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2004 Top 10

The Year's Best Films
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1. Hero
2. Vera Drake
3. Dogville
4. Spartan
5. Kinsey
6. Sideways
7. Crimson Gold
8. Touching the Void
9. The Five Obstructions
10. Goodbye Dragon Inn

Runners-up: Bad Education, The Aviator, Million Dollar Baby, Before Sunset, Shaun of the Dead, House of Flying Daggers, The Mother, The Motorcycle Diaries, Spider-Man 2, Alexander.

The Year's Worst Films (There But For the Grace of God Go You), in chronological order: The Perfect Score, Twisted, Cody Banks 2: Destination London, The Whole Ten Yards, My Mother Likes Women, Soul Plane, Yu-Gi-Oh, Benji: Off the Leash!, The Cookout, Surviving Christmas.

Overrated: Finding Neverland, Zelary, A Very Long Engagement, Love Me If You Dare, The Return.

Underrated/Undersold/Overlooked: Spartan, Alexander, She Hate Me, Crimson Gold, The Reckoning, Gozu, The Agronomist.

My "That's-a Some Spicy Meatball!" Award goes to Gozu: Takashi Miike, at it again, gives the International Journal of Gynecological Pathology something to write about.

Coolest Titles: Team America: World Police, Baadasssss!, Yes Nurse! No Nurse!, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

Worst Titles: Welcome to Mooseport, Super Babies: Baby Geniuses 2, My Mother Likes Women, The United States of Leland.

Best and Worst Title: Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.

Aptest Titles: The Terminal, Sleepover, Taking Lives, You Got Served.

Inaptest Title: National Treasure

The Mike LaFontaine "Wha' happuned?" Award: Primer and Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut

The Michael Caine Award: Jude Law, for starring in I Heart Huckabees, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Alfie, and Closer, and appearing in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Aviator.

Demented Double Features:

 

  • Kinsey/A Dirty Shame (2003) (everything you always knew about sex* but were afraid to say)
  • Fahrenheit 9/11/America's Heart and Soul (One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State)
  • We Don't Live Here Anymore/Closer (the infidelity special)
  • Shark Tale/Open Water ("I'm funny how? Funny like a clown? I amuse you? I make you laugh?")
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring/The Day After Tomorrow (climate change dramedy)

    Marathon Madness:

  • Chasing Liberty/The Prince and Me/Ella Enchanted/First Daughter/The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement/Shrek 2/A Cinderella Story (can we all get together and bury the princess myth, already? Pretty please?)
  • 50 First Dates/Twisted/Secret Window/Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind/The Manchurian Candidate/The Forgotten/The Machinist (I did what now?)
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