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Best of 2004: Your Picks
Topic by: underdog
Posted: December 31, 2004 - 12:58 PM PST
Last Reply: February 25, 2005 - 6:17 PM PST

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author topic: Best of 2004: Your Picks
underdog
post #1  on December 31, 2004 - 12:58 PM PST  
Now that 2004's on its way out (don't let the door hit you, etc.), how about posting your own personal picks for best films of the year. Or The Ten Films You Liked the Most.

Mine are below, with the full write-ups and a long list of honorable mentions now up on the GreenCine Daily.

(in mostly alphabetical order)

1. Bad Education.
2. Before Sunset.
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
4. The Five Obstructions.
5. House of Flying Daggers.
6. The Incredibles.
7. Maria Full of Grace,
8. Sideways
9. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman.
10. (Tie) The Corporation and Fahrenheit 911.


What are yours?


What was the *worst* film you saw this year?
ALittlefield
post #2  on December 31, 2004 - 4:24 PM PST  
OK, in no particular order.

1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind(I think this will wind up on a lot of lists)
2.The Saddest Music in the World
3.Kinsey
4.Sideways
5.The Aviator
6.The Incredibles
7. Kill Bill Vol. 2
8. Bad Education
9. Maria Full of Grace
10. Before Sunset

I have yet to see A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT, which sounds like one I'd like, so this is subject to change...
hardcle
post #3  on December 31, 2004 - 6:29 PM PST  
A qualification: these are the top movies I saw in a theater during the calendar year.

1. Farenheit 9/11
2. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
3. Kill Bill Vol 2
4. House of Sand and Fog
5. Twilight Samurai
6. Touching the Void
7. Spider-Man 2
8. Spanglish
9. Shaun of the Dead
10. The Incredibles


Real close:

The Bourne Supremacy
The Fog of War
Spartan
KPman1
post #4  on December 31, 2004 - 7:41 PM PST  
Best
1) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2) The Bourne Supremacy
3) Garden State
4) Kill Bill Vol. 2
5) Shrek 2

Worst:
1) Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence
2) Shaun of the Dead
3) White Chicks
4) Seeing Other People
5) Dodgeball

Haven't seen:

Sky Captain
I Heart Hucklebees
Closer
Finding Neverland
Aviator
Sideways
The Incredibles
Before Sunset
Kinsey
Millian Dollar Baby
Bad Education
Hotel Rwanda
NGitomer
post #5  on January 1, 2005 - 10:10 AM PST  
Okay okay, these are only ones I saw in theatres. And I don't go to theatres often. And I haven't yet seen Bad Education, which I hear is realllllly good. With that said, I guess it is the order that counts hear.

1. Life Aquatic w/ Steve Zissou
2. I Heart Huckabees
3. Notre Musique
4. Spiderman 2
5. Anchorman
6. Dodgeball
The next few movies I didn't really like that much, but will add anyway simply because I saw them and I want the list to be longer than 6 movies
7. Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless mind
8. A Very Long Engagement
9. Fahrenheit 9/11
10. Garden State

Movies I wanted to see but will probably wait to rent (from GC?): Bad Education, Beyond the Sea, Napolean Dynamite, Tarnation, Closer, Hero, Team America, Dogville.
villain
post #6  on January 1, 2005 - 10:16 AM PST  
saw

kill bill 2

napoleon dynamite

hero (i know it's not
"officially" '04)



worst:

metallica: some kind of choads

alien vs. predator


sinisterguffaw
post #7  on January 1, 2005 - 5:28 PM PST  
In no particular order

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
Napoleon Dynamite
Kill Bill 2
DVD Extended Version of LOTR: ROTK
Farenheit 9/11
Hero
...and much much more!
Shaky
post #8  on January 1, 2005 - 9:37 PM PST  
"Best" is difficult to define. The most memorable, entertaining or moving films I've seen this year are:

A Very Long Engagement
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Charlie Kaufman is a genius)
Kinsey
Spider-Man 2
Gozu
The Incredibles
Tokyo Godfathers (technically 2003, but released at the end and played into the first of the year)

Garden State almost makes the list, but the crappy ending drops it down a notch. Great soundtrack, though.

