AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 12/26/2004 07:08:00 PM ----- BODY: Movies of 2004 - I was at Borders this afternoon and flipped through Entertainment Weekly. In it, Stephen King posted his favorite movies of the year. Unlike movie critics, who put pretentious pieces of crap on their lists, King lists movies he actually liked and admits to liking. That's a good approach. In that spirit, here are some of my favorites and least favorite of the year:
"The Passion of the Christ" - This was a powerful and moving film. It won't be given any awards, but it will be watched long after people forget about whatever winds Best Picture this year. Gibson created a violent and disturbing film that somehow manages to be beautiful. "The Incredibles" - Fantastic movie. This movie, like "The Iron Giant" (also written by Brad Bird) proves that animation doesn't have to be just for kids. The movie has a great story, amazing animation and themes that deal with the importance of family. "Spider-Man 2" - Who would have thought one of the most emotionally compelling movies of 2004 would be about a guy who dresses in tights and swings from buildings? Everything about this movie clicked - the humor, the reveal at the end, the villian, the relationship between Peter and his aunt. It all worked and the special effects were better to boot. "Dawn of the Dead" - Okay, it wasn't a masterwork, but it was scary and fun. "Hellboy" - Another good comic book film. Ron Perelman was born to play the role of Hellboy.
Now, what were the worst or most disappointing movies I saw this year?
"Van Helsing" - What a waste. Vampires, werewolves, frankenstein's monster - how could you go wrong? How about a wretched plot, stilted acting and an overabundance of special effects? "Starsky & Hutch" - Ben Stiller is funny. Owen Wilson? Funny. Both are terrible at picking scripts. The movie had its moments, but didn't work overall. "The Bourne Supremacy" - The constantly moving camera work made it hard to see just what the heck was going on. It was basically the same movie as "The Bourne Identity." Maybe my expectations were too high, but I wasn't as impressed as I thought. Karl Urban was good in it, and it was cool to see parts of Moscow I recognized, but it wasn't enough.
2005 looks as though it will be a good movie year, with the release of "Serenity," "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "Batman Begins." All I ask is that they entertain. --------