28 days laterby Danny Boyle
The Walking Dead, before the hour. The revelation Cillian Murphy, who plays her first major role. Danny Boyle’s (then known only for Trainspottingand The beach, in short). In the universe of the zombie, a small revolution: for the first time in history, the undead run, are fast — “gniagniagnia, they are not zombies but contaminated patients” who cares, they are zombies. An important, traumatic film.
8 milesCurtis Hanson
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It will be necessary to wait until 2002 (and 2003 in France) so that a biopic is interested in the destiny of a rapper. Although it is based on the real beginning of Eminem’s career and that the latter – a very rare occurrence – plays his own role, the film allowed itself many liberties. The key to success in this very conventional and often forgettable genre? Bold from the Detroit rapper, 8 miles is a clear success that marked an entire generation.
Almighty Bruceby Tom Shadyac
In 2003, the uncontrollable Jim Carrey reunited for the third time with Tom Shadyac who had already directed him in Ace Ventura and Liar, liar. In Almighty Brucet, he entrusted him with the powers and omnipotence of God to give free rein to all the eccentricity of the actor. Facing him, Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman – just that – but above all the unknown Steve Carell in the role of the antagonist Evan Baxter, in a memorable television scene. Huge success around the world, Almighty Bruce had attracted 2.5 million cinema viewers in France.
Petby Merzak Allouache
In 2003, the director brought to life on screen the romantic transvestite character created by Gad Elmaleh for his second one-man show, normal life, which consecrated him as a comedy star in 2001. Co-screenwriter of the film, Gad Elmaleh also took on the leading role opposite Claude Brasseur, Roschdy Zem, Catherine Frot and Alain Chabat, and underwent hours of physical transformation every morning. But the game was worth the candle since Pet achieved nearly 4 million admissions in France.
Elephantby Gus Van Sant
In 2003, Patrice Chéreau, President of the Jury of the Festival de Cannes awarded the Palme d’Or to Elephant and the Best Director Award for Gus Van Sant. A rectilinear staging, multiple sequence shots and long tracking shots that remain in the memory and which accompanied the protagonists from behind, like a video game, until their macabre destiny.
No political analysis in this film inspired by the Columbine massacre, which left 15 dead and 24 injured on April 20, 1999, but the opportunity for the director to observe his favorite subject – adolescence – as closely as possible. focusing on the students at the school on the day of the massacre. And twenty years after its release, Elephant still resonates sadly with current events.
freaky fridayby Mark Waters
In 2003, Disney brought together a legendary duo, Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis, in an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Mary Rodgers, in which Tess (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Anna (Lindsay Lohan), a mother and daughter, exchange their body following a curse, all served by a boosted female rock soundtrack. 20 years later and after a long crossing of the desert for Lindsay Lohan, the two actresses would be up for a sequel, mention age of reason, of teen movie worship.
Gangs of New Yorkby Martin Scorsese
Leonardo DiCaprio vs Daniel Day-Lewis and his beautiful mustache, civil war atmosphere in New York. Surrounded by a five-star cast (Cameron Diaz, John C. Reilly, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, Stephen Graham), and carried by a particularly inspired Martin Scorsese – in any case, the filmmaker always is. A great film in costume, historical, and cult.
Goodbye, Lenin!by Wolfgang Becker
On October 9, 1989, the eyes of the world were on Berlin. But comrade Christiane Kerner, a communist activist from East Berlin, saw nothing of the fall of the wall. Since the day before, she had been in a coma. When he wakes up, the doctors warn his son, Alex: he must avoid any new physical or psychological shock that could be fatal to him. The latter will therefore hide the end of the GDR from him by finding a brand of pickles that has disappeared, by transforming a Coca-Cola advertisement into communist propaganda or by manufacturing fake news.
While Alex hid the story from his mother, the director skilfully mixed it with family drama and comedy. Written by a novice scriptwriter, directed by an unprecedented director, and played by an unknown actor who was transformed into a star of German cinema by the film, Goodbye, Lenin! enjoyed unprecedented success in the country and conquered far beyond its borders.
Interstella 5555: The Story of the Secret Star Systemby Kazuhisa Takenouchi
Daft Punk and Leiji Matsumoto (dad ofCaptain Harlock) who unite to tell the adventures of a group of alien musicians kidnapped to become stars on the blue planet, while a hero seeks to save them. Dressing the entire album Discoveryso “One More Time”, “Aerodynamic”, “Digital Love”, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” and more, this is without a shadow of a doubt one of the greatest films of 2003 .
