Friday, August 10, 2007

Best of 2001

John Urbancich's best

Scary 'Bedroom'
Married couples who are moms and dads may be particularly affected by "In the Bedroom," a startlingly perfect first feature from writer/director/producer Todd Field. The ex-actor worked for the likes of Stanley Kubrick and Woody Allen and steps up big time with his own intensely haunting film.

Next best
Bridget Jones's Diary
Monsters, Inc.
The Pledge

The worst

Very 'Scary'
"Scary Movie 2," the sequel to 2000's surprise $260 million hit, looked very much like the rush-to-screen schlock fest it was. Returning director Keenen Ivory Wayans had to cut a lot of corners to meet a Fourth of July release date, leaving most of the original's satirically edgy fireworks to the holiday skies.

Almost as bad
Joe Dirt
Kingdom Come
On the Line
The Wedding Planner

Top acts
Renée Zellweger
"Bridget Jones's Diary"

Sissy Spacek
"In the Bedroom"

Ben Kingsley
"Sexy Beast"

Jack Nicholson
"The Pledge"

Big letdown

Wake me later
Blah, blah, blah, blah! Huh? Or as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin might say, "What?" We (and Steve) are talking about his fellow Texas native Richard Linklater's extremely pretentious "Waking Life." Back in the '60s, some folks might have popped a few pills before taking a wasted trip like this.

Guilt trip

Farelly fun
"Shallow Hal," starring a heavily padded Gwyneth Paltrow and the ever-hilarious Jack Black and Jason Alexander, not only made us roar but had its share of charm, too. Fellow fatties really need to chill out, especially the ones having a cow without even seeing the Farrelly brothers' latest laughfest.

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