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Favorite movies of 2003
Entered on: January 25, 2004 11:36 PM by The Bone
Since we all like movies, I thought I'd list some of my favorites of the past year. In no particular order:  
Matrix Reloaded - I still love the myriad of references and allusions even though Revolutions does not support it.  
Return of the King - Brilliant every way you look at it.  
28 Days Later - In a genre filled to the brim with shite, this movie stands out. The acting and direction were superb. If you haven't seen it, I reccomend.  
Love Actually - It was a very well written and directed story. It made me happy.  
X2 - Not an Academy Award winner but a fun movie. Even better than the first. I especially like the part when Wolverine goes berserk in the mansion.  
Matrix Revolutions - A bit of a dissapointment when Reloaded is considered, however it was a great movie for 2003.  
Tombraider: The Cradle of Life - Yeah right. Just kidding.  
What else was sweet that I missed?

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From: Ross Entered on: January 27, 2004 7:35 PM
Return of the King was easily the best movie of the year for my money. I am obviously also a fan of the Matrix films as well but they can't hold a candle. 28 days later was decent but overrated in my opinion, easily forgettable. X2 was quite great, though. But here's what I also enjoyed:  
American Splendor - can't wait to see this one again. I liked it a lot, though I'm not sure it will bear a lot of repeat viewings, I still would like to see it at least one more time.  
Lost in Translation - this is one of my favorites of the year. Same as above, I can't wait to see it again. I downloaded it but haven't had the time to watch it yet.  
Worst movie: Bad Boys 2. I turned it off after 10 mins. I'm so glad I didn't pay for that shite.
From: The Bone Entered on: January 27, 2004 8:45 PM
American Splendor - great direction - boring subject matter. Although the nerd guy was great shit.  
Lost in Translation - haven't seen it but I would like to.  
28 Days Later - I haven't actually seen the ratings from the so called reviewers, but if the are saying it's good then I would have to say it is appropriately rated vice overrated since it is sweet as fuck and if you dissagree with me you are wrong as two boys fucking.  
Bad Boys 2 - so heinous I almost walked out of the theater, a rarity for me.
From: John Entered on: January 27, 2004 10:01 PM
Bert - I couldn't agree more, Return of the King was the best movie of the year for my money as well.  
Bone - I also agree with you as far a American Splendor is concerned. Well crafted but a little on the dull side.  
Lost in Translation was also quite good and I really enjoyed Bill Murray and Scarlet Johanson's perfomances in the movie. I also like young ass in sheer undies.  
I haven't seen 28 Days Later but wish to do so at the recommendation of the Bone.  
I'm pleased to say I stayed away from Bad Boys 2 and will continue to do so.  
X2 was sweet as hell!!! Nightcrawler kicking ass in the begining was one of the highlights for me.  

