Top Films of the Year
Johnny Depp is wonderful in this film, as is the entire cast. The movie brought me and the rest of the theater to tears because we all long for a place called Neverland. Poetic and beautiful.
One of the best comic book movies ever; it shows that Americans are finally discovering that animation isn’t just for kids. Fun, smart, and exciting, this film is now the blueprint for future comic book movies, including the upcoming Fantastic Four.
Kill Bill 2
Tarantino’s love for all things film shines through in the Kill Bill movies. This is the most fun I’ve had at the theater in a long time. Uma Thurman rocks, the action and style are cool and this final chapter is close to perfect.
This was a strong year for the superhero genre. Spidey 2 expands on the superb original film by digging deeper into the characters and sets the stage for part 3.
Entertaining, thought provoking, and controversial…this pretty much sums up Michael Moore. The film has even greater irony after the election year. Yes, it may have stretched some facts here and there, but Moore dared to ask the questions many Americans were already thinking and did so in a challenging way.
The Life Aquatic
Quirky, stylish, and different, it has something many Hollywood films lack: originality. I’m a huge Wes Anderson fan, and Bill Murray continues to impress with his off beat roles. The film is not for everyone, but this critic dug it.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Probably the single best fantasy film ever made (next to the epic Lord of the Rings). I was thoroughly swept away by it, and loved it even more on DVD. Here’s hoping that the rest of the series translates just as well on film.
Wonderful storytelling and stunningly beautiful to look at. Powerful themes and strong performances definitely make this one of the best of the year. The dance-like fight choreography among the falling golden leaves and on the still lake is still etched in my mind.
House of Flying Daggers
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind