Tuesday, July 21, 2009

If There Had Been Ten: 2003

1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2. Mystic River
3. Lost in Translation
4. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
5. Seabiscuit.

The Next Five:
6. City of God
7. Finding Nemo
8. Cold Mountain
9. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
10. In America

11. 21 Grams
12. House of Sand and Fog
13. The Last Samurai
14. Big Fish
15. A Mighty Wind
16. American Splendor
17. The Barbarian Invasions
18. Dirty Pretty Things

Commentary: This wasn’t a deep year for movies, which is probably why LOTR was able to clean up as much as it did. Without much depth, it would have been difficult to make a decent list of ten. I picked City of God, because of the Fernando Meirelles directing nod. I then went with the signature animated movie, Finding Nemo. Cold Mountain wasn’t that great, but it had pedigree, along the lines of The Reader. Pirates was the smash hit, and Johnny Depp was fantastic. Finally I went with the Sheridan movie, simply because it cleaned up better at the nominations than was expected.

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