From: Ross Entered on: January 28, 2004 8:12 AM
Oh, one movie that I haven't seen but really want to is Bubba Hotep. It stars Bruce Campbell as an elderly Elvis, living in a retirement home, being attacked by a mummy. The previews were awesome. I can't wait till it comes out on video.
From: Swerb Entered on: January 28, 2004 10:37 PM
Bert, I totally agree with you. American Splendor, Lost in Translation (both on DVD next week!) and ROTK are my top three, in no specific order.  
Bubba Hotep is good, strange fun. You mean you can't download it yet?  
28 Days Later had its moments, but it would fall in the middle of the pack for me. I really dug Master and Commander (not sure it deserves all those Oscar nods, though), and Cold Mountain was very entertaining (Philip Seymour Hoffman is sweet in it!), and who can forget School of Rock, which I loved. Liked Open Range, too... I also just got back from seeing In America, and it's amazingly good, a very beautiful and touching film.  
DVD of the year: Once Upon a Time in the West. If y'all haven't seen this movie yet, go get it now. What a fucking classic piece of work. The sound and picture quality are amazing - and the movie was made in 1968! I'd say it's on par with Unforgiven in the western genre... them's strong words, yes, hopefully to provoke you bastards into seeing it.  
I also can't believe Bone actually paid money to see Bad Boys 2. That's a serious lapse in judgment... at least I get paid to see bad movies, so I have a whole pile for my "worst of" list: My Boss's Daughter, Cold Creek Manor, Marci X, From Justin to Kelly (yes, I had to see that), The Fighting Temptations, Scary Movie 3, House of the Dead... I could go on.
From: Ross Entered on: January 29, 2004 8:12 AM
Damn Swerb, you're right. Both Master and Commander and Open Range were some of my favs of the year. I also liked School of Rock quite a bit. Totally forgot about those.
From: The Bone Entered on: January 29, 2004 9:17 AM
For the record, Muffin wanted to see Bad Boys because she loves Will Smith. I thought it should be alright. Turns out it was recockulous.
From: Jackzilla Entered on: January 29, 2004 9:30 AM
Upon seeing that Bad Boys II was coming out, I downloaded the first Bad Boys since I hadn't seen it (must be good to have a sequel, right?). Ang & I watched it and couldn't even finish it. What a steaming pile of dung. Was BB2 even WORSE?
From: Ross Entered on: January 29, 2004 9:33 AM
Yes. I finished Bad Boys, and although I was younger and didn't have all my sensibilities straight yet, I didn't vomit right then and there. However, Bad Boys 2 is on par with Battlefield Earth, okay? It's sooooper terrible.
From: John Entered on: January 30, 2004 2:08 PM
Swerb - I thought Master and Commander was okay and I'm sure it doesn't deserve all the Oscar nods, at least in my huge opinion.
From: The Bone Entered on: January 30, 2004 2:10 PM
There isn't much out there worse than Battlefield Earth.
From: John Entered on: January 30, 2004 2:26 PM
I never saw Battlefield Earth and it sounds like I don't need to. Also, from what I've heard Bad Boys 2 is much worse than the original.
From: Ross Entered on: January 30, 2004 5:27 PM
I suggest you take in a viewing if you can finagle one free of charge, simply to appreciate the levels of stank that humanity is capable of. Though in my opinion, the movie Assassins with Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas is the worst (theatrical release) movie I've ever seen. Swerb made me watch it under the pretense that it was actually funny. I poop on it. And believe it or not, it was written by the Wachowski brothers!
From: Jackzilla Entered on: January 30, 2004 4:28 PM
Crapfests? What about Moulin Rouge? I could only take 45 minutes of that "assault of the senses" (as one critic described it) before leaving the theater and asking for a refund. This was at Star and the little theater dude didn't even have to ask what movie it was I hated.

I can't believe that there is a straight man alive that liked that movie.

Moulin Rouge cemented my hatred of Ewen McGagger. Tonight I will be taking in a viewing of BIG FISH. Which will win: My hatred for all things Ewen or my love of most things Tim Burton? I'll let you know what I think. I hope he doesn't sing in it.

From: Ross Entered on: January 30, 2004 5:29 PM
In my mind, Moulin Rouge was a work of cinematic majesty compared to the likes of Battlefield Earth, Assassins, or Bad Boys 2. I watched it, and while it wasn't the most enjoyable thing in the world, I didn't want to stab my eyeballs out like with those other movies.
From: Swerb Entered on: January 30, 2004 10:50 PM
Bert, I didn't make you watch Assassins... it was the Stallone/Sharon Stone turd burglar The Specialist. You will never let me live that down. What the hey, I thought it would be a so-bad-it's-good movie. Boy, was I wrong. At least Battlefield Earth was pretty laughable, even if I had to break it up into three viewings to stomach the whole thing.  
And I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed Moulin Rouge. It's a love-it-or-hate-it movie, though, so I can understand Jack's response. But you have to give it this concession: It's at least ambitious and different from the norm. Even if you don't like it, it's not even in the same ballpark as a cynical Hollywood dumbin'-it-down marketing waste of celluloid like Bad Boys II.
From: Jackzilla Entered on: January 31, 2004 12:06 AM

I believe this is the first Tim Burton movie I've seen and pretty much hated. Haven't people been saying good things about this one? Well people are dumb.

That's it! I mean it this time! I'm never seeing another movie with Ewen McGagger in it. Wait. Shit! He'll be in Star Wars Episode 3, won't he? I'm fucked.

Swerb - You "thoroughly enjoyed" Moulin Rouge? *ring* *ring* "Hello? Yes, one moment... SWERB! YOUR BALLS JUST CALLED! THEY'RE NOT COMING HOME AND WANT YOU TO FORWARD THEIR MAIL!"

