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2004 in film.

Discussion in 'Entertainment Forum' started by Morrissey, Sep 5, 2021.

  1. Morrissey


    Top ten box-office films of 2004:

    1. Shrek 2
    2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    3. Spider-Man 2
    4. The Incredibles
    5. The Passion of the Christ
    6. The Day After Tomorrow
    7. Meet the Fockers
    8. Troy
    9. Shark Tale
    10. Ocean's Twelve

    What are your top three films for 2004? We will keep a running tally and eventually have some sort of bracket. For me it would be:

    1. Before Sunset
    2. Clean
    3. The Village

    What are some of the forgotten gems from the year? What is overrated? What did you discover at a young age and what did you discover later?

  2. Morrissey


    There were a lot of tough films to cut. Kill Bill Volume 2 and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind were close but couldn't crack the three. Anchorman and Shaun of the Dead are still funny. Collateral and Million Dollar Baby are strong. Tropical Malady, 2046, Moolaade, and Vera Drake are strong. I liked Sideways a lot at the time, but I have no idea if it is actually good or not.
  3. the rural juror Sep 5, 2021
    (Last edited: Sep 6, 2021)
    the rural juror

    carried in the arms of cheerleaders

    1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    2. Before Sunset
    3. Collateral

    Honorable mentions:

    Kill Bill Vol. 2
    The Incredibles
    Mean Girls
    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
    Shaun of the Dead
    Napoleon Dynamite

    Eternal Sunshine is another one of those movies I vividly remember watching. It stuck with me in a way few films do. What can I say about Before Sunset, except it continues one of the most perfect trilogies of all time. I almost gave #3 to Kill Bill Vol. 2 (and maybe should have), but Collateral is such a lean mean thriller, and I really love Cruise's performance. I wish he did more stuff like that.
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  4. Long Century


    He was awesome in Collateral, really appreciate the work he put into that role.

  5. chris

    Trusted Supporter

    1. Before Sunset
    2. Collateral
    3. Shaun of the Dead
  6. SpyKi

    I've been in love with her for ages Supporter

    1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    2. Before Sunset
    3. The Butterfly Effect

    4. Shaun of the Dead
    5. Kill Bill Vol 2
    6. Garden State
    7. Dead Man's Shoes
    8. Survive Style 5+
    9. Howl's Moving Castle
    10. Nobody Knows

    Also love Dead Leaves, A Hole in My Heart, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Anchorman, Palindromes, Million Dollar Baby, Dawn of the Dead, The Notebook, Collateral, Moolaadé and Vera Drake.

    Eternal Sunshine is my all time favourite and Before Sunset is in my top 3 so this is a very strong year for me.
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  7. Morrissey


    I always liked Adaptation more, but I rewatched Eternal Sunshine recently and it still has that energy that made it stick out so much at the time. I've said it before, but the way Synecdoche bombed at the box office really robbed us of some potentially great films. Luckily he is slowly starting to return.
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  8. Long Century


  9. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    1. Before Sunset
    2. Collateral
    3. The Bourne Supremacy
  10. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    1. Before Sunset
    2. Satan’s Little Helper
    3. Shaun of the Dead
  11. Nathan

    Always do the right thing. Supporter

    1. Before Sunset
    2. Eternal Sunshine
    3. Spider-Man 2

    probably the only superhero movie I’ll end up voting for in one of these but a friend and I rewatched it the other day and it’s still great. The other two were easier picks, and Collateral, Shaun of the Dead, and Ocean’s Twelve were considerations as well.
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  12. stars143

    Trusted Supporter

    1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    2. Shaun of the Dead
    3. Before Sunset
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  13. jkauf

    Trusted Supporter

    1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    2. Before Sunset
    3. Shaun of the Dead

    HM: Collateral, Kill Bill Vol 2, The Incredibles, Man On Fire
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  14. George

    Trusted Prestigious

    I think this is a slightly thinner year than others for me, but as always some good stuff.

    1. Before Sunset
    2. Bad Education
    3. Dumplings

    Before Sunset might well have the greatest final scene in any film ever?

    Bad Education is a semi-autobiographical Almodovar film, told in the messiest most Aldovoar ways, with it's film within a film structure, and performance within a performance. Has the mesmerising Gael Garcia Bernal in it, and the scene of him by the pool is pure eroticism - Almodovar and the camera clearly love him.

    Dumplings is the full length version of the 40 minute concept from Three Extremes (also released this year, but not as good). Dumplings is basically the most disgusting ASMR video, at feature length, with absolutely repulsive sound design, that makes me wince and shudder like no other film.

