June 23, 2004

Best of 2003
May be a bit late, but I wasn't here yet. I also figure some of you may be interested in what I thought of the 2003 film season. One thing to remember when viewing these lists is that I restricted myself to those '03 films I saw theatrically within the calendar year. I saw a few of the top films in '04 discounting them from my lists. A few of the '04 viewings did slip in as I needed some more nominees. Anyway, here goes:
*=Oscar Winner

Top 10 films
1. Kill Bill Volume 1
2. *The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
3. The Last Samurai
4. Lost In Translation
5. 21 Grams
6. The Station Agent
7. Open Range
8. American Splendor
9. City of God
10. Pirates of the Caribbean

Top 10 "guilty" pleasures
1. Pirates of the Caribbean
2. X2
3. Bad Santa
4. School of Rock
5. 28 Days Later
6. Cabin Fever
7. Willard
8. Freddy v Jason
9. Elf
10. Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Bottom 10 Films
10. The Medallion
9. The Order
8. Johnny English
7. Stuck on You
6. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
5. Scary Movie 3
4. Darkness Falls
3. House of the Dead
2. Cold Creek Manor
1. The Cat in the Hat

Best Actor
1. Bill Murray for Lost in Translation
2. *Sean Penn for 21 Grams and Mystic River
3. Johnny Depp for The Pirates of the Caribbean
4. Peter Dinklage for The Station Agent
5. Tom Cruise for The Last Samurai

Best Actress
1. *Charlize Theron for Monster
2. Naomi Watts for 21 Grams
3. Uma Thurman for Kill Bill
4. Scarlet Johanssen for Lost in Translation
5. Katie Holmes for Pieces of April

Best Supporting Actor
1. Ken Watanabe for The Last Samurai
2. Robert Duvall for Open Range
3. Sean Astin for ROTK
4. Benicio del Toro for 21 Grams
5. Albert Finney for Big Fish

Best Supporting Actress
1. *Renee Zellweger for Cold Mountain
2. Patricia Clarkson for Pieces of April and The Station Agent
3. Ludivine Sangier for Swimming Pool
4. Holly Hunter for Thirteen
5. Maria Bello for The Cooler

Best Director
1. *Peter Jackson for The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
2. Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation
3. Alejandro González Iñárritu for 21 Grams
4. Quentin Tarantino for Kill Bill
5. Richard Curtis for Love Actually

Best Animated Film
1. *Finding Nemo
2. Triplets of Belleville
3. The Animation Show

Best Documentary
1. *The Fog of War
2. Lost in La Mancha
3. Capturing the Friedmans

Best Foreign Language Film
1. City of God
2. Swimming Pool
3. Man on the Train
4. The Legend of Suriyothai

Remember, these are all films I saw theatrically during 2003 or early 2004. Please leave me some comments letting me know what you think for better or for worse!


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