From: The Bone Entered on: January 31, 2004 12:15 AM
I got to side with Swerb on this one. I liked Moulin Rouge for some strange reason. Probably becuase it was such a departure from the norm. In fact, it's probably in my top 20 of all time or at least close. Weird.  
I thought Battlefield Earth was much worse than Assasins. However I gaurantee the worst movie ever released in theaters is Queen of the Damned. It is exactly the same as masturbating with sandpaper to a picture of a 93 yr old African pigmy.
From: Ross Entered on: January 31, 2004 11:36 AM
Hahaha, nice comparison, Bone. I too saw about half that movie and didn't finish, though it doesn't come close to my Worst List. And Swerb is right: I easily confuse crappy Stallone films, I don't think I ever saw Assassins. The Specialist is the one to which I was referring. Thank god, too, because it was really bothering me that the Wachowski brothers could have written it.

Yeah, I didn't much care for Moulin Rouge but I totally agree with Swerb and Bone's points. At least it's not some genre-film that is just sloppy and out to make a buck, and stinking up the theater the whole way. You simply can't make a big-budget movie in a worse fashion. Moulin Rouge may have failed in my eyes, but at least it was a good hearted attempt at something new.

From: John Entered on: January 31, 2004 12:42 PM
Has anyone besides the Ewen Mcgregor hating Zilla seen Big Fish? I've heard good things about this movie and have wanted to see it. Please, someone of less dubious taste than Zilla chime in and guide me in my decision. :)
From: Ross Entered on: January 31, 2004 1:13 PM
I haven't seen it either but I want to. Actually Eddie Vedder was nominated for a Golden Globe for a song he wrote for the movie, so as silly a reason as that is, that's enough to make me want to see it. Roche, I think you would like it. If you want to listen to it, click here. It's about 5MB so will take a few minutes to download, but it's worth it.

I'll be sure to throw my 2 cents into the pot after I see it.

From: Jackzilla Entered on: January 31, 2004 2:19 PM
The BIG FISH outing included myself, Angie and our friends "Bill and Jessica." All four of us were having great fun up to the point of watching the movie -- And all four of us were bored and disappointed by it. Angie who was really pushing to see it and reluctant to poop on it even had to agree that it was a bad. The movie certainly is "different" though, so maybe some folks on here will be dancing to it's tune... :)

Ang & I watched the SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS too this week. I recall it being reviewed on Ebert and Dilbert but can't remember what they said. It started out well enough and Dennis Leary is pretty funny in it, but the movie started to really drag half way through. I can't recommend this one either. BTW, does anyone else think Hope Davis' voice sounds just like Teri Garr's?

I haven't seen MYSTIC RIVER yet, but hopefully will now that its back in the theaters.

Is anyone else annoyed by the ANTI-DOWNLOADING ADS they run before the movies now? WTF! It's bad enough you get generic TV-calibur ads when you PAID MONEY for your movie, but do I have to be preached to about downloading movies too? I'M IN THE THEATER, AREN'T I?!? Give me my previews! I still haven't seen the trailers for Spidey 2, Punisher or Hellboy in the theater. Shitheads. At least they're not asking for money for the Will Rogers Institute ("Dude! I would have givin' big time, but I just spent $9.50 on my pop and popcorn!").

From: Swerb Entered on: January 31, 2004 3:50 PM
As someone whose balls are perfectly attached to my body, thank you Zilla, and someone of sophisticated cinematic tastes, thank you Zilla, I enjoyed Big Fish, and recommend it to sophisticated adults. Be warned that there's a smidgen of Tim Burton's trademark sentimentality in it, and that it's probably his most conventional movie, but it has many redeeming qualities, and Steve Buscemi has a hilarious bit part in it (that, you have to admit was funny, Jack).
From: The Bone Entered on: January 31, 2004 5:11 PM
From Swerb - "and recommend it to sophisticated adults." I love it!
From: John Entered on: January 31, 2004 10:00 PM
I guess I'm just going to have to see this movie and judge for myself. Hopefully I'm sophisticated enough to enjoy Big Fish.
From: Jackzilla Entered on: February 5, 2004 3:27 PM
We saw MYSTIC RIVER last night finally: Thumbs up from Ang and I. This is a good movie that I recommend to sophisticated adults.

Next topic: THE SOPRANOS! Are there any other fans here? I started watching this HBO series with the 2nd season and we got HBO for three months JUST FOR THIS SHOW (and then cancelled when it was done). I know Fatty rented and watched all of 'em in record time last summer. I haven't been able to get Johnnybells to watch it yet. Well, this series gets my highest recommendation. I think its the best TV drama ever. The 5th season starts next month and I can't wait! By the way, Steve Buscemi joins the cast as a cousin of Tony's.

If anyone on this site hasn't watched these: WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU!? Great stories, great characters, great acting plus all the sex and violence you want! Sopranos puts most theatrical movies to shame to be quite honest. Go rent seasons 1-4 now.

