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Top Ten Best and Worst Movies of 2003 [Jan. 25th, 2004|06:34 pm]
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Bearing in mind that I purposely avoided movies like Gigli and Charlie's Angels: Full Thottle, and that I have not yet managed to see Mystic River or The Station Agent, here are my Top Ten Best and Worst Movies of 2003.

Top Ten Best Movies of 2003:

10) Seabiscuit: A true story of what happens when misfits band together.

9) Pieces of April: A Thanksgiving fable...gritty and not pretty. Norman Rockwell would never have painted this picture, but it's a lot more like the Thanksgivings we all know and...endure.

8) Runaway Jury: I can't get this movie out of my head. And I read the book because of it. Not brilliant...but very, very good.

7) Phone Booth: Reminiscent of Rope, a lot happens in a very small space.

6) A Mighty Wind: Believable brilliance. With a soundtrack to back it up.

5) Down With Love: A perfect homage to the Doris Day/Rock Hudson romantic comedies. While not a great film, it was perfect at what it set out to do.

4) Finding Nemo: Actually gets better the more times you see it. That's not easy to do.

3) Pirates of the Caribbean: For a movie based on an amusement park ride, it was well-written, well acted and fun.

2) Elf: Destined to become a holiday classic...silly, but not stupid. And less depressing than A Christmas Carol.

1) Lost in Translation: Just...beautiful. Surreal. And perfect. I saw 87 movies this year...and this was my favourite.


Top Ten Worst Movies of 2003:

10) View From the Top: It had a nice moral. But it was just so...lame. And we know Gwyneth Paltrow is capable of so much more...

9) Once Upon a Time in Mexico: This poor film just couldn't decide what it wanted to be. But any movie with a line like "Are you a MexiCAN, or a MexiCAN'T?" deserves to go on at least one Top Ten Worst list...so here it is.

8) The Recruit: I wasn't expecting a lot...and it was worse than I expected.

7) Chasing Papi: While it's interesting that they're making movies in English which target Hispanics...couldn't they make them good movies?

6) It Runs in the Family: Hello, Douglas family? We don't want to pay $10 to see your home movies.

5) Confidence: Edward Burns. Rachel Weisz. Andy Garcia. Dustin Hoffman. It should have been more.

4) Le Divorce: It may not be the director's fault. The book was dull and flat, too...which begs the question of who decided it would make a good movie...

3) Kill Bill: Volume 1: I should have loved it. But it was bloody awful.

2) The Matrix Revolutions: How many times do we have to see the same scene? I never bothered to see the third one...this was bad enough.

1) The Cat in the Hat: When the best thing you can say about a movie is that the dog wears the same collar I bought for my cat...well...
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From: captainhaddock
2004-01-25 11:47 pm (UTC)
I agree with you on Kill Bill. I personally think that Tarantino's (sp?) capable of doing way better-- as is evidenced by Pulp Fiction, which I hold as his best movie due to its inter-twined plots.

However, I did see an interview with him in which he said that his intent for Kill Bill was to have it be fun to watch, not intellectually stimulating. And I suppose he achieved his goal in that respect; though I was still disappointed.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-01-25 11:53 pm (UTC)
he said that his intent for Kill Bill was to have it be fun to watch

See...I just don't think pimping coma victims and covering a dance floor in blood is "fun" to watch...hence it being one of my worst...
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[User Picture]From: rappelezmoi
2004-01-25 11:48 pm (UTC)
A Mighty Wind was probably one of my favourite movies last year, too. It was just brilliant and I have never been able to get that scene where she talks about being a porn star out of my head or the picture of them in their witches hats. Still laughing....
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-01-25 11:54 pm (UTC)
The soundtrack is incredible. At least as good as the movie; quite possibly better.
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[User Picture]From: tsgeisel
2004-01-26 12:19 am (UTC)
What I'm finding amusing is that LotR: RotK is pretty much the "hands on" favorite to take Best Director and Best Picture at the academy awards, and yet I haven't seen it on many top 10 lists - although I haven't looked.

My guess is that it will win for the same reason that Titanic won; because it lived up to its hype. Not for the inherent quality of the movie, but because it was popular with the crowds and wasn't a huge disappointment to the critics.

I'd put it in *my* top 10 list, but since I don't think I've seen 10 movies this year, I'd have kinda have to.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-01-26 12:41 am (UTC)
I didn't hate LotR. But I didn't love it, either.

I never liked the books. So there you go.

But I don't think it'll win Best Picture. It's the last of a trilogy. And there were a lot of good "stand alone" films this year. Best Director, however, is a possibility.
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