Movies 2002

 January
Movie "Objective Rating" "Personal Rating"
In the Bedroom @@@@ @@@@
Gosford Park @@@@ @@@@
Ocean's Eleven @@@ @@@
Intimacy @@@ @@@@
Beautiful Mind @@@ @@
 February
Lantana @@@@ @@@@
Storytelling @@@ @@@@
Serendipity* @@ @@
Bandits* @@ @
 March
Monsoon Wedding @@@@ @@@@
Burnt Money @@@ @@@@
Iris @@@@ @@
Ghost World ** @@@ @@
Pornstar - Ron Jeremy @ @@
 April
Y Yo Mama Tambien @@@@ @@@@
Kate and Leopold * @ @
Pi ** @@@ @@
Changing Lanes @@ @@
 May
Don't Tell Anyone ** @@ @@
Nine Queens @@@@ @@@
Moulin Rouge** @@@@ @@@
Kissing Jessica Stein @@@ @@@@
Taxi ** @@ @@
Star Wars II @@ @
 June
Spiderman @@@ @@@
Zoolander** @@ @@
Minority Report @@@@ @@@@
Timecode** @@ @@
The Piano Teacher @@@ @@
 July
The Others** @@@ @@@@
The Importance of Being Earnest @@@ @@@
AKA @@ @@@
End Game @@@ @@@
Crazy Richard @@ @@
Smokers Only @@ @@
Road to Perdition @@@ @@
Read My Lips @@@@ @@@@
 August
Signs @@@ @@@@
Adventures of Felix** @@@ @@@@
Blue Eden** @@@ @@@
The Good Girl @@@ @@@@
 September
Sex and Lucia @@@ @@@@
 October
Igby Goes Down @@@ @@@@
K-19 Widowmaker* @@ @@
The Panic Room** @@ @@@
Insomnia* @@@ @@@
 November
Frida @@@ @@@@
Showgirls ** @ no @
AutoFocus @@@ @@@
Far From Heaven @@@@ @@@@
Men in Black II* @@ @
The Big Picture** @@ @@@
Solaris @@@ @@
 December
Personal Velocity @@@ @@@@
Brideshead Revisited** @@@ @@@
Star Trek - Nemesis @@ @@@
The Two Towers @@@@ @@@@
Lovely and Amazing** @@@ @@
Adaptation @@@@ @@@

*On the airplane
** On DVD

Movie Ratings: I have tried to assign an "objective" rating to each movie based on my perceptions of the movie's ability to achieve its goals and the true worthiness of those goals (storytelling, creation of mood, artful presentation, etc.). I have a second rating which represents my personal "take" on the movie. Sometimes movies that are great seem to have little personal heft. You would not want to see them over and over. You are not even sure your friends would want to see them once, but they are still considered great. Other films seem to have less critical success but they touch a note within. These are movies that you remember for a long time despite their lack of "credentials." In the past few years as I have seen more and more films, I have taken to reading more and more reviews. I am disappointed in how shallow many of the reviews are. They suffer from a surfeit of "how clever I am" on the part of the reviewer as well as a misunderstanding of the movie. I may write some reviews of special films for this page, but I feel a need to complain about the overly personalized version of reviews that are out there. Pauline Kael would roll over in her grave if she had to read some of the thin gruel that passes for clever movie reviews these days. Which is not to say that I agree with everything that Pauline Kael said: far from it! But I do appreciate the way that a good reviewer can separate personal feelings from the objective assessment of a film. And I also appreciate a reviewer who can see a film as something more than a plotline that needs to be critiqued. The least interesting part of many movies is the plot! Having said that, here are a couple of invaluable links to movies. And now... it's showtime.

Internet Movie Database -- The "Bible" of movie references on the Internet

Rotten Tomatoes movie reviews -- A list of many major reviews of movies

Links to other pages