Ultimate 2000s Blogathon Conclusion

Hello, friends!

It has been a blast hosting this year’s Ultimate Decades Blogathon spotlighting the 2000s. As always, my co-host Kim joined me for the ride and have enjoyed reading and hosting everyone’s posts. If you’ve missed any of them here they are:

Tranquil Dreams – SPL: Killzone 殺破狼

Drew’s Movie Reviews – EuroTrip

Movie Reviews 101 – (500) Days of Summer

18 Cinema LaneQueen of the Damned

Riley on Film – Cast Away

John RieberEnter the Void

Plain, Simple Tom ReviewsThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Stop Button2046

Movies and Tea – Hellboy and Hellboy II (Podcast)

MovieRob – The Dark Knight

Rhyme and ReasonMiracle

Asian Cinema Film ClubThe Twins Effect (Podcast)

The Hypersonic55’s Realm of Reviews and Other StuffThe Bourne Ultimatum

Starry Traveler’s RoadLilo & Stitch

Often Off TopicDonnie Darko

Flick HunterCity of God

From the Depths of DVD HellJuno

Tranquil Dreams – Pixar Triple Feature

Drew’s Movie Reviews – The Hangover

If you missed any of those entries, I highly recommend you go read them, or listen to them in a couple cases. Huge shout out to those of you who participated. As always, you all brought a great variety to the blogathon that only this community could. Your adoration for cinema has shown through in every one of your entries and we loved reading and sharing every one of them. I don’t want to take all of the spotlight, so before I finish things up, here are a few words from my enchanting co-host:

Before we know it, the almost a full four weeks of Ultimate 2000s Blogathon has come to a close. The best part of the blogathon is seeing everyone’s choices. We almost had one film for every year of the decade this year, except for 2006 (surprising because there are some great movies that came out that year also). What is also really nice is seeing how we got entries in different formats from an editorial to a few different podcast shows as well as the traditional review (in all their different styles to the blog) and there were also a lot of foreign film choices and some first time participants joining us as well. It’s such great fun to put this blogathon together. On an ending note, I’d like to extend a huge thanks to everyone who participated this year as well as everyone who stopped by, read, commented and shared all of these posts. We are immensely grateful and appreciate all the support!

That’s the wrap! The Ultimate 2000s Blogathon has officially come to a close! Thank you once again to our participants for taking the time to share your passion with us and the rest of the community. Another thank you to Kim, my wonderful co-host. You make these blogathons so much fun to put together. And a final thank you to those who liked, commented, or just took the time to read these amazing entries. I hope of all of you reading have found new blogs to follow and new films to watch.

Until next time, cheers!

Ultimate 2000s Blogathon Finale: The Hangover (2009) by Drew’s Movie Reviews

In the final entry of the Ultimate 2000s Blogathon, I discuss what defined comedy films during the 2000s and review my favorite comedy film of the decade: The Hangover.

Tranquil Dreams

Time sure flies by! Ultimate 2000s Blogathon is at its final finale post with my awesome co-host Drew sharing his review of 2009 comedy, The Hangover. He takes an in-depth look at the comedies that influenced 2000s and the subgenres that thrived throughout before sharing his thoughts on one that no doubt is a favorite among many people and suitably, one to wrap up this blogathon as it was released in the final year of this decade.

The HangoverMany comedies of the 2000s are based around characters that are crude, clueless, and, put frankly, idiotic. These movies are an evolution of the slap stick films from earlier decades. There are stylistic hints from films like The Naked Gun, The Cannonball Run, Dumb and Dumber, and Happy Gilmore. We began seeing glimpses of this new brand of humor in movies like American Pie and Zoolander. By 2004…

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Ultimate 2000s Blogathon Wrap-Up: Pixar Triple Feature by Tranquil Dreams

Things are winding down here at the Ultimate 2000s Blogathon as today is the penultimate day of the blogathon. Kim begins wrapping things up with reviews of several Pixar films. I think you all know who she is by now so there is no need for an introduction. Let’s just jump right into her reviews!

In the 2000s came a change in Disney, the classic animations took a turn for some less appreciated titles with a few exceptions like Lilo & Stitch (that was covered by one of our entries HERE). However, the quality and creativity of Pixar took a turn for some excellent and memorable films within one decade. Before Pixar released the three films in this feature, they took us into a company run by monsters, an underwater search, a family of superheroes  and finally a group of talking cars. Today’s triple feature is one that was released one year after the next and each with their own unique twist. The 2000s had a lot of great Pixar features but these are my favorite.


