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Harry's BEST OF 2001 List!!!

I just love how lazy filmgoers constantly bitch and moan about the travesty of years… year after year after year.

This summer at CONVERGENCE, a sci-fi/fantasy/film/fiction/fun convention in Minneapolis, I sat on a panel that was about why film going sucks these days. The idea for the panel was to piss and belch and bitch and moan about us poor pitiful filmgoers and how it is time to charge the film world with pitchforks and torches and KILL THE MONSTER!

If you have a very narrow field of vision by which you judge film. If you just like war flicks or westerns or science fiction or comedy or musicals or whatever… Ok, I’ll give ya that it might have been a sucky year for the genre of choice. However, if you love film. FILM. Everything that is stuck on it, and you seek not only your local theaters, but you beat the bushes excavating for films from far off coasts… from strange lands and people… If you stop being a sheep just eating what Hollywood dumps in your lap… Well, you might be able to assemble a list like the one below.

Last year, I was only able to put together a list of 25 films. This year I am at 35. 35 movies that I would gladly buy on DVD. Thirty-Five films to add to the ever-expanding library. This list doesn’t include the masterful re-edit jobs done to APOCALYPSE NOW and STAR TREK THE MOTION PICTURE… One that made a great film greater and a bad film damn good.

You might find a few films not on this list. Movies like GOSFORD PARK and IN THE BEDROOM. Well, that is just because they haven’t played here in Austin, and I haven’t received a screener in the interim. If I did see them, would they even make the list? I don’t know. I’ll tell ya when I see it.

You might also see movies that you haven’t seen yet, films that haven’t played in the United States yet. In fact there are a couple of films that have YET to receive distribution in the United States due to cowardice, stupidity and/or ignorance on the part of American Distributors. Hopefully they will see the error of their ways, get off their asses allowing their heads to pop out and release these films on a screen near you, me and we.

These are the best films as I see them this year, arranged in order of my personal taste. What does that mean? Well, if they are on this list, that means I’m saying it is a very good movie to great. The order does not necessarily mean I think it is better than the film directly below it, it just means that I like it more, that it floats my boat more. Having said that, I believe the top ten films to be the absolute best of the best that I’ve seen this year. Now prepare to love/hate me and my list…

One last minute addition. I have no idea of where I would place BULLY in the below, but I absolutely loved the film and forgot it til just this moment. Sometimes you forget a film when it is a screener and not a theatrical experience, but BULLY was a powerful film about a true life incident that happened regarding a group of teens involving sex, violence and murder. Larry Clark does not shy away from the ugliness that shockingly is in youth. It should never really be shocking as this has existed as long as kids have, but it is never not disturbing. Ultimately I feel the movie should be somewhere in the 8 - 14 range in my list, but I can't imagine bumping anything... but definitely take it in mind!


I’ve been waiting my whole conscious life to see this movie. I remember when my parents hung the 1976 Hildebrandt Brothers "Lord of the Rings" Calendar. I was 5, I still have it. I remember the Rankin Bass HOBBIT made me read THE HOBBIT, then that Christmas my parents bought me LORD OF THE RINGS in 3 paperback covers with watercolor covers. Peter Jackson’s film has captured a lifetime of dreams and musings. When I stared out the window of my calculus class as Mr Hicks’ monotone "wah wah wah wah waaaah" continued, I day-dreamed of this film, and now it is here.

I have watched the film over 10 times now. I haven’t been this love in a film for a long time. Beautifully shot, acted and realized. It is simply everything that I love about film. The film takes me where I’ve only gone in my dreams, introduces me to characters I’ve only read about and shows me a story that doesn’t insult me.

Films like this never come out, I’m just glad to be here when one did!


You are likely never going to be able to see this film in a theater. Not because it is a bad film, but because the movie is about a subject that could cause a controversy the likes of which would draw an insane amount of censorship by the MPAA, and if released unrated would cause problems with other censorship groups.

What do they not want you to see?

The best and most powerful satire to come along in ages. This is no mere exploitation film, it is powerful filmmaking. Horrifying, terrifying and it all takes you to a place you never ever hope comes about in reality. Children die and kill one another in a way that makes LORD OF THE FLIES look and feel like a light-weight story.

It is an absolute marvel of building quickly and concisely multiple characters, developing how they feel, what they are like, what they dreamt about, hoped to be… The film is draining and horrifying. You might could have believed this movie would exist in the sixties or seventies, but the concept that it exists in these sappy sick days of pandering to the whims of groups like ‘capalert’ and the ‘mpaa’ it is no wonder that this type of cinema can only come from far away in Japan.

Fukasaku, the director, has been propelled into the realm of important filmmakers with this movie. Film Societies around the world have begun to screen retrospectives of his work with this movie as the impetus.

We should be ashamed of every cowardly American Distributor in this country for not having the guts or the balls to release easily one of the best and most important works of cinema in years. Great film!


Jeunet created a fantastic alive fairy tale set today or tomorrow or yesterday, I’m not real sure, but I do know that this story of the most fabulous woman ever, the discovery of Audrey Tautou and the greatest comeback film since Travolta made PULP FICTION.

I was terrified that Jeunet had left the great filmmaking building with the excretable ALIEN RESSURECTION. AMELIE is a work of genius. As far different from BATTLE ROYALE as two great films could get.

AMELIE is filled with wondrous sights, characters and situations. Cinematically gorgeous, fantastic music and with a new star. A perfect movie!


Michael Bay set out this year to make a great romantic love triangle set during the terrifying and oh so real dangerous times of World War II. The film was unfocused, unromantic, but visually stunning.

Jan Sverák has made a film that accomplished everything that Michael Bay dreamt of with PEARL HARBOR and he did it at a fifth (or even less) the cost.

Still unreleased in most of the United States, this film not only has better dogfight aerial battles than Bay’s film, but the romance, the friendship and the story are all far greater. We don’t see much native filmmaking from the Czech Republic, but Jan’s film shows us that there is more going on in and around Prague than American productions taking advantage of cheap labor. There is a very real and vital potential that is beginning to spread its wings. A great film!


Leave it to the Coen Brothers to make the best American film this year. The movie is exceptionally wonderful. Billy Bob Thornton is simply brilliant. Frances McDormand and Tony Shalhoub both deserve Oscar nominations (and wins) for Supporting Actress and Actor.

This, not MEMENTO, is the best original screenplay of 2001. Deakins’ cinematography reminds why Black & White is everybit as vital and wonderful and appropriate today as when it was the only choice in film.

The Coen Brothers are the best U.S. filmmakers working today, and they have been that for years now.


David Lynch has made a fantastic surrealistic erotic suspense film that is absolutely electric. Naomi Watts should not only be nominated for Best Actress, but personally I feel she should win. Not only does she play two different characters brilliantly, but each of those characters have a radical shift in how they are played throughout the film. She handles it beautifully. Ultimately Naomi and Audrey Tautou of AMELIE are the two real discoveries of the year.

Many look at this film and see pieces of Lynch’s other work, well much like VERTIGO incorporated many of Hitchcock’s themes from previous films, this is the one where they all came together perfectly. Often the strangeness of Lynch’s work seems to be there with little or no purpose. Here it all has significance and plays out with a great sense of internal logic.

You must not miss this movie!


Guillermo Del Toro has made his best film to date with DEVIL’S BACKBONE. I love his CRONOS and his MIMIC had its moments, but DEVIL’S BACKBONE is a great Gothic Children’s Story… Unfortunately many would find it too intense for children, but like NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, that is exactly what Del Toro made.

We seem to forget that Jim Hawkins killed in TREASURE ISLAND, that from the beginning of literature children have been asked to do terrible things for self-preservation. We also like to believe that kids don’t think or talk about ‘forbidden subjects’, Del Toro remembers and definitely believes.

Alongside BATTLE ROYALE, this is the best edgy film of the year. Children fighting to stay alive, killing not because they want to, but because they have to… it isn’t pretty, but sometimes in this world, they must. Great film.


Richard Linklater’s WAKING LIFE was a godsend. This isn’t traditional narrative, it isn’t a conventional animated film. This is an art film, a movie that has a stunning vision to attempt to capture what it is that dreaming is.

People often talk about how dreams are black & white, why then did this feel more like my dreams?

For me, this film completely captures what it is to be a dreamer in Austin, Texas. One of the greatest local film experiences, if not the best, that I’ve ever had. I’ve lived in Austin pretty much the vast majority of my life, and when I didn’t, I dreamt of it. This is that dream. This is the reward for attending that other theater in town… ya know?


The most eager, giddy, innocent, vivacious love story I’ve ever seen on film. Here ‘love’ feels like the most valuable of basic human needs. Oxygen is second. Food is third. Love is what gives meaning to breath and the necessity to consume.

Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman have an on-screen dynamic that is like chugalugging Absinthe til dawn. Blinding and leads to insanity. Glee. Isn’t it grand?

Jim Broadbent’s Harold Zidler is a revelation in this movie. His LIKE A VIRGIN number is genius. I would love to see him nominated for this rather than IRIS. IRIS’ performance felt traditional and safe. There was nothing safe about what he did here.


Director Johnny To has made the first Hong Kong action thriller in ages that feels truly different from the others. I’ve watched this film about 12 times this year. It is exciting and vital and fun… above all things fun.

It takes everything in the genre of Hitman films and throws it all together. Andy Lau’s Tok… so over the top, so insidiously delicious. Takashi Sorimachi’s O… introspective, mysterious and deadly. The film shoots with a variety of styles.

Over all the film comes off as a Tall Tale of the greatest hitmen ever. It feels a bit like Pecos Bill or Paul Bunyan or John Henry. Both of these characters are LEGEND.

If you have been waiting for a great Hong Kong film again, this is the one.

10 & 1/2. DONNIE DARKO

Ok, so I fogot one. And I can't believe that it was this one. I dearly love this film. Richard Kelly nailed this one for me. Surrealistic, horrifying and it truly is one that grows on you each time you see it. After all, what can you say about a film that has a great performance from Patrick Swayze and that has a character called Grandma Death? I say you say it is great and just leave it at that. Richard Kelly is one to watch, and if god exists, you will all one day be treated to the genius that is BESSIE!


In many ways this is the vastly superior film to MOULIN ROUGE. John Cameron Mitchell should definitely be up for Best Actor for his portrayal of Hedwig. Why then is Hedwig here and not where MOULIN ROUGE is? Because I am utterly in love with Baz’s film. The design, the excitement, the manic world, the sound and the fury.

As a debut film, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is a stunning achievement. Fantastic movie.


Mamoru Oshii’s debut live action movie is a dream. Far more powerful and serious than Spielberg’s science fiction film this year.

Far more intelligent than I believe anyone is thinking going into it. The action and the thrills are far more beautiful and captivating than anyone would expect. The choice of shooting this film in Polish really works. It feels more fantastic and ethereal in Polish. The choice of landscapes and language bury it in Eastern European flair. Beautiful and completely intoxicating.

Hopefully MIRAMAX will get around to releasing this in 2002. Absolutely wonderful. Not for all tastes, but definitely for mine.


MEMENTO is a wonderful film. The movie came in a desert of quality cinema. It is a spectacularly structured film, but I find it less involving upon multiple viewings. Ultimately the film chooses structure over character, structure over everything else.

Given the structure and the story are absolutely inseparable. They are totally entwined. And the film is breathlessly audacious in what it attempts and ultimately delivers, but I found that magic to wane over time.

The first two times I saw it, it was like being smitten out of the blue, but it ebbed in its power over me since I’ve watched it on DVD.


I was driving around Austin one day when suddenly I my cel phone rings and the caller I.D. says that it is Roger Avary. I answered the call to hear Avary giddy, excited and thrilled about a film he had just moments before walked out of. That film was Christophe Gans’ BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF. A period horror-action-adventure-martial arts-romance film. A strange beautiful unique snowflake.

I have watched this 4 times now and each viewing is stronger than the one before. Years from now when I look at this list, I may very well be moving this film up the list. Hell, after the release of BROTHERHOOD in 2002, I could really move it up further, because I guarantee that I will be seeing it quite a few more times.

Mani is as cool a character as you’ll see on film this year.


Here is a remarkable film. A movie that ultimately I had to seek out an all region DVD at a fairly extravagant cost to myself, to see. It is a Taiwanese Glove Puppetry show that follows years of tradition from a television program that has been entertaining folks in Taiwan for years.

The film is remarkable beyond words. Combining computer animation, puppetry and traditional animation techniques to create a visual marvel. One of the most breath-taking films I’ve seen in years.

I don’t understand a word of it, there is no English subtitles or audio on this DVD. It has not kept me from repeatedly watching it. The story and character work is so strong, that I feel I understand and get it completely. The story is heartbreaking as I’ve interpreted it.

It is completely unsafe, characters that you care for die badly, and the music, photography and overall design is as good as anything on this list. If I knew all the dialogue this film could be either higher or lower, but this was the film that I was most passionate about personally for quite sometime. The film I would have people come over and that I would show them repeatedly because I felt it really was that strong. A must see!


The first film that Cameron Crowe has made based on another’s work and he does a great job with it from my point of view. Cameron Diaz is wonderful in the film as is Kurt Russell. Cruise is perfectly cast, but isn’t greatly stretching here.

Beautiful and haunting. It hit me like a revelation, as I hadn’t seen the original film first. As a result, this struck me like a bolt of lightning. And I do prefer this to the original, though that is a feeling not shared by all, so be it.


Terry Zwigoff’s film version of Daniel Clowes’ underground comic is perhaps the greatest comic book adaptation yet.

Thora Birch’s Enid is vitally real here. She reminds me of many young ladies I know locally. And Steve Buscemi’s Seymour is a remarkable character and performance by Steve. Perhaps his best character work since his turn in TREE’S LOUNGE.

The film is a clarion call for the odd, of which I proudly count myself a member of. I can not wait to see what Zwigoff does next!


Pixar has nailed another great animated classic. This movie hit my sister dead on. The character of Boo is the most perfect recreation of a babbling terrible two-age kid ever.

The film achieves far more than that, especially once Mike and Sully are banished from the world of monsters. The scene between the two in the Snowman’s cave… perfection. Subtle and powerful. The character animation work in this movie was flawless. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next.


For everyone that ever looked up and dreamt of what man could accomplish when working together, this movie captures. To be a piece, a part of something bigger than that of any one person… Brilliance.

I must admit that this film has a very very special place in my heart. It rang true with so much in my heart. There is a part of me that hopes and prays that it would be nominated for as many Oscars as possible. Somehow, I doubt it, but it would be lovely.


This is a movie that I can’t wait to see a second time. At the time I saw it, it hit me like the great INSOMNIA did a few years back. This is a powerful suspense film about the sanctity of family and friends. Hehehe… Do not miss a chance to see this if you can.


One of the most elegantly told gothic ghost stories ever told. It will grow in prominence over time and will be watched right in line with my fave films of type like THE HAUNTING and THE CHANGELING.

Wow Nicole Kidman had a helluva year, and how creepy are the kids in this flick? I love this one.

22. BLOW

I love this movie. I feel Johnny Depp just nailed it. And while my "Better than GOODFELLAS" quote was misinterpreted greatly… I’ll explain now that I don’t particularly love GOODFELLAS. It is a great film, I just don’t care to rewatch it over and over. I prefer CASINO to it (and this), but I love how Ted Demme captured the various time periods and styles. Penelope Cruz was sooooo frightening in this film… Very scary. The depiction of great wrong coming from naivete was fascinating and intoxicating for me.


The power of Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly’s performances keep this film from devolving into a TV MOVIE OF THE WEEK. I haven’t finished my review yet, but ultimately I feel that this movie just feels slightly off right now, and I’m trying to nail down why I feel that way. It might require a second viewing. BUT Russell and Jennifer were absolutely incredible. Connelly is really becoming a great actress. After REQUIEM last year, to do work this solid makes that not a fluke. I can’t wait to see her in Ang Lee’s HULK next!


The documentary about the concert from the artists behind the music for OH BROTHER WHERE ART THOU? Awesome music and incredible performances. Ralph Stanley’s "O DEATH" was perhaps one of the creepiest and tearful moments caught on film this year. Harry McClintock’s "Big Rock Candy Mountain" is one of the purest reasons why evil will never conquer the good of this world. I felt like I was 5 years old as he performed it. Finally, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch’s performance of "Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby," was like the best homemade ice cream ever. Tasty and oh so good!


Some hated this film, and well let em. Me, I adored this gothic romance. It was a pure joy this year. Anthony Hopkins must be teamed up with Ridley Scott in something else again. Absolutely wonderful work here.


Wes Anderson’s latest has so much going on in it that it is… all at once, two entirely different movies. Again a movie that I must see a couple of more times to fully digest. However, on first viewing, I do like it quite a bit.


Here is a movie that it seems maybe 4 people saw. William H Macy did his best work since FARGO here and seemingly no one saw it. Truly sad. Great little film.


You’ll understand next March if Miramax doesn’t mess with it too much. Pure joy. Not particularly deep at all, but if you ever go to movies to just have fun… go have fun.


This is a great cheap horror film. The sisters in this film make it so great that I can scarcely believe it. Don’t buy the American DVD, get the Canadian DVD… MUCH BETTER. One of the great moments of stupidity in the world of U.S. distribution was not putting this in theaters this October. The bastards. As a result many of you, will never see this film on the big screen. Sadly.


I can’t in good conscience put this film higher on my list, not because this wasn’t a perfect kid’s movie… it was, but because I was way too close to the film. I adore this movie, but refrained from reviewing the movie because Robert and I were way too close on this project. I can’t wait for a special edition dvd on this one.


I’m very curious to see how this movie affects me upon multiple viewings. Upon first viewing I liked it quite a bit. I’m curious to see if it escalates or falls off. Frankly, the love of film both in the making and presenting of it are so wonderful, I think I will love it even more. We’ll see though.


This was a wonderful film. However, I think it was built up a bit too much for me, by the time I saw it my first was reaction was… that’s it? However, upon second viewing it really fell into place for me. Ben Kingsley is so not going about things as usual here and delivers one of the best overall performances of the year. Very creepy, however, I did prefer Terence Stamp’s character in Soderbergh’s THE LIMEY.


