Just as 2011 was a big year for cinema, 2001 was not far behind and brought us some of the best titles of the century – including the start of two huge film franchises which are now reaping rewards: “ Harry Potter ‘and’ O Lord of the Rings’.
To that end, CinePOP has separated a list of 15 feature films that round out two decades this year, with a focus on its critical and / or commercial success.
Check out our picks below and tell us which one is your favorite:
The first Harry Potter adventure in theaters began twenty years ago (can you believe it?). Directed by Chris Columbus, the nostalgic feature won critical acclaim and has become one of audiences’ favorite fantasies. Revolving around the witch’s first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Witchcraft, the production was nominated for three Oscar statuettes and grossed over $ 1 billion at the global box office.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE SOCIETY OF THE RINGS
Two decades ago, Peter Jackson made history by bringing JRR Tolkien’s classic fantasy fiction novel The Lord of the Rings to the big screen. Nominated for 13 Oscars (and bringing home four statuettes), the story introduced the young hobbit Frodo to the world, as well as his journey to bring the One Ring to the elves and prevent the rise of Dark forces against the Earth of the Middle.
Despite the poor reception from critics, “Pearl Harbor” is a historical-romantic drama that fell into popular taste and was strongly reflected at the box office – raising nearly $ 450 million worldwide. Directed by Michael Bay, the story revolves around two pilots and longtime friends falling in love with the same woman, but they must put their differences aside when the Japanese attack Naval Base Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Strange, reflective and surprising, the cult classic “Donnie Darko” put Jake Gyllenhaal in the spotlight on a journey through time and dimensions. Gaining a legion of fans over the years, the film focuses on Donnie, an eccentric young man who despises the vast majority of his classmates. He has visions, especially of Frank, a giant rabbit that only he can see and who encourages him to play humiliating games with those around him. One day, one of her visions pulls her out of the house and tells her that the world will end in a month. Donnie doesn’t initially believe it, but moments later, a plane’s turbine crashes in his home and he begins to wonder what the real substance of this prediction is.
Few people have ever heard of “Shrek”. DreamWorks’ animated franchise quite irreverently deconstructed all fairy-tale stereotypes by bringing the tale of an ogre who falls in love with a princess (who is also an ogress) – besides bringing plenty of references to pop culture on the big screen. The film was a huge success and became the first feature film to win the Oscar for Best Animation, in addition to being the first animated production to be nominated for Best Original Screenplay.
The first adaptation of the game saga ‘Tomb Raider’ hit theaters in 2001 and starred Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft, an extremely intelligent and clever woman who fights the most diverse dangers to, well, save. the world. Despite the critical failure, the film caused a box office sensation, debuting first and grossing nearly $ 275 million worldwide.
Like “Shrek”, “Little Spies” is one of the most beloved franchises of all time. The children’s spy film was directed by Robert Rodriguez and, thanks to a vibrant, camp-like aesthetic, and guided by names such as Alexa Vega, Carla Gugino and Antonio Banderas, has had a strong reception. critical (with 93% approval on Rotten Tomatoes), in addition to having collected more than four times your budget.
THE FABULOUS DESTINY OF AMÉLIE POULAIN
Nominated for five categories at the Oscars, “Amélie Poulain’s Fabulous Destination” holds a special place in our hearts – primarily for her memorable artistic direction. With Audrey Tautou, the French production revolves around the titular character Amélie, a young woman from the countryside who settles in Paris and soon begins to work in a café. One fine day, she finds a box inside her apartment and decides to look for the owner. From there, his outlook on life changes dramatically.
Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts in the same movie. What more could we ask for? A multi-million dollar assault, of course! This is the premise of the first chapter of the “Eleven Men and a Secret” franchise. Here, Danny Ocean is a criminal who, shortly after serving his sentence in the New Jersey Penitentiary, puts into practice his new plan: to rob three Las Vegas casinos in one night. The success of the feature film was such that it resulted in two sequences and a spin-off starring Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett.
Jake Hoyt, a young cop from Los Angeles, joins the police narcotics team and receives as a training officer and partner Alonzo Harris, a veteran and a corrupt cop. As the day progresses, the young man is exposed to all kinds of corruption and is still accused of murder, events which are orchestrated by Alonzo in order to cover up a mistake he made with the Russian mafia, which could have him killed. if you don’t get a big sum before midnight. Denzel Washington won the Oscar for Best Actor for his incredible performance in the feature film.
Alongside Disney and Pixar, Studio Ghibli is one of the most legendary and groundbreaking animation studios of all time – and one of its flagship products is the acclaimed ‘Spirited Away’ animation. Recipient of the Oscar for best animation in 2003, the story revolves around Chihiro, a girl who moves with her parents to a new city. Along the way, the father decides to take a shortcut. They are faced with a table full of food, even though no one is there. Chihiro senses the danger, but his parents start to eat. After dark, they turn into pigs – and it’s up to her to save them before it’s too late.
Bringing Sam Neill back as palentologist Alan Grant, “Jurassic Park 3” is an underrated production that attempted to revitalize the franchise after the failure of the previous chapter. In the film, Alan is convinced by a wealthy businessman and his wife to take an aerial tour of Sorna Island. In it, the cloned dinosaurs roam free and are studied in the natural environment. But a plane crash leaves the group of seven stranded on the dangerous island. Surrounded by hungry carnivores, visitors try to escape the scene and save their own lives.
Baz Luhrmann’s most famous film could not be excluded from our list. The powerful and vibrant musical starring Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo and Nicole Kidman was nominated for eight Oscar categories (taking two of them) and brought to screens the lush and controversial world of Parisian cabarets – transforming the bohemian scene of can-can into an engaging love story.
AI – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Steven Spielberg’s ambitious film failed in some ways, but it still serves as a thoughtful, thrilling journey led by young Haley Joel Osment. In the feature film, the first robot boy programmed to love, David, is adopted by a Cybertronics employee and his wife. Although he gradually became the couple’s son, a series of unexpected circumstances made David’s life difficult. Without the full acceptance of humans or machines, the robot boy embarks on a journey to discover his true world.
Seven years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter escaped from prison. The multiple homicide now works in the library of a noble family in Florence and moves freely across Europe. FBI Agent Clarice Sterling, who interviewed Dr Lecter before fleeing Maximum Security Mad Criminals Hospital, has never forgotten the killer, whose voice still haunts his dreams. But Mason Verger has not forgotten Hannibal either. A victim who managed to survive the psychopath’s attack and became terribly disfigured, Verger becomes obsessed with revenge and realizes that in order to get Dr. Lecter’s discovery out, he will have to use Clarice Sterling himself as bait.
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