From: Ross Entered on: February 5, 2004 4:23 PM
I am a fan of the Sopranos as well, but I do think it's a tad overhyped at times. I've seen the entire first season, most of the second, spotty on the third, and all of the fourth. I too got HBO just for that show. It didn't disappoint, but I think it's a bit of a stretch to say it's the best TV drama ever. I personally think 24 is better (especially its first season, which to me was the best TV ever). Also I'd say the West Wing is pretty close, though it's tough to compare the two.  
Still, I can't wait for the next season to start.
From: The Bone Entered on: February 9, 2004 9:35 AM
I finally saw Lost in Translation last night. I loved it. I could identify with Bill Murry's character completely. First, I've been to Tokyo several times and I stayed in a hotel almost exactly like his. Secondly, I've been in situation where I've met someone and there is instant attraction between us. We know that it the circumstances won't allow a relationship, however we've enjoyed our time together like the two characters and feel a little heartbroken when it's time to leave.  
The movie is in my top films list of this year. Bill Murry is a great actor and Scarlet Johanson's arse looks good in sheer undies.
From: Creeko Entered on: February 9, 2004 12:05 PM
2T2 Quoquitlum British Columbia
From: Ross Entered on: February 9, 2004 1:04 PM
Is that somehow a joke related to Lost in Translation? Because if it is, the joke itself is lost in translation.
From: The Bone Entered on: February 9, 2004 4:59 PM
Great example Creeko. During our adventures in Europe, Creeko and I met a group of Canadian girls and one of them, Jennifer Rebecca Joyce Tucker, and I had a "Lost in Translation" type of love story. She happened to life at 39 Cuffrose Crescent, V3E 2T2 Quoquitlam British Columbia. We found this out on the train ride from Amsterdam to Paris and for some reason this bizzare address has stuck in our heads ever since.
From: Swerb Entered on: February 9, 2004 9:44 PM
Yeah, I watched Lost in Translation for a third time on Sunday, and am convinced it's the best movie of 2003. Murray deserves Best Actor, and I'm really torn whether it should get Best Picture of Return of the King...
From: The Bone Entered on: February 10, 2004 1:35 AM
I agree with Bill Murray as best actor - easily. Best picture? Maybe. It's tough up against Return of the King. Both sweet in totally different ways.  
Lost in Translation was far more subtle a movie. It was well crafted and left me with the sensation that I had seen something special. It probably won't beat ROTK but if it did I wouldn't disagree.
From: Creeko Entered on: February 10, 2004 2:24 AM
Bone - what was the crazy driving limitation she had. something about not being able to drive south of some road past 6:00?
From: The Bone Entered on: February 10, 2004 9:33 AM
That's right
From: Ross Entered on: February 10, 2004 12:32 PM
From: John Entered on: February 19, 2004 1:17 PM
I saw Mystic River a couple of nights ago and I'm surprised that it hasn't been mentioned much save for Zilla. I thought it was quite good. Bert, have you seen it and if so did you like it because I see no mention of it in your fav movie list. I also want to see In America as I've heard good things about it.  
Also I wanted to mention that I've been watching the West Wing lately. I never watched this show up until now. I'm surprised at how quick I got interested in it which does not usually happen when I start watching a show that's been on for so long. Now I wish I'd been watching this show all along.
From: Ross Entered on: February 19, 2004 1:40 PM
West Wing is a great show. It has super unrealistically sweet dialogue, which is one reason I am having a hard time reading that Dan Brown book, with dialogue on par with what you might hear in a typical conversation between two Wal Mart cashiers. I believe the first season is out on DVD if you want to watch it.  
As for Mystic River, I keep waiting for it to come out on video. For some reason I don't want to go to the theater to see it, even though I fully expect it to be good from all the hype.
From: Swerb Entered on: February 20, 2004 12:01 AM
Mystic River is a good film, and I recommend it for the powerhouse acting and Clint's trademark directorial nuances. But it is a downer, and I don't necessarily want to rush out and watch it again, which is generally how I feel about movies I *truly* like. Roeper wants to see it win Best Picture - don't agree with that, and it was either him or Ebert who said it's Eastwood's best movie - don't agree with that, either, because we all know Unforgiven is pretty much untouchable. But Bert, you should get off your butt and go see it. It's good cinema.
From: John Entered on: February 20, 2004 8:59 AM
Mystic River is a bit of a downer, however it is also a great film. As you said, Swerb, it has powerhouse acting and Clint did a superb job directing. I'm with you though, Unforgiven is clearly Clint's best work. But Bert, You should get your ass off the couch and see this movie. It's worth your time.
