What is the iconic movie of the '00s?

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some of those debatable as far as the 20th century caveat goes, but whatever, you get the idea

some dude, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol what a decade

iatee, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

As far as America's collective dream-life in the 2000s, Hostel and Hostel: Part II.

caro's johnson (Eazy), Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

It goes w/out saying we're talking American, mainstream and mersh, right?

War of the Worlds

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

or Munich

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

if not, what would it be? Cache?

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

War of the Worlds. I like the Transformers argument as well.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

though if we're totally honest, it would probably be Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

War Of The Worlds isn't even as iconic as its promotional junket

some dude, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Harry Potter not entirely unknown in 1999. Bourne as well, but that is more of a niche.

Also there is to be a fair a distinction between "reflects the times" and "reflects what people went to see" - Reality Bites did well, but got about 5% of The Lion King's gross in 1994.

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

actually Bourne films probably pretty good.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think this question would best be answered by somebody in his/her 20s or 30s. When I thought about my No Country/There Will Be Blood answer, I realized that that's exactly the kind of answer you'd expect from a 50-year-old whose frame of reference is Nashville-era films. The people who are suggesting the likes of Harold & Kumar, The Hangover, Wall-E, etc. are undoubtedly in sync with the past decade in ways that go right past me. (Not meant as a Morbius-like dismissal, just an acknowledgement that I have only an intermittent connection with the zeitgeist or whatever you want to call it these days.)

clemenza, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

How is Transformers different from Armageddon or Independence Day? Also in what way would it not work if it was set in, say, 1986?

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Haha Christ is it Cloverfield?

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think there is a difference between 'iconic' in a 'wow that's a really good representation of life in that era*' and iconic as 'that film was thematically on board w/ bigger issues of that period'. like breakfast club vs wall street.

*for young white people

iatee, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

so 8 Mile in both cases

some dude, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm sort taking it as "Lazy sitcoms of 2030 will use 'you look like you stepped off the set of _______' as a way to signify 'you look very 00s'"

Also yeah iatee completely otm regarding we are being asked to guess who will have 'won' the 00s, there were lots of other 70s/80s/90s.

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

trying to get a grasp on the 00s... so maybe 911, Paris Hilton, Reality TV, Internet 2.0, mega-Capitalism/pre-recession/bubble, Crunk, Post-Grunge, autotune, Emo/Scene/Mall-__, meme culture, Napster/file-sharing, digitalization, movie/tv remakes, teenpop, RnB, country, American Idol, and a growing awareness of/argument around hipsters/'indie' culture...

Chris S, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, and 'metrosexual'

Chris S, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

there's probably a Scary Movie sequel that covers most of those bases for you

some dude, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Lil Jon sticks head out of Paris Hilton's vagina, screams YEAH

some dude, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Bah

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

What sprang to my mind on reading the title befor I'd got the thread open was Avatar.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Knocked Up maybe. Or Remember Me (though it's 2010).

Oh, who are we kidding. It's Twilight.

s.clover, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Lil Jon sticks head out of Paris Hilton's vagina, screams YEAH

― some dude, Saturday, April 21, 2012 12:48 PM (20 seconds ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

think we have a winner

Chris S, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

wall-e

― iatee, Saturday, April 21, 2012 11:56 AM (52 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Fook Lee (Matt P), Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Upon reflection, I think it might be really telling that the task of ferreting out a clearly iconic, low-key iconic comedy/drama film of the '00s is nigh-insurmountable given the huge number of big, dumb, and loud action movies that infiltrated the popular consciousness of the decade.

Potty Problems (Deric W. Haircare), Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Avatar is interesting to me because despite being THE BIGGEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME it feels like kind of a lower-mid sized on the pop culture icon radar, like everyone vaguely remembers there were big blue people hahaha but it doesn't actually come up as a reference much since like 3 months after it left theaters

some dude, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Team America?

Chris S, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Paul Haggis is reading this thread and crying.

caro's johnson (Eazy), Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

apparently there was a movie called Remember Me, which was not aptly named

some dude, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

If you want to know why Transformers wouldn't work in 1986, watch Super 8.

