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Added by The Mighty Celestial on 7 Nov 2017 11:19
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35 From 4: My Favorite Films From 2004

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People who added this item 209 Average listal rating (119 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.2
You guys remember "Deliverence", that one movie from the 70's starring Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight and Ned Beatty? And do you remember the part of the movie that made it infamous? You know the part that I'm talking about, the one that makes viewers cringe with horror?
Well, if there was any way to make that aspect of the story even more horrific, this movie would be the end result.
Except of course, instead of the northern Georgia wilderness it would be in the isolated Belgian backwoods. But with same variety of nightmarish dread that such a scenario would invoke.

People who added this item 3147 Average listal rating (2129 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
Hellboy (2004)
One of my fave flicks from the mid 80's was a film called Legend, starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sera and most importantly, Tim Curry, as Lord Darkness, one of the coolest (and by this point in time, one the most iconic) appearances of a demon lord ever captured on film.
Flash forward to the mid 2000's, and here is the silver screen adaptation of Hellboy, the comic-book creation of artist extraordinaire Mike Mignola.
Another crimson-skinned, muscled bound demon but with a much more devil-may-care attitude who could easily pass off as the slacker son of the aforementioned Darkness Lord of Legend fame.

What's the best way to follow up a movie based on the good deeds from a spawn from hell? How about at a movie about the "hell" suffered from a Son from Heaven?
A biblical depiction that helps to reveal the ugly truth (a truth that many God fearing movie producers probably already knew, but didn't want to any of their Jesus themed films to look at too closely) about the level of severity and brutality that resulted in the passion of the Christ.

Now I don't think it's a sin admitting this, but I can't tell you how many times while watching this movie that I found myself saying out loud "Ouch!!.... now that has really gotta hurt....!"
To be dreadfully honest here, I was kinda hoping that this story would have gone beyond the crucifixion scene, to the part when Jesus rose up from the grave.
Because if it had, then between this movie, They Came Back, and the two Dead flicks (Shaun and Dawn), I would have been able to proclaim 2004 as the year for zombie cinema.
People who added this item 472 Average listal rating (252 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6

After a soldier returns from his military duty, he learns that three years earlier, a small gang of drug dealers had bullied his younger. Now, if this situation ended here, then it still would've made for a tale about a vet's vicious quest for vengeance that is fueled by the power of brotherly love. But add to the fact that the younger brother suffers from a mental disability, (not to mention that the script of this movie hints that the older soldier sibling also might not be in the best of health upstairs), now you've got a story that you know will end really bad for the bad guys. In short, those dope-pushers have pushed their last dope. For each of them are now running on borrowed time. Each of them are now running in dead man's shoes.

(Y'know, after penning that last sentence, I'm wondering if maybe I should look into perhaps getting a job writing movie poster blurbs or somethin'....)
People who added this item 4334 Average listal rating (3013 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.1
I, Robot (2004)

Will Smith in yet another big-budget, fast-paced, action-packed, science fiction movie. But this time, without the inept script of Independence Day or the goofy weightlessness of Men In Black.
And, of course, instead of a myriad multitude of aliens trying to assimilate into human society, the former artist known as the Fresh Prince finds hisself surrounded by a whole buncha of individually challenged robots whose "soul" purpose is to serve humanity.
That is, unless the classically "Conversed" Will Smith can stop them.
People who added this item 574 Average listal rating (392 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
District 13 (2004)
Six years into the future, gangs have taken over a ghetto just outside of Paris France (I know what you're thinking..."Wait... France has ghettos?!). One gang in particular has stolen a very powerful bomb and have unwittingly activated its countdown sequence.
Now one cop must go undercover and team up with a criminal to get passed the ghetto walls and passed the gangs in order to deactivate the bomb before it goes off and takes the ghetto with it.

After honing his skills behind the camera as a cinematographer, Pierre Moral is still behind the camera, but this time he's sitting in the director's chair. Teaming up with writer and producer Luc Besson (also known for his director skills on such films as Le Femme Nikita and Leon: The Professional). The end result of their collaboration is District B13, a frenzied French film in which parkour is the main driving force of the action scenes.
For those of you who don't know what parkour is, it's the act of moving forward by running, jumping, or climbing over whatever obstacles are in your path. Even if it's something as big as a building, the object is get through it by leaping stairwells, climbing through windows, flipping over walls and fences, etc (you can probably get a better description or definition of parkour if you look it up on wikipedia or just google it.... or better yet, look up a video of it in the ol' youtube).
Now while the act of parkour is utilized as a plot device in this story and helps to give the film a distinctive nature, the truth is, in future films, it might be good it was used sparingly.
After watching District B13, it's easy to see that this is a style of action that easily become tired pretty quickly (and not just as a plot device, but even more-so for the actors).
People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.9
The dead have come back to life. But this time, they're not out for blood, brains or body parts. They just want to live amongst the living.
Thus begins the process of re-integration and healing.
But if anyone thinks that people can just go on to the other side, and then just come right back, they're wrong. Dead wrong.
Oh, okay, maybe that makes this movie sound a bit more cryptic than it really is, but still,
the message of "you just can't go home again" still applies.

