The Roaring Swinging Fabulous Groovy Blog Collaboration | The 2000s

Ok. How the heck are we at “2000s”? I swear we just kicked this thing off with 1900s/1910s. So crazy how fast this year went in Blogland. Don’t forget– next month we’re hosting a LINK-UP for any and all period dramas, historical/fiction books, and historical movies that you want to review or share!! That will be Tuesday, December 4th!

(Check out Alexandra’s post today, too!)

And now on to the sweet 2000s.

On the first Tuesday of the month, February through November, we’re highlighting books & films from/about specific eras that we recommend! (Television shows, too, sometimes!) There’s no commitment or link-up during those months on your end, but in December we’ll host a recap/link-up for the entire year!

I thought it was hard to find books set in the 2000s.

B O O K S

One of my all time favorite books is The Art of Racing in the Rain (Garth Stein). The reader is introduced to Enzo and his family- and Enzo is a dog. It is one of the most beautiful, heart-wrenching, real books I’ve ever read. And of course I loved it because Enzo is named after the same person/car that my Enzo is named after 🙂

I have no idea why, but The Royal We (Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan) is one of those stories that has stuck with me. I already loved the royals (whom this book is not-so-loosely based on), but something about the personalities and hardships of each character in this book really stuck with me. It’s kind of long, but I enjoyed all the drama and romance and parallels.

M O V I E S

(2001) It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Save the Last Dance but I loved this movie when I was a teenager. Julia Stiles is such an underrated actress and the whole love story between her and Sean Patrick Thomas’ character is beautiful.

(2001) Does anyone NOT love The Princess Diaries (and also, has anyone not seen The Princess Diaries?!)? I love this adorable movie and the star power this one packs is insane. Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore, Sandra Oh… And Brink.

(2001, 2004, 2007) My love for the Ocean’s movies knows no bounds (including Ocean’s 8!!). I’ll admit that, as far as the male cast movies go, 11 is my favorite with 13 being a close second. I’m crossing my fingers that we get a 9 and 10 (with the ladies!) because this franchise is the best.

(2004) My favorite Pixar movie is The Incredibles. I love the story and the musical score and each character. Violet and Dash’s relationship is my favorite. I haven’t seen The Incredibles 2 yet but I need to!

(2006) It’s no surprise that Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby shows up on my list. We probably watch it every time it’s on TV and we definitely quote it daily. Damn- it’s just so funny and good and quotable. Especially for a NASCAR lover.

*dates indicate both when the movie was released AND when I think it was set

B O N U S

I mentioned The West Wing in our 90s post but most of it takes place in the 2000s. Seriously guys, if you haven’t watch it yet, DO IT.

Has everyone already seen The Office? It’s hysterical and awkward (and mildly not PC). Easy to binge, easy to follow, good mindless television.

On Deck…

Middle school/high school (without Hulu or Netflix) made me miss a lot of good shows. I’d love to watch:

  • Veronica Mars
  • Friday Night Lights
  • 30 Rock

Be sure to hope over to Alexandra’s blog and check out her recommendations!

Next month we are linking up & we want you to join us!

Did you watch or read any of our suggestions from year? Maybe you thought of your own recommendations and you’ve been waiting for the right time to share them! Perhaps you just *happened* to read a book from the 1950s and you want to review it!

There’s no right or wrong way to link-up with us! Just do it! We will see you December 4th for our final Roaring Swinging Fabulous Groovy Blog Collaboration post!! Join us, won’t you?

Check out our past posts from this series: 19101920193019401950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990

The Best 2000s Movies

I am one of those lucky bloggers who has a husband that critiques reads all my posts. After I shared my post on the best 90s movies my husband asked when I was going to do one for films from the 80s and the 00s (2000s? How does one abbreviate that…?). I hadn’t planned on doing another, but he insisted.

Keeping that in mind, these films are a culmination of my favorites and his favorites. We have pretty similar taste, though, so my name is Audrey and I approve all these movies:

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
Ok… not everyone is going to agree with this pick. Some people find Will Ferrell to be dumb and unfunny. (And in the case of Semi-Pro, Elf, and Blades of Glory I 100% agree with you.) But as a NASCAR fan, this movie cracks me up every single time I watch it. I swear a member of my family quotes this film at least twice a week. Yeah, it’s dumb, but it’s a comedy and I think it’s crazy funny.

The Incredibles (2004)
This is my favorite Pixar movie. (I’m unnaturally excited about the rumored sequel.) I think this movie appropriately sums up the frustrations and trials of every family (plus some superhero drama). I love that the men and women are equally kick-ass and flawed; I think it’s a super balanced movie with a very important message about family and friends, and being yourself in a world that might not always like you.

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The Italian Job (2003)
This is an favorite in our house. We’re big fans of heist movies and fast cars, plus the cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Jason Statham, and Chalize Theron. It’s also easy to hate Edward Norton because he’s so bad you want to punch him… Right, Charlize?

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Oh, Leo… how did you JUST get an Oscar? I think this film is incredible and has an all-star cast (include some people that weren’t huge in 2002, but have skyrocketed to fame now). It’s a clever movie that makes you laugh and cry and shake your head and totally gives you mixed feelings about who to root for and who to despise. If you haven’t seen this film, I highly recommend it.

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Ocean’s 11 (2001)
Oh look that that… another heist movie. This was back before Angelina ruined Brad. This is another one of those movies that made me fall for Julia Roberts. This movie has a great cast, too, and once you’ve fallen in love with Ocean’s crew you have two more movies you can watch with them! (Plus the 1960s version.)

We had a few runner-ups that didn’t quite make the cut, but I’d still recommend any day: Pearl Harbor | Inglourious Basterds| Cars

This list was tricky… I think the 90s had a lot of fun teen comedies while the 2000s were action-packed. You’ll never find super violent films on my lists (except I.B.) so it was a little tough with this decade. Chances are someday I’ll make a list of top 80s movie, too, so stick around.

What are some of your favorite movies from the 2000s?

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