Films seen: in 2004

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  1. The Enforcer (1951, Bretaigne Windust) 1/01/04
  2. La Rupture (1970, Claude Chabrol) 1/02/04
  3. I Lived, But... (1983, Kazuo Inoue) 1/03/04
  4. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968, Sergio Leone) 1/05/04
  5. Chaos (2001, Coline Serreau) 1/07/04
  6. The Quiet American (2002, Phillip Noyce) 1/10/04
  7. Equinox Flower (1958, Yasujiro Ozu) 1/11/04
  8. If You Were Young: Rage (1970, Kinji Fukasaku) 1/15/04
  9. Monster (2003, Patty Jenkins) 1/17/04 [*]
  10. Save the Green Planet (2003, Jang Jun-Hwan) 1/17/04
  11. The Man Without a Past (2002, Aki Kaurismaki) 1/17/04
  12. Road House (1948, Jean Negulesco) 1/18/04 [*]
  13. The Man I Love (1946, Raoul Walsh) 1/18/04 [*]
  14. Pirates of the Caribbean (2003, Gore Verbinski) 1/18/04
  15. Tomorrow is Another Day (1951, Felix Feist) 1/19/04 [*]
  16. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946, Tay Garnett) 1/19/04 [*]
  17. Underworld USA (1961, Samuel Fuller) 1/19/04
  18. Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992, Nick Broomfield) 1/21/04
  19. Underworld (2003, Len Wiseman) 1/23/04
  20. Spellbound (2002, Jeffrey Blitz) 1/25/04
  21. Witness to Murder (1954, Roy Rowland) 1/25/04 [*]
  22. Sudden Fear (1952, David Miller) 1/25/04 [*]
  23. Adaptation (2002, Spike Jonze) 1/25/04
  24. Absence of Malice (1981, Sydney Pollack) 1/26/04
  25. Raw Deal (1948, Anthony Mann) 1/27/04
  26. The Big Combo (1955, Joseph Lewis) 1/29/04
  27. Underworld Beauty (1958, Seijun Suzuki) 1/31/04
  28. Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock) 1/31/04
  29. Return to Oz (1985, Walter Murch) 2/01/04
  30. The Foul King (2000, Kim Jee-Woon) 2/02/04
  31. Capturing the Friedmans (2003, Andrew Jarecki) 2/03/04
  32. 9 Souls (2003, Toshiaki Toyoda) 2/06/04 [*]
  33. Gozu (2003, Takashi Miike) 2/07/04 [*]
  34. Outpatient (2002, Alec Carlin) 2/08/04 [*]
  35. Undermind (2003, Nevil Dwek) 2/09/04 [*]
  36. Lost in Translation (2003, Sofia Coppola) 2/10/04
  37. American Splendor (2003, Shari Springer Berman/Robert Pulcini) 2/11/04
  38. The Fog of War (2003, Errol Morris) 2/14/04 [*]
  39. Seabiscuit (2003, Gary Ross) 2/15/04
  40. Gerry (2003, Gus Van Sant) 2/18/04
  41. Swimming Pool (2003, Francois Ozon) 2/20/04
  42. The Pianist (2003, Roman Polanski) 2/21/04
  43. Into the Mirror (2003, Seong-Ho Kim) 2/22/04
  44. Intolerable Cruelty (2003, Joel Coen) 2/22/04
  45. Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator (2003, Helen Stickler) 2/25/04
  46. In the Cut (2003, Jane Campion) 2/27/04
  47. Le Corbeau (1943, Henri-George Clouzot) 2/28/04
  48. Sweet Sixteen (2002, Ken Loach) 2/29/04
  49. Jealousy is My Middle Name (2003, Park Chan-ok) 2/29/04
  50. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003, Kim Ji-Woon) 3/13/04
  51. Caddyshack (1980, Harold Ramis) 3/13/04
  52. Starsky and Hutch (2004, Todd Phillips) 3/14/04 [*]
  53. American Dream (1990, Barbara Kopple) 3/16/04
  54. Searching for Debra Winger (2002, Rosanna Arquette) 3/16/04
