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HTF Top 10's of 2004: Time To Throw Down!

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Jason Whyte, Dec 27, 2004.

  1. Marc_Savoie

    Marc_Savoie Stunt Coordinator

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    Mine (using US/Canada non-festival release date criteria):

    Last update: January 15, 2005 (after seeing Bad Education [La Mala educación])


    My Ongoing Top 10 of 2004

    01. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (USA, d. Michel Gondry)
    02. Before Sunset (USA, d. Richard Linklater)
    03. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (USA, d. Quentin Tarantino)
    04. Sideways (USA, d. Alexander Payne)
    05. Code 46 (UK, d. Michael Winterbottom)
    06. Spartan (USA, d. David Mamet)
    07. Shaun of the Dead (UK, d. Edgar Wright)
    08. Crimson Gold [Talaye sorkh] (Iran, d. Jafar Panahi)
    09. The Five Obstructions [De Fem benspænd] (Denmark / Switzerland / Belgium / France, d. Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier)
    10. Closer (USA, d. Mike Nichols)


    Runners-Up
    11. Garden State (USA, d. Zach Braff)
    12. Collateral (USA, d. Michael Mann)
    13. Team America: World Police (USA, d. Trey Parker)
    14. Spider-Man 2 (USA, d. Sam Raimi)
    15. The Door in the Floor (USA, d. Tod Williams)
    16. Bad Education [La Mala educación] (Spain, d. Tod Pedro Almodóvar)
    17. Dogville (Denmark / Sweden / UK / France, d. Lars von Trier)
    18. Man on Fire (USA, d. Tony Scott)
    19. Fahrenheit 9/11 (USA, d. Michael Moore)
    20. Maria Full of Grace (USA / Colombia, d. Joshua Marston)
    21. Touching the Void (UK, d. Kevin Macdonald)
    22. The Machinist (Spain, d. Brad Anderson)
    23. Super Size Me (USA, d. Morgan Spurlock)
    24. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (USA, d. Adam McKay)
    25. Open Water (USA, d. Chris Kentis)
    26. The Dreamers (France, d. Bernardo Bertolucci)
    27. Ginger Snaps: Unleashed (Canada, d. Brett Sullivan
    28. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (UK / USA, d. Mike Hodges)
    29. Young Adam (UK / France, d. David Mackenzie)
    30. Mean Girls (USA, d. Mark S. Waters)
    31. Hero [Ying xiong] (Hong Kong / China, d. Yimou Zhang)
    32. I'm Not Scared [Io non ho paura] (Italy / Spain / UK, d. Gabriele Salvatores)

    Kinda Liked / Mediocre
    33. Ocean's Twelve (USA / Australia, d. Steven Soderbergh)
    34. 50 First Dates (USA, d. Peter Segal)
    35. Eurotrip (USA, d. Jeff Schaffer)
    36. Spanglish (USA, d. James L. Brooks)
    37. Alfie (UK / USA, d. Charles Shyer)
    38. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (USA, d. Peter Danny Leiner)
    39. Saved! (USA, d. Brian Dannelly)
    40. The Girl Next Door (USA, d. Luke Greenfield)
    41. The Butterfly Effect (USA, d. Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber)
    42. Shrek 2 (USA, d. Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon)
    43. Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! (USA, d. Robert Luketic)
    44. The Incredibles (USA, d. Brad Bird)
    45. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (USA, d. Sara Sugarman)

    Didn't Like
    46. The Grudge (Japan / USA, d. Takashi Shimizu)
    47. We Don't Live Here Anymore (USA, d. John Curran)
    48. Shark Tale (USA, d. Bibo Bergeron, Vicky Jenson, Rob Letterman)
    49. Ladder 49 (USA, d. Jay Russell)

    Hated (from least worst to most horribly horrible)
    50. Along Came Polly (USA, d. John Hamburg)
    51. Starsky & Hutch (USA, d. Todd Phillips)
    52. The Passion of the Christ (USA, d. Mel Gibson)
    53. Napoleon Dynamite (USA, d. Jared Hess)


