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Interstellar (2014) Review (PG-13)

Posted in A Few Old, Short Words, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on November 9, 2014 by Crash! Landen

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Film director Christopher Nolan’s latest silver screen offering is a thought provoking thrilling entertainment even if it’s not always logical. The movie stars Matthew McConaughey as Cooper, an ex-pilot turned farmer in an age of blight and famine. The human race is slowly starving, suffocating even, with no answers in sight. Cooper, a widower, is someone who is a bit disappointed by humanity’s state of malaise; no longer reaching for the stars. He doesn’t enjoy being a farmer other than to provide for his two children (Tom and Murphy), still yearning to fly.

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By an act of fate (or maybe not so much), he comes into contact with a reformed version of NASA (which was shut down after having been deemed as unnecessary). There he meets an old friend: the physicist Prof. Brand (played by Nolan favorite Michael Caine) who now leads the mission to save humanity. He has a plan to do just that, having been studying a wormhole that was ‘placed’ in our solar system by… fifth dimensional beings. My brain immediately went to Mr. Mxyzptlk (one of Superman’s arch-foes), but I remembered he was from the fourth dimension. Oh. We have more theoretical dimensions nowadays, I guess… But, I digress.

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A number of manned spacecraft have already traversed the wormhole to a galaxy far, far away. Brand wants Cooper to fly a new mission to find out if the worlds that the manned spacecraft have found are habitable. Cooper at first refuses (because he’s a father), until Brand illustrates that he’s offering a chance to save his children. With that, Cooper sets off with a team of scientists that includes Brand’s daughter (played by another Nolan regular: Anne Hathaway). And here… We…………….. Go!

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As with most, if not all of Nolan’s films, the running time is quite bloated with excessive content that allows for more ill conceived moments that momentarily take the viewer out of the story (And there are quite a few ill conceived moments). I say “momentarily” because another staple of a Christopher Nolan movie is that he knows what buttons to push to get the audience behind his protagonists’ journey as he does here. Even when a spaceship’s crew is lightening their load in order to attempt to escape the gravity of a black hole, I just ignored the utter ridiculousness of that particular idea and enjoyed the action. Nolan ‘sells’ the situations of his characters very well, even in the scenes that really added nothing except extra running time minutes. There are some black hole sized gaps of rationale that just don’t make sense, especially in who drops the wormhole near Saturn… Some cinematic time loops make sense. This one doesn’t if you think about it. But, anyway… There are also some revelations that didn’t seem to be properly set up (the one involving Anne Hathaway’s character in particular).

 

I’m not complaining about the extended length too much nor the movie’s coherence. I was never bored; never checking my watch. The story was as epic as something covering this kind of subject matter should be. It was the kind of spectacle that Hollywood films can be. The sound accompanying the IMAX visuals was worth the few extra dollars (to me). The story does offer up a little to think about with all of the concepts that get kicked around. Some of Nolan’s reoccurring themes make their way into the story, also. One such theme that I don’t think has been talked about much is the way  Nolan focuses on the way stories are told and the reliability of the truth of the story by the teller (as in ‘Following’, ‘Memento’, ‘The Prestige’, even the Batman films to some degree). That’s touched on a little in the beginning of the film (with Murphy’s teacher who talks about the ‘faked’ missions to the moon) and the theme makes itself evident later as well.

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I don’t think this is Nolan’s best work, but it was worthwhile to see at the movie theater. There are some real knockout scenes that echoed some of the films that probably directly inspired this one (especially Kubrick’s 2001) along with some head-scratchers (it’s not surprising that some of the people behind the VERY flawed 1997 Jodie foster vehicle ‘Contact’… which also co-starred McConaughey… were also behind this one). Some things like the extended epilogue should have probably been cut from the film, but on other scenes I can’t even come up with a description for (as in the ‘docking’ scene) other than that it was just really damn cool. The fact that it also reminded me of the fun but ridiculous Luc besson film ‘The Fifth Element’  in the ‘message behund the film’ didn’t help, either. There are parts in this that are better than what is taken in its entirety. Some of the best parts of the film involved McConaughey playing the brash pilot and also some of the obvious tearjerking scenes with his daughter (who I have failed to mention until now… played by Mackenzie Foy who maybe stole a few scenes from her adult costars). But the good parts far outweigh the bad (and I didn’t even get to the at first not very impressive robot comedy relief). Just go see it and make up your own mind, but if you like science fiction (or Christopher Nolan’s past films), there’s a really good chance that you’ll probably like this one.

