Narrative Feature Films: 2004

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  5. [79] Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004, Quentin Tarantino)
  6. [77] The Incredibles (2004, Brad Bird)
  7. [75] House of Flying Daggers (2004, Zhang Yimou)
  8. [74] Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004, Michel Gondry)
  9. [74] Layer Cake (2004, Matthew Vaughn)
  10. [73] The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004, Wes Anderson)
  11. [72] Bad Education (2004, Pedro Almodóvar)
  12. [72] Kinsey (2004, Bill Condon)
  13. [71] Primer (2004, Shane Carruth)
  14. [71] Sideways (2004, Alexander Payne)
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  16. [71] The Village (2004, M. Night Shyamalan) ~ The 'Twist'! What about the 'Twist'? For gods sake, what can you tell me about the 'Twist'? You know what I say? Who cares about the 'Twist'? I'm sick and tired of every wannabe filmmaker (aka film critic) lambasting M. Night Shyamalan for livening up a story by convincing the film audience that things are one way and then turning their perceptions upside down and showing them a different way of looking at things. At least's he's freaking trying people! Of all his films I would say that The Village is the _least_ about any possible twist. If anything the movie is a love story. Plain and simple as that. It has a radiant lead actress in love with a soft-spoken boy. It makes those audience members who care to watch (and not squirm in the seats like juveniles) question the nature of fear and what some might do for love in spite of fear. Not only what two young people might do for love, in spite of fear, but what other older, and supposedly wiser people might do when faced with fear and convincing themselves it's love. I've read so many reviews lately which basically say that The Sixth Sense was Shyamalan's best film and it's been downhill ever since. Apparently the mistake he made was by putting a very shocking twist in his first mainstream film and everyone has lost the ability to yank their heads out of their butts and see each individual film for what it is and _stop_ comparing them to everything which has come before. I would say that The Village is a modern-day suspense classic. Not only is it not Shyamalan's worst film it is damn close to his best film and I only look forward more to enjoying his creativity in the future not less. This is not high art people. This is pure popcorn entertainment. And I think he is a master at it. I loved the languid pace of this film. I could've watched it for another hour. I was in no hurry to have it end and I haven't suspended my disbelief in a mainstream feature like this in quite some time. That being said, if you think you aren't going to like a film, then don't go see it. But for god's sake stop your whining. Who in their right mind would go see a movie that has a 47% (or less) Tomato Rating and then complain that it wasn't any good? Talk about piling on.
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  18. [70] Collateral (2004, Michael Mann)
  19. [70] Napoleon Dynamite (2004, Jared Hess)
  20. [70] Spartan (2004, David Mamet)
  21. [70] Spider-Man 2 (2004, Sam Raimi)
  22. [69] The Machinist (2004, Brad Anderson)
  23. [69] Ocean's Twelve (2004, Steven Soderbergh)
  24. [69] Shaun of the Dead (2004, Edgar Wright)
  25. [69] Three... Extremes (2004, Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike and Chan-wook Park)
  26. [68] Garden State (2004, Zach Braff)
  27. [68] Million Dollar Baby (2004, Clint Eastwood)
  28. [67] Crónicas (2004, Sebastián Cordero)
  29. [67] I ♥ Huckabees (2004, David O. Russell)
  30. [67] Intimate Strangers (2004, Patrice Leconte)
  31. [66] The Terminal (2004, Steven Spielberg)
  32. [64] Birth (2004, Jonathan Glazer)
  33. [64] Connie and Carla (2004, Michael Lembeck)
  34. [64] Criminal (2004, Gregory Jacobs)
  35. [64] Mean Girls (2004, Mark Waters)
  36. [64] Saint Ralph (2004, Michael McGowan)
  37. [63] Dawn of the Dead (2004, Zack Snyder)
  38. [63] Hellboy (2004, Guillermo del Toro)
  39. [63] Shrek 2 (2004, Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon)
  40. [63] Troy (2004, Wolfgang Petersen)
  41. [62] District B13 (2004, Pierre Morel)
  42. [61] The Bourne Supremacy (2004, Paul Greengrass)
  43. [59] Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy (2004, Adam McKay)
