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2003 Film List

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Jason Whyte, Jan 2, 2003.

  1. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

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    You're right. Looks like I also need to bring The Man Without A Past forward, which was a much better film than Nowhere In Africa, but Nowhere is a typical "safe" choice.
    Nowhere In Africa - B
    The Man Without A Past - A-
    Next Up: Millenium Actress
     
  2. Edwin Pereyra

    Edwin Pereyra Producer

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    Okay, Jason S. is right. I was getting the one-week qualifier confused with the Best Foreign Film rules. Sticking with my criteria, both COG and NIA are considered 2003 films.

    Thanks, guys.

    ~Edwin
     
  3. ZacharyTait

    ZacharyTait Cinematographer

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    I've been meaning to add my list since January to this thread and just never did. Better late than never, I say!
    Total Movies seen: 63
    Top Movies of 2003
    4 Stars
    The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
    The Matrix Reloaded
    The Matrix Revolutions
    Finding Nemo
    Lost in Translation
    Better Luck Tomorrow*
    City of God
    The Man on the Train*
    In America
    21 Grams
    Monster
    3 1/2 Stars
    Bend it like Beckham
    Mystic River
    Whale Rider*
    Thirteen
    Matchstick Men
    American Splendor
    Dirty Pretty Things
    All the Real Girls*
    Master and Commander: Far Side of the World
    The Italian Job
    X2: X-Men United
    Bruce Almighty
    Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl
    The Rundown
    Bad Santa
    The Last Samurai
    Hollywood Homicide*
    Intolerable Cruelty
    May*
    Identity*
    Shanghai Knights*
    Kill Bill Volume One
    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
    Open Range
    28 Days Later
    Elf
    School of Rock
    American Wedding*
    The Cooler
    Good Thief*
    Shattered Glass*
    Fog of War
    Something's Gotta Give*
    3 Stars
    The Hulk
    Daredevil*
    S.W.A.T.*
    Seabiscuit*
    Runaway Jury*
    Swimming Pool*
    Big Fish*
    2 1/2 Stars
    Tears of the Sun
    Old School*
    The Core*
    The Missing*
    2 Stars
    Down with Love*
    Underworld*
    0 Stars
    The Life of David Gale*
    Bad Boys 2
    Legally Blonde 2*
    Dumb and Dumberer*
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre*
    Cat in the Hat*
    *1st viewing of movie was on DVD, not in the theater
    Movies I need to see on DVD that I didn't see in the theater
    Cold Mountain
    House of Sand and Fog
    The Barbarian Invasions
    Big Fish
    Brother Bear
    Girl with a Pearl Earring
    Bubba Ho-Tep
    Love Actually
    Shaolin Soccer
    Triplets of Belleville
    Mona Lisa Smile
    Paycheck
    Peter Pan
    City of Ghosts
    The Recruit
    Phone Booth
    Gods and Generals
    A Man Apart
    LXG
    Daddy Day Care
    Anger Management
    Confidence
    The Order
    The Hunted
    Bringing Down the House
    Basic
    Head of State
    Veronica Guerin
    Dark Blue
    How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
    Spider
    Poolhall Junkies
    Irreversible
    Laurel Canyon
    Nowhere in Africa
    Dreamcatcher
    Raising Victor Vargas
    Lilya 4-Ever
    Capturing the Friedmans
    Sweet Sixteen
    Holes
    And Now...Ladies and Gentlemen
    Anything Else
    Asassination Tango
    Autumn Spring
    Buffalo Soldiers
    The In-Laws
    L'Auberge Espanol
    Levity
    Magdalene Sisters
    Man Without a Past
    A Mighty Wind
    Navigators
    Once Upon a Time in Mexico
    Owning Mahony
    Pieces of April
    Prozac Nation
    Secondhand Lions
    The Shape of Things
    The Singing Detective
    Together
    Winged Migration
    Wonderland
    Casa De Los Babys
    Dancer Upstairs
    Freaky Friday
    Human Stain
    Jet Lag
    Le Divorce
    Mambo Italiano
    Sinbad
    Spellbound
    Sylvia
    Under the Tuscan Sun
    Alex and Emma
    Beyond Borders
    Bulletproof Monk
    Gigli
    Gothika
    Haunted Mansion
    In the Cut
    Just Married
    Medallion
    Northfork
    View from the Top
    What a Girl Wants
    Looney Tunes: Back in Action
    Stuck on You
    Man, do I have some catching up to do! [​IMG]
     