4 of 5

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Crash! Landen’s Best 10 Films Of 2013

Posted in A Few Old, Short Words, Lists with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2014 by Crash! Landen

I haven’t see all of the big films of 2013… Movies like ‘Twelve Years A Slave’ or ‘American Hustle’ could very well make it onto the list. I just have to see them first. There are a few films that almost made it into my top 10 like ‘Mud’ (the indie film starring Matthew McConaughey that faltered slightly in the last 10 minutes) or  ‘The Way, Way Back’ (a light comedy that won me over when I had every intention of hating it). Overall, the list was a pretty easy one to make this year from my pool of watched films.. I didn’t feel like there was an abundance of great films out there, anyway, being somewhat of a ‘down’ year as far as quality was concerned. But, here’s my list that I came up with. Most have links to a review of each film, save for a few.

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10) Elysium Neill Blomkamp’s second film; another successful science fiction film that’s probably a little more of a pure ‘popcorn’ movie than his previous outing.

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9) The Great Gatsby I think it was the last line or two of the film that won me over, but I’m not sure. I think I wanted to hate this one, but it turned out to be better than I thought it would be.

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8) The Lone Ranger  I AM sure of what won me over with this one: the William Tell Overture. Should have done better at the box office than it did. i blame the trailers and marketing.

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7) Only God Forgives Not quite as good as Refn’s ‘Drive’, but still a great film. Much like ‘Drive’, you’ll probably either love this or despise it. Scenes of bloody violence, disembowelments and the severing of limbs are followed up with strange Asian Karaoke. Even more stripped down to its bare bones than his previous film, this one can only be described as abstract; any more so and he would have to just flash color blotches onscreen without actors. The criminal underworld seems to be Refn’s playground of choice, but there is a purpose.. An underlying morality.  I was not a fan of Ryan Gosling until ‘Drive’, but it appears that he takes more chances in the roles he chooses than any other actor out there at the moment.

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6) Captain Phillips A great film where the best performance in the film comes as a bit of a surprise.

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5) The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug I would consider it a bit of a letdown, yet it still makes my top 5.

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4) Gravity The visuals, at least how I saw them – in IMAX 3D, made up for  astory that borrowed a lot from more serious science fiction (and historical) films.

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3) Saving Mr. Banks A great film about two artists that got past childhood trauma through their art I think.

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2) The Place Beyond The Pines A movie that may have been a little predictable, but was ambitious in what it was trying to say. It was interesting how the baton was passed early on in the film between two of the bigger players in the story 9and it’s one of those poetically epic stories). I think this is easily the best film that Bradley Cooper has been a part of (at least of the ones that I’ve seen). All of the characters  in the story are flawed in some way. There are some things that you know are coming, but are so well executed that it was hard not to feel uneasy or downright uncomfortable watching how some of the events unfold (as one motorcycle chase in particular). I think it was better the second time I viewed it.

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1) Pacific Rim I know what you’re thinking… “What? Giant robots and monsters hitting one another? that’s your movie of the year? Yes. Yes, it is. The detailing of this film is just extraordinary. You can tell Guillermo Del Toro was really enjoying  himself making this movie. As I’ve said before, I don’t know how much this film cost, but it looked like it cost a billion dollars and unlike a lot of other big budget FX films, every dollar appeared to be onscreen. Has some lulls in the middle, but this is by far the best film of its kind. you know, the kind of film that features giant robots hitting giant monsters. i loved every single frickin’ minute of it. Should have been the biggest box office film of the year, but sometimes people like to watch crap instead of good films that they’re unfamiliar with… But that’s just one man’s opinion.

Happy New Year, Folks!

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) Review (R)

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2012 by Crash! Landen

For a film that places as much emphasis on being ‘down wit’ it’ as it does on the actual business of the justice system, The Lincoln Lawyer  is not a bad flick. The film is urban gritty with a heavy emphasis on style from the slick cinematography to the lead character’s personal manner. Apparently, it’s in McConaughey’s contracts now to be ‘cool’ on film. I don’t have a problem with that even if it often seems like self parody. The  Los Angeles area is captured with a clear, crisp digital lens. The film looks great.

The film focuses on McConaughey’s cool breeze defense lawyer, Louis Roulet, whose worst fear is as his father told him; that one client that goes up the river that turns out to be innocent (so you KNOW that’s what the film will be about). Roulet juggles his various cases with seeing his daughter from time to time, Her mother (and his ex-wife) turns out to be  on the side of prosecution. I know, the writer is going by the numbers here. And of course, when he takes on his latest big case, he finds himself in the situation where he may be facing his greatest fear. It doesn’t sound like anything extraordinary and as far as courtroom thrillers go… It’s not. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any twists and turns or that I didn’t like it. I actually enjoyed this quite  a bit, even with it taking the predictable route quite often. Sometimes style… the actors making the characters likable… the pacing… the lead’s performance, etc, can elevate average material into something that’s worthwhile.

I thought they may have revealed a couple of things too early, but the film still had several suspenseful moments. it occasionally stoops to old cliches like someone stating that they have vital information, speaking in code by phone, only to be killed when they hang up, so as to have a mystery for the protagonist to solve. That movie goes ‘there’ often’, but again, it doesn’t hurt the film too much.

McConaughey is a better actor than most give him credit for. He is known for a certain persona, though, and here they play off of that. He might even play the part a little too cool. To be honest, it never feels like he’s in too bad of a spot. The film maybe could have used a little more angst, but I guess it was written the way it was (which isn’t bad, don’t get me wrong). Mahogany (little Wittertainment joke there) has a great cast surrounding him. Ryan Phillippe is a decent enough actor (maybe a little too serious), but he may be the weak link here. Marisa Tomei. William H. Macy, Michael Pena,  Bryan Cranston and even John Leguizamo help make up a fairly impressive supporting cast. They’re all familiar faces, somewhat commercial in some cases (I’m rhyming again), but they all give an earnest effort.

The most shocking thing for me is that this was distibuted by Lion’s Gate, the World’s Worst Movie Company. I can’t remember the last time I saw a good film from Lion”s Gate, if ever. Maybe my lowered expectations made me enjoy this one more than usual. One out of every 800 films isn’t a very good track record, though.

4 of 5

25 Halloween Horror Films You May Not Have Seen That You Should

Posted in A Few Old, Short Words, Lists with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2011 by Crash! Landen

It’s Halloween! One of my favorite times of the year! I was going to post a Top 100 Horror films or something like that and list the films that everyone has seen.. You know.. Halloween. The Shining. Alien.  Dawn Of The Dead. American Werewolf In London. The Howling. Psycho. The Omen. Phantasm. A Nightmare On Elm Street. Nosferatu. The Ring. Hellraiser, The Exorcist. Salem’s Lot. Christine. Henry:Portrait Of A Serial Killer. I could go on and on and on., but I decided to put films that I think a lot of people have not seen. I’m not claiming these are all ‘classics’, but they have something good enough about them that I put them on this list of sleepers and semi-sleepers.

If you’re in need of a Halloween horror film to watch tonight, you might try one of these. Repulsion is even playing on TCM in the wee hours tonight.

25 The Ward (2010)(John Carpenter has made some REALLY mediocre flms in recent years… No, he’s made some real crap, what am I sayying. I had heard nothing about this one before I saw it recently and it surprised. It’s better actually knowing nothing about it. I spent most of the film thinking how far the old master has fallen until he throws in a little twist right at the end that changed my opinion on everything that had occurred in the film. It’s shlocky and a little mean spirited at times, but Carpenter has a purpose here. Plus there’s a load of hot chicks in the film. Nothing wrong with that. It’s interesting though,  to compare this to Zack Snyder’s all CGI FX, absolutely no substance  ‘Sucker Punch’. There are a lot of similarities while being at polar extremes)

24 Black Christmas (1974) (Bob Clark’s other Christmas movie.)

23 The Beyond (1981, Released in the US in 1983) (Italian horror filmmaker Lucio Fulci was a fan of the surrealist movement, so all of his films don’t always make sense, but this one holds together enough for a passable story about a New Orleans hotel built on the gateway to Hell. One thing you can also expect is some hardcore gore and Fulci delivers in The Beyond. Some of the FX are not so well done. The Tarantula attack on the paralyzed guy comes to mind. However, there are some scenes that are of the “I might need to turn my head so that I won’t have that gruesome image in there for the rest of my life” variety. And that poor little red headed girl! For me, that particular killing (of the possessed girl) ranks among the most gruesome horror killings of all time. It even crosses the line, given that it’s a kid. This film isn’t for everyone. If you’re not a hardcore horror fan, forget I recommended this.)

