Any year that gives us films from directors David Lynch, the Coen brothers, Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick has to be a good year. True, the Spielberg-Kubrick combined effort, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence is not pure Kubrick, since his death required that the work be finished by Spielberg. But it remains the most significant film released in 2001. In a tie for second place on my list are The Man Who Wasn’t There, by the Coen brothers, and Lynch’s Mulholland Drive.
My “films to see” list comprises nine movies that will last beyond their theatrical runs and become what Emily Dickinson referred to, in speaking of books of poetry, as “kinsmen of the shelf.” These films are “works of significance”—films that deserve to be seen more than once.