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Top Three: 2003

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Say you’re putting 3 movies from each year in a time capsule. What ones would you want people to see? Forget critical acclaim. Forget the critics in general, what are the three best movies from that year?

Today, our first foray into the list is 2003.

3. Finding Nemo

The love between a father and son is one of a kind, even if both the father and the son are fish. Pixar’s 2003 classic tells the journey of a clown fish, who, with the help of an entire ocean of creatures treks on to find his kidnapped son. It was funny (Forgetful Dory completely steals the show), adventurous, and heartfelt.

2. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

The finale that LOTR fans had been waiting for. The ending to Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy was a sight to behold. It put a nice shiny bow on any unfinished plot and of course that pesky ring that we were dealing with over 8 hours (At least the extended version viewers were). But seriously, this is many LOTR fan’s favorite one, and every movie fan should see this trilogy at least once.

1. Oldboy

This Korean flick isn’t seen as much as the other two, but not for lack of quality. Oldboy is the ultimate revenge movie, as a man is kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years than freed. Of course, there are plot twists, but even without them it is still worth watching for its all too realistic depiction of violence, no matter how disturbing.

Honorable Mentions:

Big Fish

Old School

Lost in Translation

Seabuscuit

21 Grams

Kill Bill Vol. 1

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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Ranks: Pixar Films

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The opening of Cars 2 has come and gone and with it has come some “meh” reviews. Not very commonplace. Is it the end of Pixar’s brilliance? I’m gonna say no, with the original “Brave” and a Monsters Inc. prequel coming soon, but just for fun’s sake let’s rank the Pixar movies from 1995-2010 (Cars 2 excluded).

11. Ratatouille (2007)

I have no clue why but Ratatouille had no effect on me. In fact it was a while since it came out on DVD that I finally saw it. When I did, I thought it was good, but there wasn’t any real magic happening. Maybe it was just the combination of rats and kitchens that got me.

10. Cars (2006)

For Cars it was Larry the Cable Guy voicing Tow Mater. I kinda liked him, but then I realized who was voicing him and I kinda hated him. Who knows? Also, didn’t some gas company put eyes on cartoon cars a while ago? (Chevron?)

9. A Bug’s Life (1998)

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this, but from what I can remember when it originally came out was it competing with “Antz”. It had a Seven Samurai feel to it, which is awesome for a kids movie. It was also pretty funny with the Lady Bug and Caterpillar doing their thing.

8. Monsters Inc. (2001)

Pixar was really flexing their muscles by making a kids movie about the monsters that are hiding in their closets. Beyond that they made some of the most lovable monsters in the process, and perhaps the cutest animated kid ever in Boo. The animation was spot on too. Did you see how many door were in that final chase scene? Also, commonly overlooked: the slimiest villain in Pixar history with Randall.

7. Toy Story 2 (1999)

Pixar returned to their roots with the second of the Toy Story trilogy in 1999. They seemed to pull of the impossible not only by matching the sentimentality (Jesse’s owner leaving her had Kleenex moment written all over it), doubling the villains (Stinky Pete and Zurg still not as good as Sid), and even introducing Jesse and Bullseye as key characters.

6. The Incredibles (2004)

Animated movie about a superhero family in hiding during the explosion of the superhero genre and still make it interesting? Sure, why not? Everyone of these characters was so compelling, whether it was Bob’s yearning for the past, Dash’s desire to use his abilities, Violent and her debilitating shyness, or Helen keeping it all together. Everyone in this movie shines, and Pixar proves it can hang with any genre.

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