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Norene Cashen

The Adventures of Sebastian Cole — Tod Williams
American Beauty — Sam Mendes
Detroit Rock City — Adam Rifkin
The Green Mile — Frank Darabont
My Life So Far — Hugh Hudson
My Son the Fanatic — Udayan Prasad
Romance — Catherine Breillat
The Sixth Sense — M. Night Shyamalan
Whiteboys — Marc Levin
The Wood — Rick Famuyiwa

Scariest: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut — Trey Parker

Funniest: The Blair Witch Project — Eduardo Sanchez & Daniel Myrick

 

Serena Donadoni

American Beauty — Sam Mendes
Boys Don't Cry — Kimberly Peirce

Cabaret Balkan (aka The Powder Keg) — Goran Paskaljevic
Fight Club — David Fincher
Mansfield Park — Patricia Rozema
The Matrix — Larry & Andy Wachowski
Ride With the Devil — Ang Lee
Run Lola Run — Tom Tykwer
Rushmore — Wes Anderson
Summer of Sam — Spike Lee

Old-school Hollywood revisited: The 13th Warrior — John McTiernan

Great director stumbles: Eyes Wide Shut — Stanley Kubrick

 

Timothy Dugdale

After Life — Hirokazu Kore-eda
All About My Mother — Pedro Almodovar
American Beauty — Sam Mendes
Being John Malkovich — Spike Jonze
Central Station — Walter Salles, Jr.
Election — Alexander Payne
The Insider — Michael Mann
The Limey — Steven Soderbergh
Run Lola Run — Tom Tykwer
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut — Trey Parker

Overhyped shite: The Blair Witch Project — Eduardo Sanchez & Daniel Myrick; Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace — George Lucas

 

Paula Farmer

American Beauty — Sam Mendes
Being John Malkovich — Spike Jonze
Boys Don't Cry — Kimberly Peirce
Central Station — Walter Salles, Jr.
Election — Alexander Payne
Flawless — Joel Schumacher
Lovers of the Arctic Circle — Julio Medem
Outside Providence — Michael Corrente
Summer of Sam — Spike Lee
Tango — Mario Suarez

Much ado about nothing: The Blair Witch Project — Eduardo Sanchez & Daniel Myrick; Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace — George Lucas

 

Jerry Herron

American Beauty — Sam Mendes
American Pie — Paul Weitz
Being John Malkovich — Spike Jonze
Election — Alexander Payne
The Matrix — Larry & Andy Wachowski
Pecker — John Waters
The Sixth Sense — M. Night Shyamalan
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut — Trey Parker
The Straight Story — David Lynch
The Thin Red Line — Terence Malick

Movie I wish I could have liked a lot more because a great American genius made it: Eyes Wide Shut — Stanley Kubrick

Kid movie that made me glad to be a geezer because now I won't even have to try to begin to care about it: The Blair Witch Project — Eduardo Sanchez & Dan Myrick

 

Deborah Hochberg

After Life — Hirokazu Kore-eda
American Beauty — Sam Mendes
Being John Malkovich — Spike Jonze
Central Station — Walter Salles
Late August, Early September — Olivier Assayas
The Matrix — Larry & Andy Wachowski
Romance — Catherine Breillat
Run Lola Run — Tom Tykwer
A Simple Plan — Sam Raimi
The Thin Red Line — Terence Malick

Best documentaries: Buena Vista Social Club — Wim Wenders; Dancemaker — Matthew Diamond

 

Dayana Stetco

Being John Malkovich — Spike Jonze
eXistenZ — David Cronenberg
Eyes Wide Shut — Stanley Kubrick
Felicia's Journey — Atom Egoyan
Fight Club — David Fincher
The Loss of Sexual Innocence — Mike Figgis
The Matrix — Larry & Andy Wachowski
Ravenous — Antonia Bird
Run Lola Run — Tom Tykwer
The Straight Story — David Lynch

Biggest con: The Blair Witch Project — Eduardo Sanchez & Dan Myrick

Best meet the devil-end of millennium movie: Stigmata — Rupert Wainright

 

George Tysh

Affliction — Paul Schrader
Bringing Out the Dead — Martin Scorsese
The Dreamlife of Angels — Erick Zonca
Eyes Wide Shut — Stanley Kubrick
Last Night — Don McKellar
The Matrix — Larry & Andy Wachowski
Romance — Catherine Breillat
Run Lola Run — Tom Tykwer
The Straight Story — David Lynch
The Thin Red Line — Terence Malick

Great kid stuff: The 13th Warrior — John McTiernan

Less than zero: The Blair Witch Project — Eduardo Sanchez & Daniel Myrick

 

Ralph Valdez

Being John Malkovich — Spike Jonze
Brakhage — Jim Shedden
The Brandon Teena Story — Susan Muska & Greta Olafsdottir
Dogma — Kevin Smith
The Dreamlife of Angels — Erick Zonca
Fight Club — David Fincher
The Matrix — Larry & Andy Wachowski
Run Lola Run — Tom Tykwer
Toy Story 2 — John Lasseter
Twin Falls Idaho — Michael Polish

Overrated: American Beauty — Sam Mendes

Underrated: Bringing Out the Dead — Martin Scorsese

 

Richard C. Walls

American Beauty — Sam Mendes
An Autumn Tale — Eric Rohmer
Bringing Out the Dead — Martin Scorsese
Cookie's Fortune — Robert Altman
The Day of the Beast — Alex de la Iglesia
The Dreamlife of Angels — Erick Zonca
I Stand Alone — Gaspar Noé
Limbo — John Sayles
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels — Guy Ritchie
The Thin Red Line — Terence Malick

Honorable mention: Election — Alexander Payne

Reissue of the year: Shoot the Piano Player — François Truffaut

Consensus Best:

American Beauty (7)
Being John Malkovich (6)
The Matrix (6)
Run Lola Run (6)

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