New Year’s Greetings – Top 10 Favourite Films of 2004

It’s been a while since I updated this little movie Blog. I’m definitely going to make it a New Year’s Resolution to update this thing more frequently right now.

Since this is my first post of the new year, I thought it would be fitting to post my Top 10 Favourite films of 2004.

These are, of course, my own personal favourites and you may or may not like them yourself. I’m just posted them to tell you what I liked in the the past year.

10. Troy
While Alexander turned out to be a bit long and boring, Troy was not all that bad. As a result, it barely makes my Top 10.

9. The Manchurian Candidate
You know what? I really enjoyed this movie. It’s a very suspenseful thriller. I never saw the original (and probably never will), so I’m not going to go into comparisons. Plus, Liev Schreiber (of Scream fame) finally gets a starring role (after many supporting roles).

8. Fahrenheit 9/11
I original didn’t want to see this in theatres (I saw it because I was right by a theatre and it was about to start). However, I really enjoyed it. Whether or not Michael Moore’s views are right or wrong, it’s still very entertaining (for a documentary).

7. Spider-Man 2
Definitely the only superhero movie of the year worth watching. Much better story than the orignal, and it leaves me waiting for more.

6. The Aviator
It’s high up on the Oscar race this year, and it deserves to be. It starts off a little slow, but it really picks up around the second half of the movie.

5. Million Dollar Baby
This is one of the most emotional film I’ve seen this year and it defenitely has a good chance at winning big at the Oscars.

4. The Passion of the Christ
In a controversy free world, this movie will be high in the Oscar race. However, because there are people who want any Bible-based movies to be PG-rated and people who call the movie anti-Semitic (I’m a Church-going Catholic and I can say there’s nothing in the movie that’s not already in the Bible), this movie’s chance for any Oscar nominations are slim to none. Pity really.

3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
I HATE romantic comedies. However, I like them when they are not your usually Romantic comedies (as is in the case for my Top 3). This movie would be #1, if the Top 2 movies weren’t released. This movie takes the premise for the romantic comedy, and literally turns it upside down. This movie is a unusual as they get, but it’s still good.

2. Garden State
I just bought the DVD for this today. This is the romantic comedy for people, like me, currently in their quarter-Life crisis. Imagine that you’re in your 20s, your life sucks, and then your mom dies. Well, that’s how this movie starts and then it develops from their with Zach Braff rediscovering himself and stuff. This is the movie where Natalie Portman really became more than Padme from Star Wars.

1. Shaun of the Dead
Shaun of the Dead came from nowhere to become by favourite film of 2004. I first heard of this movie of Ain’t It Cool News. Actually, I just saw the title in an artile heading and thought “What’s that?” It wasn’t until I saw the trailer when I became truly interested. Well, I saw the movie and it was one of the funniest (and goriest) movies I ever saw. Too bad there probably won’t be anymore Romantic Zombie Comedies.

Check back in a few days when I will post my predictions for the Golden Globe Awards.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).