Best Documentary Movies of 2002

1.

Bowling for Columbine

6.4
8.0/10 IMDB

This is not a film about gun control. It is a film about the fearful heart and soul of the United States, and the 280 million Americans lucky enough to have the right to a constitutionally protected Uzi. From a look at the Columbine High School security camera tapes to the home of Oscar-winning NRA President Charlton Heston, from a young man who makes homemade napalm with The Anarchist's Cookbook to the murder of a six-year-old girl by another six-year-old. Bowling for Columbine is a journey through the US, through our past, hoping to discover why our pursuit of happiness is so riddled with violence.

Starring: Michael Moore, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Dick Clark, Charlton Heston, Jacobo Árbenz, Mike Bradley, Arthur A. Busch, Michael Caldwell, Richard Castaldo ..
Directed by: Michael Moore, Michael Bay
Release date: 2002-10-09
2.

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

6.1
7.1/10 IMDB

As a wild stallion travels across the frontiers of the Old West, he befriends a young human and finds true love with a mare.

Starring: Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Daniel Studi, Chopper Bernet, Jeff LeBeau, John Rubano, Richard McGonagle, Matt Levin, Adam Paul, Robert Cait ..
Directed by: Kelly Asbury, Lorna Cook
Release date: 2002-05-24
3.

Jackass: The Movie

5.3
6.6/10 IMDB

Johnny Knoxville and his band of maniacs perform a variety of stunts and gross-out gags on the big screen for the first time. They wander around Japan in panda outfits, wreak havoc on a once civilized golf course, they even do stunts involving LIVE alligators, and so on.

Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Ryan Dunn, Preston Lacy, Jason Acuña, Ehren McGhehey, Brandon DiCamillo ..
Directed by: Jeff Tremaine
Release date: 2002-10-25
4.

Lost in La Mancha

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

Fulton and Pepe's 2000 documentary captures Terry Gilliam's attempt to get The Man Who Killed Don Quixote off the ground. Back injuries, freakish storms, and more zoom in to sabotage the project.

Starring: Terry Gilliam, Tony Grisoni, Philip A. Patterson, René Cleitman, Nicola Pecorini, José Luis Escolar, Bárbara Pérez-Solero, Benjamín Fernández, Andrea Calderwood, Ray Cooper ..
Directed by: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe
Release date: 2002-02-11
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : The Life of Mammals
5.

The Life of Mammals

4.8
9.1/10 IMDB

The Life of Mammals is a nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough. A study of the evolution and habits of the various mammal species, it was the fourth of Attenborough's specialised surveys following his major trilogy that began with Life on Earth. Each of the ten episodes looks at one (or several closely related) mammal groups and discusses the different facets of their day-to-day existence and their evolutionary origins.

Release date: 2002-11-20
6.

Spellbound

4.7
7.6/10 IMDB

This documentary follows 8 teens and pre-teens as they work their way toward the finals of the Scripps Howard national spelling bee championship in Washington D.C.

Directed by: Jeffrey Blitz
Release date: 2002-03-14
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Iron Maiden: Rock In Rio
7.

Iron Maiden: Rock In Rio

4.6
9.0/10 IMDB

Rock In Rio Festival 2001 - Iron Maiden headlines one of the biggest shows on Earth to a massive sell-out 250,000 crowd and a global TV audience of millions. The explosive two hour set, shot using 18 cameras and edited by Steve Harris, is Maiden at its best, performing their biggest show ever on the final date of their Brave New World Tour.

Starring: Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Janick Gers, Nicko McBrain ..
Directed by: Dean Karr
Release date: 2002-07-16
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : The Century of the Self
8.

The Century of the Self

4.5
8.8/10 IMDB

A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerful mean of persuasion for both governments and corporations.

Release date: 2002-03-17
9.

And All That Could Have Been

4.4
9.2/10 IMDB

Rob Sheridan and other members of the band's crew filmed the Fragility 2.0 tour using consumer DV cameras.

Starring: Charlie Clouser, Robin Finck, Jerome Dillon, Danny Lohner, Trent Reznor, Trent Reznor ..
Directed by: Rob Sheridan
Release date: 2002-01-22
10.

9/11

4.3
8.5/10 IMDB

An on-the-scene documentary following the events of September 11, 2001 from an insider's view, through the lens of two French filmmakers who simply set out to make a movie about a rookie NYC fireman and ended up filming the tragic event that changed our lives forever.

