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Top 10 Best Movies of 2002

Opinions by Shawn McKenzie 01/03/2003

I didn't see every single movie of 2002, but I did see a majority of them, so I can safely say that I know what was worth seeing in 2002.  You may disagree with my choices, and that's fine, but know what I like.  See what you think.

10. Two Weeks Notice-This was the second best chick flick of the year.  Very funny movie, and if your wife or girlfriend drags you to see it instead of the latest Lord of the Rings movie, you won’t have a bad time.

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9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets-This installment was better than the first one in my opinion.  It was long, but not once was I bored watching it.

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8. The Good Girl-With great dialogue written by Mike White and a movie career-making performance by Jennifer Aniston, this was one of the best comedies of the year.  This proves that time spent with her “Friends” should be limited, so she can make more movies like this.  Shame on you for not nominating her, you wacky Golden Globes!

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7. Insomnia-The second movie of three amazing performances Robin Williams gave in 2002 (The first being Death to Smoochy…yes, I loved that movie), he was only one of many great performances in front of and behind the camera involving this movie.  Hilary Swank was great, Al Pacino was awesome, and director Christopher Nolan (who directed 2001’s best movie, Memento) did an excellent job of actually making you feel like Pacino was up for days and not thinking straight.  Williams should have gotten a Supporting Actor nomination and Pacino should have gotten a Best Actor nomination by the Golden Globes.

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6. Bowling for Columbine-This was one of the best documentaries I have seen in years.  I didn’t agree with all of filmmaker Michael Moore’s points (he tends to lean toward the liberal point of view, and I am a Libertarian), but it was surprisingly not one big anti-gun rant.

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5. Catch Me If You Can-Like Insomnia, this movie was a great combination of director and talented actors.  Unlike Insomnia, this movie did get a little Golden Globe love (for Leonardo DiCaprio’s deserving performance.)  Steven Spielberg directed Leo and Tom Hanks (plus a great small performance by Christopher Walken) in one of the most fun movies of the year.  You just have to check it out to see what I mean.

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4. Punch Drunk Love-It took Boogie Nights director Paul Thomas Anderson to prove what I already knew…Adam Sandler can act!  Check it out and see if he deserved his Golden Globe nomination.  Unfortunately, even if he wins, I doubt he will be nominated for an Oscar (just look at Jim Carrey’s back-to-back wins for The Truman Show and Man on the Moon, followed by his back-to-back Oscar snubs.)

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3. One Hour Photo-This was the third movie in Robin Williams’ 2002 movie comeback, and definitely the best one.  I don’t normally take pictures, but this movie would make me think twice about getting them developed at the same place!  I’m sounding like a broken record, but three Golden Globe snubs in a row?  I can understand Death to Smoochy (it did poorly in the box office and I am one of the only critics who liked it), but why no nominations for Insomnia or this extremely creepy movie?

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2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding-Yes, I know, I am only the millionth person heaping praise on this flick, but it deserves all of its kudos.  Anyone who has a big family or is dating (or married to) someone with a big family can identify with it.  I swear I had a huge smile on my face after I saw it.  It is the best chick flick of the year.

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1. The Bourne Identity-I bet you never thought you would see this movie at the top of a “best-of” list, did you?  I’m sorry if you disagree, but I thought this movie was awesome!  It had a great performance by Matt Damon, who proved with this movie that he could be a credible action star.  If I may be so bold, I’d say it was an Oscar-worthy performance, but the Oscars have no love for action stars.  It had some of the best non-martial arts fight choreography I’ve seen in years and a great story to go along with it.  Finally, not only did Damon show some range, but also so did director Doug Liman, who had previously done the comedies Swingers and Go.  With all these surprise performances, are you still surprised that it is my favorite movie of 2002?

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Honorable Mentions (movies I gave a 5 or 4 ½ camera rating that didn’t quite make the list):  E.T. The 20th Anniversary Edition, Big Trouble, Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones, Sorority Boys, Jason X, Frailty, Spider-Man, Minority Report, Reign of Fire, The Road to Perdition, The Kid Stays in the Picture, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, Moonlight Mile, Red Dragon, The Ring, 8 Mile, Die Another Day, Star Trek: Nemesis (for Trekkies), Adaptation, Gangs of New York, Intacto, and About Schmidt

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