Here is the first section of Millennial Movies! This will cover 2000-2004, and will provide very brief reviews/impressions of all the films I saw in cinemas in each individual year. We will have a Best and Worst of each year, as well as a tally of total number of films seen, and best/worst of the decade!
Well, here is the first half of the 2000’s!
114 How the Grinch Stole Christmas: UGH! SO SO bad! What the hell were they thinking!?
115 Mission Impossible II: Seriously? Mission Impossible is supposed to be about a team of spies working together on missions. Tom Cruise working mostly alone, firing guns as while doves fly about is not MI.
116 Rocky and Bullwinkle: I am ashamed to have seen this in the theater. Robert DeNiro has failed us…
117 Dracula 2000: Dracula is not Vlad the Impaler. His true identity is…JUDAS ISCARIOT!! I remember this fondly because my Jewish pal Chad was with us at the theater. At the big revelation, Catholic Sean and I both went WHAT!?? and Chad said, fairly loud “Who the f*ck is Judas?” Funny.
118 Gone in 60 Seconds: Terrible. A crime to the memory of H.B. Halicki. However, it did have Angelina Jolie in her prime.
119 Shaft: Oh Sam Jackson….why hast thou forsaken us!? In all honesty, the man makes 23 movies a year. They can’t ALL be good.
120 Battlefield Earth: Proclaimed the worst film of the decade by Critics upon release. The decade was only a couple months old by this point. Words cannot express how bad this movie is. Greedy corporate aliens conquer the earth. a thousand years later, the last free humans in America (who are at the technological level of Native Americans in 1800) uncover the 1000 year old American fighter jets and defeat the aliens. Wow.
121 Meet the Parents: A classic comedy, still holds up 13 years later.
122 Me, Myself, and Irene: A film that does get better with age. Jim Carrey was great here.
123 Bedazzled: Not as good as the original, but still entertaining. Elizabeth Hurley played an excellent Devil.
124 Dude, where’s my car?: Very underrated! Insanely silly.
125 The Patriot: a great Mel Gibson movie set in the American Revolution.
126 Scream 3: The last of the great slasher pics of the 90’s. All downhill after this.
127 Thirteen Days: gripping version of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
128 Hannibal: Sequel to Silence of the Lambs. Not as great, definitely needed Jodie Foster. Ray Liota eating his own brain was a nice touch though.
129 X-Men: The Marvel Universe explodes! This is where it all started. The birth of comic movies.
130 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: My intro to Ang Lee. A magical, and amazing movie.
131 Gladiator stands tall as one of the better films of the last 15 years.
2000 added 18 movies to the all time count of 131…and rising!
This was a rough year. A lot of misses at the cinema. Some good stuff did filter in though.
132 15 Minutes: Drama about the murder of a Hero Cop for attention. Good performances, but it did not gel.
133 AI: Spielberg’s tribute to Kubrick. Not that great.
134 Crocodile Dundee in LA: Last, thankfully, entry into the series. The first was so good, steady decline ever since. A part of me kinda hopes they make a 4th though. lol
135 Evolution: Alien Spores taking over Earth. Pretty bad. Be honest, who remembered this movie besides me?
136 Final Fantasy: The Spirits within: This is where the Final Fantasy brand started to go off kilter. They have not recovered.
137 Kiss of the Dragon: forgettable martial arts film.
138 Tomb Raider: This offers nothing. Bad movie. Not even the hotness of Jolie could save it.
139 The Mummy 2: Yikes! Could this series get any worse than this??? (wait a few years)
140 Pearl Harbor: Goddamn Michael Bay. The attack is beautifully shot, the rest is garbage.
141 Rush Hour 2: Yikes, Brett Ratner shows up on my poop radar.
142 Shallow Hal: I disliked this strongly, but it is growing on me. I now only feel mild disgust.
143 Swordfish: Notable for Halle Berry’s nude scene. Nothing else.
144 Planet of the Apes: The Tim Burton re-imagining. No, just no. The end made no sense. It ruined the movie.
145 Scary Movie 2: This is a whole different level of suckage. This movie made me hate myself for paying to see it.
146 The Fast and the Furious: Start of this endless series. Better of the bunch.
147 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back: The silliest, and best of the non clerks Clerks series.
148 Jurassic Park 3: Best film without a script ever made!
149 Rat Race: The best laugh I have EVER had in a movie (the Hitler scene)
150 The Score: Damn good movie, despite the machinations of Marlon Brando to wreck it.
151 Super Troopers: Surprise hit for me. I am now a Broken Lizard fan for life.
152 Ocean’s Eleven: remake that works. Clooney and Co. make the classiest movie of the decade.
153 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: I was not even familiar with HP going in, and came out a fan to the end. Very good.
154 Fellowship of the Rings: My imagination brought to life! Who back then knew what wonders would await us!
2001 added 23 movies for a total of 154 films!
This was an interesting year for movies. The bad was really bad, and the good was mostly “OK” with a few standouts.
155 Blade 2: Yuck! At least this could fall no further right?
156 Sum of all fears: terrible adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel.
157 Time Machine: lifeless adaptation of the easiest novel to make into a movie.
3- WAY TIE for WORST!
