I would imagine that I probably fell in love with Focus Feature films back around the turn of the millennium when “Traffic” was released (a film that we discussed in detail right here on CINEMA: COUNTERPOINT last week). Directed by Stephen Soderbergh and featuring an all-star cast, "Traffic" focuses on a conservative judge who is appointed by the President to spearhead
"21 Grams” then surfaced later in 2003 continued a tremendous season for the studio. Directed by Alejandro Inarritu and starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts and Benecio Del Toro, this riveting cast took on the gripping story of a freak accident that brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother and a born-again ex-con. “21 Grams” received nominations for Best Actress and Supporting Actor. My picture points: 8/10.