Film Highlights of 2002

Of the films I saw in 2002, here is a list of those I heartily recommend. Sorry, no Lord of the Rings on this list. My favorites (in no particular order) appear first, followed by the rest of the best, in the order they were seen.

Spirited Away (2001, Japan, Hayao Miyazaki)
If You Could Only Cook (1935, USA, William A. Seiter)
The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition (2000, USA, George Butler)
Crippled Avengers (1978, Hong Kong, Chang Cheh)
Paths of Glory (1957, USA, Stanley Kubrick)
Our Hospitality (1923, USA, Buster Keaton, John G. Blystone)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002, Australia, Phillip Noyce)
The Navigator (1924, USA, Buster Keaton)
The Devil’s Backbone (2001, Mexico, Guillermo del Toro)
The Murderers Are Among Us (1946, German, Wolfgang Staudte)
Hidden Fortress (1958, Japan, Akira Kurosawa)
The General (1927, USA, Buster Keaton)
Seven Samurai (1954, Japan, Akira Kurosawa)


Amelie (2001, France, Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
The Shipping News (2001, USA, Lasse Hallstrom)
Martial Arts of Shaolin (1986, Hong Kong, Liu Chia Liang)
In the Bedroom (2001, USA, Todd Field)
Monsoon Wedding (2001, India, Mira Nair)
Gosford Park (2001, USA, Robert Altman)
Green Snake (1993, Hong Kong, Tsui Hark)
The Pledge (2001, USA, Sean Penn)
A Beautiful Mind (2001, USA, Ron Howard)
Wit (2001, USA, Mike Nichols)
The Killing (1956, USA, Stanley Kubrick)
The Closet (2001, France, Francis Veber)
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001, Mexico, Alfonso Cuaron)
Insomnia (2002, USA, Christopher Nolan)
Dinosaur (2000, USA, Eric Leighton, Ralph Zondag) Silly character voices but amazing to look at. Would have been great if the animals didn’t talk. Thanks Disney.
Seven Days in May (1964, USA, John Frankenheimer)
About a Boy (2002, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz)
Austin Powers: Goldmember (2002, USA, Jay Roach)
Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964, USA, Robert Aldrich) Screened it again after visiting the plantation where it was shot during a trip to New Orleans in May.
Read My Lips (2001, France, Jacques Audiard)
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002, USA, Sam Jones)
Minority Report (2002, USA, Stephen Spielberg)
Metropolis (1927, Germany, Fritz Lang) I’ve seen it multiple times but couldn’t pass up an opportunity to see the theatrical showing of the restored print. Really amazing.
Road to Perdition (2002, USA, Sam Mendes)
The Good Girl (2002, USA, Miguel Arteta)
The Boat (1921, USA, Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline)
Sherlock Jr. (1924, USA, Buster Keaton)
The Happiness of the Katakouris (2001, Japan, Takashi Miike)
Hukkle (2002, Hungary, Gyorgy Palfi)
Tribute (2001, USA, Kris Curry, Rich Fox) A hilarious documentary on tribute bands, from Journey to Kiss.
Seven Chances (1925, USA, Buster Keaton)
Drunken Angel (1948, Japan, Akira Kurosawa)
Throne of Blood (1957, Japan, Akira Kurosawa)
The Captain’s Paradise (1953, UK, Anthony Kimmons)
Zoolander (2001, USA, Ben Stiller)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002, USA, Chris Columbus)
Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928, USA, Charles Reisner, Buster Keaton)
Mother (1996, USA, Albert Brooks) As funny now as the first time I saw it six years ago. I laughed until I cried.
Bowling for Columbine (2002, USA, Michael Moore)
8 Mile (2002, USA, Curtis Hanson)

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