November 27, 2003

Master & Commander: The Far Side Of The World

masterBest movie of the year. Excting, thrilling, dramatic, emotional, authentic. If it weren't for the presence of Return of the King, this would be the Best Picture Oscar winner. (November 14, 2003: Landmark Embassy Cinema Waltham; November 27, 2003: Loews Church St. Cambridge)

November 25, 2003

West Side Story

westsidestoryVery impressive. Great music, good dancing, bad makeup, wonderful location shooting, only about 10 min too long. (Brattle Theater)

November 7, 2003

Mystic River

Everything I hoped it would be. While Sean Penn is getting all the attention for his performance, I found Tim Robbins to be fantastic, and Kevin Bacon does a great job too. I found aspects of the plot a little implausible. (Landmark Embassy Cinema Waltham)

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November 6, 2003

The Adventures of Robin Hood

theadventuresofrobinhoodThis film looks gorgeous, as good as the restoration of The Wizard of Oz. The movie still holds up 65 years later thanks to robust action and comedy, and an active, moving camera, many years ahead of its time. (Brattle Theater)

November 5, 2003

The Matrix Revolutions

matrix3See my combined review of the two Matrix sequels, below (May 2003)... (Loews Methuen at the Loop)

November 1, 2003

Alien: The Director's Cut

An amazing poster image, even though
that's not what the eggs look like
in the movie, and there's no
green spark either?
I've loved this movie since I was a kid, it's one of the first and most powerful scary movies I saw in my formative years. A brilliant combination of serious "hard" science fiction and haunted house horror, the facehugger and xenomorph are the essential movie monsters of the 1980s. The additions for the Director's Cut really enhance the film, which is rare for director's cuts, which all too often add bloat to an already quality film. (AMC Fenway with Jon, Paris, Michelle & Hal, and Todd & Danielle.)
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