Movie Essentials: 2002

In 2002, Kelly Clarkson enjoyed "A Moment Like This" after she was crowned the first American Idol.  George Bush created the Department of Homeland Security to fight threats of terrorism.  Kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was killed in Pakistan.  Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize.  Nelly got it "Hot In Herre."  The Bachelor and The Shield premiered, while The X-Files, Ally McBeal, and Felicity ended their runs.
In movie theaters, Steven Spielberg owned the year, crafting two of the most essential films, both very different from each other.  The big surprise hit was My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which everybody and their mother went to see - too bad nobody talks about it anymore.  The Best Picture nominees were chock full of prestige, but you won't find any of them on this list: The Hours, Chicago, The Pianist, Gangs of New York - all good, but not essential.
Honorable mention goes to Far from Heaven, Spider-Man, Roger Dodger, About Schmidt, Bend It Like Beckham, Insomnia, and Adaptation.  Other notable films of 2002 include: Signs, Ice Age, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Die Another Day, 8 Mile, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Panic Room, Phone Booth, The Ring, Road to Perdition, Blade 2, Moonlight Mile, Barbershop, The Rookie, and The Sum of All Fears.  And here are your Essentials:


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  • Great list, completely agree with 25th Hour and In America, great movies with great stories and great acting. The scene in 25th Hour with Ed Norton monologue in the bathroom is phenomenal. And "Say good-bye to Frankie, dad" from In America brings tears to my eyes every time, and when the daughter sings Desperado. I think I know what I am going to be doing this weekend, catching up on some good movies. City of God looks really interesting I'll have to check it out.

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