Wednesday, September 24, 2008


I love living in years that are palindromes. I wish they could last forever. Yes, today I pay tribute to the wonders of the movies I went to in 2002. Me and a friend got a lot of shiggles out of "Sorority Boys". One of my favorite movies of the year was a Spike Lee joint starring Edward Norton called "25th Hour".

It was one of the first movies that referred to 9/11 (the seminal event that occured the prior year). There were two incredible scenes in it: one in which Norton looks at himself in a restaurant mirror and goes on a big time rant. Watch it here. And the final sequence in which his father tells him all the things that are still possible in the young man's life. That can be viewed here.

The movie "Frailty" goes to some very dark places. Directed by actor Bill Paxton, it involves a serial killer who believes he is doing "God's work". A doozy of a twist is revealed at the end of the film. A high-quality indie can be found in the Jennifer Aniston movie "The Good Girl". It's a dark comedy, to be sure, but one that I ate up. Here's a scene from it. "Stealing Harvard" was a not-very-funny Jason Lee-Tom Green vehicle. George Clooney's "Solaris" had many points to make about memory and immortality, but was a tad too ponderous for its own good, in my view. Many of the people I was at the screening with lost patience with the film.

"Far From Heaven" was a very well-done Julianne Moore movie in which she was a 50's housewife who pines for something more. The movie was filmed in such a way that it felt as if it was actually made in the 50's (as opposed to the 21st century).

Here is the movie's trailer.

Adam Sandler showed dramatic range in the R-rated "Punch-Drunk Love". Check this scene out. "Super Troopers" was an OK comedy while "Tuck Everlasting" was quite blah. "Van Wilder" had a few laughs, but was nothing compared to Michael Moore's provocative "Bowling for Columbine". Adam Sandler's animated "Eight Crazy Nights" was a bit of a disappointment, but I loved the performance of Nicholas Cage as twins in "Adaptation" (though the movie did come off the rails a bit at the end).

I'll continue my overview of '02 in a future entry.


houstonmacbro said...

You've given me some fodder for Netflix. I've only seen one of these (Solaris).

Timothy Smith said...

I don't understand Bowling for Columbine. He mentions that Canada has tons of guns but not as much crime as the US. He seems to counter his own point of the whole show with the Canada statement.

Have you seen Roger and Me? Thats his first flick and pretty depressing. You can tell the destruction of his home town of Flint is what got him motivated to take action.

He is good at his trade but I prefer Morgan Spurlock.

Thomas said...

Houston, that's why I'm here.

Tim, I agree that the conclusions Moore reaches in "Columbine" don't make perfect sense, but I still enjoyed the ride and was especially moved by the scene in which, while the song "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong is played, titles run across the screen that describe the thousands of deaths that have occured as a direct result of U.S. intervention (such as backing political assassinations). It's difficult to feel as rah-rah about this country after viewing it:

I'm also a big fan of Spurlock.

disestablishingpuritanism said...

It looks like I need to catch up on my 2002 movies. Only three listed I saw and were all good. "Frailty" definitely had a great twist in it. "Bowling for Columbine" obviously was very well done by one of our foremost documentarians. I need to check out 25th Hour.

Brian said...

I am a big Ed Norton fan, but haven't seen the 25th hour. I'll definitely add it to my Netflix. The Good Girl was a great movie that many have never heard of. You gave me a few other good ideas for Netflix as well.


Thomas said...

PJ, you definitely should.

Brian, Edward Norton is one of my favorite actors as well. His performance in 2006's "The Illusionist" is also good.

I'll be posting 2002 Part II early next week.

Anonymous said...

I think I'll be searching out some of those movies soon. And thank god, I thought I was the only one who went and saw Sorority Boys!

Stephanie said...

I have never seen 25th Hour but love Ed Norton, especially in Fight Club. After following your link to Norton's mirror rant, I laughed hysterically but then got to the point of Bin Laden and I stopped laughing.

Go here to the FBI's Most Wanted List:

Can someone please tell me why Bin Laden does not have the attacks from Sept. 11 on his list of crimes? More than one person within the agency itself, has pointed out that it is not listed because there is not enough evidence to link him to it. Hmmm. If you feel inclined, I urge you to do some investigating and get back to me on your thoughts.

This is something, as you know, that I am extremely passionate about.

Thomas said...

Sil, Sorority Boys did have a few laughs, but didn't hold up so well on second viewing.

Stephanie, not enough evidence? Holy shite. I had no idea. I shall do some research and see what I come up with.