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Our Top 10's of 2003: Time To Throw Down!

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#41 of 210 OFFLINE   Chris Atkins

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Posted December 29 2003 - 01:47 AM

My top 10: 1. Cold Mountain 2(T): Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2(T): Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 4: Open Range 5. Finding Nemo 6. The Last Samurai 7. Hulk 8. X-2 9. Gods and Generals 10. Terminator 3 EDIT: Sure enough, COLD MOUNTAIN goes to the top of my list after seeing it. Amazing film. Bumps PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN off my list.

#42 of 210 OFFLINE   Shawn_KE



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Posted December 29 2003 - 02:55 AM

I'm not a expert on films, but I do know what I like and don't. So here is my list for 2003. Best: 1. LOTR: The Return of the King 2. Matrix: Reloaded 3. Kill Bill 1 4. Pirates Of The Carribean 5. Matrix: Revolutions 6. Mystic River 7. X2: X-Men United 8. Terminator 3 9. Freddy vs Jason 10. 28 Days Later Biggest Disapointment: 1. Hulk 2. Bubba Ho-Tep 3. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 4. House of 1,000 Corpses Worst: 1. Tomb Raider 2 2. House of 1,000 Corpses 3. Anger Management

#43 of 210 OFFLINE   Rob Willey

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Posted December 29 2003 - 09:04 AM

Last update: 02/29/2004
Criterion used: Oscar Eligibility
No. of films seen so far: 45

The top ten (so far):
1. City of God
2. Whale Rider
3. Thirteen
4. Lost in Translation
5. Mystic River
6. 21 Grams
7. Seabiscuit
8. In America
9. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
10. The Fog of War

The best of the rest, in order: Bend It Like Beckham, Finding Nemo, Girl With a Pearl Earring, Cold Mountain, House of Sand and Fog, Monster, American Splendor, Swimming Pool, Matchstick Men, Dirty Pretty Things, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, The Last Samurai, Something's Gotta Give, Love Actually, The Cooler, Owning Mahowny, Bad Santa, Calendar Girls, Pieces of April, Raising Victor Vargas, The Matrix Reloaded, Phone Booth, Intolerable Cruelty, Better Luck Tomorrow, The Italian Job, Freaky Friday, Normal, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, XX/XY, The Matrix Revolutions, The Haunted Mansion, The Hulk, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, May, Legally Blonde 2

Yet to see are: All The Real Girls, The Barbarian Invasions, Blue Car, Capturing the Friedmans, Dopamine, Elephant, Gods and Generals, The Good Thief, The Guys, The Heart of Me, Home Room, Irreversible, Jet Lag, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Laurel Canyon, Levity, Looney Tunes: Back In Action, Open Range, The Secret Lives of Dentists, Shattered Glass, The Station Agent, Sweet Sixteen, Together, Veronica Guerin, Wonderland

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#44 of 210 OFFLINE   Matthew Chmiel

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Posted December 29 2003 - 05:39 PM

1) Camp
2) The Matrix Revolutions
3) The Matrix Reloaded
4) Kill Bill: Volume One
5) Elephant
6) Gerry
7) Better Luck Tomorrow
8) 28 Days Later
9) Cabin Fever
10) Suicide Club (Jisatsu circle)

11) Love Actually
12) Bad Santa
13) Finding Nemo
14) Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
15) The Eye (Jian gui)


1) Hollywood Homocide
2) Kangaroo Jack
3) Boat Trip
4) Guy Thing, A
5) Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
6) How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days
7) League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The
8) Hulk
9) Identity
10) Anger Management

11) Just Married
12) Dreamcatcher
13) Freddy vs. Jason
14) Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde
15) Spy Kids 3D: Game Over

#45 of 210 OFFLINE   Fred Bang

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Posted December 30 2003 - 01:32 AM

1- THE RETURN OF KING No Contest, this is the best movie I have seen in 20 years. 2- Lost In Translation 3- Kill Bill Vol. 1 4- Master and Commander 5- Finding Nemo 6- X2: X-Men United 7- Matchstick Men 8- Love Actually 9- Matrix Reloaded / Revolutions 10-American Splendor

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Posted December 31 2003 - 01:26 AM

Im holding off making a list until I see:

21 Grams,Monster,Big Fish and a few others.

I wasnt able to catch Matchstick Men,American Splendor or ThirteenPosted Image

And Im DYING to see Bubba HoTep and Twilight Samurai

#47 of 210 OFFLINE   Dana Fillhart

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Posted December 31 2003 - 02:54 AM

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1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2. À la folie… pas du tout (He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not)
3. Finding Nemo
4. Whale Rider
5. X2
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
7. 21 Grams
8. Mystic River
9. The Matrix: Revolutions
10. The Matrix: Reloaded

Just missing but worthy of note: Seabiscuit, L'Auberge espagnole, Master and Commander, Cold Mountain, The Last Samurai, Love Actually, and Lost in Translation.

