Tuesday, January 1, 2002

Best Movies Watched in 2001

I also kept track of the movies I watched in 2001. I should point out that I have only watched one movie in the theater in all of 2001: Traffic. The rest were all on DVD (except for The Settlement, on HBO).

Out of this list of 51 movies, my favorite was Swingers. A classic "man discovers self, and becomes comfortable", I loved the setting (Los Angeles), the ambiance (parties, lame lounge acts, restaurants), and the non-stop movie references.

It seems incredible to me to settle on one 'favorite' movie, but I ask myself these questions: Would I watch it again? Did I like the plot? Do I have a favorite scene that I can't get out of my head? Yes to all of this, and more, for Swingers.

I must also announce that in second place, I choose Out of Sight. I thoroughly loved the pace and look of this movie, featuring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. I especially loved the Lopez character, and Clooney and Lopez have tremendous chemistry. For once, the movie will probably be better than the book.

Furthermore, some other areas:
  • Best DVD Commentaries: Cast Away, Out of Sight, Clerks

  • Favorite Scenes: Bruce Springsteen in High Fidelity, Clooney and Lopez meeting in the hotel in Out of Sight, Las Vegas scene in Swingers

  • Favorite Male Acting: Tom Cruise, Magnolia

  • Favorite Female Acting: Jennifer Lopez, Out of Sight

  • Favorite "Characters": Jay and Silent Bob (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma)

  • Best Quote: "Take dead aim at the rich guys." (Bill Murray in Rushmore)

  • Best Music: High Fidelity

  • Best Special Effects: Cast Away

  • Finally Glad I Watched: Network, Private Parts, Grosse Pointe Blank, The Crying Game

  • Not So Hot: Bringing Out the Dead, Hollow Man, The Thin Red Line

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