A Beautiful Mind (2001) – Ron Howard

The four time Oscar winning film, A Beautiful Mind, is the next film mentioned on the Ten Films It’s Painful To Like in Ten Bad Dates With De Niro. Now, with five Oscars under its belt, it can’t be that painful to like, yes it rather simplifies mental illness, but conveys it wonderfully on screen.┬áIt…

Hannibal (2001) – Ridley Scott

Anthony Hopkins returns to his iconic role of the cannibalistic doctor, Hannibal Lector in the sequel to the brilliant The Silence of the Lambs. This film shows up in Ten Bad Dates with De Niro on a list of films that it is painful to like. Jodie Foster and director Jonathan Demme elected not to…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2001/2002) – Cold Front, and Silent Enemy

Captain’s log: 12 September, 2151 Robert Duncan McNeill directs this episode which sees another piece in the temporal war puzzle play out. Written by Stephen Beck and Tim Finch, this episode first debuted on 28 November, 2001. The Enterprise is serving as host to a delegation observing a comet, when Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) is…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) – Civilization, and Fortunate Son

Captain’s log: 31 July, 2151 Phyllis Strong and Mike Sussman pen this episode that first aired on 14 November, 2001. When the Enterprise arrives at an Earth-like planet, Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) leads an away mission that allows him to masquerade as one of the planet’s denizens. It seems T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) has discovered that…

Chasm City (2001) – Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds next science fiction novel, Chasm City, takes place in the same universe as Revelation Space but is not a sequel, instead we are given a future noir tale of revenge, and the human ability to commit good and horrible acts, redemption, and discovery. We visit a couple of planets that were mentioned in…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) – Unexpected, and Terra Nova

Captain’s log: unknown Rick Berman and Brannon Braga pen this episode that puts Trip (Connor Trinneer) in a fun place with something Kirk never had to go through(as far as we know) in Unexpected. It first aired on 17 October, 2001. Trip, in an effort to foster relations, is helping out an alien race repair…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) – Fight or Flight, and Strange New World

Captain’s log: 6 May, 2151 Rick Berman and Brannon Braga pen the follow-up episode to the series premiere. Fight or Flight debuted on 3 October, 2001, and despite the promise of an inhabited world that scans picked up at the end of the previous episode, the only lifeform they’ve found is an alien worm, christened…

Evolution (2001) – Ivan Reitman

The next title to be featured in the Dragons & Dinosaurs chapter of DK Canada’s immensely entertaining Monsters in the Movies is the science fiction comedy, Evolution. Starring David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, and Julianne Moore, Reitman’s underdog scientists not only have to take on the government in the form of Ted Levine’s General Woodman, but…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) – Broken Bow

Captain’s log: 16 April, 2151 The Star Trek prequel series, Enterprise, debuted with the feature length episode, Broken Bow on 26 September, 2001. It was written by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. The series is set a century before the adventures portrayed in The Original Series, and introduces us to the crew of the first…

Star Trek: Voyager (2001) – Endgame

Captain’s log: stardate 54973.4 The final episode of Voyager, Endgame, is a feature length story that was written by Kenneth Biller and Robert Doherty from a story that Biller developed with Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. The final mission of the starship U.S.S. Voyager aired on 23 May, 2001 and was determined to wrap everything…

Star Trek: Voyager (2001) – Homestead, and Renaissance Man

Captain’s log: stardate 54868.6 LeVar Burton directs this episode from a script by Raf Green, and sees Neelix’s (Ethan Phillips) departure from the series when the Voyager comes across a Talaxian settlement which needs help, and Neelix finds his place among them. It first aired on 9 May, 2001. There’s some nice continuity within the…