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posted on 1-3-2002 at 10:58 PM Edit Post
best movie of 2001

What was the Best Movie of 2001?
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posted on 1-3-2002 at 11:03 PM Edit Post
Dude, no "Shrek"? Kids movie or not, that thing was brilliant. It had that timeless "Princess Bride" feel to it. Oh well, "Memento" was still better than it anyway...
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posted on 1-4-2002 at 12:23 AM Edit Post
I personally loved A.I. and don't understand the bashing it always gets. That, LOTR or Shrek would be my favorite.
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posted on 1-4-2002 at 12:27 AM Edit Post
The best movie of 2001 is Battle Royale, which actually has nothing to do with wrestling. It is just a coincidence, considering this site. It is a Japanese film, with a very non-japanese feel to it. Was only screened in parts of the U.S., but will probably never be released in theaters due to its violence and subject matter. Basically, think of Lord Of The Flies, but violent and with cannibalism. But don't let my description mislead you, its really an amazing movie, from the script all the way down to the acting.

No other movie this year even came close to it. Especially not Fellowship Of The Rings. Not a good movie. But considering the book it was based on, it was expected.

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posted on 1-4-2002 at 01:07 AM Edit Post
Moulin Rouge comes a close second to FotR, I must say. The movie was just amazing.






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posted on 1-4-2002 at 01:14 AM Edit Post
I've gotta give the nod to "Shrek" on this one. I watched that movie 5 times in the theater, and loved it everytime I saw it! I'm just happy my girlfriend has the DVD, so when I go over there and she's gotta go to work, I've got me something to do!

My second pick would have to be Lotr: Fotr. I'll admit, at first while watching that movie I wasn't sure I liked it, but it was around the time that I had to go to the bathroom (really, REALLY badly) that I realized just how amazing that movie is, and how little I wanted to leave for the minute that it'd take me to get to the bathroom and back. An absolutly AWESOME movie, but I think I enjoyed Shrek more.

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posted on 1-4-2002 at 04:59 AM Edit Post
Just a question for Cuthbert...

You didn't like the "Lord of the Rings" books and you're a "Dark Tower" fan?? (I'm assuming from the name. Watch it just be a coincidence and I look like an ass...) Not taking anything away from the Dark Tower books - they're probably the best thing Stephen King's ever written, but they owe *so much* to LOTR...






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posted on 1-4-2002 at 05:09 AM Edit Post
IMHO, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back was the best movie of 2001. Hands down.

Jurassic Park 3 actually had some cool new bad-ass dinosaurs.

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posted on 1-4-2002 at 05:26 AM Edit Post
I gotta go with Memento. Simply because, out of that list, I've only seen that and LOTR. While Memento kicked ass, LOTR simply SUCKED ass. Luckily, I didn't pay to see it, or I'd be pretty mad about wasting my money.
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posted on 1-4-2002 at 09:02 AM Edit Post
I'm very jealous of Cuthbert. I really want to see that movie.
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posted on 1-4-2002 at 05:36 PM Edit Post
I'd have to say LotR is the best, but it only edges out Memento by a narrow margin. That movie gave me a whole new appreciation of Polariod cameras, and the website (www.otnemem.com, or even the common misspelling www.otnemom.com) perfectly serves to add to the mystique of the film.

On the other hand, LotR had little men with fuzzy feet.

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posted on 1-4-2002 at 06:04 PM Edit Post
And really, what more could you want in a movie then little men with fuzzy feet? LOL! I still say Shrek is the best, but Lotr: Fotr is a definate close second...
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posted on 1-4-2002 at 06:46 PM Edit Post
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You didn't like the "Lord of the Rings" books and you're a "Dark Tower" fan?? (I'm assuming from the name. Watch it just be a coincidence and I look like an ass...) Not taking anything away from the Dark Tower books - they're probably the best thing Stephen King's ever written, but they owe *so much* to LOTR...