22 Waxwork (1988) A fun film if you love monsters of all varieties. Tongue is firmly in cheek in this one, but there are some dark, dare I say ‘twisted’, scenes in this. Review pending for this one.)

21 Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974) (A European zombie flick from the 1970s! Do I need to say more? Yes? Okay… This film actually has several titles depending on where and when you are seeing it. ‘The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue’ is one title, for instance. I didn’t care for this the first time I saw this, but it grew on me. There is an ‘environmental’ message/warning  in the subtext (and a bit subversive, too), but the main draw of a zombie flick is the zombies. This one does a great job at creating a very powerful feeling of dread. You never have a sense that things are going to ‘work out’ for anyone in the film.

20 Pumpkinhead (1988) (FX GENIUS STan Winston makes his directorial debut with Pumpkinhead and it’s a pretty good film. There is some bad acting here. The main characters do an adequate job, but it does feature the worst actor I’ve ever seen in ANY film… The “Dooon’t— make — me — haff — ta’—keeeel— you.” guy. But even if the entirefilm was filled near bursting with sub-par, nay, crap actors, the FX, and a modest budget at that, STILL bring this movie up to respectable levels. Has one of the better movie witches, not to mention an AWESOME demon that is the title character. How often do you have a movie monster… of the ‘creature’ variety… that has such a sick sense of humor? Pumpkinhead toys with his victims, even checking the pulse of one to make sure he’s done the job. GREAT, GREAT movie monster. It’s a shame the sequels sucked so bad.)

19 Bunny Lake Is Missing (Horror of the  psychological variety. The crazy person at the end is a little bit of a letdown, going into cliched crazy person territory, but its still an excellent film. The paranoia that the film creates is very well done.)

18 Frailty (2001)(Bill Paxton’s film directorial debut and it’s a good one. The commentary is interesting on this one, though, especially about Jim Cameron’s suggestions. They’re so obvious and the film would have failed miserably without them. With them, this is a classic horror film with a brilliant twist. Probably worked better when Matthew McConauhey  was still relatively unknown.

17 The Lair Of The White Worm (1988) (Just a weird movie. That’s my whole recommendation for this one.)

16 In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)(My second Carpenter film on the list. This time he takes on H. P. Lovecraft style horror with the film having the story within the story become the story if that makes any sense. This one is creepy to the point of not being entirely enjoyable. It’s rather sadistic with a capital ‘sadist’.)

15 Lord Of Illusions (1994)(Clive Barker’s second best film? I really like this movie. Sure it’s flawed, but it while it doesn’t always deliver on scares, it’s still a fun film. Scott Bakula is surprising in the lead and he gets much help from his supporting cast even if he doesn’t need it. Kevin J O’Conner is great in this as he usually is and Famke… Ohhhh Famke. She is spectacular in this. See also ‘Deep Rising’ for the pair in supporting roles in a great horror flick.)

14 The Night of The Hunter (1955) (This is Charles Laughton’s only credited film, which is a shame. It’s a brilliant film. Mitchum plays one of his all time best heavy roles as the diabolical Harry Powell. There is something about some films where the ‘monster’ is menacing children and no one believes them when they try to illuminate the threat. There are some outstanding visuals that I know HAD to have influenced later horror flicks like “What Lies Beneath”. Great movie.)

13 The Vanishing (1988) (AKA Spoorloos… And this is the ORIGINAL, not the sucktacular remake. It’s hard to believe the director was involved with both.)

12 The Blob (1988)(Not quite eclipsing the original classic film as thoroughly as John Carpenter’s The Thing overshadowed that original, but still a good remake. It does end up with maybe the roots of the ‘GRRRRirl POWER!’ films that later began cropping up in the late 90s and 00s, but doesn’t detract from this as a solid horror flick.)