  55. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004, Michel Gondry) 3/19/04 [*]
  56. The Ghosts of Edendale (2003, Stefan Avalos) 3/21/04 [*]
  57. PTU (2003, Johnnie To) 3/22/04
  58. Battlefield Baseball (2003, Yudai Yamaguchi) 3/24/04 [*]
  59. War Photographer (2001, Christian Frei) 3/25/04
  60. Something to Scream About (2003, Jason Paul Collum) 3/27/04
  61. Whale Rider (2003, Niki Caro) 3/27/04
  62. The Sea (2002, Balthasar Kormakur) 3/27/04
  63. The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002, Nanette Burstein/Brett Morgen) 3/29/04
  64. Hellboy (2004, Guillermo del Toro) 4/02/04 [*]
  65. Shattered Glass (2003, Billy Ray) 4/03/04
  66. Dirty Pretty Things (2003, Stephen Frears) 4/03/04
  67. Phone Booth (2002, Joel Schumacher) 4/04/04
  68. Pieces of April (2003, Peter Hedges) 4/10/04
  69. Teenage Kicks: The Story of the Undertones (2003, Various directors) 4/11/04
  70. 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002, Michael Lehmann) 4/11/04
  71. School of Rock (2003, Richard Linklater) 4/14/04
  72. Open Range (2003, Kevin Costner) 4/15/04
  73. Vibrator (2003, Ryuchi Hiroki) 4/16/04 [*]
  74. Plaster Caster (2001, Jessica Villines) 4/16/04
  75. Last Life in the Universe (2004, Pen-ek Ratanaruang) 4/17/04 [*]
  76. Kill Bill Vol.1 (2003, Quentin Tarantino) 4/19/04
  77. Someone Else's Shinjuku-East (2003, Michelle Chu/Yang Li-Chou) 4/20/04 [*]
  78. Kill Bill Vol.2 (2004, Quentin Tarantino) 4/23/04 [*]
  79. The Rundown (2003, Peter Berg) 4/23/04
  80. Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004, Robert Stone) 4/24/04 [*]
  81. Sherman's March (1986, Ross McElwee) 4/24/04
  82. Warriors of Heaven & Earth (2003, He Ping) 4/26/04
  83. Blood Simple (1983, Joel Coen) 4/26/04
  84. A Snake of June (2002, Shinya Tsukamoto) 4/30/04
  85. Birdman of Alcatraz (1962, John Frankenheimer) 5/01/04
  86. Super Size Me (2004, Morgan Spurlock) 5/08/04 [*]
  87. House of Sand & Fog (2003, Vadim Perelman) 5/08/04
  88. Elephant (2003, Gus Van Sant) 5/11/04
  89. Coffee and Cigarettes (2004, Jim Jarmusch) 5/28/04 [*]
  90. Word Wars (2004, Eric Chaikin/Julian Petrillo) 5/29/04 [*]
  91. Bukowski: Born into This (2003, John Dullaghan) 5/31/04 [*]
  92. The First Year (2001, Davis Guggenheim) 6/03/04
  93. Baadassss! (2003, Mario Van Peebles) 6/04/04 [*]
  94. Dopamine (2003, Mark Decena) 6/04/04
  95. The Corporation (2003, Jennifer Abbott/Mark Achbar) 6/05/04 [*]
  96. Something the Lord Made (2004, Joseph Sargent) 6/05/04
  97. Zappa (1983, Bille August) 6/10/04
  98. Crime Wave (1954, Andre de Toth) 6/19/04 [*]
  99. Hollow Triumph (1948, Steve Sekely) 6/19/04 [*]
  100. The Apartment (1960, Billy Wilder) 6/24/04
  101. Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965, Kenji Misumi) 6/25/04
  102. The Five Obstructions (2003, Jorgen Leth/Lars Von Trier) 6/26/04 [*]
  103. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (2003, Kenneth Bowser) 6/30/04
  104. Voyage in Italy (1953, Roberto Rosselini) 7/01/04 [*]
  105. Before Sunset (2004, Richard Linklater) 7/02/04 [*]
