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10/10
Full of passion
15 April 2004
An incredible cinematic experience. Very hard to watch yet impossible to look away from. Jim Caviezal brings a humanity to Jesus that brings the viewer to his pain and finally makes a biblical event feel real.

Mel Gibson's long time passion project is worthy of its mass following and another blow to the lack of quality films made by Hollywood. I'm sure they will find a way to spin it into something negative.

The biggest trick had to be that we all know what occurs in this story and yet somehow it all feels very fresh and happening in the moment. I cannot imagine the pain and agony Mr. Caviezal must have endured for this role.

Hail the power of The Passion.
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Mystic River (2003)
10/10
Heartbreaking tale
15 April 2004
Clint Eastwood serves up my favorite film of 2003. Heartbreaking and full of stunning performances.

Sean Penn and Tim Robbins are particularly amazing. Hollywood has given up on making classic human "dramas" and this film draws me back to a time when more films like this one were made.

Eastwood's use of classic themes mixed into a story of the damage caused by the abuse of a child is massive and at once groundbreaking and an ode to the types of important films I wished American audiences could be treated to more often. Real stories about real people rather than the cartoon characters that film our screens weekly.
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Intoxicating (2003)
10/10
Realistic tale of substance abuse
15 April 2004
As someone who has grown up with parents in AA this film is as close to the reality of it all as I have seen. Lead Actor Kirk Harris' performance is at once incredible and should be star making. The stories centers around a young doctor with a large appetite for drugs and alcohol. His arrogance is offset by the love he has for his dying father played by John Savage. Eric Roberts does a terrific job as his drug dealer. A guy who lives in the suburbs and who looks anything but a drug dealer. It is clearly the best Eric Roberts has been in a film since Runaway Train. The visuals of the film give the frantic life of the lead character a whole other level usually not seen in independent film. The hip hop soundtrack adds an extremely modern edge to this film as well. It was odd but cool to see hip hop artists rap over the tale of a caucasian doctor. I applaud the filmmakers for being this eclectic and having the courage to take on this heart wrenching subject matter. The film reminds me of another of my all time favorites in Leaving Las Vegas. I would also recommend it to anyone who dug Requiem for a Dream or the lost gem Clean and Sober.
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