Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Top 10 Lists: 2000

Not the best year of all time (in fact, it was sort of bland for the most part) but there were still some pretty darn good films released.

10. Mission: Impossible II

Normally this would rate as a guilty pleasure because it;s really not that good but this is an enjoyable enough bit of popcorn entertainment.  Besides, the Mission: Impossible franchise is a favorite of mine and the finale is truly quite excellent.

9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Pretty damn good movie with good performances and some nicely lyrical action scenes.  Ang Lee did a good job with this one.

8. X-Men

I'm not the biggest fan of this series (Bryan Singer is a good director but he lays the message on way too thick for me) but this first installment is a solid flick.  Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman are terrific in their roles and Patrick Stewart is his usual reliable self.

7. Gladiator

Ridley Scott's epic might not be what I would consider Best Picture material but it's still a good, solid bit of entertainment.  Get used to this sort of thing on the list, 2000 was fairly shallow.

6. American Psycho

Christian Bale is the best reason to watch this adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel.  It's darkly comic and well directed by Mary Harron.

5. Shadow of the Vampire

As a fan of horror and film in general, I really get a kick out of this clever little film which poses the question "What if the star of a vampire movie was a real vampire?"  Willem Dafoe and John Malkovich are great in their roles and the overall premise is just brilliantly inspired.

4. What Lies Beneath

I really get a kick out of this one as it is my favorite sort of twist-laden thriller.  Ford and Pfeiffer are good and Zemeckis does his usual solid work, though I have to admit I like all of his pre-Oscar win stuff better than any of the stuff after Forrest Gump.

3. O Brother, Where Art Thou?

The Coen Brothers take on The Odyssey is a fast, funny, clever comedy with good acting all around and a great soundtrack.

2. Versus

This wild little horror flick is one of the better gonzo horror films I've ever seen.  Hearkening back to the 80's and stuff like Evil Dead, it is a gory, violent tale of gangsters, zombies and cursed forests with a little reincarnation stuff thrown in.  It's definitely one to track down.

1. Snatch

Another fun caper film from Guy Ritchie who gives us even more memorable characters and moments than in his previous film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.  It's just a fun ride, and the best film of the year.

Honorable Mentions:

Pretty decent reboot of the 70's action franchise.  Jackson is great as always and it's always nice to hear that theme.

Not really a favorite of mine as I think it sort of pokes holes in its own internal logic at times but this is still a fun little horror flick.

Guilty Pleasures:

This is one to see only for the f/x work and Kevin Bacon.

The ultimate in bad cinema for the year, it's a small miracle that John Travolta can find any work at all these days after this turd.  Still, good for a few laughs.

2000 was, for lack of a better term, fairly crappy.  Lots of mediocre releases, some decent stuff and some bombs.  Really, I had to stretch to make this a proper top ten list.

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