    For some honourable mentions;

    Maggie Cheung's last film this year, with her ex-husband Olivier Assayas directing in Clean - it's a fairly formulaic tale of addiction and redemption for Assayas, but Cheung is as always mesmerising, and fun to see Nick Nolte pop up, seemingly playing Tom Waits.

    Napoleon Dynamite I must have seen about 101 times from like 13 - 16, and I'm sure I could basically quote the whole thing from memory now. It has that endearing quirkiness and charm that so many films have utterly failed to imitate. Shaun of the Dead, will similarly have been a film I'll have watched to oblivion, but continues to make me laugh.

    Vera Drake is a great Mike Leigh film about an illegal abortionist in post-war England, with a great central performance (as always with Leigh) from Imelda Staunton.

    A couple of good animations from Japan, with the wonderful Howl's Moving Castle from Miyazaki, full of imagination and visual wonders, and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence from Mamoru Oshii, and while I know this doesn't have a particularly great reputation, I thought it was mesmerising at times.

    House of Flying Daggers is a great wuxia from Zhang Yimou. Maybe not quite as good as Hero from a few years ago, but still good. Kung Fu Hustle is a great and silly parody of sorts of kung fu movies, and one of Stephen Chow's funniest.

    Kim Ki Duk's 3-Iron is a great romantic drama, with some interesting ideas and concepts. Relatively rare for a Kim Ki Duk film, he manages to be quite and reserved here, when needed.

    Primer is an utterly baffling time travel sci-fi, which despite completely losing the plot at times, I respect the ideas, and the fact that they made the film for about $10.

    Everytime I watch In the Mood for Love (which is quite often...), I always think that I want to spend more time in that world and maybe this time I'll be able to enjoy 2046. Hasn't happened yet, but I'm sure I'll keep trying...
  15. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    Seems like more people need to see Satan’s Little Helper…
  16. Morrissey


    Is this a real movie? You are the only person I follow on Letterboxd that logged it.
  17. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    It is incredible. A yearly Halloween staple. Obviously not a high bar, but far and away the best 2000s direct to Blockbuster shit horror film. I genuinely love it and have for 15 years now
  18. Contender

    Goodness is Nowhere Supporter

    1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    2. Howl’s Moving Castle
    3. Saw
  19. Jake Gyllenhaal

    I’m a surfer! Supporter

    Kill Bill 2
    Shaun of the Dead
    Eternal sunshine
    The Aviator
    Million Dollar Baby
  20. Victor Eremita

    Not here. Isn't happening. Supporter

    1. Before Sunset
    2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    3. Team America World Police

    Some good stuff this year but after 1 there could have been a lot of others at 2 and 3. Not a lot of standouts after Before Sunset. The Village and Collateral are cool.
  21. Morrissey


    My biggest issue with Team America is that the movie conflates annoying liberal celebrities with hard-right demagogues that were invading countries. Yes, Sean Penn and Alec Baldwin can be annoying and grandstanding, but they are not the same threat.
  22. Victor Eremita Sep 6, 2021
    (Last edited: Sep 6, 2021)
    Victor Eremita

    Not here. Isn't happening. Supporter

    I might have to rewatch it but I didn’t think it was conflating the two, certainly making fun of liberal celebrities but their larger part in the plot is so ridiculous that I didn’t see it on the same level as the American imperialism satire.
    At this point I mostly remember the song scenes which are all really really great.
  23. Matthewconte

    Trusted Supporter

    1. Mean Girls
    2. Spider-Man 2
    3. Before Sunset
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  24. Morrissey


    Americans adopting "America, Fuck Yeah!" unironically has soured that one a little bit for me.
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  25. Long Century Sep 6, 2021
    (Last edited: Sep 6, 2021)
    Long Century


    1.Before Sunset
    2.Eternal Sunshine

    What a year for classic comedies. Anchor Man, Napoleon Dynamite, Mean Girls, Dodge Ball, Shaun of the Dead!

    I remember having discussions with my friends about Primer trying to decipher the plot before someone made that diagram that explained it clearly, one of my first encounters with a film that deliberately had the philosophy of making it difficult with the purpose of rewarding the viewer to solve it. At its heart is a story we'd later see in the Social Network, where the tight knit tech nerds invent something together and get torn apart as it blows up, except instead of it being facebook and lawyers, the most boring shit ever invented its time travel cloning. Its also one of the rare time travel movies where the protagonist doesn't go back in time and kill himself to save his friends, looking at you Butterfly Effect, Donie Darko, Edge of Tomorrow, Looper, Tennent.
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