  106. Twist and Shout (1984, Bille August) 7/03/04
  107. The Molly Maguires (1970, Martin Ritt) 7/05/04
  108. Onibaba (1964, Kaneto Shindo) 7/05/04
  109. Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966, Tokuzo Tanaka) 7/10/04
  110. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004, Joe Berlinger/Bruce Sinofsky) 7/11/04 [*]
  111. Bad Santa (2003, Terry Zwigoff) 7/11/04
  112. Darling (1965, John Schlesinger) 7/12/04
  113. The Shape of Things (2003, Neil La Bute) 7/12/04
  114. Spartan (2004, David Mamet) 7/21/04
  115. The Boys of 2nd St. Park (2003, Ron Berger/Dan Klores) 7/22/04
  116. Spider-Man 2 (2004, Sam Raimi) 7/23/04 [*]
  117. City of God (2003, Katia Lund/Fernando Meirelles) 7/23/04
  118. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004, Michael Moore) 7/24/04 [*]
  119. 2LDK (2002, Yukihiko Tsutsumi) 7/25/04
  120. The Manchurian Candidate (1962, John Frankenheimer) 7/30/04
  121. Zatoichi (2003, Takeshi Kitano) 7/31/04 [*]
  122. Box 507 (2002, Enrique Urbizu) 8/03/04
  123. The Manchurian Candidate (2004, Jonathan Demme) 8/06/04 [*]
  124. Masques (1987, Claude Chabrol) 8/07/04
  125. La Terra Trema (1948, Luchino Visconti) 8/08/04 [*]
  126. Bus 174 (2002, Felipe Lacerda/Jose Padilha) 8/09/04
  127. Bloody Territories (1969, Yasaharu Hasebe) 8/11/04
  128. Ossessione (1943, Luchino Visconti) 8/13/04 [*]
  129. Garden State (2004, Zach Braff) 8/14/04 [*]
  130. Men Suddenly in Black (2003, Edmond Pang) 8/15/04 [*]
  131. Accident (1967, Joseph Losey) 8/17/04
  132. Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004, Robert Greenwald) 8/18/04
  133. This Man Must Die (1969, Claude Chabrol) 8/19/04
  134. We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004, John Curran) 8/20/04 [*]
  135. Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003, George Hickenlooper) 8/21/04
  136. End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (2003, Jim Fields/Michael Gramaglia) 8/29/04 [*]
  137. Sabu (2002, Takashi Miike) 8/30/04
  138. The Target Shoots First (2000, Christopher Wilcha) 9/01/04
  139. The Snake Pit (1948, Anatole Litvak) 9/02/04
  140. Naked Childhood (1969, Maurice Pialat) 9/03/04 [*]
  141. Zatoichi's Cane Sword (1967, Kimiyoshi Yasuda) 9/04/04
  142. A Nos Amours (1983, Maurice Pialat) 9/09/04 [*]
  143. Graduate First (1979, Maurice Pialat) 9/11/04 [*]
  144. The Brown Bunny (2003, Vincent Gallo) 9/12/04 [*]
  145. Dogville (2003, Lars Von Trier) 9/12/04
  146. My Life With Morrissey (2003, Andrew Overtoom) 9/15/04
  147. Loulou (1980, Maurice Pialat) 9/16/04 [*]
  148. Bokunchi (2002, Junji Sakamoto) 9/17/04 [*]
  149. Women in the Mirror (2002, Kiju Yoshida) 9/19/04 [*]
  150. Shaun of the Dead (2004, Edgar Wright) 9/24/04 [*]
  151. The Life & Times of Count Luchino Visconti (2002, Adam Low) 9/25/04 [*]
  152. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004, Alfonso Cuaron) 10/09/04
  153. The Leopard (1963, Luchino Visconti) 10/15/04
  154. The Interview (1998, Craig Monahan) 10/16/04
