Been a few months and now, we finally don’t have any big movies coming out this weekend so, it’s time for another edition of The Year In Movies.
This time around, we’re looking at 2001, sort of the end of what many considered the dark age of movies and so, let’s see what 2001 had to offer us in terms of the best and the worst movies starting with the worst:
One of the few times when blending live-action and animation falls flat on its’ ass, just another time when Brendan Fraser failed to find success outside of those Mummy films. Also, this film just gets too dark and has the nerve to make the argument that the guys who made South Park are waiting for death. Meanwhile, they’re still making success while the people behind this film have done nothing of creditability since then….well, except director Henry Selick, who helped to establish Laika, one of the best studios out there so there’s that.
9. Town & Country
A $90 million budgeted mess of a movie, too many talented actors wasting their time on this piece of dreck.
One of the biggest failures of the year, just a really lame movie with Mariah Carey, who has proven since she does have acting chops but in this, not so much.
7. Joe Somebody
Now I like most of Tim Allen’s films even The Santa Clause movies I watch at Christmastime and I was excited to see this movie back in 2001 because it looked like it had a lot of potential. Good cast, some decent laughs in the trailer, but when I came out of it, I was so pissed off. I didn’t laugh except for the brief moments that I saw in the trailer and the ending was completly ridiculous.
6. Bubble Boy
A really stupid and lame comedy with Jake Gyllenhaal, who broke out this same year with Donnie Darko. This was just a lame comedy and it’s even offensively bad in some parts.
5. Planet Of The Apes
Who the fuck thought it would be a good idea to blend Tim Burton together with Planet Of The Apes. It’s clear that watching this, Tim Burton had no idea how to make this movie work and it failed miserably. But on the positive side, we got two kick ass Planet Of The Apes reboot films in 2011 and 2014 so…thanks…I guess.
4. Pearl Harbor
What a snoozefest, not only is this Michael Bay at his worst but the acting in this movie is so terrible, it’s a cliché-riddled mess of a film with some of the worst acting ever.
This movie is bad, not only does Evolution fail as a Ghostbusters ripoff, it fails as a straight up comedy period, it fails as a movie, and it fails on all levels. There is nothing about this movie that is redeemable, they try way too hard to be a new franchise but there’s no chemistry between the cast, there’s no interesting story involved, there’s no good twists or turns, there’s absolutely nothing of value to this that’s worthy of a purchase.
2. Freddy Got Fingered
One of the dumbest and poorly handled comedies ever made but it does has some of the stupidest and silliest laughs ever such as this…
Yes, it’s one of the stupidest things ever made but I can’t help but laughing how stupid this is. I wish the rest of the film was as stupidily funny as that was.
and the #1 worst movie of 2001 is…
Oh sweet mother of god, this pile of garbage. Stallone wrote this and co-starred in trying to turn this into the Rocky of Cart Racing…that’s right, this is suppose to be the film for the Champ Car World Series, which is now defunct. You think that’s bad enough? Try to watch this movie with the godawful acting involved. Everybody in this movie is fucking annoying as hell, the young people in this and even the veterans in this are terrible. The story is lame, the visuals are awful, it’s a fucking mess on every single level.
Those are the worst, now let’s look at the best:
10. Monster’s Ball
The role that Halle Berry won her Best Actress Oscar for and she gave a really strong and excellent performance in this playing off beautifully opposite Billy Bob Thornton. Maybe not an overall perfect film but works solely on the performances and Berry’s was one of the main highlights.
9. Vanilla Sky
Back when Cameron Crowe was at his finest, he made this intense thriller with Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, & Penelope Cruz giving some of the strongest performances of their careers.
8. Moulin Rouge!
A nice homage to the Bob Fosse musicals of the 70s like All That Jazz, this is a Broadway musical made for the guys with Nicole Kidman at her absolute hottest as well as Ewan MacGregor and Jim Broadbent and of course, you can’t forget Lady Marmalade…
Vibrantly creative, visually gorgeous, it’s one of the best musicals in the last two decades.
7. Black Hawk Down
One of the best war epics in recent memory featuring an impressive cast led by Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, & William Fichtner, one of Ridley Scott’s best movies.
6. The Royal Tenenbaums
The movie that introduced me to the brilliance of director Wes Anderson, Stiller is part of an incredible ensemble cast that manages to combine great comedy and drama impressively.
5. Ocean’s Eleven
One of the best remakes of all time with one of the best ensemble casts of all time.
4. Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone
The movie that changed the game in terms of making film adaptations of our popular books. Chris Columbus did an excellent job of bringing Harry Potter to life in this movie and it helped to usher in a whole new generation of epic film adventures, that and the #1 movie of 2001 but we’ll get to that.
3. Training Day
When you talk about one of Denzel Washinton’s best movies, you can’t forget Training Day. Washington’s performance as Alonzo Harris is one of the great performances of recent memory, you can just see how much Washington puts his heart and soul into this role and he just nails it. The final speech he has at the end is one of the most badass and chilling moments of the film with some of the most quotable lines of any movie in recent history.
The Shrek movies have the advantage of Dreamworks already doing CG films beforehand with Antz and Shrek was the beginning of them perfecting their animation techniques that would later be used in Kung Fu Panda and all other Dreamworks movies. By Shrek 2, the animation was getting better because they started using the standard HP computers that used in all future Dreamworks movies.
The Shrek score is done by Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell (Powell only did the first film) but it’s Gregson-Williams that does the score for the majority of the entire series.
As great as the score is, one of the other key elements of the music is that the Shrek films mixes in pop music with this story that takes place in a fairy tale land. The first three films use a lot of pop music but unlike other movies where they put the music in just for the sake of putting it in, the music actually does play a part into the story.
and the #1 best movie of 2001 is…
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
The movie that was a make or break film for New Line Cinema as for Peter Jackson but not only did the movie succeed, it set up a new standard in epic filmmaking. In fact, you can make the argument that The Lord Of The Rings are the modern day epic adventure films like Ben Hur or Ten Commandments in terms of its’ epic and grandiose scale.
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