Throwback Thursday: Five Films from the 2000’s and Earlier That You Need to See #3

It’s already been a month since my last movies post, can you believe it?! These are by far my favorite to write, and I’m so glad it is time for another installment. If you are new here, this little series on the blog is dedicated to sharing movies from the past. Maybe you have seen them, maybe you haven’t. Either way, these are great movies you may have missed, may not have even been alive for their release, or maybe you have long forgotten about them (and should totally give them a rewatch in that case).

Some of these movies are available on Hulu, Netflix, and Prime Video (and I’m sure more). However, since these services frequently change what movies they offer, I do not go by what service offers these movies. If you would like to watch these movies, check where you normally get your movie fix, and if not, check out your local library (it’s free!). Also, you can rent most movie recommendations for a few dollars on YouTube and other similar services. For more information on how to find these movies, visit the first installment where I go further in-depth.

I try to offer a variety of movies each month to interest a variety of lovely people. Some movies may be your cup of tea, others not so much. Hopefully, you’ll find something that sounds interesting to you (if not, there’s always next month). Let’s get started!

#1: Jack (Comedy, Drama)

Who doesn’t love Robin Williams? This is another great movie starring the big kid himself (no seriously, this time he plays a literal big kid). In this movie, Jack (Robin Williams) ages faster than the average human, making him look as though he is in his mid-forties when he’s only ten.


The plot follows Jack through his first year attending public elementary school looking like an adult and just trying to fit in. Oh, did I also mention that Jennifer Lopez is Jack’s fifth-grade teacher? This movie is a hilarious Robin Williams classic that I’m sure you’ll love! (Psst… you may want to buy some gummy bears to watch with this movie, I always end up craving some 😄).

#2: Spirited Away (Animated Adventure/Fantasy)

Spirited Away is another great work of Hayao Miyazaki (probably his most well-known piece, actually). This movie is beautifully illustrated and timeless. The plot follows Chihiro, a timid young girl that is moving to a new city. She stumbles across a world where humans are an oddity, witches and wizards rule, and spirits roam. The world she is put into is truly magical and full of life.

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The plot is focused on Chihiro saving something very dear to her while not losing who she is as she desperately tries to get back to the human world. This is a more adolescent film, but it is really fun to watch and full of magical, larger than life characters that I’m sure will touch your heart.

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The little buggers above are my favorite.

#3: Shawshank Redemption (Crime Drama)

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Now, this is a classic I’m sure some of you have heard of, but it seems to be quickly fading in popularity. This movie is based on a novella by Stephen King. It isn’t classic scary King, but it is a suspenseful and masterfully written story. The movie follows two men (Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman) who become friends in prison as they face different trials and tribulations that no human should ever have to. The plot may sound boring, but you’re in for one helluva ride.

#4: Gattaca (Sci-Fi Thriller)

Some of you may have watched this movie in high school biology class (that’s where I first watched it), but it is a great movie about genetic engineering (which we are getting closer and closer to achieving every day). The movie features Ethan Hawk, Uma Thurman, and Jude Law.

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A man who was born just before the popularization of genetic engineering finds himself inferior to those around him. He takes on the identity of a genetically engineered and therefore superior man to chase his dream of going to space.

#5: Encino Man (Comedy)

This movie stars Pauly Shore, Brendan Fraiser, and Sean Astin. From this cast, I’m sure you can guess the downright crazy and impossible film this is (also VERY 90’s, just watch the trailer below 😂).

Two high school outcasts find a frozen caveman in their backyard. They decide to give the caveman a second chance at life and begin to groom him to fit into society. They then take the caveman with them to do normal high school boy things and it just takes off from there. This movie is one crazy unbelievable story that just somehow works. It pretty much teeters on being a parody of sorts and is not for everyone. I think it’s hilariously goofy and good for a “what the heck” kind of situation.

This movie is also the supplier of this meme:

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That’s all I have for this week! Please like the post if you would like to see more content like this. Leave me a comment below letting me know what movies from the past are your favorites!

Here are the first and second installments if you are interested.

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