Starring: Tony Benatatos, Jamal Braithwaite, Joseph Casaliggi, James Hanlon, Joseph Pfeifer, Tom Spinard, Dennis Tardio, Steve Buscemi ..
Directed by: Rob Klug, Gédéon Naudet, Jules Naudet, James Hanlon
Release date: 2002-03-10
11.

Naqoyqatsi

4.1
6.4/10 IMDB

A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by globalized technology and violence.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Elton John, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Adolf Hitler, Bill Clinton, Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr., Ronald Reagan, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr ..
Directed by: Godfrey Reggio
Release date: 2002-09-02
12.

An Evening with Kevin Smith

4.1
8.3/10 IMDB

Kevin Smith interacts in Q&A sessions throughout various college stops in the USA.

Starring: Jason Mewes, Scott Mosier, Kevin Smith ..
Directed by: J.M. Kenny
Release date: 2002-12-17
13.

Stevie

4.1
7.8/10 IMDB

In 1995 Director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) returned to rural Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, a troubled young boy he had been an 'Advocate Big Brother' to ten years earlier.

Starring: Steve James, Stephen Fielding, Tonya Gregory, Bernice Hagler, Verna Hagler, Brenda Hickam, Doug Hickam, Judy James ..
Directed by: Steve James
Release date: 2002-09-09
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : The Concert For World Children's Day
14.

The Concert For World Children's Day

4.0
9.0/10 IMDB

Hosted by composer & arranger extraordinaire David Foster, the Concert for World Children's Day. Recorded at the Arie Crown Theater of the McCormick Place in Chicago, USA on September 14, 2002.

Starring: David Foster, Nita Whitaker, Peter Cetera, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Nick Carter, Enrique Iglesias, Céline Dion ..
Release date: 2002-11-14
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel
15.

Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

Documentary examining the politics, music, and life of Tupac Shakur.

Starring: Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg, Rashida Jones, Anthony 'Treach' Criss, Shock G, Money-B ..
Directed by: Peter Spirer
Release date: 2002-03-07
16.

Standing in the Shadows of Motown

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. gathered the best musicians from Detroit's thriving jazz and blues scene to begin cutting songs for his new record company. Over a fourteen year period they were the heartbeat on every hit from Motown's Detroit era. By the end of their phenomenal run, this unheralded group of musicians had played on more number ones hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined - which makes them the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. They called themselves the Funk Brothers. Forty-one years after they played their first note on a Motown record and three decades since they were all together, the Funk Brothers reunited back in Detroit to play their music and tell their unforgettable story, with the help of archival footage, still photos, narration, interviews, re-creation scenes, 20 Motown master tracks, and twelve new live performances of Motown classics with the Brothers backing up contemporary performers.

Starring: Richard 'Pistol' Allen, Jack Ashford, Bob Babbitt, Benny 'Papa Zita' Benjamin, Eddie 'Bongo' Brown, Bootsy Collins, Johnny Griffith, Ben Harper, Joe Hunter, James Jamerson ..
Directed by: Paul Justman
Release date: 2002-11-15
17.

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

A documentary by photographer Sam Jones documenting American rock band Wilco recording their fourth album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Originally intended as a showcase of the band's creative process, the film crew catches unexpected complications between the band and its record label and problems among the band members themselves.

Starring: Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Leroy Bach, Glenn Kotche, Jay Bennett, Greg Kot, Tony Margherita, Fred Armisen, Wes Orshoski ..
Directed by: Sam Jones
Release date: 2002-06-21
18.

Big Country: Final Fling

3.9
8.6/10 IMDB

With the untimely passing of frontman Stuart Adamson in 2001, the title Final Fling couldn't be more sadly appropriate. This two-disc set captures Big Country toward the beginning and near the end of their 20-year career. The first disc features a 1988 performance from an outdoor peace concert in East Berlin, shortly before the release of Peace in Our Time (and before the Berlin Wall came down in 1989). It's a straightforward, electric set played in front of a huge, enthusiastic crowd during the twilight hours. The second disc finds the Scottish rockers back at their old stomping grounds, Glasgow's Barrowlands, while on their Driving to Damascus tour with the Alarm in 2000. They may look older, but their chiming twin-guitar attack is as passionate and rousing as ever. Both sets include such fan favorites as "Look Away," "Fields of Fire," and Top 40 hit "In a Big Country." --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Starring: Stuart Adamson, Mark Brzezicki, Tony Butler, Bruce Watson ..
Directed by: Robert Garofalo
Release date: 2002-05-16
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : The Trials of Henry Kissinger
19.

