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 Posted:   Oct 13, 2013 - 7:49 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I don't know why it bugs me so when people claim that aughts were horrible for cinema, but it does. And here we have a second year in a row where I could easily list not just a top 10 but a top 20 and not feel bad about any of them.

City of God (Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Peter Jackson)
The Twilight Samurai (Yôji Yamada)
Whale Rider (Niki Caro)
Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Oasis (Lee Chang-dong)
The Cuckoo (Aleksandr Rogozhkin)
In America (Jim Sheridan)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce)
Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar)

and ten more:

Adaptation. (Spike Jonze)
The Pianist (Roman Polanski)
Bloody Sunday (Paul Greengrass)
Infernal Affairs (Andrew Lau and Alan Mak)
Lilya 4-ever (Lukas Moodysson)
The Man Without a Past (Aki Kaurismäki)
The Son (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
Dirty Pretty Things (Stephen Frears)
In This World (Michael Winterbottom)
Bubba Ho-tep (Don Coscarelli)

And we can just keep rolling with the good movies: About a Boy, Together, Man on the Train, Secretary, The Tracker, Heaven, Bend It Like Beckham, About Schmidt, The Magdalene Sisters, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Hero, Hukkle, The Quiet American, The Way Home, 25th Hour, All or Nothing, Intimate Stories, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, Valentin

And moving out of top 10 sort of material but still solid: Frida, Spider-Man, Chicago, Far From Heaven, 28 Days Later, Broken Wings, Dancer Upstairs, The Good Thief, House of Fools, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, The Ring, 8 Mile, Bourne Identity, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Road to Perdition

And some movies that may or may not be objectively great but that I love anyway: Igby Goes Down, The Mothman Prophecies (creepy), Deathwatch (a fine WWI ghost story), Frailty, The Good Girl (perhaps Jennifer Anistorn's best movie)

So can we stop these noises about how everything after the 70s sucked already please?

So what are your favorites of the year? What have I missed? What should I check out?

Previous years:
1983 & 1984: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98398
1985: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98451
1986: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98490
1987: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98554
1988: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98660
1989: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98706
1990: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98793
1991: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98888
1992: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98950
1993: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98978
1994: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=99133
1995: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=99262
1996: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=99278
1997: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=99302
1998: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=99329
1999: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=99343
2000: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=99371
2001: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=99374

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2013 - 9:57 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Agreed, outstanding year:

1. Russian Ark (Sokurov)

2. Moonlight Mile (Silberling)

3. The Pianist (Polanski)

4. Punch-Drunk Love (P.T. Anderson)

5. Le fils (The Son) (the Dardennes)

6. Road to Perdition (Mendes)

7. Uzak (Distant) (Ceylan)

8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Columbus)

9. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Jackson)

10. About Schmidt (Payne)

10. Catch Me If You Can (Spielberg)

10. Chicago (Marshall)

if I could extend my top 10 even further: Gangs of New York, Minority Report, Panic Room, Signs, Femme Fatale.

also good: Spider-Man, Zhou Yu’s Train, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Attack of the Clones, The Ring, In America, The Dancer Upstairs.



 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2013 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

What have I missed? What should I check out?


Russian Ark - It's both an amazing stunt (a feature-length movie filmed in just one take!) and a charming and moving look at Russian history all taking place within the Winter Palace at St. Petersburg.

Uzak (Distant) - Brilliant character study from Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Two very unalike cousins find themselves temporarily living together in Istanbul. Funny, sad, poignant, ultimately hopeful - I'm really looking forward to seeing more Ceylan films.

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2013 - 10:24 AM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

  • DIRTY PRETTY THINGS
  • INFERNAL AFFAIRS
  • THE PIANIST
  • RIPLEY'S GAME
  • THE SON
  • TALK TO HER

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     Posted:   Oct 13, 2013 - 1:22 PM   
     By:   Angelillo   (Member)

    My 5 favourite films of 2002, not including the obvious out-of-competition status for
    Greengrass' BLOODY SUNDAY are :

    25TH HOUR
    CHICAGO
    MORVERN CALLAR
    PUNCH DRUNK LOVE
    THE MAGDALENE SISTERS

     
     
     Posted:   Oct 13, 2013 - 1:29 PM   
     By:   Angelillo   (Member)

    What have I missed? What should I check out?

