2001 In Film

Check out the other year’s in film I have covered.

Best of the Best

If these are on, life stops

  1. Super Troopers – One of my all-time favorite movies. Right there with The Hangover as my favorite comedies. Still makes me laugh 13 years later after dozens of viewings.
  2. Training Day – Denzel at his absolute best. This movie is insanely good. I have never been an Ethan Hawke fan but he is pretty perfect in this role. Such a great movie. Top 20 all-time for me.
  3. American Pie 2 – Potentially better than the first. Definitely lacked the novelty but seems more re-watchable than the original.
  4. Ocean’s 11 – The best of the modern trilogy. Such an amazing collection of talent. Love movies like this.
  5. Black Hawk Down – An underrated war movie that suffers a bit from Josh Harnett, but still has a great supporting cast. Solid “based on a true story” film, would have made a great Call of Duty game.

Favorites

These are movies that I like and still watch if the opportunity arises.

  • 15 Minutes – Robert DeNiro and Ed Burns investigate a series of arsons. Not a great movie to most people, but I always enjoyed it. A young Vera Farmiga is there too looking great.
  • Along Came a Spider – Based on a James Patterson book. Morgan Freeman is solid. Patterson books are always entertaining and have lots of twists and turns.
  • America’s Sweethearts – John Cusack and Julia Roberts in a weird love triangle movie. This might fit better in a guilty pleasure, but I have seen this movie too many times, and enjoyed it too much not to put it here.
  • Antitrust – The first attempt to make a modern movie about computer programmers/hackers. This movie feels so dated these days. But at the time it was just awesome. Especially as a person who badly wanted to work at a place like that.
  • Enemy at the Gates – A different kind of war movie about a nobody who becomes a famous sniper in Eastern Europe during World War II. Not infinitely re-watchable but one of the better war movies of the last 20 years.
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back – One of the last movies in the Clerks universe for Kevin Smith. The only one that focuses on Jay and Silent Bob. The story is a little crappy, but there are tons of great cameos and one-liners.
  • Rock Star – Mark Wahlberg has always been one of my favorites. This is a cool movie about a die hard fan who becomes the lead singer of his favorite band. Jennifer Aniston is smoking in this one. They play the beginning of “Stand Up and Shout” at sporting events still.
  • Serendipity – More Cusack. This time with Kate Beckinsale (<3). This is one of those movies where the plot could not be less believable, but that doesn’t make it less fun. Jeremy Piven is involved as well, which is also a plus.

Guilty Pleasures

  • Behind Enemy Lines – Guilty because I really don’t like Owen Wilson and this isn’t a good movie. But I have seen it a few times and thus it qualifies. It has a few moments.
  • The Fast and the Furious – The one that got it all started. Definitely the one that I have seen the most. Some really bad acting in this one. Really bad.
  • Heartbreakers – Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt play a mother and daughter conwoman team. JLH is just gorgeous in this one. Jason Lee pops up too. But seriously, how have I seen this movie multiple times?
  • Save the Last Dance – Most people wouldn’t call this a guilty pleasure, but it’s not a very good movie. But Julia Stiles was one of my teenage crushes so I definitely saw this one a bunch.
  • Summer Catch – Back when Freddie Prinze Jr. just made movies. The baseball angle was cool. Everyone my age at the time was in love with Jessica Biel. This is a really horrible movie though.
  • Swordfish – I don’t like John Travolta. But Hugh Jackman is good in this before he was really a massive star. And, ahem, Halle Berry. Interesting attempt at a hacker movie, but just not good.
  • The Wedding Planner – Can’t explain why I have seen this movie so many times. It seems crazy to see Matthew McConaughey in this one when you see what he did in 2013–2014. Jennifer Lopez seems so long ago.

List of Shame

Movies that I have not seen

  • A Beautiful Mind – I love Russell Crowe, and math, yet have never seen this movie before. It won a bunch of Oscars so there really is no excuse. I am sure I would like it.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – I have famously never seen any of these movies. I just don’t like elves and wizards. I really need to see them at some point though.
  • Monster’s Ball – Another Oscar winning movie, considered to be Halle Berry’s best performance. It doesn’t seem to show up on TV much so I will have to seek it out.
  • Moulin Rouge – Nominated for Best Picture, but not a cast that ropes me in. I just never saw it. Not even sure if I would like it, but seems like I should at least give it a try.
  • Out Cold – I know people who love this movie, but I have never seen it. Zach Galifianakis is so funny though that this has to be worth considering.
  • Planet of the Apes – This probably isn’t really shameful since it’s Rotten Tomatoes score is so awful. But it’s Wahlberg again.
  • Shrek – I missed a lot of these animated movies the last 15 years or so, but it seems like this one was pretty funny in general. Maybe Mike Myers last great role.