  4. Arman

    Arman Screenwriter

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  5. Jason Seaver

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  6. ZacharyTait

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    Just saw Better Luck Tomorrow. A masterpiece. Justin Lin is a name to watch out for. I'll be eagerly looking forward to his next movie. The cast was excellent. I recognized Steve as one of the MILF guys from the AP movies right away. The cinematography was breath-taking. I couldn't belive some of the shots that were pulled off, especially the one in the garage of the camera circling the three guys. Those that have seen it, know what I'm talking about.

     
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    Millenium Actress - The premise of a defunct movie studio making a documentary about its most famous actress is an intesting one, but the execution did not work very well for me. While I was generally interested in the story of her life and enjoyed the animated take on some of the genres of Japanese film, the continuous use of the filmmakers as not only observers, but commentators and even participants within the historical story fell flat for me. Their comic relief or even just their continual aghast expressions often gave poor punctuation to what would have been an emotional scene without their presence. B-
    Next rental: Dark Blue
     
  8. Edwin Pereyra

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    [​IMG] The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers - Special Extended Edition fleshes out some of the characters even more while setting it up for a very satisfying finale.
    Next Up: Babí léto (Czech Republic)
    ~Edwin
     
  9. Edwin Pereyra

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    [​IMG] Bruce Almighty – With over $240M in its box office till, I can certainly see why it played so well, especially in the Bible belt states, more so probably for its theology than for its comedy. But its messages serves more to reinforce rather than an as a full fledge revelation, while its comedy wanes.
    ~Edwin
     
  10. Brook K

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    Edwin, send back Bruce Almighty, its out of stock for me. [​IMG]
    The Cooler: I highly, highly recommend "The Cooler". Featuring a dual storyline, the primary portion is William H. Macy's "Cooler" character, a man with such bad luck that it rubs off on anyone he gets near, making him a perfect casino employee. But he has a hollow, nothing life of disappointment and mistakes. In meeting a cocktail waitress played by Maria Bello, he finds hope for something better. The other part of the story is about the battle between the new family theme Vegas (represented by Ron Livingston of Office Space fame) and the old school gangster Las Vegas rep'd by casino owner Alec Baldwin.
    The rest of my review is in the Indie thread. This is going on my top 10 list: A-
     
  11. Edwin Pereyra

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    Brook, its on its way. My Netflix dictribution center shows it being available. It's interesting to see where this film is in such high demand. [​IMG]
    [​IMG] Vladimír Michálek’s Babi Leto (Czech Republic).
    Next Up: Return Of The King
    ~Edwin
     
  12. Brook K

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    Very interesting Edwin, it's a long wait in my queue.
    Dark Blue: Corrupt cops in Rodney King torn '92 LA. A pretty good 2 hours spent with Ron Shelton's by-the-book direction and a quality Kurt Russell performance. Russell's character is by far the most nuanced part of the film - a corrupted man who is not so corrupt that he doesn't know right from wrong, but too far gone to do the right thing. until the speechifyin' ending that is
    B-
     
  13. Arman

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    Updated my list with or should I say ...
    And the winner is ... Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King A+ (
     
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    The Station Agent
    7.5 of 10
    It's a adequately directed film with a good story, not quite as good script. It suffers a bit from small film syndrome in that it feels as small as its budget probably was, it plays down to its own level rather than exceeding it like the greater small indy films are able to.
    Peter Dinklage really carries the film with the one truly strong performance to be found in it. Much of the rest, the other acting, the writing, even the editing and direction show amateurish qualities which restrict the film from being as sublime as the basic premise and story might have allowed.
    Worth seeing with a more interesting and honest ending than Hollywood would be willing to leave you with, but that's not enough to expect a life-altering viewing out of the film.
    Return of the King
    10 of 10
    My review is in the official thread, about 5 down on the first page (too lazy to paste in the link right now). Best film of the year and definitely stronger than the first two installments, even without the resolution that this film has to offer.
     
