Jan. 21, 2002, 9:24 a.m. CST
JUst wanted to say that!
Jan. 21, 2002, 9:41 a.m. CST
Jan. 21, 2002, 10:01 a.m. CST
To read the next two lists. This one had some very good films listed as runner-ups and I know it only gets better. ;) Oh, and I thought Memento was rather boring the first time, once the concept lost its luster.____A Huge Fan
Jan. 21, 2002, 10:26 a.m. CST
Personally, depending on how well I like Metropolis when I see it (SEEK OUT THOSE LIMITED ENGAGEMENTS!!) it just might blow a lot of things out of the water. And, Harry, shame on you: for a long time, Japanese animation was the only form that got serious fantasy or SF right. Broaden your knowledge before you slam something categorically.
Jan. 21, 2002, 12:20 p.m. CST
I am not jealous of harry success and even though I know that the guilty dog always barks, but when you make as much money as harry does then is it really necessary to have those GODDAMN fucking pop-ups that are shoved in my face every fucking time I click to the front page? Yeah, Harry is sucking on some sweet corporate cock I'm sure...but for christsakes, make it to where at least I can CLOSE the fucking pop up windows! The popular tactic of haveing it to where the window is forced over the whole screen making it difficult to close it is something I'd expect from a porn site. I miss the way this site USED to be. This site has lost me totally. Sorry. ~Ethan, San Antonio, TX.
Jan. 21, 2002, 12:22 p.m. CST
by Darth Pixel
Hehehe... In eleven years its going to be 1984, man. Think about that!
Jan. 21, 2002, 2:03 p.m. CST
Just that there's someone around here that proofreads is great. Great reviews, great list, good times.
Jan. 21, 2002, 2:06 p.m. CST
Just wanted to say that. After I finished watching it, I felt the need to see Mulholland Dr. again pronto see a WELL DONE confused-thriller. Vanilla Sky didn't work for me because I hated every single character in it, and the ending was just pure stupidity. Worst movie of the year.
Jan. 21, 2002, 2:15 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, 2:47 p.m. CST
by David Fincher
Cameron Crowe is the greatest fucking director on the planet! Of course you have other greats like David Fincher, Paul Thomas Anderson, David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino etc. etc. But with Cameron Crowe movies it's different. His characters are real. They are good people. It's about REAL things. Really human characters in real human situations dealing with it in such a humain/comic/dramatic way. I have never seen it anywhere else. -- Look at how he handles the romantic side of things. The way he does the love stuff in "Jerry Maguire" is perfect. It's honest. It's at times funny. It's just fuckin' great, man! -- But when you see other flicks dealing with romance in movies it is usually cheesy and laughable. Cameron does it with style and Class!-- For me JERRY MAGUIRE is the greatest fucking movie ever to be made (it shares the no. 1 spot with PULP FICTION). JERRY MAGUIRE RULES!!! Why? Well I have wrote a piece as to why I love it. Now this only TOUCHES onto the surface as to why JERRY MAGUIRE is so fucking great. I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!! I just geek out at the movie. IT IS PERFECT!!!!!!!!! Here it is! Enjoy-------------------- Jerry Maguire Cameron Crowe
Jan. 21, 2002, 2:49 p.m. CST
I've never seen such praise for such overproduced dreck before in my life. The first three quarters, I found bearable... it could have turned out good with a good ending. But man, what a convoluted mess the ending was... and it just wouldn't end! There's nothing that kills a movie like a movie that doesn't know when to end.
Jan. 21, 2002, 3:28 p.m. CST
by David Fincher
Yeah, written for Tom Hanks first of all!
Jan. 21, 2002, 4:05 p.m. CST
i wish ghost world would have been higher on the list, but i understand Moriary's reasoning. MORIARTY RULES!
Jan. 21, 2002, 4:10 p.m. CST
im sick of hearing everyone bitch about vanilla sky(3rd best film of year). you all expected it to be mullholland drive and memento, to be abstract. JUST BECAUSE U EXPECTED IT TO BE SOMETHING< DOESNT MEAN IT SUCKS BECAUSE IT ISNT. It had a literal, almost all ends tied ending, that was what was. A really long Twilight Zone episode. It wasnt dumb in any sense of the word. It was interesting, had great characters, great score and music and BEAUTIFULLY directed.
Jan. 21, 2002, 4:17 p.m. CST
by Fatal Discharge
Personally I LOATHED Jerry Maguire, that film was as deep as a puddle of piss. Darabont's films have grown progressively sentimental until he crossed over into the land of treacle this time and can someone EDIT his films down to a reasonable length. As for Thora Birch, I will refuse to think of her and the word "actress" in the same breath until the foul taste of Dungeons & Dragons finally dissipates in a few years.