Other Films of Note

Films that jumped out at me or have significance that I haven’t seen or don’t have particularly strong feelings for

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence – I still don’t know what this movie is about. It was Spielberg’s first movie since Saving Private Ryan, but I don’t think it was very good.
  • Ali – Will Smith’s first attempt at really showing off some acting depth. He was really good as the title character. This movie is just OK though.
  • Blow – Enjoyable movie, with peak Penelope Cruz. Not a huge Johnny Depp fan, but this is a pretty good movie.
  • Bridget Jones’ Diary – Renee Zellweger seemed on track for a bigger career than she had, but this movie really gave her a second life. Not really a guy movie.
  • Don’t Say a Word – The late Brittany Murphy was pretty good in this one, but overall it’s just an OK movie. Remember when Michael Douglas was a star?
  • Driven – Sylvester Stallone just kept plugging along making flops like this one. These big stars have it great.
  • Glitter – Mariah Carey made a movie. That’s all.
  • Hannibal – This movie did exceptionally well at the box office, and Anthony Hopkins is just wonderful. But Julianne Moore is not so much. And this movie has some weak spots. Red Dragon was much better later.
  • Hardball – Does anything scream 2001 more than Keanu Reeves and Diane Lane?
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Only saw the first one, and I have never heard anyone mention this one. Maybe this is one of the weaker ones?
  • Joe Dirt – David Spade. Not a great movie career but some good moments. It is surprising that Brittany Daniel didn’t have a better career.
  • Josie and the Pussycats – I never saw this one, but nothing fits the time period better than Tara Reid (now a trainwreck) and Rachel Leigh Cook (Where is she now?). I don’t think this was good.
  • Joyride – Saw this in the theater for some reason. Scared me.
  • Jurassic Park 3 – Much better than Lost World. It is almost really good, but Tea Leoni just isn’t cast all that well.
  • K-PAX – It certianly feels like this was the beginning of the end of Spacey’s movie career.
  • Kate and Leopold – Hugh Jackman travels through time from 1876 to present and falls in love with Meg Ryan. Wow. I wonder if this is any good.
  • A Knight’s Tale – The late Heath Ledger before he broke out as a masterful actor. This movie had some weird modern references including music. Not a great one.
  • Laura Croft: Tomb Raider – Not a well received movie but Angelina Jolie is credited with a good performance.
  • Legally Blond – At this point it was probably pretty clear that Reese Witherspoon’s career wasn’t going to be bigger than it seemed. This was an extremely successful movie that spawned a sequel, but I find it be horrible.
  • Memento – Guy Pearce at his short-lived apex. This movie is significant because it takes place in reverse.
  • Monsters, Inc. – Again, haven’t seen tons of animated movies, but did see this one. It’s fun.
  • The Mummy Returns – These Mummy movies were very popular. This one made insane amounts of money. And The Rock was in it.
  • The Mexican – No clue what this movie is about, but Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts are pretty big names.
  • Not Another Teen Movie – Along the lines of the Scary Movie franchise, this one mocked all the movies about teens from the previous few years. It was funny at the time, can’t imagine it holds up.
  • O – A modern retelling of Othello with some “it” actors of the moment, Mekhi Phifer, Josh Hartnett and Julia Stiles.
  • Pearl Harbor – More Josh Harnett (this guy was busy). What seemed on paper like it could be the next Saving Private Ryan ended up being a horrible love story.
  • The Princess Diaries – The debut of Anne Hathaway. She has done pretty well for her self.
  • Rat Race – A modern twist on It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World with a huge cast. Never saw it. It’s probably not good.
  • The Royal Tenebaums – Wes Anderson movies are just OK to me. This is no exception. It has it’s moments but overall doesn’t do it for me.
  • Rush Hour 2 – Never saw any of these movies, but man they made a lot of money.
  • Saving Silverman – Jason Biggs trying to capitalize on his American Pie fame. This movie, like most of his, was generic and stupid.
  • The Score – I get some of these heist movies confused, this one with Robert De Niro, Ed Norton and Marlon Brando in his last movie. I remember this one being pretty good though.
  • Shallow Hal – Typical Farrelly Brothers, which doesn’t do much for me. Jack Black doesn’t have a lot of depth.
  • Spy Game – Redford and Pitt. Tony Scott. This was one was pretty successful. Might belong in List of Shame because it seems pretty good.
  • Spy Kids – It was always weird to me that Robert Rodriguez wrote and directed this movie. Seems so out of place. The cast looks pretty good so maybe I should check it out some time.
  • Vanilla Sky – I like Cameron Crowe but this movie was way too out there for me. Tom Cruise made some weird movies along the way.
  • Zoolander – Can’t believe how popular this movie was. Hated it. HATED. Of course I really don’t like Owen Wilson so that was always a problem.