Wednesday, June 02, 2004


cinema of 2002, in a nutshell




Adaptation. (Spike Jonze, USA)
Blissfully Yours (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)
Daughter From Danang (Gail Dolgin & Vincente Franco, USA/Vietnam
Femme Fatale (Brian De Palma, USA/France)
Late Marriage (Dover Kosashvili, Israel)
Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, USA)
Talk to Her (Pedro Almodovar, Spain)
25th Hour (Spike Lee, USA)
Y tu mamá también (Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico)


About a Boy (Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz, USA/UK)
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Zacharias Kunuk, Canada)
Dahmer (David Jacobson, USA)
8 Women (Francois Ozon, France)
Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, USA)
Gaza Strip (James Longley, USA)
The Grey Zone (Tim Blake Nelson, USA)
Home Movie (Chris Smith, USA)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Peter Jackson, USA)
Minority Report (Steven Spielberg, USA)
Morvern Callar (Lynne Ramsay, UK)
Panic Room (David Fincher, USA)
Promises (Justine Shaprio & B.Z. Goldberg, USA/Israel)
Roger Dodger (Dylan Kidd, USA)
Solaris (Steven Soderbergh, USA)
Spider-Man (Sam Raimi, USA)
Spirited Away (Hayao Myazaki, Japan)
Time Out (Laurence Cantet, France)
Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis, France)
Turning Gate (Hong Sang-Soo, South Korea)
24 Hour Party People (Michael Winterbottom, UK)
What Time is it There? (Tsai Ming-Liang, Japan)


All or Nothing (Mike Leigh, UK)
The Believer (Henry Bean, USA)
Bitters and Blue Ruin (Sean Kelley, USA)
Blade II (Guillermo del Toro, USA)
Bowling for Columbine (Michael Moore, USA)
Box Head Revolution (Mark Christensen, USA)
Catch Me If You Can (Steven Spielberg, USA)
Cavalcades (Noah Nuer, France)
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (George Clooney, USA)
Cremaster 3 (Matthew Barney, USA)
Cry For Argentina (Angus McQueen, UK/Argentina)
The Devil's Playground (Lucy Walker, USA)
Dziga and His Brothers (Evgeniy Tsymbal, Russia)
I Don't Know Jack (Chris Leavens, USA)
Frailty (Bill Paxton, USA)
Gacaca, Living Together Again in Rwanda? (Anne Aghion, France/USA)
Gangs of New York (Martin Scorsese, USA)
Goodbye Dear Love (Ruth Behar, USA/Cuba)
How to Draw a Bunny (John Walter, USA)
Human Weapon (Ilan Ziv, France/Israel/USA)
Insomnia (Christopher Nolan, USA)
Intacto (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Spain)
Jackass: The Movie (Jeff Tremaine, USA)
Karmen Gei (Joseph Gai Ramaka, Senegal)
The Kid Stays in the Picture (Brett Morgan & Nanette Burstein, USA)
Ladies and Gentlemen Over 65 (Lilos Mangelsdorf, Germany)
The Lady and the Duke (Eric Rohmer, France)
Lagaan (Ashutosh Gowariker, India)
The Laramie Project (Moisés Kaufman, USA)
Last Orders (Fred Schipisi, UK)
The Legend of Leigh Bowery (Charles Atlas, USA)
Life on the Tracks (Ditsi Carolino, UK/Phillipines)
Lilo & Stitch (Chris Sanders & Dean DeBlois, USA)
Look Out Haskell, It's Real!: The Making of Medium Cool (Paul Cronin, USA)
Love and Diane (Jennifer Dworkin, USA)
Lovely & Amazing (Nicole Holofcener, USA)
A Lucky Day (Sandra Gugliotta, Argentina)
Maggie Growls (Barbara Attie & Janet Goldwater, USA)
Man Without a Past (Aki Kaurismaki, Finland)
Murderous Maids (Jean-Pierre Denis, France)
Nicholas Nickleby (Douglas McGrath, USA)
A Night Prophecy (Amar Kanwar, India)
On the Frontline (Hanoch Zeevi, Israel)
The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke, France/Austria)
Pistol Opera (Seijun Suzuki, Japan)
'R Xmas (Abel Ferrara, USA)
Rana's Wedding (Hary Abu-Assad, Palestine/The Netherlands/United Arab Emirates)
The Ring (Gore Verbinski, USA)
Road to Perdition (Sam Mendes, USA)
Scratch (Doug Pray, USA)
Secretary (Steven Shainberg, USA)
Seven Days in Tehran (Reza Khatibi, France/Iran)
The Son's Room (Nanni Moretti, Italy)
Tikkun (Taliya Finkel, Israel)
Undercover Brother (Malcolm D. Lee, USA)
Undisputed (Walter Hill, USA)
War Takes (Patricia Gastano & Adelaida Trujillo, Columbia/UK)
Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (Shohei Imamura, Japan)
We Interrupt This Empire (Video Activist Network, USA)
When the War is Over (Francois Verster, South Africa)


