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JoBlo's Top 10 of 2004

07.16.2004

I don't usually do this sort of thing, and there's no real reason to look back at the first six months of this year at this point in time, but what the heck, it's Friday, I'm bored, I just came back from the hospital with good news (she wasn't pregnant...hehe) and folks seem to dig debating this sort of stuff, so here's my own personal list of favorite movies of the year so far. By the way, I hate looking at "top" lists from critics when most of them are titles of movies that I've never heard of either, but suffice it to say that both THE MACHINIST and THE MOTORCYCLES DIARIES will be coming out later this year, so stay tuned for those flicks. As for OLD BOY, I have no idea about its release, unfortunately.

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10. The Girl Next Door: Probably the most underrated movie of the year so far, this John Hughes-esque teen comedy somehow got lost in the shuffle, but will hopefully be redeemed by a major following on dvd. Trust me, it's funny, it's cute, it's sexy, it's even romantic, for f*ck's sakes!

9. The Notebook: I don't cry too often in life, but every now and again, a film will come around that is so sappy, so romantic and so goddamn close to my own pathetic love life, that I can't help but be swept into the arms of Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Not a perfect movie, but one that does touch the right spots if you get into it.

8. Anchorman: Just plain funny. This was one of the few summer movies that I was looking forward to that delivered in terms of its potential with plenty of laughs via the man of the hour, Will Ferrell, as well as a handful of great supporting characters, in a film that spoofs and just has fun!

7. Fahrenheit 9/11: A couple of months ago, this film would have been higher up on my list, but as every day goes by and I'm inundated with shit about, not only this movie, but its creator, the war, the election, etc..., honestly...I've just gotten quite sick of it all. That said, it's still a very powerful film that all Americans should see and judge.

6. The Butterfly Effect: An underrated movie if I ever saw one, a lot of people called this movie for being "too dark" or for starring Ashton Kutcher, but f*ck all that...it was original, creepy, engaging and kept me on the edge of my seat...all good points in my book. And Kutcher was good in the movie...dig it!

5. The Passion of the Christ: I'm not a religious person whatsoever, but something about this film just clicked with me, and I'm not just talking about Monica's Bellucci's. Despite the over-hype, the controversy crap and the billions of dollars that it netted Mr. Gibson, much about this film touched me and that's what's most important.

4. The Motorcycle Diaries: I saw this film at a 8am screening in Cannes and was still compelled to watch the whole way through, despite a pretty "basic" storyline about "two guys on the road". An introspective character study that helped clear my own head and appreciate the passion and meaning in life.

3. Man on Fire: Granted, Tony Scott over-played his camera tricks in this movie, but after six months of the year, I still look back and smile when I think of this grungy, bad-ass movie starring Denzel as the man who Thomas Jane should have been in THE PUNISHER. Touching as well. Balls to the walls.

2.  The Machinist: Bruce Wayne himself (Christian Bale) lost 60 pounds for his starring role in this film that is sure to appeal to anyone who appreciates the mannered, mystery-racked, mind-f*ck movies that I've come to know and love over the years. Directed with attention to detail, this film grabbed me by the nuts and held on until it was almost too late. I said "almost"...

1. Old Boy: I really hope that this Korean number makes its way to North America because this is exactly the kind of film that will get folks excited about movies again. Having won second prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival is hopefully only the beginning for this extremely creative flick that mixes style, intellect, emotion and balls-out violence. A classic. 

--> Runners-Up (alphabetically): The Chronicles of Riddick, The Clearing, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Eurotrip, Shrek 2, Spider-Man 2, Spartan, Super Size Me

Source: JoBlo.com
Tags: Hollywood

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