BEST AND WORST OF 2003
2003 by Tony Medley
Following are the
most and least enjoyable films I saw in 2003, 1 being Most and Least:
Friday: I laughed
harder and longer than in any movie Iíve ever seen thanks to
Oscar-deserving performances by Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan
as the mother and teenage daughter who swap bodies.
This biography of Martin Luther with Joseph Fiennes and Peter
Ustinov ranks with the best of the Ď60s religious biographies.
Itís what a movie should be, intelligent, interesting,
educational, and entertaining.
in Africa: Fascinating story of a Jewish couple escaping the
Holocaust by living in the wilds of Kenya.
Glass: Bravura performances by Peter Sarsgaard and Hayden
Christensen highlight this true story of a devious writer who wrote
fiction as fact for The New Republic and the editor who brought him
on the Train: Compelling story of heterosexual male bonding by
two unlikely men.
Incredibly realistic race recreations highlight this telling of the
life of the neurotic racehorse that won the heart of a nation and
the three men who made him a champion.
Booth: Colin Farrellís performance makes this unlikely story
of a man trapped in a phone booth on Fifth Avenue by an unseen
maniac with a high-powered rifle tense and believable.
Dancer Upstairs: John Malkovich directs a captivating Javier
Bardem in this mystery set in an unnamed Central American country.
Spot: Hitlerís Secretary: For 90 minutes the woman who was
Hitlerís secretary from 1942-45 tells us what he was like in
everyday life, and itís mesmerizing.
Pool: A writer, Charlotte Rampling, goes to her publisherís
vacation home in France to write her new novel and strange things
happen. Whatís going on here? Worth watching to find out.
A brilliant Will Farrell as an ingenuous man raised as an elf at the
North Pole who goes to New York to find his real father, James Caan,
and wins everybodyís affection.
it like Beckham: A young woman, Indian teenager Parminder Nagra,
growing up in London wants to be a soccer player. Although it sounds
horrible, itís funny and touching and Iím not a soccer
Human Voices Wake Us: The story of teenage lovers Lindley Joyner
and 14 year old Brooke Harmon around a river is an emotional,
evocative romantic fantasy.
Santa: A disgusting,
abundantly profane, low class, unfunny disgrace. Shame on Billy Bob
Thornton, Miramax, Bob & Harvey Weinstein, the Coen Brothers,
and Director Terry Zwigoff for making this vulgarity and for
releasing it at Christmas time as a blatant desecration of something
many families hold dear.
the Cut: An often-stark-naked Meg Ryan attempts career suicide
in this obscene, soft-core porn film.
Blonde II: Red, White and Blonde: Reese Witherspoon strikes out
Angels: Full Throttle: Inane, and thatís giving it the best of
Spy: As bad as a film can get (if you never saw Bad Santa).
Well, maybe I spoke too soon.
Most Wanted: Aimed at the single digit IQ.
Mighty Wind: This mockumentary is a mighty bore made by people
who donít have the first clue about the folk music of the
of State: Chris Rock gets the hat trick plus one for
incompetence as he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in this
of a Dangerous Mind: Is George Clooney serious?
Blue: Another profane, unentertaining film by the prolifically
untalented writer-director, Ron Shelton.
of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Sean Connery proves that it takes
more than Sean Connery to make a film enjoyable.
Girls & My Bossís Daughter: In the class of I Spy and