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Naughts Project

The Naughts: The Film of the ’00s (photo)

The Naughts: The Film of the ’00s

I’m not sure if “Adaptation” is emblematic of the American-film ’00s — I’m afraid that the real culprit might be one blockbuster or another, exemplifying at this stage our fears instead of our hopes — but it’s certainly an endlessly resonating high-water mark, a mirror-hall launch that Godard could’ve loved, and which preemptively folded all […]

The Naughts: The Director of the ’00s (photo)

The Naughts: The Director of the ’00s

Steven Soderbergh had a remarkable 12 films in theaters between 2000 and 2009. That includes two shiny Oscar winners, “Erin Brockovich” (which nabbed Julia Roberts a statuette) and “Traffic,” and a potential third, “The Informant!”; all three installments of the blockbuster “Ocean’s” franchise; three fast-and-loose video experiments (“Full Frontal,” “Bubble” and “The Girlfriend Experience”); an […]

The Naughts: The Romantic Pair of the ’00s (photo)

The Naughts: The Romantic Pair of the ’00s

    I knew what she looked like by heart this time.     That scrap of newspaper she was on should     have been worn ragged by now, the number of     times I’d pulled it out and looked at it when I     was alone in the place.         — Cornell Woolrich, “The Black Angel” It’s the fear as much as […]

The Naughts: The Song of ’00s (photo)

The Naughts: The Song of ’00s

The film industry may be currently going through a crisis, but it’s got nothing on the music biz. Over the past decade, there was a paradigm shift in the industry and huge, fundamental changes in the way people discover, buy and listen to music. Ten years ago, the idea that everyone would cease going to […]

The Naughts: The Documentary of the ’00s (photo)

The Naughts: The Documentary of the ’00s

Sometimes superlatives need to be slung, such as when speaking of the richest, most ambitious and exciting decade yet for nonfiction film — and, really, what other variety could back up that boast? To nail down a single doc as the preeminent work that typifies these years is no easy task, especially since the best […]

The Naughts: The Actress of the ’00s (photo)

The Naughts: The Actress of the ’00s

If time is an avenger, then the Naughts have had it both ways with Nicole Kidman. In the span of a decade, Kidman was transformed from arm candy into an artist — the rare movie star who made genuinely interesting choices — eclipsing her ex-husband, Tom Cruise, who filed for divorce in 2000, with an […]

The Naughts: The Critics of the ’00s (photo)

The Naughts: The Critics of the ’00s

Film criticism as we know it tends to fall into a handful of time-worn categories: an expression of one’s personality, politics and taste, with traces of social critique and memoir (Pauline Kael, James Agee); or a kind of performance art on the page, using individual films, actors or filmmakers as springboards for sustained riffs on […]

The Naughts: The Television Show of the ’00s (photo)

The Naughts: The Television Show of the ’00s

“It’s not TV, it’s HBO” goes the tagline, and in the ’00s, TV was “The Sopranos,” a series that not only defined a channel but, more fundamentally, a decade’s worth of living-room drama. When David Chase’s series about the titular New Jersey crime family debuted in 1999, it came equipped with a conceit that seemed, […]

The Naughts: The Buddy Pair of the ’00s (photo)

The Naughts: The Buddy Pair of the ’00s

Nobody in the film business has had as good a decade as the folks at Pixar Animation Studios. They released seven films in ten years, all of them box office hits, all of them critical successes. Four of them won Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature (and the past summer’s “Up” stands a good chance […]

The Naughts: The Actor of the ’00s (photo)

The Naughts: The Actor of the ’00s

Quietly and unexpectedly, Matt Damon has become the premier Hollywood actor of the past decade. He’s lent his minutely constructed, surprisingly athletic performances to the films of directors Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Paul Greengrass, Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood, a roster that’s not coincidentally produced some of the most vital and successful films of […]