Somewhere else I comprised a list of what I've seen over the past year or so, and I broke the ratings of them into 3 broad categories, and after looking at the division of the films, I must conclude I tend to go against the critically acclaimed and even publicly acclaimed films: I guess for me, I'm not overly impressed with CGI-laden effects (but don't get me wrong, I love looking at them). For me, I need to have characters that I give a damn about, or can relate to in some form or fashion. You have to realize, I see just about anything that I have a remote interest in seeing, so I see a lot of films at the theaters, so perhaps I'm suffering from burnout because I find a lot of film predictable that aren't as predictable for others who don't see as many films as I. I'm one of those annoying people that laughs a good second before most other people do because I usually anticipate the punchline of a scene, so if it's subtitled, I laugh ahead of the other people because I tend to read in clumps, thus get to the punchline faster than most movie goers (who probably don't read as much anyhow). Of late, I have enjoyed: Y Tu Mama Tambien (great dialog and characters) Spider-Man (made me relive my comic book reading days and put a smile on my face as I walked out of the theater) Windtalkers (sucked me into the predicament of the characters) A.I. (simply an awesome film) Undercover Brother (started slow, but had a good finish) Scooby Doo (nailed Scooby, and had the right cadence from the cartoon) The Royal Tannebaums (good characterizations) Mulholland Drive (simply a taut drama) Not Another Teen Movie (funny parody) Amores Perros (interesting intersecting storylines) Panic Room (fun cat-n-mouse caper) Spy Game (Redford still can spin an interesting yarn) A Beautiful Mind (good performance all around) The Majestic (an old fashion movie with heart) Princess Diaries (just thought Anne Hathaway was endearing) We Were Soldiers (good look into mindset of our soldiers) Ghost World (simply fun to watch a neurotic girl trying to figure it all out) The Rookie (good film to root for the main character) Movies that were okay: About A Boy (it was okay, heartfelt) Princess and the Warrior (a bit slow, but still fascinating to watch) Kate and Leopold (also endearing, though Breckin Meyer steals the show) The Gift (good effort by Cate Blanchett) The Heist (okay film, could do without Rebecca Pidgeon) Behind Enemy Lines (Owen Wilson was enjoyable enough) In The Mood For Love (rather irritating, but that's what the director was going for) Birthday Girl (a very dark vehicle for Nicole Kidman) The Last Castle (good battle of wits between Redford and Gandolfini's characters) Sorority Boys (had some heart to its wacky premise) High Crimes (okay, but predictable) Unfaithful (strong performance by Diane Lane, but hated the way the film unravelled) The Sum Of All Fears (Would have been better with the money shot in the film) The Bourne Identity (didn't like the main character, though he had some excellent skills as a spy/assassin) Bad Company (funny, but the story material wasn't anything to laugh about) Movies that could have been better: Imposter (Too chaotic and confusing) Harry Potter (too long, and goes downhill once the minitaur shows up) Final Fantasy (horrible character development) Swordfish (only had the opening money shot, and Halle's berries) Tomb Raider (a snoozer) Legally Blonde (annoying, how did Reese Witherspoon smile for the entire flm?) Attack of the Clones (1st 100 minutes are a wreck, the last 40 minutes almost pull it out) LOTR (didn't care for any of the characters, far too many to develop or flesh out) Insomnia (over-rated, could have been better) Minority Report (liked the 1st hour, bored with the 2nd hour, last 20 minutes felt like a Scooby Doo cartoon exposition) Black Hawk Down (subject matter just pissed me off - w/r/t the government leaving our guys in a no-win situation) Ali (just plain dull) K-Pax (really dull) American Sweethearts (horrible screenplay, no one really likable) Ocean's 11 (movie making by the numbers, Soderbergh phoned it in) Vanilla Sky (too much beating over the head in the last half hour with just what was going on) Count of Monte Cristo (average retelling of the classic tale, Richard Harris was the only bright spot) Collateral Damage (Ahnuld needs to transistion out of the action genre) Hart's War (nothing too memorable) Rollerball (flat out bad) In The Bedroom (didn't care for the slow simmer approach to the disintegration of a married couple after their boy is murdered) Monster's Ball (just a blah film, save for the sex scene, which was sort of out-of-focused and flat out goofy in spots) Mothman's Prophecies (started out like an X-File, but just got sillier and sillier) Don't Say A Word (exasperating) 40 Days and 40 Nights (sort of lame) Showtime (can't imagine who greenlit this film, wasn't a good idea from the get-go) Ice Age (didn't really get into it) Resident Evil (lame) Death To Smoochie (one of Ed Norton's bad films out of so many good ones, he was due for a flop) The Deep End (didn't like the lack of communication between mom and son, which led to some silly development in the plot) The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Yadda yadda) If you can find some sort of pattern to my taste in films, have at it.