2004 Films in Review

  • Top Films of 2004:
    1. Shaun of the Dead
    2. Team America: World Police
    3. Saddest Music in the World
    4. Lost Skeleton of Cadavra
    5. Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
    6. Fahrenheit 9/11
    7. A Dirty Shame
    8. The Corporation
    9. Spiderman 2
    10. Dogville (surprise)
  • Bottom 5 films of 2004:
    1. Saw
    2. The Village
    3. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
    4. House of Flying Daggers
    5. Starsky & Hutch
  • Best Reissue: Monty Python’s Life of Brian
  • Best Remake/Reworking: Dawn of the Dead
  • Best Director: John Waters
  • Best Actress: Isabella Rosselini (Saddest Music in the World)
  • Best Actor: Paul Bettany (Dogville)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Lynn Redgrave (Kinsey)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead)
  • Best Ensemble: Shaun of the Dead
  • Best Original Screenplay: Shaun of the Dead
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Spiderman 2
  • Best Cinematography: Dogville
  • Best Soundtrack: Team America: World Police
  • Most Alarming Cinematic Trend: Ben Stiller’s Increasingly
    Annoying Schtick
  • Most Memorable Line: Team America: World Police
    Lisa: Promise me you’ll never die.
    Gary Johnston: You know I can’t promise that.
    Lisa: Promise me you’ll never die and I’ll make love to you right now.
    Gary Johnston: I promise I’ll never die.
  • Best Documentary: End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones
  • Best Faux Documentary: The Battle of Algiers
  • Movie which was good, yet didn’t make it anywhere else on this list:
    Napoleon Dynamite
  • Best Fake Television Network: “The Ocho” – Dodgeball
  • Reinforcement that M. Night Shyamalan sucks: The Village
  • Best use of Special Effects in a lame movie: Sky Captain and the
    World of Tomorrow
  • Most audience manipulating “Documentary”: Tarnation
  • Film I won’t watch until I can get it off Napster: Metallica:
    Some Kind of Monster
  • Best Interviews in a Documentary: The Fog of War
  • Film I feel guilty for missing (tie): Sideways & The Motorcycle Diaries
  • Film I don’t feel guilty for missing: MXP: Most Xtreme Primate

9 thoughts on “2004 Films in Review

      1. nevermind then.

        Even though I missed it last year, i think it’s one of the best films from last year… much like “Collateral”. (I saw both of them within the past few days..)

    1. In clarification: I saw it this year (on the plane back from CA). It was quite good, and I’d like to see it on DVD, as I understand the plane version was a bit chopped up…

      It was good, but it didn’t hit this list.

  1. Dogville?

    I want my 3 hours back!!

    I wonder if that is the only list ever to include Team America, Harold & Kumar, and Dogville. I appreciated the artisticness of the film, the morality, and even the story. But why in God’s name did it take an eternity to tell this story?! My God, that movie plodded along at an aggravating pace.

    1. Re: Dogville?

      I really liked it… I think it could benefit from a few trims, no doubt, but I think the length contributed to the helpless feeling conveyed by Kidman. The one thing I definately would have chopped was the ham-handed condemnation of Americans during the Bowie “Young Americans” credit roll… You shouldn’t need to scream out the point of the movie once it’s finished, the audience should just get it. Which the audience did, so you don’t need to smack them in the face with it.

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