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Top Ten Best and Worst Movies of 2004 and Most Anticipated Films of 2005 [Jan. 23rd, 2005|03:23 pm]
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I saw 90 movies this year. Here are my Top Ten Best and Worst Movies of 2004.

Top Ten Best Movies of 2004:
10) Supersize Me: Best scary movie of the year.

9) Still We Believe: The Boston Red Sox Movie</i> An inside glimpse of what it is to suffer...year, after year, after year...

8) Two Brothers Tigers prove blood is thicker than water. Too bad the cats are better actors than the humans.

7) Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!: It's as fluffy as cotton candy...but the soundtrack is one of the best compilations I've ever heard.

6) The Incredibles: The family who saves the world together, stays together. And I covet the Mid-Century Modern house.

5) Mean Girls: Not quite a documentary, but a damn accurate look at what it's like to be in high school.

4) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Who hasn't wanted to do this after a heartwrenching breakup? And the website, Lacuna, Inc., is a deadpan joy.

3) Friday Night Lights: I don't like football. But I liked this.

2) Until Sunset: The best sequel ever. Here's to another reunion in 2013.

1) Shrek 2: So much more than its predecessor, and Puss in Boots is the best and bravest sidekick since R2-D2!

Top Ten Worst Movies of 2004:
10) Catwoman: I didn't see it...but you don't always need to see a dead fish to know it's rotten.

9) Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow: Beautiful cinematography, innovative camerawork. Too bad the script was stale.

8) Day After Tomorrow: So disappointing...this could have been a wonderful end-of-the-world movie...but instead it was a let's wreck NYC special effects nightmare.

7) Closer: Oh, goody. Four unfaithful people who constantly swear. Obviously a "feel good" movie.

6) Christmas with the Kranks: How dare anyone not conform...especially at Christmas!

5) Butterfly Effect: Everything that happens in the past affects the present. Too bad they didn't go back and stop them from making this movie.

4) The Passion of the Christ: The greatest story ever told? Perhaps. But churches urging parishoners to "bring a heathen to the movies" kind of goes against the whole "Golden Rule" thingy, dontcha think?

3) Laws of Attraction: Two lawyers get drunk and get married. Someone should have objected.

2) Shall We Dance?: See the original Japanese version. The American remake is identical...but without the cultural background, it has no point and makes no sense.

1) Sideways: Please. If I wanted to see a couple of losers and some w(h)ine, I'd go to Yankee Stadium. Am I the only one who sees a naked emperor, here?

Most Anticipated Films of 2005:
5) Memoirs of a Geisha: I'm curious to see how the lyrical novel translates onto the big screen.

4) Corpse Bride: Finally, a follow-up to The Nightmare Before Christmas, and with Johnny Depp!

3) Bewitched: I've always said Nicole Kidman would make a perfect Samantha...but I also said Jim Carrey would be the perfect Darren.

2) Fever Pitch: Life imitates art...and the art got a new ending when the Red Sox won the World Series!

1) Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: I have a first US edition hardback copy of the original 1980 novel. I've been waiting for this movie for 25 years.

From: nowalmart
2005-01-23 01:15 pm (UTC)
I have to agree with most of your picks, but I will disagree with "The Butterfly Effect". I actually really liked it.

I am going to see "Sideways" soon, I think. Until then I will withhold any judgement. You are not the only person to tell me that they did not like it.

My most anticipated movie of 2005 has to be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-01-23 04:22 pm (UTC)
I liked the time travel...but all the things that happened were so horrible (child molestation, drug addiction, amputation)...that bad overwhelmed the good.
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From: nowalmart
2005-01-23 09:54 pm (UTC)
In that way it reminded me of "Eternal Sunshine" (or, rather, Eternal Sunshine reminded me of "The Butterfly Effect", since I saw that one first).

They both bring up the question of "If you were able to go back and change something, would it really change anything?"

Evan and Andrea keep having problems no matter what Evan tries to change. Will Joel and Clementine have the same problems the second go-round, just like Mary and Dr. Mierzwiak did?

Can you fundamentally change the nature of a person? How far back do you have to go?
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-01-24 07:13 am (UTC)
See, now...that's the part of Butterfly I liked...

The part I didn't like was how it seemed to rejoice in the horrible things that can happen in life, and none of the good...so overall it was a downer for me. Whereas, Sunshine, showed both good and bad aspects of a relationship, and how, when you erase the bad memories, you also end up wiping the good ones as well.
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[User Picture]From: keevs
2005-01-23 01:42 pm (UTC)
Ohh, from the 2005 list I want to see 5, 4, 3, and maybe 1 :3

Never saw any of your bad movies.

But from the Top I saw Shrek 2 and Two Brothers. Two Brothers was so sad.. ; ;
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-01-23 04:23 pm (UTC)
The way those two boys play with each other reminded me so much of Harri and Patrick!
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[User Picture]From: keevs
2005-01-23 11:05 pm (UTC)
Aww, that's so cute! Big cats always remind me of Koshie, he's got a face so much like their's. :3
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From: lipstickboi
2005-01-23 02:05 pm (UTC)
I loved the Japanese Shall We Dance. I can't WAIT to see Geisha. I love love love that book. The Chairman is so my best friend. I was disappointed when Hatsumomo was defeated because she was the best evil female nemesis. I also want to see Fever Pitch. When does it come out?
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-01-23 04:22 pm (UTC)
Fever Pitch is meant to come out April 8 2005.

The Chairman is going to be Ken Watanabe!
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From: lipstickboi
2005-01-24 04:31 pm (UTC)
Michelle Yeoh will be Mameha, Li Gong will be Hatsumomo, and Zhang Ziyi will be Nitta Sayuri. ::does the happy dance::
I should also do the "why aren't any of the female leads being played by Japanese women????????" dance, but I'm not going to.
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From: ruthling
2005-01-23 03:42 pm (UTC)
I'd be excited about seeing the new Hitchhiker's Guide movie, even if I thought it was going to suck. I loved the old BBC version (my 16th birthday party was based on my having a copy of that on video). But the more I hear, the less I think it's going to suck!
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-01-24 07:15 am (UTC)
Exactly! I do wish they'd stuck with more Brits (Sam Rockwell as Zaphod? And only one head?) but it looks like they're really trying to be reverential. The beauty of Hitchhiker's is that there are so many different versions existant (book, radio, TV show), you can't really go too "wrong."
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[User Picture]From: xxhellbentxx
2005-01-24 01:32 pm (UTC)
Even though you didnt see it, and I havent seen it, I think I will take your word on catwoman....and the razzies
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