2003

American Splendor

(2003)
90
12 Sep 2003
? R
101 min
Harvey Pekar (comic book series American Splendor), Joyce Brabner (comic book series Our Cancer Year), Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 30 wins & 43 nominations.
An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.

Battle Royale II

(2003)
05 Jul 2003
? NOT RATED
134 min
Kenta Fukasaku, Norio Kida, Koushun Takami (characters)
2 wins & 1 nomination.
Three years after the failure of the last BR program, a second act is forged and a class of students are sent to an island with one objective: kill international terrorist Shuya Nanahara.

Coffee and Cigarettes

(2003)
65
11 Jun 2004
? R
95 min
Jim Jarmusch
2 wins & 7 nominations.
Eleven separate vignettes are presented. In each, celebrities, playing semi-fictionalized versions of themselves (with the exception of the characters of various wait staff, and one actor playing a lookalike cousin of herself), meet in a food service establishment with coffee/tea and cigarettes involved. Beyond the topic of discussion that brought them together, they often talk directly about coffee and cigarettes, more often that coffee and cigarettes, and by association caffeine and nicotine, are not healthy, especially if they are the only things constituting lunch. Other recurring themes include the Lee family, cousinhood, celebrity worship, the connection between the medical and musical careers, and Nikola Tesla's belief that the Earth is a conductor of acoustic resonance. In all cases, the coming together for coffee/tea and smokes acts as a bridge to overcome disagreements, and/or makes uncomfortable situations less uncomfortable.

Final Destination 2

(2003)
38
31 Jan 2003
? R
90 min
J. Mackye Gruber (screenplay), Eric Bress (screenplay), J. Mackye Gruber (story), Eric Bress (story), Jeffrey Reddick (story), Jeffrey Reddick (characters)
4 nominations.
When Kimberly has a violent premonition of a highway pileup she blocks the freeway, keeping a few others meant to die, safe...Or are they? The survivors mysteriously start dying and it's up to Kimberly to stop it before she's next.

Gothika

(2003)
38
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21 Nov 2003
? R
98 min
Sebastian Gutierrez
2 wins & 7 nominations.
A repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.

Grand Theft Parsons

(2003)
46
18 Jun 2004
? PG-13
88 min
Jeremy Drysdale (story), David Caffrey (story), Jeremy Drysdale
N/A
There are times when it's right and proper to simply bury the dead. This is not one of those times... Gram Parsons was one of the most influential musicians of his time; a bitter, brilliant, genius who knew Elvis, tripped with the Stones and fatally overdosed on morphine and tequila in 1973. And from his dying came a story. A story from deep within folklore; a story of friendship, honour and adventure; a story so extraordinary that if it didn't really happen, no one would believe it. Two men, a hearse, a dead rock star, five gallons of petrol, and a promise. And the most extraordinary chase of modern times.

High Tension

(2003)
42
10 Jun 2005
? UNRATED
91 min
Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur
6 wins & 6 nominations.
Alexia travels with her friend Marie to spend a couple of days with her family in their farm in the country. They arrive late and they are welcomed by Alexia's father. Late in the night, a sadistic and sick killer breaks into the farmhouse, slaughters Alexia's family--including their dog--and kidnaps Alexia. Marie hides from the criminal and tries to help the hysterical and frightened Alexia, chase the maniac, and disclose his identity in the end.

Identity

(2003)
64
25 Apr 2003
? R
90 min
Michael Cooney
6 nominations.
Malcolm Rivers has been convicted as the perpetrator of several murders and is sentenced to death. An eleventh hour defense by his lawyers and psychiatrist that Malcolm is insane based on new evidence has resulted in them meeting with the prosecutors and the judge to discuss if the verdict should be overturned. Meanwhile, on a dark night during a torrential rainstorm in the Nevada desert, a series of chain reaction events results in several people needing to stay at an out of the way motel managed by Larry. They are: ex-cop now limo driver Ed, and his client Caroline, a diva of a once famous actress; quiet adolescent Timmy, his stepfather George, and his mother Alice, who was seriously injured when Ed accidentally ran over her as she watched George change their flat tire; prostitute Paris, who was the unwitting cause of George's flat tire; newlyweds Lou and Ginny, whose marriage is based on a lie; and Police Officer Rhodes, who was en route escorting prisoner Robert to his new institution. They all can't leave the area because of washed out roads, all the other businesses around the motel are closed because of the storm, and all communication in and out is not functioning also because of the storm. One by one, they are murdered, the murderer leaving a calling card of a motel room key, starting with the room 10 key and working his way presumably to the room 1 key when the last person will be dead. Those still alive band somewhat together under Officer Rhodes and Ed's direction to find out which of the eleven is the murderer, and if, based on one of their theories, that they were brought to the motel by some force by the murderer as his intended targets. Whether those still alive can discover who the murderer is, discover why he has chosen to kill them, and be able to subdue him may well determine Malcolm's fate.

Kill Bill: Vol. 1

(2003)
69
10 Oct 2003
? R
111 min
Quentin Tarantino, Quentin Tarantino (character The Bride), Uma Thurman (character The Bride)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 19 wins & 73 nominations.
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of.

Milwaukee, Minnesota

(2003)
41
21 Dec 2005
? R
95 min
Richard Murphy
3 wins & 2 nominations.
Having lived his entire life under the watchful eye of his overbearing mother, Albert must fend for himself when an unidentified automobile suddenly kills her. Free for the first time, Albert quickly responds to the bait dangling in front of him, putting his aggressors against one another in a race for his trust. Using his skills that make him a gifted fisherman, Albert turns the tables on his seemingly doomed fate, capturing the heart of the woman most eager to deceive him, and fooling the man most intent on destroying him.

