Marika Magazine of Worth-Watching Films from the Noughties

Imaginary Companions April Edition

The fashion world declared the noughties the trend of 2022, and the Marika team thought, "Hey, what about recalling the pictures and books of those times?" The cinematography of the noughtis isn't limited by Eternal Sunshine, Friends or the novels of Dan Brown. Those are the classics, but we've found stories that deserve to be recognised as well. We invite you to reminisce about the past and finally watch some pictures you might have missed.
Memento (2000)
Leonard Shelby is expensively dressed, drives a brand-new Jaguar, but lives in cheap motels. His goal in life is to find his wife's killer. His problem is a rare form of amnesia, a loss of short memory. Although he remembers everything before the murder, he does not remember what happened fifteen minutes ago.

Editor notes: Just accept that the script is a plot of your morning hangover as you try to recall the events of last night, and you won't even notice how understandable and clear the film becomes. The scenes were staged that way to make you rush through your thoughts. Not maybe, but surely you have to rewatch it to collect everything and finally enjoy the movie, so you better free your time.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Early 2000. Daniel Plainview is looking for gold and silver when he surprisingly discovers an oil well and establishes a drilling company. Time later, he finds out about the new deposit and prepares himself to step on any person to get richer.

Editor notes: This seven-times-winning and more than twenty-times-nominated film is a must-see. It's amazing how creators can make a fascinating film about black slush. First, I heard about his formidable income and almost grabbed the instruments to begin my own searches. However, after watching the ending, I immediately refused this idea. Daniel borders between an opinionated businessman and an unstoppable mad man, and you don't want to be at his place.
Cast Away (2000)
International company executive Chuck Noland appears to be the only survivor after the plane crush. Having come to the desert island in the middle of the ocean, he grabs at the memories of his girlfriend, who he promised to come back to.

Editor notes: The film is actually an eight-year journey back home, a reminder to visit your dentist, and the discovery that coconut water may disturb your stomach. It's also a great choice for those who love speaking throughout movies, because most of the time, the characters won't interrupt you.

But in truth, the statement of Cast Away is to not forget about loved ones. Unfortunately, sometimes it may be too late, and even if your career is your raison d'être, life may be brighter if you appreciate your supporters. Otherwise, you have to start getting along with a ball.
The Prestige (2006)
1890, London. In pursuit of fame, Robert Angier and Alfred Borden are feuding with each other, desperately attempting to be the greatest stage magicians. Enmity goes to another level when it begins to threaten people's lives.

Editor notes: Before confrontations between superheros in costumes, other men in different suits used to compete with each other using magic. At the beginning, you greedily observe the feud, but the farther into the forest, the thicker the trees. A moment, and you're fussing about one more couple of men who can't get along and destroy everything. The tangled events, in their turn, are no surprise since the director is Christopher Nolan.
Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)
A quartet of modern housewives who are desperately searching for personal happiness are at the center of the story. Susan can't get over infidelity and divorce. Lynette has had to forget her successful job and raise four naughty children. Bree's family is on the verge of falling apart. Former model Gabrielle seduces underage John and is afraid her husband will find out about the affair.However, all four are interested in one thing: why did their friend shoot herself, and what exactly was said in the blackmailer's letter that the woman received on the day of her death?

Editor notes: This series is a legal way to spy on the neighbors. Each of the four main characters is an individual with whom it is very easy to identify. The game begins when your favorite housewife tries to pry, acts in situations beyond her control, or does "what's best," which, of course, leads to bigger consequences. Watching someone do silly things you hesitate to implement is always gratifying and addictive.
Prison Break (2005-2009)
Michael Scofield goes to prison to arrange an escape for his brother Linkoln, in whose innocence he believes. The prison is the very one Michael knows well, because he created it himself as an engineer.

Editor notes: Despite the gloomy setting, the series covers themes bigger than usual escape, like trusting someone who seems to be an ideal friend or relative. Also, the show has one thing in common with acclaimed detectives: you know the characters will handle the issue, but you continue to monitor them because it's curious how exactly they will manage. And Prison Break does a good job of that.
The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone, who is fifteen and has Asperger's, a form of autism. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered, he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

Editor notes: After graduation, Mark Haddon became a caretaker for disabled people. A little later, he wrote this book using his experience, so the novel reflects the behavior and logic of those who have autism. In the first person of Christopher, the author explains the boy's mindset, and it's fantastic. Moreover, it's an adult picture book, just like you like it.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
23-years-old James Frey wakes up on a plane. He has no idea where the plane is headed nor any recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for three, he checks into a treatment facility shortly after landing. He is told that he can either stop using or die before the age of 24.

Editor notes: The story of a broken man's brave, long recovery makes you feel your life and gain a new perspective on arduous events. It's like a hidden special episode of Euphoria that we should all see. Another applause to the author for the image of addicted people because he doesn't describe them as nuts or men with no future. They're individuals, not hopeless.

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
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