  15. Seth Paxton

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    City of God - yes, it is up for all the other Oscar fields EXCEPT FF since it was submitted and passed over for that last year (2002 home country release but a 2003 Oscar qualifying US release).

    This was considered a gamble and mistake by the studio since they didn't get it run in time for last years other Oscars but then put it out way too early for a small film for the next year's Oscars.


    I would agree with Edwin that Gangs of NY was a similar film that was enjoyable and even had very good moments, yet was also highly (and frustratingly) flawed. However, I think Scorese's mistakes ring more like confused efforts while those of TLS are more in line with comfortable cliches, and I would always side more with confused but interesting mistakes over tired cliches as the backbone of a film (or scene).

    As a popcorn film TLS is enjoyable enough, thus the 7 rating, a "matinee, first run" rating but not worth the evening prices.

    The only reason I compare a film to another film is when they have an obvious genre, narrative, star, director, or other connection, never to "promote" one film over another. Historical period action epics is a pretty specific category which happens to include both M&C and TLS, as well as DWW and Gladiator. There may be variations in how much they are trying to align to such a genre, but clearly none of those films is trying to be Amelie or Chicago, for example. Thus, I don't compare to those film (or City of God or X-Men 2, and so on).
     
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    Hmm, I had City of God as 2003 and Nowhere in Africa and Spider as non-qualifying 2002. So you're telling me I can push at least one of those to the 2003 list? I can't keep anything straight with the number of screenings over the last week and a half...

    A major update, not to mention one that pushes me to a new all-time high. Plus, I just signed up for Netflix, so those DVD viewings may be increasing next year.

    Grades for films seen at this time of year may be revised once I get the chance to revisit some of them. Seeing so many in such a short period of time makes separating them all the more difficult. (Yeah, boo hoo, right?)

    Looking like three more theatrical releases for me this year (Mona Lisa Smile, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, and Bus 174) since I've seen everything else that should be opening.
     
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    It's the S&S list and various catelog viewings (and Tivo viewings) that are killing my 2003 viewings so far. But I'm on a hot streak (for a non-reviewer), so I should still hit at least 100+ before the Oscars.
    Speaking of City of God, too bad the release got pushed from Decemeber into next year.
    Lost in Translation
    8.5 of 10
    It's a very nice performance from both Scarlett and Bill, yet at the same time it's exactly what I've come to expect from both. That's not a knock, just a lack of surprise on my end. Between them I'd say Scarlett does more to earn an Oscar nom, but Bill's character is nice. I'd say his effort in Rushmore is still the stronger role, but whatever, it's all good.
    What was most likeable about LiT was it's approach to romance and how circumstances and surroundings can affect that, among other themes to be found in the film. It's actually one of the stronger romances I have seen in some time (add to that Bill's comedy charm), especially in the area of realism in what actions can and can not be taken.
    In that way the film most reminded me of the father's story from Yi Yi.
     
  20. ZacharyTait

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    Just updated my list to reflect that I saw Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Bad Santa, and Last Samurai.

    ROTK is hands down, the best film of the year. As great as Reloaded and Revolutions were, ROTK towers over everything else.

    Bad Santa joins Christmas Vacation and It's a Wonderful Life as a Christmas classic I'll enjoy watching every year. It's vulgar, yet funny.

    Last Samurai was terrific as well. Gorgeous cinematography, terrific choreography in the battle scenes, and wonderful performaces from all around. Tom Cruise shows he can do just about anything. He more than makes up for his last period epic, Far and Away. Ken Watanabe should be nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
     

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