From: John Entered on: March 2, 2004 12:15 PM
What did you guy's think of how the Return Of The King swept the Oscars? I loved it! Even though I'm a huge Clint fan I thought Peter Jackson deserved the best director Oscar. Ebert and Roper mentioned on Leno they weren't big fans of Return of the King and it didn't make either of their top ten lists. Oh well, to each their own. Ebert and Roper both gave thumbs up to the Passion of the Stank. Perhaps that's a bit harsh being I haven't even seen this film but I'm not sure I could stomach it. I guess I'm too close minded.
From: The Bone Entered on: March 2, 2004 1:15 PM
I'm all for Retrun of the King. My only dissapoinment was that Bill Murray didn't win Best Actor. I haven't seen Mystic RIver so I can't say if Penn was better.
From: Ross Entered on: March 2, 2004 1:19 PM
I feel the same way, Bone. I'm still going to wait for Mystic River to come out on video. It would have been nice if Murray had won, regardless.
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 2, 2004 3:10 PM
Oh well, Murray has gotten screwed as far back as Caddyshack (no nomination!?). So he's got that goin' for him.
From: John Entered on: March 2, 2004 3:19 PM
I've seen both Mystic River and Lost in Translation. Both performances were quite admirable and it was hard for me to decide who should get it. I would have liked to see Murray get it just because I like that guy. I don't know if another movie will come along that will present Murray with this chance again. That's why I was rooting for Murray. Penn did a great job in Mystic River so I guess it's not so bad that he won.
From: Swerb Entered on: March 2, 2004 10:17 PM
Roche, I totally agree. Thing is, I personally preferred Murray's performance because it was restrained and subtle, where Penn's was more obvious, from the bulging-vein-in-the-forehead school of acting. Plus, Murray's acceptance speech would have been priceless, I'm sure. Oh well.
From: The Bone Entered on: March 6, 2004 11:53 PM
Well I just saw Mystic River and I can see why the Penn won Best Actor. It was the obvious choice. However, I agree with Swerb. I personally prefered the subtlety of Murray's performance. I don't think there are too many guys out there who could have pulled of what Murray did so well. As for Mystic River itself. Phenomenal! Everyone's performance was fucking outstanding. Even Lawrance Fishburn, who has been stinking lately, was great. Clint Eastwood is the sweetest human alive. He should have won best director. Bert - get your ass to the theater and check it out if your haven't already.
From: John Entered on: March 7, 2004 4:18 AM
That's what I've been saying all along, Clint is fucking sweet! Mystic River is a great film and I agree Clint should have won best director. Clint was able to coax superb performances from the whole cast. He is an amazing director for sure. Bert - get your ass to the theater and check it out if you haven't already. Is there an echo in here?  
Swerb - Murray's performance was superb to be sure. I agree with the Bone that few if any actors could have played the role as well. Penn's performance was quite the opposite. He had to make the audience really feel his pain and I think he did a good job. Having a daughter of my own I can say that his reaction to her death was accurate. No parent wants to lose a child especially in such a violent fashion. I found both Penn's and Maurray's performances moving in very different ways. I thought both roles were well played with the edge going to Murray.
From: Swerb Entered on: March 7, 2004 11:41 AM
Bert - get your ass to the thea- oh, never mind.
From: Creeko Entered on: March 18, 2004 8:25 AM
Just saw Open Range based on Swerb's recommendation. Not a bad flick. I rather enjoyed the gun-fight scene and the way people were getting blown off their feet as if being shot by cannons.  
Don't be cornfused, it's no Unforgiven, recommendable none-the-less.
From: Creeko Entered on: January 10, 2005 11:04 AM
I know it after the fact and beside the point, but... the first season of 24 just finished over here and it is by far the sweetest TV program I've seen. I'd do Jack Bower's daughter in a second!  
At the end of the season Fox played a 24 hour marathon. Now I'm just getting started on the second season. Is it worth going out and buying so I don't have watch it over the next three months?
From: Ross Entered on: January 10, 2005 11:12 AM
For once, I fully agree with you, Creeko! The first season of 24 is probably my favorite series of TV ever. They just started the fourth season last night but I haven't watched all of it yet.  
As for the second season, it's just a nut-hair below the first in my book, which means it's also pretty damn good. So my recommendation for buying it is, if you ever buy TV shows on DVD, these are the ones you should buy.

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