    Films I'm interested in seeing or missed... and still want to see (but many of which I'll sadly never get around to):
    in alphabetical order
    Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer
    Alexander
    The Agronomist
    The Assasination of Richard Nixon
    The Aviator
    Baadasssss!: How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass
    Birth
    The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
    Bright Young Things
    The Brown Bunny
    Carandiru
    Cellular
    Coffee and Cigarettes
    Control Room
    The Corporation
    Cowards Bend the Knee
    Criminal
    Decoys
    A Dirty Shame
    DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story
    Eulogy
    The Final Cut
    Games People Play
    Ginger Snaps III: Singer Snaps Back
    Good Bye, Lenin!
    Hotel Rwanda
    House of Flying Daggers [Shi mian mai fu]
    I Am David
    I ♥ Huckabees
    In Good Company
    Intermission
    Kinsey
    The Ladykillers
    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
    Little Lili [La Petite Lili]
    Los Angeles Plays Itself
    Mean Creek
    Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
    Million Dollar Baby
    Moolaadé
    The Motorcycle Diaries [Diarios de motocicleta]
    My Architect
    Never Die Alone
    New York Minute
    Our Music [Notre musique]
    The Polar Express
    Primer
    P.S.
    Ray
    The Republic Of Love
    Riding Giants
    The Saddest Music In The World
    Saw
    The Sea Inside [Mar adentro]
    Secret Things [Choses secrètes]
    Seducing Doctor Lewis [La Grande séduction]
    Seed of Chucky
    Sex Is Comedy
    Shaolin Soccer [Siu lam juk kau]
    She Hate Me
    Silver City
    The Snow Walker
    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring [Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom]
    The Stepford Wives
    Tarnation
    The Terminal
    Twentynine Palms
    Undertow
    Vera Drake
    A Very Long Engagement [Un long dimanche de fiançailles]
    When Will I Be Loved
    Wicker Park
    Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself
    Wimbledon
    The Woodsman
     
  2. Adam_S

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    1. 1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    2. The Passion of the Christ
    3. The Incredibles
    4. Finding Neverland
    5. The Aviator
    6. Closer
    7. Million Dollar Baby
    8. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
    9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    10. Control Room
    11. Collateral
      4 star runner-ups
    12. Sympathy for Mr Vengeance (should be ranked higher but it's here because I forgot about it, even though I loved it so much I bought it)
    13. Hero
    14. De-Lovely
    15. Kinsey
    16. The Village

      3.5 films:
    17. Meet the Fockers
    18. Bourne Supremacy
    19. Hellboy
    20. Spider-man 2

      3.0 films:
    21. Robot Stories
    22. America's Heart and Soul
    23. Dodgeball
    24. Saved!
    25. I, Robot
    26. Spanglish
    27. Shrek 2


      2.5 films:
    28. Christmas with the Kranks
    29. Garden State
    30. Troy
    31. Mean Girls
    32. Supersize Me
    33. Terminal
    34. Sideways
    35. Life Aquatic
    36. Chronicles of Riddick
    37. Door in the Floor
    38. Fahrenheit 9/11
    39. Stepford Wives

      2.0 films
    40. Shaolin Soccer

      1.5 films:
      none

      1.0 films:
    41. Anchorman

      .5 films:
    42. Napoleon Dynamite
    43. Van Helsing

    Worst films of 03:
    1. Napoleon Dynamite
    2. Van Helsing
    3. Anchorman
     
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    Man, I'm SO far out of the loop this year ... 2004 has been a very big year of changes for me, and unfortunately my filmgoing has suffered for it.