The first 30-40 minutes were so ridiculously pedestrian that it really hurt the overall film for me. However, once our characters are in the situation that the title refers to… The movie was simply brilliant from that point on. Could have been a truly great film if the start of the movie had invested me in the characters more. As is it plays as a very very very strong action film that could have been something more.


Very good crime film, but nothing truly spectacular. The performance by Tilda Swinton was wonderful though. And the movie was quite involving. I’m glad I have this on DVD.

35. A.I.

There is quite a bit here to love, however… the film highlights so much of how Spielberg has changed as a filmmaker that it ultimately makes me yearn for the Steven that made EMPIRE OF THE SUN and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. Visually stunning at moments and visually retarded at others. The film is great when Jude Law and Teddy are on screen, but falls short the rest of the time. Could have been a truly great film… if about a dozen different things had been different. But cough, that’s just like my opinion.


While technically made in the fifties, this lost film was just found and presented extremely limited in the past year. Hopefully we’ll see it on at least DVD someday.

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  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:05 a.m. CST

    It baffles me...

    by Two Hours

    It baffles me how you are able to give your opinion to the public. It's not even an opinion. What you wrote here is all bullshit. And I don't mean your choices, I mean the way you think every movie needs to please you and you only. They make movies for everybody. Get over yourself.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:10 a.m. CST

    great list

    by zengamer

    I will be looking for, picking up, and viewing probably all of these films that I have not seen yet in the coming months. Thanks

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:12 a.m. CST

    What about Donnie Darko?

    by Mole Harris

    I'm surprised that you forgot about this one Harry, especially since it was such a strong debut film. The best surrealistic film this year, next to Mulholland Drive.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:12 a.m. CST


    by Prophet01

    Hey if you don't like it don't read it.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Two Hours ...

    by zengamer

    What the hell are you talking about? Of course it&#39;s his opinion, and as far as saying a film has to please you personally, well, yeah. Something could be a technical marvel and not speak to you and it won&#39;t mean anything. On the other hand, just because something doesn&#39;t have all the bells and whistles, or is even particularly good, you can still enjoy it. You come at everything with a bias. Case in point: I&#39;m fairly certain no one will say Flash Gordon is a good movie. It&#39;s poorly filmed, badly written, and the special effects suck (although I know they are supposed to). But many people, including myself, enjoy it immensely <sp?>. Does that make it great? no. But it would goon my list for favorite fun movies. And that&#39;s my opinion. Other people, like yourself, will feel differently, and that is THEIR opinion.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:21 a.m. CST

    thank god for multi-region dvd players...

    by Nocturnaloner

    Cool list, Harry. I&#39;ll be seeking out quite a few of these.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Good list Harry

    by Don Pedro

    And I know it is your opinion, but dammit, a film like Memento comes along once in a blue moon, it should be up there with Fellowship. Just my humble opinion...

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Best movies come from OUTSIDE the U.S.

    by TheYoungLion

    Agree with what Harry said about not just whining about the crap Hollywood routinely serves up, and seeking out films from other places. I saw Wong Kar-wai&#39;s "In the Mood for Love" at last year&#39;s Toronto fest, but it was released in the U.S. this year, so that qualifies. Incredible, magnificent film. Same situation with a gem out of China called "Shouzou River", which played only a week here in Los Angeles this year. Saw it in Toronto last year, and told everyone I came in contact with that it is the best film I&#39;ve seen in 10 years. Still feel that way about it. Just incredible! Also, Korean cinema is the hot thing now. A lot of great and exciting work coming out of there. Saw a Korean Film called "Seom" (The Isle). Most disturbing film I&#39;ve ever seen. Shocked and disturbed me like I never have been. Is also a great film (if you can get through it). Anyway, there is a lot of magnificent stuff out there. Hollywood&#39;s power around the world is slowly receding, and local cinema is coming back. (Witness the box office trends in Japan, France, Korea, and several other places). We should all be thankful for that, as a lot of incredible work is being made in far-off places.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Sexy Beast rocks

    by Jungle-face-jake

    Soooooooo outclasses anything Guy Ritchie has crapped out. Watching that and The Limey makes for a good double-feature. Don Logan-Walking Phallus

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:35 a.m. CST

    My Top 10

    by spiderblood1969

    10.Ocean&#39;s 11 9.A.I. 8.Brotherhood of the Wolf 7.Shrek 6.Memento 5.The Majestic 4.Monsters Ball 3.Monsters Inc. 2.Shrek 1.LOTR:FOTR

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Best movies come from OUTSIDE the U.S.

    by TheYoungLion

    Agree with what Harry said about not just whining about the crap Hollywood routinely serves up, and seeking out films from other places. I saw Wong Kar-wai&#39;s "In the Mood for Love" at last year&#39;s Toronto fest, but it was released in the U.S. this year, so that qualifies. Incredible, magnificent film. Same situation with a gem out of China called "Shouzou River", which played only a week here in Los Angeles this year. Saw it in Toronto last year, and told everyone I came in contact with that it is the best film I&#39;ve seen in 10 years. Still feel that way about it. Just incredible! Also, Korean cinema is the hot thing now. A lot of great and exciting work coming out of there. Saw a Korean Film called "Seom" (The Isle). Most disturbing film I&#39;ve ever seen. Shocked and disturbed me like I never have been. Is also a great film (if you can get through it). Anyway, there is a lot of magnificent stuff out there. Hollywood&#39;s power around the world is slowly receding, and local cinema is coming back. (Witness the box office trends in Japan, France, Korea, and several other places). We should all be thankful for that, as a lot of incredible work is being made in far-off places.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Two points...

    by Greywizard

    (1) It&#39;s not that no U.S. distributor will touch BATTLE ROYALE - in fact, several U.S. distributors *have* tried to get the rights to it. But according to reports I&#39;ve read, Toei has been insisting to inquiring distributors that the movie get a blockbuster-style release - and the obvious problems coming from that is what&#39;s making distributors very reluctant to pick it up. (2) U.S. distributors probably had an understandable reason for not giving GINGER SNAPS a real theatrical release (it *did* get released into a few theaters). That&#39;s because when the movie was released in Canada earlier this year, despite a wide release and an ample marketing budget, it did very badly. (In my city, it opened in two multiplexes, like what the typical Hollywood blockbuster gets, and was gone from both of them in two weeks.)

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:50 a.m. CST

    I thought...

    by Phalex

    Fuck, I thought Unbreakable came out THIS year...

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:02 a.m. CST


    by davidb

    hi, i love this movie too and so I

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:05 a.m. CST

    The Forgien Releases

    by MagiCaspar

    I feel weird by this list. Mainly beause I live in Waco, TX, yet I saw about half of the forgien films (or getting them). Makes this a grand film year. For those who want to get them, just check out ebay for most or And it&#39;s cool these movies (espicially Shaolin Soccer and Fulltime Killer) are getting attention. Oh yeah...Thanks again Harry for throwing BNAT-3. To everyone, I hope 2002 is a great film year for you, better than 2001.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Where&#39;s Harry Potter?

    by Godai-kun

    Bitch at me if you want, but I think most will admit it&#39;s better than A.I. I thought Harry (Knowles) dug it. Should have at least gotten a nod at the bottom of the list. Oh well.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah...Walt!

    by MagiCaspar

    Hey Walt...Got some more DVDs. Avalon, NOIR (Anime), A Better Tomorrow, Superman: The Lost Episodes, Moulin Rouge, Star Wars: Ep. 1 (from my sweet), and The Fall of the House of Usher. Probably score a few more titles before heading back on the 11th/12th/13th/whenever.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Um, Shrek?

    by Red Giant

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Great List

    by Niaiserie

    Though when you&#39;re best of list include 35 movies it&#39;s hard not to get something on there for everyone. But on the same hand 35 movies, maybe this year isn&#39;t as bad as its being made out to be (its certainly better then last year, when we had what, two or three good films?).

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:27 a.m. CST

    The Dish

    by Niaiserie

    Was that this year? I liked it, but it feels like I watched it forever ago.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:31 a.m. CST


    by Jackass

    Finally got to check it out the other day and I, and the person I watched it with, thought it was the biggest pile of flaming dung we had ever seen. It had a few semi-funny lines, but it has to be the most overrated pile of crap this year. I just can&#39;t understand the success of it, and I&#39;m very thrilled to find that Monster&#39;s Inc. is on Harry&#39;s list and not that pile of crap.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:39 a.m. CST

    What, no Lukas Moodysson?

    by Silvio Dante

    That shit should get a distributor in states. Amelie had no trouble finding distribution, so why not "Together"? Well, if Beat Takeshi was left hanging I guess there&#39;s no hope for the swede...and maybe Kitano should have done Kikujiro part II to get on the american screens. Then again, is U.S. distribution end-all be-all to him? Harry went 10 times to FOTR? Wow. After my second viewing I had enough. Not because it&#39;s a bad film, it&#39;s not, but I&#39;m a fairly tall guy and it&#39;s physically quite straining just to SIT DOWN for 3 hrs. 10 times? Noe that&#39;s numbing-your-butt, man. And Taiwanese glove puppetry? I &#39;m as open minded as the next jersey mobster but that&#39;s where I draw the line, buddy!

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:40 a.m. CST

    And What About...

    by RedFive

    The real#1 film of 2001=JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK.Defantly the funniest-most crude-inside joke movie ever.How many people can say they have done what kevin has.Made a film for a large budget which is defantly one big inside joke.And with so many F-Words in the flick im still surprised it didnt get an NC-17 for language.Anyways LOTR,LOTR,LOTR...fuck LOTR.Fuck it up its stupid ass...BONG.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Harry is a starfucking ass clown...

    by Accordion King

    Harry, if you&#39;re gonna sell out, you should really SELL OUT. Ask for a 3 picture deal from the studios in exchange for the glowing reviews you give half of their crappy pictures. At least get something of value out of it. Hell, you settle for them letting you within three miles of a film set and/or a filmmaker. Like Ted Demme and Blow, for Christ&#39;s sake. That movie was a piece of shit and we all know it. Even mentioning that in the same breath as Goodfellas should be grounds for permanent expulsion from any and all multiplexes. Its cool to have opinions, but try not to make it so obvious that you&#39;re a celeb-junkie. Lord of the Rings was a fantastic fucking movie, but hello, you talk about it as if its a lost Dead Sea Scroll or something. Give us a break. And please, PLEASE, stop with the fucking name dropping ("Roger Avary called me blah blah..."). Why don&#39;t you stop for a minute and take a little personal inventory, Orson. You run a fucking internet site dedicated solely to jacking off your favorite filmmakers. Ted fucking Demme. That fat piece of shit couldn&#39;t direct traffic at a Kindergarten crosswalk. But he waxes your car a little bit, lets you sniff Penelope Cruz&#39;s costume panties and you start making comparisons to Marty Scorcese? Just because he makes a half-assed attempt at ripping off the greats doesn&#39;t mean he warrants any serious comparison. I&#39;m just sick and tired of reading your shallow gloating, always done under the pretense of "dedicated filmgoer" that you are. Turn off your fucking TV Set and wise up to the fact that there&#39;s an entire world going on beyond what you see in a dark theater. If you insist on being a soul-less, media-addicted fanboy, try and at least hang on to a shred of self-respect and not be such a whore for the studios. I&#39;m surprised The Majestic wasn&#39;t on your list. And you&#39;re Robert Rodriquez comment, so fucking "buddy buddy". Are you not aware that these people are nice to you for a very specific reason. Your site helps them SELL FUCKING TICKETS. Wake up, chump.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Nice List

    by alpha

    Here goes mine: 1) FOTR, 2) Memento 3) The Others 4) Moulin Rouge 5) Monsters Inc 6) Shrek 7) The Dish 8) Black Hawk Down 9) Chopper 10) Beautiful Mind honorable mentions Kate & Leopold, Ali, Majestic, Knights Tale, Rush Hour 2 (its a fun film), Legally Blonde, Mullholland Drive oh and Lantana which is just too bleak for me to love

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Good list, Harry, but...

    by Mr Neth

    Blow? Hannibal? Oh well, someone&#39;s gotta like them I suppose. Nice to see The Dish and Ginger Snaps in there too.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 4:25 a.m. CST

    1. LOTR:FOTR ... 35. A.I. - Oooops, you have mixed up something,

    by Burp Fartman

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Whoa, tone down the malice, accordion

    by Silvio Dante

    There&#39;s enough of that going &#39;round without your conributions. Wow. I was just riled by a troll. That&#39;s a first.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 4:32 a.m. CST

    After hearing about how "great, funny, and adorable" Shrek was,

    by Mr. Wednesday

    and I have no idea what kinda shit people were smoking when they told me this...This movie wasn&#39;t funny....It wasn&#39;t adorable....It wasn&#39;t great...It was however Predictable and had an overabundance of pop culture references, some of which were already severely outdated during my DVD viewing.....Between that and "The Grinch" I plan to stay away from movies starring green creatures for a while....Now I&#39;m going to go do somehting productive and look up pictures of strange and unusal Japanese snack foods.....

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 4:47 a.m. CST

    battle royale

    by kpdjp

    i can&#39;t tell harry how much i appreciate the fact that he put battle royale as no. 2~it really deserved to be at the top of the list, and i understand how lord of the rings beat it for the number one position..but thanks for recognizing how great it iS!

