LAGAAN (2001)

This is a 4-hour Bollywood musical about cricket, which for some of readers may inexplicably not be enough to sell you on this movie, but maybe give it a chance.

THE MOVIE VALHALLA WORLD CINEMA WINTER FESTIVAL STARTS FEBRUARY 2

The Movie Valhalla World Winter Festival will feature,. but complete coincidence, movies from the best countries around the world at winter sports, and you can vote for Gold, Silver, and Bronze, and by total coincidence there is also a winter sports event going on at the same time.

HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE (2001)

Our film odyssey continues with the first film in a new kind of movie franchise, based on a wildly popular book series about wizard school.

DONNIE DARKO (2001)

A mentally ill teenager from the 80s experiences bizarre events and a guy in a creepy bunny suit, in a movie that works more on a vibes level than on an actually making sense level.

THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (2001)

Perhaps the definitive Wes Anderson movie is about a New York family with, um, some issues. How willing you are to get on the movie’s wavelength will probably determine whether you love it or remain baffled.

SPIRITED AWAY (2001)

An incredibly beautifully animated film about a 10-year-old girl figuring out how to solve her own problems, while also giving baths to monsters, it helped turn Studio Ghibli into a global brand.

MULHOLLAND DRIVE (2001)

In which I finally find a movie too weird for me, or perhaps more accurately, a movie that left me wondering what all of its weirdness was actually in service of.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

The last of the 2007 AFI Top 100 for us to cover is also an all-time favorite of mine. All of my dogs are named after its characters. But how to parse whether one of the parts of what is basically one long three-part movie is one of the best films of all time on its own?

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS (2001)

These movie about LA street racers stealing electronics is better than it has any right to be, by which I mean it should truly terrible and is mostly fine. Also it somehow spawned a multi-billion dollar franchise.

MOULIN ROUGE! (2001)

We open ten days of the movies of 2001 with a completely bonkers musical mash-up that transplants all of the pop songs to Paris circa 1900… and I love it.