10. The Others (Amenabar, USA)
Twisty, horror thriller with the ‘I see dead people’ vibe of M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Sixth Sense”.
9. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (Smith, USA)
One for the fans more than anything, “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” is the film every View Askew fan wanted. Kevin Smith delivered on all accounts with a hugely entertaining, funny, and fast-paced comedy.
8. Frailty (Paxton, USA)
Bill Paxton acts in and directs this original and frightening horror film.
7. Joy Ride (aka Road Kill – Dahl, USA)
A tense and effective thriller in the mould of “The Hitcher”.
6. Monsters, Inc. (Doctor/Silverman, USA)
Pixar rarely put a foot wrong and “Monsters, Inc.” is no exception. Sprightly voice-over work from Billy Crystal and John Goodman add to the laughs.
5. Shrek (Adamson/Jenson, USA)
Could Dreamworks give Pixar a run for their money in the feature-length animation film stakes? The answer is: yes they could. “Shrek” is an entertaining and funny romp into the world of make believe, peppered throughout with some wonderful parody.
4. Donnie Darko (Kelly, USA)
Richard Kelly’s science-fiction-mystery-thriller is as infuriating as it is enjoyable. This unique film introduced us to a filmmaker with great potential.
3. Ocean’s Eleven (Soderbergh, USA)
“Ocean’s Eleven” was one of the most purely enjoyable films of 2001 thanks largely to a wonderfully assembled ensemble cast and Steven Soderbergh’s sprightly direction. Its fast-pace, comedy and slick heist scenes made it a favourite with audiences around the world.
2. Mulholland Dr. (Lynch, USA)
David Lynch took his audience on another mind-bending, reality-twisting thrill ride with the beautiful Naomi Watts in the role of aspiring actress Betty Elms. Originally conceived as an open-ended television pilot, Lynch has characteristically left the resulting feature film without a proper conclusion. That’s not to say the film isn’t worth seeing – it’s a journey of self-discovery into a nightmarish world of reality and unreality. That it doesn’t have an easily definable conclusion makes it that much more interesting – everyone has their own idea of what the film is about. Ultimately, no one is wrong.
1. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Jackson, New Zealand)
Peter Jackson’s introductory chapter into the world of J.R.R. Tolkien is a majestic, beautifully photographed, brilliantly realised fantasy adventure. The film would be the beginning of one of the finest trilogies ever made.
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