Films of 2003
a year where the box office was dominated by special effects
and action-packed films, at the end of 2003 we did see some
films that were not only critically acclaimed but can also
be profitable. Every year studios and distributors make
huge profit from the nominations and choices different award
and critic groups make. As a member of the Hollywood Foreign
Press Association (HFPA), the group responsible for Golden
Globe Awards, here are my choices for the best films of
the year 2003.
Eastwood sat in the director's chair once again with Mystic
River. This mystery drama film stars Sean Penn, Tim
Robbins and Kevin Bacon. The story evolves around three
friends growing up in New England. A mystery murder re-unites
them in a fatal way. You have to see this wonderful film
for acting, directing, and cinematography and to enjoy Clint's
own composed score.
in the 18th century, there was a tiny horse who took the
East and West by storm. This horse was called 'Sea biscuit'.
Based on a true story, the film starred Spiderman
fame actor Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, and
William H. Macy. The film was directed by Gary Ross.
Ford Coppola's daughter Sofia Coppola wrote and directed
a film based on her own experience in Japan called Lost
In Translation. Newly acclaimed and rather young star
Scarlett Johansson and old timer Bill Murray stars in this
cleverly acted film surrounding a well known Hollywood who
comes to Tokyo to shoot a well known Japanese whisky advertisement.
Bill Murray plays the Hollywood star who meets Scarlett
Johansson's character in the Tokyo hotel bar where they
both were staying.
of the highest grossing films of 2003 was Finding Nemo.
The film made more than $350 million this year. This Disney/Pixar
animated film is the story of a fish being eaten by a shark
and its aftermath. Pixar Studios’ colourful depiction of
underwater species is visually breathtaking. A good film
to watch with your entire family.
Curtis, the man behind great films like Four Weddings
and a Funeral and Notting Hill emerged as a director
this year with his own script. Love Actually is
an ensemble piece based on several elements that involve
a single British Prime Minister played by Hugh Grant. The
film is a story of love happening in numerous situations
in and around London. This is one of my personal favourites.
A must see.
this year Nicole Kidman was awarded both the Oscar and the
Golden Globe for her performance in The Hours.
Now she is a front runner in the Best Actress category with
her new film Cold Mountain. Talented British director
and screenplay writer Anthony Minghella wrote and directed
this epic love story. The film also stars Jude Law and Renee
box office hit this year was Disney's Pirates of the
Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Johnny Depp
stars in this epic drama based on old comic books which
made more than $250 million for Disney this year. Orlando
Bloom (Lord of the Rings), Keira Knightly (Bend
it Like Beckham) also star in the film which was directed
by Gore Brabinsky.
say anything Jack stars in becomes an instant hit. In Something
Gotta Give, a romantic comedy Jack Nicholson plays
a retired wealthy Manhattan single whose dating age never
exceeds 25. The film also stars Diane Keaton, Amanda Peet
and Keanu Reeves. Nancy Myers directed this film which is
bound to create some box office noise.
RR Tolken's trilogy Lord of the Rings: Last and Final
Saga was released in November in the US and in several
countries of the world. Brilliant New Zealand filmmaker
Peter Jackson has turned this epic trilogy into films which
took five years of hard work with a price tag of $300 million.
The films, since the first episode (Fellowship of the
Ring) was released in 2001 and second (Two Towers),
in 2002, have already grossed more than 400 million dollars
worldwide for New Line cinema which produced the entire
trilogy. The third and final episode The Lord of The
Rings: The Return of the King is a 3 hours 20 min.
long film starring the same cast as before: Elijah Wood,
Orlando Bloom, Vigo Mortenson, Ian Mc Kellan, Sean Astin,
Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett and Billy Boyd. Return of
the King was rather emotional as Frodo was separated
from other hobbits. The performances were all remarkable,
specially Vigo Mortenson as the King. The film already made
125 million dollars, in its first week of release.
Earlier this year Fox's
specialty arm Fox Searchlight film released a small film
called Bend it Like Beckham. Indian born director
Gurinder Chadha made this film based on true elements in
England. The film centres around a British born Indian girl's
dream to be a football player and stars Parminder Nagra,
Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Keira Knightley. The film was a
huge box office success in the UK and did well in the US.
I enjoyed this film like I enjoyed the director's other
film Bhaji on the Beach. Next you will see Gurinder
directing some big name Hollywood stars in a film being
released by industry heavyweight Miramax Films.
I would like to mention
a few other films. Alec Baldwin, Maria Bello, and William
H. Macy stars in The Cooler. In Las Vegas casinos, there
are things that go on which will never be seen by any visitor
or even people who work there. Cooler takes us behind the
scenes in a Las Vegas Casino. William H. Macy (Fargo) and
Maria Bello's (Coyote Ugly) performances were extraordinary.
Thirteen, a tale
of teenage daughters in heartland America, was written by
a fourteen year old Nikki Reed with the help of director
Catherine Hardwick. Holly Hunter, Evan Rachel Wood and Nikki
Reed star in the film.
This year’s Sundance film
festival winners Station Agent, Pieces of April
and Shattered Glass are also worth watching.