    Jason's correct, though -- after most people have had a chance to catch up and see the last of their 2004 list (myself included), I'll post my stats compilation, probably late in January. It'll come in handy when comparing to the films listed in the Oscar thead. [​IMG] Myself, I don't think I've seen a single Oscar-potential film in 2004 - well, except for the dark-horse candidate Eternal Sunshine. Looks like I've got a lot of work to do!
     
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    Placeholder for my Top 10
     
  6. ChrisBEA

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    Top 10 Films of the Year
    10. Bad Education
    9. Spider-Man 2
    8. The Incredibles
    7. The Aviator
    6. The Saddest Music in the World
    5. Sideways
    4. Garden State
    3. Hero
    2. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    And 10 Runner Ups: Closer, Kinsey, Shaun of the Dead, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Finding Neverland, Ray, I'm Not Scared, Collateral, The Terminal, Super Size Me

    Bottom 10 Films of the Year
    10. Suspect Zero
    9. Alexander
    8. The Forgotten
    7. Paycheck
    6. Taxi
    5. The Exorcist: The Beginning
    4. Eurotrip
    3. Godsend
    2. Christmas with the Kranks
    1. Birth

    Top 10 Guilty Pleasures
    10. Napoleon Dynamite
    9. Catwoman
    8. Chronicles of Riddick
    7. The Punisher
    6. Dawn of the Dead
    5. Team America: World Police
    4. Saw
    3. Blade: Trinity
    2. Alien vs. Predator
    1. Resident Evil: Apocalypse

    Top 3 Animated Films
    3. Team America: World Police
    2. Shrek 2
    1. The Incredibles

    Top 3 Documentaries
    3. Control Room
    2. The Corporation
    1. Super Size Me

    Top 3 Foreign Language Films
    3. I'm Not Scared
    2. Bad Education
    1. Hero

    Top 5 Disappointing Films
    5. I, Robot
    4. Van Helsing
    3. The Life Aquatic
    2. Alexander
    1. The Village

    Top 5 Surprising Films
    5. Friday Night Lights
    4. Spartan
    3. Napoleon Dynamite
    2. Dawn of the Dead
    1. Wicker Park

    Top 5 Actors
    5. Tom Hanks for The Terminal
    4. Jamie Foxx for Ray
    3. Paul Giamatti for Sideways
    2. Johnny Depp for Finding Neverland
    1. Jim Carrey for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Honorable Mention: Val Kilmer for Spartan and Giuseppe Cristiano for I'm Not Scared

    Top 5 Actresses
    5. Kate Winslet for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    4. Natalie Portman for Closer
    3. Virginia Madsen for Sideways
    2. Uma Thurman for Kill Bill Vol. 2
    1. Bryce Dallas Howard for The Village
    Honorable Mention: Catalina Sandino Moreno for Maria Full of Grace

    Top 5 Supporting Actors
    5. Jamie Foxx for Collateral
    4. Tony Leung for Hero
    3. Willem Dafoe for The Clearing
    2. Thomas Haden Church for Sideways
    1. David Carradine for Kill Bill Vol. 2
    Honorable Mention: David Arquette for Never Die Alone, Ben Kingsley for SUspect Zero

    Top 5 Supporting Actresses
    5. Dakota Fanning for Man on Fire
    4. Isabella Rossellini for The Saddest Music in the World
    3. Natalie Portman for Garden State
    2. Cloris Leachman for Spanglish
    1. Cate Blanchett for The Aviator
    Honorable Mention: Laura Linney for Kinsey, Maggie Cheung for Hero

    Top 5 Directors
    5. Pedro Almodovar for Bad Education
    4. Martin Scorsese for The Aviator
    3. Quentin Tarantino for Kill Bill Vol. 2
    2. Alexander Payne for Sideways
    1. Michel Gondry for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Honorable Mention: Zhang Yimou for Hero, Guy Maddin for The Saddest Music in the World
     
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    1. Before Sunset
    2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    3. Hero
    4. The Twilight Samurai
    5. The Incredibles
    6. Sideways
    7. Collateral
    8. Touching the Void
    9. Million Dollar Baby
    10. Dogville