People who added this item 160 Average listal rating (121 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8

Most sports teams are known to have hardcore fans. But the truth is, football (soccer to those who live in the United States) is a sport whose fans take the concept of hardcore to the level of the extreme. Known as hooligans, to them, you're not a hardcore fan unless you're willing to spend the weekend bashing in the faces of fans of the opposing team.
The Football Factory is a tale that shows that being a part of a firm (the term used to describe gangs of hooligans) is not just an obsession with the home team, but even more so, it is a way of life.
A lifestyle in which, from an outside point of view, may seem chaotic and pointlessly violent, but to those within a firm, it is a way for the disenfranchised man's man to let off some team and feel a sense of direction, a sense of purpose. And provides the kind of kick that addicts yearn for. Except, instead of a needle or a bong, the fix comes from using one's fists.
People who added this item 1338 Average listal rating (931 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7

In the 90's, after breaking out with his own brand of comedic prop karate, Jackie Chan made the martial arts comedy a farce force to be reckoned with in the industry of known as Chop Socky.
In the following decade, the door was kicked wide open for other wunderkind warriors from Eastern cinema, like Stephen Chow, star and director of Shaolin Soccer and this movie. Taking the absurdity of both the humor and the high kicks and cranking 'em up a notch, movies like this one prove that when it comes taking big screen Kung Fu to the next level, ya gotta be willing to do the Hustle.

People who added this item 492 Average listal rating (273 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
Katsuhiro ลŒtomo's follow-up to his landmark feature, Akira.
Some of the tightest integration between CGI and 2-D animation on film.
The detail in this movie is just about about perfect, and it's English language version was treated exceptionally well, so that the dialogue flows much more smoothly than the translations that are found in most other anime films.
Multiple viewings are required to just capture and appreciate all the beautifully intricate designs.
Plus, one of my favorite things about Steamboy, is the way that, even though the human figures are still drawn in the typical manga style, there's still a strong more western "realism" to the caricature element to their design, that it adds a lot more weight to their forms. The end result is that it allows them to integrate into the multi-dimensional visuals so that their simplicity is not so overwhelmed by the deeply designed backgrounds.

People who added this item 2733 Average listal rating (1828 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
As anyone of color knows, the scariest and most dangerous thing to a black man is an emotionless white man with alot of money and who expects someone else to drive him around.
And as Jamie Foxx finds out in this movie, they don't come any whiter, any more emotionless, any richer than Tom Cruise. That is, in Hollywood, at least.
Seriously tho, both Foxx and Cruise step out of their thespian comfort zone to play characters outside their usual roles.
A cab driver with dreams of someday starting up his own business picks up a fare who just so happens to have started his own successful business.... as a high stakes hitman. And even tho he is a deadly assassin who never misses, on the upside, he does tend to tip really really well.

People who added this item 2037 Average listal rating (1350 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
While I respect George Romero's horror/comedy zombie flix and I understand that there's an audience out there for it, the truth is, I myself have little patience for this specific brand of subgenre.
Therefore, when Zack Snyder came along and redid Dawn with a budget more substantial than what Mssr. Romero is used to, and with a more solid story-line, along with the shlock gage turned down a couple of notches, I found myself actually enjoying watching a film about a subject that beforehand, I had no interest in: a mallful of zombies searching for something to munch on beyond the barriers of the lower level food court.

People who added this item 1807 Average listal rating (1082 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
Monster (2004)
I remember once hearing a popular movie-reviewer starting his critique of this film as "Monster is based on a true story of a woman gone sociopath."
And when I heard that sentence, I realized that, the truth is, from whatever knowledge I've been able to gather in my experiences in the dating world, most horror flicks based of pycho-bitches can be said to be based on a true story.
When I recall the way some of my break-ups with previous girlfriends went, hell, I could say that the Exorcist was based on a true story.
So, as engaging as was the semi-autobiographical story tale of two murderous lesbians on the warpath, the truth is, it's probably too far from what most single people who are putting themselves "out there" have experienced.
Am I right guys?