     
     
     Posted:   Oct 13, 2013 - 1:32 PM   
     By:   Angelillo   (Member)

    Russian Ark - It's both an amazing stunt (a feature-length movie filmed in just one take!) and a charming and moving look at Russian history all taking place within the Winter Palace at St. Petersburg.

    An unforgettable cinematic (and even mesmerizing) experience that deserves to be watched in a movie theater.


    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Peter Jackson)

    Not a fan of the trilogy, yet this second part is a stand-alone piece of achievement with some shakespearian moments in it. I just love it !

     
     Posted:   Oct 13, 2013 - 3:36 PM   
     By:   SBD   (Member)

    Big Trouble
    Catch Me if You Can
    Chicago
    Death to Smoochy
    Ice Age
    Kung Pow! Enter the Fist
    Spider-Man
    Spirited Away
    Treasure Planet
    Undercover Brother

     
     Posted:   Oct 13, 2013 - 4:33 PM   
     By:   random guy   (Member)

    25th Hour
    The Two Towers
    Minority Report
    City of God
    Road to Perdition
    Adaptation
    Punch Drunk Love
    Signs
    Spiderman
    Phone Booth

    some more

    Panic Room
    Irreversible
    Blade 2
    Auto Focus
    Catch me if can
    Barbershop

     
     Posted:   Oct 13, 2013 - 5:20 PM   
     By:   Freejack   (Member)



    2002, Not a very good year I'm afraid.

    1# - TIME MACHINE - 8/10

    2# - DOG SOLDIERS - 8/10

    3# - QUEEN OF THE DAMNED - 8/10

    4# - SIGNS - 8/10

    5# - S1M0NE - 7/10

    6# - REIGN OF FIRE - 7/10

    7# - 28 DAYS LATER - 6/10

    8# - THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO - 6/10

    9# - EQUILIBRIUM - 6/10

    10# - RESIDENT EVIL - 6/10

     
     Posted:   Oct 13, 2013 - 7:46 PM   
     By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

    1.) Minority Report: A
    2.) Spirited Away: A
    3.) The Pianist: A
    4.) Punch-Drunk Love: A
    5.) The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers: A- (director's cut: A)
    6.) Gangs Of New York: A-
    7.) Femme Fatale: A-
    8.) Catch Me If You Can: A-
    9.) Rabbit-Proof Fence: A-
    10.) Frailty: A-

     
     Posted:   Oct 15, 2013 - 6:32 PM   
     By:   nuts_score   (Member)


    2002, Not a very good year I'm afraid.

    1# - TIME MACHINE - 8/10

    2# - DOG SOLDIERS - 8/10

    3# - QUEEN OF THE DAMNED - 8/10

    4# - SIGNS - 8/10

    5# - S1M0NE - 7/10

    6# - REIGN OF FIRE - 7/10

    7# - 28 DAYS LATER - 6/10

    8# - THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO - 6/10

    9# - EQUILIBRIUM - 6/10

    10# - RESIDENT EVIL - 6/10


    Well when you put it that way with a list of movies that includes a lot of those, then yes it was a shit year which gave us the undying Resident Evil franchise; Andrew Niccol's beginning ascent into making awful films; the moment when we began to realize Shyamalan might just be coasting on successful fumes; and that you gave Queen of the Damned a higher score than the excellent Kevin Reynold's adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo making you a daft fool.

     
     Posted:   Oct 18, 2013 - 4:44 AM   
     By:   Freejack   (Member)


    2002, Not a very good year I'm afraid.

    1# - TIME MACHINE - 8/10

    2# - DOG SOLDIERS - 8/10

    3# - QUEEN OF THE DAMNED - 8/10

    4# - SIGNS - 8/10

    5# - S1M0NE - 7/10

    6# - REIGN OF FIRE - 7/10

    7# - 28 DAYS LATER - 6/10

    8# - THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO - 6/10

    9# - EQUILIBRIUM - 6/10

    10# - RESIDENT EVIL - 6/10


    Well when you put it that way with a list of movies that includes a lot of those, then yes it was a shit year which gave us the undying Resident Evil franchise; Andrew Niccol's beginning ascent into making awful films; the moment when we began to realize Shyamalan might just be coasting on successful fumes; and that you gave Queen of the Damned a higher score than the excellent Kevin Reynold's adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo making you a daft fool.


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    Hey, I'm not the one called "Nuts"...

    Let's here your favourite 10.

     
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