Posted by Jonathan Leithold-Patt
on February 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM
2000 wasn't my favorite movie year, yet it still managed to provide me with some of my very favorite films of the decade: Stephen Daldry's irrepressible, ebullient live-your-dream childhood drama; Steven Soderbergh's sprawling, breathtakingly kaleidoscopic character epic; the charming warmth and humor of Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand, Billy Crudup, and more in a brilliant music-focused semi-autobiography; and the dazzling balletic wuxia martial arts of Ang Lee's blockbuster Taiwenese crossover. And I still haven't gotten to a scorching Mexican film or a certain thrilling - yet bloated - gladiatorial action film. Here's how the year played out for me:
The Best Films of 2000
01. Billy Elliot
03. Almost Famous
04. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
05. Amores Perros
06. Code Unknown
09. In the Mood for Love
10. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Overrated Award of the Year: WONDER BOYS. I appreciated Michael Douglas's graceful, understated work and the drolly humorous script, not to mention Bob Dylan's Oscar-winning tune, but the film simply failed to draw me in on any significant emotional or intellectual level.