What is the iconic movie of the '00s?

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Haha Christ is it Cloverfield?

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:32 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

so 8 Mile in both cases

some dude, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:39 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

oh yeah, and 'metrosexual'

Chris S, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:46 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

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

some dude, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

Bah

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:48 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

Team America?

Chris S, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

Paul Haggis is reading this thread and crying.

caro's johnson (Eazy), Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

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

some dude, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:53 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

'gerry' or 'brand upon the brain!'

Lamp, Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:57 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

Double bill of Traffic / Ocean's Eleven?

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:01 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

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

iatee, Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:06 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:08 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

that fits the pattern jaymc set more than most itt xp

iatee, Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

The Hangover kinda feels like it could fit the bill.

I'm finding it way easier to think of iconic '00s TV shows (Lost, The Wire, The Sopranos, 24, any number or reality shows (ugh)) than movies.

Potty Problems (Deric W. Haircare), Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:16 (1 year 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, April 21, 2012 1:11 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah, I'm kind of thinking that 00s mass culture was so generic that people are more likely going to look to hipster culture for 00s cues - so yeah Napoleon Dynamite and Royal Tenenbaums

for the time being I'm still thinking my answer would probably be Transformers on one pole, Royal Tenenbaums on the other

Chris S, Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm finding it way easier to think of iconic '00s TV shows (Lost, The Wire, The Sopranos, 24, any number or reality shows (ugh)) than movies.

surely because of content and production methods this would be the case for any decade?

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

would it be cheating to say Hannah Montana The Movie or The Lizzie McGuire Movie?

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

Can we not just settle on this question meaning "what is the lol 00s movie?"?

Alba, Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

Prolly something with dancing like Step Up or Stomp The Yard or Stick It or Come At Me, Bro.

Potty Problems (Deric W. Haircare), Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

'lol 00s': 300

Träumerei, Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

Allowing for historical movies. Actually, I withdraw it.

Träumerei, Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

doesn't fit the criteria of this thread, but Children of Men was a very 00s movie from a gloomy perspective

Chris S, Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

little miss sunshine might be aiming for this, idk

diafiyhm (darraghmac), Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

but looking at youth culture, yeah juno or superbad or maybe scott pilgrim

diafiyhm (darraghmac), Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

The most iconic movie of the '00s is probably whichever remake was the most unnecessary and perfunctory and yet still hugely popular. Actually, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies kinda fit that bill in a way, inasmuch as it marked the point when the remake/adaptation virus devolved to the point of adapting amusement park rides (a devolution which continues with the upcoming slew of films based on Milton Bradley board games and then, one assumes, different varieties of soft drinks).

Potty Problems (Deric W. Haircare), Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

King of Kong

Jeff, Sunday, 22 April 2012 22:53 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

Batman!

the pinefox, Monday, 23 April 2012 12:15 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

otm

diafiyhm (darraghmac), Monday, 23 April 2012 12:22 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink


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