Another year has gone so this means another review of the year and another Golden Glitz awards.
A bit of change in categories this year as we celebrate the best in each genre: -
|Best Film||Best Actor \ Actress|
|Worst Film||Worst Actor \ Actress|
|Best Sci-fi Film||Best Direction|
|Best Horror Film||Best Effects|
|Best Action \ Effects Film||Best Script|
|Best Family Film||Best DVD|
|Best Thriller||Best DVD Extra|
Looking Back at 2003:
Last year we witnessed what we thought was an improvement in the quality of films we reviewed. Yet even then we commented on the remake \ sequel trend Hollywood has embrassed. Unfortunately of these two comments it appears that this years major releases are mostly sequels, and more importantly the quality of these has proved disapointing.
The biggest disapointment was without doubt Matrix Reloaded which was a pretentious mess of a half a film. But Star Trek Nemesis, Charlies Angels Full throttle and Tomb Raider Cradle of life were all pretty lame ducks. Thankfully people voted with their feet and stayed away.
The biggest winners this year were some of the most original. Finding Nemo was technically superb and hilarious to boot, cementing Pixar as the number one animation house around. Pirates of the Caribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl surprised us by being a right good actioned packed laugh. Plus the pen of Luc Besson bought us some top quality thrills.
Have the studios learnt their lesson? I doubt it. Even if they have have it will take a couple of years for the results to filter through. I think more likely all we have done is created another series of franchises to sequel to death. The hope lies on the edges of Hollywood where movies like Identity show us that although many of the big budget sequels are pants there is still originality in the smaller films. Or maybe it lies elsewhere like the continuing excellence of both the French and Asian film industries.
Category: Best Film
|2nd:||Pirates of the Caribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl|
|3rd:||Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers|
|4th:||The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen|
|5th:||28 Days Later|
And just missing out are X2 (X-Men 2), The Bourne Identity, and Transporter.
Category: Worst Film
|3rd:||Star Trek Nemesis|
|4th:||Ballistic Eccs Vs. Sever|
Three of the top five were sequels (and we didn't even watch the Tomb Raider or Charlies Angels sequels yet) it marks what a poor year this type of film had.
Category: Best Sci-fi Film
Winner: 28 days later
At last a film that didn't want to be the Matrix, add this to a good story and some outstanding shots from Danny Boyle and 28 Days Later was an easy winner. Best of the Matrix wannabes however was Equilibrium.
Category: Best Horror Film
What do you get if you cross Amityville with Das Boot, the answer is Below an excellent tale of a posessed submarine. Also worth a mention is Darkness Falls.
Category: Best Action \ Effects Film
Winner: Pirates of the Caribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Finally a Pirate film that was good. Looking elsewhere the Luc Besson movie machine bought us the twin delights of Wasabi and Transporter.
Category: Best Family Film
Winner: Finding Nemo
Being best film it had to win didn't it. However Stuart Little 2 is a good second.
Category: Best Thriller Film
Winner: Crimson Rivers
A return to form for Jean Reno in this slick French hunt for a serial killer. Just missing out is the excellent remake of Insomnia, and the interesting Spy Game.
Category: Best Comedy Film
Winner: Bruce Almighty
It wasn't the best year for Comedy but like him or loath him Jim Carey's Bruce Almighty was the funniest thing out there. The other contender Rat Race fell at the final hurdle.
Category: Best Actor \ Actress
Winner: Johnny Depp
Ensuring the name Captain Jack Sparrow goes down in history in Pirates of the Caribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Johnny Depp gave a performance that blew the others out of the water. The only person to come close was his co-star in that film Geoffrey Rush, who also voiced Nigel the Stalk in Finding Nemo.
Category: Worst Actor \ Actress
Winner: Kate Beckinsale
Proving that that the stuff actors are made out of is wood, Kate Beckinsale pouted, sulked, and posed, but failed to act in Underworld.
Category: Best Director
Winner: Andrew Stanton + Lee Unkrich
Andrew Stanton came up with the idea of a cartoon set underwater, and together with Lee Unkrich they set about this monumentally difficult realisation. The end result was simply outstanding.
Category: Best Effects
Winner: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
In one word Golum. This totally CGI'd character proved what a long way we have come from the intergalactic space ass that was Jar Jar Binks. It was the first time a CGI chacrater gave such an emotional performance and it was totally convincing.
Category: Best Script
Winner: Crimson Rivers
Full credit goes to Jean-Christophe Grangé and Mathieu Kassovitz's inventive take on the buddy buddy cop relationship, and on the serial killer story. By bravely keeping the two main characters apart for half the film, it is with a lot of style that aparently two separate cases are interwoven.
Category: Best DVD
Winner: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (4 Disc editon)
This set is beautifully presented in a fold out case with suplimentary booklet. Two first two discs have the extended cut (by 45 minutes) of film and commentary tracks with a superb transfer. The second two discs contain just about everything you could possbly want to know about the film. In short this is a supperb collection.
Category: Best DVD Extra
Winner: Matrix Reloaded - MTV spoof
Ok so the film may be awful but at least the star studded MTV spoof is excellent.
Please note that the term this year mainly refers to the release dates of the DVD's therefore some films may actually have had their cinema release in previous year.