The Trials of Henry Kissinger

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

This riveting documentary depicts former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as a warmonger responsible for military cover-ups in Vietnam, Cambodia and East Timor, as well as the assassination of a Chilean leader in 1970. Based on a book by journalist Christopher Hitchens, the film includes interviews with historians, political analysts and such journalists as New York Times writer William Safire, a former Nixon speechwriter.

Directed by: Eugene Jarecki
Release date: 2002-09-29
20.

The Kid Stays in the Picture

3.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans, based on his famous 1994 autobiography.

Starring: Robert Evans, Norma Shearer, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Hemingway, Catherine Deneuve, Eddie Albert, Ava Gardner, Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power, Francis Ford Coppola ..
Directed by: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen
Release date: 2002-08-16
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : The Short Films of David Lynch
21.

The Short Films of David Lynch

3.9
7.3/10 IMDB

The Short Films of David Lynch (2002) is a DVD collection of the early student and commissioned film work of American filmmaker David Lynch. As such, the collection does not include Lynch's later short work, which are listed in the filmography. The films are listed in chronological order, with brief descriptions of each film. The DVD contains introductions by Lynch to each film, which can be viewed individually or in sequence. # 1 Six Figures Getting Sick (Six Times) # 2 The Alphabet # 3 The Grandmother # 4 The Amputee # 5 The Cowboy and the Frenchman # 6 Premonitions Following an Evil Deed

Starring: David Lynch, Catherine E. Coulson, Harry Dean Stanton, Jack Nance, Frederic Golchan, Tracey Walter, Michael Horse, Richard White, Dorothy McGinnis, Virginia Maitland ..
Directed by: David Lynch
Release date: 2002-06-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Walt Disney World Resort: Behind the Scenes
22.

Walt Disney World Resort: Behind the Scenes

3.9
8.4/10 IMDB

In this exciting program you will get an unprecedented look behind the scenes at many Walt Disney World attractions, including The Haunted Mansion, Mission Space, Rock' n' Roller Coaster and The Seas with Nemo and Friends! This is the story behind the story of how a theme park made Orlando, Florida the nation's number one vacation destination.

Starring: Alex Pels ..
Release date: 2002-06-05
23.

The Weather Underground

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous.

Starring: Lili Taylor, Bernardine Dohrn, Mark Rudd, Brian Flanagan, David Gilbert, Bill Ayers, Kathleen Cleaver, Laura Whitehorn ..
Directed by: Sam Green, Bill Siegel
Release date: 2002-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Elvis The Great Performances Vol. 1 Center Stage
24.

Elvis The Great Performances Vol. 1 Center Stage

3.8
8.1/10 IMDB

Priscilla Presley presents this tribute to her late former husband, combining live musical performances with rare footage of 'the King'. Included are Elvis' first screen test and audio recording.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley, George Klein ..
Directed by: Andrew Solt
Release date: 2002-06-24
25.

The Smashing Machine

3.8
7.7/10 IMDB

A stunning and provocative look at Mark Kerr's career from late '99 through the 2000 Pride Grand Prix, fighting with his own personal demons that rival the men he encounters in the ring.

Starring: Mark Kerr, Bas Rutten, Mark Coleman, Royce Gracie, Dawn Staples, Eddie Goldman, Ken Kilpatrick, Igor Vovchanchyn ..
Directed by: John Hyams
Release date: 2002-05-01
26.

Space Station 3D

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Some 220 miles above Earth lies the International Space Station, a one-of-a-kind outer space laboratory that 16 nations came together to build. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this extraordinary structure in this spectacular IMAX film. Viewers will blast off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center and the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Russia for this incredible journey -- IMAX's first-ever space film. Tom Cruise narrates.

Starring: Tom Cruise, James Arnold, Michael J. Bloomfield, Robert D. Cabana, Leroy Chiao, Kenneth D. Cockrell, Robert L. Curbeam Jr., Brian Duffy, Marc Garneau, Michael L. Gernhardt ..
Directed by: Toni Myers
Release date: 2002-04-17
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : The Real Eve
27.

The Real Eve

3.8
7.9/10 IMDB

The made-for-cable documentary film The Real Eve is predicated on the theory that the human race can be traced to a common ancestor. The mitochondrial DNA of one prehistoric woman, who lived in Africa, has according to this theory been passed down from generation to generation over a span of 150,000 years, supplying the "chemical energy" to all humankind.

