Reel Movie of the Year (Best Picture Overall):
Monsters, Inc. - simply the best movie of the year, and one which can be enjoyed by all
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - technically, this movie belongs with the year 2000, but I did not see it until January of 2001 - anyway, it is an awesome movie
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - this movie of fantasy is grandiose, adventuresome, and memorable
|Worst Picture (overall):
Pearl Harbor - the special effects were nice, and the patriotic theme was a worthy goal, but the idiotic love story which dominated the film literally almost made me puke
Ali - not even a heroic performance by Will Smith could save this movie about a champion from defeat
Double Take - this movie was definitely missing a couple of key elements
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles - a good idea, but that was about it
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within - great visual and special effects! Terrible everything else!
Best Picture from the Voter's perspective:
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Fast and the Furious
|Worst Picture from the Voter's perspective:
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Rush Hour 2
Best Children's Movie:
Monsters, Inc. - the best movie overall this year is also the best movie for children
Spy Kids - I was pleasantly surprised by this one
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - great for the older kids and the young ones at heart, but bad for Christian fundamentalists
Shrek - I did not review it, but I saw it and enjoyed it very much, as do most children I know
Worst Children's Movie:
Nothing was really that terrible, but...
Atlantis: The Lost Empire - just wasn't all that interesting
K-PAX - Kevin Spacey makes us wonder if he really is from outer space or not, and we also wonder the same thing about his character, Prot.
Pearl Harbor - yeah, it sucked
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - you could watch this movie in slow motion and still not catch all of the action
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - quite exciting
The Fast and the Furious - tough and fast-paced
Rush Hour 2 - Jackie Chan is in this movie, so it's gotta be good
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within - actually, the "action" part wasn't all that bad, but man the story stunk!
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - laughable
The Mummy Returns - major disappointment
Nothing really to speak of this year. What a tragedy! And after last year's Meet the Parents, I was thinking that Hollywood might start putting out more decent comedies. Guess I was wrong. No pure comedies were really out there.
Monsters, Inc. was primarily a children's movie, but was also the funniest of the year (not to take anything away from it).
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles - I am embarrassed for everyone involved
Double Take - worth about 2 laughs (certainly not the price of admission nowadays)
Will Smith as Cassius Clay / Muhammad Ali in Ali - Smith, though limited by a horrible script and terrible moviemaking, makes us all believe that we are watching the real Muhammad Ali on the big screen
Kevin Spacey as Prot in K-PAX - was he an alien or was he crazy? Spacey left us all wondering with this magnificent performance.
It's a tie!
Josh Hartnett and Ben Affleck both proved that they are equally capable of ruining a movie in Pearl Harbor
Dr. Aki Moss in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. OK, so her character wasn't technically portrayed by an actress (except for the voice by Ming-Na, but nevertheless, I was totally impressed by these movie-makers' ability to create a believable human character.
Zhang Ziyi as Jen Yu in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - a beautiful girl who can kick butt. She also shows us her struggle between good and evil as well as her coming to grips with her immense talent.
Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - another beautiful girl who can kick butt.
Best Supporting Actor:
Ian McKellen as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - he captivated us and left us spellbound, as any good wizard should do
Richard Harris as Professor Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - speaking of wizards, Harris' Dumbledore was perfect!
Jeff Bridges as Dr. Mark Powell in K-PAX - Bridges provides the pedestal for Spacey to stand on
Jon Voight as Howard Cosell in Ali - you'd think it's Cosell and would never even guess that it is Voight
Paul Bettany as Geoffrey Chaucer in A Knight's Tale - Bettany's Chaucer is shocking, but memorable
Worst Supporting Actor:
Alec Baldwin as Colonel James H. Doolittle in Pearl Harbor - if I were the real James Doolittle (or his family) I would sue Baldwin's ass for such a horrible rendition of this American hero
Best Supporting Actress:
Michelle Yeoh as Yu Shu Lien in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Yeoh was superb. She was strong, beautiful, wise, and loving. She also kicked some butt, too!
Emma Watson (II) as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - she was a wonderful little know-it-all to contrast Harry Potter's lack of exposure to wizardry
Chris Columbus - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - he stayed true to the book, something that has never been done before
Peter Jackson - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - a film as grand in scope such as this surely has a masterful director at the helm
Ang Lee - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - with this movie, Lee finally achieved the recognition that he deserves
Rob Cohen - The Fast and the Furious - its pretty obvious from looking at his no-name cast that he didn't have much to work with, yet he still achieved making a fun and intense movie
Michael Bay - Pearl Harbor - was he even there? Why not try a second take once in a while?
Shannyn Sossamon as Lady Jocelyn - A Knight's Tale - she was a stuck-up, snobbish princess, but she is really hot
Kate Beckinsale - Pearl Harbor - she is really hot, but she is such a whore in the film
Zhang Ziyi as Jen Yu in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - a beautiful girl who can kick butt
Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - this chick is messed up in real life, but as Lara Croft she is a babe
This would have to be a tie between Roz and Celia from Monsters, Inc.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - this epic story of mythical warriors and forbidden love is one which can be appreciated by all languages
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - staying true to the book might not score you many points in originality, but rewards are reaped in fan appreciation
Pearl Harbor - spare me from this sickening love triangle!
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles - sorry, Mick, but you just weren't that funny with your stupid lines from this script
Best Musical Score:
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Enya and Howard Shore teamed up to provide a musical feast for all to enjoy
The Mummy Returns - Alan Silvestri's score repeats many of the themes from the original while blending in some new ideas as well
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Jorge Calandrelli, Tan Dun, and Yong King joined forces to create a mystical and haunting feel
Worst Musical Score:
Atlantis: The Lost Empire - James Newton Howard's score failed miserably in providing the type of music needed for a Disney animated film
Best Special Effects:
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within - the landscapes, aliens, and warships were all very impressive, but what absolutely blew me away were the people
Monsters, Inc. - two things to note here were the hair/fur and the blizzard
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - shrinking down the hobbits, as well as bringing wizardry and all sorts of creatures to life was quite an achievement
The Mummy Returns - they had some pretty wild stuff going on here which was just pure eye candy
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - the fight scenes and the flying were one of a kind
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - these weren't really all that bad, but I had two major problems with the effects in this movie. First of all, the castles were quite obviously just paintings. And secondly, the quidditch match was so jittery that I am surprised that the entire audience did not get sick.
Best Costumes and Scenery:
It's a tie!
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring