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The Bourne Supremacy/Identity: Paul Greengrass employed the same faux-documentary technique he honed in Bloody Sunday to give two formula thrillers a kick. Not art, but everyone will imitate it.






Spirited Away: Animators disagree about everything but Hayao Miyazaki, whose work will be studied for its lyricism, emotional transparency, and mythic whimsy.







Adaptation: A lesser work by Eternal Sunshine’s Charlie Kaufman, but you’d need a shovel (or chainsaw) to beat back the tyro screenwriters scrambling their syntax and turning their stories inside out.






Spellbound: An eye-opening documentary about class through the prism of our language and the competitive drive to master it. For years to come, we’ll see lesser versions following characters on the road to a climactic contest.






Best in Show: Along with Spinal Tap, the mockumentary’s finest hour—and a gauntlet thrown down to comic writers, directors, and performers to find a character and improvise as if your life depended on it.





See Also: David Edelstein on why Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is the film of the decade.


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