in america
american splendor
last samurai
shattered glass
station agent
kill bill vol 1
Worst of the Year
best of 2003
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28 days later
the guys
Best you've never seen

First and foremost, given the expansions of films one and two on DVD, we're giving a special nod to the entire Lord of the Rings Trilogy, because (on whole) it was just a head above all else, when all is said and done.

Best Films alphabetical
American Splendor, In America, The Last Samurai, Monster, Phone Booth, Pirates of the Caribbean, Seabiscuit, Shattered Glass, The Station Agent, X2: X-Men United

Plain ol' Movies
Bruce Almighty, Freaky Friday, Identity,The Italian Job, Runaway Jury, School of Rock, 28 Days Later

Best You've Never Seen

The Guys from Sigourney Weaver and husband writer Jim Simpson, with Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia in starring roles recounting the actions of firefighters killed in the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center is one all grownups should seek out. Dramatized fiction doesn't get much better, and the utter lack of support for the film from the studio -- no website, no nothing -- was equally so.

Worst Film: Singing Detective was as bad as Gigli -- the former lacked the obscenities of the latter but Gigli made more of an attempt to offer up a cohesive story. A wretched attempt but still . . . Charlie's Angels Full Throttle, at least, had Demi Moore in nothing of a bikini; League of Extraordinary Gentlemen took a great original story and shredded it because Sean Connery is not a supporting role actor. He never should have been cast (but then, League wouldn't have gotten financing. Comics fans were doubly disappointed as everyone else)

Then there's Kill Bill vol 1. Revenge without a backstory or character background is not a substitute for story. As for any artistic slice 'n' dice angle, hell, any slice 'n' dice film will give you twice the kills for the price of a single ticket. You'll have to buy two for the complete Kill Bill, which is as close to a perfect definition of rip off as we've ever seen in the film world

Best Supporting

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Paul Giamatti
American Splendor

Hayden Christensen Shattered Glass
Tom Cruise
The Last Samurai

Ben Kingsley
House of Sand and Fog
Tobey Maguire Seabiscuit

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Charlize Theron Monster

Jennifer Connelly House of Sand and Fog
Hope Davis
American Splendor
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Intolerable Cruelty

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Andy Serkis
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Chris Cooper Seabiscuit
Alan Cumming
Ken Watanabe
The Last Samurai

Renee Zellweger
Cold Mountain

The Bolger Sisters
In America

Kirsten Dunst

Mona Lisa Smile
Christina Ricci


...and the rest of the Best

Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King



The Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King

full credit to: Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson


Jim Sheridan & Kirsten Sheridan
(In America)