Worst 5: Well, I purposefully avoided absolute dreck like Gigli and From Justin to Kelly, but I did manage to see one REALLY wretched one and a couple that were borderline (they only barely entertained me, oftentimes unintentionally on the film's part): House of 1000 Corpses is the worst I've seen not just this year, but all the way back to Battlefield Earth. Filling out the other bottom four for me are The Core, Irréversible (Irreversible), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Anger Management.

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Posted December 31 2003 - 05:42 PM

whale rider school of rock hero finding nemo capturing the friedmans shattered glass a mighty wind city of god winged migration better luck tomorrow

#49 of 210 OFFLINE   Edwin Pereyra

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Posted January 03 2004 - 02:06 AM

My Top 10 is now up.

DVD Unwind: Paradise Now (Coming) • King Kong - - • KeaneThe Squid And The WhaleA History Of ViolenceHarry Potter and the Goblet of FireThe Best Of Youth (Italy) • Good Night And Good LuckHowl's Moving CastleWalk The Line - - • ZathuraNorth Country

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Posted January 03 2004 - 09:51 AM

I hope that's a typo, Edwin Posted Image
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#51 of 210 OFFLINE   Nick C.

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Posted January 03 2004 - 12:50 PM

copy-n-pastitis perhaps? Posted Image

On another topic, just wondering how everyone determines the US/World/AMPAS/etc. release date? For example, something like Hero had a world and Hollywood release in late 2002 for AMPAS considerations and was subsequently nominated for Best Foreign Language, but theatrical release has been moved around several times, with IMDB reporting Spring 2004... So for those who go world release dates, this would belong in 2002, and for those who prefer US eligibility, it would be a 2004+ selection?
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#52 of 210 OFFLINE   Jason Seaver

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Posted January 03 2004 - 02:22 PM

Once again, I'll recommend www.filmreleases.com as the arbiter of US-release eligibility. They're excellent at listing "platform" releases, so you'll get all the information you need if you use the NY/LA criterion.

As to "world" releases, I generally go with the IMDB on that. It's not always accurate, but it's central and generally reliable after-the-fact.

And Hero never had a US release, not even for AMPAS consideration (though it likely had Academy screenings) - the rules on eligibility for Best Foreign Language Film are different, and arguably anachronistic. It currently appears Hero is on the schedule for 16 April 2004; I'll probably be calling it #3A this year, much like I did with Brotherhood of the Wolf when I saw it at a festival screening before its official US debut.
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Posted January 03 2004 - 02:58 PM


#54 of 210 OFFLINE   Edwin Pereyra

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Posted January 04 2004 - 01:20 AM


I stand corrected. Thanks, Matt.

It's more like tiredtitis. Posted Image

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#55 of 210 OFFLINE   Scott Weinberg

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Posted January 04 2004 - 01:50 AM

Top Ten 1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2. May 3. In America 4. House of Sand and Fog 5. Lost in Translation 6. Big Fish 7. 28 Days Later 8. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 9. Cabin Fever 10. Kill Bill: Volume 1 Bottom Ten 1. Boat Trip 2. From Justin to Kelly 3. The Real Cancun 4. Bad Boys 2 5. The Cat in the Hat 6. Spun 7. National Security 8. 2 Fast 2 Furious 9. Radio 10. Bringing Down the House

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#57 of 210 OFFLINE   Lowell_B


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Posted January 04 2004 - 04:49 AM

My Top 10 List (Subject to much shuffling and revision):
Link to my 2003 Film List: Film List
Last Updated: Feb, 11th with In America.

1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2. In America
3. Pirates of The Carribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl
4. The Last Samurai
5. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
6. Matchstick Men
7. American Splendor
8. Lost in Translation
9. Finding Nemo
10. Mystic River

Honorable Mentions (AKA The Bumped):

Big Fish
Bend it Like Beckham
Better Luck Tommorrow
Cold Mountain
A Mighty Wind
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Tengoku no tobira)
All The Real Girls

Still need to see City of God and a few others.


