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FILM 2002
TOP TEN | HONORABLES | PERFORMANCES | OSCAR GUIDE

As 2002 came to a close and all the late-year Oscar contenders came trickling into the theatres, the anticipation of the film season began bubbling inside me. (Yes, I indeed get physically anxious about this stuff.) Through mid-December, I'd actually only seen about 11 films from 2002 -- one of which was Eight-Legged Freaks. And with a large slate of films receiving rave early reviews, I was ready for one of the greatest couple months of movie-watching in years.

Much to my disappointment, it ended up that many of the year's most hyped-up films were big let-downs. And I'm still confused by why some films have been blessed with so many accolades. The film industry did take more risks this year than any other I can remember: one set in three time periods, one with the screenwriter as the protagonist, one that mimicks '50s melodrama. But the majority of them lacked something that just didn't make them work in the end.

Of course, not all of them failed. There are actually a couple I'd consider to be modern-day masterpieces. Ones that confirm my belief that film is the only existing art form where there's a lot left to be discovered.

>>Top Ten of 2002



FILM2002

TOP TEN OF THE YEAR
Toward the year's end, buzz was swirling around for an unusually large crop of films. Many of them turned out to be big disappointments. See which ones deserved all their acclaim.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Making the top ten is no joke. Films I love get pushed off the list every year. Here are the movies that just missed the cut and that I'd just feel too guilty to ignore completely.

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Sure, I appreciate the traditional award-worthy cry-my-face-off scenes, the performances that make dramas, well, dramatic. But this year it was actors in comedic roles that ruled.

OSCAR GUIDE
As arbitrary as the Oscars prove they are every year, I can't help keeping track of the race. Check out my take on the list of nominees and view my predictions of the winners.

PREVIOUS LISTS
Did you love Cider House Rules? Do you have cravings for Chocolat? Sorry, but you won't find them on my year-end film lists.