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 5:29 a.m. CST

    my take on the year in movies

    by cardinal_phantom

    I made a list of all the movies I remember seeing this year and tried to compile my own list. Since I stil haven&#39;t seen some of the movies getting some attention (Amelie, Mulholland Drive, The Man Who Wasn&#39;t There, The Royal Tenenbaums, etc.) I went ahead and listed all the movies so anyone reading this can appraise it in the right context. (I&#39;m writing this at like 2:30 AM, so please excuse any spelling errors) 1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - my unequivocal favorite. The movie was featured some of the most beautiful images I&#39;ve ver seen, but the remarkable beauty was only one factor for me, as this film excelled in terms of acting, narrative, editing, special effects, score . . . it wasn&#39;t a perfect movie, but its the closest thing I&#39;ve seen to one in a long time. 2. A Beautiful Mind - I&#39;ll admit that its shameless Oscar bait, but I thought it was really good shameles Oscar bait. It had some problems, but the fierce and powerful performances held it together for me. Also, I thought that some of the ealy moments, when Howard&#39;s direction combined with Horner&#39;s score to give us a glimpse into Nash&#39;s unique brain, were excellent - movie magic. 3. Moulin Rouge - This movie has a few scenes that I think are just brilliant: the elephant love medley, the tango, the "Your Song" sequence. I thought the performances gave the audience a tangible sense of the emotion being depicted onscreen. The campiness was a little strong for my taste in parts, but, on the whole, I was caught up in the tragic and romantic vision. 4. Memento - I agree with Harry on this one; each time I see it, it becomes less involving. I think the narrative structure is unique and flawlwssy executed, but the story being told wasn&#39;t THAT far above average and the characters, in spite of good performances, weren&#39;t ones that really endured for me. Still a great film though. 5. Ocean&#39;s 11 - I just saw this today, so the high appraisal may fade a little bit later. The movie didn&#39;t really have any important message or anything like that, but it was well made, clever and fun. I didn&#39;t really think Julia Roberts had much to do here, but the chemistry amongst the eleven of the title, especially Pitt and Clooney, was fun for me to watch. 6. Shrek - This one was really fun for me the first three of four times I saw it, but its getting kinda old now. Still, the jokes were funny, the characters endearing and the animated world lush. 7. Monsters, Inc. - The movie was a technical wonder for me as Pixar created a fully realized world and breathed incredible life into their characters. I also got a kick out of some of the clever references. (I was actually the only person in the auditorium to laugh when they mentioned the Harry Hausen restaurant) Still, the movie was just a little too cute for me. I still liked it a lot, but in the end it was kinda like candy - enjoyable and lovely while I watched it, but it dissolved pretty quickly afterwards. 8. A.I.: Articifical Intelligence - This one gets more its high mark based mostly on effort. I thought there was a lot of good in it and that the acting and production design, along with Spielberg&#39;s direction, were top notch. I didn&#39;t feel, however, that the parts of this complex story came together quite right. 9. The Others - Well, I actualy guessed the ending early here, something I didn&#39;t do with the Sixth Sense, a movie I personally prefer to this one. I cannot deny, however, that this film was very, very well crafted. I thought its palpable atmosphere and great performances combined for a very creepy movie. 10. Enemy at the Gates - Its not a Schindler&#39;s List or a Saving Private Ryan, but I still thought this was a solid, if unspectacular, war film. The acting was solid and the rlove triangle, while awkward, didn&#39;t bother me as much as it did some other people. 11. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer&#39;s Stone - The movie was perfectly cast, had solid acting, a wondrous production design, and a magical score, even if it wasn&#39;t one of WIlliams&#39; best. Still, I thought the point-by-point adaptation missed something. It seems Columbus was so concerned with hitting all the important points in the book that he never grasped its soul. Indeed, it was, for me, a movie that contained only a little magic when it should have been bursitng with it. Also, I really didn&#39;t like the climax. Not suspencful at all, for me. THe movie just wasn&#39;t greater than the sum of its parts, in my humble opinion. Still, it was entertaining enough to make me look forward to the next installment. 12. Shallow Hal - I figure this is the first pick I&#39;ve made that really threatens my credibility, but I actually really kinda liked this movie, and thought it was deper than it looked. I&#39;m not sure if the Farelly&#39;s intended for that or not, but I still read it that way. I don&#39;t think any complaints about the movie&#39;s depcition of overweight or less-than-attractive people hold any water; if people in the audience laughed at any of the scenes after Hal&#39;s vision had been restored, in which he saw what the other people&#39;s true appearance was, then they missed the boat; indeed, I think some people were too stupid to realize they were, in alughing at the wrong times, helping to preicipitate the very prejudice that the movie satirized . . . then again, maybe I was analyzing too much and the movie was making fun of some people unapolegetically. I doubt it,however, and I found the scence in which Hal realizes the children he&#39;d visited in the hospial were all burn victims to be almost . . . well, almost powerful. 13. The Score - Its a fairly pedstrian story, but the acting allowed it to transcend the predictable storyline. 14. The Princess Diaries - When I took my sister to see this, I found the movie to be much better than I expected. I was anticipating a barely tolerable, way too cute G-rated kiddie flick and I was surprised to find I was entertained, due in so small part to the grace of Julie Andrews and the fine acting of Hector, whose last name escapes me right now. 15. American Pie 2 - Not nearly so funny now that I&#39;ve seen it four times, but I laughed really hard the first couple times I saw it, and I thought the direction was vastly improved over its predcessor. 16. Atlantis: The Lost Empire - Visually, the film was pretty spectacular, and it gave teasing glimpses of new and exciting directions Disney animation might take. The story and characters weren&#39;t anything special, however, although there were some amusing moments. Still, Disney better shape up or Dreamworks is gonna sieze control of what was once the Mouse House&#39;s monopolized market. 17. Pearl Harbor - "Worst movie of the year - &#39;Nuff said"? Why do so many people hate this movie so much? I think it has more to do with the fact that it was trying to be a great movie and that it threw an irreverent Star Wars-style dog fight into an important moment in American history more than it does with the lack of quality in the film. Truth be told, I thought the film wanted really badly to be great, but was only just barely good. The love story hardly set the screen ablaze, but I didn&#39;t think it was something of "remarkable banality", like Ebert wrote. Honestly, I think so many people wrote this movie off after a single viewing that its become fashinable to declare it "Worst film of the year!" I had high anticipation levels going in and was disappointed. The second time I saw it, however, my expectations were more realistic and I enjoyed it. Also, I don&#39;t think Bay is quite as worthless as people say he is as a director. Granted, his symbolism is obvious, his editing choppy and MTV-ish, and his style more comfortable with explsoives than emotions. Still, I think he has a great eye. The movie was gorgeous to look at, even if the things on screen weren&#39;t all that challenging. I got enough satisfaction with the look of the film that it made the other mediocre parts entertaining. Great movie? No, but still not that horrible. 18.Rat Race - Not really very serious, nor necessarily even very good filmmaking, but I laughed pretty hard and enjoyed myself. 19. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back - The movie was really, really funny a lot of the time, but it was also monumentally unfunny in other moments. 20. The Mummy Returns - In spite of the crappy CGI at the end, I thought the movie was a lot of fun. Some of the plot points (Rachel Weis&#39; former life? WTF?) made no sense, but the movie was still a lot of fun, had some great action sequences and the effects work on the bus in London and in the jungle with the pygmie beasties was excellent. 21. Legally Blonde - The movie got way too cute at moments and almost all of Elle&#39;s friends, the older woman at the salon included, annoyed me to no end, but it was also pretty clever in parts and Reese Witherspoon&#39;s bubbly and enthusiastic performance willed it through the really dumb moments. 22. Jurassic Park III - The plot was pretty weak and the ending was worse, but I still get a thrill out of seeing the dinosaurs, even though the Brachiosaurs on the banks looked horrible and the paleontoligcal accuracy was nonexistent. (Tyrannosaurus would have kicked Spinosaurus&#39; ass, no question. Ignore Jack Horner on the DVD; he knows about hadrosaurs, but he has a big bias about T. Rex and is only trying to exagerrate the hunting might of Spinosaurus, which actually ate fish, in order to make his claim that tyrannosaurs were big scavengers more plausible). Also, it was good to see Sam Neill as Grant again, even if he didn&#39;t have a ton to work with. 23. Hannibal - The movie was really, really well made. The acting was great, the locations great, the score great, the direction great. So why do I think the movie sucked? Well, its beacue the sory was so bad to begin with, especially the last act. Right up until the sction moves out of Italy, I was really diggin this movie, and up until the beain scene I still considered it to be pretty good stuff. The ending was so ludicrous, however, that it just killed it. I know that it was a deviation from the even more extreme conclusion of the book, but I would have revised it altogether. Still, I really admire it for the acting, diretion, and the beautiful cinematogrpahy. I found the parts in Italy simply gorgeous. 24. Vanilla Sky - The movie was really, really bizarre. Usually, I&#39;m cool about that, but this time it kinda turned me off. Also, I didn&#39;t think the characters were written consistently, although this may have been because Crowe was doing weird things in an attempt to convey David&#39;s ever sliding mental state; the people in his world may not have seemed themselves because his perception was so messed up. Still, it was well made and well acted. I was way disappointed by the ending though. After so many mind games and almost Kafka-esque twists had been thrown in, they decide to explin everything with a dumb and generic sci-fi device straight off the shelf. I guess it still allowed Crowe&#39;s themes to be precipitated, but I really didn&#39;t care for the way he let them shine through. 25. America&#39;s Sweethearts - Cute movie, really funny in parts. I didn&#39;t sense much chemistry between the leads, however, and I really didn&#39;t think Cusak&#39;s "I am grateful" line at the end was all that great. 26. Swordfish - The movie was one helluva cool opening, but it isn&#39;t much more than an average to slightly-above-average action movie from there. 27. Planet of the Apes - This is another movie that really isn&#39;t as bad as a lot of people say. I think its just that it was so disappointing with respect to the colossal expectations that some people want to call it the worst movie of the year, even when there are obviously inferior works out there. The look up the film is great, but it doesn&#39;t really exist for any other reason that to look good. Its the ultimate example of "all dressed up with nowhere to go"; still, the fully realized world being presented entertained me when the plot could not, excepting the ridiculous ending. 28. The Fast and the Furious - I like what Ebert said, about there being good bad movies and how this flick is one of them. I agree with that. It was stupid and the acting wasn&#39;t all that stellar, but it was still pretty darn entertaining, as long as you come in with the right mind set, brain checked at the door. 29. Serendipity - Predictable but pleasant date flick. Often very funny and without any real flas, but its also not epecially originial nor is it filled with any especially witty moments (a la Four Weddings and a Funeral) that would have pushed it towards something special. 30. American Outlaws - Pretty dumb story with, I suspect, almost no historical accuracy and acting that wasn&#39;t all that great either. Still, the movie was kinda fun and there was some pretty scenery. The climax and resolution was incredibly disappointing, however, even when viewed in light of the weak story that led up to it. 31. Joe Dirt - It really isn&#39;t a good movie, but that&#39;s okay since it doesn&#39;t try to be. Dumb almost invarialby and funny about half the time, the movie tries to be tell the story of Forrest Gump&#39;s white trash cousin, and it does so pretty sucessfully, if you&#39;re in the right mood to watch this kind of movie, especially since David Spade actually manages to make the title character endearing. 32. Rush Hour 2 - It was entertaining, but really not that great. The odd couple banter wasn&#39;t as sharp and the stunts weren&#39;t as spectacular. I liked the movie, but was still pretty disappointed. 33. Doctor Dolittle 2 - Really funny in parts. Solid kids&#39; movie, but nothing really special. 34. Evolution - There were some funny parts and I was entertained, but I really thought the endning was awful. 35. The Mexican - The acting was pretty good, the script was funny once in a while, and the narrative structure was effective, but I really am not sure why this story needed to be told. I can&#39;t put a finger on it right now, but the movie just didn&#39;t seem that good to me. 36. Cats and Dogs - Kinda cute, but also kinda stupid. It wasn&#39;t unbearable or anything, but I really didn&#39;t like this movie that much. 37. Life as a House - Proof, to me anyways, that good acting cannot always salvage a bad script. I though Christiansen and Kline were good, but found the characters unbelievable and the storyline uninspired, cliched, and emotionally manipulative in a blatant way. 38. Final Fatnasy: The Spirit Within - I wanted to like this movie. I really, really did. I was pumped up by the stuff I saw early. The story, however, was just abominable. The dialogue was so, so, so horrible, easily the worst I&#39;ve seen in any movie thsi year. The characters lacked depth, few of them had real motivation . . . it terms of narrative, it was a mess. Artistically, it was much better, but still flawed. Sometimes, the movement was jerky and the stiff, and the expressions without emotion. Other times, however, the movie was visually exhiliraitng. 39. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Getting to look at Angelina Jolie for 90 minutes was the only thing that could even remotely be termed redeeming about this mess. The story was lame: powefful artifact that has no real story for those not familiar with the game, villian who is evil only so the story has a villian, flat dialogue, etc. Even worse, the action was dead. The set pieces were uninspired and unexciting. It was lazy filmmaking. The sequel definitely has nowhere to go but up. 40. Scary Movie 2 - Funny only in a few bits here and there, this gross out comedy had much more gross than comedy.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Shaolin Soccer!! SHAOLIN SOCCER!!!

    by Ambient_Noise

    Harry, you and your crew are probably the only film critics/reviewers in the whole of Western civilization to include Battle Royale, Avalon, Fulltime Killer, Legend of the Sacred Stones and SHAOLIN SOCCER in your year-end best-of lists. This is one of the reasons your site is so well-received in English-speaking parts of Asia such as the one I&#39;m in. Vibrant cinema from my part of the world tend to be overlooked by most mainstream movie critics but AICN ensure that good films get the recognition they deserve. Thanks for a great start to the new year. Oh, and I would include the new anime by Hayao Miyazaki, "Spirited Away" in my list but I guess you haven&#39;t seen it yet.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 6:06 a.m. CST


    I agree &#39;Spirited away&#39; should be there too. have no probs with harrys top list here.AVALON,BATTLE ROYALE etc are certainly faves of mine!Hes right about AVALON though Not everyones gonna like it (people I showed it to fail to understand why it had a lot of repitition in its structure and basically could&#39;nt understand the movies finer points)as its NOT an action film...GOOD LIST HARRY!

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 6:14 a.m. CST


    by DG

    Harry, why are you (and apparently all of your friends who contribute to this site) so obsessed with the Oscars? "I hope X gets nominated for this", "Y definitely earns their nomination with this scene", blah, blah, blah. I thought this site was about the movies the mainstream didn&#39;t always get - this just shows how much of a sell-out you have become.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Idiots who dog Harry

    by manutwat

    to those who say Harry has sold out or is a Brown noser, What the FUCK are you talking about? This is a MOVIE site, if Harry happens to know people in the movie biz its no fucking surprise is it? If you like Films or your job is Film related then chances are your gonna know some people in the show biz. I wish i knew all these famous folks it might give me a better chance of seeing Britney Spears Crotch.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 6:46 a.m. CST

    I love Lists! They quite simply Rock! Here are my top ten!

    by MentallyMariah

    I love reading everyone&#39;s list! We are all here because of our love and passion for movies, so to read everyone&#39;s list is pure pleasure! Great List Harry! I own a Muli-region DVD player and I must highly recommend it to all you movielovers out there! If it&#39;s weren&#39;t for my player, I would have never had my Fabulous movie parties each week this year, turning all my freinds on to gems like AUDITION, BATTLE ROYALE, RING, RING 2, TELL ME SOMETHING, SHAOLIN SOCCER etc... Here are my top ten absolutely fave films of the year and how many times I have seen them! 1. THE LORD OF THE RINGS ( 6 times) 2. MOULIN ROUGE ( 13 times and counting, now that the dvd is released!) 3. AMELIE ( 3 times ) 4. MULHOLLAND DRIVE ( 6 times ) 5. THE OTHERS ( 5 times ) 6. HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (pure fun! 6 times ) 7. BATTLE ROYALE ( the best movie party movie ever! 7 times ) 8. THE ROAD HOME ( damn this movie made me cry! 3 times ) 9. GINGER SNAPS ( 5 times ) 10. BRIDGET JONES DIARY ( 5 times, Renee Zelwegger Rocked in this movie! What a delight ) Anyways, I do hope Moulin Rouge and Mulholland drive reap Oscar nominations, I hope Nicole Wins something and I hope 2002 will rock in terms of movies, I know this year did! Praise the LORD!!!

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Best of the year

    by europop

    1. Fellowship of the Ring. 2. Brotherhood of the Wolf. 3. A.I. 4. Moulin Rouge 5. Memento

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Every year is a bad year for Cinema!

    by hallo

    Harry is right, year on year I get the feeling that this is the worst year yet for cinema (with the exception of the year American Beauty came out which had people talking about an independent small film renaissance) The truth is that even in the hay day of the 70

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 7:46 a.m. CST

    I have a top ten too!

    by Phalex

    10. Ocean&#39;s 11 -- 9. State and Main -- 8. Unbreakable -- 7. A.I. Artificial Intelligence -- 6. The Royal Tenebaums -- 5. Battle Royale -- 4. The Man Who Wasn&#39;t There -- 3. Memento -- 2. Waking Life -- 1. Lord of the Rings: FOTR

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Audrey Tautou

    by Mirrorball Man

    Just a small nitpick: it&#39;s Audrey Tautou, not TauTau.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Battle Royale does kick serious ass

    by Miss Aura

    and Ben Kingsley for Supporting Actor please. How can the guy who played Gandhi play such a bad ass. Other than that, this list is too big for this year because this year moviewise stunk of the bad stuff. I call this list edging your bets and simply putting down every film which were mediocre and above. Most talkbackers here were hard to find 10 good films for the year.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Re: Moodysson Re: The Deep End

    by spinza

    Hey Silvio, Lukas Moodyssons "Together" has a distributor in the states and is playing right now. Check out this site: ******* Nice to see The Deep End on Harrys list, but the actress&#39; name is TILDA SWINTON (Margaret Hall is her characters name) and she should get an oscarnomination imho.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Mummy, when i grow up......

    by BigMother

    .......i want to be like Harry. God, i don&#39;t know about anyone else but, i HATE being a)16 years old and therefore below the age limit for 18 films b)living in England c)half an hour drive from the nearest cinema and unable to actually drive till next year d)being a skint student and not being able to afford

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Battle Royale kicks ass, Fellowship a VERY close second

    by Kiriyama

    No other film this year (apart from maybe FOTR) has affected me as deeply as Battle Royale. Everything about BR is wonderful, the story, the acting, the cinematography, the direction, the action, EVERYTHING! Fellowship of the Ring was just pure class from the first frame right through to the last. Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back was the funniest film I saw all year.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Where&#39;s Shrek?

    by Xocxoc

    Well, every movie on my Top 10 of the year is on Harry&#39;s list except two: "Shrek" - It is not as good looking as Monsters, Inc., but I thought it was more entertaining overall, and "In The Bedroom" which Harry says he has not seen, but is one of the most powerful and shocking family drama movies I have seen, very similar in theme to "The Deep End" only far better. Of the movies on Harry&#39;s List that I have seen, I liked them all with the exception of "Vanilla Sky" which felt a bit too pretentious for me. I am hoping to see the rest on Harry&#39;s list soon. Other movies in my Top 20 that are not on Harry&#39;s list: "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer&#39;s Stone", "The Anniversary Party", "Pollock", "Amores Perros", and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Visit

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 9:33 a.m. CST

    my top 5.

    by MAGGA

    Damn, it&#39;s hard to find many of those movies in Norway. Anyway, here is my list: 1. A.I. -The only truly ambitious Hollywood movie of the year, and in my opinion a movie with genious moment as well as serious flaws (Dr. Know and the silly escape from the Flesh Fair) is far preferable to an all-around decent movie. That&#39;s why i love Apocalypse Now, too. 2. LOTR -I haven&#39;t read the book, and I have a hard time getting around some of the fairytale elements (two wizards pointing magic wands at each other doesn&#39;t make for interesting combat if you have no idea of the logics of the scene) but that&#39;s my fault, not the movie&#39;s. And as the story evolved I began getting gripped by it. Truly emotional human drama, with some stunning set pieces and great characters, even if the computer effects looked excatly like all other computer effects. 3. Moulin Rouge- Again, ambition should be rewarded. Some extremely crap songs, some very good songs and interpretations, some great, surprising moments, a load of cliche&#39;s, and I absolutely hated the MTV-single. But it left a bigger impression than most movies this year. 4. Amelie- Very simple, funny and charming. Feelgood cinema without sentimentality. Fairly interestingly made, and far better than Delicatessen and especially Alien Resurrection. 5. Harry Potter- Being a novice filmmaker myself, I am annoyed that people forget the uniqueness of filmmaking and judge an adaptation only on it&#39;s approximity to the source material. This movie would have benefited from a leaner pace. But there were some wonderfull moments in this movie, and kids&#39; movies of this quality are far too rare.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 9:41 a.m. CST


    by YouStupidGeeks

    Beautiful Mind so low? It should be in the top 5!!! Lord of the Rings of course, Amelie simply awesome... Those I would keep in my top 5. Don&#39;t get me wrong every movie you have on their deserves to be on a list such as this... but the order is simple ludicrous in the worst way.. My top 5 I would say in really no order is: Lord of The Rings Beautiful Mind Amelie Moulin Rouge Shrek This is of the movies I remember. Memento was great, Bridget Jones was awesome (Better then half the movies on your list) But those I would say are my top 5. Man of your movies were just good, I mean since your list is so DAMN LONG they all do deserve to be included. But many were way overrated a la last years Wonder Boys, and your worship of Evil Dead. (I never saw 2, so I can&#39;t really say much about that since that is supposedly the best one. I rented 1, good horror flick, got army of darkness for christmas, very cheesy but a fun movie, But not deserving of all the damn hoopla)

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 9:41 a.m. CST

    FOTR is NOT that good!

    by BigTuna

    Geeze, it&#39;s getting to the point that people feel they have to put LOTR:FOTR as their #1 film of the year whether they truly believe it or not. While it was a very good film and great adaptation, it doesn&#39;t make my top ten of the year. And I have the balls to say it!

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 9:44 a.m. CST

    2001: Not As Bad As You Thought

    by Nordling

    Sure, there were some real stinkers (PEARL HARBOR was bad, TOMB RAIDER like a long root canal in Hell while being peed on and getting paper cuts on your face while reciting bad poetry - and that&#39;s the first half-hour, it gets worse from there), but if you looked there really was some fantastic films this year. LOTR:FOTR. MEMENTO. AMELIE. A BEAUTIFUL MIND. SEXY BEAST. THE MAN WHO WASN&#39;T THERE. THE OTHERS. JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK. MOULIN ROUGE. THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS. MONSTERS INC. HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER&#39;S STONE(Toss off, you. I liked it.) HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. GHOST WORLD. TRAINING DAY. I haven&#39;t had the pleasure of seeing BATTLE ROYALE and will most likely have to wait for the DVD. But this year wasn&#39;t terrible movie wise - 2000 was worse. We&#39;ll remember 2001 as being bad because of the GODAWFUL summer, but the fall was actually better than most years. And Christmas was fantastic. If you looked for it, you found some good movies. As for SHREK? Overrated as hell.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 9:48 a.m. CST

    To forget it once is bad enough

    by Johnny Utah

    ...but to omit "Donnie Darko" from the voting list of "Which of Harry&#39;s Picks Is Best?" suggests darker forces at work. As great as FOTR was, I expected great things from it and was only truly blown away by Frank the Rabbit in "D.D." Late...