You are correct.

My major problems with LOTR is coincidently something that King is accused of often, which is that the books are stretched out way too much, with a lot of filler that could have been better used as birdcage liner. Here is the plot for all three books (and the FOTR movie, after the intial half hour): fight, escape/win, walk, fight, escape/win, walk, fi... you get the idea. And I got the idea within the first 100 pages of the book. The only variety that is thrown in is during the walking when they try to add some coy dialogue or a story from the past, when a character had to "walk, fight, escape/win, walk..".

To me, maybe because it is going to be divided into 7 books, the pacing of The Dark Towers is much better, and the characters are ones I care about more. The fighting in the book is not overwhelming and the walking doesn't seem to be only to get from fight to fight.

So, while FOTR was a decent enough movie to watch, and to be honest, I was really excited about it when I followed the making of it (www.aintitcool.com has had some great coverage of it for the past 2 years), I thought that it would be great, since they would have to cut out all the garbage in the books that I felt dragged on. But, then it ended up having a running time of 2hrs and 58minutes and my fears were met: they didn't cut out enough of the books. But, at lesat they looked gorgeous.

So, in the end, I DEFINITELY prefer the Dark Tower series to LOTR. It all comes down to pacing.

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posted on 1-4-2002 at 09:28 PM Edit Post
Best movie of 2001

WHAT!!! No Hannibal. That movie was awesome. Julianne Moore was hot and it had plenty of awesome killin'. Who gives a rat's ass about Lord of The Rings. Hannibal's up there with greats like Reservoir Dogs,Full Metal Jacket, The Good The bad and The Ugly and The Dirty Dozen. All LOTR is associated with is some retarded comic book or something.
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posted on 1-4-2002 at 11:51 PM Edit Post
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I gotta go with Memento. Simply because, out of that list, I've only seen that and LOTR. While Memento kicked ass, LOTR simply SUCKED ass. Luckily, I didn't pay to see it, or I'd be pretty mad about wasting my money.


Memento was actually released in 2000, not 2001 so it can't be a part of the best movies of 2001.

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posted on 1-5-2002 at 12:04 AM Edit Post
Yes, I should have put Shrek on there. I was on my top ten list. That's what happens when you do things off the top of your head.

Momento may have been made in 2000, but it was released in 2001. Personally, I'm to the point of making lists on when I see them, not when they are released. It might not be until February when I get to see Gosford Park and it's a 2001 movie, technically.

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posted on 1-5-2002 at 01:30 AM Edit Post
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WHAT!!! No Hannibal. That movie was awesome. Julianne Moore was hot and it had plenty of awesome killin'. Who gives a rat's ass about Lord of The Rings. Hannibal's up there with greats like Reservoir Dogs,Full Metal Jacket, The Good The bad and The Ugly and The Dirty Dozen. All LOTR is associated with is some retarded comic book or something.


I think we have our first putz of the week award.

I don't even want to break down what this... person said, but I want to quote one part if I may...
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All LOTR is associated with is some retarded comic book or something.



What? First you are wrong on the entire substrata of lit, but you call it retarded? LOTR is one of the classics of lit, Hannibal is a second rate sequal written by a writer who was past his prime in 1989. Tomas Harris vs. J.R.R. Tolkein? Gimme a break.

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posted on 1-5-2002 at 03:14 AM Edit Post
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Like I give a flying fuck what you think, Fuck J.R.R. Tolkein and everybody that looks like him.
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posted on 1-5-2002 at 03:33 AM Edit Post
Jesus H Christ TwistofFat

First of all you're rooting for two punchdrunk butt poking wrestlers and bagging on movies like Hannibal? Instead of watching movies like Hannibal you'd spend your money to watch a movie geared for childen? LOTRs su-cks big hairy monkey balls. Next thing ya know Twist will be bagin on Full Metal Jacket so that tey can say how much they liked the Lion King
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posted on 1-5-2002 at 07:25 AM Edit Post
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First of all you're rooting for two punchdrunk butt poking wrestlers and bagging on movies like Hannibal? Instead of watching movies like Hannibal you'd spend your money to watch a movie geared for childen? LOTRs su-cks big hairy monkey balls. Next thing ya know Twist will be bagin on Full Metal Jacket so that tey can say how much they liked the Lion King


Full Metal Jacket and Lion King are both very good movies, for very different reasons.

