Film 2002 as Seen by Wayne Case

| January 15, 2003

The Top Ten
(In Order Of Preference)
1. Chicago
2. Road To Perdition
3. Y Tu Mama Tambien
Plus (Alphabetical)
Far From Heaven
The Hours
Insomnia
Minority Report
The Rookie
Tully
Unfaithful
Runners-Up (Alpha)
About Schmidt
The Bourne Identity
Catch Me If You Can
The Emperor’s Club
Lovely & Amazing
The Man From Elysian Fields
Murder By Numbers
Nicholas Nickleby
One Hour Photo
Red Dragon
Honorable Mention (Alpha)
Adaptation
The Count Of Monte Cristo
Crush
Enigma
Gangs Of New York
The Good Girl
Heaven
High Crimes
His Secret Life
The Pianist
Pipe Dream
Spider-Man
Guilty Pleasures (Alphabetical)
Femme Fatale
Simone
Sweet Home Alabama
Film Festival Favorites (Alphabetical)
AKA
Amores Possiveis (Possible Loves)
km0 (Kilometer Zero)
The Worst Films Of 2001
(In three categories: Bad, Badder, Baddest)
Bad (Alphabetical)
Dragonfly
Enough
The First $20 Million…
40 Days And 40 Nights
Hollywood Ending
Badder (Alphabetical)
Auto-Focus
Below
Collateral Damage
John Q
Punch-Drunk Love
Baddest (Worst First)
1) The Rules Of Attraction
2) Rollerball
3) Mr. Deeds
4) Pumpkin
5) The Sweetest Thing
6) Slackers
7) Stealing Harvard
8) Full Frontal
9) Swept Away
10) Sonny
But Not For Me
I understand others liking this film, but count me out!
Punch-Drunk Love
Outstanding Film From 2001
But Not Seen Until 2002
Lantana
Best Actor (In order of preference)
1. Jack Nicholson–About Schmidt
2. Tom Hanks–Road To Perdition
3. Dennis Quaid–The Rookie
4. Adrien Brody–The Pianist
5. Kevin Kline–The Emperor’s Club
6. Michael Caine–The Quiet American
7. Al Pacino–Insomnia
8. Daniel Day-Lewis–Gangs Of New York
9. Robin Williams–One Hour Photo
10. Matt Damon–The Bourne Identity
11. Leonardo DiCaprio–Catch Me If You Can
12. Nicolas Cage–Adaptation
Best Actress (In order of preference)
1. Diane Lane–Unfaithful
2. Nicole Kidman–The Hours
3. Julianne Moore–Far From Heaven
4. Renée Zellweger–Chicago
5. Meryl Streep–The Hours
6. Cate Blanchett–Heaven
7. Jennifer Aniston–The Good Girl
8. Catherine Keener–Lovely & Amazing
9. Maribel Verdu–Y Tu Mama Tambien
10. Salma Hayek–Frida
11. Sandra Bullock–Murder By Numbers
12. Alison Lohman–White Oleander
Best Supporting Actor
(In order of preference)
1. Paul Newman–Road To Perdition
2. Richard Gere–Chicago
3. Ed Harris–The Hours
4. Robin Williams–Insomnia
5. Jamie Bell–Nicholas Nickleby
Plus (Alphabetical)
Bob Burrus–Tully
James Coburn–The Man From Elysian Fields
Chris Cooper–Adaptation
Brian Cox–The Rookie
Ralph Fiennes–Red Dragon
Glenn Fitzgerald–Tully
Jake Gyllenhaal–The Good Girl
Ryan Gosling–Murder By Numbers
Tom Hanks for Catch Me If You Can
Cole Hauser–White Oleander
Tyler Hoechlin–Road To Perdition
Josh Lucas–Sweet Home Alabama
Edward Norton–Red Dragon
Michael Pitt–Murder By Numbers
Dennis Quaid–Far From Heaven
John C. Reilly–Chicago
Best Supporting Actress
(In order of preference)
Runners-Up
1. Julianne Moore–The Hours
2. Kathy Bates–About Schmidt
3. Catherine Zeta-Jones–Chicago
4. Bebe Neuwirth–Tadpole
5. Emily Watson–Red Dragon
Plus (Alphabetical)
Brenda Blethyn–Lovely & Amazing
