Look hard, original, creative films are out there

Look hard, original, creative films are out there Now Playing

by Josh Gates

This year the film industry claimed some of the worst movies in recent history, which includes a never-ending string of unoriginal sequels.

In case you've forgotten, here's a reminder: Gigli, From Justin to Kelly, The League of Extra-ordinary Gentlemen, Hulk, Terminator 3, The Matrix: Reloaded, The Matrix: Revolutions, American Wedding, Dumb and Dumberer, Charlies Angels 2, Tomb Raider 2, X-men 2, Legally Blonde 2, 2 fast 2 furious and Bad Boys 2.

Despite all of this unoriginality, things are starting to look up. The last few months of 2003 will prove that there are some original, unpredictable and creative films out there, you just have to look harder to find them.

The first sign of hope came with movies like Lost in Translation, Kill Bill, American Splendor, School of Rock, Mystic River and Intolerable Cruelty and will continue throughout the year with the following.

Elephant � released Oct. 24 � the story revolves around a day in the life of high school students dealing with a school shooting. Directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Drugstore Cowboy).

Shattered Glass � released Oct. 30 � Based on a true story of an investigative reporter who created fabricated stories for popular magazines.

Elf � released Nov. 7 � Will Ferrell plays a human that was raised as an elf. When he discovers that he isn't an elf he moves to New York to find his real father where he becomes "a fish out of water."

Master and Commander � released Nov. 14 � It's war at sea under the command of Russell Crowe. Directed by the talented Peter Weir (The Truman Show, Dead Poets Society).

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind � released Nov. 14 � Starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslett and from the creative mind of Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind).

The Cooler � released Nov. 21 � William H. Macy plays a man with such bad luck that he is hired by a Vegas casino to spread his bad luck to others.

21 Grams � released Nov. 21 � Intertwines the lives and hardships of three people played by Benicio Del Toro, Sean Penn and Naomi Watts. Directed by the up and coming Spanish director Alejondro Inarritu (Amores Perros).

Bad Santa � released Nov. 26 � The name says it all. Starring Billy Bob Thorton and directed by Terry Zwigoff (Crumb, Ghost World).

Big Fish � Dec. 10 release � A man on his death bed tells his son tall tales about his life. Starring Ewan McGregor and directed by the genius of Tim Burton (Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks, Ed Wood).

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King � Dec. 17 release � The finale that we've been waiting for. Directed by Peter Jackson (Bad Taste, Dead Alive, Heavenly Creatures)

The Fog of War � Dec. 26 release � Documentary about Robert McNamara, the Secretary of Defense for the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. From acclaimed documentarian Errol Morris (A Brief History in Time, Fast, Cheap and Out of Control).

The Company ��Dec 26 release � An ensemble drama centered on a group of ballet dancers. Directed by Robert Altman (M.A.S.H., The Player, Short Cuts).

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