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 Posted:   Oct 20, 2013 - 8:11 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Two great movies this year, a handful of very good ones, and a decent bunch of solid ones. Not a great year, but not a bad one. Considering American cinema alone, though, it would seem pretty weak. Top 10:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)
Head-On (Fatih Akin)
Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
3-Iron (Kim Ki-duk)
Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Koreeda)
Mountain Patrol (Lu Chuan)
Hotel Rwanda (Terry George)
A Very Long Engagement (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow)
The Incredibles (Brad Bird)

Runners-up: Howl's Moving Castle, The Motorcycle Diaries, Mysterious Skin

Special mention: Paranoia Agent, which is excellent but maybe too long a series to pass as a movie or miniseries.

Also good (in rough order of preference): Vera Drake, The Sea Inside, Dogville, Shaun of the Dead, Innocent Voices, Dear Frankie, Millions, The Chorus, Pusher 2, The Woodsman, Undertow, Electric Shadows, Duck Season, Sideways, Friday Night Lights, Primer, Le Grand Voyage, Lila Says, Kamikaze Girls, The Machinist, Spider-Man 2, Million Dollar Baby, Hellboy, Mean Girls, Garden State, I Heart Huckabees, Finding Neverland, Stage Beauty, Dead Man's Shoes, Taegukgi, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Aviator, 2046, Spartan, Napoleon Dynamite, The Life Aquatic, Innocence

So what are your favorites of the year? What have I missed? What should I check out?

Previous years:
1983 & 1984:

 Posted:   Oct 20, 2013 - 8:24 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Great year... smile

1.) Kill Bill Volume Two: A
2.) Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind: A
3.) Collateral: A
4.) House Of Flying Daggers: A
5.) A Very Long Engagement: A
6.) The Incredibles: A
7.) Shrek 2: A
8.) Hero: A-
9.) Spider-Man 2: A-
10.) The Passion Of The Christ: A-

Ten more great ones...

11.) Dawn Of The Dead: A-
12.) Shaun Of The Dead: A-
13.) The Sea Inside: A-
14.) Hotel Rwanda: A-
15.) The Assassination Of Richard Nixon: A-
16.) Friday Night Lights: A-
17.) Maria Full Of Grace: A-
18.) Sideways: A-
19.) The Manchurian Candidate: A-
20.) Team America: World Police: A-

And the worst...

72.) The Chronicles Of Riddick: C-
73.) Night Watch: C-
74.) Beyond The Sea: D+
75.) National Treasure: D+
76.) The Punisher: D
77.) Man On Fire: D
78.) Darkness: D
79.) Exorcist: The Beginning: D-
80.) Seed Of Chucky: F
81.) Van Helsing: F

 Posted:   Oct 20, 2013 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

This list is particularly under construction, as there are still many intriguing films from this year I still need to see.

1. The Passion of the Christ (Gibson)

2. Spider-Man 2 (Raimi)

3. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (W. Anderson)

4. The Village (Shyamalan)

5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Cuaron)

6. The Phantom of the Opera (Schumacher)

7. The Machinist (B. Anderson)

8. Sideways (Payne)

9. Maria Full of Grace (Marston)

10. Two Brothers (Annaud)

10. The World (Jia Zhangke)

also good: Ushpizin, Spanglish, A Very Long Engagement, Hawaii Oslo, Bobby Jones - Stroke of Genius, Beyond the Sea, The Terminal, The Ladykillers, The Aviator, Crash, Melinda and Melinda, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Collateral, National Treasure, Ocean's Twelve, Miracle, Garden State, Vanity Fair, Lemony Snicket's..., Finding Neverland.

still need to see: Ray, Hotel Rwanda, Nobody Knows, Millions, Wicker Park, Primer, 2046, Before Sunset, The Garden of Earthly Delights, Triple Agent, The Chorus.

 Posted:   Oct 20, 2013 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

What have I missed? What should I check out?

The World

Maria Full of Grace

Two Brothers

Hawaii, Oslo


 Posted:   Oct 20, 2013 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Thanks. Added Maria Full of Grace and Hawaii, Oslo to my Netflix queue. For some reason I always forget Two Brothers exists because of Duma. Weird. I've been meaning to check out more of Jia's work -- I saw Platform, which I found rewarding but slow to sit through, so I've been waiting for a lower-stress work/school situation before tackling more of his ouvre (It's amazing how many bad movies I've watched largely because I don't have the energy at the end of the day to engage with a good one!). Maybe his later, state-approved pictures are more accessible? Ushpizin I'll throw on the "someday" list!

House Of Flying Daggers

I find this enjoyable enough but honestly -- sometimes I'm sorry Crouching Tiger was made. Zhang had made a string of great movies, and then after Ang Lee's success, suddenly switched gears and started making a bunch of pretty but, to me, forgettable martial arts epics instead. Maybe he would have done that anyway. I don't know. But that's the association that's in my head.

 Posted:   Oct 20, 2013 - 11:50 AM   
 By:   Freejack   (Member)

1# - SHAUN OF THE DEAD - 10/10

2# - JERSEY GIRL - 10/10

3# - COLLATERAL - 8/10

4# - SECRET WINDOW - 8/10

5# - 13 GOING 30 - 7/10

6# - I' ROBOT - 7/10

7# - KILL BILL Vol 2 - 6/10

8# - MINDHUNTERS - 6/10


10# - NEW POLICE STORY - 6/10

 Posted:   Oct 20, 2013 - 8:42 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Dodgeball: a True Underdog Story
The Incredibles
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Mean Girls
Spider-Man 2
Team America: World Police
The Terminal

 Posted:   Oct 21, 2013 - 6:40 AM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

My 5 favourite films of 2004, not including the obvious out-of-competition status for
Miyazaki's HAURU NO UGOKU SHIRO are :


 Posted:   Oct 21, 2013 - 6:43 AM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

What have I missed? What should I check out?

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I can't believe I forgot Hirschbiegel's excellent Downfall this year!

Anyway, I've been very busy but 2005 is coming soon!

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 3:38 PM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

already did 2003? need to browse this site more

Eternal Sunshine
Passion of the Christ
Layer Cake
Maria Full of Grace
Harry Potter 3
Howl's Moving Castle
The Punisher
Melinda and Melinda

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 4:36 PM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Collateral is good.

Sideways left me totally cold. The way people went on about Sideways still mystifies me. At best it is an "okay" movie.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 6:25 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

I'm not embarrassed to say I really like Alien vs Predator.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 7:09 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I'm not embarrassed to say I really like Alien vs Predator.

I really really wanted to like it. All these years later, the thing that I most remember bugging me is how wrong they got the Predators. In the Predator movies, Kevin Peter Hall moved really gracefully, and then in this thing they strutted about like pro wrestlers. I know it's unreasonable to expect all members of a species to act the same, but for some reason it's that discontinuity, that minor lack of attention to detail, that's stuck with me.

I think I liked that movie better than Prometheus, though. big grin

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