    Favorite scores:

    1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - John Williams
    2. Troy (rejected) - Gabriel Yared
    3. The Village - James Newton Howard
    4. Hellboy - Marco Beltrami
    5. The Terminal - John Williams
    6. Team America: World Police - Harry Gregson Williams
    7. The Incredibles - Michael Giacchino
    8. Bad Education - Alberto Iglesias
    9. I, Robot - Marco Beltrami
    10. Van Helsing - Alan Silvestri
     
  8. Eric Howell

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    My Top Ten Based on first Release USA/Canada:

    1. The Yes Men
    2. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
    3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    4. Last Life in the Universe (Ruang rak noi nid mahasan)
    5. Hero (Ying xiong)
    6. House of Flying Daggers ( Shi mian mai fu )
    7. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom)
    8. Team America: World Police
    9. Coffee and Cigarettes
    10. Dogville
    Honorable Mentions: Undertow, Zhou Yu's Train(Zhou Yu de huo che), The Corporation, Sideways, Control Room, Oasis, Million Dollar Baby

    My 2004 Top Ten based on First Screening USA/Canada 2004:

    1. 3-Iron (Bin-jip)
    2. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
    3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    4. Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)
    5. Rahtree: Flower of the Night (Buppah Rahtree )
    6. House of Flying Daggers ( Shi mian mai fu )
    7. Oldboy
    8. Private
    9. Team America: World Police
    10. Millions
    Honorable Mentions: Palindromes, Steamboy, Undertow, Eros, and Sideways

    Previous Year's Film Lists:
    2000 List
    2001 List
    2002 List
    2003 List
    2004 List

    Previous Years Top 10 Lists:
    2000 Top 10(same as the 2000 list)
    2001 Top 10
    2002 Top 10
    2003 Top 10 (must not have made a separate post)
    2004 Top 10
     
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    1.Incredibles
    2.Spider-man 2
    3.Shrek 2
    4.Collateral
    5.Eurotrip
    6.Friday Night Lights
    7.Hellboy
    8.50 first Dates
    9.Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
    10.Harry Potter 3
     
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    After watching about half a dozen 2004 films over Christmas break, here's my list:

    1. Million Dollar Baby
    2. The Incredibles
    3. The Aviator
    4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    5. The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    6. Spider-Man 2
    7. The Sea Inside
    8. The Terminal
    9. Finding Neverland
    10. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

    I still haven't seen "Hotel Rwanda" or "Kill Bill Vol. 2" or "Sideways" among others, but this is basically my final top ten.
     
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    Top Ten of 2004

    1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    2. The Incredibles
    3. Sideways
    4. Garden State
    5. Before Sunset
    6. Shaun of the Dead
    7. Million Dollar Baby
    8. Spider-Man 2
    9. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
    10. Saw

    Very Honorable Mention: Baadassss!, Collateral, The Corporation, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Maria Full of Grace, Mean Creek, Mean Girls, Shrek 2, Super Size Me, Touching the Void

    Highly Recommended: The Aviator, The Bourne Supremacy, Dawn of the Dead, Dodgeball: A True Underdog's Story, Fahrenheit 9/11, House of Flying Daggers, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Kinsey, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Machinist, The Motorcycle Diaries, Open Water, Osama, Spartan, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring, Undertow

    Bottom 10 of 2004

    1. New York Minute
    2. SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2
    3. White Chicks
    4. Christmas with the Kranks
    5. Without a Paddle
    6. Catwoman
    7. Anatomy of Hell
    8. Raising Helen
    9. Twisted
    10. Van Helsing

    Extremely Dishonorable Mention: Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, Chasing Liberty, A Cinderella Story, The Cookout, Fat Albert, Garfield: The Movie, Sleepover, Surviving Christmas, Taxi, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

