Directors 2003 Film Poll - Top 5 - Bottom 5 - Most Overrated/Underrated

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  1. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    Top 5

    1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    2. Kill Bill Volume 1
    3. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
    4. Finding Nemo
    5. tie - X2 - Open Range - Pirates of the Caribbean


    Bottom 5

    1. The Medallion
    2. Dreamcatcher
    3. Bulletproof Monk
    4. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    5. The League of Extraordinary Gentleman



    Most Underrated

    Hulk

    Most Overrated

    Lost in Translation
    The School of Rock


    Biggest Disappointment

    The Matrix Reloaded & Revolutions - I did enjoy both but I was expecting much more.

    Biggest Surprise

    21 Grams & 28 Days Later

    Looking forward to

    Mystic River
     
  2. Jason Seaver

    Jason Seaver Lead Actor

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    Top 5

    Cicade de Deus (City Of God)
    In America
    Finding Nemo
    Northfork
    Intolerable Cruelty


    Bottom 5 (leaving out festival films)

    The Recruit
    The Event
    May
    Darkness Falls
    Anger Management


    Most Overrated

    Swimming Pool - This movie was just carried by the nudity

    Most Underrated

    Northfork - I was honestly surprised by the middling reviews this got
    The Hulk - Best superhero movie ever, though admittedly not for everyone

    Biggest Disappointment

    Anything Else - A case study in how scenes that are funny in a trailer just aren't in the movie

    Biggest Surprise

    Dracula: Pages From A Virgin's Diary - I'd seen this mostly-B&W silent ballet version before, as a preview at a horror movie marathon, but that wasn't the right time or place. On a second viewing, it was brilliant, perhaps the best version of the story since the original Nosferatu

    Did anyone else see this movie?

    Die, Mommie, Die!
     
  3. Angelo.M

    Angelo.M Producer

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    Top:

    City of God
    Finding Nemo
    Whale Rider
    School of Rock
    Capturing the Friedmans


    Bottom:

    The Hulk
    Matrix: Revolutions
    Masked and Anonymous
    Human Stain
    Laurel Canyon


    Overrated:

    Return of the King

    Underrated:

    Mighty Wind

    Disappointment:

    Lost in Translation

    Surprise:

    Spellbound
     
  4. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

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    Top 5

    The Shape Of Things
    Kill Bill, Vol. 1
    The Barbarian Invasions
    Russian Ark
    Tibet: Cry Of The Snow Lion


    Bottom 5

    The Secret Lives Of Dentists
    Veronica Guerin
    American Wedding
    Daredevil
    L'Auberge Espagnole


    Overrated

    Return of the King

    Underrated

    The Cooler

    Biggest Disappointment

    Return Of The King (failed to capture the spirit of Tolkein that Jackson harnessed so beautifully in Fellowship)

    Biggest Surprise

    Stevie (didn't quite make my top 5, but I thought Steve James' work here was so moving and powerful that, in a great year for documentaries, it blew all the other much higher profile documentaries (Friedman's, Spellbound, Fog of War) off the screen.)

    Did Anyone Else See This Movie?

    The Weather Underground

    Looking Forward To (ie. missed in theater, will rent on DVD)

    The Company, Bad Santa, Dracula: Pages From A Virgin's Diary
     
  5. Craig S

    Craig S Producer
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    Top 5:
    1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    2. Finding Nemo
    3. American Splendor
    4. City Of God
    5. All The Real Girls
    Bottom 5:
    1. Bringing Down The House
    2. The Core
    3. Dreamcatcher
    4. The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen
    5. Anger Management
    Most Overrated:

    Mystic River

    Most Underrated:

    The Hulk

    Biggest Disappointment:

    In The Cut

    Biggest Surprise:

    Open Range
     
  6. Arman

    Arman Screenwriter

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    Top 5:

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    City Of God
    Kill Bill Volume 1
    Raising Victor Vargas
    Lost in Translation

    Bottom 5:

    Head of State
    Old School
    National Security
    Darkness Falls
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    Most Overrated:

    Mystic River

    Most Underrated:

    Raising Victor Vargas

    Biggest Disappointment:

    A Mighty Wind

    Biggest Surprise:

    Swimming Pool
     
  7. Nick Sievers

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    Top 5:

    1. The Return of the King
    2. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (If Vol. 2 was in the same year and counted as one film it would probably take the number 1 position)
    3. American Splendor
    4. Master and Commander
    5. Lost in Translation

    Bottom 5:

    1. Bad Boys 2 - Nothing comes close to this atrocity
    2. House of 1000 Corpses - Pity they gave Zombie money for a sequel.
    3. Bringing Down The House
    4. The Real Cancun
    5. A Man Apart

    Most Overrated:

    X2

    Most Underrated:

    Down with Love

    Biggest Disappointment:

    All the Real Girls - certainly not a bad film, I was just expecting more.
    The Last Samurai

    Biggest Surprise:

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World - the trailers did absolutely nothing for me, I had never read the books, it isn't my favorite genre, not a big Crowe fan. Weir's name got me to the cinema and I was drawn into his world for 2 hours.

    I am still waiting for a heap of films to be released on DVD.
     
  8. Arman

    Arman Screenwriter

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    BTW, my missed them list/highly anticipated films of 2003 (am just waiting for their region 1 DVD release) are:

    Ten
    The Son
    Distant
    Lilya-4-Ever
    Dogville
    Fog of War
    The Barbarian Invasions

    (Brook, I've seen Stevie. I did not like it, the more I think about it, the more I'm beginning to hate it!)
     