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 9:58 a.m. CST

    by Sabreman

    Good list, Harry. Nice to see The Dish in there especially. I got to see Battle Royale here in the UK on the big screen. Superb film - the DVD is out at the end of January. Although maybe it doesn&#39;t count as a new film, the best thing I saw this year was Apocalypse Now Redux. But I guess it&#39;s unfair to the films of any year to go up against that.

  • Good list, Harry. Nice to see The Dish in there especially. I got to see Battle Royale here in the UK on the big screen. Superb film - the DVD is out at the end of January. Although maybe it doesn&#39;t count as a new film, the best thing I saw this year was Apocalypse Now Redux. But I guess it&#39;s unfair to the films of any year to go up against that.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 10:02 a.m. CST

    The REAL Masterpieces of 2001

    by heywood jablomie

    1. A.I. 2. The Man Who Wasn&#39;t There 3. Vanilla Sky 4. Chunhyang (only seen this on one top-ten list so far...could easily be #1). 5. Chopper (the greatest crime movie of recent years...haven&#39;t seen this on ANY top ten lists....masterly performance by Eric Bana that&#39;s as good as Harvey in Bad Lt., or any number of great DeNiro performances). 6. Faithless 7. Ghost World 8. Bully (Harry should&#39;ve put this up there, instead of that awful Amelie) 9. Final Fantasy (hugely underrated--forget that hobbit rubbish--this is visionary sci-fi) 10. The Golden Bowl (also massively underrated--makes one want to totally reevaluate the Merchant-Ivory canon one has always sneered at) Worst: The Majestic, Tomb Raider, Legally Blond, Intimacy, Saving Silverman, Tomcats, Baise-Moi, Lies (Korean), the Michael Bay movie about the 3 cute people in Hawaii

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Sounds like a pretty good year to me.

    by Juggernaut125

    It sucks. It seemed like such an awful year for flicks, but I think that&#39;s because the summer blockbuster events were littered with garbage like Tomb Raider and The Mummy Returns. But wha really sucks is that I thought I saw a lot of great movies and then realize that I missed even more than what I watched. I missed Mullhulland( sp?) Drive. Missed A.I. Missed Sexy Beast. (Really wanted to catch that one. Never made the time.) Missed Avalon and Brotherhood of the Wolf and Shaolin Soccer, but I never saw them playing in any theatres near me. Missed Battle Royale, obviously as it seems you have to know a guy who knows a guy who has a friend that can get a copy of this. Well, I guess that&#39;s why movies get released to DVD/Video. So&#39;s that you can catch em later. So. Of the paltry few good movies that I DID get to see, here&#39;s a short top 6. 6. The Others. 5. The Man Who Wasn&#39;t there. 4. Monsters Inc. 3. Memento. 2. FOTR and 1. Amelie. For me personally, I didn&#39;t like Moulin Rouge all that much. It just didn&#39;t reach me. Ah well. But Amelie, I felt was the most beautiful, up-lifting experience I&#39;ve had in a theatre in years. And that&#39;s what puts it ahead of Fellowship for me.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Alrighty then...

    by ewem

    What the hell? Maybe I am uncultured...but I haven&#39;t even heard of at least half the films on this list. It&#39;s the same reaction I have when I watch the Oscars and the award for best short animated and foreign films and other obscure things like that come up. Where the hell do you see that stuff? When do you see it? No one knows what that shit is!

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 10:41 a.m. CST

    You saw LOTR 10 times?

    by NFLRefugee

    Fucking loser. 30 hours watching the same movie. Hey, I liked it to but jeez

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Ghost World Rocks The House

    by Rodan

    Glad to see its finally getting some r-e-s-p-e-c-t at the end of the certainly deserves its place in everyones "Top Movie" lists

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Nice - but why Hannibal OVER The Royal Tennenbaums? Or even on

    by Smugbug

    I&#39;m not going to name MY Top of 2001 - cuz quite fankly, didn&#39;t have time to see all of &#39;em (for christs&#39; sake, big guy - FoTR 10 times? I haven&#39;t had time to see it AGAIN.....). I did see a previous post stating how Apocolypse Now: Redux is fabulous. Maybe so, the original release kicked ass, too. BUT, I think that Hearts of Darkness: The Making Of is a MUCH better film. Yes, it&#39;s a documentary, but what a amazing one at that. So folks, go out and rent it NOW! whatever. And remember all the geat documentaries from years past that were released? Hoop Dreams, When They Were Kings, Crumb - what happened with the documentary in 2001? Any good ones out? Just color me curious.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 11:23 a.m. CST

    12 problems with A.I.

    by X-Girls

    would someone list them? I love some scenes in this film, but it was certainly done wrong. No one cares about watching a kid run around looking for a fairy that doesn&#39;t exist (more than once). And Spielberg should have followed the &#39;form&#39; Kubrick laid out 100%.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Why the accolades for Man Who Wasn&#39;t There?

    by JonQuixote

    I was madly in love with it...until the last twenty minutes. I thought it ended with the car accident and was ready to put on my coat and leave in awe of another Coen&#39;s masterpiece.;t...end. And each extra minute they tagged on there was like watching a beloved pet get tortured. Beautifully filmed movie, but it was the first time I almost walked out of a movie that I was enjoying so much. Ok, there was A.I. Is there anybody out there that really thinks MWWT was better for including those last twenty minutes? *** As far as Memento, I understand. The movie was far less effective when I watched it the 83rd time than it was when I watched it the 82nd.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Moulin Rouge

    by LUH

    Moulin Rouge is shite!!! I watched it twice to see if I was missing something and you know what? Its the same shitetanic, it sucks!!!

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 12:26 p.m. CST

    THE MAN WHO WASN&#39;T THERE Explained - ***Spoiler Alert!!!***

    by Nordling

    FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN&#39;T SEEN THIS FILM AVOID AVOID AVOID. Thank you. For those who have, this may provoke you to see the film again. But there is more going on than meets the eye. The most important shot of the film is Ed Crane in prison, looking over his tabloids as he writes his memoirs. His memoirs are being submitted to one of those tabloids that prints stories like "I Was Abducted By Space Aliens", and "Teen Sex Shocker!" HE IS EMBELLISHING HIS STORY. The teen sex, the spaceship...never happened. Look at him. He&#39;s always well groomed (making himself look good), and everyone talks all the time, padding his story for words. We aren&#39;t even entirely sure he&#39;s in prison, and not sitting at home, writing a story on his porch. He just added it to his story because he thought that was how you wrote for tabloids. I&#39;m thinking the only "real" scene of the film was him sitting on his porch as the driveway salesman came. Opinions? Ideas? Post it.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 12:42 p.m. CST

    LOTR is #1, ya, ya, ya right, BS

    by ellf_killer

    Well after you all quit smokin&#39; that shit and realize LOTR is decent movie. Its not as good as you perceive it to be you&#39;ll realize its with TPM. Sure if I read the books and smoked tie stick I&#39;d probably be in the club too but I don&#39;t. Many people don&#39;t have LOTR at the top of their list for 2001 and that includes me. I guess the fan slogan is; Yes it has problems, just see it again you&#39;ll like it.. Shit thats why its making some decent money? It will drop off quickly Wednesday.. Happy New Year.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 12:43 p.m. CST

    WTF??? No Jay and SilentBob Strike Back??

    by SilentBob X

    I am stunned, shocked, and confused. Back when I recover from this............Snoogans

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 12:44 p.m. CST

    the top movies of 2001

    by bballco

    16. Shrek 15. Harry Potter 14.Ocean&#39;s 11 13.The Majestic 12.Monster&#39;s Inc. 11.Vanilla Sky 10. The Others 9. Mulholland Drive 8. Memento 7. The Man Who Wasn&#39;t There 6. The Royal Tenenbaums 5. Ghost World 4. A Beautiful Mind 3. Amelie 2. LOTR:FOTR 1. Moulin Rouge

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Shaolin Soccer!!!!

    by jrpacman

    A friend in HK sent me a copy on DVD. I&#39;m ecstatic to see it on the list - it&#39;s fucking brilliant!!! Also, happy to see Monsters, Inc. and not Shrek - MI is the better movie.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 12:51 p.m. CST

    So long as Moulin Rouge is on the list i&#39;m happy

    by 007-11

    Glad to see Harry(unlike some other reviewers) is sticking to his guns on this movie, many have decided to become suddenly jaded as trend dictates and call it a piece of sour eye-candy. I hate people that go whichever way the wind blows.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 12:59 p.m. CST


    by 007-11

    Jude Law was awesome as Gigolo Joe in A.I.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 1:09 p.m. CST

    LOTR is good but not in my top ten of all time

    by filmnewbie

    I have to agree with Warren and ellfkiller. LOTR is a great movie I saw it twice but its not in my top 10 movies of all time. Its in my top 10 of this year. I loved Moulin Rouge and AI, also thought Black Hawk Down is better. Manhattan your the bitter person letting killer get the best of you. After reading this TB it seems many like to cut down others that don&#39;t agree on their prized lists. If you don&#39;t like my list fine. Its my taste and I respect yours also. Good list Harry but you named about every movie. Most I never heard of thanks because now I have some great movies to check out.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 1:16 p.m. CST

    It is not a MASTERPIECE.

    by Miss Aura

    If you want to see a REAL film instead of living in this world which only consists of FOTR, then pick up a DVD copy of Lawrence of Arabia and see how a film should be done. TPM was crap, so if FOTR is the masterpiece that it is then compare it to the greats like Lawrence of Arabia and The Godfather, it doesnt stand a chance in hell. FOTR is a good film but lets look at it realisticly: Mr Jackson is not David Lean and FOTR is not the masterpiece that Lawrence of Arabia is. The pure scope of Lawrence far outweighs any film ever made, now that is what I call a MASTERPIECE of cinema. FOTR on the other hand, was a good film but in years to come will not be remembered in the same light as the greats and to be honest neither is Star Wars. FOTR will go down in cult film status, the same as Star Wars has. Nothing wrong with that apart from its not and no way the greatest film of all time. These directors today could not even manage one ounce of what beauty Lawrence of Arabia is. I watch the film today and cannot believe that such sights are seen on film, the pure scope of it is out of this world. So lets just say that Star Wars and FOTR are not the greatest pieces of cinema ever, but films which have delighted audiences and for that should be honoured. I am beginning to dread the day AOTC is released because I know these arguments will start up again. Oh Shit, we have them for the next 4 years if we dont put a stop to it now. Lets just all enjoy FOTR and SW for what they are, and stop bashing each of them into the ground until no one actually gives a toss about them. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all, now I am off to get pissed and escape this LOTR v SW world that has arisen.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Everybody is different

    by kinekor

    How anybody can criticise anybody elses top 10 list is beyond me.It&#39;s like me trying to explain to my friend why Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction are in my top 10 list of all time when he thought they both were crap.&#39;Why do the characters talk about things that have nothing to do with the plot?The Like A Virgin monologue;Le Big Macs etc.Personally i liked LOTR but it isn&#39;t my top film of 2001.My favourite scene in the whole movie is when Sean Austin attempts to swim out to Frodo in the boat-I keep thinking about that scene,i don&#39;t know why,but i guess that&#39;s the effect that every movie would like to have on you.I haven&#39;t seen most of the films on most people&#39;s lists but my top 10 list would be 1)Shrek 2)Moulin Rouge 3)Momento 4)Scary Movie 2...Just kidding.I wanted to see if you were still reading.4)Swordfish 5)LOTR 6)Servicing Saraha 7)Harry Potter 8)The Fast And The Furious 9)Tomcats 10)I can&#39;t actually think of any others i really liked.Cheers. p.s. Mr. Bones really sucks.If you know what that means i feel really sorry for you.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 1:39 p.m. CST

    mannhattan your crazy.

    by ellf_killer

    You have just drawn the lines. You said that "any asshole who omits LOTR but puts 9 in his 10 then be sterilized for the protection of the human gene pool." Your one of those people that is a fanatic. If people don&#39;t agree with you, think like you then there is something wrong with them. This type of thinking is why are World is at War. Hell, your the reason I keep coming to TB. Because you don&#39;t allow people to believe in alterative ideals. You do a diservice to all LOTR fans. 99% of LOTR fans aren&#39;t like you at all. Its really sorry when ELF_KILLER has to apologize to LOTR fans on your behalf. I admitted LOTR was a good film but not the best.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Blah blah blah

    by EvilNight

    Most trolls disagree with Harry simply because they don&#39;t have the ability to wrap their brains around a good film. There will always be movies like Shrek and Black Knight for those tools, hollywood caters to anyone who has a pulse and five bucks. I&#39;ve seen FOTR ~15 times now as well (rips are grand, leave em running while you work) and I think it holds up to repeated viewings better than anything I&#39;ve seen in a very long time. It actually gets better like fine wine. I would have given it a 6 on first viewing (couldn&#39;t get the book out of my head) but I&#39;m up to a 9.5/10 now. Peter, Directors Cut is needed with all the goodies or we will hunt you down, there are mad petitions about this. How in hell can you expect us to watch the scenes out of order tacked on at the end?! That&#39;s a hollywood treatment, you can do better. Do it now or do it in 2005, just make damn sure you DO make one. Collectors edition triple feature box set... mmmmmm... no price too high... Thanks for the list Harry, if I didn&#39;t have people like you around I wouldn&#39;t be able to find half the good flicks since I don&#39;t have the time to hunt them all down myself. At least you have the balls to say what you really feel about the flicks... must be awesome to work outside the system as a web critic and internet phenomenon. ;)

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 1:43 p.m. CST


    by jw cat

    To the user who asked about documentaries - was released this year? I think it was. See it if you need a reminder of why to not mix business with pleasure. The sense of foreboding creeped me out.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 1:45 p.m. CST


    by Cooler-than-Thou

    That&#39;s the best film I&#39;ve seen this year. I saw Lord of the Rings and liked it but I don&#39;t think it&#39;s nearly as good as Battle Royale. Might have something to do with me not being a Tolkien ass-sucker like so many people here. Jesus, I mean the movie was entertaining but it&#39;s not the masterpiece that so many people think it is. I&#39;m sick of hearing that LOTR is the greatest movie ever. Especially since my love and affection is reserved for the spectacle that is Battle Royale. The Royal Tenenbaums, Amelie & Sexy Beast kicked mucho asses too

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Okay, I&#39;m gonna get into it.

    by Nordling

    I&#39;ve seen LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. I&#39;ve seen CITIZEN KANE. I&#39;ve seen BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI. I&#39;ve seen THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. All, fantastic, bloody great films. And without hesitation I put FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING ahead of all of them. Best film ever made? These opinions don&#39;t matter. It only matters what I feel, and to me, FOTR trumps them all. It was earthshaking filmmaking, and I&#39;m happy to have been alive to see it. I don&#39;t need Talkhackers to tell me what I like and don&#39;t like. Harry is a friend of mine, but he didn&#39;t dictate to me how to feel when FOTR came out. I did. And it&#39;s on my favorite films of all time list with a bullet. When I talk to people who loved it, it feels like coming home. People who hated it, well, sorry. Those who trash the film, go ahead. The film can take it. I can take it. The people who loved the film can take it. Those who trash those who loved the film, die, please. Seriously. KILL YOURSELVES. If you&#39;re that insecure for trashing someone in this day and age who actually loves something, well, you&#39;re pathetic, and you can sift through my turds for corn if you&#39;re hungry. Have I made myself clear? KILL YOURSELVES. Thank you.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 1:48 p.m. CST


    by EvilNight

    Ok, let&#39;s code a filter into talkback. If LOTR and TPM appear in the same article, deny posting. Add a counter in so that anyone who has 50% or more of their posts with LOTR in it gets banned. Same for TPM. A bit draconian, but fer chrissakes, this is a chat about Harry&#39;s list and between when I finished reading and when I posted my last message I count 7 separate trolls for LOTR. WTF?! It&#39;s certainly now the most DEBATED movie of all time, hands down. Shit, I&#39;m outta here, time for some drunken revelry, it&#39;s frickin&#39; new year&#39;s eve...

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 1:49 p.m. CST

    What About Monster&#39;s Ball?

    by BigTuna

    Damn fine film. Harry has to move. He lives in a hick town and gets to see no movies.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:01 p.m. CST

    The Others and Ginger Snaps???

    by Blok Narpin

    The Others was pretty sad. A film that blatently RIPPED OFF the ending of another (and far BETTER) movie. This film was NOT creepy or suspensful. If was obvious where thet were going with it from the very begining. I just kept telling myself, "No, they CAN&#39;T be going in THAT direction! It was done not TWO YEARS AGO! But sure enough they did. It&#39;s rare that I have ever felt so ripped off before. The Others was a true waste of money. As for Ginger Snaps...why WOULD it get a theatrical release. It was AWEFUL. EASILY the worst movie I swa all year. It had little to no plot, boring characters, some BAD BAD BAD special effects. It was diret to video horror on a par with Cherry Falls and Bloody Murder, but possibly WORSE then those films. Please Raise the bar and stop praising garbage.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:03 p.m. CST

    YOu finally got to see that puppet movie, huh?

    by Z-Man

    That&#39;s really cool. It&#39;s like a happy ending to the story. I hope I can see it some day. But Mr. Knowles, dude, gotta edit this shit. "I haven

  • and is on my "All-Time" list. Reason? It had no fear in depicting the violence of the mafia. The Godfather is a lovely study of cinematography. Now I&#39;m not denying the fact that it is Coppola&#39;s crowning achievement and is a superlative film. But The Long Good Friday is the movie that challenges you more cuz it didn&#39;t gloss over the violence - it had no fear. Damn fine film. Anywhoos - Is FoTR the Best Ever? Nope. Sorry, Lawrence of Arabia is that on my list. I&#39;ve also got The Right Stuff, Excalibur, Raging Bull, RAN, Queen Margot, The Last Emperor, Airplane (HEY, it STILL makes me laugh and laugh to this day) - and yes, FoTR is on my l ist. But I ain&#39;t gonna get more specific, cuz it&#39;s MY list and it&#39;s filled with MY preferences. If I wanted you to read it and get all awe-inspired, I&#39;d create MY own website like a certain Harry and post it...

