2003 in Film

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Best of the Best

If these are on, life stops

  1. Bad Santa – Might be my all-time favorite Christmas movie at this point. Raunchy. Hilarious.
  2. Confidence – Great cast (Paul Giamatti, Edward Burns, Dustin Hoffman and more). Great twists and turns. Under the radar the movie for most people.
  3. Bad Boys 2 – When a sequel takes 8 years it usually falls flat. This was a great sequel. Just as fun and funny as the first.
  4. Runaway Jury – Another under the radar movie with a tremendous cast (Hoffman, Hackman, Cusack, Piven) and twists and turns. Worth checking out if you haven’t.
  5. School of Rock – Peak Jack Black. My wife and I have watched this dozens of times.

Favorites

These are movies that I like and still watch if the opportunity arises.

  • 2 Fast 2 Furious – These movies all blend together for me at this point. This was one of the weaker ones if I recall though.
  • Anger Management – One of Sandler’s last above average films. Jack Nicholson is pretty solid too.
  • The Cooler – Underrated indie film with William H. Macy, Maria Bello, Alec Baldwin and others. About the seedy side of Las Vegas. So so good.
  • Lost in Translation – Definitely the movie that made Bill Murray an indie/drama star, and launched the career of Scarlett Johansson.
  • The Italian Job – Norton and Wahlberg are two of my favorites. Good heist movie, with lots of actions and trickery.
  • Matchstick Men – Nice Ridley Scott movie about con men played by Nic Cage and Sam Rockwell. Sidenote: Whatever happened to Alison Lohman?
  • Old School – A staple of my latter college years. One of the few movies I like that contains a Wilson brother, Vince Vaughn or Will Ferrell
  • Out of Time – One of Denzel’s lesser known movies (probably for good reasons). Eva Mendes and some good plot twists put it in this section.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl – Really enjoyed the first movie of the series. The rest all blend together, but at the time this was pretty remarkable.
  • Seabisquit – Enjoy historical movies and horse racing. Tobey McGuire is a little weak in this one.
  • The Station Agent – An indie film most people don’t know. A chance to see Peter Dinklage show you he is much more than just Tyrion Lannister.

Guilty Pleasures

  • A Guy Thing – For some reason Jason Lee and Julia Stiles are two performers I have always liked despite most of their movies not being very good.
  • Bruce Almighty – Lifelong crush Jennifer Aniston and a later Jim Carrey movie that was actually good.
  • Cheaper By the Dozen – At the time the cast of this movie looked like future stars, but a lot of them faded. Always have a soft spot for Steve Martin family comedies.
  • Finding Nemo – One of the few Pixar movies I will willingly watch.
  • The Real Cancun – Inspired by the rising popularity of reality TV, I shamefully watched this a bunch in college. It’s really bad though. Any episode of Real World is surely better.

List of Shame

Movies that I have not seen

  • Bend It Like Beckham – I have no idea if this movie is actually good, or if I would even like it but it seems like it would have been worth checking out at some point.
  • The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King – I have never seen any of the LOTR movies all the way through. My wife and I watched the beginning of the first one recently and I was struggling to get into it.
  • Love Actually – Someone bought us this movie recently, and it is held in such high esteem by so many people it seems like something I should watch, but just haven’t.
  • Mystic River – This one has been on my DVR for a while and has a cast full of people I like. It was nominated for a crapload of Oscars.
  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico – The third movie in the El Mariachi/Desperado trilogy. I really like Desperado and like Robert Rodriguez’ over the top action style.

Other Films of Note

Films that jumped out at me or have significance that I haven’t seen or don’t have particularly strong feelings for

  • American Wedding – This sullied the good name of the American Pie franchise before Reunion revived it.
  • Basic – I always get this movie confused with Identity. I don’t think I have actually seen it. Seems like a decent cast.
  • Cold Mountain – Another movie nominated for a bunch of Oscars. Pretty great cast. I always like historical fiction.
  • Daredevil/Gigli/Paycheck – Grouping these together because at the time this trio looked like the end of Ben Affleck’s career. People still bring up Daredevil as people fear about the next Batman movie.
  • Dreamcatcher – More Jason Lee. Based on a Stephen King book. Never saw it.
  • Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd – Horrible. Just horrible.
  • Elf – Loved by many. Too much Will Ferrell for me.
  • From Justin to Kelly – Regarded as one of the worst movies ever. This was Fox trying to push the American Idol craze a little too far.
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days – One of my wife’s favorite movies. Not a bad movie though. Hard to believe Matthew McConaughey would return to glory after a series of movies like this.
  • Hulk – The “bad” Hulk movie. The Eric Bana one that everyone pretends didn’t happen.
  • Identity – I don’t remember much about this movie other than the fact that it was creepy and weird.
  • The Last Samurai – A time grossing film from the year. I was pretty out on Tom Cruise at this point.
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World – Good Russell Crowe movie. Cool timepiece. Nobody makes swashbuckling movies anymore.
  • The Matrix Reloaded/The Matrix Revolutions – Was one of the few people (especially geeky people) who hated the original. Never saw either of these.
  • Mona List Smile – A “who’s who” of young female actresses at their peak popularity in a movie that was not very good.
  • Peter Pan – Saw this in the theater. Haven’t seen it since. There is another Peter Pan universe movie coming soon.
  • Phone Booth – Colin Ferrell probably proving he couldn’t carry a movie by himself. 12 years later this story seems crazy, and impossible (what the heck is a phone booth?)
  • The Recruit – Never saw this Al Pacino/Colin Ferrell movie. Doubt I was missing anything.
  • Shanghai Knights – Never understood how these movies were so popular. Not an Owen Wilson fan. Supposedly a third movie is in the works.
  • Tears of the Sun – A failed attempt by Bruce Willis to make another Die Hard like film. This one was not very good.
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines – Hadn’t see 1 or 2 when this came out. Doubt I will see 3 ever though.
  • X2: X-Men United – I can’t remember a thing about this movie, but I know I never saw the third one, I think because I really didn’t enjoy this one.