30 for 30: City of God (2003)




This was the year where I decided to make the big decision of changing my major from MIS to Advertising. Yea, that’s a massive jump. Am I glad I did it? I can’t say for sure because MIS would have probably offered me more opportunities (and a lot more money) but it wouldn’t been something I wanted to do. Yea, I actually chose to do advertising. I think enrolling in a couple of creative writing classes may have played a part in my decision. Or maybe it was the idea of being stuck in a field I didn’t want to be in that triggered that decision. Anyway, who knows what I was thinking 10 years ago. Shit, time flies. That being said, I love being in this crazy industry. It’s a ton of work and the hours are insane but working in a creative environment has always been a dream… Be it advertising, journalism, design, film, whatever.

When it comes to film, I think most people will remember 2003 as the year The Lord of the Rings series came to an end. This was also the year Johnny Depp graduated from brilliant oddball who starred in weird indie movies to brilliant oddball who starred in mega blockbusters. Pirates of the Caribbean was one of the defining works of pop cinema that year and it earns a spot as an honorable mention. Would we have predicted it back then that he’d end up as one of the biggest prostitutes in Hollywood? Unlikely. I also loved Pixar’s Finding Nemo – the film that confirmed their status as the kings of family entertainment. My runners-up for that year is a film not many people think of today: Peter Weir’s supremely underrated seafaring epic Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Seriously, why don’t more people talk about this movie? It would have been my pick of the year if I hadn’t watched Fernando Meirelles’ exhilarating Brazilian gangster saga CITY OF GOD two months later in February 2004. If Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas was the defining crime film of the 90s, then Meirelles’ crime saga was its equivalent in the 2000s. It simply is one of those unforgettable experiences that sticks with you vividly for days, even weeks after you see it. A masterpiece.

About 30-for-30

Movies are a huge part of my life – I mean, why else would I be running a blog/site devoted to movies? To commemorate the occasion of my 30th birthday (later this month), I’ll be counting down to the big day by posting a photo of my favorite movie for each year of the last 30 years I’ve survived on this planet. These aren’t my favorite 30 movies EVER but merely the movie I consider my favorite (or the best) of each year. This is my 30 for 30. Click here to see the other 30 for 30 posts.


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