Starring: Danny Glover ..
Directed by: Andrew Paddington
Release date: 2002-04-21
28.

Comedian

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

A look at the work of two stand-up comics, Jerry Seinfeld and a lesser-known newcomer, detailing the effort and frustration behind putting together a successful act and career while living a life on the road.

Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Orny Adams, Greg Giraldo, Jim Norton, Sherrod Small, Allan Havey, Colin Quinn, Cynthia Koury, George Wallace, Robert Klein ..
Directed by: Christian Charles
Release date: 2002-10-25
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Hollywood Hulk Hogan: Hulk Still Rules
29.

Hollywood Hulk Hogan: Hulk Still Rules

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Before he was the idol of millions, before he was Hulk Hogan, Terry Bollea was a fan with a dream. But even he couldn't imagine where that dream would lead. No one in sports-entertainment has had quite the ride that Hollywood Hulk Hogan has. For the past 18 years, he has been the single most recognizable person in all of the industry. And for the majority of his 25-year career, he has been on the short list of the game's elite, headlining wherever he went and creating a cultural movement called Hulkamania in the process. This is his story.

Starring: Hulk Hogan, Freddie Blassie, Gerald Brisco, Gene Okerlund, André René Roussimoff, Robert Louis Backlund, Christopher Alan Pallies, Mark William Calaway, Ric Flair, Theodore Marvin DiBiase, Sr. ..
Directed by: Kevin Dunn
Release date: 2002-08-20
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Slipknot: Disasterpieces
30.

Slipknot: Disasterpieces

3.7
8.9/10 IMDB

Slipknot performs live at the London Arena, summer 2002, in support of their Iowa album.

Starring: Sid Wilson, Corey Taylor, Joey Jordison, Paul Gray, Chris Fehn, James Root, Craig Jones, Shawn Crahan, Mick Thomson, Mick Thomson ..
Directed by: Matthew Amos
Release date: 2002-11-26
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Reconstruction
31.

Reconstruction

3.6
7.4/10 IMDB

Filmmaker Irene Lusztig unearths a dark family secret in search of answers and reconciliation in her breakthrough feature documentary, "Reconstruction."

Directed by: Irene Lusztig
Release date: 2002-06-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Top 10 Comic Book Heroes
32.

Top 10 Comic Book Heroes

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Documentary about the comic book hero, and its role in our society, featuring interviews with some of the creators of the genre.

Starring: Frank Miller, Stan Lee ..
Release date: 2002-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Do You Believe in Miracles? The Story of the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team
33.

Do You Believe in Miracles? The Story of the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team

3.6
8.5/10 IMDB

At the Winter Olympics of 1980, after two tense weeks amidst growing Cold War fears, the U.S. Olympic hockey team found themselves playing improbably against the legendary unbeatable Soviet Army hockey team for Olympic Gold. From the live footage taken at Lake Placid, NY, and through interviews beginning with the team's assembly through the experience of winning the gold medal.

Starring: Jack O'Callahan, Herb Brooks, Mike Eruzione, Liev Schreiber, Al Michaels, Jim Craig, Walter Mondale, Craig R. Whitney, Leonid Brezhnev, Jimmy Carter ..
Release date: 2002-01-08
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Elvis The Great Performances Vol. 3 From The Waist Up
34.

Elvis The Great Performances Vol. 3 From The Waist Up

3.6
7.5/10 IMDB

Elvis Presley's first year (March '56 to January '57) on TV is spotlighted on "From the Waist Up," the third of three Elvis: The Great Performances DVDs. And what a time it was, as his appearances on the Dorsey Brothers, Milton Berle, Steve Allen, and especially Ed Sullivan shows electrified an ever-growing national audience with tunes ranging from the lascivious "Baby, Let's Play House" to the reverent "Peace in the Valley." Written by Presley biographer Peter Guralnick (Last Train to Memphis) and narrated by U2's Bono, volume 3 is the most documentary-like of the three discs; some basic history is provided (the Sun Records years, the arrival of Col. Tom Parker, etc.), most of which will be old hat to Presley aficionados. Unfortunately, it's also the only disc that truncates some of the King's performances, but the three straight complete songs from the '57 Sullivan show that end the program help make up for that. --Sam Graham

Starring: Elvis Presley ..
Directed by: Andrew Solt
Release date: 2002-08-12
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet
35.

Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Ten Minutes Older is a 2002 film project consisting of two compilation feature films entitled The Trumpet and The Cello. The project was conceived by the producer Nicolas McClintock as a reflection on the theme of time at the turn of the Millennium. Fifteen celebrated film-makers were invited to create their own vision of what time means in ten minutes of film.

Starring: Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Marko Haavisto, Ana Sofia Liaño, Chloë Sevigny, Charles Esten, Amber Tamblyn, Feng Yuanzheng ..
Directed by: Kaige Chen, Víctor Erice, Werner Herzog, Jim Jarmusch, Aki Kaurismäki, Spike Lee, Wim Wenders
Release date: 2002-05-18
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Gorillaz: Phase One - Celebrity Take Down
36.

Gorillaz: Phase One - Celebrity Take Down

3.6
8.0/10 IMDB

Celebrity Takedown is a compilation DVD by Gorillaz, released in November 2002. The DVD compiles the videos and animatics related to the release of the band's first album, Gorillaz, as well as the related singles.

Starring: Damon Albarn, Phil Cornwell, Nelson De Freitas, Del, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Miho Hatori, Jamie Hewlett, Remi Kabaka, Haruka Kuroda, Tina Weymouth ..
Directed by: Peter Candeland, Jamie Hewlett, Cass Browne, Mat Wakeham
Release date: 2002-11-26
37.

It's Black Entertainment

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

A star-studded tribute (from the creators of That's Entertainment) to the contributions of Afro-Americans in film over the last century. Vanessa Williams traces the struggles and triumphs of the superstars of music and film. Among the many artists featured are: Whitney Houston, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Cab Calloway, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Ella Fitzgerald, and Little Richard, Also included are today's contemporary superstars: Snoop Dogg, Ice T, Quincy Jones, Spike Lee, Russell Simmons, and many, more! 80 minutes plus DVD bonus features.

Starring: Vanessa Williams, Whitney Houston, Ella Fitzgerald, Snoop Dogg, Diana Ross, Spike Lee, Louis Armstrong, Little Richard, Debbie Allen, Carl Anderson ..
Directed by: Stan Lathan
Release date: 2002-02-08
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : A Haunting In Connecticut
38.

A Haunting In Connecticut

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

A haunting documentary of a normal family living in Connecticut, who, after moving into their new house, are terrorized by an evil ghost that dwells in the home.

Starring: Vanessa Lock, Brett Fleisher, Rod Pearson, Tyler Reid ..
Directed by: John Kavanaugh
Release date: 2002-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Björk: Vespertine Live – Royal Opera House 2001
39.

Björk: Vespertine Live – Royal Opera House 2001

3.5
9.2/10 IMDB

Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk performs several tracks from her album Vespertine in this 2002 performance at London's Royal Opera House.

Starring: Björk, Zeena Parkins, Simon Lee ..
Directed by: David Barnard
Release date: 2002-06-04
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : The Cure: Trilogy
40.

The Cure: Trilogy

3.5
8.6/10 IMDB

Trilogy is a live album video by The Cure. It documents The Trilogy Concerts, in which the three albums, Pornography, Disintegration and Bloodflowers were played live in their entirety one after the other each night. Trilogy was recorded on two consecutive nights, 11–12 November 2002, at the Tempodrom arena in Berlin.

Starring: Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Perry Bamonte, Jason Cooper, Roger O'Donnell, The Cure ..
Directed by: Nick Wickham
Release date: 2002-11-10
41.

Biggie & Tupac

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

In 1997, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop's infamous east-west rivalry. Nick Broomfield's film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.

Starring: Tupac Shakur, Nick Broomfield, The Notorious B.I.G., Russell Poole ..
Directed by: Nick Broomfield
Release date: 2002-01-11
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : The Wet House
42.

The Wet House

3.5
8.4/10 IMDB

A documentary team investigates the day-to-day operation and lives of the residents at a wet house, a hostel for the homeless which allows those living there to continue drinking.

Directed by: Penny Woolcock
Release date: 2002-03-17
43.

Mani Matter - Warum syt dir so truurig?

3.5
7.3/10 IMDB

An intimate documentary about the life and times of Swiss poet and folk singer Mani Matter (1936-1972), seen from his friends' perspective.

Starring: Mani Matter, Franz Hohler, Stephan Eicher, Emil Steinberger, Polo Hofer, Dodo Hug, Urs Frauchiger ..
Directed by: Friedrich Kappeler
Release date: 2002-11-05
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Tokyo Noise
44.