Visually the Transformers films are basically impressive feats in CGI (and, to give Bay credit, shot composition) but have no understanding of editing, sense, or narrative cohesion. The encapsulation of Chaos Cinema, which is much more advanced than even Armageddon's nonsensical style and far more Head-Crushing than Independence Day (which relied a lot on models, which seems so quaint now).

It's also an update of that Spielbergian/80s boy-and-his-alien/robot story, only now the boy is an entitled, annoying late-teenager who complains about the car his father buys for him, and finds something to complain about constantly from there on out (there's a scene where he's riding a bike and its played for lols). Instead of using his alien/robot to understand something about himself, he just defines all of his importance by his association with those aliens (it's also how he wins the girl). Speaking of girls, every female is presented as though she were on a Maxim shoot - all fetishized hotness and cold, sleek machines.

Also you have the gung-ho, hoor-ah military-industrial complex glorifying, and the first two films feature bad-ass but NOBLE American Soldiers kicking ass in the Middle East while making nice with the locals, who love them and the fact that they are there.

So soulless consumerism replaces more traditional heroic virtues, all of which is wholly inconsequential because the entire purpose of these films is bash the audience over the head with SPECTACLE and OH SHIT AWESOMENESS.

Not to mention that this is based on a toy, and its sequel was basically rushed into production and filmed without a finished script. 00s was defined by sequels and genreal studio cowardice when it came to backing original properties.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

As far as America's collective dream-life in the 2000s, Hostel and Hostel: Part II.

― caro's johnson (Eazy), Saturday, April 21, 2012 2:18 PM (34 minutes ago)

^^^ One of the Saw or Hostel movies was my first thought.

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Looking back in a decade or so, Idiocracy may stand out as iconic of the decade. Although obviously not exactly part of the popular consciousness of the time.

Potty Problems (Deric W. Haircare), Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

'gerry' or 'brand upon the brain!'

Lamp, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

In a decade or so, even Mike Judge isn't going to be able to remember Idiocracy.

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Harold and Kumar Go to Whitecastle

this is the correct answer.

'borne movies' is also the correct answer.

j., Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

is there any '00s movie star who's as iconic of their decade as Travolta for the 70s or, like, Brad Pitt for the '90s? Mean Girls prob gets points for being a time capsule of Lohan as star-not-trainwreck

some dude, Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Double bill of Traffic / Ocean's Eleven?

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

The iconic movie of the popular imagination isn't going to be one whose crappiness reflects the currently perceived crappiness of the decade - it's going to be one that we nostalgize over, which is why it's connected with youth.

Träumerei, Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

The iconic movie of the popular imagination isn't going to be one whose crappiness reflects the currently perceived crappiness of the decade - it's going to be one that we nostalgize over, which is why it's connected with youth.

― Träumerei, Saturday, April 21, 2012 1:01 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

then... LOTR or Spirited Away?

Chris S, Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh Bring It On then.

Actually yeah, the question's wrong, and the answer's Buffy.

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

i dunno. lots of 'iconic' movies of the 80s feature some lol80s aesthetics that i think people define with the decade more than the quality of the film. xpost

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

the question is wrong and the answer is the youtube clip 'the evolution of dance'

iatee, Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

also surely 00s is the decade that saw the death of the Big Star who can carry any movie. Ocean's films feel like a throwback because of their starpower.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

what are like the 00s equivalents of Labyrinth, Princess Bride, Goonies, Ferris Bueler etc, nostalgia/cult-wise

Chris S, Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm sort taking it as "Lazy sitcoms of 2030 will use 'you look like you stepped off the set of _______' as a way to signify 'you look very 00s'"

So, Napoleon Dynamite.

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

in 2030 we'll always be watching a 4 minute video out of the corner of our google glasses and we'll be asking "wtf is a moovee?"

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

By the screenwriter of Traffic??

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Channing Tatum AND Laura San Giacomo? What?

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Does Havoc get all Crazy/Beautiful at any point?