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  45. [59] 50 First Dates (2004, Peter Segal) ~ Even if Adam Sandler ended up making movies for 20 years I never thought I'd classify one of his movies as "good". I've had a few laughs watching some of his stuff but his movies always seemed more like a loose collection of scenes schemed up by Adam and his drinking buddies rather than an actual movie. 50 First Dates changes that. It feels like an actual movie and it is a well made one at that. Perhaps having a screenwriter outside his circle of friends helped. The film is charming on almost all levels and I don't think I've ever laughed myself to tears and nearly cried for real in such a short span of time. I got caught up in the story and the characters and the pathos and although I know I was manipulated big time I didn't mind one whit. What can I say, I enjoyed the experience.
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  47. [59] Meet the Fockers (2004, Jay Roach)
  48. [59] National Treasure (2004, Jon Turteltaub)
  49. [59] Starsky & Hutch (2004, Todd Phillips)
  50. [57] Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004, Rawson Marshall Thurber)
  51. [57] Saw (2004, James Wan)
  52. [56] The Butterfly Effect (2004, Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber)
  53. [55] EuroTrip (2004, Jeff Schaffer)
  54. [55] Mindhunters (2004, Renny Harlin)
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  56. [54] The Chronicles of Riddick (2004, David Twohy) ~ I was pretty disappointed with The Chronicles of Riddick compared to his first outing in Pitch Black. To be fair, Pitch Black benefited from the fact that I had no expectation whatsoever regarding its quality. So I was pleasantly suprised when it turned out so well. Given its meager budget and little to no fanfare it turned out to be a real Guilty Pleasure for me. Since Pitch Black was such a suprise I was thinking (or was it hoping?) that David Twohy would do so much more with the character given a little more leash and larger budget. Unfortunately I think he was given a little too much leash and basically wrote the script to match the budget. There was a lot of majestic overkill in this film which I think can be partially blamed on the Production Designer, Holger Gross. Although in the end Twohy had to approve Gross' designs and must have been OK with them so I'll lay the blame at his feet as director and screenwriter. I think there were a lot of small things to like in the film especially in the areas of Fight Choreography, Stunts and Visual Effects. But Twohy really should leave the epic science fiction to the masters and concentrate on the grittier side of the universe that Riddick enhabits.
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  58. [53] AVP: Alien Vs. Predator (2004, Paul W.S. Anderson)
  59. [52] The Stepford Wives (2004, Frank Oz)
  60. [51] Along Came Polly (2004, John Hamburg)
  61. [51] The Day After Tomorrow (2004, Roland Emmerich)
  62. [51] Taking Lives (2004, D.J. Caruso)
  63. [49] Van Helsing (2004, Stephen Sommers)
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You knew I'd have to drop in and tell you how happy I am to see you post a new review. :-) I had no intention of seeing 50 First Dates, but now you've gone and changed that for me. Thanks!

So did you end up watching it? And if so did you like it?

You Got Served is the worst movie of the year. The director is absolutely horrible, and there is no story, and bad acting. Do NOT see it. It's MST3K fodder if I've ever seen it.

Thank you for saying what I had been trying to get out about The Village. Everyone waits for the twist and goes home. I debate people that think it sucks because it's not scary or there's no twist. Who said it had to be scary or have a twist, they could have just marketed it like that like the way they do every other film. When it comes to M. Night people have the Sixth Sense set in their minds, like you said, and can't see past it. Anyway, good write up.

Thanks for the kind words! :-)

Garden State is Great, hope you like it. Also i got the DVD from import (i'm in Uk) and theres some great extras worth a look on the dvd also. I Recommend the deleted scenes and the Braff / Portman Commentary - Happy Viewing!

Just got it from Netflix a few days ago! :-)