2002 January-April

(1 Jan) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, Peter Jackson) [ review ] 93

(3 Jan) Almost Famous (2000, Cameron Crowe) [ review ] 92

(7 Jan) Vanilla Sky (2001, Cameron Crowe) [ review ] 93

(8 Jan) The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, Wes Anderson) [ review ] 84

(11 Jan) Orange County (2002, Jake Kasdan) [ review ] 68

(14 Jan) Moulin Rouge! (2001, Baz Luhrmann) [ review ] 98

(16 Jan) Vanilla Sky (2001, Cameron Crowe) [ review ] 93

(18 Jan) Hannibal (2001, Ridley Scott) [ review ] 39

(21 Jan) Black Hawk Down (2001, Ridley Scott) [ review ] 36

(23 Jan) The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001, The Coen brothers) [ review ] 71

(26 Jan) Moulin Rouge! (2001, Baz Luhrmann) [ review ] 98

(29 Jan) In the Bedroom (2001, Todd Field) [ review ] 70

(29 Jan) I Am Sam (2001, Jessie Nelson) [ review ] 56

(31 Jan) Rain Man (1988, Barry Levinson) 72
[ I’m not sure this qualifies as the “Best Picture” of any year, but I liked it quite a bit. Dustin Hoffman is great, of course, and Tom Cruise offers strong support in the less showy role. ]

(31 Jan) Blazing Saddles (1974, Mel Brooks) 87
[ I love the classic old Mel Brooks farces with Gene Wilder. Funny, funny stuff. “Where the white women at?” ]

(4 Feb) Magnolia (1999, Paul Thomas Anderson) [ review ] 100

(5 Feb) Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese) [ review ] 100

(8 Feb) Collateral Damage (2002, Andrew Davis) [ review ] 42

(8 Feb) Le Pacte des Loups (2001, Christopher Gans) [ review ] 90

(9 Feb) Die Hard (1988, John McTiernan) [ review ] 94

(11 Feb) Ocean’s 11 (2001, Steven Soderbergh) [ review ] 92

(13 Feb) Bandits (2001, Barry Levinson) 72
[ I’ve watched it a couple of times and liked it more every time. It’s a quiet, quirkily sweet little film that doesn’t reinvent anything but offers a pleasant two hours with some amusing characters amusingly played by Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett. ]

(14 Feb) Moulin Rouge! (2001, Baz Luhrmann) [ review ] 98

(15 Feb) Crossroads (2002, Tamra Davis) [ review ] 10

(18 Feb) High Fidelity (2000, Stephen Frears) [ review ] 71

(19 Feb) Monster’s Ball (2001, Marc Forster) [ review ] 86

(24 Feb) Natural Born Killers (1994, Oliver Stone) [ review ] 92

(26 Feb) Le Collectionneur (2002, Jean Beaudin) 65
[ A French Canadian take on the serial killer movie, this by-the-numbers thrillers is most notable for another great turn by Luc Picard and the interesting addition of two kids at the side of police detective Maud Graham. ]

(28 Feb) Storytelling (2002, Todd Solondz) [ review ] 66

(4 Mar) Le Ring Intérieur (2002, Dan Bigras) [ review ] 70

(4 Mar) Total Recall (1990, Paul Verhoeven) [ review ] 90

(5 Mar) Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles) [ review ] 100

(6 Mar) Say Anything (1989, Cameron Crowe) [ review ] 97

(7 Mar) Shanghai Noon (2000, Tom Dey) [ review ] 45

(7 Mar) Swordfish (2001, Dominic Sena) [ review ] 52

(8 Mar) The 13th Warrior (1999, John McTiernan) 29
[ Muddy, dark, mostly dull story about Vikings, cannibals and crap. ]

(8 Mar) Daylight (1996, Rob Cohen) 26
[ Utterly retarded disaster movie, “Sly Stallone against a farking tunnel!” Not so much boring as it is infuriatingly dumb and preposterous. ]

(8 Mar) The World is not Enough (1999, Michael Apted) 30
[ Further proof that the James Bond franchise has run its course. Not a hint of invention, been there done that. ]

(8 Mar) Big Momma’s House (2000, Raja Gosnell) 14
[ There are bad movies and then there are bad Martin Lawrence movies… Martin Lawrence in drag, for chrissakes! Runteldat indeed. ]

