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Lobo's Best and Worst Films of 2003

The Best of 2003 (Howls number, order of preference and a comment or two)

1. The Dancer Upstairs = 9.5 (It had the Javier Bardem factor).

2. Swimming Pool = 9 (It seems you either loved or hated this one).

3. American Splendor = 9 (Can't get this gem out of my head).

4. Lost in Translation = 9 (Ditto)

5. Magdalene Sisters = 9 (Not enough people have seen this great film).

6. Master and Commander = 9 (Not a ship of fools).

7. Mystic River = 9 (Catch this one if you missed it -- it is still around).

8. Capturing the Friedmans = 9 (I received the most mail about this film)

9. The Station Agent = 9 (a great little film -- no pun intended).

10. 21 Grams = 9 (How much does an Oscar weigh?)

11. My Architect = 9 (I originally gave this an '8' but have revised it to a '9')

The Worst of 2003 (in no particular order of eye-rolling bad)

1. The Matrix Reloaded = 2 (Re-Bloated was my alternate title on this one).

2. The Human Stain = 3 (the human drain was more like it).

3. Northfolk =3 (Even with Nick Nolte, it stunk).

4. Down With Love = 3 (down with this film).

5. Man Without a Past = 3 (movie without a plot).

6. Camp = 4 (a big disappointment)

7. Intolerable Cruelty = 4 (paying to see this was intolerable).

8. Legend of Suriyothai = 4 (Made no sense and went on and on and on)

9. The Guru = 5