20 Of The Best Early-2000s Movies

20 Of The Best Early-2000s Movies

Some of the best movies from the golden era of rom-coms.
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Hilary Duff before she became a mother. Lindsey Lohan when she was still the wholesome "girl next door." Amanda Bynes before DUI and disturbing Twitter-spree. Emma Roberts before her roles in American Horror Story and Scream Queens. Alexa Vega before she married a former Big Time Rush member. The Olsen Twins before they began their fashion empire.

These actresses, among others, were some of the cornerstones of the "cinema" of my childhood. Some went off the deep-end, while others simply grew up and moved on. Despite this, the romantic comedies in which they starred are still the movies I turn to on a rainy day when I yearn for a wave of nostalgia.

These aren't movies that require a lot of thinking. In their simplicity is their brilliance; No matter what, there's always a happy ending and the leading lady always finds her Prince Charming, sometimes even in a literal sense (cough A Cinderella Story cough). So, here's a few of my favorite early-2000s movies (in no particular order) that may be in the past, but will never be forgotten:

1. "The Lizzie McGuire Movie," 2003

Rome. Lip-syncing pop stars. Finally, a Lizzie and Gordo kiss. What else can a girl ask for?

2. "John Tucker Must Die," 2006

What starts as a way to get revenge on the notorious playboy John Tucker turns to real feelings... for the other Tucker?

3. "She's The Man," 2006

Amanda Bynes + Channing Tatum = the perfect duo. Although, I'm not so sure tampons should be used for nosebleeds.

4. "Sleepover," 2004

Nothing says early 2000s more than a flip-phone camera scavenger hunt.

5. "Mean Girls," 2004

This is not only one of the most iconic 2000s rom-coms, but one of the most quoted as well.

6. "Aquamarine," 2006

A mermaid who must find love in order to prove a point to her father - highly unlikely, yet highly entertaining. Of course, the true love she finds is that of friendship (and Ben and Jerry's).

7. "Sydney White," 2007

Amanda Bynes finds her prince all the while starting a political revolution on campus; Seriously, his last name is Prince.

8. "Just My Luck," 2006

A lucky girl and an unlucky guy kiss at a party - while disguised in costumes, of course - and somehow exchange their luck. Once again, unlikely, but entertaining nonetheless.

9. "A Cinderella Story," 2004

Where can I find my own Austin Ames? And in true early-2000s fashion, a flip phone and email both play key roles.

10. "What A Girl Wants," 2003

An aristocrat dad and a British boyfriend - what else could a girl want?

11. "The Princess Diaries," 2001

Still waiting on the day I find out I'm the heir to my own kingdom, or at least my own Mia Thermopolis-caliber makeover.

12. "How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days," 2003

My ultimate goal in life is to look as good as Kate Hudson did in that yellow dress.

13. "New York Minute," 2004

Double the Olsen's = double the rom-com, all whilst avoiding a truancy officer and making it to an important speech.

14. "Legally Blonde," 2001

"What, like it's hard?"

15. "Freaky Friday," 2003

It's stressful enough to be getting married, but even more so if you're stuck in your daughter's body!

16. "Ella Enchanted," 2004

Saying "yes" to everything can get overwhelming quickly. Imagine if you physically couldn't say "no"!

17. "Raise Your Voice," 2004

The only thing better than a Hilary Duff movie is a Hilary Duff singing movie.

18. "Agent Cody Banks," 2003

Because of course teenage boys make the best secret agents.

19. "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," 2005

Four girls of all different sizes who've been best friends since birth. One miraculously-fitting pair of pants.

20. "Material Girls," 2006

Double the Duff.

Cover Image Credit: Amanda Bynes Wiki

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Warcraft 3: Reforged - A legend returns

One of the top 100 games of the century makes a comeback in an epic way.

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17 years ago, the legion invaded the realm of Azeroth, forcing the different races of Humans, Orcs, Night elves, and Undead to make the most unlikely of alliances. There were those who fought for the light while the others wished to banish it. Night and day, the furnaces of Lordaeron burnt bright as the loyal dwarves of Khaz Modan hammer away the swords and shields that would aid the fight ahead.

17 years ago, the young orc warchief Thrall foresaw the fate of his people as meteors of green flames crash upon his lands. He saw the upcoming demise of his clanand ordered a mass evacuation towards a new continent where they shall be safe for generations to come. 17 years ago, the night elves felt a corruption within the Tree of Life, causing them to split into opposing factions: one fought in the name of the Goddess, while the other fought in the name of personal hatred. 17 years ago, a legion of undead came upon the shores of Lordaeron, plaguing the land and defiling the life force of the realm. That was the story of Warcraft, one that spanned continents and races only to join them together for a crucial battle of their history.

Warcraft 3: Reforged - Cinematic Trailer Youtube

Warcraft was a monument to an entire gaming generation, ranked 2nd best game of all time by German games magazine "GameStar." Its fate, however, was ultimately sealed as computing technology became better and overshadowed the old giant. Plus, with the rise of gaming consoles and handheld gaming devices, PC gaming lost its appeal slowly, and games like Starcraft or Warcraft eventually faded into oblivion.

But over on the horizon, Blizzard Entertainment came to the rescue. Following the success of their previous release of Starcraft: Remastered, they decided to come forth with their next great project: remastering Warcraft 3.

Using a new and revamped engine built over the foundations of the old one, they have rebuilt the world we once loved. Adding to that are new, high definition voices and sound effects that they recorded just for this old game. For the blurry characters of old, the team decided to upscale and remodel all present units to give them the 2019 high-def treatment they deserved. For the old user interface (UI), the development team settled on one that resembled the "Starcraft: Remastered" interface, offering more room for players to look at the gorgeous 4K character models. Also, to fit the new continuity from World of Warcraft, Blizzard opted to alter the story by a small margin, showing promising changes to the revived game.

Warcraft 3 – Original vs. Reforged Trailer Graphics Comparison Youtube

However, not everyone was hyped when the game was announced. Many gamers expressed disappointment at Blizzard's move of remastering old games instead of developing new ones. Many, feeling uncomfortable at the company's decision, took to the internet and into forums. Some fans expressed concerns over Blizzard's decision to retcon a game they hold dear Some are unhappy with the graphics not being consistent with characters: unit models look too detailed while buildings look cartoonish.

Despite all this, the general population loved the announcement at Blizzcon. As the game slowly reaches its release date of December 31, 2019, the hype can only go up from here. For those of us who can't hold their excitement, here's a video of the crowd's insane reaction to the announcement:


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