Jan. 21, 2002, 7:13 p.m. CST
by Tokyo Joe
Ghost World is one of the only movies I've ever watched completely and fully enjoyed on an aeroplane. Usually the poor quality screen, poor sound, fucked up body clock and pretty cabin staff tend to make me give up on trying to watch a film and turn on Tetris for a few hours. I'd have to see it again properly to judge it, but it was definately very watchable.
Jan. 21, 2002, 7:17 p.m. CST
by Tokyo Joe
I've only seen this once on DVD and it was an excellent experience. Once I got over the clever way it's made, I was struck by how it managed to build itself up, develop tension and excitement and come to a dramatic conclusion in the way that a normal good thriller is supposed to do despite going in the wrong direction. A fantastic piece of writing.
Jan. 21, 2002, 10:11 p.m. CST
by the shrunkenHead
after checking out the 'right way round' easter egg of my Memento DVD this is the de facto no bullshit conclusion, it's all there plain as day, yes siiirreee. Sorry, uh, do I know you? - actually I didn't realise until today that Brad Pitt had turned the role down, which meant Guy Pearce could step on up. Nice one Pearce for an underplayed performance of minTaL fuKtitude, I don't reckon Pitt could have handled the subtlety. ( hey , that last word looks sooo sooo wrong)
Jan. 21, 2002, 10:59 p.m. CST
Best Picture, 2001
Jan. 21, 2002, 11:09 p.m. CST
flip63hole, the very fact that you WALKED OUT on Almost Famous makes me wanna puke. oooh subtitles ooh, oohh "films!" ooh, get the hell over yourself.
Jan. 22, 2002, 12:23 a.m. CST
Are you kidding me dude?? You rate a piece of shit movie like Vanilla Sky HIGHER than a damn masterpiece like Memento?? Do yourself a favor and hit yourself in the forehead with a sledhammer. Maybe you'll set those loose screws back into place. BTW Memento is STILL the best movie of 2001 peeps. YOU KNOW IT!!
Jan. 22, 2002, 7:31 a.m. CST
Whoa. Harsh man. I'd hate to think what'd happen if you dumped on a guy in that fashion, simply for stating an opinion, in an actual room of actual people. You might.. just.. get your ass kicked. Or even worse, everyone in there would laugh in your face (that harsh, cackling, humiliating kind of laugh - I'm sure you know it). A geek acting tough can get so hysterically funny.
Jan. 22, 2002, 3:42 p.m. CST
i rarely lol people on message boards and talkbacks, but that DEFINITELY deserved it! funny shit.
Jan. 22, 2002, 6:40 p.m. CST
THANK YOU MORAIRTY. THANK YOU THANK YOU for telling us about Millenium Actress. Perfect Blue was one of the most astounding movies I've ever seen, a head trip above and beyond any I've ever seen in any live-action film. Can't wait to see his latest. BY THE WAY, anyone who has the impression that anime is nothing more than Dragonball or yet another Macross movie with color-coded characters is making as big a mistake as those who would write off computer animation after seeing an episode of Beast Wars. (Personal recommendations include Ghost in the Shell, Perfect Blue, Grave of the Fireflies, Cowboy Bebop, and Evangelion.)
Jan. 22, 2002, 7:03 p.m. CST
Hardly. It was clever, yes, but cleverness does not a #1 movie make. The biggest problem with the movie is it OVERINDULGED in its cleverness. Remember that we're supposed to be watching a piece of entertainment here. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for smart movies. I think the vast majority of Hollywood movies seem to have been written for a 6 year old -- especially the comedies. But Memento could have been a far greater movie if it had removed one or two flashbacks and added a little bit of variety to counteract the constant "okay he does that thing in the future cuz we've already seen it, and what he's doing now leads up to that, how neat" puzzle. There's another movie I can think of that was clever in a different way. Moulin Rouge was clever in its anachronistic use of irony, its dreamlike (very french post-impressionist, I might add) visual treatment, and huge library of songs to resample and remix, BUT it was also just plain fun to watch, and it had a great soundtrack to boot! Sure the plot wasn't as complex as Memento's, but I could write a more complex script just by including a series of calculus equations being worked out - a movie needs balance! Enough ranting.
Jan. 23, 2002, 10:50 a.m. CST
how can you find those movies so great?? don't get me wrong , both are interesting in some aspects. But they are in no way great work of cinema. Brotherhood is slightly entertaining for 1h30 then get completly ridiculous. and those scenes with the monster ?? how dumb & badly made is that? it's a movie that wants to have different styles but who ultimatly end being nothing but unfocus , mislead and stupid.
Jan. 23, 2002, 8:40 p.m. CST
Good list...i agree with some of the list while the other films i haven't seen yet. the top 10 list @ HTTP://WWW.CZREVIEWS.COM is more mainstream, but it does offer some insite on a fanboy's favorite popcorn favorites