SFFCC Members’ Best & Worst of 2003
December 30th, 2003 by SFFCC

Jeanne Aufman (Palo Alto Weekly)

The BEST
“The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King”
“City Of God”
“Lost In Translation”
“Capturing The Friedmans”
“Thirteen”
“Pieces Of April”
“Gerry”
“Shattered Glass”
“Finding Nemo”
“Whale Rider”
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The WORST
“Northfork”
“Gigli”
“Intolerable Cruelty”
“Matrix Revolutions”
“Gods And Generals”
“Passionada”
“Hollywood Homicide”
“In The Cut”
“Gothika”
“Radio”
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Jeff Anderson (Combustible Celluloid, SF Examiner)

The BEST
“Lost in Translation”
“Russian Ark”
“Spider”
“Gerry”
“Friday Night”
“Bad Santa”
“Kill Bill: Volume 1”
“Mystic River”
“Unknown Pleasures”
“In the Cut”
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The WORST
“Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat”
“Gigli”
“Kangaroo Jack”
“Le Divorce”
“Boat Trip”
“Cold Creek Manor”
“View from the Top”
“House of Sand and Fog”
Bad Sequels:
“Bad Boys II,” “Dumb and Dumberer,” “Legally Blonde 2,” “The Matrix Revolutions,” “2 Fast 2 Furious”
Bad Rock ‘n’ Roll Movies:
“Garage Days,” “Prey for Rock ‘n’ Roll”
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Rob Blackwelder (SPLICEDwire, Daily Republic, KGO 810 AM)

The BEST
“Lost In Translation”
“Girl With A Pearl Earring”
“Pirates Of The Caribbean…”
“The Triplets Of Belleville”
“Thirteen”
“Monster”
“The Italian Job”
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The WORST
“Cat in the Hat”
“How to Lose A Guy a Guy in 10 Days”
“Alex & Emma”
“Old School”
“Grind”
“Boat Trip”
“Legally Blonde 2”
“Dumb & Dumberer”
“The Core”
“Anger Management”
“Gigli”
& about a dozen more
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Barry Caine (Oakland Tribune)

The BEST
“Mystic River”
“American Splendor”
“Lost in Translation”
“Capturing the Friedmans”
“Pieces of April”
“Big Fish”
“Finding Nemo”
“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
“The Missing”
“Millennium Actress”
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The WORST
“Gigli”
“Gods and Generals”
“Grind”
“Darkness Falls”
“The Hunted”
“From Justin to Kelly”
“Jeepers Creepers 2”
“Gothika”
“Cold Creek Manor”
“Timeline”
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David Fear (SF Bay Guardian, Filter Magazine)

The BEST
“Demonlover”
“The Magdalene Sisters”
“Divine Intervention”
“Gerry”
“Irréversible”
“Dog Days”
“School of Rock”
“Bus 174”
“Ten”
“The Station Agent”
“The Weather Underground”
“Japón”
“The Triplets of Belleville”
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The WORST
(in reverse order)
“Dreamcatcher”
“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”
“Boat Trip”
“Hulk”
“The Matrix” sequels
Really, any film where Keanu plays a Christ figure…
…in fact, every sequel that didn’t feature orcs

“Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat”
“Masked and Anonymous”/”Greendale”
“Gigli”
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Arthur Lazere (culturevulture.net)

The BEST
“The Barbarian Invasions”
“The Son”
“The Man Without a Past”
“Girl with a Pearl Earring”
“The Station Agent”
“Capturing the Friedmans”
“The Fog of War”
“21 Grams”
“Cold Mountain”
“The Lord of the Rings: The Ret…”
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Glenn Lovell (San Jose Mercury News)

The BEST
“The Lord of the Rings: The Ret…”
“Finding Nemo”
“Whale Rider”
“School of Rock”
“Thirteen”
“The Station Agent”
“Elephant”
“Master and Commander: The Far…”
“The Missing”
“Irreversible”
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The WORST
“Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”
“Dreamcatcher”
“Hulk”
“Northfork”
“Bad Boys II”
“The Life of David Gale”
“Love Actually”
“Timeline”
“The Cat in the Hat”
“Pinocchio”
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Bruce Newman (San Jose Mercury News)