People who added this item 332 Average listal rating (210 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9
Millions (2005)
Whenever I think of the name "Damien",, especially when its applied to a little boy, I always think of The Omen, a 1976 horror film in which Satan manifests himself as the "bastard" child of a well-to-do family.
In this movie, the story also centers around a small boy named Damien. Except, instead of a little devil, this one is a more of a little angel, although it's a character trait that results from his humble Catholic upbringing rather than any kind of divine heritage.
In it, the good Damien "finds a bag of a million + dollars, and tries to spread his good fortune for the benefit of others. But his time is limited since the British currency is about to transfer into the euro, thus making the bagful of pounds useless.
A nice family flick that twists and turns it's usually predictable premise into an unpredictable fable that'll keep both adults and kids "richly" entertained.

People who added this item 1965 Average listal rating (1209 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.5
Fahrenheit 9/11 is a film that is about as politically polarizing as it gets. But the truth is, I am a person who hates self-limiting and mind-narrowing labels such as "conservative" and "liberal". Therefore, I often refrain from letting too many people know that I watched this or any of Michael Moore's films (only those few people who really know me and are aware that I dislike participating in bullsh#t-slinging debates). Because, political partisanships aside, this is a good watch just for the sake of watching a good documentary unfold, done by an excellent film-maker. Even if I disagree with some of his points or his accuracy, the blend of humor with insights into the hubris of political, corporate and media
relations makes for an entertaining watch on discussions which, normally, my head would either shake at or just turn completely away from.

People who added this item 3845 Average listal rating (2716 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
The zom-com finally crystalizes itself with this entry, a film that features a shlockful of ghouls and gags, but without the over-the-top camp that infested the genre for such a long time.
I knew that this was gonna be my kind of zombie movie when in one early scene, the main character, Shaun (duh!), in the midst of the zombie apocalypse, stated that he liked the album Second Coming, the much under-appreciated second effort by the Manchester shoegazing band, the Stone Roses.
After that part, I knew that this was a zombie flick that I could relate to. So, from there on, i just let my fat, hairy pimp-ass sink back into my easy-chair, relaxed, and enjoyed all the thrills, chills and gags that followed.

People who added this item 3212 Average listal rating (2104 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2
I grew up watching animated films during the late 70's and through out the 80's. And back then, the medium's horizon seemed vast and open and full of endless possibilities. By the new millenium, with the symbiotic monopoly of the genre by Disney and Pixar, that potential had pretty much dissipated.
The only chance we now have of seeing outside the norm of Pixney is through the rare outside efforts of non-American countries and particularly through Japan's anime industry.
Expanding on the quality of their style (although, I still feel at times that their mode of artwork can get a little stifled), anime animators can reach new heights when they cover epics like Diana Wynn Jones Howl's Moving Castle.
Twisty-turny plotlines with really big organic visuals help tp provide a healthy alternative to computer-generated hoopla that's takes up the majority pf space in theaters today.

People who added this item 1850 Average listal rating (1151 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Super Size Me (2004)
For a major part of my life, I have eaten at many different restaurants that belonged to the various giant fast food franchises of our society. And one of the things I noticed as time went on, from my childhood years and throughout my time as adult, is how big the food kept getting. There was a point when the cups for the soft drinks looked more like barrels than they did as cups. And I would think to myself "Geez, if these portions of good are this big now, how big are they gonna be twenty years from now? I mean, where's the limit?" One of those people was a guy named Morgan Spurlock. He didn't just ask the question, though. He decided to see if he could find an answer. And after documenting his journey for answers, it turns out the answer is, not only did we reach the limit, we surpassed it.
And not in a good way.

I remember going to see this documentary the same weekend that I saw another 2004 food-themed film feature, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.
Which is kind of fitting when you think about it, since this is a story of one man's expedition to reveal the ugly truth (a truth that we all most likely already suspected, but didn't want to admit to),
Super Size Me probably makes the perfect McCompanion piece to Harold and Kumar's road trip quest for artery clogging convenience food.
People who added this item 2225 Average listal rating (1398 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
What do you do when you've been comfortably numb for so long that you're can barely feel reality?
Go back to the neighborhood where you grew up, bump into your friends from high school, start becoming aware of the slightly weird idiosyncrasies in them and/or in their lives, and have one of those cathartic big talks with your dad.
Oh, and most importantly of all (and this is key), start dating Natalie Portman.
Welcome back to the world of the "living".
Welcome back to the world of the Garden state.