11 The Body Snatcher (1945)(I think this is my favorite Karloff film. The ending has a considerable amount of  ghoulishness to it that makes the entire film worthwhile. Karloff was the master of playing creepy characters and he is really creapy here as a grave robber who steps it up a few notches. He had a great horror movie voice and delivery. I think I liked Lugosi here as much as I liked him in any other film, also.)

10 The Hunger (1983)(Tony Scott’s stylish pseudo-vampire flick featuring David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve. She has two on this list. I think I got the film’s metaphorical element, but it sells enough ‘creepy’ that you don’t have to completely understand it to enjoy it. This definitely isn’t for kids, though. It’s polished, but is gruesome in some ways. )

9 The Funhouse (1981) (My favorite Tobe Hooper film, I think. Still extremely subversive, but I think Hooper understood that the teens were the protagonists in this one, unlike his earlier work.)

8 Silver Bullet (1985) (Not the best werewolf flick, but as much fun as most any horror movie you’ll find. Combines some 80s style tongue in cheek humor with a few genuinely scary moments. As much flack as Corey Haim got as being one half of the Two Coreys, he was a pretty good actor. He is at his best here as the paralyzed protagonist. The film is far more suspenseful than most in this sub-genre of werewolves.)

7 Repulsion (1965) (Roman Polanski’s first English speaking film and it’s a doozy. Like the Ward, this is probably best if you don’t know anything about it. Holds up surprisingly well for a 60s film. Could be used in college film study courses.)

6 Something Wicked This Way Comes (Another ‘kids in peril but no one will listen to them’ story, this one being written by legendary genre scribe Ray Bradbury. It’s a Disney film, but works as an all ages kind of horror film. The theme of fathers and sons plays a very large part in this. Jason Robards was always one of my favorite actors, playing one of the two boys’ father in this. Jonathan Pryce makes a pretty good Mr. Dark, too. Speaking of ‘Dark’…)

5 Don’t be Afraid Of The Dark (2011) This didn’t burn up box office ticket sales, but I thotoughly enjoyed it. Not surprisingly, it’s another film with kids running from monsters.)

4 The Night Flyer (1997) {Based on a Stephen King short, this is quite good for such a low budget endeavor. Miguel Ferrer plays the rare lead role (for him) as a burnt out reporter for a sleazy tabloid, with the very cute Julie Entwisle playing his understudy. It’s too bad they give away the biggest secrret on the poster/DVD cover, though. For worst SPOILER ad campaign this is just a notch below Planet of The Apes that features the big twist (the Statue of liberty) on its DVD cover.)

3 Apt Pupil (1998)(ANOTHER Stephen King film, this taken from another short story. I have to say this is that rare occasion where the movie blows the book out of the water. The film is far more subtle and insidious. Where the novella goes for an over the top  and somewhat illogical ending, the film fully illustrates what the pupil has learned in a far more chilling manner.)

2 Nosferatu (1979) You may have seen the original film, but how about the Werner herzog remake? Klaus Kinski steps in for Max Shreck, looking a lot like him given that the director recreates the look and atmosphere at times almost shot for shot. It’s a grand beautiful film shot on true widescreen 70 mm film. Isabelle Adjani is  both beautiful and heroic even in the face of what seems inevitable. Herzog expands the scope of the original as well as making subtle changes to shift the original film’s themes to a more pragmatic one.)

1 May (2002) Quirky, weird, tragic, creepy, oddly funny and above all fun, May is one of the better recent horror flicks out there. A rare tragedy that isn’t a downer to watch. You feel sorry for the central character and are horrified by where her story goes, especially where her friend Polly is concerned, but there’s enough off the wall antics that make it appealling. Angela Bettis is phenomenal in the title role. I completely bought into the idea of a lazy eye causing so much psychosis. Bettis is great here, too, proving she’s better than the material she’s most know for. Writer-director Lucky McKee knocks this one out of the park. He did so much out of practically nothing that I even liked Jeremy Sisto in this. I had never cared for him in anything before May came along. Great film. Worth seeing.)

And Happy Halloween!

Crash Landen’s Best 20 Of 2002

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There were quite a few that I didn’t quite put on the list.  I thought The Sum Of All Fears was decent as were The Time Machine remake, the British suicide dramedy On The Edge, Imposter (with Gary Sinise), and We Were Soldiers… I also have to give an Honorable Mention to Bubba Ho-Tep. I REALLY enjoyed that one, but it had too many flaws to make the cut.

