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When I look at the slate of Best Picture nominees from 2003, it appears to have been a true high-water mark for the industries’ “epic” films. While we still suffer from the aftershocks of Hollywood’s obsession with “the epicness of epicdom” (two made up words, I know, but that’s just how self-consciously epic these films are), in 2003, the tone still felt new and fresh. These epic films were not only rewarded with successful box office receipts, but high critical praise as well (thus the Oscar nominations).

In the years following, while the box office receipts have remained consistent (or even increased), the grades from critics and enthusiasts have slowly fallen away as the genre has become increasingly stale. In 2003 though, we had mostly good films from the genre in our rear-view mirror, so the potential for the genre was promising and people were ready to bite on anything that »

- Christopher Lominac

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