Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) – Chan-wook Park

The What Else to Watch list of DK Canada’s The Movie Book continues to serve me well. Following my screening of Oldboy I dug into the list and was very happy to see another of Park’s Vengeance Trilogy in there. I have seen this movie only once before, when it first came to home video,…

Infernal Affairs (2002) – Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, and Alan Mak

DK Canada’s The Movie Book rolls out the What Else to Watch list following my screening of Oldboy. Infernal Affairs is up for viewing, and served as the basis for the North American adaptation, The Departed. Yes, The Departed is a solid film, the original is so much better. Tightly edited, fantastically crafted the film…

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) – Don Coscarelli

Mummies! A fairly short chapter in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book, this fun chapter is actually filled with films I have already reviewed for the blog, so I was delighted to be able to revisit a cult favorite that I hadn’t written up before. Ash, from the Evil Dead films may be Bruce…

The Cat Returns (2002) – Hiroyuki Morita

The next film on the What Else to Watch list following my screening of Spirited Away for DK Canada’s The Movie Book is this light-hearted adventure from Studio Ghibli. Shorter than the other entries on the list, this oneĀ  is whimsical and a pleasant adventure. The story follows young Haru, who after saving the life…

A Winter Haunting (2002) – Dan Simmons

I wanted to return to the town of Elm Haven, having enjoyed my experience there in Dan Simmons’ Summer of Night, so I picked up the sequel he penned to it, and dove into a but of a spooky tale. We join Dale Stewart, from the original novel, but he’s older now, in his fifties,…

Dog Soldiers (2002) – Neil Marshall

Cult favorite director Neil Marshall takes on werewolves with his engaging take on them, in the action horror, Dog Soldiers, the next stop on the Monsters in the Movies book from DK Canada. The cast features Liam Cunningham, Kevin McKidd and Sean Pertwee as the film takes us to the highlands of Scotland, and into…

Blade II (2002) – Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro’s other vampire movie is the next title I came across in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book. A stronger entry than the first film, del Toro proves he can handle action beats with ease, and can work within the confines of a franchise. Wesley Snipes returns as Marvel’s day walking vampire…

London After Midnight (1927) – Tod Browning

Tod Browning’s London After Midnight has been lost, burned in a fire that cleared out a percentage of the MGM vault in 1965. That doesn’t stop it from making it into John Landis’ brilliantly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies, available from DK Canada. A reconstructed version, created from film stills, and a script was released…

The Pianist (2002) – Roman Polanski

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Schindler’s List is this film, based on the autobiography of Wladyslaw Spillman. The film sees Adrien Brody taking on the role, and going home with the Oscar for Best Actor because of it. Too right too, considering his…

City of God (2002) – Fernando Meirelles & Katia Lund

City of God, based on a true story is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Taxi Driver. Brutally violent, jarring in its depictions, and beautifully made the film is a one of a kind experience that takes us into the slums just outside of…

Coraline (2002) – Neil Gaiman

It’s always a delight to dig into a Neil Gaiman story, and I have come to this one after seeing the movie a number of times. I knew going in it would be slightly different, so I was eager to see what the original text would bring me. And what it brought me was a…

Rings (2017) – F. Javier Guitierrez

Paramount Pictures lets Samara (Bonnie Morgan), that creepy ghost girl, crawl out of your television this week on blu-ray and DVD, with their 21st century update on the spooky tale first introduced to most North American audiences with 2002’s The Ring. Based on the Japanese film, Ringu, from director Hideo Nakata, the story introduced horror…