Oh, there are so many bad movies out there. The worst of the year has to be Passion of the Christ. Kill Bill 2 was my least favorite until Mel Gibson set out to prove that he hates us all. Most overrated has to be House of Sand and Fog, which only goes to show what crap people will swallow if you mount a good PR campaign to convince them they're eating caviar. And let's not forget Van Helsing, quite likely the worst vampire movie of all time.
Shaky
post #9  on January 1, 2005 - 9:41 PM PST  
Upon rereading, I realize that House of Sand and Fog was actually 2003. That's okay, though, because it was bad enough to spoil Ben Kingsley for me for two years. I'll have to watch Sexy Beast again to get over my disappointment.
kamapuaa
post #10  on January 2, 2005 - 2:19 AM PST  
> Oh, there are so many bad movies out there. The worst of the year has to be Passion of the Christ.

You can get annoyed at Mel Gibson, but "Passion" was definitely watchable, which I can't say about "Sky Captain," or a million other flicks nobody in their right mind would watch ("New York Minute," perhaps). I found it more inane than anything - pretty firmly in the middle of the pack.

It's obscure, but my vote for the worst vampire movie (and maybe the worst movie of 2004) is "Vampires vs. Zombies," despite the promising title.

I've missed too many films to make a top 10 list, but "2046" and "Oldboy" would be at the very top.
ALittlefield
post #11  on January 2, 2005 - 10:44 AM PST  

> It's obscure, but my vote for the worst vampire movie (and maybe the worst movie of 2004) is "Vampires vs. Zombies," despite the promising title.

I must say I'm intrigued by this (go figure), is this a foreign film?
ALittlefield
post #12  on January 2, 2005 - 10:50 AM PST  
> On January 2, 2005 - 2:19 AM PST kamapuaa wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > Oh, there are so many bad movies out there. The worst of the year has to be Passion of the Christ.
>
> You can get annoyed at Mel Gibson, but "Passion" was definitely watchable


Personally, I did find parts of it unwatchable (they beat him with whips, I get it, no really, I get it, OK THAT'S ENOUGH!). I also found it odd that the film removed almost all of the philosophy of Jesus and just stuck with him as a victim. Perhaps Gibson didn't want us to remember what Jesus told the rich man about getting to heaven.

sinisterguffaw
post #13  on January 2, 2005 - 5:32 PM PST  
> You can get annoyed at Mel Gibson, but "Passion" was definitely watchable, which I can't say about "Sky Captain," or a million other flicks nobody in their right mind would watch ("New York Minute," perhaps)...

Just to disagree, I'd say Sky Captian was highly watchable. Just not highly enjoyable. Unwatchable movies would be ones like White Chicks, A Cinderella Story, Catwoman, Taxi, and Surviving Christmas.

I call those ones unwatchable simply because I refuse to ever watch them.
markhl
post #14  on January 2, 2005 - 7:09 PM PST  
Hmm.. I can't think of 10 but the names popping out of the top of my head that left a great impression even with my horrible memory..

The Incredibles
Old Boy <--- 2004 more or less

I think I watched too many movies the last year to add the great movies that I saw in 2004 but was released much earlier..
kamapuaa
post #15  on January 2, 2005 - 9:09 PM PST  
> Just to disagree, I'd say Sky Captian was highly watchable. Just not highly enjoyable. Unwatchable movies would be ones

From personal experience, my friend and I walked out of the theater on that one, and snuck into "Shaun of the Dead." I mentioned it to somebody else, and found her and her sister had done the same thing. I don't know anybody who saw it. That would suggest Sky Captain had a 100% walkout rate.

Vampires vs. Zombies is in the GC catalog. It doesn't suck in a lovable Ed Wood kind of way.
JGerow
post #16  on January 3, 2005 - 1:31 PM PST  
Ten Best:

1. Tropical Malady
2. Goodbye Dragon Inn
3. Blissfully Yours
4. Before Sunset
5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
6. Days of Being Wild
7. Crimson Gold
8. Bad Education
9. Cowards Bend the Knee
10. Tarnation

Honorable Mention: Sideways, Million Dollar Baby, The Life Aquatic, Los Angeles Plays Itself, Kinsey, Son Frere, Moolade

Most Overrated: Primer

Most Disappointing: I Heart Huckabees (maybe I'll get it on a second viewing)

Best Revivals: The Big Red One, Maurice Pialat at Walter Reade, Ozu and Visconti at BAM

Saddest News in Repertory Programming: The firing of Anita Monga by the Castro management
lividsnails
post #17  on January 3, 2005 - 8:27 PM PST  
Ok, I definitely can't come up with ten, in fact I think I can only come up with one "best", a couple "pretty goods" and one "sucks" movie. But here they are.

