Monday, December 20, 2004


It has been a good year for the cinema.

Here is a near-final attempt to quantify my feelings about 2004's offerings. It should be noted that I have yet to see some (probably) good stuff released this year (in fact, if you notice any glaring omissions here, I'd be interested to hear about them). As this is the case, revisions to the list below are practically inevitable.

What were your favorites? Least favorites? Let me know.

The Best of 2004:
1. Birth
2. Closer
3. Before Sunset
4. Sideways
5. Million Dollar Baby
6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
7. The Passion of the Christ
8. Incident at Loch Ness
9. Hotel Rwanda
10. The Polar Express
11. Primer
12. Garden State
13. The Clearing
14. Gozu
15. Kill Bill: Vol. 2
16. Friday Night Lights
17. A Very Long Engagement
18. Tarnation
19. Spartan
20. The Door in the Floor

Also good in 2004: Spider-Man 2, The Incredibles, Open Water, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, P.S., The Aviator, Mean Girls, Shaun of the Dead, Maria Full of Grace, The Final Cut, Finding Neverland, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Worst of 2004:
1. What the #$*! Do We Know?
2. Catwoman
3. Troy
4. White Chicks
5. Thunderbirds
6. Exorcist: The Beginning (Renny Harlin version)
7. AVP: Alien vs. Predator
8. Darkness
9. Mindhunters
10. Resident Evil: Apocalypse
11. Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
12. The Day After Tomorrow
13. Van Helsing
14. National Treasure
15. Around the World in 80 Days
16. I, Robot
17. Little Black Book
18. Eulogy
19. Saw
20. King Arthur

The Biggest Disappointments of 2004:
1. The Machinist
2. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
3. The Village
4. The Forgotten
5. Code 46
6. Saved!
7. Napoleon Dynamite
8. Club Dread
9. Hellboy
10. The Chronicles of Riddick