Despite a flurry of mediocre films this go-around,
filmmakers have still managed to grace audiences with
a stock of some pretty darned good productions for
2000. So run a tape cleaner through the old VCR or
connect your DVD player to a fine surround system and
hit your local rental stores! Drum roll please ...
here are my top ten picks for 2000 (as of Dec
The TOP TEN
It's a dark Lifesaver blueberry night, a clay dog
growls at a paper moon while one tough hen digs for
her freedom with the blunt end of a stolen spoon.
This is definitely not just another chick flick.
The film harnesses the beauty and grace of a Disney
animated feature, while bending, like the supple
green bark of bamboo, nearly into the surreal.
East meets Wild West in Jackie Chan's Hollywood
latest. Chan, who's as cute as a toddler in a
bathtub, teams up with Owen Wilson, a Seinfeld
rambler with a quick tongue and golden smile. The
pairing works like a charm.
This film is a lot about character and a
little about football. Not a single boring, slow, or
unnecessary second. I loved it.
|Ron Howard and
"Backdraft" plus "The Sixth Sense"
equals "Frequency." I'd
have titled it: "A Matter of Time," "Father and Sun
Flares," "The Same Wavelength," "Communication Hertz"
or "Serial Killer and H.A.M." Hey, stop reading and
go see it!
Sirens roaring, your father plucks you from innocent
play, boards you on a spaceship that evacuates the
planet in seconds. You look back through a gleaming
porthole at that warm blue marble affectionately
called Earth as it explodes into huge chunks that
pass up your fleeing ship and crush the moon like a
Sounds like kids' stuff on paper, but David Hayter's
script is so well adapted that I expect adults to be
flocking to this film in great numbers.
The film's slug line, "Sometimes you can assassinate
a leader without firing a shot," sets the stage. This
political thriller is as compelling and nearly as
exciting as an action piece, but without a single
explosion or gunshot.
The father and younger brother operate an old fashion
bathhouse in northern China complete with cricket
fights, Chinese chess, and bickering old men.
Unfortunately, the bathhouse is an endangered species
in an ancient part of town soon to be lost to
A formulaic, root for the underdogs, football, feel
good film that feels good. Late in the season the
Washington Sentinels hire on "The Replacements" to
fill the swelled helmets of the pro's picketing for
larger bottom lines.
The Runners Up:Emperor's New
in Paris The Movie
Director: Ang Lee
Dancer in the
Road to El
What Planet are
Large Format:Siegfried and
Wild Adventures in
So tell me, what was your number one favorite
Enjoy the movies!
(Note: this list accurate as of December 18, page
may be updated by Jan 1st)