Monster

(2003)
74
30 Jan 2004
? R
109 min
Patty Jenkins
Won 1 Oscar. Another 26 wins & 22 nominations.
Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

Mystic River

(2003)
84
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15 Oct 2003
? R
138 min
Brian Helgeland (screenplay), Dennis Lehane (novel)
Won 2 Oscars. Another 52 wins & 116 nominations.
In the summer of 1975 in a neighborhood in Boston, 3 kids, Dave Boyle and two of his friends, Jimmy and Sean, are playing on the sidewalk when Dave gets abducted by two men and endures several days of sexual abuse. Eventually, Dave escapes traumatized throughout adulthood. Jimmy is an ex-con and a father of three, whose daughter Katie, is found dead and Dave becomes the number one suspect. Sean is a homicide detective, investigating Katie's murder, ends up finding himself faced with past and present demons as more is uncovered about Katie's murder. Learning Katie had a boyfriend, ballistics later turn up a gun belonging to the father, which then puts her boyfriend as the suspect. Will Sean find out who killed Katie? Will Jimmy make it through the investigation? And will Dave ever find out what really happened when he was abducted?

Oldboy

(2003)
74
21 Nov 2003
? R
120 min
Garon Tsuchiya (story), Nobuaki Minegishi (comic), Chan-wook Park (screenplay), Chun-hyeong Lim (screenplay), Jo-yun Hwang (screenplay), Joon-hyung Lim
24 wins & 14 nominations.
An average man is kidnapped and imprisoned in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. He then is released, equipped with money, a cellphone and expensive clothes. As he strives to explain his imprisonment and get his revenge, Oh Dae-Su soon finds out that his kidnapper has a greater plan for him and is set onto a path of pain and suffering in an attempt to uncover the motive of his mysterious tormentor.

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

(2003)
56
12 Sep 2003
? R
102 min
Robert Rodriguez
3 wins & 4 nominations.
In the third movie of Rodriguez's "Mariachi" trilogy, a Mexican drug lord pretends to overthrow the Mexican government, and is connected to a corrupt CIA agent who at that time, demands retribution from his worst enemy to carry out the drug lord's uprising against the government.

One Missed Call

(2003)
54
17 Jan 2004
? R
112 min
Yasushi Akimoto (novel), Minako Daira (screenplay), Alexander Von David
N/A
People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths.

Out of Time

(2003)
63
03 Oct 2003
? R
105 min
David Collard
4 wins & 7 nominations.
A Florida police chief must solve a vicious double homicide before he himself falls under suspicion.

Paycheck

(2003)
43
25 Dec 2003
? PG-13
119 min
Philip K. Dick (short story), Dean Georgaris (screenplay)
2 wins & 2 nominations.
Michael Jennings is a reverse engineer and what he does is technical jobs for certain companies and as soon as he is done, his memory of the work he has done is wiped out. Now the longest he has been contracted is 2 months. But now billionaire, James Rethrick offers him a job that would last 2 years, maybe 3, and he promises that he will probably earn 8 figures. Michael agrees. Before beginning he turns in all of his personal effects. And when the job is done, his memory is erased and he learns he made over 90 million dollars over the three years. When he goes to claim it and his personal effects, he discovers that prior to the erasure of his memory he waived his rights to the money he earned and that the items that were given to him were not the ones he gave when he began. Later he is arrested by the FBI who say that he committed some act of treason and murder. It's while he is in custody that he escapes using some the items that he was given. He later meets with a friend who gives him some information that helps him understand what is going on. And at the same time Rethrick for some reason wants him so he is being pursued by Rethrick's people.

Saints and Soldiers

(2003)
56
25 Mar 2005
? PG-13
90 min
Geoffrey Panos (story), Matt Whitaker
16 wins & 2 nominations.
After surviving a massacre in Malmedy, a location behind the German army in Europe, four American soldiers with only one weapon rescue the British pilot Oberon Winley (Kirby Heyborn) in a tree and they move together, trying to reach the allied forces and save a great number of allied soldiers from a German attack with the information got by Winley in his flight. While marching, each soldier discloses inner secrets to the rest of the group.

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi

(2003)
75
06 Sep 2003
? R
116 min
Takeshi Kitano (screenplay), Kan Shimozawa (novels)
21 wins & 10 nominations.
Blind Zatoichi makes his living by gambling and giving massages. But behind his humble facade, Zatoichi is a master swordsman, gifted with lightning-fast draw and strokes of breathtaking precision. Zatoichi wanders into a town run by sinister gangs and a powerful samurai. He's destined for violent showdowns when he stumbles on two beautiful geishas avenging their parents' murder... Duels, wit and a touch of zen! Cult anti-hero Zatoichi is back in a sword-fighting adventure written, directed and starring Takeshi Kitano.

The Corporation

(2003)
73
04 Jun 2004
? UNRATED
145 min
Joel Bakan, Joel Bakan (book), Harold Crooks (narration written by), Joel Bakan (narration written by), Mark Achbar (narration written by), Mark Achbar (developer), Joel Bakan (developer), Thomas Shandel (developer), Mark Achbar (creator), Joel Bakan (creator)
11 wins & 1 nomination.
Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.