ByMark Newton, writer at
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Mark Newton

So, in case you haven't noticed (or you abide by the Julian calender) we are now living in 2015!

I'm sure you're all very excited to be in the 15th year of the 21st century, and Hollywood certainly has a lot lined up in what could be one of the most blockbuster film filled years on recent record.

With this in mind, let's look back at the last 15 years to see what has happened since the turn of the millennium.

It's Been 15 Years of Christopher Nolan

Back in 2000, you had be a relatively well-versed cinephile to know who the hell Christopher Nolan was.

In 2000, he certainly wasn't the huge name he is now, although that year did see the release of his narrative-bending masterpiece, Memento - the film which arguably lifted the indie director onto a larger plain.

The film was by no means a massive financial success, but it did win the love of critics and those who saw it. This lead to some larger scripts being sent his way, and in the last 15 years we've seen him helm the much-loved Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception and most recently, Interstellar.

It's Been 15 Years of Jackass

Reality television was still a relatively new buzz-word back in 2000, but the Jackass crew took the concept even further by filming themselves doing insane things to one another - for our enjoyment.

The show started out as a low-budget, amateur affair shown on MTV, but now the franchise has spawned numerous movies, including, most recently, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.

Here's a fun Jackass fact I never knew. The show was actually co-created by Spike Jonze, the Oscar winning director of Her and Being John Malkovich. Not so unsophisticated now, is it?

It's Been 15 Years of Willow Smith

Now, I don't know about you, but it always freaks me out when I hear that people born in 2000 are now sentient, relatively well-functioning human beings.

It's even more freaky when you realise there are a load of 15 year olds in Hollywood who are already way richer and more successful than I will ever be. For example, Will Smith's daughter Willow Smith was born in 2000 and has only inhabited this planet for 15 years.

I'll let you decide what the global impact of that fact is.

It's Been 15 Years Since Alec Guinness Died

The year 2000 also saw the death of thespian legend, Alec Guinness. The actor, best known for portraying the original Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, appeared in countless classic movies, including Bridge Over the River Kwai, Dr Zhivago and Oliver Twist.

On the 5th August 2000, Guinness died from liver cancer at the ripe old age of 86.

It's Been 15 Years Since We Thought Computers Would Destroy the World

If you're born after 2000, you probably think computers are your best friends. But you don't have to go that far back to a time when we thought they would end us all, for it has also been 15 years since the world was gripped with fear of the Y2K bug.

Looking back on it from 2015, the whole thing does seem slightly ridiculous, but back in 2000 many experts did believe the change of date from 1999 to 2000 would mess up some computer systems.

There were concerns planes would fall from the sky, that reams of data would be lost, and that the entire fabric of society would break down and we'd all have to resort to cannibalism and barbarity to survive in a bleak post-apocalyptic wasteland.

As it turns out, nothing happened.

It's Been 15 Years of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

If you live in a slightly major urban conurbation, you've probably now got your own version of CSI, but back in 2000 there was only one - the original and, let's face it, the best Las Vegas based CSI: Crime Investigation.

The incredible success of the format spawned many imitators, with the CSI franchise itself gaining spin-off shows in Miami and New York, as well as an upcoming CSI: Cyber show.

According to statistics, the show is also partly responsible for a doubling in the number of people studying degrees related to forensic science.

It's Been 15 years of The Sims

I still remember bringing home the original The Sims back in 2000. Back then, games came in massive boxes and you actually had to physically leave the house, go to a store and exchange real money for it. Seems strange nowadays...

2000 was also a good year in general for gaming, with the millennium seeing the release of Deus Ex, Hitman: Codename 47 and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

Nintendo also sold i's 100th million Gameboy in 2000, with the original console eventually being discontinued in 2003.

It's Been 15 Years Since Gladiator

Ridley Scott's latest epic set in an ancient civilization, Exodus: Gods & Kings, hasn't exactly won over audiences or critics, but his 2000 historical action film, Gladiator was quite different.

Gladiator, which stared Russell Crowe as Maximus, won five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Russell Crowe and Best Director for Ridley Scott.

It's Been 15 Years Since George W. Bush was Elected President

Although Bush entered office in 2001, he controversially won his election to the post in 2000. He stuck around in office until 2009, where he formally ended almost a decade of Republican governance.

Bush was, of course, involved in a lot of major events between 2000 and 2009, but in the interests of not depressing the hell out of everyone, I won't list them here.

It's Been 15 Years Since Faith Hill's 'Breathe' Dominated the Charts

When future music historians compile a complete list of the top songs of the 21st century, what will be first on the list?

Well, according to the Billboard Hot 100, Faith Hill's 'Breathe' was the overall number one single of the year 2000. You can watch her rolling around in a bed below:

It's Been 15 Years Since the Start of the Modern Comicbook Movie

Nowadays, the movie industry is dominated by major AAA superhero blockbusters, but back in 2000 things were a bit different.

In 2000, comicbook adaptations were not exactly the sure-fire money makers they are today, with traditionally only Batman and Superman performing well. However, 2000 saw the release of Bryan Singer's X-Men, the movie which arguably kickstarted Marvel's meteoric rise in cinema.

15 years later, we're now living in an age where even the most obscure superheroes (I'm looking at you Guardians of the Galaxy) can dominate the box office.

It's Been 15 Years Since the Playstation 2

Whereas X-Men kickstarted Marvel's rise, you could also claim the Playstation 2 helped kickstart the modern rise of video gaming.

Previous to the release of the PS2, gaming was still dominated by Nintendo and was seen as a somewhat nerdy and childish endeavor. However, the PS2, which marketed itself as a cooler, more adult, games console, helped change this perception.

In 2015, video games are now the biggest entertainment industry, eclipsing both music and movies.

It's Been 15 Years Since DVDs Slaughtered VHS

The Playstation 2 - with its inbuilt DVD player - also played a major role in hammering the final nail into VHS's coffin.

2000 was the year that DVD sales finally took over VHS, signalling its demise as the main home-video format.

Of course, it's a dog-eat-dog world out there, and now, according to most statistics, DVDs are also destined for the scrap heap as yhey are now, reportedly, being outsold by Blu-ray.

It's Been 15 Years Since Pottermania Really Kicked Off

Of course, Harry Potter was big news in the late 1990s, but things really reached a fever-pitch with the release of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire in 2000.

Traditionally, Harry Potter books were actually released in the US a year after they made their way to bookshelves in their native UK. However, for Goblet of Fire, the book was released simultaneously, resulting in a much larger release. The printing run of 3.9 million books was a record at the time, and over 3 million were sold in the first weekend in the US alone. To support the demand, FedEx had to dedicate 9,000 trucks and 100 planes to fulfilling the delivery orders.

Pottermania would continue into 2001, which saw the release of the first Harry Potter movie.

It's Been 15 Since Since People Used to Shout "Whassup?!" at Each Other

Harry Potter wasn't the only cultural phenomenon to take rise in 2000, we also got that whole "Whassup?!" thing. You remember that, right?

The phrase has since been cast down into the deepest catacombs of historical institutions, but for a while, a simple Budweiser commercial inspired a rather odd craze. Check it out below.

The slogan lasted for most of the year, that was of course, until we began to wonder 'Who Let the Dogs Out'.


It's 2015. What are you most thankful for?


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