Saturday, January 1, 2005

Top Ten of 2004

This list was made in early 2005, but posted on 17 April 2014 and backdated to 1 January 2005.

1. Sideways dir. Alexander Payne
2. Million Dollar Baby dir. Clint Eastwood
3. Vera Drake dir. Mike Leigh
4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind dir. Michel Gondry
5. The Aviator dir. Martin Scorsese
6. Maria Full of Grace dir. Joshua Marston
7. Kill Bill Volume 2 dir. Quentin Tarantino
8. Hero dir. Yimou Zhang
9. Hotel Rwanda dir. Terry George
10. Finding Neverland dir. Marc Forster

All films seen from 2004 (based on US commercial release dates)
* review available on this site
+ from my collection
^ no United States release
titles in bold received at least one Oscar nomination

50 First Dates dir. Peter Segal
After the Sunset dir. Brett Ratner
The Alamo dir. John lee Hancock
Alien Vs. Predator dir. Paul W.S. Anderson
*Along Came Polly dir. John Hamburg
Assassination of Richard Nixon dir. Niels Mueller
The Aviator dir. Martin Scorsese
Baadasssss! dir. Mario Van Peebles
+*Before Sunset dir. Richard Linklater
Being Julia dir. Istvan Szabo
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi dir. Takeshi Kitano
The Bourne Supremacy dir. Paul Greengrass
The Brown Bunny dir. Vincent Gallo
Cellular dir. David R. Ellis
Close Your Eyes dir. Nick Willing
Closer dir. Mike Nichols
*Coffee and Cigarettes dir. Jim Jarmusch
Collateral dir. Michael Mann
Dawn of the Dead dir. Zack Snyder
The Day After Tomorrow dir. Roland Emmerich
Diarios de motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries) dir. Walter Salles
+Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story dir. Rawson Marshall Thurber
Dogville dir. Lars von Trier
The Door in the Floor dir. Tod Williams
The Dreamers dir. Bernardo Bertolucci
Envy dir. Barry Levinson
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind dir. Michel Gondry
Eurotrip dir. Jeff Schaffer
Fahrenheit 9/11 dir. Michael Moore
Fahrenhype 9/11 dir. Alan Peterson
Finding Neverland dir. Marc Forster
Flight of the Phoenix dir. John Moore
^The Football Factory dir. Nick Love
Friday Night Lights dir. Peter Berg
+*Garden State dir. Zach Braff
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle dir. Danny Leiner
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban dir. Alfonso Cuarón
Hellboy dir. Guillermo del Toro
Hero (Ying xiong) dir. Yimou Zhang
A Home at the End of the World dir. Michael Mayer
Hotel Rwanda dir. Terry George
House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu) dir. Yimou Zhang
I Heart Huckabees dir. David O. Russell
I, Robot dir. Alex Proyas
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead dir. Mike Hodges
In Good Company dir. Paul Weitz
+The Incredibles dir. Brad Bird
Intermission dir. John Crowley
+*Kill Bill: Volume 2 dir. Quentin Tarantino
King Arthur dir. Antoine Fuqua
Kinsey dir. Bill Condon
Ladder 49 dir. Jay Russell
The Ladykillers dir. Joel and Ethan Coen
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events dir. Brad Silberling
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou dir. Wes Anderson
Lightning in a Bottle dir. Antoine Fuqua
The Machinist dir. Brad Anderson
La Mala Educación (Bad Education) dir. Pedro Almodóvar
Man on Fire dir. Tony Scott
The Manchurian Candidate dir. Jonathan Demme
Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside) dir. Alejandro Amenábar
Maria Full of Grace dir. Joshua Marston
Mean Creek dir. Jacob Aaron Estes
Mean Girls dir. Mark S. Waters
Meet the Fockers dir. Jay Roach
The Merchant of Venice dir. Michael Radford
+Million Dollar Baby dir. Clint Eastwood
Mind the Gap dir. Eric Schaeffer
*Miracle dir. Gavin O'Connor
+Napoleon Dynamite dir. Jared Hess
National Treasure dir. Jon Turtletaub
*The Notebook dir. Nick Cassavetes
+*Ocean's 12 dir. Steven Soderbergh
Open Water dir. Chris Kentis
Osama dir. Siddiq Barmak
P.S. dir. Dylan Kidd
The Passion of the Christ dir. Mel Gibson
The Phantom of the Opera dir. Joel Schumacher
*Primer dir. Shane Carruth
Ray dir. Taylor Hackford
Riding Giants dir. Stacy Peralta
Rosenstrasse dir. Margaretha von Trotta
Saved! dir. Brian Dannelly
Saw dir. James Wan
Shaun of the Dead dir. Edgar Wright
Shrek 2 dir. Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon
+Sideways dir. Alexander Payne
Silver City dir. John Sayles
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow dir. Kerry Conran
Spartan dir. David Mamet
Spider-Man 2 dir. Sam Raimi
Stage Beauty dir. Richard Eyre
Starsky & Hutch dir. Todd Phillips
The Stepford Wives dir. Frank Oz
Story of the Weeping Camel dir. Luigi Falorni and Byambasuren Davaa
Super Size Me dir. Morgan Spurlock
Tarnation dir. Jonathan Caouette
Team America: World Police dir. Trey Parker
The Terminal dir. Steven Spielberg
*Troy dir. Wolfgang Petersen
Undertow dir. David Gordon Green
Vera Drake dir. Mike Leigh
A Very Long Engagement (Un long dimanche de finacailles) dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet
The Village dir. M. Night Shyamalan
We Don't Live Here Anymore dir. John Curran
When Will I Be Loved dir. James Toback
Wimbledon dir. Richard Loncraine
The Woodsman dir. Nicole Kassell
Young Adam dir. David MacKenzie