Film 2001 as Seen by Wayne Case

| January 10, 2002

The Top Ten (Alphabetical)
A.I. (Artificial Intelligence)
A Beautiful Mind
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Dark Blue World
The Deep End
In The Bedroom
Life As A House
Pearl Harbor
Riding In Cars With Boys
Runners-Up (Alphabetical)
The Anniversary Party
Black Hawk Down
Big Eden
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Kate & Leopold
Legally Blonde
L. I. E. (Long Island Expressway)
Monster’s Ball
The Royal Tenenbaums
Honorable Mention (Alphabetical)
Angel Eyes
The Business Of Strangers
Come Undone
Gosford Park
Hearts In Atlantis
The Mexican
Rock Star
The Shipping News
Guilty Pleasures (Alphabetical)
American Outlaws
The Forsaken
The Fast And The Furious
Get Over It
Hit And Runway
Joy Ride
A Knight’s Tale
Someone Like You
Sugar And Spice
Texas Rangers
The Worst Films Of 2001
(In three categories: Bad, badder, baddest)
The Bad: (Alphabetical)
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
Domestic Disturbance
From Hell
The Glass House
The Badder: (Alphabetical)
Head Over Heels
Saving Silverman
Scary Movie 2
Soul Survivors
Wet, Hot American Summer
The Baddest: (In order of disrespect)
1. Freddy Got Fingered (From Tom Green, this is quite possibly the worst film ever made.)
2. 3000 Miles To Graceland
3. Tomcats
4. Out Cold
5. Original Sin
But Not For Me (Alphabetical)
I understand others liking these films, but count me out!
The Man Who Wasn’t There–The MOVIE that wasn’t there!
Moulin Rouge–MTV overlay destroys what would have been a good musical. Think: MTV meets a Gilbert & Sullivan extravaganza.
Mulholland Drive–An intriguing set-up that falls apart without adequate explanation or resolution.
Best Actor (Alphabetical)
Russell Crowe–A Beautiful Mind
Kevin Kline–Life As A House
Guy Pearce–Memento
Billy Bob Thornton–Monster’s Ball
Denzel Washington–Training Day
Runners-Up (Alphabetical)
Paul Franklin Dano–L.I.E.
Anthony Hopkins–Hannibal
Anthony Hopkins–Hearts In Atlantis
Hugh Jackman–Kate & Leopold
Ian Mckellen–The Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship
Haley Joel Osment–A.I.
Kevin Spacey–The Shipping News
Tom Wilkinson–In The Bedroom
Best Actress (Alphabetical)
Drew Barrymore–Riding In Cars With Boys
Halle Berry–Monster’s Ball
Sissy Spacek–In The Bedroom
Tilda Swinton–The Deep End
Renee Zellweger–Bridget Jones’s Diary
Runners-Up (Alphabetical)
Stockard Channing–The Business Of Strangers
Tara Fitzgerald–Dark Blue World
Nicole Kidman–The Others
Nicole Kidman–Moulin Rouge
Laura Linney–Maze
Julianne Moore–Hannibal
Meg Ryan–Kate & Leopold
Reese Witherspoon–Legally Blonde
Best Supporting Actor (Alpha)
Hayden Christensen–Life As A House
Brian Cox–L.I.E.
Gene Hackman–The Royal Tenenbaums
Jude Law–A.I.