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:12 p.m. CST

    blah, blah, bullshit

    by ellf_killer

    I talk shit the way manhatten does I get banned what a double standard. I said we are at war because of people like yourself. I didn&#39;t say it was America&#39;s fault you did. When ever you have people claiming its myway or the highway you get war. Christians say you only go to hell thru Christ. Muslims say its only thru Allah. No matter what its heading towards a religious war. Your spreading the same shit. Its LOTR or your a piece of shit, fuck off. Well, you ignorant dumb mutha fucker. America is about tolerance and acceptance of other peoples ideas, religions, and spelling mistakes. We should ship your ass right into combat so you can appriecate this country and the rights we have. fucken LOTR troll. ya ain&#39;t shit. Your living proof the Indians did fuck Buffalo.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Lawrence? What?

    by PattyOGreen

    Who the hell brought up FotR being better than Lawrence in the first place? I don&#39;t think the two can be compared fairly. One is one of the best movies I&#39;ve ever seen, one of the most accurate book adaptations ever, and the most realistic foray into the mystical magical worlds of fantasy ever created. The other is one of the greatest films that has stood the test of time and remains a classic to this day. Both are so good, that trying to compare them is evil and wrong. FotR, along with the whole trilogy, will most likely stand the test of time as well. It won&#39;t age and will be able to be discovered by new generations of moviegoers as time goes by, as does Lawrence. But Jesus... look at Moriarty&#39;s best-ever list. Lawrence is STILL above FotR, and rightly so. Someone&#39;s all-time favorite movie, one that&#39;s been there for decades most likely, cannot be dethroned so lightly. Stop trying to stir up the fire. Don&#39;t compare the new blood with the old on the same level. Hollywood was a much different place back when most of the classics were made, and it is a much stranger and crappier place now. To have something as great as this hit the mass market is amazing, and if you can leave real life behind and allow yourself to be transported to a world where magic and elves and sword-fought wars are still possible, you may cry at the beauty lying before your eyes. The imagination and the limitless possibilities it holds are amazing, and FotR tapped right into that for most that love it so. Don&#39;t crush the dream. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:26 p.m. CST

    PattyOGreen, I agree, however...

    by Nordling

    I love LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. It really is one of the best films ever made. But LOTR did more for me. I can&#39;t help that. This whole movie comparison thing is silly, I admit. Somewhere out in the world, there&#39;s a guy who&#39;s favorite film in the world is FREDDY GOT FINGERED. Although there&#39;s no accounting for taste, it&#39;s alright that he exists. I&#39;m happy that someone could find joy in the world, even in a Tom Green movie. So let&#39;s just all be happy.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:34 p.m. CST

    What will you do when Two Towers comes out?

    by whorton99

    It is very amusing to see so many of you arguing that FOTR is a better film than greats such as Lawrence of Arabia and Citizen Kane. You&#39;re raising the bar too early. Just how will you express the greatness of The Two Towers or Return of the King? Will they make you cry with joy doubly and triply hard respectively? All you&#39;ve left yourself to say next year is, "The Two Towers is the the best movie ever made, yes, even better than Fellowship!!!" A movie needs a lot of time before it can be mentioned with ranks of the greatest ones - FOTR has been out just over 10 days. Ain&#39;t It Cool News would be a great site if it wasn&#39;t so juvenile.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Where do you people LIVE?

    by Charles Grady

    Lots of people still haven&#39;t seen Monster&#39;s Ball, In the Bedroom, Donnie Darko, Black Hawk Down, etc. Which leads me to ask...If you&#39;re such a movie fanatic, why don&#39;t you move to L.A. or New York??? Move out of the sticks, fellas, to a city where you can actually see the 2001 movies in 2001 instead of waiting four months and driving across the state to see something cool. Anyone who loves movies as much as most of you do REALLY oughta live in LA or NY. Otherwise, your 10 lists don&#39;t have much validity, at least not yet, since you haven&#39;t had a chance to see so many worthwhile movies.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:44 p.m. CST


    by Keyser-Soze

    Has anyone seen this movie besides me? I know Ebert gave it 3

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:45 p.m. CST

    How About Harry&#39;s Top 10 List of 2001 Trolls?

    by ellf_killer

    I vote myself as #1, Uno numero. Why, because most of ya suck. Especially people like captain mahattan, a wart dick, ass goblin, salad tossin fag... I posted shit under a different USERID and gloated over LOTR, he ate it up like flies on shit. My spelling was just as bad. But when posting under my real name Elf_killer he hates anything I say. He&#39;s a wanna be troller. So is Mercier a little dick fag. I&#39;ll be around along time fuckin&#39; with these boards, or until SW 3 comes out. I&#39;m smarter than all ya. So vote for me Elf_Killer as top ass hole #1 or I&#39;ll force you too.... Banned more times than anyone else and for a good reason, right Harry!!!

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:47 p.m. CST


    by Charles Grady

    Whorton, the movie was fine until it ended on the SINGLE WORST FINAL SHOT IN MOVIE HISTORY....that freeze frame of Geoffrey Rush flipping an omelet.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:50 p.m. CST

    It&#39;s not what&#39;s better. It&#39;s what&#39;s favorite.

    by Nordling

    To be honest, I couldn&#39;t tell you what the best film of all time is. I don&#39;t even think there needs to be a "best" film. CITIZEN KANE has great camerawork and it&#39;s a terrific character study. But it&#39;s got nothing of the scope and epic sweep of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA or LOTR. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA doesn&#39;t let you into Lawrence&#39;s head nearly as well as Orson Welles does in KANE. At the end of KANE, you don&#39;t really know him, and yet you know him more intimately than the other characters of the film do. And neither film has the emotional punch of IT&#39;S A WONDERFUL LIFE. But, to me, LOTR will be the film I return to again and again, more than all of those, because to me it&#39;s got it ALL. But just because it&#39;s my favorite film of all time doesn&#39;t mean it has to be yours. In fact, if we all loved the same thing, it&#39;d be a pretty boring world. I just don&#39;t like people trashing others for loving something. If you&#39;re a devoted SW geek, hey that&#39;s all good. I am too. I can also love LOTR, you know. There is room in my heart for more than one film. RUSHMORE is probably in my top five, but I wouldn&#39;t expect everyone to have it. RUSHMORE touched a personal chord in me that most movies don&#39;t. And I&#39;ll love what I damn well please.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:54 p.m. CST

    The ENTS in the TWO TOWERS...

    by Keyser-Soze

    Besides trying to find someone who likes the Tailor of Panama, I would like to know everyone&#39;s thoughts about the Ents in the Two Towers. Do you think Peter Jackson will include them in the movie? He left out Tom Bombadil in Fellowship, but do you think he would leave out Treebeard? Bombadil was only in a few chapters, but the Ents are in just about the entire first book of The Two Towers. The reason why I ask this is because Jackson would have to digitally create the Ents. So how do you think walking talking trees would look like digitally created? HARRY, when you read the script to The Two Towers, which you are probably trying to get your hands on, or perhaps already have, could you please answer the question if the Ents will be in the Two Towers.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Not to worry, Keyser-soze (THAR BE SPOILERS HERE!)

    by Nordling

    The Ents will be there. Treebeard is played by none other than John Rhys-Davies (the second best voice in all of moviedom, behind James Earl Jones). I&#39;m looking forward to one weird battle when the Trees rise up against Isengard.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Blow ONLY number 22???

    by Charles Grady

    If you go back and read Harry&#39;s original review of this underrated/ good-but-not-perfect flick, you&#39;d have guessed it was in his Top 10 of all time. In fact, I believe he said if he had seen it in 2000, it would have been HIS FAVORITE MOVIE OF 2000! YET THAT ONLY WARRANTS NUMBER 22 ON THE 2001 LIST? WOW, HARRY, 2001 MUST HAVE BEEN A PRETTY GREAT YEAR. Strongest "shill" proof ever offered.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Thanks Nordling

    by Keyser-Soze

    John Rhys-Davies voicing Treebeard will be cool, but I&#39;m skeptical how the Ents will look on the big screen. I just pray to God that it&#39;s not cheesy. If Peter Jackson pulls off directing Trees destroying Isengard to rumbles, then he will be one of my favorite directors. I also can&#39;t wait to see more of Gollum in the Two Towers. I also love how Peter Jackson said Gollum will not be another Jar Jar Binks.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:20 p.m. CST


    by Nordling

    Feeling insulted? I&#39;m surprised. I didn&#39;t think your life could stoop much lower. How&#39;s the facial herpes? And it&#39;s nice to see that Hooked on Phonics took. Can you read this alright?

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Two Towers

    by Daegor

    I think when people look at the LoTR trilogy in the future it will be as one complete movie not three seperate, so if people say they feel fellowship is their favorite all time movie they will not contradict themselves when they add TTT as well. The three films tell ONE story, so if fellowship is as good as it is it stands to reason that the other two will be as well.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Assuming that the Hooked on Phonics did NOT take...

    by Nordling

    I did not say those who trash a movie should kill themselves. I said those who trash those who love a certain movie should kill themselves. If your life is that horribly worthless that you somehow feel the need to trash others for getting some enjoyment out of life be it over a movie, or a ice cream bar, or a frigging barium enema, then suicide should probably be an option you might want to consider. You can trash the movie all you want. You may even have valid points. But to trash people who love it is just really damn pathetic. Does it come naturally to be an asshole, or is it something you had to work at? Take classes? Does Asshole 101 have transferable credit from college to college? Let&#39;s hope not. Just let people ENJOY something. I swear. Some people need sunlight. (Sigh...It&#39;s obvious I have nothing better to do. Good thing I&#39;m at work.)

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:32 p.m. CST

    My Top movies of 2001...Bitch!

    by Sigfrid_VonShrnk

    1. LOTR:FOTR (This movie has flaws, of course, but so did Star Wars *coughACTINGcough*. This movies has amazing perks, which send it&#39;s flaws into total will be watched for decades and loved. I love this movie, I&#39;ve seen it 3 times and it keeps getting better...that is a rare attribute.) 2. Memento (A wonderful example of style over substance, but that same reason keeps it from being number 1, but...despite its lack of substance and loop holes ... the movie never fails to captivate and entertain.) 3. Ameli (This movie just charms the hell out of me. Its opening sequence is simply beautiful, one of my all time favorite scenes in any movie I&#39;ve ever seen.)

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:47 p.m. CST

    I&#39;m assuming no one&#39;s ever heard of Bill Hicks

    by Nordling

    or the "kill yourself" line would be much more funnier.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 3:51 p.m. CST

    LOTR Is a wonderful film, going to be a classic. It is not the b

    by Sigfrid_VonShrnk

    Sorry, but I think LOTR is a GREAT MOVIE, in the top 100 best movies of all time. Maybe even number 11 or 12, but not on my top 10 and nowhere near the best film off all time (sorry, I still loved it though..) I reserve the number 1 spot for Dark City (my favorite film, you hear that Ebert we must fight for this film! VIVA LA RISTANCE!). Lord of the Rings was great, and I disagree with people like Elf-Killer...I think LOTR and Star Wars will be remembered OVER films like Citizen Kane because people watch movies to be entertained... Citizen Kane may be a work of art, but it is by no means as entertaining as LOTR or Star Wars (I&#39;d never want to see Citizen more than once). People will watch Star Wars and Lord of the Rings for decades to come because they&#39;re bloody entertaining. Citizen will be remembered for its art. Therefore, it&#39;s almost impossible to compare these two films in my mind, but I just did. That&#39;s my two cents...

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 4:07 p.m. CST


    by GreggyP420

    I can&#39;t believe Harry looked over the HYPER GENIUS comedy "The American Astronaut" . Easily funnier than anything I have ever seen(along with "the league of gentlemen). I have never wrote in a talkback before but I feel so strongly about this movie, Cory Mcabee deserves so much credit. What a genius. I wonder if HARRY has even seen it?

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 4:25 p.m. CST


    by jw cat

    OK, I have to get this off my chest. I am sick and tired of reading everyone on this page (and most other movie pages) complain about how distributors don&#39;t pick up some movie that they love, and that makes them "cowardly". It&#39;s often pointed out that the studios are businesses and in it to make money. That is true, but also most of the non-major studios are just trying to stay afloat. They are too afraid to pick up the film becuase theatres and/or video stores are too afraid to distribute it because consumers are too afraid to spend their hard earned cash and time on them. WHY would a company buy a film for distribution and then spend all the money to put it out when the video stores/theatres won&#39;t take a chance? I guess I&#39;m preaching to the converted by ranting to this talkback, but I&#39;m tired of hearing the studios being blamed because people don&#39;t support quality product. Imagine what it was like before VCRs and DVD players when you were at the mercy of your local theatre, and you couldn&#39;t watch your Canadian Ginger Snaps DVD 50 times?!

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Dear God...

    by Nordling

    A world without a DVD player or even a VCR? Gulp...that means we&#39;d actually have to...wait for it...LEAVE THE HOUSE TO SEE A MOVIE! Now that&#39;s a horrifying thought. Sitting in a dark place, with lots of people, watching a movie...shudder...I&#39;m disturbed and disgusted. Please let us not speak of this again.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 4:40 p.m. CST

    no VCR or DVD player

    by jw cat

    OK, to continue the horror show - there are people IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW with no DVD players, and there are even a few with no VCRs. Now I won&#39;t bring this up again. Thank you for your time.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 4:42 p.m. CST

    YippitySkippity!!! I love lists!!!

    by Billy Talent

    Most Underrated - Hannibal - Most Overrated - Memento - Most Misunderstood - A.I. - Biggest Dissapointment - LotR (A very good film, but far short of greatness) - Most Entertaining - The Royal Tenenbaums - Best Throwaway Line - (Following DeNiro&#39;s obligatory &#39;I&#39;m going straight&#39; speech) &#39;I&#39;ll believe that when the pigs eat my brother&#39; - Marlon Brando in &#39;The Score&#39; - Films I haven&#39;t yet seen but really want to - &#39;In the Bedroom&#39;, &#39;Monster&#39;s Ball&#39;, &#39;Black Hawk Down&#39; (who&#39;d ever have expected to hear Roger Ebert talking about a Ridley Scott/Jerry Bruckheimer movie that way?) - Best Actor - Billy Bob Thornton &#39;The Man Who Wasn&#39;t There&#39; - Runners Up - Haley Joel Osment, Gene Hackman, Tom Cruise - Best Actress - Naomi Watts &#39;Mulholland Dr.&#39; - Runners Up - Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge), Laura Haring - Best Supporting Actor - Ben Kingsley - Runners Up - Tony Shalhoub, Jude Law, Steve Buscemi - Best Supporting Actress - Cameron Diaz - Runners Up - Frances McDormand, Carrie Ann Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow - Best Original Screenplay - The Man Who Wasn&#39;t There - Runners Up - Mulholland Dr., The Royal Tenenbaums, Heist - Best Adapted Screenplay - The Tailor of Panama - Runners Up - Ghost World, Memento, Vanilla Sky - Best Animated Feature - Monster&#39;s Inc. - Runners Up - Waking Life, Shrek - Best Foreign Language Film - Kandahar - Best Documentary - - Best Visual Effects - A.I. - Best Score - Mulholland Dr. - Best Cinematography - The Man Who Wasn&#39;t There - Best Director - David Lynch - Runners Up - Joel & Ethan Coen, Steven Spielberg, Cameron Crowe - And the best picture of the year is.... &#39;The Man Who Wasn&#39;t There&#39;! But let&#39;s not forget our fabulous runners up &#39;A.I&#39;, &#39;Mulholland Dr.&#39;, &#39;Vanilla Sky&#39; and &#39;The Royal Tenenbaums&#39;. Thank you and drive safely.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by spenworks

    I would like to point out that if you see Hannibal expecting a sequel to Silence of the Lambs, you will be sorely disappointed, and it will suck. However, if you see Hannibal expecting a sequel to The Abominable Dr. Phibes, you will love it. Hopkins does his best Hammer era Vincent Price impression, complete with wide brim hat and flowing cape. Also, Training Day had the best performance I&#39;ve seen all year. And it is not being mentioned. Thanx

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by NFLRefugee

    Huge Bill Hicks fan. &#39;Kill yourself&#39;. Funny shit.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 5:04 p.m. CST

    AICN is great!

    by IAmLegolas

    I love it that almost every TB on the site degenerates into a LOTR debate! Long Live Peter Jackson!

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 5:13 p.m. CST


    by atomic-bananas

    Is an overrated piece of crap. I saw it after reading all the rave reviews here on AICN, and I didn&#39;t care for it. Furthermore, Royal Tenenbaums at 26? Come on! If AICN has proven anything, its that we all have different opinions even if we do have the same general interests. The Others, Moulin Rouge, and Royal Tenenbaums, and Ghost World were the best mainstream films I saw this year. I am sure The man who wasnt there would be on my list, but I havent seen it yet.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Stanley Spector, thank you.

    by Nordling

    You made my day. And to think I was all prepared to just suffer the slings and arrows of LOTR haters. Let&#39;s discuss THE MAN WHO WASN&#39;T THERE, all. What do YOU think?

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 5:36 p.m. CST


    by Charles Grady

    Sounds like Harry&#39;s a little more reserved in his praise almost a year later, now that BLOW didn&#39;t quite receieve all the acclaim he likely expected. Funny how last winter when he saw the screening with TED DEMME, he said it would have ranked high on his list of 2000 films had it been released last year. Now it&#39;s a mere 22, and you can tell Harry only threw it in there to prove he wasn&#39;t a complete shill, &#39;cause he knew we&#39;d remind him of it. Way to stick to your guns, Harry. You overrate a decent movie because you see it with the director, and now you downplay your original inflated enthusiasm. Again, we should remind Harry of the BLOW Affair every time he sings the praises of some new "masterpiece" after an audience with the director. His hatred of ROLLERBALL was probably genuine but now even more obviously constructed to erase memories of how bought and paid for he was on BLOW. "See, I don&#39;t like every movie!" Every time the question of AICN&#39;s credibility shows up, remind Harry of BLOW!!!