Best:
1.)Maria Full of Grace --(I was actually *in* Colombia for most of 2004 -which is why I didn't see many movies in theatres- and it came out down there before it came out here so I saw it before any of you fools! nyah nyah!) But seriously, I thought the film was just so compassionate and nonjudgemental. And here's a personal anecdote: I left the theatre after seeing this movie in Bogota with my Mexican boyfriend crying and it was a real Kodak moment: me, the American, in tears thinking about the painful fact that people are literally DYING to get into my country and him, the Mexican, whose uncle was a "wetback" who nearly drowned crossing the border and the both of us --privileged enough to be able to travel to another country-- surrounded by people so tired of war, so tired of drugs, so impoverished, so desperate. This movie just really made sense to me coming when it did. I gave it ten stars.

"Pretty Good":
2.)The Motorcycle Diaries --I probably liked it more than it deserved because I've always like Che Guevara anyway but the movie really didn't say much. A young Che goes on a road trip across South America with a buddy, sees how impoverished the people are and how unfair the system is and he is forever changed. Period. But then again, it really couldn't say much more. It's following his diary, so it's sort of a kind of documentary. I mean, you can't really expect a storyline or ingenous plot twists. [A note on a really nice cinematic technique used in this movie to much effect: the director -I forget who- wanted to show the faces of the people, sort of like those famous black and white photographs of people during the Depression by that famous photographer I forget who (Dorothy Alison?). But instead of doing still shots, which is what you'd think he might do, he kept the camera rolling. In black and white. (The rest of the movie is in color.) And you just see these faces. The people just there staring at you for a full 5 seconds or so. Breathing and everything. Not moving, not doing anything just looking at you. Some look accusing. Some look expectant. Some just look sad or desperate. But wow, what an effect!] He (sorry I'm not being sexist, but I think the director was a "him") really makes the audience experience the same thing Che experienced. He presents us with the question presented to Che: what are *you* going to do about this? That's pretty damn good thing for a movie to do. Make us uncomfortable. Make us question ourselves. In fact, the more I think about this movie, I'd move it right up there with Maria to be Best of 2004.

3.)Undertow --A film about two kid brothers who live with their dad way out in the sticks. Their mom's dead. One day their uncle shows up, just got out of jail, and Dad invites him to live with them while he gets back on his feet. But it turns out that the boy's mother used to be the uncle's girlfriend before she hooked up with their dad and the uncle is still a little miffed about this. oooh... go see this or rent it when it comes out on DVD.

4.)The Machinist --was pretty good too. Scary. Gross.

5.)I Heart Huckabees --I don't care what anyone says I liked this movie pretty much. I didn't think it was presumptious or arrogant or anything. I thought it was cute. A philosophical movie that doesn't get heavy and stuffy? C'mon, that's a tall order and given that I think it was fairly well done. It wasn't amazing. I don't think I'll remember it a year from now. It depends on what you're comparing it to. Sure beats 99% of mainstream movies out there this year! And what twenty year old hasn't sat around with friends discussing these very questions? They didn't have any particularly original answers but neither was it predictable or completely uninspired either. I think it's kinda in its own category.


Let's see I have one more... oh, yeah. The "sucks" list.

6.)Garden State --I already wrote a review on this one so you can read it on its page here if you're interested.
ALittlefield
post #18  on January 3, 2005 - 8:48 PM PST  
> On December 31, 2004 - 4:24 PM PST ALittlefield wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> OK, in no particular order.
>
> 1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind(I think this will wind up on a lot of lists)
> 2.The Saddest Music in the World
> 3.Kinsey
> 4.Sideways
> 5.The Aviator
> 6.The Incredibles
> 7. Kill Bill Vol. 2
> 8. Bad Education
> 9. Maria Full of Grace
> 10. Before Sunset
>
> I have yet to see A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT, which sounds like one I'd like, so this is subject to change...
> ---------------------------------



Ooops, I forgot to add Mario Van Peebles excellent BADASS to this list, and it's better than most of them!
Cinenaut
post #19  on January 4, 2005 - 9:33 AM PST  
Sideways is pretty darn good. I loved The Incredibles and Before Sunset as well.

moviegakusei
post #20  on January 5, 2005 - 1:19 PM PST  
I liked 1. Dawn of the Dead
2. Hero
3. Man on Fire
4. Kill Bill Vol 2
5. Shrek 2

The Worst 1. Van Helsing (and i love vampire movies)
2. Catwoman
3. The Day After Tomorrow
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