Mike’s 13 top ten of 2002
About a Boy. Hugh Grant proves that he really can act in a remarkably moving comedy/drama.
Insomnia. The 2nd best Robin Williams movie of the year. Director Christopher Nolan proves that he’s for real.
Frailty. Bill Paxton’s brilliant directorial debut is the year’s best horror.
Undisputed. Walter Hill/Ving Rhames/Wesley Snipes boxing/prison drama. Sleeper of the year.
One-Hour Photo. The finest acting Robin Williams has done; superb work manipulating a familiar formula.
Standing in the Shadows of Motown. Terrific documentary about the Funk Bros., the backup band that contributed so much to the music of the 1960s.
Spirited Away. Hands down, the year’s best animation from Japan. Worthy of comparison to Pinocchio & The Wizard of Oz.
Gangs of New York. Martin Scorsese’s historical epic is likely to win him Oscar. (Oops, got that wrong.)
Brotherhood of the Wolf. Your basic 18th century French political-conspiracy martial-arts horror special effects epic, with a spaghetti Western sensibility.
Y tu Mama Tambien. Striking Mexican road/sex/political comedy/drama.
24 Hour Party People. Curious reworking of Citizen Kane (sort of) set in the world of British music & clubs.
Barbershop.The year’s funniest comedy marks the arrival of producer/star Ice-Cube as a force to be reckoned with.
Road to Perdition. The year’s best film is far more ambitious, controlled and moving than anything else released in 2002.