Steve Zahn–Riding In Cars With Boys
Runners-Up (Alpha)
Paul Bettany–A Beautiful Mind
Jim Broadbent–Iris
Colin Firth–Bridget Jones’s Diary
James Gandolfini–The Mexican
Hugh Grant–Bridget Jones’s Diary
Gene Hackman–Heartbreakers
Joe Pantoliano–Memento
Timothy Spall–Rock Star
Best Supporting Actress (Alpha)
Jennifer Connelly–A Beautiful Mind
Cameron Diaz–Vanilla Sky
Kristin Scott Thomas–Life As A House
Maggie Smith–Gosford Park
Marisa Tomei–In The Bedroom
Runners-Up (Alpha)
Jane Adams–The Anniversary Party
Cate Blanchett–Bandits
Kate Winslet–Iris
Best Original Script
Tie: Mark Andrus for Life As A House and Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson for The Royal Tenenbaums
Best Adapted Script
Tie: Helen Fielding for Bridget Jones’s Diary and Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan for Memento
Best Cinematography (Alpha)
Daryn Okada for Texas Rangers
John Schwartzman for Pearl Harbor
Oliver Stapleton for The Shipping News
Vilmos Zsigmond for Life As A House
Best Original Musical Score
1. Life As A House by Mark Isham
2. Riding In Cars With Boys by Hans Zimmer & Heitor Pereira
3. A.I. by John Williams
4. The Shipping News by Christopher Young
5. Pearl Harbor by Hans Zimmer and others
6. The Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship by Howard Shore
7. Gosford Park by Patrick Doyle
8. Mulholland Drive by Angelo Badalamerti
Best Original Song (Alpha)
1. “There You’ll Be” from Pearl Harbor
2. “Only Time” from Sweet November
3. “For Always” from A.I.
4. “When You Know” from Serendipity
5. “The Storm is Over” from Hardball
6. “May It Be” from The Lord Of The Rings
Special Awards
The Victor Mature Worst Actor Award: Antonio Banderas in Original Sin
The Michelle Phillips/Cornelia Sharpe/Angel Thompkins Worst Actress Award: Not awarded this year!
The Heaven’s Gate Budget Award: Town & Country
The Otto Preminger “Light Touch” Award: Tim Burton’s Planet Of The Apes
The Sam Peckinpah “Wretched Excess” Award: A tie between 15 Minutes and 3000 Miles To Graceland
The Sidney Lumet Miscasting Award: Julia Stiles as a ballerina in Save The Last Dance
A Star is Born Break-Thru Award:
Female–Brittany Murphy for Don’t Say A Word, Riding In Cars, Sidewalks Of New York, & Summer Catch
Male: Hugh Jackman for Kate & Leopold, Someone Like You, & Swordfish
Great Expectations Award: Richard Kelly, writer/director of Donnie Darko
The Surgeon General’s Warning Award: A tie between: Keanu Reeves & director Brian Robbins for Hardball and the cast & the directing Coen Brothers for The Man Who Wasn’t There.
The John Hartl Stop-Them-Before-They-Direct-Again Award: Director brothers, the Malloys (Brendan & Emmett) for Out Cold
The Calling-Sydney-Guilaroff-for-Help-Hair-Style Award: Meg Ryan in Kate & Leopold
The What About Bob Most Annoying Award: Vince Vaughn in Made
The Bill Lee (father of Spike Lee) Worst Musical Scoring Award: James Newton Howard for America’s Sweethearts & Pieter Bourke and Bill Brown for Ali
Special Thanks:
1. Bob Clark had no theatrical films released this year. But wait! He has 4 (count um, 4!) scheduled for 2002. One is those is titled UNLEASHED, of all things, and his sequel to Baby Geniuses (1999) is due in a theatre near you far too soon.
2. Peter Hyams limited his contribution this year to only one attempt, The Musketeer. He directed & served as cinematographer on it. Fortunately, he chose to shoot most of it dark enough to hide some obvious deficiencies & flaws. At present, no future releases from Mr. Hyams are threatened, although I’m sure he’ll be back to inflict more pain in the near future.
3. Ed Zwick continues to produce rather than direct. He directed no theatrical releases this year.
4. Charlton Heston limited his theatrical exposure to just one film, Town & Country. His overwrought supporting performance was the best thing about Town & Country. That’ll give you an idea about just how bad the film really is. Be warned that Mr. Heston has been cast as Joseph Menegle, the hated Nazi “angel of death,” in something called Papa Rua Alguem (2002). [NOTE: 1/16/2002 To all of you that pointed it out (one), good ole Chuck did a bit in Tim Burton’s PLANET OF THE APES, also. It was uncredited and, frankly, I missed him. Further, he supplied the voice for one of the characters in the animated feature CATS & DOGS.]
5. James Foley did not direct a theatrical film in 2001 and there is hope for 2002, also. Although he was signed to helm The Farm (2002), “creative differences” caused him to ankle.