People who added this item 1354 Average listal rating (907 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7.1

Okay, this movie is a movie about one guy named Harold (you probably can't tell by his name, but he's not a white guy) and another guy named Kumar (another non-white guy, but his name is obvious enough to give that away) and they wanna go to White Castle (now the "White" part in that name has nothing to do ethniticity) to partake in some sliders (which you probably figured out since what other reason is there to go to White Castle?). And these two guys who crave sliders are a couple of college stoners (yet another thing you probably figured out since who else craves White Castle sliders other than college stoners?).
Okay, so any of you reading who haven't seen this movie may be wondering, if a person can figure all this stuff out from just the movie title alone, why even bother going to see this flick?
To which the answer is,
what the movie title doesn't tell you is that in this sliders craving, puff-puff-passing road trip, Harold and Kumar get joined by the living legend of Doogie Howser MD.
now you're wondering "WTF?! How the heck did that happen?"
Well, in order to find out, I guess you'll just to watch the movie now,
'ey there, Mr. Smarty-pants...?
People who added this item 881 Average listal rating (581 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Layer Cake (2004)
mmmm..... cake........

During the period of his career when he often considered the king of comedy when it came to films, this is another effort by Jim Carrey to be taken seriously as an actor. An "estranged" romance story set in the not too distant future (as a matter of fact, Eternal Sunshine's future comes off so "not so distant", that it may "actually" be occurring in a parallel present-time reality) about the contradictory choice to forget an unforgettable love, if only the technology which exists would allow the human mind to do so.
An existential sci-fi rom flick that shows that even though it's absence that makes the heart grow fonder, it's absence of memory that makes the heart grow stronger.

People who added this item 3419 Average listal rating (2117 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Aviator (2004)
Howard Hughes may have been born into money, but no one can ever call him stagnant. Taking his millionaire status and raising it even higher, the high risk entrepreneur jumps from one industry to another, eventually stepping into the field of the air as an aviator and as an innovator. Not to mention, stepping into the psychological instability that would eventually claim his sanity near the end of one of the most fascinating lives in modern American history.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the wealthy industrialist and aptly directed by Martin Scorcese, it is a story that, just like the man, comes off gloriously epic and distinctively melancholy at the same time.

Y'know, I've always found it difficult to try to describe movies like this, where the idea is just out-loud laughs centered around a plot that happens in a world that seems to shift between satire hovering not too far off the ground, to cartoonishly sky-high spoof. I usually just find myself saying that a movie of the caliber of Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy is hilariously funny. If there was one thing that I could say that would add any distinction in this entry its that, in this particular case, Burgandy effectively does it's job with very few times of stooping to the level of comedy that colors itself "blue".
That's not to say that the edge of Anchorman isn't there. I mean, a man being killed by the senseless and violent act of being impaled with a trident is not funny.

Unless it's a raucous reporters' rumble that is being led by the Legend that is Ron Burgandy.
Then, just like the rest of this movie, it's frikkin' hilarious.
People who added this item 3242 Average listal rating (2159 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
The ante has been turned up on Jason Bourne as he learns more and more about his shadowy past while trying to maneuver through an international trail of espionage and conspiracies. And the one thing he learns as travels from one exotic location to the next, is that, despite his fragmented memories, with his innate abilities of that of a high level assassin still intact, this is a bumpy road he can move through as though he were born to ride.

In The Bourne Supremacy, the saga continues of the amnesiac assassin who tries to discover who or what he is before he can be "dealt with" by those who created him. The quality in which the manner of suspense, action and story-line are all meshed together here by director Paul Greemgrass, this second chapter of the Bourne franchise is what, in my opinion, makes this one of the best spies series ever on film.
And, yep, when I say that, I'm even including the one franchise that features that one 007 bloke.
People who added this item 261 Average listal rating (141 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.5
Usually, one of the main consequences of love is a bun in the oven followed by getting hitched at the end of a shotgun.
However, even though there is a gun involved, that is not the case here.
Instead, we have the story, or better yet, the unstory of a loner who resides in a plush hotel with not much of a life outside of its walls. Until he meets a beautiful woman who slowly helps him to feel like not being alone anymore
But as the light romance begins to move along, we come to see that there is a reason why this is a guy who tends to keep to himself.
And then that's when the aforementioned consequences begin to reveal themselves, That, and this lonely guy's lonely story.