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Oh, and check out this math...

    by Charles Grady

    Harry DID say BLOW would have been his favorite film of 2000. So in other words, the first 21 movies on his 2001 list were better than EVERYTHING in 2000. Right, Harry?

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Top 5 disappointments

    by res_dog316

    and the biggest disappointments were...... (1)Pearl Harbor. (2)Final Fantasy. (3)Enemy at the Gates. (4)Kiss of the Dragon. (5)Tomb Raider. Final Fantasy shoulda been just the story from FF3 (or 6 if youre in japan). Terra, Espers, and Kefka! That would have been the shit.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Death To Fevered says Randypan the Goatboy

    by Fleagle

    As a Brit and a her-uge fan of William Melvin Hicks ;-), its always surprised, no, shocked me that a lot of his fellow countryfolk Ive met and chatted to on this internet thing, have never heard of the last great comic of the 20th century. Oh well, perhaps in years to come we can look forward to the bio-pic in the great mans honour (Im sure Bill would love the twisted irony of that). First name in the casting hat, John Cusack. Belated happy 40TH Billy boy!

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Memento had a HUGE amount of substance

    by abcdefz1

    I don&#39;t understand why people keep saying Memento was all about style. Are you kidding? It&#39;s the perfect anti-noir, taking all heroism and attraction out of revenge. SPOILERS The key is in the idea that, if a person is that we perceive memories as facts based on what our operating system is and how we perceive things through that filter. So if you&#39;re operating out of, say, hatred, you&#39;ll never run out of "John G&#39;s" because you&#39;re constantly manufacturing "facts" to assemble your case against them. You can find a new target anywhere because that&#39;s "who you&#39;ve become." It goes a lot further than this, but that&#39;s the tip of it. It&#39;s one of the most profound films I&#39;ve ever seen -- a real gut punch and deeply tragic.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 5:57 p.m. CST


    by Silvio Dante

    Thanks for the info.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Lord of the Movies

    by Butch_McTavish

    Thank you Harry for acknowledging and &#39;contributing&#39; towards the greatness that is the "Lord of the Rings." It&#39;s number one with the critics, number one with the fans, number one at the box office... numero uno period! I&#39;ve seen it three times and sincerely cannot wait to see it again. A beautiful and heartfelt film to usher in a bright and hopeful new year. Thank you J.R.R. Tolkien. Thank you Peter Jackson and everyone involved with the film. Thank you fans for believing and never giving in to despair. God Bless and Happy New Year!!!

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 6:16 p.m. CST

    FOTR best of 2001? Uh, no....

    by SG7

    It was good. I liked it a lot. But the best film of the year? Only someone who&#39;s read the books will make this claim becuase their memories of those fine works fills in for the gaping, lacking character development that curses this film.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 6:48 p.m. CST


    by Diplan

    it&#39;s one of the best films of the years, "we are not dead", "we are not dead","we are not dead","we are not dead","we are not dead","we are not dead","we are not dead","we are not dead","we are not dead","we are not dead","we are not dead","we are not dead",

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 6:53 p.m. CST


    by Diplan

    i agree with you, that whole "save the earth" shit really piss me off, sorry for the "the Others" SPOLIER

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 7 p.m. CST

    yo, shreklovers ...

    by Gengar

    you people have your fat asses high in the air, eagerly ready to be mounted and buttfucked by your midget king, jeffrey katzenberg. fucking raped sickos. >tsk.<

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Happy New Year from Spain!

    by cifra2

    Harry, I&#39;m sorry to disagree with you... Lord of the rings shouldn&#39;t be higher than a number six... because it was not perfect and there was at least five perfect movies in 2.001: Devil&#39;s Backbone, Moulin Rouge, Memento, The Others and (nearly perfect) A.I. None of them bored me... and Lord of the Rings did (despite my feeling that it is a great film, but NOT a landmark). Maybe with repeated viewings I&#39;ll change my mind, but I really doubt it.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 7:39 p.m. CST


    by fried samurai

    Hey harry what about HEIST.Shit maments dialog shits all over most of the films you mentioned.I still dont understand this love for BLOW.That film was terrible it reminded me of all those copy-cat films that came after PULP FICTION.Only demme waited 10 years before ripping off GOODFELLAS.No love for GOODFELLAS harry?shame shame

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 8:27 p.m. CST

    happy new years (almost)

    by theshiner

    The best performance I saw this year was Denzel Washington&#39;s turn as a corrupt detective in "Training Day." While not a top ten movie at all, Denzel responded to his critics (who complained that he always stars as "the angry black man who must stand up to racism") in a big way by playing a character you love to hate and hate to love.**** As for the hot topic at hand, the unnecessary hype for "Lord of the Rings" almost ruined the movie before I ever saw it. Honestly, after awhile, I had no desire to see it at all; and only did so as a favor to a friend. As soon as it ended, I thought, Wow, that was a great movie. Possibly the best one I saw all year. But, the greatest movie ever? No. Not only is it not even close to being the greatest movie ever, it will probably be a long time before I even see it again. Yeah, I liked it a lot, but not to the point where I would watch it 10-15 times in its first two weeks of release. 30-45 hours spent on watching the same movie... in a time period of 2 and a half weeks? I&#39;m sorry, but that is not, and should not be, a badge of honor. Actually, that should be clue number one that you are missing out on life. Speaking of which, I must say g&#39;night and get ready to party. Happy New Years, everyone.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 9:29 p.m. CST

    A Must See!

    by dr.cornelius

    Harry, Please do not refer to a films the majority of the earth&#39;s population will ever have the opportunity to see as "a must see". You very deliberately pointed out the lengths you went to to see THE LEGEND OF THE SACRED STONES. Most of us do not have the treasure map for finding such gems. Please do not tease your readers by labelling such works "a must see". Please don&#39;t be a snob, Harry. It doesn&#39;t become you.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Well, warrenbuffet, if you&#39;re that fucking shallow then I do

    by Cash Bailey

    I&#39;ll cheerfully say that LOTR is the greatest thing I&#39;ve ever seen, and not one of you cock-smoking trolls (or giggly fanboys) will ever say anything to make me think different. Fuck what we say - love the movie for how it makes you feel, instead of hating it for how it makes others feel. And yes, I sobbed like a bitch from start to finish - so fucking what?

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Top 5

    by DarkLord4

    1. Memento 2. LOTR 3. Joy Ride(why doesn&#39;t anyone else like this one as much as I do??) 4. Training Day 5. Score

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 10:23 p.m. CST

    I like BUTT BACKENDER&#39;S 10 worst better

    by jaxx man

    This list is fine, but I prefer movie bashing nowadays...I think the legendary intergalactic cruiser, Butt Backender, has the situation in a nutshell ( - although the list encompasses basically the last 10 years, it truly covers the most ground.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 10:38 p.m. CST


    by chiknfriedelfsac

    A.I. should have ended at the bottom of the ocean. Spielberg didn&#39;t have the balls to do it. The ending is an abomination before god and man. "We can only bring her back for one day blah blah blah..." - my god, that was the worst crap I&#39;ve ever seen. Yes let&#39;s make the robots look like aliens too, (which is what I thought they were for a moment, silly me.) What a hideous train wreck of an ending - and yes, in it&#39;s way, it is a feel-good ending, not in the conventional sense perhaps. A much better bittersweet ending would have been having it end under the ocean. But Spielberg&#39;s testicles require intense magnification to find now, so it was a no-go. If the ending was all Stanley Kubrick&#39;s idea, then he had lost it and I&#39;m glad in a way he&#39;s not around to sully his reputation further, like he did with Eyes Wide Shut.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 10:51 p.m. CST


    by Theta

    "The Deep End" and "Sexy Beast" were some of the most thrill-less thrillers in YEARS, an attempt to spackle over bad scripting with pretty pictures. At least AI made the list, and at least you didn&#39;t place them higher than "Memento."

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Ya know, the real tragedy here....

    by General Idea that 21 people thought Hannibal was the best movie of 2001. Ah well. Some people enjoy eating ass also...

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 11:18 p.m. CST

    LOTR disappoints

    by JCPhoenix

    Fellowship was something I was highly anticipating. Everything pointed to it being an excellent movie with everyone saying its so amazing. This climaxed with Harry&#39;s review on FOTR, which made me go see it. I really wanted it to be my favourite movie of all time...but i just came out of the theatre dissatisfied. While it was a good movie, it is not amazing. Movies are made to be enjoyed by ALL. It is really just a movie for fans. Fans will love this movie (which explains all the critics saying its amazing -incidentally, kudos to Ebert for actually reviewing this movie right) People who are not fans of the books were just bored as they couldn&#39;t grasp all the names, etc, and the film was just too confusing. Fan movies are fine (which this is) but in no way do I think this should win/get nominated for Best Picture Oscar. Though it will be simply because the Academy has many fans in it too. Think about it for a minute. The plot is not really special anymore. Sure it was original THEN, but it is NOWADAYS, and because this movie is made nowadays, it should be judged just like any other movie, and not have special privilege. I really wonder what critics would rate this movie if there was never a book it was based on. Surely they would have liked it, but not to the extent that it would get nominated for Best Picture. The action scenes were also horrible, and even my friends who love it agree with me on this. They zoomed in so much, it made you feel dizzy, and also you couldn&#39;t see what was happening. The whole audience was just waiting till the end of the action scenes to figure out what just happened. There were many good points too, but since everyone capitalizes on those already (to the extent it is sickening) I won&#39;t mention much about them here save that the acting, music, and set designs were all done excellently. By the way, I do agree with the rest of the list (the ones I&#39;ve seen anyway) except Memento and Moulin Rouge higher.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 11:26 p.m. CST


    by HallowedBThyName

    Great list, and I totally agree about the folks who always seem to bitch about how lousy a year it was. They often are paid pretty good money to be critics, and if it&#39;s so painful, should maybe give up their jobs to someone else. Then again, movies aren&#39;t really meant to be seen in the quantities critics do. Anyway, a few additions: 2 starring the wondrous Zhang Ziyi (spelling?) one of course, the perfect popcorn flick Rush Hour 2 Other one: The Road Home, a tear-jerker so good they had to mop the floor of the theater after each showing. And: In the Mood for Love -- was that one of this year&#39;s films? Man, that was just tasty.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Ha Ha! LVBPO (Laughing Various Body Parts Off) About the Poll R

    by jollydwarf

    First of all, where were the two Beetlejuice (from Stern) films? "Bubbleboy" and "Scary Movie 2". I know, it&#39;s no fair to pit such pedestrian cinematic fare against the greatest screen presence of all time...speaking of the poll and Beet, why was he not Frodo? Gandalf: "Is it secret? Is it safe??" BeetleBaggins: "Hey, Me? I like kep&#39; it safe like forty four times in an hour, dude. I got like a thousand rings an&#39; I keepin&#39; it all a secret." Gandalf: "Sauron needs only the ring to cover all the land in a second darkness!" BeetleBaggins: "I don&#39; think sooo, Pal! I bury dat ass an&#39; I beat that ass an&#39; I can win in like an hour, dude! I go to MorDwarf an&#39; I teach &#39;im a lesson!" BUT SERIOUSLY...I really wanted to go against the grain and give a shout-out to "Ghost World", but a.)the recency effect is at play here, and having just seen FOTR again last night, I can&#39;t stop thinking about how epic and flawless it is and b.)as much as I&#39;m not a fan of the big "Hollywood Event" film taking the Oscar (see "Gladiator" and "Titanic"), I just can&#39;t say that I have ever seen a better argument for the motion picture than "Fellowship", save "Raiders of the Lost Ark". Notice I didn&#39;t say "film". I don&#39;t even want to compare Peter Jackson&#39;s masterpiece to "films." It is simply the kind of viewing experience that is timeless and honestly emotionally moved me just on the visual aspect. It is truly a grand dream that everyone can share. I can&#39;t even classify it as the same thing as any other cinematic experience I&#39;ve ever had. I am lucky to have seen it and I pray for good fortune to allow me to see the next two installments. Frontwards or Backwards, may you all have an unparalleled 2002. It&#39;s going to be a blast like a wizard&#39;s fireworks display.

  • Dec. 31, 2001, 11:52 p.m. CST

    I am so glad SHREK isn&#39;t on that list

    by movieManiac

    Shrek is the most overrated crap ever made. but Harry, if u have ginger snaps, hannibal and blow on your list, why couldn&#39;t u have Lagaan and Monsoon wedding in there? Watch some quality cinema too!

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 12:20 a.m. CST


    by Mully4Ever

    Can you believe it? Star Wars and Lord of the Rings IN THE SAME YEAR?!?!?!?!?!

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 12:32 a.m. CST


  • Jan. 1, 2002, 1:39 a.m. CST

    No Training Day

    by travelandwander

    Wow, what about this flick?

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 1:56 a.m. CST

    BATTLE ROYALE-Over rated

    by Melmack Now

    Saw BATTLE ROYALE at the local film fest. It was good, but nothing great. Most people who saw it felt the same way, didn&#39;t live up to expectations. Like all films that aren&#39;t easily avaliable for viewing it&#39;s got that aura/mystique around it. If you&#39;ve never seen a Japanese action feature before it might hit you, but if you ask me it wasn&#39;t that different from a good samurai flick, with the adults replaced with kids. Just lettin you know that when it&#39;s subtitled and avaliable in the US on video/dvd don&#39;t expect the world. It is great though that an old timer director like Fukusaku is getting recognition in America.

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 1:59 a.m. CST

    My choice....

    by herricane

    It is criminal how few of these films made it to the sticks, e.g. Harrisburg, PA. There will be a Movie Napster in five seconds if something doesn&#39;t change. However, given that I&#39;ve only seen a few of these yet, The Royal Tenenbaums wins. Hell, the scene 10 minutes into it where "Hey Jude" crescendos and Richie lets Mordecai fly is more goosebump-inducing than 75 percent of other movies&#39; ENDINGS!

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 6:31 a.m. CST

    mulholland morons

    by system3

    I was happy to see that at least one other person noted that Mulholland Falls was a failed TV movie that David Lynch got ahold of. To me, it is his most annoying piece of self-indulgent drivel since he squeezed out that steaming turd called Dune (thank God someone else got it right this past year). I say this as someone who stuck with and loved Twin Peaks to the end. I also stuck with and enjoyed Mulholland Falls for the first hour, marvelling that Lynch had produced such a stylishly noir but coherent film. Then the second half turned to pure arbitrary drivel. I challenge Harry or any other critic (or the 154 morons who picked this as their favorite film in the AICN poll so far) to explain what the hell any of it meant. It&#39;s disgusting how many critics are willing to accept this filmmaker&#39;s weakness for celluloid hallucinations as signs of greatness. They&#39;re just Lynch&#39;s irritating diversion for avoiding the hard work of writing a script that actually works.

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Meanwhile,back in the real world......

    by Wild At Heart

    Briefly, I wish to contribute to this TB ( hmmm, sounds like a disease...and judging by the nature of several of these posts maybe that&#39;s no exaggeration ). My contribution shall not be directly related to best ofs of 2001, yet rather be a celebration of what makes pop culture a truly great thing - that crud and perversity can, in the course of time, resonate like the greatest art. For example,how can FOTR be deemed the pre-eminent cinematic experience of all time when it is abundantly clear that any of the following titles would cap its Tolkien-tootin&#39; candy ASS in any truly just parallel universe. Be warned -SPOILERS follow!!! 1. PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE - it is utterly inconcievable that anything so laughably tragic could ever have been committed to celluloid, but how awe-inspiring it is in all its retarded majesty! Tor Johnson ( your average smalltown 450 pound ex- wrassler detective goes out to a darkened cemetary and -gasp!- is transformed into the walking undead in a fiendish alien plot to take over the planet with, give or take, two or three zombies. Best Dialogue ( pre-zombification): "ho ho, I&#39;m a big boy johnny." ( no kiddin&#39;). Most Acute Failure of Advanced Alien Technology: As the distinctly ordinary-looking alien commander is being strangled by zombie Tor he implores his sassy female counterpart to zap it with her ray gun;her fevered response - "it&#39;s jammed!" The They Really Should&#39;nt Have Bothered Award For The Lamest Attempt To Disguise An Unsalvageable Situation: the great Bela Lugosi kicks the bucket halfway through shooting and his immortal thespian shoes are filled by - Ed Wood&#39;s chiropractor! ( complete with arm stategically held over face at all times to enhance the seamless transition ). With an abundance of shots backed by wafer -thin "sets", no continuity whatsoever from scene to scene, utterly incomprehensible or just plain stupid dialogue, distinctly non-special effects, a total absence of suspense or atmosphere, and poorly executed stock footage edits it is clear where "Plan 9" sits within the pantheon of cinematic achievement - with the pinnacle of the mountain up its tuchus baby!!! you know it! 2.HAIRSPRAY- yep, this is the one that nearly knocked P9 off its exalted pedestal. Picture this folks, it&#39;s the early 60s and the all-american family consists of- wait for it - Divine as your average gender-bending suburban hausfrau, the incomparable Jerry Stiller ( pre-George Costanza&#39;s daddy )as &#39;her" husband ( he owns a novelty store ) and the creme-de-la creme, a cheerfully obese Ricky Lake as their lovin&#39; daughter who wants to be a dancer on the Corky Collins tv show. Utter magnificence! Not John Waters&#39; most repugnant film by any stretch of the imagination but a joyous experience for any pop culture bimbo ( like me). Even Sonny Bono and Debbie Harry are in it! 3. BASKET CASE - el cheapo shlock-horror has never been so much fun since this mutant murder/mutilation farce of &#39;82. Nice young man carries his horribly monsterised twin around in a wicker basket and together they exact bloody revenge on the wacky bunch of surgeons who forcefully separated them in their youth. See this film NOW- after it, like me you will say FUCK CGI, I WANT MORE BAD PUPPETRY AND POORLY EXECUTED STOP-MOTION!!! The only film to come even close to this one is another Frank Henenlotter-directed puddle of spew known as BRAIN DAMAGE . This wacky flick ( loosely similar in theme ) has nice young man with a brain-sucking, Oxford-educated ( well, at least he sounds like Sir John Gielgud anyways ) parasite named Elmer living in his neck. Elmer keeps young guy drugged so he will find victims for Elmer to jump out and munch on ( usually in public toilets ). For a Vampiric parastitic beastie, Elmer is ever so polite even if he looks like a refugee from Shlock-hell&#39;s version of "Sesame Street". As an added bonus, fans of BASKET CASE will enjoy a brief interlude on a train where young guy from BRAIN DAMAGE (in drug-induced state) interacts with his counterpart from BC. Pure movie magic. Finally special mentions must go to the following films for their contribution to everything blah blah blah..... NIGHT OF THE LEPUS- apparently it&#39;s a 70s flick about a giant killer rabbit or something. It sounds too stupid for words and I&#39;ve never seen, it just makes me all warm inside to think that it&#39;s out there. INFLATING BLADDER SFX MOVIES OF THE EARLY 80s- for a while there it seemed that every horror film about monsters or mutating thingies featured extensive shots of tinny bladders that made it seem like the skin was bubbling and pulsing. A neat idea, like everything else it was used wayyyy too often, but in some ways I prefer that o&#39;l stuff to most of the computer-driven drek we are witnessing these days. aaahhh inflatable bladders- just like grandma&#39;s cooking. CRUNCHING SYNTH ROCK SOUNDTRACKS FEATURED IN EVERY FILM FROM 1982 TO 1987- God weren&#39;t they just the crappiest? you know who you are, and I humbly salute you. 2001 ANOTHER CHRISTIAN SLATERLESS HOLLYWOOD YEAR - you know who you are, and I humbly salute you.