Director: Brad Bird & Jan Pinkava

Voice Actor: Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Lou Romano, Peter O’Toole, Brad Garrett, Janeane Garofalo

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant. – IMDB

Set in the picturesque landscape of France starting at the countryside and ending up in Paris, Ratatouille gives a colorful and delicious picture. It’s filled with a rat with a heightened taste bud who wants to become a chef. It is a bit weird and humorous all at the same time and it is a tone that stays true throughout the entire film giving it a unique charm that makes the audience want to cheer for a rat. You know you are in for some fun when the film starts with an old lady wielding a shotgun to rid herself of two rats she sees in the kitchen. Perseverance is a key theme here. There’s a lot of surprises here and it definitely shows off the writing style and creativity especially for those who are foodies as we watch delicious plates of computer-animated food being made and delivered.

Food, family, friendship, romance and an extraordinary sense of imagination makes Ratatouille a Pixar film that stands out from the rest by just being charming, funny and incredibly witty. Not to mention that they have some great actors voicing some of these characters from Patton Oswalt voicing Remy, our main character who may be small but not afraid to dream big to Peter O’Toole who voices food critic Anton Ego to just name a few.

WALL-E (2008)

Director: Andrew Stanton

Voice Actor: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, Sigourney Weaver

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. – IMDB

Wall-E is one of those movies that you probably first may doubt. However, it’s a gutsy move to say the least in choosing this story to portray. For one, the dialogue is very minimal and all about watching the little reactions and small detailed expressions on Wall-E’s mechanical eyes. Its a daring move as well because while Wall-E is cute as buttons, perhaps it is a movie that can be quite the boring affair for little kids because the story has a deeper message and setting especially with Earth having been overrun with waste and a little robot is left to clean up the mess for as long as he can while everyone is living in space because there is space, paraphrasing the movie, of course.

However, for a movie with so little actual dialogue except for when they get to the spaceship, there’s a lot to enjoy here. Wall-E is great on his own and then when he meets Eve, that makes the story go further as we start to wonder why all this happening and going back to the spaceship, it’s even a deeper look at the human nature of those who have fallen to routine and security and not so willing to break out of their comfort zone. What also signifies so much for Pixar is the belief that the deeper meaning of these animated features can still be appreciated by finding that balance of a more refined and meaningful story while keeping its humor and lovable characters.

UP (2009)

Director: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson

Voice Cast: Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Ngai, Bob Peterson

Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. – IMDB

As the decade comes to the end, Pixar offers its possibly one of its most successful feature that found both a heartwarming and touching story but also wrapped up a lot of humor and adventure bringing it a lot of charm. There’s the sweet love story that tugs at our heartstrings almost immediately at the beginning that spirals into a story about life’s adventure.

Up is a special animated feature to say the very least. It is so beloved because of its well-established beginning. While the beginning is so loveable, its when the house flies away with multi-color balloons that really makes this story soar to new heights. There are some crazy ideas here and as colorful as our characters are the ragtag group that end up together, its their differences that makes this such a fun journey. Life has a way of leading you back to where you want to be and sometimes it just takes viewing the situation in a different light which is what the main character Fredricksen, voiced fantastically by Edward Asner. There’s something so lighthearted about this film and yet finds that balance of having some more serious issues tackled here like parenthood and idolism and reaching for your dreams. On that note, another powerhouse here voicing the “villain” is Christopher Plummer, an explorer called Muntz that inspired Fredricksen as a child.

Whether its talking dogs or scout guide in training boy or a colorful rare bird, Up takes us for an exotic adventure in the most peculiar way with balloons tied on a house. Up is a movie that also breaks some boundaries. Its story takes a different route from the previous movies and aims to pull on those heartstrings while still giving enough cute and adorable factors suitable for its younger audience.

If you’ve missed any of the blogathon entries, you can find a list of them all here.

Ultimate 2000s Blogathon: Juno (2007) by From the Depths of DVD Hell

Kim’s frequent partner-in-crime, Elwood from From the Depths of DVD Hell, joins the Ultimate 2000s Blogathon with his own review of Juno! Check it out at Tranquil Dreams before Kim and I begin wrapping up the blogathon.

Tranquil Dreams

The guest to join this Ultimate 2000s Blogathon is Elwood Jones, my co-host of Movies and Tea and Game Warp Podcast as he represents his own movie blog, From the Depths of DVD Hell. For reviews of movies that stray away from the mainstream and dive into the obscure, cult and foreign selections, this is the place to go! For this blogathon, he chooses to take a look at 2007’s indie coming of age teen comedy Juno.