Tokyo Noise

3.4
7.2/10 IMDB

Tokyo at the beginning of the 21st century, its inhabitants and artists. An observation and diagnosis of the modern Japanese metropolis: the singularity of unusual creative individuals is merely a response to the majority Japanese society. Even this can appear as an eccentric work of art. So where do the borders lie? A psychologist talks about the autistic way of life burgeoning in the dense population of the country. A noise musician speaks of her inspiration from sado-masochistic bondage as an art form. A stirring film testimony about music and much else besides, with images spanning inconsolable anxiety and meditative tranquility. Tokyo, Noise music, S&M, homosexuality, photography,... all in one bizarre but quite interesting avant-garde documentary.

Starring: Haruki Murakami, Bonzan Watanabe, Mayuko Hino, Haruhiko Shono, Kyoichi Tsuzuki, Kisaku Suzuki, Nobuyoshi Araki, Ryû Murakami ..
Directed by: Kristian Petri, Johan Söderberg, Jan Röed
Release date: 2002-11-01
45.

The Freshest Kids

3.4
8.1/10 IMDB

From the Boogie Down Bronx and beyond, the history of the b-boy.

Release date: 2002-01-01
46.

Cannibals and Crampons

3.4
8.2/10 IMDB

The explorers Bruce Parry and Mark Anstice Climb the remote and little known mountain Puncak Mandala in the Indonesian part of New Guinea. They have to cross remote jungles, climb icy cliffs and navigate the curiosity and fear of indigenous peoples in order to get to the top.

Starring: Bruce Parry, Mark Anstice ..
Directed by: Bruce Parry, Mark Anstice
Release date: 2002-03-20
47.

Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)

3.4
7.6/10 IMDB

Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns is a rock documentary about Brooklyn's finest, They Might Be Giants. Filmed in 2001, the film contains concert footage, interviews, humor, animation, coffee, humor, lyric readings, people wondering about the subject matter of their lyrics, information on our eleventh and sixteenth presidents, and much, much more.

Starring: John Flansburgh, John Linnell, Conan O'Brien, Syd Straw, Frank Black, Linwood Boomer, Dave Eggers, Janeane Garofalo, Michael McKean, Joe Franklin ..
Directed by: AJ Schnack
Release date: 2002-01-01
48.

MC5: A True Testimonial

3.4
7.8/10 IMDB

This documentary, made over a period of eight years, tells the remarkable story of an extremely influential rock'n'roll band. Starting from their mid-60's garage band roots (sounding amazingly like the Sonics), the Motor City 5 deveoped into an icon for a brand of loud, crushing music reflecting their industrial roots. Even if you don't care for their music (and you're bound to like even a few of their songs), their story is fascinating. It combines 60's protest, youthful braggadocio, and a style of music that would help carry one to the likes of Iggy and the Stooges (not to mention certain aspects of punk rock). This film is clearly a labor of love, combining extraordinarily rare live shows, still shots, a nearly-continuous backdrop of MC5 tunes, penetrating interviews with the remaining members and their spouses, and even FBI surveillance shots. It's the ultimate testimonial to a band that only gains in stature as time goes on.

Starring: Rob Tyner, Wayne Kramer, Fred Smith, Michael Davis, Dennis Thompson, John Sinclair ..
Directed by: David C. Thomas
Release date: 2002-02-02
49.

Bull Durham: Between the Lines

3.4
5.9/10 IMDB

Documentary about the making of the 1988 film with interviews with the cast and crew.

Starring: Ron Shelton, Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Robert Wuhl, Thom Mount ..
Directed by: J.M. Kenny
Release date: 2002-04-02
Best Documentary Movies of 2002 : Korn: Deuce
50.

Korn: Deuce

3.4
8.2/10 IMDB

Deuce is the second DVD by the American Nu Metal band, Korn. It was released on June 11, 2002 - the same day as the band's fifth studio release, Untouchables. The DVD was certified platinum by the RIAA. The DVD includes the band's first home video Who Then Now? and features the music video collection from Korn to Issues. Other extras include biographies of each band member, gags, behind-the-scenes of the music videos or live concerts, and various other things.

Starring: Jonathan Davis, Ice Cube, Fieldy, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian Philip "Head" Welch, David Silveria, Martin Weisz, Udo Kier, Brigitte Nielsen, Tatjana Patitz ..
Directed by: Nathan Karma Cox, Todd McFarlane
Release date: 2002-01-01

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