Let’s face it. Gen Y seems to suffer from nostalgia more quickly than any other generation. I’m 20, and our generation romanticise the golden era of the Backstreet Boys and all their boy band compatriots, 90’s cartoons, breakfast TV and of course, film series such as Harry Potter.
A lot of these weren’t really that long ago, but sure seem like it. But how about things that don’t seem that long ago? Here are ten films that are turning ten years old this year.
2002’s Spider-Man scared the hell out of me. The Green Goblin’s split personality (and more specifically, Osbourne’s fights with his mirror self) meant I was afraid to look directly in mirrors for a few weeks after watching it. Spider-Man 2 was a Raimi production and therefore pretty darn good. Far better than the hot mess that was Spider-Man 3, anyway.
In any case, Spider-Man 2 was an exemplary effort for a second entry in a film series and is celebrating its decade of life this year.
A film I honestly regard as one of the best superhero films ever. Pixar outdid themselves with this story about superheroes forced to go underground when their PR turned sour. Couple that with an unhappy but very clever fan, and the Incredibles becomes a sterling film, even if the animation looks a bit plastic-y (after all, it is ten whole years old).
I’ll admit that I watched this movie before I read any Asimov. Give me a break, I was 10. That’s probably a good thing, because it means that I got to just enjoy the action, the sci-fi intrigue, Will Smith kicking various amounts of ass, and of course, robots. Many ardent fans of the book weren’t that enamoured with the action treatment it was given, but come on – a film about robot psychology wouldn’t have been such a blockbuster. (However, it would be amazing as a procedural on TV. Someone should make it happen.)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
So I didn’t actually watch this film when it came out. Because I was 10. But sometime in the last ten years, I did watch it and it’s one of my favourite films of all time now, up there with Pacific Rim and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Featuring Jim Carrey in one of his rare non-comedic roles and Kate Winslet as a tempestuous anti-MPDG (Manic Pixie Dream Girl), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a mix of science fiction and romance. Michel Gondry’s directing is dreamy and everything about this movie is just perfect.
I’ll level with you. I haven’t actually watched the Notebook. But that’s okay – I know pretty much what happens, thanks to just about everyone. And if I really need to admire Ryan Gosling, I can just watch Blue Valentine. Or Google him. But it’s on the list because I know many people cried at the bit where there were old people or something?
Anchorman is probably fresh on everyone’s minds because there was recently a sequel. I’m going to level with you – I don’t care for Anchorman‘s brash kind of humour. But I know everyone else loves it, so there you go. Ten years old.
An indie darling directed, written and starring Zach Braff.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
I remember PoA especially well, because we once watched it in class at the end of the year, and all the boys were super into how attractive Emma Watson had become. Besides that, PoA was one of my favourite entries in the Harry Potter series, and was really all round great.
Jesus, Saw. So I’m not really into horror movies because yeah, they’re scary. But one of the few horror movies I’ve seen include Saw. Again, torture porn really isn’t my thing, and Saw didn’t feel like it was trying to deconstruct or critique that style of film at all (unlike Cabin in the Woods, which is one of my very favourite films of all time). But it was made by some Australians, and it did do exceptionally well, so congratulations on your ten years of grossing people out in a fascinating way.
Four for you, Mean Girls. You go, Mean Girls!