All in 2002

tipping the velvet

From the corset kings of the world, the BBC, comes an adaptation so lush that it might just rival the 1996 remake of Pride and Prejudice as my favourite costume drama of all time. I bet when they were making stodgy Shakespeare adaptations in the fifties the powers that be at the BBC never thought costume drama would ever come to this.

the laramie project

This is a film that allows us to reflect, not only about the victims of hate crimes and the atrocities committed against them, but about the violence that gets committed against the LGBT community every day in the form of evil words and unjust laws that remove (or simply don't protect) our basic human rights.

possession

A sexually ambiguous, tortured soul and free thinker, Christabel LaMotte will always be one of my favourite literary characters. Now, thanks to Jennifer Ehle, she has graduated into one of my favourite cinematic heroines as well.

the hours

A massive cast, and a massive story, challenging on so many levels. I could watch this film a thousand times and still be in equal measures bewitched, surprised and frustrated by it. There are so many unanswered questions, but the film is that much the better for only answering the questions it chooses to.

firefly: war stories

Imagine an old fashioned spaghetti-western on the frontiers of space, with spaceships instead of stagecoaches and where folks speak a dialect like English that's been dragged through a Chinese gold mining town. Now picture that show being written by the man behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer.