My Best Films of 2002

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1.
Adaptation. (2002)
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A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt "The Orchid Thief" by Susan Orlean for the screen. (114 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
 
2.
Liberty and Homeland (2002 Video)
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(21 mins.)
 
3.
25th Hour (2002)
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Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term. (135 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
4.
*Corpus Callosum (2002)
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(92 mins.)
Director: Michael Snow
 
5.
Talk to Her (2002)
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Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas. (112 mins.)
 
6.
Far from Heaven (2002)
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In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world. (107 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
 
7.
The Son (2002)
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A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets. (99 mins.)
 
8.
The Tracker (2002)
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It's 1922; somewhere in Australia. When a Native Australian man is accused of murdering a white woman... (90 mins.)
Director: Rolf de Heer
 
9.
Gerry (2002)
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A friendship between two young men is tested when they go for a hike in a desert and forget to bring any water or food with them. (103 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
10.
Bloody Sunday (2002)
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A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972. (107 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
11.
The Pianist (2002)
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A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
12.
Auto Focus (2002)
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A story about "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane and his friendship with John Carpenter. (105 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
13.
Waiting for Happiness (2002)
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The story of two people who cross paths in Nouhadhibou. (90 mins.)
 
14.
Marooned in Iraq (2002)
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During the war between Iran and Iraq, a group of Iranian Kurd musicians set off on an almost impossible mission... (108 mins.)
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
 
15.
About Schmidt (2002)
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A man upon retirement embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected. (125 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
 
16.
At the First Breath of Wind (2002)
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Using few words and gorgeous imagery, this is a poetic painting of a family, each in their own space on an August afternoon. (85 mins.)
Director: Franco Piavoli
 
17.
Sweet Sixteen (2002)
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Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home. (106 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
 
18.
Bowling for Columbine (2002 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
19.
Bus 174 (2002 Documentary)
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Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man... (150 mins.)
 
20.
Day of the Wacko (2002)
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24 hours in the bitter life of a frustrated divorced teacher who stays in the vicious circle of his numerous obsessions. (93 mins.)
Director: Marek Koterski
 
21.
The Weather Underground (2002 Documentary)
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The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous. (92 mins.)
 
22.
In the Mirror of Maya Deren (2002 Documentary)
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Documentary about the life of avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren, who led the independent film movement of the 1940s. (103 mins.)
 
23.
Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
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Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life. (109 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
 
24.
Russian Ark (2002)
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A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years. (99 mins.)
 
25.
Blissfully Yours (2002)
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The story of a love affair that begins during a picnic on the Thai-Burmese border. (125 mins.)
 
26.
Dolls (2002)
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Three stories of never-ending love. (114 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
27.
Distant (2002)
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After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit. (110 mins.)
 
28.
24 Hour Party People (2002)
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In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world. (117 mins.)
 
29.
Spider (2002)
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A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood. (98 mins.)
 
30.
Unknown Pleasures (2002)
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Two unemployed Chinese teenagers have trouble resisting the temptations of the Western world. (112 mins.)
Director: ZhangKe Jia
 
31.
Daughter from Danang (2002 Documentary)
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Separated at the end of the Vietnam war, an "Americanized" woman and her Vietnamese mother are reunited after 22 years. (83 mins.)
 
32.
Ekti Nodir Naam (2002)
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A man and a woman crossing the India-Bangladesh border reflect on their love and on the events leading to the 1947 Partition of Bengal. (90 mins.)
Director: Anup Singh
 
33.
Man on the Train (2002)
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A teacher and a gangster meet by chance in a small town pharmacy. As a friendship of sorts develops between these opposite personalities... (90 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
34.
Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002)
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A confused young man (Marsden) takes a journey on a road that doesn't exist on any map. (116 mins.)
Director: Bob Gale
 
35.
Marathon (2002)
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A woman continuously solves crossword puzzles everywhere she goes; in subway trains, on buses, and on the streets of New York City. (74 mins.)
Director: Amir Naderi
 
36.
All or Nothing (2002)
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Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket... (128 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
37.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
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An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris, in which he purports to have been a CIA hitman. (113 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
 
38.
Blue Car (2002)
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A troubled young woman is encouraged by a teacher to enter a poetry contest. (96 mins.)
Director: Karen Moncrieff