Patricia Clarkson–Far From Heaven
Cameron Diaz–Gangs Of New York
Queen Latifah–Chicago
Emily Mortimer–Lovely & Amazing
Samantha Morton–Minority Report
Julianne Nicholson–Tully
Michelle Pfeiffer–White Oleander
Susan Sarandon–Igby Goes Down
Meryl Streep Adaptation
Renée Zellweger–White Oleander
Best Original Script (Alpha)
Far From Heaven
Lovely & Amazing
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Best Adapted Script (Alpha)
Chicago
Nicholas Nickleby
Road To Perdition
Best Cinematography (Alpha)
Chicago
Far From Heaven
Road To Perdition
Best Original Musical Score (Alpha)
Enigma
Far From Heaven
The Hours
Nicholas Nickleby
The Sum of All Fears
Best Original Song (Alpha)
Die Another Day from Die Another Day
I’m Not The Enemy from High Crimes
I Move On from Chicago
Lose Yourself from 8 Mile
Waiting in Vain from Changing Lanes
Special Awards
The Victor Mature Worst Actor Award: Arnold Schwarzenegger for Collateral Damage
The Michelle Phillips/Cornelia Sharpe/Angel Tompkins Worst Actress Award: Madonna for Swept Away
The Heaven’s Gate Budget Award: Not awarded this year.
The Otto Preminger “Light Touch” Award (tie): El Crimen de Padre Amaro and John Q
The Sam Peckinpah “Wretched Excess” Award (tie): Gangs of New York and Triple X
The Sidney Lumet Miscasting Award:
Female–Aaliyah for Queen of the Damned
Male–Chris Klein for Rollerball
A Star is Born Break-Thru Award:
Female–Maggie Gyllenhaal
Male–Jake Gyllenhaal
Great Expectations Award: To emerging Italian/Turkish director Ferzan Ozpetek for His Secret Life
The Surgeon General’s Warning Award: Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in Die Another Day
The John Hartl Stop-Them-Before-They-Direct-Again Award: Nicolas Cage for Sonny
The Calling-Sydney-Guilaroff-for-Help-Hair-Style Award:
Female–Toni Collette in Changing Lanes
Male–Guy Pearce in The Time Machine
The Calling-Max-Factor-for-a-Makeover/Make-up-Award:
Female–Sandra Bullock in Two Weeks Notice
Male–Stuart Townsend in Queen of the Damned
The What About Bob Most Annoying Award:
Female–Asia Argento in XXX
Male (tie)–Jack Black in Orange County and Jason Schwartzman in Slackers
The Bill Lee (father of Spike Lee) Worst Musical Scoring Award:
Stewart Copeland for Deuces Wild.
(As far as I can discover, this Copeland is NOT a descendant of the Oscar winning composer Aaron Copland.)
Special Thanks:
1. As far as he can remember, Oscar winner Charlton Heston didn’t get drunk and shoot anyone during the year. The recently diagnosed Alzheimer’s victim and recovering alcoholic continues as president of the NRA, however.
2. Sylvester Stallone didn’t remake Rocky this year. Rumor has it that Rocky VI well may be a reality soon enough, however.
3. No film directed by any of the following gentlemen was released in the United States during 2002: Peter Hyams, James Foley, Edward Zwick, Richard Benjamin, Frank Oz, and Bob Clark. Be warned, however. Each man now has at least one unreleased production completed or nearing completion. Appropriately enough, the film from Bob Clark is called Unleashed.