  9. Bill McA

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    Top 5

    1. Kill Bill Vol. 1
    2. Irreversible
    3. The Shape of Things
    4. Finding Nemo
    5. Mystic River

    Bottom 5

    1. Daredevil
    2. Dr.Seuss' The Cat in the Hat
    3. Bad Boys II
    4. House of the Dead
    5. Head of State


    Most Underrated

    Hulk
    Stuck On You
    Holes
    Peter Pan


    Most Overrated

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    Cold Mountain
    The Last Samurai
    Monster


    Biggest Disappointment

    Big Fish
    Underworld
    Intolerable Cruelty


    Biggest Surprise

    Open Range
    Elf
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl


    Looking forward to

    Time of the Wolf
    Evil
    Goodbye, Dragon Inn
    The Dreamers
    Haute Tension
    The Barbarian Invasions
    Northfork


    Did Anyone Else See This Movie?

    Bright Future
    Wonderful Days
     
  10. Bill J

    Bill J Producer

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    Top Five:
    1. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
    2. City of God
    3. Lost in Translation
    4. Kill Bill: Volume 1
    5. Mystic River


    Bottom Five:
    1. Spun
    2. Darkness Falls
    3. Dreamcatcher
    4. House of 1000 Corpses
    5. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen


    Most Underrated:
    House of Sand and Fog
    Nowhere in Africa


    Most Overrated:
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
    Finding Nemo
    Seabiscuit
    The Matrix Reloaded


    Biggest Disappointment:
    The Last Samurai
    Dreamcatcher
    Open Range


    Biggest Surprise:
    28 Days Later
    The Italian Job
    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
     
  11. Nick Sievers

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    Good call on mentioning Spun as worst film, Bill. I just watched it a couple of nights ago, what a pile of garbage.
     
  12. Bill McA

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    Absolutely!!!

    I forgot about that one completely!
     
  13. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

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    Glad to see someone else shares my love of The Shape of Things, Bill.

    Had I listed more than one title in my categories I would have included Big Fish on the disappointments and Open Range and Master and Commander on the surprises.

    I am also looking forward to:
    Haute Tension, The Son, Goodbye Dragon Inn, and Time Of the Wolf. I have The Dreamers on the "awaiting release" portion of my Netflix list, though as of last week it was still in 1 theater here.

    What's "Evil" Bill?

    Arman, I know, I've read your "Stevie" comments. I thought it was absolutely incredible and I've been meaning to write a longer review for a long time. For the rest of your list:

    Ten (interesting, but hardly the revelatory experience some of the reviews describe it as. If I had a higher opinion of Kiarostami going in this could have made the "disappointment" category)
    The Son (Only played here for a week. I really regret missing it)
    Distant (Remember this as something I had on my radar, but can't recall what it's about right now.)
    Lilya-4-Ever (outstanding, top 10'er, would buy the r2 if I had a functioning region free player)
    Dogville (Stunning, I'm listing it in 2004 and won't be surprised if it ends up my favorite of the year)
    Fog of War (solid, well done, somewhere in 11-20)
    The Barbarian Invasions (#3 of '03, deeply affecting and politically witty)
     
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    I called it that several months ago. [​IMG] Bill is a wise man indeed.

    I'll stop back with my lists in a bit. Good idea for a poll, Jim.
     
  15. Nick Sievers

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    I read your review after watching the film (using the term 'film' loosely of course), bloody funny stuff. [​IMG]
     
  16. Bill McA

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    Evil is the recent Swedish Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee, and what little I know about it has struck up my interest.
     
  17. Justin_S

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    Top 5

    1: Irreversible
    2: Cabin Fever
    3: Identity
    4: Elephant
    5: 21 Grams

    Bottom 5

    1: Dreamcatcher
    2: Bulletproof Monk
    3: Kill Bill Vol. 1
    4: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
    5: The Matrix Revolutions

    Most Overrated

    Kill Bill Vol. 1

    Most Underrated

    Hulk- The best comic book based film to date as far as I'm concerned, and my #6 favorite film of the year.

    Biggest Disappointment

    Dreamcatcher

    Biggest Surprise

    May
     
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    I missed a lot of the big ones (Mystic River, that silly hobbit movie), but some of the 2003 films I did like:

    Master and Commander - Curiously, I liked the subplot about the doctor wanting to explore the Galapagos more than the martial aspects of the primary plotline.

    X2 - Near perfect comic book movie.

    Lost in Translation - A bit overrated, but I dig these kinds of dramas.

    American Splendor - See above.

    Kill Bill Vol. 1 - What else needs to be said?

    Cold Mountain - As good as could be expected considering Charles Frazier's prose - not something easily translatable to film - was the real selling point of the novel.

    Open Range - Darn good western though the ending dragged on a bit.

    Biggest surprise:

    Terminator 3 - Better than expected despite being wholly unnecessary.

    Worst:

    Underworld - Cool premise ruined by trite execution. Bleah.

    Cabin Fever - Was expecting something else I guess. Not sure what I got. Yuck.

    Disappointments:

    Northfork
    Hulk
    Daredevil


    All three rate a "meh."
     
  19. Brian.L

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    Top 5

    LOTR: Return of the King
    Lost in Translation
    Capturing the Friedmans
    21 Grams
    Cidade de Deus (City of God)

    Bottom 5 (at least out of what I saw)

    Bad Boys II
    House of 1000 Corpses
    Daredevil
    The Cat in the Hat
    Life of David Gale

    Most Overrated

    In America (pleasant enough, but come on)
    Monster
    Swimming Pool

    Most Underrated

    Shattered Glass

    Biggest Disappointment

    The Matrix Reloaded (& Matrix Revolutions also, though by that point it was expected)
    The Cooler
    Owning Mahoney

    Biggest Surprise

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Haven't Seen Yet (& Want To)

    The Barbarian Invasions
    Irreversible
    Last Samurai
    Stevie
    Whale Rider
    Raising Victor Vargas
     

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