Film Prophet's Top 2003 Films
(these films didn't have reviews)
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
It will be sad in 2004 because there will be no LOTR in December...
nothing comes even close to this movie to be the best of the year. It
was the best epic since Star Wars. There are so many intense moments in
here that it is impossible for it not to be on the top. It was one of
the best cinematic experiences of my life. Peter Jackson adapted this
movie so well in three parts in three hours. He had a great vision...
the only thing against LOTR is the several endings in ROTK. This movie
renewed my faith that movies can still have pure brilliance... the
visual effects, the music, the warming moments built with the
tragic story with a great ensemble cast with no one stealing the
spotlight. Best movie of the year. This movie is finally deserving to
win at the Academy Awards after two close tries.
2. 21 Grams
They say we all lose twenty-one grams at the exact moment of
our death... everyone... twenty-one grams... the weight of a stack of
five nickels... the weight of a chocolate bar... the weight of a
hummingbird. Oh boy, don't get Film Prophet started with this movie or
else this section would be WAY TOO long and would take me a day to
write. I will try to make this short. First of all, the leading actress
Naomi Watts became Film Prophet's favorite actress after just watching
THIS ONE MOVIE. WOW. Her style of acting is like a roller coaster. There
are about three or four scenes in here that I want to look over and over
again because she does a heck of a job and I love it. Her thrilling
acting is incredible especially at awkward moments. Plus, Sean Penn and
Benicio Del Toro add to the BEST TRIPLE THREAT PERFORMANCES OF
ALL-TIME... and Film Prophet has seen the BEST of the BEST. Film Prophet
got obsessed with this movie... computer wallpaper and music soundtrack. The work Sean Penn did in this film is one to see.
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu didn't put the scenes in order of
its correct sequences, so the audience would question the WHOLE FIRST
HOUR of this film because it would be hard to follow at times and people
may want to stop watching the movie. DON'T LEAVE. YOU LEAVE and you will
be missing the last hour, which is the BEST HOUR IN THE HISTORY OF ALL
FILMS... and even better than the last hour of Titanic. I mean, the
first hour introduced us to everything and the second hour finished it
with a thrilling ride that opened my eyes and alerted me. I usually
don't pay attention to movies like theses, but this movie is up-tempo at
the end. This movie will be looked at decades from now and will be noted
as one of the most-overlooked and best movie of all-time. You may not
see it now, but when time comes look out... also look out for the
breathtaking Naomi Watts... HOLY CRAP... I will stop here. (I think I
might of been too bias.)
3. Cold Mountain
This movie was number one on my list to watch in 2003 in the beginning
of the year... Cold Mountain made the Film Prophet a better person...
only the best of the best can do that to people... not no The Matrix:
Reloaded & Revolutions. It won over Film Prophet's heart. The movie was
just astounding on every aspect. The screenplay was original and simple,
however, and Nicole Kidman's fading in and out accent and never looking
dirty left her behind. Cold Mountain is the second best Civil War
romance movie of all-time. It is not easy to pull off a solid one these
days, but Cold Mountain did it. Also starring in the film were Jude Law
and Renee Zellweger. Jude was the definitely the centerpiece of the
story and should finally be considered as a leading actor in a movie...
he did a tremendous job. As for Renee, well, she did come in during the
middle of the film, partly to keep the audiences alert. Her performance
lifted this WHOLE movie and it was completely surprising. Director
Anthony Minghella took some of the scenes and made them very explicit
and WAY TO DETAILED. The movie is not for anyone, but for what it was
about, the movie did an exceptional job.
4. Big Fish
It is filled with wonderful tales and adventures... it's
romance-drama-comedy or whatever you want to call it with great
characters of all varied types. Simply joyful and beautiful... the story
is incredible. Why did this movie die out like The Last Samurai? I think
the trailer was a big failure as to making it looking weird. Film
Prophet gives this movie the award for the best ending of the year... it
was tearful and happy folks. Yea, Tim Burton did a wonderful job here. The
movie was balanced between reality fan fantasy. There are moments where
it is funny and then there are times where it is tearful. I thought
Albert Finney was an early runner for best support actor Oscar and he
was not even nominated. The buzz of this movie dropped, but with Ewan
McGregor and Billy Crudup's best performances of their career, it made
it better than most can think. It's a great flick that is fresh and
original. Oh yea, bring TISSUES.
5. Finding Nemo
Film Prophet says Finding Nemo is among the best animated films ever...
and that is saying a lot. The story was great, the characters were
great, the ideas were great, the obstacles were great... this movie was
great. It was entertaining with a captivating journey with a father and
son trying to get back together. There is some tremendously well done
edits, sounds, and voice work, which separates quality animated films
from bunch. I think most of the people who haven't seen this
film would say it looks like a kids film just because it is animated.
WRONG. The audience will say it's not just for kids, but for people of
6. Lost in Translation
Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray star in this film, which was very
unique. Is this Bill Murray's best performance, Film Prophet? Well, I
believe so. Lost in Translation was more of a mild-drama than comedy,
but it was a fine one. Two people 'lost in translation' in Japan there
for different reasons and trying to get through the visit. The movie was
like NORMAL life. The smooth screenplay helped this movie a lot and
Sofia Coppola as a director can make a BIG impact on our society.
Hey, a summer released movie finally got nominated for best picture at
the Academy Awards and that means something. True story with a racehorse
named Seabiscuit whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the
three-man team (Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, and Chris Cooper), but also
the nation as all. "I think it's better to break a man's leg than his
heart" Superb dialogue and score. A great movie to overcome hardships
and failures to succeed. Horseracing kept minds off so many people in
the depression era and started to make money. An excellent docudrama
that will have people talking about this under-valued film for years
especially come horse racing season!
8. In America
In limited theaters with limited advertisements, I wasn't expecting a
whole lot out of this film. However, it had so many things. Director Jim
Sheridan shows a vision of life that may look simple, yet so complex
filled with immigration, love, family, born, death, and other things. It
is not overly dramatic, but Paddy Considine and Samanta Morton bring
solid performances. A lot of the credit should go to the young sisters,
Sarah and Emma Bolger, who do act as sisters in this movie and were just
adorable. The new actors shape this film into one of the best acted
movies this year.
9. Mystic River
After seeing this film for the first time, I wonder why Sean Penn hasn't
been known as an elite actor throughout the nineties, but he deserves
the best actor Oscar for this role. He leads a strong cast as a father
as once three childhood friends reunite after he loses his daughter, but
how?. There is also Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, and
Marcia Harden in a mystery type of story where the characters bring it
up a level. An effective tragedy directed by Clint Eastwood. Seeing the
trailer for the first time, I didn't believe, like most people would, it
had what it took to be a great film. It was one of those surprise films
of the year. Some parts it may have dragged, but the story was written
well. Which character can the audience trust in this movie?
This is a movie every young teenager needs to see... or almost any
teenager really. If you are thinking Lifetime movie, Lifetime wouldn't
even air this once. The content of this movie was so real and down to
earth. Evan Rachel Wood gave a great performance... she will be a star.
She fit her part perfectly. The story moves and moves into deeper
conflicts. Holly Hunter and Nikki Reed completed one of the best strong
leading female movies ever made. The filming of this movie made it look
like a homemade movie for some of the shots showing us this stuff could
be happening right now. An excellent job with all aspects of this movie.
Oh yea, watch out for the final dramatic scene. It captured my full
attention and brought so much emotion on the Film Prophet.