Steve Kurtz always gives me a hard time when I put a season of a TV show on one of these lists. Well, look: This is a coherent three-hour story with a beginning, middle, and end. Unlike any season of the American Office, which I also like but is much more open-ended, it could be a miniseries. And anyway, it's far too good to leave out.
8. Waking Life Written and directed by Richard Linklater
Reason #23,000 not to trust the Motion Picture Academy: It found room for Jimmy Neutron among its Best Animated Feature nominees, but not this.
9. Lantana Directed by Ray Lawrence Written by Andrew Bovell
"This is not an affair. It's a one-night stand that happened twice."
10. The Pledge Directed by Sean Penn Written by Jerzy Kromolowski and Mary Olson-Kromolowski, from a novella by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
It's always a pleasure to see Jack Nicholson acting without carpet in his mouth.
11. Storytelling (Todd Solondz) 12. Claire (Milford Thomas) 13. Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet) 14. Gosford Park (Robert Altman) 15. The Others (Alejandro Amenábar) 16. Time Out (Laurent Cantet) 17. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff) 18. What Time Is It There? (Tsai Ming-liang) 19. Ocean's Eleven (Steven Soderbergh) 20. Hyakugojyuuichu!! (Neil Cicierega)
Of the films of 2001 that I haven't seen, I'm most interested in CQ and Light of My Eyes.