By Tiffany Unscripted
The 2000s ushered in a new era of filmmaking. Many aspects of storytelling were improved, and risks were taken, like the amazing crossover hit of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). It paved the way for China to enter Hollywood successfully and be a contender. Ang Lee was the Taiwanese director who introduced us to the Wuxia-inspired film. He followed up with another critically acclaimed film, Brokeback Mountain (2005). In addition to new films, there were a plethora of recycled ones that were released in the 2000s. Films such as King Kong, The Departed, and True Grit were both audiences’ and critics' favorites. Still, several films flew under the radar.
Now, you may not agree that these movies are worthy, but they are some favorites that I like to share with you. Feel free to share yours with me on Twitter.
Are you aware there's a semi-sequel to Jumanji "before" the quasi-sequel Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle? My favorite director, Jon Favreau, directed Zathura and you see what he did with blockbusters Iron Man, The Jungle Book, and The Lion King. Amazing work! Favreau took a fictional board game and brought it to life using cutting-edge CGI, using space as the setting. Unfortunately, Zathura didn't enjoy the same success as his other hits, but the film helped shape Favreau into the mega director he is today!
If you're a horror fan, then you may have heard of Wolf Creek. The film is known for its raw and gritty scenes that struck fear in the audience. In a time when Hollywood was regurgitating the same playbook, using cheap thrills to entertain and scare fans, Wolf Creek stays true to the psychology of fear – isolation. The film kept its leading cast to a minimum. It used the fear demonstrated by the backpackers to provide the terror. The film is violent. Don't watch it if you're the faint-of-heart variety.
This film is known as a "dad" film. I just see it as a film that offers fun, adventure, and thrills. If you love historical fiction, then you will love this film. It successfully shows the true depth of friendship and the merits of human nature. Russell Crowe gave one of his best performances. I recommend watching it with your family. The film was inspired by the novels of Patrick O'Brian, which most take place during the Napoleonic Wars.
Jim Carrey first impressed us with his command of comedy. What truly fascinated audiences and earned the respect of film critics was his dramatic risks. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Truman Show amazed us and left us wanting to see him in more serious roles. Although The Number 23 went relatively unnoticed, it is worthy to watch Carrey's first thriller. He plays a man obsessed with a conspiracy regarding the number 23. Director Joel Schumacher took delight in this film. The film is not as dark as you would expect from a thriller, but the undertone is still there. You will enjoy solving the mystery with Carrey and reaching a melodramatic conclusion.
A Scanner Darkly is rotoscoped animation at its finest. Although the technique was first used in Waking Life, director Richard Linklater used it for A Scanner Darkly. If you're a Keanu Reeves fan, then you will detect the formation of Neo (The Matrix Trilogy). However, unlike Neo, Reeves plays a cop battling serious drug addiction. The film is filled with hallucination-infused characters whose lives revolve around being strung out. Robert Downey, Jr., (Less Than Zero, Iron Man), Woody Harrelson (Solo: A Star Wars Story, Zombieland: Double Tap), and Rory Cochrane (Argo, Oculus) round out the cast.
Say what you want about Quentin Tarantino, he will make you watch his films just to witness his artistry. Planet Terror and Death Proof are two films that are meant to be viewed together. Don't take the film seriously. It has fake trailers, loads of nostalgia, and it is a treat to watch. Grindhouse could be considered Tarantino's prelude to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Expect Planet Terror to be an insane ride, while Death Proof appears to crawl and is a snoozefest in comparison. I recommend you give it a try. Grindhouse is a flash of cinematic brilliance.
I'm a classic sci-fi lover. The Man Who Wasn't There didn't disappoint. It's surprising that this Coen Brothers film went relatively unnoticed. The film was shot in black and white, giving it a neo-noir film. Billy Bob Thornton shines in this dark story filled with blackmail, UFO plots, infidelity, and murder. The film is set in the late 40s to give it that authentic classic Sci-fi feel. The Coen Brothers don't disappoint with the plot. It has all the elements of a modern thriller.
The visually stunning film, The Fall, still gains new fans after its 2006 release. Directed by Tarsem Singh, the plot focuses on the characters Lee Pace (Roy Walker / Masked Bandit) and Catinca Untaru (Alexandria). The film has been compared to a travelogue. It takes you to some of the most beautiful places in the world (Italy, India, Indonesia, and Nambia). The best part of the film is the dialogue.
Tiffany Unscripted has been the Managing Editor of Your Film Review for over two years at Occhi Magazine. She manages a small team of writers that cover all genres of movies, including writing featured articles on trending topics. In addition to writing, they cover live events, such as film premieres and screenings in Cleveland, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Silver Springs.
She especially enjoys the opportunity to meet emerging talent who enjoy sharing their passion, journey, challenges, and success with our readers. You can learn more about Your Film Review at OcchiMagazine.com.