Aug 10, 2009

A Decade in Cinema: 2002

And now... here's 2002:

  • 8 Mile
  • The Adventures of Pluto Nash
  • Analyze That
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • Bend It Like Beckham
  • Bowling for Columbine
  • Chicago
  • Crossroads
  • Death to Smoochy
  • Eight Crazy Nights
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Ice Age
  • Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
  • Lilo and Stitch
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Men in Black II
  • Mr. Deeds
  • National Lampoon's Van Wilder
  • The New Guy
  • The Pianist
  • Pinocchio
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • The Ring
  • Scooby-Doo
  • Slackers
  • Snow Dogs
  • Spider-Man
  • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
  • Star Trek Nemesis
  • Undercover Brother
  • xXx
Here are the stand-outs:
  1. 8 Mile - Rapper Eminem continues to amaze people by proving that he can act in one of the best musical faux-bio pics since "Purple Rain".
  2. Bowling for Columbine - I may hate Michael Moore, but this documentary was on one day and I was amazed at how well put together the information was. If anything, this movie will be remembered for it's Oscar speech to which host Steve Martin replied "Right now, Michael Moore is being loaded into his trunk".
  3. Kung Pow: Enter the Fist - The first actual movie to parody bad kung-fu dubbing successfully while creating an over-the-top, hilarious storyline that features fights with cows and use of MC Hammer. There has been talks of sequels, but as of now, this low brow masterpiece remains the funniest spliced footage movie.
  4. Lilo and Stitch - One of the last few good Disney movies before "Finding Nemo" became the turning point, not only lowering the bar of humor, but turning the format from hand-drawn to computer generated. This movie, however, was an amazing mix of reckless abandonment humor of aliens and family values of the Hawaiian sisters.
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Easily the best of the trilogy as it features one of the most consistent storylines and introduces the infamous walking, talking trees, and the greatest thing to happen to cinema this decade: Gollum.
  6. Punch-Drunk Love - Adam Sandler's dramatic debut was a critical praise and under artistic director Paul Thomas Anderson, this subtle effort blends his mad man character in ways unseen before and is sure to leave the average fan confused for the first few times.

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