Special Requests:
(1) About Trailers
To producers/directors/distributors: Please change current trends in coming attraction trailers. Mixmaster/machinegun editing is not always appropriate. Loud/fast music that has no connection to the movie being promoted is dishonest & inappropriate. Giving away major plot points is a VERY bad idea. On the other hand, identifying every actor that figures prominently in the trailer footage should be a must. (Though featured in the selected footage, actress Rachel Griffiths, was never identified in the trailer for The Rookie and she’s a former Oscar nominee.) Further, when a credit block is shown at the end of the trailer, leave it on the screen long enough that it would be possible to read, at least partially.
(2) A Dream Project
To studio heads: Please film Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Blvd. Since Steven Spielberg has expressed interest in doing a musical, get him to direct. Barbra Streisand was born to play Norma Desmond. British recording star/television/stage actor Michael Ball is ideal to recreate Joe Gillis on film. Musicals are back. In the wake of this year’s sensation, Chicago, the time is right for Sunset Blvd.
(3) Credits
To producers & directors: Please put major credits at the start of your feature unless there is some really good reason not to do so. For me, having them there gets me in the proper mood to best enjoy your film. After half a dozen frantic trailers and jarring ads or promotional plugs, a good opening credit presentation focuses my attention once again on why I’m in the theatre. I’m convinced that the great credits at the start of Catch Me If You Can contribute to the success that film enjoys.
The Ellen Terry Awards: Memories, Moments, Magic (Alpha)
Ben Aflleck, Changing Lanes, The Sum of All Fears
Murilo Benício, Amores Possíveis
Gael García Bernal, Y Tu Mamá También, El Crimen del Padre Amaro
Jesse Bradford, Swim Fan
Benjamin Bratt, Abandon
Edward Burns, Ash Wednesday & Life Or Something Like It
Scott Caan, Sonny
Billy Campbell, Enough
Jim Caviezel, The Count of Monte Cristo, High Crimes
Ben Chaplin, Birthday Girl
John Corbett, My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Enigma
Billy Crudup, World Traveler
Matthew Davis, Below & Blue Crush
Patrick Dempsey, The Emperor’s Club & Sweet Home Alabama
Aaron Eckhart, Possession
Ethan Embry, Sweet Home Alabama
James Franco, City By The Sea, Sonny, Spider-Man
Joel Gretsch, The Emperor’s Club
Cole Hauser, Hart’s War & White Oleander
Emile Hirsch, The Emperor’s Club & The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
Anthony Hopkins, Red Dragon
Thomas Jane, The Sweetest Thing
Thomas Kretschmann, The Pianist
Diego Luna, Y Tu Mamá También
Gabriel Mann, Abandon
Olivier Martinez, Unfaithful
Jay Mohr, Simone
Viggo Mortensen, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Anson Mount, City By The Sea, Tully
Dermot Mulroney, About Schmidt & Lovely and Amazing
Michael Vartan, One Hour Photo
Amy Adams, Catch Me If You Can
Jane Adams, Orange County
Drew Barrymore, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Kim Basinger, 8 Mile
Candice Bergen, Sweet Home Alabama
Agnes Bruckner, Murder By Numbers
Saffron Burroughs, Enigma
Kate Burton, Unfaithful
Margaret Colin, Unfaithful
Toni Collette, The Hours
Jennifer Garner, Catch Me If You Can
Beth Grant, The Rookie
Rachel Griffiths, The Rookie
Raven Goodwin, Lovely & Amazing
Anne Hathaway, Nicholas Nickleby
Allison Janney, The Hours
Patti Lupone, City By The Sea
Jena Malone, The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys
Frances McDormand, City By The Sea
Connie Nielsen, One Hour Photo
Gwyneth Paltrow, Possession
Mary-Louise Parker, Pipe Dream & Red Dragon
Amanda Peet, Changing Lanes, High Crimes, & Igby Goes Down
Winona Ryder, Simone
Lois Smith, Minority Report
Julia Stiles, The Bourne Identity
Hilary Swank, Insomnia
Tilda Swinton, Adaptation
Reese Witherspoon, Sweet Home Alabama

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