Title: Juno

Director: Jason Reitman

Released: 2007

Starring: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons

Plot: After finding out she is pregnant, high school teen Juno (Page) she soon finds herself face with some tough choices of what to do about her unborn child.

Review: Having been brought to the attention of producer Mason Novick after he discovered her blog about…

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Ultimate 2000s Blogathon: City of God (2002) by Flick Hunter

Ending week 3 of the Ultimate 2000s Blogathon is Norman, from Flick Hunter. Norman is reviewing the Portuguese crime drama City of God. Head over to Tranquil Dreams to check it out! See you next week for week four of the blogathon!

Tranquil Dreams

Wrapping up the third week of the Ultimate 2000s Blogathon is Norman from Flick Hunter. If you haven’t been to Flick Hunter, you should give it a go and check out the myriad of movie reviews over there. He also is a frequenter of various film festivals and offer some great opinion pieces. For this blogathon, he brings a review of 2002’s Portuguese crime drama City of God.

City of God

Taking its title from one of the most dangerous favelas in the Western outskirts of Rio de Janeiro effectively voiced by Alexander Rodrigues as Rocket; City of God  spans three decades from the end of the 60’s to the mid 80’s where residents are prisoners in their homes caught in violent battles between rival gangs. The original group the Tender Trio features Rockets brother Goose (Renato de Souza), Clipper (Jefchander Suplino) and the gentlemanly Shaggy (Jonathan Haagensen) small-time hoods at…

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Ultimate 2000s Blogathon: Donnie Darko (2001) by Often Off Topic

We’re so close to the end of week two of the Ultimate 2000s Blogathon! Joining the blogathon today is Allie from Often Off Topic. Allie is a regular blogathon participant here at DMR and was super eager to be a part of the Ultimate Decades Blogathon again this year. Allie is a new mom who still finds time to post regularly on her blog, whether it’s movie reviews, Thursday Movie Picks, or her Going Off Topic segment. Head over to her site to check it all out! For this blogathon, Allie reviewed one of her favorite thrillers from the 2000s: Donnie Darko.

Donnie Darko movie poster

The 2000s is such a difficult decade for me to pick my favourite movie from. I’d finally reached an age in the 00s where I was watching movies for myself, and I’ve seen so many! Once I really made myself choose a single movie however the choice was clear, it had to be Donnie Darko (2001).

If you’ve been living under a rock since then, Donnie Darko is a fantastically weird Thriller/Sci-Fi movie that demands to be watched at least twice. Teenage me had found herself obsessed with Jake Gyllenhaal, and spent hours on eBay tracking down second-hand copies of his movies, a trend that still very much lives on in me but has been made much easier thanks to the likes of platforms like Netflix. I couldn’t have been older than 14 at the time and I was terrified of the movie, but found it fascinating.

Donnie is a troubled teen with a history of violence. He takes medication but has recently stopped of his own accord. One night he sleepwalks and meets Frank, an eery-looking rabbit who warns him that in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds, the world will end. That same night, a jet engine crashes into the Darko’s house, destroying Donnie’s bedroom. Had he been home in bed, he would be been killed.

Donnie Darko is the movie that sparked my love and curiosity for dark and weird movies with endings that leave you with more questions than you started with. Donnie himself is a role that only Jake Gyllenhaal could pull off, and he does it so well! I haven’t seen it for a few years now, but off the top of my head, these are what I remember to be my favourite things about it:

  • “Oh please tell me Elizabeth, how exactly does one suck a f**k?!”
  • Those stoners talking about Smurfette. A conversation I didn’t really appreciate until I was a bit older.
  • Time travel!
  • The moral issue of finding a wallet on the ground. You have to take into account the whole spectrum of human emotion!
  • Donnie throwing shade on Jim Cunningham – it was hilarious.
  • “I made a new friend…”
  • Did I also mention Jake Gyllenhaal’s in it?

It wasn’t until reasonably recently that I learned a sequel was made, S. Darko (2009). A quick search of it on IMDB tells me that it’s currently rated #89 on IMDB’s Bottom Rated Movies list. Ouch. If you know me though, you know you can probably expect to see a review of it on my blog fairly soon. I can’t help myself. Any excuse to watch the original again too, I guess!

If you’ve missed any of the blogathon entries, you can find a list of them all here.