LOTR is a good movie for different reasons than either of the above two.

Hannibal is a poorly done, Hitchcock-wannabe movie that tries to be scary, but yet in the end everything happens that you guessed would happen during the first 20 minutes of the movie.

(plus if you don't belive me, how about a cite: Hannibal 6.4 ; LOTR 9.2)

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posted on 1-5-2002 at 07:53 AM Edit Post
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First of all you're rooting for two punchdrunk butt poking wrestlers and bagging on movies like Hannibal? Instead of watching movies like Hannibal you'd spend your money to watch a movie geared for childen? LOTRs su-cks big hairy monkey balls. Next thing ya know Twist will be bagin on Full Metal Jacket so that tey can say how much they liked the Lion King


This was funny to read.

LOTR was not geared towards children, and it is pretty sad actually to think that someone might not know where the storyline comes from. Even people who don't like the movie or books at least know what they are.

Hannibal was a great book in my opinion (definately not a second rate sequel by someone who peaked in 1989), but only an OK movie. They pushed the violence too much, when it wasn't needed, and they changed the ending, with a very pathetic ending in the movie. but LOTR was the opposite. It was just O.K. books made into better then O.K. movies (when compared to each other).

As for Full Metal Jacket, it was a Kubrick film, so it wasn't that great. He is a horrible filmmaker (watch Dr. Strangelove for an example of one of the worse movies ever). So, it ended up with 1/2 really good movie (in the boot camp) and 1/2 waste of time (the whole war section). Full Metal Jacket can never be considered a classic or a great movie.

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posted on 1-5-2002 at 09:22 AM Edit Post
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I gotta go with Memento. Simply because, out of that list, I've only seen that and LOTR. While Memento kicked ass, LOTR simply SUCKED ass. Luckily, I didn't pay to see it, or I'd be pretty mad about wasting my money.


Memento was actually released in 2000, not 2001 so it can't be a part of the best movies of 2001.


Shhh, no one was supposed to notice that

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posted on 1-6-2002 at 11:24 AM Edit Post
Shrek was hilarious. Mind you, I haven't seen most of this year's big movies (A Beautiful Mind, LOTR, Ali et al) but Shrek not only surprised me (I had low expectations going in) but it really was an excellently written movie. The DVD and it's extras (did the karaoke segment follow the credits in theaters?) make it that much better.

Shrek definitely should have been on there.

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posted on 1-8-2002 at 02:36 AM Edit Post
Cannabalism in Battle Royale?

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The best movie of 2001 is Battle Royale, which actually has nothing to do with wrestling. It is just a coincidence, considering this site. It is a Japanese film, with a very non-japanese feel to it. Was only screened in parts of the U.S., but will probably never be released in theaters due to its violence and subject matter. Basically, think of Lord Of The Flies, but violent and with cannibalism. But don't let my description mislead you, its really an amazing movie, from the script all the way down to the acting.

No other movie this year even came close to it. Especially not Fellowship Of The Rings. Not a good movie. But considering the book it was based on, it was expected.


*watches his copy again*

Umm, Where was there any cannabalism in Battle Royale?

But small points aside, Battle Royale was an incredible movie. The Lighthouse sequence replayed in my nightmares for weeks. If you have the means (I know that you can get a VCD of it off Ebay fairly cheap) go get this movie, it will be the best purchase you have made in years (or at least the last 3 days^_^)

Dan

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posted on 1-8-2002 at 08:14 AM Edit Post
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