Simultaneously feeling like just a couple of years ago and a whole different age, it's now a whole two decades since the turn of the century. There are adults today who weren't even born then.
At the movies, 2000 was the year that Gladiator, both the year's Oscar Best Picture winner and second highest box office earner, ushered in a brief return of the historical epic genre. X-Men kickstarted the comic book superhero boom even as Unbreakable made an early attempt to deconstruct it.
Steven Soderbergh took on himself as the year's Best Director (Traffic beating Erin Brockovich to the Oscar), Christopher Nolan arrived on the scene by proving that revenge was a dish best served backwards in Memento, and Ang Lee got everyone excited by wuxia epics with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Meanwhile, Tom Hanks had his first go at social distancing by befriending a volleyball.
It wasn't all great, though. 2000 was also the year of Battlefield Earth. And let's not mention the dreadful Dungeons & Dragons movie, which came out just twelve months before Fellowship Of The Ring but seems to belong to a different age entirely.
Those are the big movies that people know and remember, though. 2000 also gave us a heap of more under-the-radar delights, both small-scale indies that have struggled to maintain an audience across twenty years and treats that were underappreciated at the time. So, come with us as we rediscover twenty of those underrated gems that began the new millennium.