People who added this item 1231 Average listal rating (766 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
Ray (2004)
In one of those career defining moments that most Hollywood actors spend their whole professional life chasing, In Living Color alumni, Jamie Foxx transforms himself into one of music's biggest legends, Ray Charles.

Now, I could do what I usually do here with most of the entries in my movie lists, but for this one I'll just that Ray, more than most other biopics that I have given a high rating, the reason I like it has more to do with my personal taste in music. Because as far as all time singers go, Charles has always been a personal favorite of mine. His rendition of Leon Russell's A Song For You is one of those songs that would, without question, be on my "desert island" music must have's.
So, to come across a film like this takes the time and effort to portray the life of such a favorite legend of mine, well, that's always gonna earn a spot on my list.

As someone who had no real interest in this series or it's subject matter, it wasn't until this installment that I finally watched a Harry Potter movie. And being that I never read any of the books, I was quite taken aback at the over-all consistency of balance between the fantasy element of the wizarding world and that of the personal struggles of what goes thru a young person's mind trying to deal with things like death, authority and finding one's place in the life. Compelling drama, a story-line that both successfully continues the series and yet also manages to stand on it's own, well-placed chemistry between the characters, medieval sets that visually stun, Dementors that horrify, old tree willows that whomp and even a werewolf that looks pretty damn bad-ass.
I walked into this film an indifferentiated non-fan and ended up coming out a hardcore Pot-head.

People who added this item 3581 Average listal rating (2215 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet solidly anchor this fairy tale-ish depiction behind the process of a fairy tale.
Finding Neverland starts off as a story of a man who's refusal to grow up results in the fantasy based chapters of his stage production and ends with a boy who is forced to grow up by the grim reality of the loss of a loved one.
The end is truly moving and successfully endearing enough to mask the pixie-like liberties taken with any historical fact of this story about the inner creative workings of the man who originally "found" the Lost Boys.
And when I say the "Lost Boys", I'm obviously referring to the ones from Peter Pan.
Not the two Corey's from that one punk vampire movie.

People who added this item 1663 Average listal rating (1045 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.2
Downfall (2005)
For many years after World War II, German cinema avoided any kind of depiction of one the most infamous of dictators, Adolf Hitler.
The controversy that immediately followed after the 2004 film Downfall finally broke that taboo, shows that even 60 years after the "Big One", the scars of the second war to end all wars are still there and still incredibly sensitive.

Centering on the close circle of Hitler's command during the last days of the war, Downfall details the happenings within the Third Reich as it crumbled between various desperate acts of defection and disillusioned battle plans. Although many critics disapproved of this movie's attempt of depicting Hitler in any light that might resemble a human being, the truth is, lead actor Bruno Ganz, along with the psychotically capturing script, does an exceptional job of showing the Nazi leader as a shell of a man. In the end, it reveals the final hours of an unbalanced shallow husk of a human, who's last stand was fueled to the end with only the hatred, cruelty and gibbous paranoia that was his and the Nazi movement's ultimate downfall.
People who added this item 1710 Average listal rating (1013 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.1

The nine year follow-up to the masterfully written Before Sunrise.
A love story that indulges in the idea of the kinds of bonds that can form if two people actually tried to communicate in a manner mired in bared-boned honesty (to which, I must confess, the "come-down-to-reality" part of my male brain wants to smirkly say "yeah....rrriight...") and with an intention of true understanding.
The two characters in Sunset come off just impeccably convincing as two people who truly have gone on from their first meeting, but never let go of the genuineness of that first shared emotionally intimate experience.
Simply great acting, a great script, and a great sequel with a great ending.
People who added this item 7183 Average listal rating (5114 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
Spider-Man 2 (2004)

After the smash success of the very first Spider-Man movie, Marvel's Cinematic Universe begins it's dominating expansion throughout the Universe, with a follow up "fly-catcher" flick in which the Wall-Crawler, no longer a "sophomore", moves up into the next step of his life, both as a man and as a masked crimefighter.
In this one, Peter Parker roughs thru his dilemmas with the same down-to-earth frustrations as in the comic-books, his relationship with Mary Jane convincingly reaches it's next level, and Dr. Octopus is portrayed much better as a villain than he ever was on the printed age.
As a hardcore nerd of this genre, I was pretty satisfied at Marvel's initial effort at trying to do what Burton did with the Batman; introduce the webhead as a serious legitimate property for film.
The most I could've hoped for this sequel was that it be at least half as good as it's predecessor.
Instead, Spidey-2 turned out to become one of my favorite movie adaptations of a comic-book superhero ever (it would've been my favorite super-hero themed of the year if it weren't for the movie that I have listed at #3).
Which I guess I should've anticipated since before I even entered the theater, I noticed that my spider-senses didn't go off, all atingling an' sh*t.