(9 Mar) Starship Troopers (1997, Paul Verhoeven) [ review ] 93

(9 Mar) Say Anything (1989, Cameron Crowe) [ review ] 97

(11 Mar) Porn Star: The legend of Ron Jeremy (2001, Scott Gill) [ review ] 74

(12 Mar) Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles) [ review ] 100

(13 Mar) Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back (2001, Kevin Smith) [ review ] 81

(18 Mar) Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles) [ review ] 100

(19 Mar) Training Day (2001, Antoine Fuqua) [ review ] 47

(19 Mar) Showtime (2002, Tom Dey) [ review ] 63

(20 Mar) The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola) [ review ] 95

(21 Mar) End of Days (1999, Peter Hyams) [ review ] 66

(21 Mar) Rush Hour 2 (2001, Brett Ratner) [ review ] 54

(22 Mar) Armageddon (1998, Michael Bay) [ review ] 65

(22 Mar) Remember the Titans (2000, Boaz Yakin) 58
[ This trite, obvious message movie shouldn’t work, but somehow it does. Still nothing to write home about, but amusing and even kinda touching. ]

(25 Mar) Blade II (2002, Guillermo Del Toro) [ review ] 44

(26 Mar) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 20th Anniversary Edition (1982, Steven Spielberg) [ review ] 97

(28 Mar) The Godfather part 2 (1974, Francis Ford Coppola) [ review ] 86

(29 Mar) Death to Smoochy (2002, Danny DeVito) [ review ] 11

(29 Mar) Panic Room (2002, David Fincher) [ review ] 48

(1 Apr) The Godfather part III (1990, Francis Ford Coppola) [ review ] 70

(4 Apr) The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, Peter Jackson) [ review ] 93

(7 Apr) The Virgin Suicides (1999, Sofia Coppola) 47
[ Utterly gorgeous music (by French group Air), cinematography and actresses (Kirsten Dunst is a peach), but utterly empty and inconsequential. ]

(8 Apr) Caddyshack (1980, Harold Ramis) 35
[ That’s a comedy classic??? Bill Murray’s a hoot, and Rodney Dangerfield throws some choice zingers, but I never was a Chevy Chase fan and the film as a whole is uneven, messy and simply not that funny. ]

(8 Apr) Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002, Alfonso Cuaron) [ review ] 91

(9 Apr) The Apartment (1960, Billy Wilder) 90
[ Funny, charming and smart if old fashioned. Jack Lemmon and Shirley Maclaine are adorable and I love that the ending is left open. ]

(11 Apr) Back to the Future (1985, Robert Zemeckis) [ review ] 95

(12 Apr) The Sweetest Thing (2002, Roger Kumble) [ review ] 19

(13 Apr) Back to the Future part II (1989, Robert Zemeckis) 69
[ I like some of the future stuff and the idea of returning to 1955 again and messing everything some more, but plot holes abound and having Michael J. Fox play half the characters is a bad call. ]

(14 Apr) Changing Lanes (2002, Roger Michell) [ review ] 40

(15 Apr) Back to the Future part III (1990, Robert Zemeckis) 86
[ Delightful pastiche of old Westerns, this reinvents nicely the dynamics of the original in a new setting, and the romance between Doc Brown and the schoolteacher is surprisingly touching. ]

(15 Apr) Bring it On (2000, Peyton Reed) 73
[ More fun than it has any right to be, this is more hip than corny and Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku are priceless. ]

(16 Apr) The Princess Bride (1987, Rob Reiner) 64
[ Clever, very clever. How’s that working out for you, being clever? I admire the wit, but like the Monty Python movies this is the kind of flick that makes you say “Oh, that’s funny.” instead of actually laughing. ]

(17 Apr) Happiness (1998, Todd Solondz) [ review ] 92

(19 Apr) The Scorpion King (2002, Chuck Russell) [ review ] 57

(21 Apr) Commando (1985, Mark. L. Lester) [ review ] 100

(22 Apr) Frailty (2002, Bill Paxton) [ review ] 34

(25 Apr) Mulholland Dr. (2001, David Lynch) [ review ] 65

(26 Apr) The Matrix (1999, Andy & Laura Wachowski) [ review ] 91

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