The '02 Movie Hierarchy

  1. A
  2. Punch-Drunk Love (10)
  3. 25th Hour (2)
  4. Devils on the Doorstep
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2)
  6. Gangs of New York
  7. Spider-Man (3)

  8. A-
  9. The Piano Teacher
  10. Human Nature
  11. Bowling for Columbine
  12. Esther Kahn (2)
  13. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
  14. Hell House
  15. Wendigo (2)
  16. Signs
  17. Scratch

  18. B+
  19. What Time is it There? (2)
  20. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2)
  21. Super Troopers (8-10)
  22. Songs from the Second Floor
  23. 8 Women
  24. Roger Dodger (2)
  25. Narc
  26. Dog Soldiers (2)
  27. Spirited Away
  28. Uzumaki
  29. Far from Heaven
  30. Minority Report
  31. Blade II
  32. Femme Fatale (2)
  33. Metropolis
  34. Late Marriage
  35. Time Out
  36. Kick the Moon
  37. Jackass: The Movie (2)
  38. Panic Room
  39. Nine Queens
  40. Derrida
  41. Undisputed
  42. The Mothman Prophecies
  43. Full Frontal
  44. I'm Going Home
  45. Below
  46. Big Trouble

  47. B
  48. Home Movie
  49. Frailty
  50. Adaptation.
  51. The Believer
  52. One Hour Photo
  53. No Such Thing
  54. Suicide Club (2)
  55. The Bourne Identity
  56. The Brotherhood of the Wolf (2)
  57. The Happiness of the Katakuris
  58. Insomnia
  59. 24 Hour Party People
  60. 'R Xmas
  61. Die Another Day
  62. Undercover Brother (2)
  63. Road to Perdition
  64. Dagon
  65. $la$her$ (2)
  66. Intacto
  67. Trouble Every Day
  68. Take Care of My Cat
  69. Birthday Girl
  70. Lovely & Amazing
  71. Chicago
  72. Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (6)

  73. B-
  74. Death to Smoochy
  75. Interview with the Assassin
  76. American Nightmare
  77. Mutant Aliens
  78. The Transporter
  79. Dead or Alive: Final
  80. Equilibrium
  81. The New Guy
  82. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  83. Our America
  84. The Hot Chick
  85. Welcome to Collinwood
  86. Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat
  87. Notorious C.H.O.
  88. Scarlet Diva
  89. Harvard Man
  90. Swimfan
  91. The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys

  92. C+
  93. The City of Lost Souls (2)
  94. Catch Me if You Can
  95. The Grey Zone
  96. The Sum of All Fears
  97. The Isle
  98. The Attic Expeditions
  99. Stuart Little 2
  100. Orange County
  101. Dogtown and Z-Boys
  102. Jason X
  103. The Ring
  104. Murderous Maids
  105. The Son's Room
  106. Vulgar
  107. Dahmer
  108. Wasabi
  109. Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
  110. ZigZag
  111. Red Dragon
  112. Austin Powers in Goldmember
  113. Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones
  114. How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog

  115. C
  116. Monsoon Wedding
  117. Impostor
  118. feardotcom (2)
  119. Porn 'n Chicken
  120. Storytelling
  121. Lilo & Stitch
  122. Resident Evil
  123. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2)
  124. CQ
  125. Secretary
  126. About Schmidt
  127. Like Mike
  128. Sorority Boys
  129. Shiri
  130. Star Trek: Nemesis
  131. Read My Lips
  132. Alias Betty
  133. Reign of Fire
  134. Girls Can't Swim
  135. Warm Water Under a Red Bridge
  136. Gangster No. 1
  137. Stripped
  138. Ted Bundy

  139. C-
  140. Morvern Callar
  141. Cherish
  142. Scooby-Doo
  143. Stealing Harvard
  144. The Rules of Attraction
  145. Freeze Me
  146. Mr. Deeds
  147. Men in Black II
  148. Collateral Damage
  149. Never Again
  150. The Good Girl
  151. Das Experiment

  152. D+
  153. Bad Company
  154. They
  155. Vampires: Los Muertos
  156. New Best Friend
  157. The Salton Sea
  158. Pumpkin

  159. D
  160. The Master of Disguise
  161. Formula 51
  162. The Tuxedo
  163. Dragonfly
  164. Snow Dogs
  165. The Santa Clause 2
  166. Serving Sara
  167. The Last Man
  168. Crazy as Hell
  169. Slackers
  170. Rollerball
  171. Blackwoods

  172. D-
  173. National Lampoon’s Van Wilder
  174. The Auteur Theory
  175. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  176. Enough
  177. Roxanna
  178. Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Killer Mutant Snowman

  179. F
  180. Halloween: Resurrection
  181. The Adventures of Pluto Nash
  182. Money Buys Happiness
Author Comments: 

Bad first half, awesome second half... so I think, despite popular wisdom, that '02 qualifies as a darn good year. (Films with numbers beside them indicate multiple viewings.)

We are in total agreement about Requiem for a Dream ruling '00 and Mulholland Drive and Memento ruling 2001, but in 2002 I didn't see anything that really excited me. Pretty terrible year. I guess if I had to pick, it'd be Y Tu Mama Tambien and Frailty at the top, and possibly Irreversible. As for '03, well, there are no similarities whatsoever in our tastes - which is fine but too bad after agreeing so completely with the top of your '00 and '01 lists. Thankfully, I suspect that when I get around to seeing Sideways and Before Sunset, our '04 top lists will be almost identical.

RE: '99. Your favorite year... ever? If so, it's mine as well, though it might be tied with 1954.

Any chance you'll one day treat us to a '25 favorite films' list or something similar?

Really? No love for "Punch-Drunk", one of the most gorgeously romantic films I've ever seen (even more so because it's not especially romantic at first glance)? No props for "25th Hour", a haunting and moving expression of human indecision and ambivalence in the face of tragedy? No appreciation for "Gangs of New York", an epic human drama about the sheer pointlessness of human drama when cast against the sweep of history?

'03, on the other hand, I can understand... it was such a scattershot year that any agreement with anyone else almost feels accidental.

And a 25 favorite list would probably be obsolete two days after I created it, since my mind is likely to change on a dime. I will say that Peter Jackson's breathtakingly funny and creative splatcom "Dead Alive" is my favorite full-length film of all time.

Not 'no' love, just less love. And, my tastes have radically changed and expanded since I saw either film. My critical eye has also been tuned since then - a constant problem: maybe I should watch 10 more classics and 30 more 'out there' titles and then start all over again from the very beginning with film criticism and rewatch the ones worth watching and REALLY review them with a wholly different, more pure (primal?) approach to my judgements.

But, not right now: I really need to put amateur film criticism on hold to pursue something that could financially enable the lifestyle I've long desired: screenwriting.

As someone who is also starting to dabble in screenwriting, I can only say: Good luck, mate.

Right back at ya. Just remember that 'It's like Un Chien Andalou with bits of Cocteau' is not an attractive pitch from an unproven writer :-)