Retrospective — 2000

The Website
Norm @ the Movies
http://projet9.netc.net/norm (defunct)
New URL, new design… Pretty good year.

The Movies

We were treated to some pretty cool action flicks like Shaft (even though it could have used more gratuitous sex like the original) and John Woo’s over-the-retarded-top “Notorious” quasi-remake M:I-2, kick ass sci-fi romps like The 6th Day and the Vin Diesel vehicle Pitch Black, hilarious comedies such as Screwed (featuring Norm MacDonald when he was the funniest man alive- where has he been since?), Bedazzled and the Claymation epic Chicken Run and the best horror flick in years in Ginger Snaps.

What Women Want was a lot of fun and made a lot of money, but while The Way of the Gun was even more fun, it made no money (hopefully people will catch up to it on DVD and make it into the cult classic it deserves to be). To make another contrived parallel, audiences were creeped out by the SFX-heavy The Cell and the much-much-much-smaller-scaled (but still damn creepy) Chuck & Buck.

This was also a year for misunderstood, flawed but ballsy flicks: Danny Boyle’s The Beach, Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, Mary Harron’s American Psycho. And while the first and third acts aren’t all that, the middle part of Cast Away is AMAZING, with Tom Hanks delivering the best performance of the year.

Somewhat surprisingly, the big winner at the Oscars was Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. I myself loved it, but I wouldn’t call it the best picture of the year, or even of the summer (that would have to be the first X-Men flick). Also of note was the intelligent and effective The Contender and the Crazy! Sexy! Cool! guilty pleasure of all guilty pleasures that is Charlie’s Angels, which is hardly a masterpiece of the films of the cinema but might be the 2000 flick I love to watch the most, even moreso than the smarter, deeper movies that made:

My Top Ten:

01. WONDER BOYS 93
02. CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON 92
03. REQUIEM FOR A DREAM 92
04. ALMOST FAMOUS 92 100 (obviously, this should have been #1)
05. YOU CAN COUNT ON ME 92
06. UNBREAKABLE 92
07. DANCER IN THE DARK 92
08. TRAFFIC 90
09. NURSE BETTY 90
10. BEFORE NIGHT FALLS 90

NEXT: 2001

( previously: 1998 / 1999 )