|2004 (so far)
Hip, high-energy pulp fiction that's tons of fun, with a fantastic soundtrack to boot.
Unwatchable comedy/drama mercifully spent only days in theaters.
Criticism of consumer culture, lamenting the marginalization of the modern-day male, and philosophical musings coming from Brad Pitt just don't work. Rated by imdb viewers as one of the best films of all time. Sure. And I'm the Queen of England!
Fans of Matthew Broderick, and smartly written, dark comedy will love this sleeper.
||The Big Lebowski
Jeff Bridges and John Goodman have a ball with a farcical Coen brothers film that's their masterpiece.
|A Perfect Murder
A drama-less and thrill-less drama/thriller in which a Manhattan apartment is the most interesting character.
|There's Something About Mary
Mary's dog is the only amusing character in this vastly overrated dud that goes for laughs by poking fun at the retarded and handicapped. Sadly, a sequel looms.
Dark, doggy Danish flick shot with a $1000 Sony handicam in the "pure" Dogma 95 filmmaking style.
||The Spanish Prisoner
Mysterious, sleek Mamet thriller always stays one step ahead of its audience and keeps it guessing till the end.
Writer/director Kevin Smith's comedy isn't funny, his drama is labored, and his real-life girlfriend (Joey Lauren Adams) is an awful actress.
After a strong opening scene, AP goes long stretches between (tiny) laughs, and is really quite a bore.
Paul Thomas Anderson's casino-based noir is a hidden gem with a great cast.
Coen brothers masterpiece that somehow makes it OK to laugh hysterically when one of the film's lead characters gets ground up in a wood chipper.
|The Trigger Effect
Horrible drama about an L.A. power outage begins at the farfetched and ends at the ridiculous, while trying to be serious throughout.
Self-indulgent, overly complex, and way overlong drama with very small payoff.
Suspenseful and stylish lesbian noir is just plain awesome.
Amy Heckerling's send-up of Valley Girls' culture won't age too well, but it was 1995's best.
God-awful anthology film tied together by an extremely annoying and unfunny Tim Roth.
|The Usual Suspects
A decent movie, to be sure, and Kevin Spacey is good, but it's more predictable and far less clever than perceived.
|Living in Oblivion
Oddball comedy about indie film shoot is a genuine find. Bonus points: Steve Buscemi stars.
||Fear of a Black Hat
||Red Rock West
||Boyz N the Hood
||Silence of the Lambs