About Schmidt (Alexander Payne, USA)
Ali G Indahouse (Mark Mylod, UK)
Birthday Girl (Jez Butterworth, USA)
Blue Crush (John Stockwell, USA)
The Bourne Identity (Doug Liman, USA)
The Business of Fancydancing (Sherman Alexie, USA)
Changing Lanes (Roger Michell, USA)
Chicago (Rob Marshall, USA)
Dagon (Stuart Gordon, Spain)
Die Another Day (Lee Tamahori, USA/UK)
Dogtown and Z-Boys (Stacy Peralta, USA)
Guardian of the Frontier (Maja Weiss, Slovenia/Germany)
Heaven (Tom Tykwer, Germany/Italy/USA)
Human Nature (Michel Gondry, USA)
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (Sam Jones, USA)
I'm Going Home (Manoel de Olveira, Portugal/France)
Invincible (Werner Herzog, Germany)
Kissing Jessica Stein (Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, USA)
Me Without You (Sandra Goldbacher, UK)
The Metamorphosis (Valeri Fokin, Russia)
Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair, India)
Naqoyqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, USA)
Orange County (Jake Kasdan, USA)
Palestine is Still the Issue (Anthony Stark, UK)
The Photographer (Sebastián Alarcón, Chile)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, UK/Australia)
Red Bear (Israel Adrian Caetano, Argentina)
Shanghai Ghetto (Dana Janklowicz-Mann & Amir Mann, USA/China)
That's My Face (Thomas Allen Harris, USA)


Ararat (Atom Egoyan, Canada)
The Brotherhood of the Wolf (Christophe Gans, France)
The Cat's Meow (Peter Bogdanovich, USA)
The Chateau (Jesse Peretz, USA/France)
Circuit (Dirk Shafer, USA)
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (Peter Care, USA)
Dark Water (Hideo Nakata, Japan)
Das Experiment (Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany)
8 Mile (Curtis Hanson, USA)
El Crimen del Padre Amaro (Carlos Carrera, Mexico)
The Food of Love (Ventura Pons, USA/UK/Spain)
Friend (Kwak Kyung-Taek, Korea)
Happy Times (Zhang Yimou, China)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Chris Columbus, USA)
His Secret Life (Ferzan Ozpetek, Italy/France)
Interview With the Assasin (Neil Burger, USA)
Lan Yu (Stanley Kwan, China)
One Hour Photo (Mark Romanek, USA)
The Private Archives of Pablo Escobar (Marc De Beaufort, Colombia)
The Quiet American (Phillip Noyce, UK)
Resident Evil (Paul W.S. Anderon, USA)
The Rules of Attraction (Roger Avary, USA)
Russian Ark (Alexander Sukorov, Russia)
Samy and I (Eduardo Milewicz, Argentina)
Satin Rouge (Raja Amari, Tunisia)
Scarlet Diva (Asia Argento, Italy)
Signs (M. Night Shyamalan, USA)
Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Paul Justman, USA)
Strut! (Max L. Raab, USA)
Sunshine State (John Sayles, USA)
Thelma (Pierre-Alain Meier, Switzerland/France/Greece)
The Transporter (Corey Yuen, France/UK)
The Truth About Charlie (Jonathan Demme, USA/UK/France)


Auto Focus (Paul Schrader, USA)
CQ (Roman Coppola, USA)
Destiny (Sam Ung, USA)
Donald and Dot Clock: Found Dead in Their Home (Michael Kowalski, USA)
Elling (Peter Naess, Norway)
The Emperor's New Clothes (Alan Taylor, USA)
Fidel (Estela Bravo, USA/Cuba)
Frida (Julie Taymor, USA)
Gangster No. 1 (Paul McGuigan, UK)
The Happiness of the Katakuris (Takashi Miike, Japan)
Hollywood Ending (Woody Allen, USA)
The Hours (Stephen Daldry, USA)
Ice Age (Chris Wedge, USA)
Jiyan (Jano Rosebiani, Iraq)
Monsieur Batignole (Gérard Jugnot, France)
Mostly Martha (Sandra Nettelbeck, Germany)
The Pianist (Roman Polanski, France/Poland)
Real Women Have Curves (Patricia Cardoso, USA)
Red Dragon (Brett Rattner, USA)
Rosa Funzeca (Aurelio Grimaldi, Italy)
Scotland, P.A. (Billy Morissette, USA)
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (George Lucas, USA)
Sisters (Sergei Bodrov, Jr., Russia)
Unfaithful (Adrian Lyne, USA)
Velocita Massina (Daniele Vacari, Italy)
The Wisdom of the Pretzel (Ilan Heitner, Israel)
XXX (Rob Cohen, USA)


Austin Powers in Goldmember (Jay Roach, USA)
Death to Smoochy (Danny DeVito, USA)
Harvard Man (James Toback, USA)
Igby Goes Down (Burr Steer, USA)
Millenium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Joel Zwick, USA)
Narc (Joe Carnahan, USA)
Serving Sara (Reginald Hudlin, USA)
Slap Her, She's French (Melanie Mayron, USA)
Suicide Club (Sion Sono, Japan)


Full Frontal (Steven Soderbergh, USA)
Ghost Ship (Steve Beck, USA)
Impostor (Gary Fleder, USA)
In Praise of Love (Jean-Luc Godard, France)
Storytelling (Todd Solondz, USA)
Tadpole (Gary Winick, USA)
The Way Home (Lee Jeong-hyang, South Korea)


Just a Kiss (Fisher Stevens, USA)
The Sweetest Thing (Roger Kumble, USA)
A Walk to Remember (Adam Shankman, USA)


8 Crazy Nights (Seth Kearsley, USA)
Master of Disguise (Perry Andelin Blake, USA)
Rollerball (John McTiernan)


Crap (Lou Cella, USA)

Kinda Ungradeable

Trailer Town (Giuseppe Andrews, USA)

One can always take a peek at the year's Top Ten List, can't one?

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