  155. Team America: World Police (2004, Trey Parker) 10/17/04 [*]
  156. Smiles of a Summer Night (1955, Ingmar Bergman) 10/25/04
  157. Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (1973, Richard Blackburn) 10/28/04
  158. Black Christmas (1974, Bob Clark) 10/29/04
  159. Suspiria (1977, Dario Argento) 10/30/04
  160. Inferno (1980, Dario Argento) 10/30/04
  161. Bay of Blood (1971, Mario Bava) 10/31/04
  162. The Night Stalker (1972, John Llewellyn Moxey)11/05/04
  163. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004, Walter Salles) 11/06/04 [*]
  164. Phantasm (1979, Don Coscarelli) 11/06/04
  165. The Night Strangler (1973, Dan Curtis) 11/07/04
  166. The Sentinel (1977, Michael Winner) 11/08/04 (C)
  167. Eyes Without a Face (1960, Georges Franju) 11/13/04 (B+)
  168. H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer (2004, John Borowski) 11/14/04 (B-)
  169. The Man from Laramie (1955, Anthony Mann) 11/15/04 (B)
  170. Faces (1968, John Cassavetes) 11/16/04 (B+)
  171. The Incredibles (2004, Brad Bird) 11/19/04 [*] (B+)
  172. Kinsey (2004, Bill Condon) 11/20/04 [*] (B)
  173. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943, William Wellman) 11/22/04 (A-)
  174. Sideways (2004, Alexander Payne) 11/25/04 [*] (B+)
  175. Dig! (2004, Ondi Timoner) 11/25/04 (B)
  176. A Man Escaped (1956, Robert Bresson) 11/26/04 (A-)
  177. Together (2000, Lukas Moodyson) 11/26/04 (B-)
  178. Shinjuku Triad Society (1995, Takashi Miike) 11/28/04 (B-)
  179. The Set-Up (1949, Robert Wise) 11/28/04 (A-)
  180. Fat Girl (2001, Catherine Breillat) 11/29/04 (C)
  181. Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004, Xan Cassavetes) 11/30/04 [*}(B+)
  182. The Bricklayers (1976, Jorge Fons) 12/03/04 [*] (B-)
  183. Rainy Dog (1997, Takashi Miike) 12/04/04 (B+)
  184. Funny Games (1997, Michael Haneke) 12/04/04 (B-)
  185. Inheritance (2003, Per Fly) 12/05/04 [*} (B+)
  186. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971, Robert Altman) 12/05/04 (B+)
  187. Oldboy (2003, Park Chan-wook) 12/06/04 (A-)
  188. I Want to Live! (1958, Robert Wise) 12/07/04 (B)
  189. Closer (2004, Mike Nichols) 12/11/04 [*] (B+)
  190. Wild at Heart (1990, David Lynch) 12/11/04 (A-)
  191. Kill, Baby...Kill! (1966, Mario Bava) 12/12/04 (B-)
  192. The Yakuza Papers, Vol.1: Battles Without Honor & Humanity (1973, Kinji Fukasaku) 12/12/04 (B+)
  193. The Bird People in China (1998, Takashi Miike) 12/13/04 (B+)
  194. My Life Without Me (2003, Isabel Coixet) 12/13/04 (B-)
  195. Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972, Shunya Ito) 12/14/04 (B+)
  196. House of Flying Daggers (2004, Zhang Yimou) 12/17/04 [*] (B)
  197. The Yakuza Papers, Vol.2: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima (1973, Kinji Fukasaku) 12/17/04 (B)
  198. The Aviator (2004, Martin Scorsese) 12/18/04 [*](A-)
  199. Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974, Brian Clemens) 12/20/04 (B-)
  200. Meet the Fockers (2004, Jay Roach) 12/25/04 [*] (C)
  201. Woman of the Year (1942, George Stevens) 12/28/04 (B)
Author Comments: 

