The past 15 years has seen countless films hit the big screen, and many of these films are considered to be amongst the best that have ever been produced. At Cine2DVD, we love good film, so here is our selection of the greatest films of the 21st century (so far).
The Dark Knight (2008)
The second film in the most recent Batman trilogy was extremely popular, and displayed excellent acting, action and drama that captured the imagination of cinema audiences across the globe.
Christopher Nolan’s film sees Christian Bale reprise the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, and is set during a period of change and conflict in the city of Gotham. The city’s newly elected District Attorney Harvey Dent, played by Aaron Eckhart, becomes central to the plot of the film, and impacts Wayne’s personal life as well as that of his alter-ego.
The film sees Batman, Dent and Gotham Police combat a rising threat in the city; a criminal who goes by the name of ‘The Joker’, played by the late Heath Ledger. The intensity of this storyline, which combines shocking drama with dark comedy, captures audiences everywhere, and propelled the film to its long-running success.
The film received publicity six months prior to its release when, sadly, it was announced that Heath Ledger had died after taking a lethal combination of prescription drugs on 22nd January 2008. Movie-lovers flocked to cinemas to see Ledger play one of his final roles, which lead him to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor posthumously.
Disney’s 2013 release has created one of the biggest franchises in film history. Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, the film earned US$1.2 billion at the box office, and continues to sell a variety of merchandise that makes it the most profitable film (in terms of merchandise) in history.
The film tells the tale of princess sisters Anna and Elsa. Elsa possesses powers that allow her to produce massive amounts of snow and ice, which is kept secret until the day of her coronation, when in an outburst Elsa accidentally reveals her powers and causes an eternal winter. She runs away, leaving Anna, alongside iceman Kristoff, his reindeer Sven and the lovable snowman Olaf, with the task of finding her and convincing her to bring back summer.
Frozen has seen widespread success, with the song ‘Let It Go’ winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The film continues to be highly successful to this day, with Disney releasing a Frozen short, which has been named Frozen Fever, and will debut in cinemas with Disney’s Cinderella, which will be released on 13th March 2015.
An all-star cast featured in Christopher Nolan’s science-fiction film Inception, which received widespread success and lead to it becoming the 41st highest grossing film of all time.
The film sees Dom Cobb, a professional thief played by Leonardo DiCaprio, commit corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his victims. Alongside Arthur, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, his team is given the task of using military technology to do the impossible. They are to cause ‘inception’, or in other words implant ideas into the subconscious of their target while extracting information and experiencing shared dreaming.
The film confused audiences globally, and won many awards to reflect its critical success.
Kill Bill (2003, 2004)
Quentin Tarantino’s two-part martial arts action film was extremely popular when it was released. Originally, the film was supposed to be one single feature, however when the finished cut lasted over four hours, it was decided that it would be released in two parts.
The Bride, played by Uma Thurman, is seen in a wedding dress lying wounded in a church at the beginning of the film, having been attacked by the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. The film follows the journey of the Bride, who goes on a path of pain, torture and growth, and her travel to Okinawa with the eventual aim of assassinating Bill, her former lover and the man who shot her.
The films were well-received by critics, offering action, emotion and all the elements audiences have come to expect from Tarantino films. Although a third volume has been rumoured, Tarantino has dismissed these rumours.
These films are excellent examples of the greatest film Hollywood has ever produced, but here at Cine2DVD, we treat your home movies just as we would the century’s biggest blockbuster. We offer many film transfer services, including transfer of super8 to DVD. For more information, contact us today by calling 0800 592433.