    Plain Old Crap: 13 Going on 30, After the Sunset, Alexander, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Connie and Carla, De-Lovely, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Envy, Eurotrip, Exorcist: The Beginning, First Daughter, Godsend, Head in the Clouds, Johnson Family Vacation, Meet the Fockers, My Baby's Daddy, The Perfect Score, The Phantom of the Opera, The Prince & Me, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Raise Your Voice, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Seed of Chucky, Suspect Zero, Taking Lives, Thunderbirds, The Village, What the Bleep Do We Know?, The Whole Ten Yards, You Got Served
     
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    My Favorite Films of 2004
    1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2. BAADASSSSS! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    3. Million Dollar Baby [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    4. Finding Neverland [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    5. The Incredibles [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    6. Sideways [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    7. The Aviator [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    8. Saved! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    9. Garden State [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    10. Kinsey [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2

    Also Seen:
    Ray [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    Collateral [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    Polar Express [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    This Old Cub [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    Kill Bill Vol. 2 [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Fahrenheit 9/11[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Spiderman 2 [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Bukowski: Born Into This [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Spartan [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Napoleon Dynamite [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Terminal [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    Closer [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    Secret Window [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    Cigarettes & Coffee [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    Lady Killers [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Sea Inside [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Spongebob Squarepants - The Movie [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Friday Night Lights [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Vera Drake [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Hotel Rwanda [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2

    Must See:
    House of Flying Daggers
    Ladder 49
    Hero
     
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    Top 10 of 2004

    1.The Sea Inside
    2.Sideways
    3.Garden State
    4.Motorcycle Diaries
    5.Primer
    6.Man on Fire
    7.Maria Full of Grace
    8.Finding Neverland
    9.Kinsey
    10.Being Julia

    Worst 10 of 2004

    1.Birth
    2.Darkness
    3.Kill Bill: Vol. 2
    4.Team America: World Police
    5.Collateral
    6.Closer
    7.Open Water
    8.Exorcist: The Beginning
    9.National Treasure
    10.Seed of Chucky
     
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    Best Of 2004
    1. Million Dollar Baby
    2. Spider-Man 2
    3. The Incredibles
    4. Hotel Rwanda
    5. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    6. Sideways
    7. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
    8. The Passion Of The Christ
    9. Spartan
    10. Collateral

    This is my final list.
     
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    Top of 2004

    1. The Machinist
    2. Collateral
    3. Spartan
    4. The Incredibles
    5. Garden State
    6. Kill Bill - Volume 2
    7. Napoleon Dynamite
    8. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    9. Oldboy
    10. Hellboy
    11. Saw
    12. Team America:World Police
     
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    I go by what I saw between 1/1-12/31/04 so I'm not still second guessing for months after the end of the year or holding out mentioning films until they get wider distribution. Anyway, here's my list:

    01. The Story of Marie and Julien (Jacques Rivette)
    02. The World (Jia Zhang-ke)
    03. War at a Distance (Harun Farocki)
    04. Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Andersen)
    05. Last Life in the Universe (Pen-Ek Ratanaruang)
    06. Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow (Theo Angelopoulos)
    07. Kings and Queen (Arnaud Desplechin)
    08. 2046 (Wong Kar-wai)
    09. Bad Education (Pedro Almodóvar)
    10. Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembene)

    Honorable mentions:
    The Seventh Day (Carlos Saura)
    Born into Brothels (Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman)
    Persons of Interest (Alison Maclean and Tobias Perse)
    Notre musique (Jean-Luc Godard)
    Michelangelo Eye to Eye (Michelangelo Antonioni)
    Truth and Poetry (Peter Kubelka)
     
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    Made a couple of changes to my list, notably entering SHaun of the Dead at number 7, upgrading Garden State to 6, and dropping Shrek 2.
     
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    I put up the first version of my list on page 1. I still have some notables to see like Million Dollar Baby, but I suspect that my list is near being complete.
     

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