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think this question is difficult because there are a shitload of movies from the 00s that are actually consciously reaching for iconic status, if not in a Saturday Night Fever way then certainly in a Breakfast Club/Ferris Bueller's day off way. Donnie Darko being probably the most obvious example. There are also films like Superbad that have an iconic character but aren't necessarily iconic in their own right.

This is excluding the massive blockbuster action adventure films because it clearly isn't one of those.

Napoleon Dynamite is a pretty good call actually. If there's any one cinematic or socio-cultural narrative I'd use to sum up the 00s it's 'geeks inherit the earth'.

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Sunday, 22 April 2012 12:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Juno is a good nom for 'modern zeitgeisty soundtrack. I went to see my friend's high school students perform music and short plays at a downtown street fair on Friday. That anemic little Moldy Peaches song from Juno came on between plays and EVERY SINGLE KID sang along with it really loudly. I thought, oh shit, it's a generation anthem (surprising to me since the song sounds like it's embarrassed to exist, but these kids were BELTING IT).

does Red Stripe work like poppers? (Abbbottt), Sunday, 22 April 2012 15:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I feel like we should probably be deferring to teenagers on this one. I doubt somewhat that the olds in the '80s were suggesting The Breakfast Club as an iconic movie of that decade ("Well, clearly, the correct answer is Hannah and Her Sisters.")

Toity Troubles (Deric W. Haircare), Sunday, 22 April 2012 16:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

the scene in havoc where anne hathaway and bijou phillips sing along to "can i get a..." is definitely emblematic of *something* about the 00s.

jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Sunday, 22 April 2012 16:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

we should probably be deferring to teenagers on this one.

Yeah. They have more of a tribal identity thing going, so they are more likely to even have an answer to this question. For contrast, would any of us be able to pick an 'iconic movie' for the decade of the 1930s? And if we did name one, would anyone who was alive then agree with us?

My own sense of the 00s is completely disengaged from the few movies I saw in theaters. To me they were just a means of spending 100 to 130 minutes being entertained. I never expected to be given a dose of the zeitgeist for the price of my ticket.

Aimless, Sunday, 22 April 2012 16:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

I suggested people in their 20s/30s--I think you need some historical perspective for a question like this.

clemenza, Sunday, 22 April 2012 16:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

ask generation spongebob, the answer will be spongebob.

Philip Nunez, Sunday, 22 April 2012 17:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

isn't it more comforting to find that there is no longer a single movie to speak to a generational audience, though? i'd feel really bad if any of sat night fever, breakfast club, or reality bites encapsulated anything about me or my peers.

Philip Nunez, Sunday, 22 April 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Sunday, 22 April 2012 17:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is a really puzzling question. All of the biggest grossing films tend to be pulp exercises. In that Roger Corman documentary by the end of it they say that Hollywood has focused on previously cult-level exploitation pop films.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 22 April 2012 21:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

King of Kong

Jeff, Sunday, 22 April 2012 22:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

My personal answer for this is STEALTH because the ridic intelligent plane is suddenly "downloading all the music on the entire net!" Or maybe Fast & The Furious first for similar reasons, remember the VW dude was famed for being able to "find out anything about anyone on the internet."

Based on this, I would say that the most "LOL 00s" movie is Live Free or Die Hard, where the bad guys are able to manipulate to entire American infrastructure, including every traffic light and some random lights in a traffic tunnel, via hacking them through the internet. Also, it's a sequel that turns a late 80s/90s action hero who was defined as an everyman character into a cool, badass übermensch, which seems apt for 00s blockbusters.

Tuomas, Monday, 23 April 2012 12:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Batman!

the pinefox, Monday, 23 April 2012 12:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Anyway, Reality Bites might've been the 90s movie for Americans, but for Europeans it was surely Trainspotting, right? I can't remember any other movie whose themes, style, soundtrack, etc were so iconic of its era.

Tuomas, Monday, 23 April 2012 12:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

otm

diafiyhm (darraghmac), Monday, 23 April 2012 12:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

So true. CF every student's bedroom wall.

(Reality Bites was a tongue in cheek suggestion though right? Like, even back then wasn't it seen as try-hard..?)

sktsh, Monday, 23 April 2012 15:15 (2 years ago) Permalink


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