People who added this item 7076 Average listal rating (5137 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8

So far, this is my favorite animated feature of all time.
One of the best voice castings for the lead roles I've seen (or is it heard?) and it has a great story, one that is full of charm, wit and family chemistry. I always thought that Hollywood never seem to be able to put out 100% in any feature dealing with superheroes, but they really did with this one. The effects are incredibly cool, the over-all visuals are stunning and the characters are all drawn with an equally high level of quality and dynamicism (.... is that really a word?). Added with the "Jack Jack Attack" story on the DVD, and I know that it will probably be a long time before the family "I's" get dethroned from #1 on my list of fave computer animation movies.

People who added this item 6417 Average listal rating (4551 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8

Only two words can be used to describe this movie: Bad @ss.
Not only is this Quentin's homage to martial arts flix, but it also includes homage's to anime and those funky, grainy 70's Bruce Lee's wannabe's that made us laugh with their unsynchronized voice-overs, jagged camera movements and b-level musical sound effects. And yet, he was able to combine all this in a manner that was just plain...
... bad-@ss.

Oh, and by the way,
out of sheer curiosity, I just performed the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart technique on myself, just to see if it works. Now, as I post this, I have just completed taking the 5 steps forward, and am now waiting to see if anything will actually happ

Growing up, it always frustrated me whenever the majority of big budget action flicks or martial arts movies of the time often seemed to sacrifice on story to make room for the expansive bangs and the expensive effects. It was generally said, that in these types of movies, you couldn't really have both, particularly, at a consistent high level. And I was one those kids who always asked "Why not?"

And then along came the House Of Flying Daggers. And with it's beautiful story of love and intrigue, combined with lavish costumes, great performances and unique individually themed action sequences (which combined with the vivid colors, gave me the same effect as when reading a really kick-ass comic-book) it seemed to asked the very same question.
So far one of my favorite in the burgeoning genre known as wuxia.

2004 shaped up to be the year of minor disappointments and quiet surprises for me.
There were movies like The Aviator, Super Size Me, Ray, Sideways, Collateral, which are all fine movies, but they're also films that I expected to like more than I did.
On the other hand, there were a quite a number of films that I ended up liking alot more than I anticipated, many which are on this top ten.
When I look over the quality of the quality of films I have listed not just in the top ten and twenty, but also in those in my yet to see list that are regarded as top-notch,
it seems that, over-all, this was another solid year in cinema.

Updated entries:

36. Friday Night Lights

37. Primer

38. The Doll Master

39. 36th Precinct

Films from this year that I have not seen but am interested in seeing

- The Machinist
- Crash
- Hotel Rwanda
- The Terminal

Other Fave Movies Lists By Year:

Other lists by The Mighty Celestial:

My Top 20 Female Movie Bad-Asses www.listal.com/list/my-top-10-female

10 Movies That Feature A Dancin' Travolta In 'Em www.listal.com/list/my-list-9158

My Top 15 Guilty Pleasure Movies www.listal.com/list/guilty-pleasures-thecelestial

Can't We Be Dysfunctional Like A Normal Family? www.listal.com/list/dysfunctional-family-movies

A - Z

My Favorite Movies By Genre:

WAATAAAH!! My Top 10 Favorite Martial Arts Flix!

Science Fiction:
- When Aliens Attack ....Or At Least, Go Bad www.listal.com/list/aliens-attack-at-least-go
- Aliens Who Come In Peace www.listal.com/list/good-aliens
- Favorite Sci Fi's Of Like....Ever. www.listal.com/list/scifi-movies

- Run For Your Lives! My 25 Fave Giant Monster Films www.listal.com/list/my-top-10-favorite-giant

- Superhero Movies www.listal.com/list/yep-am-huge-comicbook
- Non-Superhero Movies www.listal.com/list/my-favorite-nonsuperhero-comicbook-movies

My Top Favorite Westerns, Pard'ner www.listal.com/list/westerns-thecelestial

- Romantic Comedies www.listal.com/list/my-top-30-romantic-comedies
- Straight-Up Romance www.listal.com/list/romance-movies

- 3D www.listal.com/list/animate-this-my-favorite-animated
- 2D www.listal.com/list/my-favorite-animated-movies-thecelestial

- From Around The World www.listal.com/list/my-top-10-favorite-foriegn

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