Jan. 21, 2002, 9:23 a.m. CST
Be a man and choose which are truly the 20 best.
Jan. 21, 2002, 9:39 a.m. CST
Move on, nothing to praise
Jan. 21, 2002, 11:02 a.m. CST
by The Colonel
Harry, you are ignorant.
Jan. 21, 2002, 11:21 a.m. CST
The gnome world tour was based on an actual event.
Jan. 21, 2002, 12:12 p.m. CST
How is Harry ignorant for expressing his opinion? Moron..
Jan. 21, 2002, 12:17 p.m. CST
It is possible that I just don't get it, but BEST DIRECTOR for Godsford Park?!? It was an alright film but it was people standing in a room! Altman has a fine library, but pleeeeeze!
Jan. 21, 2002, 1:43 p.m. CST
All his movies suck and are boring as hell, except for player. Thats cause there isn't stupid ass overlapping dialogue. Watching Altman flicks are like sticking a hot poker up your ass. Even Michael Bay is better than Altman.
Jan. 21, 2002, 1:47 p.m. CST
My only complaint is that this film wasn't higher up the charts. It was the best film of the year. So thought provoking it hurt. Does anyone know where it was on Harry's list?
Jan. 21, 2002, 2:07 p.m. CST
I don't really understand your comment on "Gosford Park." Is it boring because it's British? Or are you implying that British films, or films with British actors, are more likely to be boring, or more annoying when they are boring, or what? First off, "Gosford Park" is brilliant, an incredible collective of fabulous performances set in a fully realized universe, that is at once funny and tragic. The thing that amazed me most about the movie was that it's a mystery where all the secrets are told and retold throughout the film. Figuring the solution out isn't a matter of piecing together information, it's about discerning which information, out of all the information you've been provided, is in fact the solution, and what is just gossip, or rumor, or an added dash of eccentric color. I usually am with you, Harry, but you sure missed the boat on this one. Oh, but Peter Jackson or Wes Anderson still deserve Best Director this year. And, like that, I'm gone...
Jan. 21, 2002, 2:08 p.m. CST
Look, I don't care if you do run the web site. Gosford Park-bashing does nothing to improve your already-questionable reputation for picking good films. I'm sorry that there wasn't an orc butler or that none of the main characters were beheaded or enchanted, but sometimes, Harry, that's a good thing. Variety is the spice of life, as the saying goes. You'd do well to open your sugar-addled mind and grow your attention span (and that does not mean sitting for a 36-hour marathon of b-grade splatter films). There are lots of boring, pointless period-piece comedy dramas, but this sure ain't one of them. It's no "Armageddon," to be sure, but give it a chance.
Jan. 21, 2002, 2:14 p.m. CST
Rather than go on about other peoples lists, here is my "Best Movies 2001": 1) Moulin Rouge - Brilliant on every level. The images and emotions that leaped from the screen in a cosmic whirlwind of music and life... it floored me. Baz Lurman piss's me off, because he made the movie I wanted to make. 2) Amelie - A film that magically and whimsically tells the story of this woman and the way she affects those around her, only to discover the magic that is with-in her... and so much more. This film draws me in and never lets me go. Innovative, smart, funny and absolutely beautiful. 3) LOTR: FOTR - On this site, need I say anything? It was grand storytelling and it never disappointed. 4) Memento - This movie was amazing. We've never seen anything like it and I certainly hope we'll see more in the future. I love movies that take you on a journey of discovery along with the characters, and this did just that in a most imaginative and brilliant fashion. 5) In the Bedroom - Tom Wilkenson -is- this movie. He commands this film in a way few can. The acting is what makes this film hold #5 in my book. Everyone in it gives a spot on performance in a great story. It is raw, visceral, hands on and absolutely real. This is what acting is all about. 6) Gosford Park - I applaud this movie for it's advertisements. It is exactly what you think it is, but so much more. It is a great comedic murder mystery that it's very center focuses on 20 odd leads and you can follow all of them! This is just a great movie, nothing else to say on it. 7) Life As A House - An overlooked movie. It doesn't try to be more than it is. This film brings some of Kevin Kline's best work and introduces a fine Anakin Skywalker to us all. I really feel as if it doesn't fall into some very conventional moments that it could have, very easily. Just a great movie. (I saw it with my dad, so maybe that has something to do with it) 8) Shrek - What can I say? I am a sucker fo comedies and animation. This was just so funny and so well done in again, so many aspects. This must make the grade. 