to be about giving people things to watch that they probably should rather than making proclamations about the end-all, be-all list of “essential” movies. Think of it this way, if at least 90% of my list s comprised of movies people would say, if they found out you haven’t seen them, “Oh man, you gotta watch that,” then it accomplished what I wanted it to accomplish).
Here’s how this is gonna work: I’m gonna give you a giant list (I’ll cap it at a round number), going from 2000 to 2014, of all the movies you should see. And I’ll specify for each one whether it would go on an “essentials” list or that secondary “fun” list.
To specify further (since I know no one reads the intros or really pays attention): I’m putting these movies on this list on the basis that these are the ones that I feel you need to see. Some of them may end up making a play for all-time essential. Some are essential right now, as movies of the past few years that you need to see. Other movies I think are just awesome. Those are ones I’ll say are purely for the fun list. I’m not gonna write a whole lot for these, since not enough time has passed for a lot of them to truly decide. These are just ones that I feel are in that conversation to be decided in the future. That’s all.
Almost Famous (2000)
This is an all-time essential. 15 years past this one, I think enough time has gone by to say that.
American Psycho (2000)
Not an all-time essential, but damn if this isn’t a fun as shit movie that everyone needs to see.
Battle Royale (2000)
It feels weird to think of this as an all-time essential.
Best in Show (2000)
This is kind of a movie buff essential. Christopher Guest has a weird niche in cinema. Maybe one of his movies should be considered full on essential. This is probably the one to pick.
Cast Away (2000)
It’s really famous. Lot of memorable moments. Certainly feels essential. If most people can name a painted volleyball because of this movie, that kind of makes it essential, doesn’t it?
The Contender (2000)
Fun list. Really underrated movie.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
100% essential. This is a huge movie culturally and historically.
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
I honestly still haven’t even seen it, but from what I hear, people call this essential. So we’ll see how it shakes out. I’m giving it respect even though I’ve yet to sit down and watch it.
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Huge movie at the time. Made a lot of money. Don’t think it’s all time essential, but should feature prominently on the fun list.
Finding Forrester (2000)
Fun list all the way. You’re the man now, dog.
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