Sunday, December 30, 2001
Best movies of 2001
Filmmakers saved best for last
For a movie year that looked so bleak for so long, 2001 ended with a fistful of strong contenders that made compiling a top 10 list a challenge.
Following are my choices for the year's most memorable films:
1. Memento Utterly original, deeply inventive, thoroughly fascinating.
2. A Beautiful Mind Compassionate, insightful, gloriously well made. The best of what movies can do.
3. Ali Recent history, sports and a monumental personality in one thrilling package.
4. The Fellowship of the Ring All fantasies aim to take us back to childhood. This one really does the trick.
5. Monsters, Inc High-tech bells and whistles put to proper use, in service of a hilarious story.
6. Ghost World The only film to simultaneously capture the mind of a disaffected teen-ager and the aesthetic of R. Crumb in live action.
7. Waking Life One-of-a-kind, outside-the-box filmmaking, a treat for the eyes and the mind.
8. Spy Kids Who ever guessed a movie made for kids could be so irresistibly hip?
9. Amelie The year's most inventive romance in any language.
10. Lantana The Australians come through again in a searing, intimate mystery.
Best reinvention of the musical: Moulin Rouge
Best criminal caper flick: Sexy Beast
Best import you won't see until 2002: No Man's Land
Best R-rated surprise in Spanish: Amores Perros
Best non-Monsters, Inc. animated comedy: Shrek
Best romantic comedy: Bridget Jones's Diary
Best surprise hits: The Fast and the Furious; Legally Blonde
Best re-release: Apocalypse Now Redux
Best use of a heroic star playing against type: Training Day
Best critic's favorite despised by audiences: Mulholland Drive.
GELFAND: Classical music
MCGURK: Best movies of 2001
NAGER: Pop music
Anime artist to speak at CAC
Warm reward for those who brave cold
KENDRICK: Alive and well
Rhino's baby steps are huge
Tuned in to Taz
New year puts new wines on my palate
No-frills steak old hat at Maury's, F&N
The Best Tastes of 2001
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