Ongoing. All films seen in a theatre are denoted by [*]. All other films seen on DVD, VHS or TV.
Letter grades to be added...eventually.

I wanted to see "Coffee and Cigarettes" and the Bukoski movie, but they left right away... Were they any good?

Both were good and worth seeing, especially the Bukowski doc. It's one of the best films I've seen this year. I think Coffee and Cigs is out on DVD soon.

Any plans to add letter grades to this list?

Yes, at least for the ones that I've been grading on Movieretard. I'll probably try to put grades for the others too, but I barely remember seeing some of the ones from January.

Thanks For telling Me.

WOW! Just watched Outfoxed. I don't even care how 'good' this movie was, I just know it was far more entertaining and intruiging the Fahrenheit 9/11. That segment with Bill O'Reilly and Jeremy Glick was FANTASTIC.

How was Lemora? The synopsis makes it sound liked a wicked Southern Gothic tale. I have plans to watch it over the Halloween weekend.

It was pretty much like Kza said it would be. Good at creating atmosphere, but not all that scary. Part of the problem was the acting. The dialogue delivery was pretty horrible (especially by the actress playing Lemora). The girl was actually the only one who was any good acting-wise. But I guess that's what you get in B-movies. Some of the make-up effects are laughable too. But there's enough of interest to make it worth a look if you have a soft spot for low-budget horror.

Was this your first time seeing Suspiria? If so, what did you think of it?

My second time. The first being a long time ago. It's one of the few movies that I think I like purely for its visual excellence. It's just so amazing to look at that I guess I'm willing to overlook the weakness of the narrative. And there are parts that really creep me out too.

Whatever happened to Jessica Harper? She was an excellent actress and quite cute to boot....Wait, she was in Minority Report. I had no idea or I forgot.

Did you like The Brown Bunny? I can't decide whether to see it or not.

It all depends on your tastes. I liked it and would recommend it, but if you don't like Gallo I'd probably say skip it. I think he treads a fine line between thought-provoking and self-indulgent.

How was Kinsey? It opens here on Wednesday, but frankly I think that I'd rather see the Oliver Stone epic.

Go see Kinsey. Far better than I expected, and the best studio biopic in forever.

Okay, you and David Edelstein have convinced me. The sucker in me still wants to see Alexander, though.

Man I wouldn't see the Stone flick unless somebody paid my way. It looks pretty bad. Kinsey gets a B from me. It hung on the cusp between good and great. The first half of the movie is really strong and then it kind of comes apart a bit.

One thing that bothered me, but maybe I'm too big of a cynic, is that Neeson's performance seemed sort of Oscar-baiting. At times I thought he was right on and just brilliant and others I started thinking he was doing that extra emoting for Oscar consideration. Ah, what do I know?

I think that Kinsey was probably designed as Oscar bait, like most late fall/early winter movie dramas.

And, yes, Alexander does look bad. But so did Any Given Sunday, and I truly enjoyed that one, as crazy and over-the-top as it was.

I actually think that Kinsey is a very different beast than most Oscar-baiters. Something like Finding Neverland is a clearly begging for Oscars, but Kinsey doesn't seem to be as focused on that.

Thruth be told, it is, at times, a very upsetting film. It pulls absolutely no punches with the sexuality of the film, and many of its heroes participate in questionable ways.

I think that to deem it Oscar-baiting is definitely selling it short. It may be a fall biopic, but it has a lot more on its mind than Oscars.

PS: This is coming from a die-hard Oscar cynic, so I'm not just being naive.

What's your grade for Sideways? And, when is "eventually," anyway? ;-)

I'd give it a B+ and eventually may be a long damn time from now if you take into account my penchant for procrastination. But I would like to get it done soon if I can.

Yay! Grades!

Now if I could only update my movie journal.

Why not just continue with the one-to-three sentence blurbs? I'm tempted to go that route myself, at least until the busy season at work is over.

Heh -- just as I'm seriously considering going the Day for Night (and now Steve Carlson) route of small paragraphs and a new entry for each movie, you decide to downsize!

I probably won't downsize. I was just really busy during the Thanksgiving holidays and will be so again come X-mas. I may change the look of my blog, though, but that goes without saying.

Sorry to make you write more about the film, but what did you think of the performances in Sideways?

The further I've gotten away from the film, the more I've begun to think that the performances are far and away the best part of the film.

But then again, the script ain't bad.

The cinematography was pretty good too...

Ah hell, what did you think of the ensemble?

I thought all four of the leads were excellent, although Sandra Oh didn't have as much to work with as the other three. I thought Giamatti, especially, was outstanding. I think he benefited from that fact that his character was written with a lot of depth to it. He didn't have as much to work with playing Pekar in American Splendor, but he still did an amazing job there. In this one, he had more and he made the most of it.

I'd be hard pressed to come up with anything about the movie that I didn't like. Maybe my B+ wasn't generous enough.

Told ya "Scorpion" was cool.

Can't wait to see the sequel now.

Can't wait to read your write-up of The Aviator over at Movie 'tard!

Your wish is my command, my friend. I even wrote more than one paragraph!