Child gamesby Yann Samuell
First film by Yann Samuell, Child games will also bring together for the first time on screen Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet. In this perverse and cruel romantic comedy based on the famous “cap or not cap”, they are Sophie and Julien, two childhood friends who have fallen in love but who will miss each other for many years during which their little game will become dangerous. Although a bit unhealthy, Child games has been seen over and over again by a whole generation of dreamy teenagers.
Kill Bill: Volume 1by Quentin Tarantino
coming out of a Jackie Brown which “disappointed” at the box office (unfairly), after the box of its Palme d’or pulp FictionTarantino returned in 2003, six years after his last feature, with his most striking, most impressive heroine and one of his best films, varying genres and a true declaration of love for Asian cinema.
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The 25th hourby Spike Lee
A man’s last day of freedom before his long prison term begins. Said like that, the film does not give enough desire. This is without counting the basic novel by David Benioff (before he tackles GoT for HBO), its morose tone but which fits perfectly with the atmosphere of a Manhattan still under the trauma of September 11, of an inspired Spike Lee, and a perfect Edward Norton.
The world of Nemoby Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
Ninth in our all-subjective Pixar ranking, The world of Nemo remains a studio classic, well above its sequel released in 2016 and based on the endearing (secondary) character of Dory which left us with a taste of unfinished business. The first opus was an entertaining journey that has not aged a bit and which took us on board with delight under the ocean, between traveling turtles and mysterious anemones.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Kingby Peter Jackson
The conclusion of the most important fantasy saga in cinema. Just that. It’s a fan favourite, and rightly so — we’ll just forget the last sequence in bed, which in no way spoils this masterpiece of the genre.
The Triplets of BellevilleSylvain Chomet
A small masterpiece of animation, the Franco-Belgian-Quebec animated film told us the adventures of Champion, a sad orphan, his Grandma and the tricycle she gave him to take his mind off things. After having walked the hills of Belleville, Champion will become a rider on the Tour in post-war France, before being kidnapped by the New York mafia.
If its zaniness paid homage to Jacques Tati, the whole film, stuffed with nostalgia, was imbued with references to cultural figures of yesteryear on both sides of the Atlantic. The unforgettable soundtrack composed by Benoît Charest had won a César and the film had garnered two Oscar nominations. An episode of simpsons had even paid tribute to the famous Triplets.
Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions by Lana and Lilly Wachowski
The first is one of the greatest films in the history of the seventh art. The suites could not be on the same level. The fact is that at least Reloaded is quite exceptional and that, even if Revolutions was disappointing on certain points, the true false conclusion of the adventures of Neo and Trinity is a monument of SF which marked 2003 with a red iron.
Mystic Riverby Clint Eastwood
At first glance, it’s just a simple thriller directed by the great Clint Eastwood. Audiences in 2003 weren’t expecting the actor-director, iconic Western figure and important director of the 1990s, to turn his career so far — will follow after this gem of a detective story Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Invictus, american sniper, and others. In the batch, Mystic River must be one of our favorites. The strength of the cast, of its plot, of its treatment of the trauma more than of the crime itself, and its polished staging.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearlby Gore Verbinski
Yes, the first Pirates of the Caribbean celebrates its 20th anniversary. It is beautiful, the shot of old, right? Not necessarily the best of the saga, the fact remains that it introduces a universe, characters, cults – and coming from a Disneyland attraction, where everything had to be invented. If Jack Sparrow became a pop culture hero instantly, it’s because the first film already offers all the recipe that will make the success of this saga.
Punch Drunk LovePaul Thomas Anderson
In the 1990s, Adam Sandler subscribed to very low quality popular comedies. But his versatile and enigmatic career choices did not scare Paul Thomas Anderson who will want him for Punch Drunk Love, his fourth feature film. In this quirky and melancholic romantic comedy, he portrays a complexed and almost autistic bachelor who frantically collects discount coupons from a brand of cakes.
The film will be selected at Cannes, won the prize for directing and will even earn “Sandman” his only Golden Globe nomination to date. A completely new spotlight for the Hollywood nerd who will continue his fruitful collaboration with Anderson on Blossoms and Blood.
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X-Men 2by Bryan Singer
The best film of the trilogy X-Men original. If the first is cult at least for its introduction to the universe, to Wolverine, and for its fight on the Statue of Liberty, the second has a more serious, darker tone. More accomplished too. The arrival of Diablo and the streak at the White House are incredible. We would go further, and we could almost say that it is an important film, which will change the way of treating superheroes in Hollywood.
Article written with Arthur Cios.