9) The Royal Tenenbaums - Nowhere near what 'Rushmore' was, but still a great movie that was just weird and quirky enough that it's dark tones can be looked at in a very human light... and funny! 10) TIE! or honorable mention catagory: Training Day - great movie with some great acting. Ocean's Eleven - just all around a great escape movie. i had not one complaint about it. a perfect 'blockbuster'. Honorable Mention: Man Who Wasn't There Waking Life Ghost World - I didn't see these 3 yet, but judging from the reviews and what I have seen of them, they very well could've made my list! The Justification: Movies have been taking an interesting journey as of late. I think it started in 1999 in with an amazing pallette of edgy new films and new styles (FIGHT CLUB, BEING JOHN MALKCOVICH, MATRIX, DOGMA, 3 KINGS, etc). This year had it's share too. Maybe this is a personal need or maybe I blew a transitor in my brain, but I feel that a movie needs to inspire you and make you feel something when you have left it. Every movie should aspire to be something new, different and unexpected. My list is full of a lot of those films that tried (and succeeded) to do just that. I am a filmmaker and an actor myself, and if I do not get moved by a film then I say, whats the point? An entertainment film (eg Shrek, Ocean's Eleven) is something else entirely. But unless you are going for that, please don't satuarate the film world with the same old stale crap we've seen for years that just tries to be Oscar fodder(eg A Beautiful Mind). My plea to fellow filmmakers out there is: Aspire to be something more than yourself. Break that mold, or at least try too. I personally appreciate the effort.
Jan. 21, 2002, 2:53 p.m. CST
by Billy Talent
Have a cigarette. It will settle your nerves and take your mind off of fudge. As long as you can both agree that 'Blow' and 'The Patriot' are Great Movies, it's alright for you and Moriarity to have the odd difference of oppinion. SCHOOLED! (Scratches fingernails against blackboard, Frodo's tears signalling The Kings departure.)
Jan. 21, 2002, 2:58 p.m. CST
by Billy Talent
'Black Hawk Down' is worthy of comparison to 'Apocalypse Now', 'Full Metal Jacket', and 'The Thin Red Line'. Ridley and Jerry really hit one out of the park this time. An amazing piece of work.
Jan. 21, 2002, 3:56 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
Let the man have his list.
Jan. 21, 2002, 6:05 p.m. CST
and I still smile whenever I think of this movie. Jeunet is a master. Absolutely.
Jan. 21, 2002, 6:22 p.m. CST
Well, about Am
Jan. 22, 2002, 7:45 a.m. CST
Extremely well thought out argument there Harry. Witty, articulate and.. oh. Wait. Still, that's a GREAT pic, that whole American Beauty thing. Can't get enough of that. Yessiree-bob. And now, for a reasonable man, thank-yooOOOUUU: MORIARTY!!
Jan. 23, 2002, 12:17 a.m. CST
by Jack D. Ripper
Plain and simple. It's one of the worst movies of all time and people who think it's brilliant have some kind of brain problem. I mean, it's not like they're friggin Rain Man, but they're still a few burgers short of a barbeque. Oh and before you say I didn't get it, here's a clue-THERE'S NOTHING TO GET. It's just horrible, jarring spectacle held together by the most threadbare of plots. The use of modern songs to strike a chord with audiences as they're already familliar with the songs was a colossal failure. And there's nothing original about it. It's just a pastiche of other, superior cultural artifacts. The original "Moulin Rouge" by John Huston as a skeleton, design elements from "Cabaret"-hence the grotesqurie of everyone, stolen songs and the basic plot stolen from La Boheme. It's terrible. If Baz Luhrman gets within fifty feet of a movie camera, he should be shot. Maybe not killed, but definitely shot. "Titus" and "Richard III" are films that mingle different periods better and the defiance of classical structure-Act One, Two, Three-in terms of adding to the narrative has been done much better-"Magnolia", "Memento", etc. In short, there's no there there with Moulin Rouge.