2000

The Forgaughtens: Vertical Limit (2000)

The Forgaughtens: Vertical Limit (2000)

The Forgaughtens is a series of posts in which I revisit “forgotten” films that were released between the years 2000 and 2009, or the aughts. All films will be discussed in the context of their release, as well as their cultural relevance today, and at the end of each post, a film will be given […]

Battle Royale Review

Battle Royale Review

RATING: (4 STARS) When Quentin Tarantino named Battle Royale as his favorite movie of the past 20 years, my interest was immediately piqued. After researching the film, however, I had little desire to watch it. Who’d want to spend two hours watching children kill one another? It sounds despicable and horrifying. Well, something called The […]

Erin Brockovich Review

Erin Brockovich Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) I don’t really understand the whole “Julia Roberts is America’s sweetheart” thing. Sure, Pretty Woman is great fun, but she spent most of the ‘90s doing average (or in many cases, below average) romantic comedies. For some reason, people ate it up, and by 2000, she was one of the biggest movie […]

Gladiator Review

Gladiator Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) I don’t think the hate heaped on “Gladiator” for winning Best Picture is fair. Was it the best film of 2000? Absolutely not (the best film of the year was Requiem for a Dream, while the best nominated film was probably “Traffic). I think “Gladiator” is everything it should be—entertaining, exhilarating, and […]

Requiem for a Dream Review

Requiem for a Dream Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Requiem for a Dream, Darren Aronofsky’s sophomore effort and his best film to date, is an unshakable cry in the dark, a stern and impassioned warning about the dangers of addiction and the depths one will go to for another fix. It’s an extreme film, but it’s also as powerful as any […]