Friday, December 24, 2004

2004 Top 10... Films I've seen (released in 2004)

I've been thwarted often this year by local cinemas only showing really mainstream stuff so there are some I wanted to see that I've not yet been able to. As before, comment your top ten.

1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Charlie Kaufmann does it again!
2. The Incredibles
Comedic Capers all the way!
3. I heart Huckabees
A bit disturbing but quirky and I liked it. Shame we had to go to Oxford to see it.
4. Shrek 2
More of a good thing and Puss was hilarious.
5. Finding Neverland
Nice bit of drama.
6. Starsky & Hutch
Simply funny! Never saw the originals but nevermind...
7. School of Rock
Also funny and Em (being a nusic teacher) loved it.
8. The Day after Tomorrow
Gotta have one blockbuster in there, and it was so much better than Troy, King Arthur etc.
9. Stage Beauty
Missed at the cinema but caught it on TV last weekend, Shakespeare in Love again but still good.
10. Farenheit 9/11
Very biased and I thought he got a big bogged down but still quite insightful and interesting.

Just outside the top 10 were heartwarmers like The Terminal, the stupid-but-Tom-Hanks-funny Ladykillers and the really disturbing Butterfly Effect. Being married there were a whole load of romantic comedies I had to watch this year which I hardly dare admit to having seen. Eternal Sunshine probably cuts into that genre and hit the top of the list!


  1. Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind is awsome!! I love that film, In fact all the films on the list are brilliant!.. but you missed out Lord of the rings :(

    My top 10 would have to be:

    1) Lord of the rings
    2) Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind
    3) Love Actually
    4) Shrek 1 & 2
    5) Hero
    6) Never Ending Story
    7) Flight of the navigator
    8) Toy Story 1 & 2
    9) Star Wars (all of them!!)
    10) X files

    There are just so many!! I also like, mona lisa smile, cold mountain and The missing!... hehe

    Have a good xmas!

    Cat xxxxxxxx

  2. In my defence Cat, Lord of the Rings was a 2003 film!

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  4. And 2003.....

    This is adjusted a little since some of the films I actually saw in 2004 were really from 2003, though I don't know that I could have seen them in 2003... I'm roughly working to the Oscar's year and some of the top ones I watched in 2004 were from the Oscars 2004... (This probably means I'll end up adjusting my top 2004 films once I've been able to see things like Garden State, Enduring Love and some others I've not been able to see yet)... Anyway...

    1. Pirates of the Caribbean
    (I just really enjoyed it, and Johnny Depp was the performance of the year)
    2. 21 Grams
    (Wierd but very good, top acting from Naomi Watts, Sean Penn and Benico Del Toro)
    3. Mystic River
    (Very interesting, Sean Penn again)
    4. Bruce Almighty
    (Again, a good fun and thought provoking film, Jim Carrey being Jim Carrey...)
    5. Whale Rider
    (Refreshingly different)
    6. In America
    (Didn't see it til Christmas 2004 but excellent drama)
    7. Intolerable Cruelty
    (Coen brothers, not quite at their O Brother best but still good twisted fun)
    8. Matrix 2 & 3
    (I actually thought they were quite good, unlike pretty much everyone else it seems)
    9. House of Sand and Fog
    (Really good drama)
    10. Cold Mountain
    (More good drama and Renee Zellweger was very funny)

    Near-misses.... Lost in Translation was good but probably not as good as people were making out. Punch Drunk Love was plain wierd but what do you expect when P.T. Anderson meets Adam Sandler??

    In terms of 2002 (it was a long time ago!)... the best was definitely Adaptation (Charlie Kaufman is always excellent, IMHO and this was particularly good, albeit he did lose the plot a bit at the end). The Pianist was also excellent - my appreciation increased by my experience in Poland. I also really enjoyed Catch me if you can, especially since I was working in a bank! S1M0NE was also good, didn't get much of a release at all, but an interesting look at celebrity and reality. Minority Report was also good, and funny cos Em completely didn't get it.