A special mention goes to the documentary Lost In La Mancha. It covers the travails and tribulations of director Terry Gilliam as he tries and fails to bring the story of Don Quixote to the big screen.

  The Truth About Charlie (Bumped but a fun breezy movie. Thandie Newton is great in this one along with Mark Wahlberg in this remake of the classic movie Charade by Jonathan Demme.)
#20 Dirty, Pretty Things (Not perfect, but entertaining about immigrants. Chiwetel Ejiofor is great in this along with Tautou. Tautou got top billing, though, because she was coming off the success of Amelie. Ejiofor was in the movie much more than Tautou was if I remember correctly.)
#19 The Pianist (Some may think this one’s too low, but as much as I liked it, the story is very straight forward and without a lot of complication. With one exception, the film is entirely predictable. That’s surprising considering the director. Still worth seeing, though.)
#18 Punch-Drunk Love (Adam Sandler’s Best Movie IMO. I loved the bizarre love story. Probably should be higher on my list. It’s a great movie if you don’t mind some of the harder edges…)
#17 Hero (Startlingly beautiful visuals. It makes up for a story that is told repeatedly within the story over and over, each time in a slightly different way before it reaches the climax. Story’s not terrible by any means; it just got a little repetitive.)
#16 Catch Me If You Can (Offbeat and Hanks is great in this, as is DeCraprio.)
#15 About Schmidt (A very un-Jack Nicholson-like Jack Nicholson role. It’s deals with some very serious true to life matters while retaining its sense of humor.)
#14 May (Very quirky horror comedy, that really makes you feel for the tragic anti-heroine May. There are some heart breaking moments towards the end and it does NOT shy away from the HORROR aspect. There’s one scene in particular that shuts one eye for me and turns my head from the screen. AWESOME movie! This like Punch-Drunk Love maybe should be a little higher.)
#13 Frailty (Very under-rated. Has several twists and one shot that alters how the movie is viewed. Worked a little better when McConaughey was less well known, though, I think.)
#12 28 Days Later (NOT A ZOMBIE MOVIE! But a really  fun infection movie.)
#11 Russian Ark (This would have been much higher if not for 2 things. It’s very, very slow and it kind of helps to have a good basis in Russian history to watch this movie, which I do not. All of the accolades it gets are well deserved, though, being filmed in one long continuous tracking shot through a Russian palace and through Russian history…. I repeat: In ONE SHOT. No edits. With the hundreds of actors involved, and the number of times where the whole thing could have been derailed… yikes.)
#10 Signs (One Of M. Night Shamalamadingdong’s better ones. Gets more guff than it deserves. MNS boils his movies down to the bare essentials, generally, so anyone expecting to get an alien invasion… if there is one in the movie… will be disappointed by the lack of FX scenes. He instead concentrates on story and Hitchcock-like suspense.)
#9 Spider-Man (Not perfect, but very enjoyable. Had been waiting to see this since I was a little kid.)
#8 Minority Report  (Great sci-fi/action  flick. First of 2 with Samantha Morton.)
#7 Road to Perdition (One of the better comic book movies… BesidesHanks, and Paul Newman;  Jude law makes for a creepy villain.)
#6 The Bourne Identity (Very exciting actioner which cemented Damon’s career and allowed me to see Franke Potente in a good film. Also features a mostly unknown Clive Owen in a small role and character actor greats Chris Cooper and Brian Cox….)
#5 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (J.R.R. Tolkien/Peter Jackson’s epic continues.)
#4 The Ring (Was completely unprepared for this when it opened. Thought it was going to be yet ANOTHER crap teeny-bopper horror movie and it wasn’t. I still wouldn’t watch this on videotape.)
#3 In America (Jim Sheridan’s semi-autobiographical story of Irish Immigrants is just a beautiful movie. A lot of the movie is seen through the eyes of 2 children. Yet another great role for Morton.)
#2 Gangs of New York (Intense and well acted. 2nd of 2 with DiCaprio.)
#1 Adaptation (One of my favorite films. Works on several levels and the fact that it didn’t even get NOMINATED let alone win Best Picture that year is shocking to me. God rest Donald Kaufman’s soul.)