#58 of 210 OFFLINE   David Lawson

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Posted January 04 2004 - 07:12 AM

The top:

1. City Of God
2. Winged Migration
3. Russian Ark
4. 28 Days Later
5. Shaolin Soccer
6. Lost In Translation
7. In America
8. Pirates Of The Caribbean
9. Big Fish
10. LOTR: The Return Of The King

The bottom:

1. Darkness Falls
2. The Matrix Reloaded
3. Finding Nemo
4. Tomb Raider 2
5. The Rundown

I'm now reasonably happy with the order. For today, anyway.
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Posted January 05 2004 - 12:18 PM

The list will of course be continually updated until forced to make it absolutely final, but here's how it stands now.

Last update: ...

Current Total Films Seen from 2003 (using US/Canada release date criteria): 60

My Top 10 of 2003

01. Lost in Translation (United States, d. Sofia Coppola)
02. Irreversible (France, d. Gaspar Noé)
03. Spider (Canada, d. David Cronenberg)
04. All the Real Girls (United States, d. David Gordon Green)
05. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (United States, d. Quentin Tarantino)
06. 21 Grams (United States, d. Alejandro González Iñárritu)
07. Elephant (United States, d. Gus Van Sant)
08. Gerry (United States, d. Gus Van Sant)
09. City of God [Cidade de Deus] (Brazil, d. Kátia Lund, Fernando Meirelles)
10. Capturing the Friedmans (United States, d. Andrew Jarecki)

10 Runners-up:
11. The Station Agent
12. Morvern Callar
13. Mystic River
14. Swimming Pool
15. May
16. The Shape of Things
17. American Splendor
18. Masked and Anonymous
19. The Good Thief
20. Shattered Glass

Films I Really Liked and Would See Again:
21. 28 Days Later
22. Owning Mahowny
23. Better Luck Tomorrow
24. Raising Victor Vargas
25. The School of Rock
26. Elf
27. The Wild Dogs
28. The Matrix Reloaded
29. The Man on the Train
30. Spun
31. Love Actually
32. Charlie's Angles 2: Full Throttle
33. The Eye
34. Cabin Fever
35. Thirteen
36. Stuck on You
37. Daredevil
38. American Wedding
39. Spellbound

Films I Liked but Didn't Love Enough to See Again:
40. Sweet Sixteen
41. Winged Migration
42. Run Ronnie Run!
43. Old School
44. The Recruit
45. Phone Booth
46. Anything Else

Didn't Like in 2003 (from least worst to most horribly horrible)
47. Intolerable Cruelty (the first Coens movie I haven't completely loved. How sad.)
48. The Cooler
49. In the Cut
50. Born Rich
51. Duplex
52. Anger Management
53. Bruce Almighty
54. Something's Gotta Give
55. Scary Movie 3
56. View From the Top
57. A Guy Thing
58. Bringing Down the House
59. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
60. Just Married

Best guilty pleasure:
- Charlie's Angles 2: Full Throttle

Biggest disappointments:
- Intolerable Cruelty
- Bruce Almighty
- In the Cut

Films I still need to see, or sadly missed... and want to see:
in alphabetical order
Bad Santa
The Barbarian Invasions
Bend it Like Beckham
Big Fish
Blue Car
Bus 174
Casa De Los Babys
Charlotte Sometimes
Cold Mountain
The Company
The Dancer Upstairs
A Decade Under the Influence
Dirty Pretty Things
Le Divorce
Down With Love
Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary
Fear X
Finding Nemo
Freddy vs Jason
Garage Days
Girl With a Pearl Earing
The Hulk
House of 1000 Corpses
House of Sand and Fog
The Human Stain
I Love Your Work
In America
In My Skin
The Last Samurai
Laurel Canyon
Lilya 4-Ever
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Lost in La Mancha
Love and Diane
The Man Without a Past
Matchstick Men
The Matrix Revolutions
A Mighty Wind
Mona Lisa Smile
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
Out of Time
Party Monster
Pieces of April
Poolhall Junkies
Ripley's Game
The Singing Detective
Step Into Liquid

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Posted January 05 2004 - 01:09 PM

The Best:

1. 21 Grams
2. Kill Bill - Vol. 1
3. Lost in Translation
4. Elephant
5. Bad Santa
6. Hulk
7. City of God
8. In America
9. Dark Blue
10. Cold Mountain

The Worst:

1. Bringing Down The House
2. Bad Boys II
3. The Matrix Reloaded
4. Seabiscuit
5. Anger Management
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