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Don't Call It a Comeback
List creator: DLeonard
Created on: January 23, 2003 - 12:52 AM PST
Description: Having been out of favor, or just plain out of sight, this year a number of film vets showed us their best work since...

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Chinatown (1974)
  Producer Robert Evans got back into the limelight with "The Kid Stays in the Picture", star Jack Nicholson scored with "About Schmidt", but director Roman Polanski gets comeback of the year with his award winning "The Pianist"
A Room with a View (1986)
Not Rated
  Daniel Day-Lewis (Gangs of New York) has been MIA for 5 years. This early film features him in a rare comedic performance.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
  Word was that Hayao Miyazaki wanted to retire, but changed his mind and made "Spirited Away". Who can we thank for such good fortune?
Dead Calm (1989)
  Phillip Noyce hit hard with both "Rabbit Proof Fence" and "The Quiet American". "Dead Calm" is an effective thriller with Sam Neill and a very young Nicole Kidman.
Breaking Away (1979)
  Dennis Quaid (Far From Heaven and The Rookie) in his break out role.
The Fisher King (1991)
  2002 gave us the creepy Robin Williams with "Insomnia" and "One Hour Photo". Keep your eyes peeled for director Terry Gilliam to make his own comeback this year with "Lost in La Mancha"
Cabaret (1972)
  Even death can't stop Bob Fosse, for his choreography for "Chicago" is easily one of the film's highlights
The Wicker Man (Extended Version) (1974)
  Christopher Lee dropped off the face of the Earth until this year with the "Lord of the Rings" films and "Attack of the Clones".
Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)
  Most fans of Nicolas Cage's early films, like this one, don't care for his recent choices. "Adaptation" is more like it.
Do the Right Thing (Criterion Collection) (1989)
  Spike Lee's recent films have been inconsistent or just plain ignored. "25th Hour" seems to have changed that.
Defending Your Life (1991)
  Winning awards again is Meryl Streep (The Hours and Adaptation), but this could be her breeziest role.
The Last Picture Show (Criterion) (1971)
  Peter Bogdanovich has had a troubled career since this remarkable film, but "The Cat's Meow" could mark a return to quality filmmaking.
My New Gun (1992)
  "Unfaithful" may have moved Diane Lane into the A-list of actresses, but this fun little film marks her emergence as the restless housewife.
The Dead Zone (1983)
  Forget the TV show. David Cronenberg, getting great reviews for "Spider", made this haunting film featuring the definitive Christopher Walken performance.
The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)
  "8 Women" brought Catherine Deneuve back to her early French musical days with Jacques Demy
Misery (1990)
  With "About Schmidt" Kathy Bates may have found a role more daring than her Oscar winning role.
The Last Waltz (1978)
  This concert film got a nice re-release treatment last year, and the director just picked himself up a Golden Globe Award (Martin Scorsese - "Gangs of New York")
Metropolis (The Complete Restored Edition) (1927)
Not Rated
  This great silent film by Fritz Lang was released with some previously lost footage last year, a true gift for cinephiles.

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