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Shrek and Moulin Rouge

    by Roland of GIlead

    Shrek was the best animated movie of the year. Monsters Inc was very cute, and Boo was wonderfully realized, but Shrek&#39;s exploding bird scene alone was well worth the price of admission, and the most I&#39;ve laughed at any scene in a movie all year (except maybe my viewing of It&#39;s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World on dvd when Jonathan Winters trashes the gas station). Moulin Rouge was quite simply the best movie of the year. It is unbelievably beautiful to look at and to listen to, and it makes me feel in love with love. I smile through the whole picture (except the sad finale).

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by Sultan0fSwat

    The score is the best heist flick in years! It was a joy to watch the best actors of three different generations work together in a slick, flawless little film. It was not the best movie of 2001 by any means, but it should get some respect.

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Kubrick 101 is right!

    by MAGGA

    It&#39;s time people see how great the movie is, despite it&#39;s flaws. For the bashers: Everyone&#39;s entitled to their opinion, but putting the epilogue onto A.I required bigger balls than ending it at the bottom of the ocean where everyone were expecting it. Anyway, how cananyone say with a straight face that LOTR is the most carefully crafted movie ever. Lawrence of Arabia, Empire of the Sun and Citizen Kane are far more carefully crafted. Not that that makes the movies better. But I didn&#39;t have the orgasmic experience watching LOTR that most talkbackers seem to be having. There is no way it&#39;s going to have the same impact on the masses as Star Wars, E.T, Jurassic Park, The Wizard of Oz, It&#39;s a Wonderfull Life or any of those movies, and chances are slim that it will be regarded as a classic by the critics. Not that it matters, it&#39;s still a great movie, one of the year&#39;s best, in my opinion.

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 5:14 p.m. CST

    THE SCORE was a nice surprise

    by badT

    I agree that Frank Oz&#39;s THE SCORE was overlooked. I understand that there were many caper films this year, but this one stands out. The last half hour is as tense as movies get and the acting is wonderful. I would definitely recommend this over HEIST because the plot twists in that were just plain ridiculous.

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 5:33 p.m. CST

    What about Lantana

    by lil' bastard

    If Harry nominated The Dish, then why not Lantana? I liked The Dish a lot, but Lantana shat all over it! Think about a movie where Geoffrey Rush is probably about fifth down the list in terms of performance, and yet he give a brilliant performance, and you will understand!

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 5:49 p.m. CST

    No Fucking Way...Waking Life is beyond this crap!

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Waking Life has 41 votes cast as the best of the year and FOTR has over 3000? I am way out of touch. I fell asleep twice during FOTR (once per screening...I gave it another try) however I was so affected by Waking Life that I felt as if I was on a full-blown mind bending acid trip during both viewings (alas, thy&#39;ve already taken it off the marquis). I must be getting old, or maybe I just don&#39;t get it. Waking Life is the best motion picture, and I do mean motion picture, to come along in some time, most certainly this past year. FOTR...guys, it ain&#39;t Star Wars. Couldn&#39;t hold Chewie&#39;s piss-bucket. Just my opinion.

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 6:06 p.m. CST

    A Couple of Questions Vann

    by Miss Aura

    How was Peter Jackson virtually unknown before FOTR? Who are some of the employees of WETA? What equipment does WETA use and who gave it to them?.... In your own time please.

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 6:42 p.m. CST

    My Top Ten List for &#39;01!

    by MovieStud

    1) FOTR-- absolutely incredible beyond anyone can describe 2) Memento-- brillant, brillant, brillant, the editting soooooo well done! 3) Shrek-- absolutely hilarious, very sharp & witty 4) A.I.-- very misunderstood, yeah the ending was a let down but ten minutes cant ruin two hours of greatness! 5) Ocean&#39;s 11-- one bad ass slick as ice film, sodenberg directed brillantly as always and that ending! 6) The Pledge-- moody and very effective, J. Nichelson was marvelous! 7) Moulin Rogue-- out of control; good set designs and passion erased fact that the music sucked!!! 8) The Brothers-- Funny, truthful stuff for anyone who&#39;s a guy dealing with women. 9) Snatch-- zippy, fast paced cult classic in the making. 10) Extreme Days-- no one has heard of this awesome funny Christian movie released on Sept 28 about road trip guys and extreme sports. The beginning has a warning that reads "this is based on a true story, slightly exaggerated for your enjoyment." So they admitted it was a movie cool Stuff! Besides Jesus Christ, this movie was medicine for my post-Spetember 11th blues. Some that came oh sooooooo close are Baby Boy, Enemy at the Gates, The Fast and Furious, Hannibal, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, The Others, and Monsters Inc. 2002 will be a fantastic year for movies but there might be some really bad ones,too.

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 6:56 p.m. CST

    To everyone whining about FOTR being top

    by europop

    Listen up, it is completely pointless posting things like "FOTR is good but NOT the best of the year." Because whatever film was chosen, there would always be some people who would think it was a bad decision. There will always be those who disagree. But the simple fact is, more people think FOTR is the best film of the year than any other film. The fact that some don&#39;t agree doesn&#39;t matter in the slightest. So to all you whiners, stop whinging and accept the fact that FOTR has brought more pleasure to more people than any other film this year.

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 7:26 p.m. CST


    by AuntieMeat

    ... you know I&#39;ve heard of Bill Hicks. And I enjoyed your "kill yourself" reference. Glad to see that you&#39;re up with the rest of us and aren&#39;t tainting our collective unconcious and making us pay a higher psychic price. ;)

  • i&#39;m sorry. nice to know you enjoyed so many movies this year, Harry, but a Top 35?!?!?! that&#39;s getting a bit ridiculous, if you ask me. however, i was very happy with your comments at the beginning of the article, regarding those who complain about how bad each contemporary year is. anyhow, as i&#39;ve said before, I LOVE MAKING LISTS. i just adore it. so much fun. and this year, after a Top Twenty in 1999 and a Top Twelve in 2000, i&#39;ve decided to stick to the traditional Top Ten. even though there are tons of movies that had to get booted off the list at one point or another, i just feel that the movies that come after the first ten begin to feel tacked on. and that shouldn&#39;t happen in a list. ANYHOW, my list. i&#39;m just going to list the movies for now, and let them speak for themselves. at a later date, i plan on giving written reasons for each picture&#39;s inclusion. now, without further ado, here is the Top Ten Best Motion Pictures of 2001 (man, i&#39;m so PROUD of this list): 1. ALI 2. MOULIN ROUGE 3. A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE 4. THE MAN WHO WASN&#39;T THERE. 5. MONSTERS, INC. 6. VANILLA SKY 7. A BEAUTIFUL MIND. 8. RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS. 9. THE MAJESTIC. 10. THE PRINCESS DIARIES.

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Top List

    by dima

    This list is not chronological because it combines movies that were released in USA in 2001 with movies that faced wide release in Europe after American circuit. The order of movies is purely coincidential. HOLLYWOOD Spy Kids (Robert Rodriguez) Say It Isn`t So (J. B. Rogers) Swordfish (Dominic Sena) The Others (Alejandro Amenabar) Osmosis Jones (Tom Sito-Piet Koon-The Farrellys) From Hell (The Hughes Brothers) Spy Game (Tony Scott) INDIE HOLLYWOOD Requiem For a Dream (Darren Aronofsky) Memento (Christopher Nolan) Replicant (Ringo Lam) John Carpenter`s Ghosts of Mars (John Carpenter) The Pledge (Sean Penn) Weight of Water (Kathryn Bigelow) O, Brother Where Art Thou? (Joel Coen) The Man Who Wasn`t There (Joel Coen) EURO TRASH I Kina Spiser De Hunde (Lasse Spang Olsen) Brother (Takeshi Kitano) Brat 2 (Aleksei Balabanov) Baise - Moi (Virginie Despentes & Caroline Trinh Thi) La Communidad (Alex De La Iglesia) Transfere Mortele (Jean Jacques Beineix) Le moisures de l` aube (Antoine De Caunes) Pact de loups (Christophe Gans) Nonhosonno (Dario Argento)

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Harry McClintock? NO! JOHN HARTFORD!!!

    by bunsonh

    I don&#39;t know who Harry McClintock is, but I guarantee you he was NOT who performed "Big Rock Candy Mountain" on Down From The Mountain. That man is the late and VERY GREAT John Hartford. Probably one of the most pivotal of musicians on the entire soundtrack (save Ralph Stanley of course), he deserves to NOT be overlooked.

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 10:22 p.m. CST

    LOTR - third viewing experience

    by OnceALurker

    slightly off topic but i just wanted to share a bit on the latest in a string of crappy movie theatre experiences i&#39;ve had. *** WARNING: OnceALurker is an annoying movie theatre snob.*** first off, this movie gets better with each viewing. i&#39;m surprised it is doing as well as it is considering you have to be getting a good chunk of the "mentally challenged" demographic in to the theatres to attain the BO numbers LOTR is enjoying thus far and this movie ain&#39;t for the slight of though. in fact i consider myself relatively bright and i&#39;m still finding new things in this movie - things that i&#39;m sure are crucial to fully understand and enjoy the film. but i digress... the theatre i saw it in was supposed to be nice - arena seating, digital surround, huge screen. well two out of three ain&#39;t gunna cut it. when the sound is fucked, the movie is fucked. i mean i still enjoyed it but i kept getting pulled out of the movie by the fact that there was this annoying electical buzzing coming from the right rear channels - anytime there was a silent scene, you&#39;d hear this frikken loud buzzing. but that&#39;s not the worst part. once you had some noise going on, you&#39;d still notice the buzzing which would otherwise have been buried by the other sounds but now sticks out like a sore thumb cuz you noticed it in the silent parts. and to add to the frustration, the center channel so poorly adjusted that you practically had to lean your ear towards the screen just to hear what all the people were whispering about. these problems were only amplified by the fact that it&#39;s a three hour movie and is dialog intensive. i could hear people sighing and shifting around in their seats about half way through the movie and i couldn&#39;t blame them. had i not seen it two times previous in vastly superior theatre environments, i&#39;d be pissed and wondering why someone made a three hour movie whose incomprehensible plot couldn&#39;t be heard by the characters because they&#39;re whispering their lines. ok done pissing and moaning. thought some fellow movie lovers might sympathize with me. still loved it though and i CAN NOT WAIT for the DVD so i can watch this several times IN THE PRIVACY OF MY OWN HOME - without the low din of junk food munching hordes in the darkness and a shitty soundscape.

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Harry&#39;s list: "Peeyousa!"

    by Lucasfan Ltd.

    Is it just me or does "Harry&#39;s best film list" look like it was cobbled together from "real" critics ten best lists? I really doubt if he&#39;s even seen all these films. Most of these films are over-rated, and only gutless, "follow the leader" reviewers have to jump on the bandwagon so they are with the "in crowd" and "in the know".

  • Jan. 1, 2002, 11:06 p.m. CST

    nobody cares but here&#39;s my faves of the last year

    by carouselambra

    1. The Man Who Wasn&#39;t There -- mostly for the amazing monologues the Coens&#39; wrote. 2. Lord of the Rings -- when I saw it, the audience (and I) groaned because they didn&#39;t want it to be over and wait a year for it to pick up again. There are some book/film translations that were wrong, I think, but the rest is so impressive, it&#39;s no big deal. 3. The Royal Tenenbaums -- mmm, yea, I&#39;m not sure it hit my very high expectations. I probably need to see it a bunch more times! Loved the mix of comedy and tragedy though and of course Anderson/Wilson&#39;s own unique style. 4. Harry Potter 4. Ghost World 5. Moulin Rouge 6. The Claim 7. Planet of The Apes 8. Vanilla Sky

  • Jan. 2, 2002, 12:04 a.m. CST

    SHREK, Harry, how could you?

    by Mac Styran


  • Jan. 2, 2002, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Silent no longer

    by North Adams Hell

    Lord of the Rings was not a good movie. It had many of the elements of a good movie but it broke an important rule of book movie conversion. That is you have to leave stuff out. An epic movie is one that keeps your attention the whole time. Secondly to all the people who love to bash Episode 2 so much I bet you were the same people who bought Vanilla Ice&#39;s albumns and then said you hated him because it suddenly became cool to. Lastly I love movies, but it seems that today a film has to have a huge budget or be some obscure thing that not everyone gets to see to be the award winner. Think about that next time you make a list

  • Jan. 2, 2002, 2:18 a.m. CST

    happy new year..let&#39;s not get too emotional &#39;cus of Harr

    by EllyJelly

    OKOK GUYS..leave Harry alone..they&#39;re just his opinions..every one of us have different opinions on stories or overall of movies..some of u..honestly..can&#39;t just blab around and get mad or sad because Harry&#39;s opinions are not the same as yours..there&#39;s really no use of getting urself all upset etc..anyways..i&#39;m out of topic.. I might not agree with Harry for some of the films listed..expecially Shrek was good too..but I gotta admit that LOTG:FOTR was amazing..with the pictures, lightings, etc..well it might not be the best of all..but it is the best so far (of course..that is not to compare with other movies..&#39;cus each of them have different stories and different feelins..but when u see capture ur eyes and attracted me much and I was eager to listen to all the words so I don&#39;t miss out any part of the story..) You get what I mean? well not that many ppl cares..but I just hope none of u get too upset after all and cussing around because of different opinions..a&#39;ite? agree with me? btw..HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!

  • Jan. 2, 2002, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Films we hate

    by alpha

    OK lets get it out of the way, AI is crap, dull, tedious, annoying, ugly and ultimately pointless how anyone can love it is beyond me. People do however love it (not that many given its status as a flop moneywise) but some people do. Thats the beauty of film guys. I hate AI, find The Man Who Wasn&#39;t There tedious (the same as most Coen films to be honest) and Vanilla Sky pretentious in the extreme but its just my opinion. The only true indication of success is box office and or awards. Most films want to make money more than anything else some are made as art (some of those are even watchable). Certainly from a BO point of view the films I disliked would be considered failures (1 lost money, the other 2 appear likely to lose money)). Award wise I doubt that any of them will succeed either (if Billy Bob&#39;s going to win anything its going to be for Monsters Ball) but in the end what I, the Box Office or the various awards giving bodies do or think doesn&#39;t matter if you love a film then more power to you. As for the people bagging FOTR ... you guys are sad, rarely does a film come along which tries really hard to marry art and box office appeal succeed and judging by the reactions of the ticket buyers worldwide this is a film that has succeeded. If you dont like it fair enough but I doubt in all seriousness those of you who have seen it cant find enough to say that its not one of the top 35 films of the year. The costuming, SPX, and other tech acheivments alone make it worth while. Phantom Menace would of deserved the same sort of rating merely on some of the technical acheivments. Like him or loathe him nobody could say Jar Jar wasn&#39;t impressively created or that the pod race didn&#39;t have some impressive visuals. Sadly if Phantom Menace had of had the stronger storyline or impressive casting of FOTR then it would never have the overwrought dislike that it does now (its an ok film that could of been great). Films are what WE want them to be and everybody else in the world can hate a film that we love and it shouldn&#39;t matter to us.

  • Jan. 2, 2002, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Batteling schoolchildren and Kung-Fu Football

    by Clare Quilty

    Happy to see "Shaolin Soccer" on the list. This is easily one of, if not THE, most entertaining movie to come out this past year. Also enjoyed "Battle Royale", but would somebody PLEASE explain how many endings this movie has... At my count it&#39;s four, and think the movie would have been a lot better (and three minutes shorter) with just one.

  • Jan. 2, 2002, 6:13 a.m. CST

    This is getting ridiculous

    by europop

    You LOTR naysayers just don&#39;t get it! Here&#39;s another typical naysayer quote: "An epic movie is one that keeps your attention the whole time." This should really be written as: "An epic movie is one that keeps THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLES attention the whole time." Because no film in the history of cinema is going to hold the attention of every person. But if a film reaches out to a huge number of people, as FOTR has, then it&#39;s a success, and no amount of whining is going to change that.

  • Jan. 2, 2002, 10:13 a.m. CST

    LOTR a good movie.

    by ellf_killer

    I said that in some of my reviews. There are other people saying more negative points about LOTR. Imagine that Elf_killer has "some" better things to say about LOTR than others...You people saying you feel sorry for us who didn&#39;t get the film. Well we didn&#39;t read the books and shouldn&#39;t have to read them to enjoy the movie. The fans say. "The film was beautiful, and magical". Note they aren&#39;t commenting on the films lack of plot, lack of character development, lack of good film making. You need more than 75% closeups, and lush green backdrops to make an epic. So with the sequel coming out expect no opening to this movie and no ending. Just more running, jumping, fighting crap. If it takes 9 hours + to develop these characters you&#39;ll see a backlash so bad it will make TPM look like The Godfather. A movie should stand on its own with need of another movie. 5 years from now if you show Two Towers((BLAND) as I named it) to a 12 year old, without showing part I they won&#39;t get it. But Empire doesn&#39;t need SW to be a good movie. Its required of every sequel to stand on its own without the needing to see the first one. The LOTR backlash is getting stronger. LOTR would be much better if Jackson didn&#39;t make it for the fans and made it for all audiences. LOTR would be better if Jim Cameron or basically anybody else directed who had a proved track record. Which is something Jackson doesn&#39;t have. I think it will be considered in the group of AI with a hate/love relationship. NO???? BTW hows the mutha FUCKIN&#39; speling?

  • Jan. 2, 2002, 10:46 a.m. CST

    BATTLE ROYALE AT #2? - Fun movie, but...

    by Hakujin

    I understand the tactic, Harry, giving BR a high rating to attract fan attention, but it REALLY doesn&#39;t belong in the top ten. Agree with the earlier poster- if you&#39;ve seen any Japanese cinema before, it&#39;s not a particularly novel movie. Usual B-movie production values that can be found in many Japanese action flicks: cheezy splatter FX and bad actors. (Is it written somewhere that the lead bad guy in these flicks MUST be played by a well-known comedian?) Anyways, BATTLE ROYALE was fun- but its social satire is about the same level as say, EVIL DEAD 2. It just picks up the "forgotten young generation" theme, which is what made it a huge hit and somewhat salient in Japan right now. The key novelty to foreign viewers is the movie doesn&#39;t have the same hang-ups about blood and sex that we play &#39;peek-a-boo&#39; with in American cinema. I&#39;d put BR at about #20, but #2 IS a much more interesting number...

  • Jan. 2, 2002, 10:47 a.m. CST

    You want to like Harry, and then he goes and picks crap like "AI

    by memyself

  • Jan. 2, 2002, 11:09 a.m. CST


    by Nordling

    I totally don&#39;t buy the argument that EMPIRE can stand on its own as a great film. It is a great film that is true, but without STAR WARS it is meaningless. Try to explain the Force to an audience that hadn&#39;t seen A NEW HOPE. Or the whole Rebellion/Empire thing. Or Vader. Or "that guy in the blue aura." You can&#39;t. EMPIRE absolutely cannot stand on its own. That&#39;s not detracting from thw film; it&#39;s still one of the alltime greats. But you can&#39;t argue that it&#39;s a standalone film. It is not.

  • Jan. 2, 2002, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Your list...

    by pike28

    Very interesting. Glad to see you liked Vanilla Sky, i found it to be brillant. Royal Tenabaums is one of my best films this year. I just saw Beautiful Mind and have to say it&#39;s the biggest peice of crap i&#39;ve seen this year, the fact that it&#39;s been nominated for best drama at the golden globes in down right embaressing...

  • Jan. 2, 2002, 1:14 p.m. CST

    MEMENTO should be Number Two, Harry. Wake the fuck up!

    by The_Lion

  • Jan. 2, 2002, 1:38 p.m. CST


    by Landy

    Hannibal? The biggest waste of $9 I ever saw. What a pice of shit. I&#39;m all for the &#39;everyone entitled to their own opinion&#39; argument, but Hannibal? Again I say, what a piece of shit. Did ANYONE really like it? My mind boggles. And Accordian King - I quote "I&#39;m suprised The Majestic didn&#39;t make it onto your list". It&#39;s on their you arse - have another look.

  • Jan. 2, 2002, 1:53 p.m. CST

    My list!

    by zenda

    Well, since absolutely nobody asked me, I&#39;m joining in the fun and posting my Best Films of 2001 list (based on Chicago release dates- I don&#39;t live in NYC or LA, so I go by what we get in theatres when we get it) 1) Moulin Rouge 2) A Beautiful Mind 3) The Man Who Wasn&#39;t There 4) Life as a House 5) The Widow of St. Pierre 6) Panic 7) The Lord of the Rings 8) The Princess Diaries 9) Blow 10) The Gift 11) In the Bedroom 12) The Tailor of Panama 13) Pollock and, as an added bonus, the three most overrated films of the year (doesn&#39;t mean they are the worst- just the most overpraised): 3) Shrek 2) Amores Perros 1) Mulholland Drive

  • Jan. 2, 2002, 1:59 p.m. CST

    LOTR is good

    by Hugh G Cox

    I liked it

  • Jan. 2, 2002, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Best Movie

    by jefemuir

    What about Linklater&#39;s other offering, "Tape"? Tape or Waking Life (or both like Soderbergh) should be the best movie of the year. Leaving it off is a travesty for an Austin guy?!!

  • I finally got to see it yesterday. I love how Juenet introduced the characters ("likes.....dislikes...."), and how candy coated the colors were. Visually striking, and Tautou is the perfect ingenue. I have not yet been so enthralled with a story - well, I was in FoTR. But the night before I had told my boyfriend that I had this *feeling* that I might like "Amelie" more so than FoTR. And my instincts are usually correct. I was right. FoTR and Amelie are the only two movies I would be willing to see again on the big screen. Period. And I&#39;m not the type to spend $$ for a movie twice. What a fantastic movie. It lingers with you, long after you&#39;ve seen it. As for "All Time Best" lists, here&#39;s something. My favorite all time is and will most likely forever be: Lawrence of Arabia. How I love this movie. My boyfriends? Enter the Dragon. He believes a movie has gotta have some " &#39;splosions and fight scenes..." for it to be worthy of his time. He&#39;s now willing to put FoTR up there though. "Highlander" would be high on his list, too. He looks for different things when it comes to movies - well, different than I. Now, I certainly would put Enter the Dragon in my all-time list, but it ain&#39;t gonna be in the Top 10. But these little mental lists are so personal. Why people feel compelled to announce them on websites or in newspapers is beyond me. Just look at the current crop of Best of 2001 lists. I mean, do I need to read someone else&#39;s list to validate how I feel about a movie? No way. I know how a movie makes me feel. I love FoTR. For my own reasons. I love Lawrence, again due to my own reasons. I really don&#39;t understand the love of Citizen Kane. But that&#39;s my "problem". My boyfriend has slightly different tastes than me in regards to movies. I wouldn&#39;t have it any other way. So people, it&#39;s cool how everyone pipes in their lists, and I&#39;ve kinda listed a partial one somewhere on this TB. But, it&#39;s really ALL personal preference, personal taste, and preferences that have been created by each of our different living experiences. Certain movies are going to hit different chords for different people. Right?

  • Jan. 2, 2002, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Bad news for Star Wars fans

    by Butch_McTavish

    I really hope this isn&#39;t true, but Harry has posted a terrible rumor that N&#39;SYNC will be in the next SW film. I don&#39;t want to believe this but, it has been reported on in a number of newspapers and on TV. I hope this ain&#39;t true, Elf-Killer. Sorry if it is, dude. I&#39;m looking forward to Clones flick (at least I was). :(

  • Jan. 2, 2002, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Shaolin soccer is GREAT!! Fulltime Killer really sucks!!

    by tungtung

    Shaolin soccer is my top 1 movie of 2001, it&#39;s really funny and fantastic made, don&#39;t miss it when it comes in the cinema in March... and I don&#39;t understand why Fulltime Killer is placed in no.10, it&#39;s one of the most bad movie I&#39;ve ever seen... and so many language in the movie make it so confusing... In the movie, Hongkong people talks to each other with English, it&#39;s just not logical...trash!!

  • Jan. 2, 2002, 7:59 p.m. CST

    A License Should Be Required For Top-10 Lists

    by MasterDebater

    After plowing through so many 2001 Top-10 lists above that contain gems such as "Tomcats" and numerous films actually released domestically in 2000, I wonder in frustration if one should only make a Top-10 List if one has seen, say, at least 50 movies released in 2001. If you only saw 11 new movies in all of 2001, then do you really feel qualified to do a Top 10 of 2001?! Since I saw about 80 films in the theater this year, I will at least throw out my ten favorites: (1) Ghost World; (2) The Royal Tenanbaums; (3) In the Bedroom; (4) Hedwig & the Angry Inch; (5) Mulholland Drive; (6) Together; (7) Moulin Rouge; (8) Innocence; (9) Amelie; and (10) Amores Perros.

  • Jan. 2, 2002, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Good list..missed a few great ones. Here is mine:

    by WarHole

    1.In The Bedroom ( Seen the film 3 times, reverbs with a certain greatness-will stay with you for days) 2.Monster&#39;s Ball 3.Mulholland Drive 4.Memento 5.Ali (Not necessarily a great depiction of the man but a superbly made film in every aspect, technically flawless and an amazing soundtrack) 6.Amores Perros 7.Bread & Roses 8.A.I 9.Sexy Beast 10.Amelie

  • Jan. 3, 2002, 1:07 a.m. CST

    top films of the year

    by jordy

    Harry, you&#39;re right in that there will be people who will bitch and moan, but i think your list is cool. Unfortunately downunder, some of your picks haven&#39;t arrived - but i will keep an eye out when they do. keep up the good work jordy

  • Jan. 3, 2002, 1:15 a.m. CST


    by jeff bailey

    I was way unimpressed with Ginger Snaps. The chick was hot but the metaphor was labored and not in the least subtle. Semi-entertaining but far from a classic...

  • Jan. 3, 2002, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Thanks Harry

    by Neosamurai85

    Though I don&#39;t agree with you on some of them I can&#39;t really think of anywhere else to put them or anyway to change it. I can&#39;t belive hoe manny of these I&#39;ve not seen! Wow! I think I&#39;ll go to sleep now and then go fishing in my wallet. It&#39;s a real damn shame so manny of these are not on the big screen or even in the US for that matter. Peace.

  • Jan. 3, 2002, 4:21 a.m. CST

    My year in review--Long as hell

    by Critch Starblade

    2001 January Chocolat------Charming

  • Jan. 3, 2002, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Battle Royale closing credits music.

    by ripper t. jones

    "Shizukana Hibi No Kaidan Wo" -Dragon Ash Anyone know where I can find the English translation to these lyrics. Fun Movie...Great Tune I just wish I didn&#39;t have to download it and watch it on a computer instead of the big screen.

  • But I respect your right to order them in the way you see fit. What most ASSHOLES here in the TBs never want to own up to is that it is your opinion and your website, and they&#39;re just damned lucky to have a forum for their blather as well. ************************************************ Oh, and could you please ban fucktalkback?

  • Jan. 3, 2002, 3:12 p.m. CST

    the list

    by Vincent Vega

    Well, as long as I&#39;m here, spending my afternoon questionably, I may as well first say thanks Harry for the list, and my only real notable opinion about it is the obvious: Blow? Hannibal? Might want to rethink these choices. I&#39;m a little embarrassed to waste my time saying the obvious, but Goodfellas is truly one of the greatest movies, and to compare Blow, or even Casino, favorably to it is pretty much just plain Wacko. Blow was so sentimental and derivative and just plain crappy...I mean, what gives? And Hannibal was pretty darn mediocre too. Anyway, they are pretty low on the list, so it&#39;s not so bad - it&#39;s not like you said they were better than, say, Memento. Anyway, I&#39;ve said enough. Keep up the good work. Ciao.

  • This is supposed to be a professional site, and this fool is jamming it up. How long does it take to kill something like this?

  • Jan. 3, 2002, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Ain&#39;t It Cool strikes out by ignoring Potter!!!

    by Pleasecalltim

    Why is it that film snobs the world over continue to look down their noses at &#39;Harry Potter and the Sorcerer&#39;s Stone.&#39; Why is it that AIN&#39;T IT COOL NEWS always has to go out of its way to dis&#39; a popular choice. Yes it&#39;s a children&#39;s story. Yes, it was true to the book. And yes, I understand those of you who are 28 year-old male virgins living with their parents will always be defensive about the cinematic Sominex that is &#39;Lord of the Rings.&#39; But clearly, HP&TSS ranks with classic family films. It stands shoulder to shoulder with &#39;Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,&#39; &#39;Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,&#39; &#39;Oliver&#39; and &#39;The Nightmare Before Christmas.&#39; Regarding the film as an example of that particular genre certainly makes it worthy of recognition. &#39;Spy Kids?!&#39; Give me a break!. The casting on HP&TSS was letter-perfect (Maggie Smith, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson et al). The sets were magnificent (Diagon Alley, The Great Hall). The chess game. The final showdown with Quirell. Harry&#39;s visit to Oleander&#39;s. All give ample justification to place Columbus&#39; work on the list Fortunately, you will have time to redeam yourself in 2002. Before his film was released, Columbus noted that the first of Jo ROwling&#39;s books was the "least plot-drive" of the series. In the next movie (&#39;Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets&#39;) Rowling has provided the director with a wealth of material to draw from. Basically the only thing your list proves is that you guys think it makes you cool to dis&#39; the Harry Potter franchise. Fortunately, as the box office receipts clearly indicate, the movie going public have a couple of things that you guys seem to lack: open minds and taste. &#39;Spy Kids?!&#39; You guys are a joke.

  • Jan. 3, 2002, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Battle Royale Closing Credits Music ...little help. (repost)

    by ripper t. jones

    Gonna repost my request because of the previous nonsense. "Shizukana Hibi No Kaidan Wo" -Dragon Ash Looking for an English translation. thanx.

  • Jan. 3, 2002, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Oh...and can we get a little "bannage" on the "rat-bag troll" pl

    by ripper t. jones

  • Jan. 3, 2002, 9:29 p.m. CST


    by Snowmiser

    Why is it not possible to like both Star Wars and Lord of the Rings? I think the films are equal in greatness. Attack of the Clones and The Two Towers will both be awesome. And about N&#39;Sync, who even cares? I mean, I hate them as much as the next guy but it&#39;s not like they are going to speak. It&#39;ll probably be nearly impossible to even make them out.

  • Jan. 3, 2002, 9:48 p.m. CST

    I don&#39;t see how...

    by Snowmiser

    Anyone can say TPM is horrible. Truth is, it&#39;s pretty much the same as all the other Star Wars movies. It is AWESOME. Star Wars hasn&#39;t changed at all. Society has. It seems all people like now are Independent, Foreign, and artsy fartsy films. Frankly, I can&#39;t stand any of them. I want to bash Moulin Rouge and Memento with a sledgehammer. I&#39;m so sick of hearing about them. Lord of the Rings and Star Wars (all of them) are million gazillion times better than all that artsy fartsy bullcrap. I&#39;m sick of hearing everyone complain about TPM for all the wrong reasons. Don&#39;t blame Lucas. Blame yourselves. It&#39;s the same old Star Wars. You&#39;re taste has just changed and you desire something that isn&#39;t Star Wars. Star Wars is not and never will be all artsy and dark. I don&#39;t see why everyone has to have Star Wars as dark. It is a family movie and will always be. I&#39;ll probably punch through my monitor if I hear one more post bashing TPM for what I would consider a really dumb reason. Star Wars is a fun movie. There is nothing like watching it in the theater. The opening monologues for the films are better than entire movies.

  • Jan. 4, 2002, 5:56 p.m. CST

    top 5 of 2001

    by TylersAndrew14

    1 Vanilla Sky 2 Lord of the rings 3 The Royal Tennenbaums 4 Waking Life 5 Mulholand Dr. Vanilla Sky was one of those rare films that comes along not only to entertain but to provoke thoughts. In the class of Fight Club, and A Clockwork Orange. This film unlike those had an unflinching warmth, and humanity that only filmmakers like Wes Anderson, Cameron Crowe, and Steven Spielberg seem to be able to inject into their work. Though this is not to say that Vanilla Sky is beter than any of those films, Fight Club was an unmerciful satire, absolutley flawless in its depiction of modern day corporate culture. The warmth in that film came from Pitt, and Norton. A ClockWork Orange was a deep, terrifying look at the future and in many ways today. Now Lord of the Rings was an epic masterpiece, filled to the brink with great action, almost passionate battle scenes, and wonderful performances. Not to mention the great set design. This film was the definition of wholesome, though the ending was a bit lacking in some departments, and Sam and Frodo&#39;s relationship really wasn&#39;t well developed at all. The Royal Tennenbaums is another one of those rare, refreshingly heartfelt films, though it does not live up to the classic Rushmore, Anderson certainly has come close to toping it and does succeed in capturing the same whimsical feel that Rushmore had. If you look at filmmakers you will see that each has their own style,or place in a sort of spectrum, from dark to light, the best example I can offer up is Steven Speilberg and Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick is the epidemy of the darkness, and Speilberg is the light. Of the two newcomer directors I&#39;d say that Anderson represents the light, and Darren Aronofsky would represent the Dark... well ok sorry about that. Now waking life is a special film, not meant for the mainstream, this is a film for the intellectual, and it explores many other themes besides dreams, though dreams are the central focus, the only real thing missing from waking life is a compeling story line, but this is noir after all. Waking Life is thought provoking, and at times funny, and even horrifying, and those things are enough to make it compelling. This film is very close in type to Vanilla Sky, though Vanilla Sky has a warmth and heart, waking life is missing that. Now for Mulholand Dr., in my opinion the hardest to interpert film of this year. After reading Harry&#39;s review, and I don&#39;t remember it well, but I can say that he did not interpert it properly. Mulholand is an emotional rollercoaster, one that evokes feelings of shameless lust, unfocused terror, and a sort of chaotic curiosity. The films first 30 minutes were genius in the way that the performances were so wooden and by stereotype. Each character represented a sort of stereotypical type, Naomi Watts as the sweet unsoiled country girl is the best example. Lynch does this early on so that later in the film he can slaughter her emotionally, soil her, fuck her up, and also to disarm the audience, so that when Watts does the audition scene it knocks us of our feet. Now I could go on, but I feel I probably can&#39;t express my feelings for the movie properly, it is a film that there are no words for. I will leave you with this in regards to Mulholand dr. Hollywood is hell, that creature behind the dumpster is the puppetmaster.

  • Jan. 4, 2002, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by GingerSnaps

    So if us "Hollywood" fans liked any movies in 2001 that had explosions in them or a budget from a high profile studio..we are idiots right?

  • Jan. 4, 2002, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Get over it

    by TheZinged

    Once again if a movie doesnt please Harry we arent supposed to enjoy it right? Hey Harry, they dont make movies JUST for you..they make them for everyone..get over yourself..