Movie Essentials: 2003

In 2003, Americans idiotically tried to rename "french fries" to "freedom fries."  Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California.  The first cloned horse was born.  Apple launched iTunes.  JK Rowling released Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  A white tiger attacked Roy Horn during a "Siegfried & Roy" show.  Beyonce and Jay-Z were, and still are, "Crazy in Love."  Outkast ruled New Year's Eve parties with "Hey Ya."  Nip/Tuck and Two and a Half Men premiered, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer staked her last vampire.  Oh, and on a personal note - Julie and I got married on 7/26/03.
The essential movies of '03 were mostly big-budget blockbusters - sure, there's some smaller titles that made the cut, but most of this list is comprised of movies designed for mass audiences.  Honorable mention goes to The Rundown, Something's Gotta Give, Old School, Big Fish, and Bad Santa.  Other notable titles of the year include: Bad Boys 2, The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, Bruce Almighty, The Last Samurai, Master & Commander, Matchstick Men, A Mighty Wind, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Hulk, The Cooler, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Open WaterMystic River, Anger Management, House of Sand and Fog, Bringing Down the House, The Italian Job, Daredevil, Terminator 3, Seabiscuit, The Recruit, Phone Booth, Shattered Glass, American Wedding, and, of course, Gigli.  And here are your Essentials:


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  • I agree with you, mostly this time around on your top ten. But how do you include X Men 2 and School or Rock in the top 10 and give Old School, Mystic River or even Seabiscuit a back row. ANd Something's Gotta Give as an honorable mention? Yuck. Plus, the other "notable titles" outside of say Seabiscuit, Mystic River and maybe one or two others bascially tells me that this was a horrible year for movies.

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