The BEST
“The Station Agent”
“21 Grams”
“Lost in Translation”
“Finding Nemo”
“School of Rock”
“Thirteen”
“Capturing the Friedmans”
“The Barbarian Invasions”
“Mystic River”
“Peter Pan”
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The WORST
“Gigli”
“Beyond Borders”
“2 Fast 2 Furious”
“Alex and Emma”
“The Cat In the Hat”
“Teknolust”
“A Man Apart”
“Daredevil”
“Stuck On You”
“In the Cut”
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Jan Wahl (KRON TV, SF Examiner, KCBS radio)

The BEST
“Mystic River”
“In America”
“Finding Nemo”
“American Splendor”
“The Station Agent”
“Bend it Like Beckham”
“Whale Rider”
“Pieces of April”
“Seabiscuit”
“Master & Commander”
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Jason Walsh (Marin Independent-Journal)

The BEST
“Lost in Translation”
“Elephant”
“Thirteen”
“The Triplets of Belleville”
“The Dancer Upstairs”
“May”
“American Splendor”
“Owning Mahowny”
“The Magdelene Sisters”
“A Mighty Wind”
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The Top 5 FOREIGN FILMS
“Russian Ark”
“City of God”
“The Barbarian Invastion”
“Gloomy Sunday”
“The Cuckoo”

The Top 5 DOCUMENTARIES
“Capturing the Friedmans”
“My Flesh and Blood”
“Stevie”
“Stone Reader”
“The Weather Underground”
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2003 SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
December 15th, 2003 by SFFCC

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle has named Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation” as its Best Picture of 2003, the group announced Monday.

Best Director honors went to New Zealander Peter Jackson for “The Return of the King,” the third and final installment of his adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic book “The Lord of the Rings.”

The group, which includes 20 film critics from around the Bay Area, also picked “Lost in Translation” star Bill Murray as Best Actor for his wistful, tender and often funny portrayal of an aging movie star spending a jet-lagged week in a Tokyo hotel.

Best Actress honors went to Charlize Theron for her persuasive and potent portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the film “Monster,” slated for limited release on December 26.

Peter Sarsgaard won Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Shattered Glass” as Chuck Lane, the editor who uncovered fabrications by New Republic reporter Stephen Glass. “Pieces of April” star Patricia Clarkson was named Best Supporting Actress. She played a sardonic cancer patient reluctantly reuniting with her wayward daughter for Thanksgiving dinner.

Best Documentary was awarded to Andrew Jarecki’s “Capturing the Friedmans,” which followed the dissolution of a Long Island family in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse. Best Foreign Film honors went to the Belgian film “The Son.”

A special citation dubbed the “Better Late Than Never” award went to the groundbreaking film “Russian Ark,” which was filmed in a single take. Though the film technically had a 2002 release, it didn’t open in many markets, including the Bay Area, until 2003 and SFFCC members said they wanted to recognize its achievement.

The group also announced establishment of an annual honor to be bestowed on a Bay Area filmmaker, the Marlon Riggs Award. Riggs was a documentary filmmaker (“Ethnic Notions,” “Tongues Untied,” “Black is…Black Ain’t”) and professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He died in 1994 at the age of 37, leaving behind a legacy of unfailingly honest, innovative and courageous filmmaking. In bestowing the award, the group will recognize achievement in a similar vein. The first recipient is documentarian Sam Green, who in his 2003 film “The Weather Underground” had the daring, in these politically charged times, to take a clear-eyed look back at the titular 1960s radical group and the rage that fueled its acts of urban terrorism. Green co-directed the film with Bill Siegel.

Best Picture
“Lost in Translation”

Best Director
Peter Jackson for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”

Best Actor
Bill Murray for “Lost in Translation”

Best Actress
Charlize Theron for “Monster”

Best Supporting Actor
Peter Saarsgard for “Shattered Glass”

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Clarkson for “Pieces of April”

Best Foreign Language Film
“The Son”

Best Documentary
“Capturing the Friedmans”

Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in Bay Area filmmaking
Sam Green, co-director of “Weather Underground”

Special Citation
“Russian Ark”
(better late than never to honor a brilliant, innovative film released too late to honor in 2002)

Members of the SFFCC include critics from the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the Oakland Tribune, the Contra Costa Times, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, the East Bay Express, the San Jose Metro, Palo Alto Weekly, the Marin Independent Journal, the San Francisco Examiner, KRON-TV, Variety, CultureVulture.net and Splicedwire.com.

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