158 Star Trek: Nemesis: Holy crap. Well, they at least broke the even number=good thing, right?
159 Jason X: Jason Voorhees…IN SPACE!!!!!!!
160 Die Another Day: Nearly killed the Bond Franchise. An abomination. Worse than Octopussy. All of the problems that were accumulating from Tomorrow never dies, onwards, exploded here.
161 Goldmember: One last good Austin Powers film. Lots of laughs.
162 Chamber of Secrets: Harry Potter returns in another great movie.
163 Jackass the Movie: The men of my generation make their mark… so funny.
164 Men in Black 2: Nowhere near as good as #1, but still enjoyable.
165 Bourne Identity: The first of these superior spy movies! a harsh contrast with Die another Day.
166 Scooby Doo: Surprisingly funny movie! Well done.
167 Attack of the Clones: Ok entry into the prequel trilogy. It left too much heavy lifting for #3 though. Anakin’s fall should have started more strongly here.
168 Undercover Brother: Best comedy of the year. Hilarious.
169 Minority Report: Tom Cruise hits a home run. Based on a story by Phillip K Dick (aren’t all the good ones?) this was a near perfect sci-fi film.
170 The Two Towers: Better than Fellowship! The Battle of Helm’s Deep, and the performance of the various citizens of Rohan were awesome.
171 Spider-Man: Though a flawed adaptation, this was the one that really broke through the ceiling for comic movies. I can still remember my mom being amazed by how good it was. This is the last movie She, my brother, and I saw together.
We added 17 films to our new total of 171 films.
This was a lighter, but memorable year, for the most part.
172 Terminator 3: Such a let down after T2. The last scene was pretty good though.
173 American Wedding: Something was off, the formula was broken.
174 The Core: Forgettable movie, seriously, what happened.
175 Daredevil: Jen Garner meets Ben Affleck. Best thing that happened in this.
176 Hulk: Ang Lee swings and misses!
177 League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Sean Connery’s career goes down in flames. Sad.
178 and 179 Matrix 2 and 3: What a one-two punch of garbage. The promise of the original is squandered.
180 Scary Movie 3: A change of writers got me to give this a chance- and it paid off. Excellent movie.
181 Old School: One of the best comedies ever made, hands down.
182 Master and Commander: Russel Crowe is stellar. Such a good movie. This one almost made the #3 spot.
183 X-Men 2: Best X-Men movie until First Class. It ends with such hope for part 3….
184 Freddy vs Jason: Redeemed, and also closed out these two series. A Last hurrah. After this, both were rebooted into crap territory.
185 Kill Bill Volume 1: Tarantino makes the martial arts movie for the ages.
186 Pirates of the Caribbean: Amazing movie, worthy of all its sequels.
187 Return of the King: Sticks the landing, and then some. Jackson completes the modern epic. This movie is all kinds of awesome. a great achievement.
15 movies to bring us to 187!
The last year for this list. It was a larger year too. More good than bad- always welcome.
188 Day After Tomorrow: So so bad. Snow hurricanes. Packs of wolves…
189 Meet the Fockers: No, no, no. They should have left the first one alone.
190 Around the World in 80 Days: with Jackie Chan! I think not.
191 Blade 3: I heard good buzz on this. The buzz lies.
192 Fahrenheit 9/11: Moore tries too hard.
193 Prisoner of Azkaban: The 3rd Harry Potter was Ok, just ok though. I hate the freeze frame ending.
194 Shrek 2: Superior sequel and best of the series.
195 Incredibles: One of the best Pixar films. Everything works here.
196 Passion of the Christ: Very well made film, regardless of my thoughts on the maker, and his controversies. Powerful cinema.
197 Troy: Great cast, good telling of the battle of troy.
198 Ocean’s Twelve: Not as good as 11, but very watchable.
199 Alexander: Alexander the great! Not so great. More like Alexander the OK.
200 Aviator: Leo’s best role until Django. Good movie.
201 Bourne Supremecy: Good, but nothing like the book. The book was supremer. lol.
202 Chronicles of Riddick: Good, but strange follow up to Pitch Black. Sequel comes out soon, so it all works out.
203 Club Dread: Broken Lizard returns! Very very funny.
204 Collateral: Good Tom Cruise movie, playing his age for once.
205 Dodgeball: almost best comedy of the year. ARR!
206 Hellboy: Ron Perlman does the character justice. Good stuff.
207 I, Robot: Nothing like the books, but still entertaining. Will Smith is pretty good.
208 Sideways: My opinion drops as time goes on, but still a very entertaining drama. Giamatti is a great actor.
209 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow: They went for it. They did not succeed, but they tried, and I like that.
210 Team America: Best puppet movie of 2004. Also hilarious.
211 Van Helsing: Hugh Jackman versus Frankenstein and Dracula!
212 Spider-Man 2: Superior to the first in every way. The ideal comic book movie.
213 Anchorman: The greatest comedy of the last 20 years, possibly ever. Will Ferrell achieves legendary status here.
214 Kill Bill Volume 2: Tarantino gives us something entirely different from volume 1, and it is superior. Its all upwards for him from here on out to Django.
2004 gave me 28 movies! Wow! That knocks our total for 1987-2004 to 214! I wonder where the numbers will end.
That is the end of Part one of the Millennial Movie List!! As I am doing a best/worst for the decade, I need to choose a winner to hold the half decade mark.
Kill Bill (entire) Great cinema.
Battlefield Earth (The prediction may hold true!)