Opinion Battles Round 25
Favourite Film from 2000
The year 2000 bought us a new century and of course more movies, we are going to end the year by look back in time to the year 2000 and what we think was our favourite film of that year.
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Darren – Movie Reviews 101
I am picking my film on which film I enjoyed at the time, this was an edgy sci-fi film upon release, it has a strong female lead like all in the genre but it also gave us Riddick who is the only line of defence for the survivors trapped on the planet where creatures hunt in the dark.
Milo – Stuff and That
While The Grinch is my real favourite film of that year, I don’t really count Christmas films because I get all bias! Still, Battle Royale’s grim future yielded for an action-packed, if deeply disturbing, plot and inspired many imitators, including The Hunger Games. A truly mesmerizing watch.
Wow – looking at the list of Year 2000 films at Wikipedia, it was a really weak year overall. And there were some truly awful films out that year! I think I know my choice but it feels like a cheat. For one thing, I don’t think it was actually out in the US or the UK until 2001. Secondly, I only just saw it for the first time last year. Before seeing it, my choice would have definitely been Almost Famous. However, I now have to go with Battle Royale as my choice. I mean, I liked it enough to immediately read the (really thick!) book after seeing the movie even though I hate doing it that way around. It’s probably not actually as “good” of a film as Almost Famous but it’s such a messed-up and memorable movie that’s far more enjoyable than it should be considering its content.
Kim – Tranquil Dreams
Christian Bale and an incredibly twisted role in American Psycho gets the favorite film from the year 2000. 2000 was a fantastic year full of great movies that I love however American Psycho is one that I do watch sporadically because it is incredibly entertaining and just so messed up. It is exactly how I like my psychological thrillers.
Rob – Movie Rob
One of Hank’s best performances (and that isn’t say so easily) especially because he is able to hold more than half of the film just by himself. Loved the way that we get to see how getting stranded on an island can effect someone emotionally,. physically and also mentally. Amazing supporting cast helps us believe the character’s life in a way that we want to constantly root for him. Great theme song by Silvestri. The best film of the year IMHO because it has such a deep message about how each and every one of us lives our lives.
John – Johnrieber.com
The year 2000 offered many great films, such as “Snatch” and “Cast Away”. However, Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical look at his life as a teenage Rolling Stone Reporter resonates with me most. The Director’s “bootleg” cut of “Almost Famous” is a fascinating look at life on the road with a 70’s band, complete with their entourage of groupies.
Some trivia: as a teenager, the first band that Crowe toured with was The Allman Brothers Band. In the film, the band experiences a near-fatal plane incident; in real life, Crowe went through that when traveling with The Who.
Kate Hudson was Oscar-nominated for her role as Penny Lane, the groupie who takes Crowe under her wing. A terrific film made so much better by the extended version that Crowe released on blu-ray years later…
Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews
It was a close call between this and Requiem for a Dream but this Coen Brother film is one hellava good time. It has one of the best ever movie soundtracks, there’s an imaginative story based around Homer’s Odyssey and the film is full of memorably colourful characters, brought to life by a fun cast.
And did I mention the soundtrack? It’s super. (“In the Jailhouse Now” being a particular favourite!!)
Diana – DB Movie Blog
My favourite film from year 2000 is Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream. There are hardly any words in existence to describe how heart-wrenching this film really is, but that fact alone also points to the sheer power of this film as it depicts a number of people from Coney Island who succumb to their dangerous addictions. This film is even more amazing considering the comparatively meagre budget it was filmed on. Moreover, the acting is superb (Ellen Burstyn was nominated for an Oscar for her role of Sara Goldfarb), the music is incredible, and the use of sound is very creative.
Emma – Emma Explains It All
I’ve loved this crazy film since the first time I saw it. I even own the soundtrack! Though this was a hard choice, with a few good contenders for favourite film of 2000, I had to go with this.
Set on an island in Japan, the subtitled, Japanese film follows a bunch of lucky schoolchildren enrolled on a new government ‘program’. Fight each other to the death. Okay sounds weird (and I guess it is) but it’s still a fantastic film and one of my most favourites.
S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason
Of all the great films to come out in 2000, the clear winner for me is Cast Away, not only one of Tom Hanks’s best performances but one of my favorite movies in general. Hanks is at the top of his game as a workaholic man stranded on a desert island after a plane crash. The entire film rest on his shoulders, and he absolutely delivers, nailing the character’s deteriorating mental state and the complex mix of emotions that come from having your world taken away and eventually restored. The lack of music heightens his isolation, yet when it does kick in, Alan Silvestri’s moving score is still impactful and, like the whole film, should have deserved more Oscar attention. Cast Away is a riveting and haunting film that reminds you not to take life for granted.