Monday, March 07, 2005

Top 10 Movies of 2003

1. The Return of the King
2. The Fog of War
3. Mystic River
4. Cold Mountain
5. Kill Bill: Volume 1
6. House of Sand and Fog
7. Whale Rider
8. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
9. The Station Agent
10. Thirteen

How bad do I suck? March 2005 and I post my 2003 list. I finally watched The Cooler this weekend and that was the last movie I needed to see from 2003 to finalize my list. It didn't make the list, but it is a pretty good movie.

It's about this guy who has such rotten luck that a Casino uses him as a "Cooler". William H Macy just walks by a table and whatever winning streak is going on just cools off. He exudes poor luck. But when he falls for (and is fallen for) a waitress at the casino (played by Maria Bello), his luck changes. It's an interesting movie with an interesting concept and reminds me in ways of Paul Thomas Anderson's debut Hard Eight (or, as PTA prefers to call it, "Sydney"). "The Cooler", though, is a better movie and has great performances by Macy (as always), Maria Bello, and Alec Baldwin.

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