Mona Lisa Smile

Name: Mona Lisa Smile
Year: 2003
Rating: NR – Not Rated
Running Time (minutes): 117
Description: Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson’s views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college.
Stars: Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst and Julia Stiles
Genres: Drama, Romance

Liked the source music and a rather good score. So all men are bastards and all women want to be housewives?

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Name: The Lord Of The Rings 3: The Return Of The King
Year: 2003
Rating: PG-13
Running Time (minutes): 201
Description: While Frodo & Sam continue to approach Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring, unaware of the path Gollum is leading them, the former Fellowship aid Rohan & Gondor in a great battle in the Pelennor Fields, Minas Tirith and the Black Gates as Sauron wages his last war against Middle-Earth.
2003 Oscar Best Picture Winner
Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen and Ian McKellen
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama

Some random thoughts:
1. Is it my imagination, or was this score horribly mistreated in the film? It all felt so raw and chopped up, but maybe my memories of the Complete Recordings albums aren’t really correct.
2. Why does Shore always start distorting/changing/getting very creative with his themes after having done the exact opposite with them during the previous entry? For instance, Rohan only receives variations here, and from The Two Towers onwards, the Nazgul’s music seems rather different too.
3. Why are Frodo and Bilbo leaving the Shire? Are they going to some sort of paradise or is it supposed to be a euphemism for suicide/dying or… what is it?
4. When are we getting a sequel about Sam and Rosie’s children?

Other than that, again, a great film and an epic choral finale too!

Bruce Almighty

Name: Bruce Almighty
Year: 2003
Rating: PG-13
Running Time (minutes): 101
Description: Bruce Nolan, a television reporter in Buffalo, N.Y., is discontented with almost everything in life despite his popularity and the love of his girlfriend Grace . At the end of the worst day of his life, Bruce angrily ridicules and rages against God and God responds. God appears in human form and, endowing Bruce with divine powers, challenges Bruce to take on the big job to see if he can do it any better.
Stars: Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

I still don’t get why people find Jim Carrey such a great actor, but I suppose that me missing his face-pulling talents is partly to blame for my ignorance. Morgan Freeman playing God, on the other hand, is so great, but then again he’s always great. Next time I’ll pray to him, makes things so much more amusing. Composer John Debney amazed me yet again. I absolutely love these kinds of scores, no clear themes but extremely diverse instrumentally and always something going on. Never thought he had it in him (I only knew his Iron Man 2 score until recently).

Anger Management

Name: Anger Management
Year: 2003
Rating: PG-13
Running Time (minutes): 106
Description: Mild-mannered timid businessman Dave Buznik who works for a pet clothing company out of New York City. He’s got an abrasive boss named Mr. Frank Head who frequently takes credit for his work and steps on him in return. He’s got a loving girlfriend, Linda, whose best friend is her condescending college ex, Andrew. But when a misunderstanding aboard an airplane goes haywire, Dave is ordered by the court to undergo anger management therapy at the hands of specialist Dr. Buddy Rydell, who is an unpredictable, psychopathic character. As the relationship between Dave and Buddy becomes more tense, when the unorthodox treatment wreaks havoc Dave’s life, and Buddy might be the only one who can save him from a problem he recognizes right away in his patient, that could only get worse.
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler and Marisa Tomei
Genres: Comedy

Turned it off after 20 minutes. What a stupid film.


Name: Monster
Year: 2003
Rating: R
Running Time (minutes): 109
Description: Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.
Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern
Genres: Biography, Crime, Drama
2003 Oscar Winner
2003 Oscar Best Actress: Charlize Theron

Jesus, this has been a bad film weekend! I turned it off because I neither liked the main character nor the actress playing her or the story.