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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Movies: 2004 Year In Review* 

I put an asterisk in the title line because I'm not fully done with 2004. I recently rejoined Netflix and there are still a number of titles that I'd like to see -- several of which I suspect are Oscar-worthy.

For now, I'll stick with 2004's titles that I've actually seen. Based on my IMDB voting history, that includes:

The Alamo (2004) 4
The Aviator (2004) 8
Before Sunset (2004) 8
The Big Bounce (2004) 5
Blade: Trinity (2004) 4
The Butterfly Effect (2004) 6
Closer (2004/I) 8
Club Dread (2004) 4
Control Room (2004) 6
The Day After Tomorrow (2004) 4
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 10
EuroTrip (2004) 6
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) 3
Finding Neverland (2004) 10
Friday Night Lights (2004) 8
Garden State (2004) 9
The Girl Next Door (2004) 3
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) 7
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) 8
King Arthur (2004) 7
Maria Full of Grace (2004) 8
Miracle (2004) 9
Mr 3000 (2004) 5
Napoleon Dynamite (2004) 7
Nine Innings from Ground Zero (2004) (TV) 9
Ocean's Twelve (2004) 7
The Passion of the Christ (2004) 10
The Perfect Score (2004) 3
Sideways (2004) 8
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) 8
Spartan (2004) 5
Spider-Man 2 (2004) 5
Starsky & Hutch (2004) 5
Team America: World Police (2004) 7
Troy (2004) 6
The Village (2004) 5

While the number to the right of each movie denotes the IMDB rating I assigned, I'd like to state -- in my defense -- that many of the numbers are arbitrary and reflect the mood I was in at the time. My true feelings might be over- or undervalued, depending of things such as spite.

Of the 36 titles listed, my ratings averaged out to roughly 6.5 per movie, and my lowest rating (3) had as many titles -- three -- as my highest rating (10). That sounds about right. But what does it all mean?

For the time being I think it means that 2004 has been a thoroughly average year for movies. Sure I'll see a few more films in the coming weeks that will have me reshuffling my year-end top ten, but for every one of those I watch, I'll pass on five or more awful movies that don't even need to be viewed to verify their wretchedness.

The Academy Awards take place on February 27, and nominations will be handed out on January 25. As we near those dates expect to see a lot more of these types of posts. I hope to have my own movie awards list posted before the actual nominations are announced, and after that I'll have my own takes on who will win and who should win once the red carpet is rolled out.


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