Member Rara Avis
Seems like most of the movies I've seen this year were real stinkers, with very few good ones thrown in the mix. The most recent good one was "Knight's Tale," about an English commoner with a dream normally reserved for the nobility. It was a little predictable, not historically accurate, but still a decent story.
"Shakespeare in Love" really surprised me. Not only was it unusually accurate in terms of historical detail, and a cute love story, but it was just plain hilarious to imagine how the Bard's personal life "might" have influenced the writing of Romeo and Juliet. The ending was realistic, not at all candy-coated, and so (for a romantic) pretty much sucked.
Though probably not new for many, the best movie of 2001 for me was "Finding Forrester," with Sean Connery. It's the story of a reclusive writer who unwillingly mentors a young high school student, and what each get out of the unusual relationship. Most movies, I think, avoid complexity. This one, like a good novel, is a story told at several levels. Highly recommended.
I still have a copy of "Pay It Forward" sitting on my kitchen table, a movie I suspect I'm going to enjoy. Bought it the first of the month, but haven't had a chance to watch it yet. I'm looking forward to picking up "Planet of the Apes" this weekend.
Shakespeare in Love