What we liked and disliked in 2000 -- From ''West Wing'' to ''White Teeth,'' a compilation of our favorite and least favorite movies, songs, and TV shows

By EW Staff
Updated December 22, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

Samuel Goldwyn, the Yogi Berra of studio chiefs, was once heard to bark, ”Don’t pay any attention to the critics — don’t even ignore them!” But what did he know? Goldwyn was a mogul, not a fan. We know better. So pay close attention as our reviewers consider the golden-age spitfire comedy of Aaron Sorkin’s political powerhouse, The West Wing; Bjork’s refuge in Rodgers and Hammerstein as the star of Lars von Trier’s high melodrama, Dancer in the Dark; the millennia-old issues of morality dramatized in the decade-in-the-waiting video release of the late Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Decalogue; and Napster, a phenomenon as old as insurrection itself — or at least punk. Speaking of anarchy in the U.K., there’s novelist Zadie Smith, who takes the spirit of E.M. Forster out for tea in the remains of the British Empire with her debut novel, White Teeth. Zounds! Everybody knows it’s the dawn of a new century but — as evidenced by these, our critics’ choices for the year’s best — we’re merely heading back to the future. They’ve cut through the ever-raging swirl of hype to give you a straight-ahead look at the best of pop culture. And the worst? Well, the less said, the better. Literally. As someone once said, ”Brevity is the soul of…”