Special Requests:
1. To filmmakers, distributors, and trailer vendors: Please limit the amount of information disclosed in trailers. Knowing too much in advance can significantly reduce audience enjoyment.
2. To filmmakers and trailer vendors: Please identify all significant cast members in trailers. Even little known supporting players often have fans.
3. To producers and directors: Please put the major credits at the start, rather than the end, of your films.
4. To producers and directors. At the end of your film, during the closing credits, please include a “curtain call” where each significant cast member is identified. I love to see brief film clips that show the actors in character from earlier in the film with their names etched onto the images.
5. To producers, directors and distribution executives. Please don’t cut your serious films with adult themes just to get PG-13 ratings. I realize that higher boxoffice potential is a seductive incentive, but adults deserve some films made exclusively for mature audiences.
The Ellen Terry Awards:
For That Little Something Special
Ben Affleck–Pearl Harbor
Max Beesley–Glitter & Kill Me Later
Jason Behr–The Shipping News
Paul Bettany–A Knight’s Tale & A Beautiful Mind
Edward Burns–Sidewalks Of New York
Justin Chambers–The Wedding Planner
Billy Crudup–Charlotte Gray
Matthew Davis–Legally Blonde
From Driven: Christian De La Fuente, Kip Pardue, & Til Schweiger
Ben Foster–Get Over It
Troy Garity–Bandits (Related To The Fondas: Mother, Jane; Grandfather, Henry; 1st Cousin Of Bridget & Nephew Of Peter)
Aidan Gillen–The Low Down
Krystof Hadek–Dark Blue World
Josh Hartnett–Black Hawk Down, Blow Dry and Pearl Harbor
Ethan Hawke–Tape And Training Day
Hugh Jackman–Kate & Leopold, Someone Like You, and Swordfish
Billy Kay in L.I.E.
Matt Keeslar–Texas Rangers
Greg Kinnear–Someone Like You
Ashton Kutcher–Texas Rangers
Robert Sean Leonard–Tape And Driven
Matthew Lillard–Summer Catch
James Marsden–Sugar & Spice
Breckin Meyer–Kate & Leopold
Viggo Mortensen–The Lord Of The Rings
Rupert Penry-Jones–Charlotte Gray
Brad Renfro–Bully
Rodrigo Santoro–Behind The Sun
Liev Schreiber–Kate & Leopold
Seann William Scott–American Pie 2
Ian Somerhalter–Life As A House
Stuart Townsend–About Adam
Ondrej Vetchy–Dark Blue World
Paul Walker–Joy Ride and The Fast And The Furious
Fred Weller–The Business Of Strangers
Luke Wilson–Legally Blonde and The Royal Tenenbaums
Owen Wilson–Behind Enemy Lines and The Royal Tenenbaums
Steve Zahn–Joy Ride and Riding In Cars With Boys
Jennifer Anniston–Rock Star
Kate Beckinsale–Pearl Harbor and Serendipity
Jessica Biel–Summer Catch
Selma Blair–Kill Me Later and Legally Blonde
Cate Blanchett–The Shipping News, Charlotte Gray, and The Lord Of The Rings
Jennifer Coolidge–American Pie 2 and Legally Blonde
Laura Dern–I Am Sam
Illeana Douglas–Ghost World
Gina Gershon–Driven
Anjelica Huston–The Royal Tenenbaums
Jennifer Love Hewitt–Heartbreakers
Ashley Judd–Someone Like You
Jena Malone–Life As A House
Anna Massey–Dark Blue World
Ann Miller–Mulholland Drive
Brittany Murphy–Don’t Say A Word, Riding In Cars With Boys, Summer Catch, and Sidewalks Of New York
Gwyneth Paltrow–Shallow Hal and The Royal Tenenbaums
Michelle Pfeiffer–I Am Sam
Molly Shannon–Serendipity
Leelee Sobieski–Joy Ride
Mary Steenburgen–I Am Sam and Life As A House
Julia Stiles–The Business Of Strangers
Uma Thurman–Tape
Marisa Tomei–Someone Like You
Estella Warren–Driven
Emma Watson–Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone
Sigourney Weaver–Heartbreakers
Dianne Wiest–I Am Sam
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras–The Wedding Planner

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