My journey into the history of film releases continues. So far, it has been bleak. I have been head back into the past in five-year increments to look at what was being released around this time on the calendar. The movies have largely been, well, bad. However, early in the year there tend to be less good movie releases. March may not be “Dumpuary,” but it’s close. It still isn’t Oscar season, and it isn’t summer either. Now we are in April, though. Will the April release schedules look better. We’re almost out of this millennium. Today, I’m looking back at the year 2000.
What if I told you that The Flintstones Viva Rock Vegas was one of the prominent releases of April 2000? It would give you a bit of a sense of what was going on at the time, at least on the big-budget release front. That’s not even the one with John Goodman. He had been replaced by some dude named Mark Addy. Stephen Baldwin plays Barney Rubble. One of the other notable releases is Ready to Rumble. It’s one of the biggest flops ever. David Arquette plays a huge wrestling fan who somehow still thinks wrestling is real. Also, famously he became WCW champion around that time as a promotional stunt. It’s one of the worst things to ever happen in wrestling, and wrestling is so full of dumb stuff.
There are also some cheesy comedies I can’t really get too upset at either way. I mean, Sandra Bullock released a romantic comedy called 28 Days. That same day Keeping the Faith came out. It’s the one where Ben Stiller and Edward Norton play priests in love with Jenna Elfman or something? Also some movie called Committed which has quite the cast but I don’t remember it. Heather Graham, Casey Affleck, Luke Wilson, Mark Ruffalo. And yet nobody remembers it. The film Love and Basketball also came out. Some people things that’s a good sports movie/romantic movie. I just remember seeing the trailer and it looked like garbage. I’ve never seen it. Sorry if you enjoy it. In the trailer the dude was like “I score, you strip” and it just all seemed so dumb. And I was like 13 at the time. Sexual situations in movies were of particular interest to me!
I do remember liking U-571 at the time, even though Jon Bon Jovi is in it. There are two notable releases from 2000, though. One is American Psycho. I do not like that film. It’s too gross. However, some people really like it, and it is definitely a distinct movie of the millennium. Then, we had a release from a young filmmaker with a known name but an unknown career as a director just beginning. It’s the month that Sofia Coppola would make her first splash with The Virgin Suicides.
So yeah, this is probably the best month of movies I have covered so far, but that is damning with the faintest of praise.