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A 20th Century Fox Retrospective Scrapbook: 2002


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2002 had the highest attendence at the movies of any post 1970 movie year, and some of the releases went some way to aid that....

It started though quietly with Kung Pao! Enter the Fist!, a parody of Asian action films.

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this was followed by the cult comedy Super Troopers, which spawned a sequel 16 years later.

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Kissing Jessica Stein was a comedy for the independent crowds.

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Ice Age was a major animated hit, and spawned a whole series.

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Ashley Judd was determined to save husband Jim Cavietzel in the courtroom with the help of Morgan Freeman in High Crimes.

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Angelina Jolie starred in the romantic comedy Life or Something Like It.

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Then a superior thriller. Unfaithful was the film that put the same director's Fatal Attraction in the shade and featured a gripping performance from Diane Lane and fine work from Richard Gere.

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Star Wars again made big money, but this wasn't one of the more beloved films of the series......

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Stephen Spielberg came through with a popular and critical hit with Minority Report (with DreamWorks) a futuristic thriller with Tom Cruise, Samantha Morton, Colin Farrell, Max Von Sydow, and Lois Smith.

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The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest came next, a comedy that was not seen in many theatres.

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in turn, this was followed by Like Mike, a basketball comedy for kids.

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Jennifer Aniston turned heads with her dark-hued performance in The Good Girl  a dark comedy/tragedy, where an affair her character had led, in a roundabout way, to blackmail, robbery, murder, and a hazardous web of dark lies. Jake Gyllenhaal, John  C Reilly, Tim Blake Nelson, and Ziooey Deschanel were also featured.

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In a word, Road to Perdition (made with DreamWorks) was astonishing. This deeply tragic film was one of the best mob films this side of The Godfather, and was a deeply satisfying modern masterpiece with one of Tom Hanks' best performances and the last big-screen triumph for Paul Newman, whose only work after this was on TV or in an animated voiceover. Tyler Hochilin also made a strong impact as Hanks' son. Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Daniel Craig, and Stanley Tucci were also featured, and the film was graced with incredible Oscar-winning cinematography from Conrad Hall (whose last film it was) and a gorgeous, heartbreaking score by Thomas Newman.

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Supposedly this film called I Love You Baby has ties to Fox. Its listed that way, but I don't see any other ties to the studio beyond mentions on IMDb and Wikipedia. I'll include it anyway.

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Tis the summer for turning heads. This time, Robin Williams shocked by playing an obsessive sociopath in One Hour Photo.

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SwimFan was Fatal Attraction for the teen crowd.

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Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon were aging groupies in The Banger Sisters, also co-starring Geoffrey Rush. Goldie would not appear in another film for 15 years after this.

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The Transporter was an action film that spawned a few sequels.

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Brown Sugar was a romantic comedy that featured Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan.

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Solaris was a remake of the 1970s Soviet Sci-Fi classic, this time made by Steven Soderberg, and starring George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, and Viola Davis.

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Drumline was a comedy that proved successful involving half-time entertainment

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The year closed with Denzel Washington making his directorial debut in Antwone Fisher. He also starred as a psychiatrist hoping to help the troubled youth of the title, played by Derek Luke. Viola Davis was featured.

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Some interesting films this year. 

I'd rate ANTWONE FISHER; UNFAITHFUL and MINORITY REPORT as among the better ones.

Never understood why Goldie Hawn just disappeared after this. Maybe she didn't like the scripts that were coming her way and decided to call it quits for awhile.

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On 6/22/2019 at 6:24 PM, CinemaInternational said:

Tis the summer for turning heads. This time, Robin Williams shocked by playing an obsessive sociopath in One Hour Photo.

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One of my favorite 21st century films. Robin Williams gives his greatest dramatic performance as a creepy yet sympathetic loner obsessed with "perfect" family. This is a must to see in Blu Ray, as the colors in it are really striking. Excellent screenplay which explains our fascination with photographs.

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My top picks:

  1. Minority Report
  2. The Road to Perdition
  3. Solaris

I've also seen Super TroopersIce AgeHigh CrimesLife or Something Like ItUnfaithful (good lead performance, only a mediocre film), Star Wars: Attack of the ClonesThe Good GirlOne Hour PhotoSwimfanThe Banger SistersAntwone Fisher, and The Transporter.

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