We have previously covered films from 1987-1999. This segment will cover 2000-2004, and will provide “skinnys” of all the films I saw in cinemas in each individual year.
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 1600) 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. A great comedy.
125: The Patriot – A great Mel Gibson movie set in the American Revolution. good early performance from Heath Ledger.
126: Scream 3 – The last of the great slasher pics of the 90’s. All downhill after this.
127: Thirteen Days –A gripping version of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Bizarre accents.
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, and martial arts/ wushu cinema in general. A magical, and amazing movie.
131: Gladiator –This stands tall as one of the better films of the last 15 years. Crowe and Phoenix were on fire here.
Battlefield Earth: The stink of this one is legendary.