|ROSS ANTHONY'S TOP TEN
FILMS OF 2001
"Monsters, Inc." Bash: Billy Crystal (left), Executive
Producer John Lasseter, Composer Randy Newman,
Director Pete Docter, John Goodman, Producer Darla K.
|Review by Ross Anthony
After viewing well over a hundred films this year,
It's my absolute pleasure to recommend a few to you.
Here are the ten 2001 films I've enjoyed the
Speaking purely from an adult perspective, aside
from a short lull in story (but not action) early
on, "Monsters" never stops being clever. From the
brilliantly detailed animation (every fur hair on
Sulley's back flows) to the non-stop throwaway
comedy of Billy Crystal's one-eyed lime-green guy
to the sharply written script, this is real
A good strong boxing buddy film, complete with
light drama, it's own style of fumbling-thug
comedy, and a sleeping right-hook of heart. Crisp
scripting especially in dialogue. Excellent
direction: Each scene is a minuet, a microcosm of
the film itself, carefully directed with it's own
delicate tension that compels us, endears us to the
- KATE AND
A 19th century Duke (Jackman) passes through a time
portal to modern day New York where he meets and,
of course, falls for Meg Ryan. Fanciful,
These "Brothers" are full to the brim with heart,
soul, and a solid sense of humor.
A dramatic film, I'd wager, Roberto Benigni would
Something smelled mousy about this film, maybe it's
the word "Rat" in the title, maybe it's the delayed
release, or maybe it's the cheesy genre of crazy
race film - you know, "It's a Madx4 World,"
"Cannonball Run." Whatever the reason, I sat down
in the theater expecting a bomb, a rat trap if you
will. Fortunately, this bomb exploded in my face
with non-stop humor (albeit corny sight gags, and
Unique and original, this film is simply charming.
Though she won't react well to it - you'll fall in
love with "Amelie." (French)
- A KNIGHT'S
Fade from black to wooden poles breaking against
armor; cut to wide shot, an eager medieval audience
on their feet pound out the rhythm to Queen's "We
Will Rock You." Thump, thump, clap, thump, thump,
clap. Peasants and noblemen put their hands to hewn
logs giving these lance-wielding horsemen a rock
and roll backbone.
Ewan McGregor's voice cuts through this clamor like
hot honey through ice. My worries melt, the foolish
actors pause, jaws lowered too, then they reprise
their fumbling, only to be stopped again by Ewan's
enchanting melodies. To add to the luscious oddity,
Ewan's poetry is 20th century: From Elton John, to
the Beatles, to "The Sound of Music" selections.
This eclectic mix of time and tunes pulls its
sparkles together like the shiny elements in a
"Shrek" squirts onto the screen like the first
chew of a Starburst candy purchased at the
theater confectionery. The colors, the visual
jokes (an ogre's pond fart brings dead fish to
the surface), the sweet animation and infectious
charm of Myers and Murphy! And of course, what
separates "Shrek" from the rest of the animated
fairy tales is an acute poke-funnery of
I'm extending my top ten to fifteen because
I feel like it.
And now in alphabetic order, some other
recommendable 2001 flicks:
I Am Sam
Jay and Silent Bob
One Night at
So run that tape cleaner through your VCR and stop
by your local video rental store.
More Top Tens!
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