Posted: 01/27/2005


Alex’s Film List 2004

by Alexander Rojas

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Top X Favorite Films of 2004
Before you start getting your panties in a bunch, let me just say that I did not get to see every damn theatrical release in 2004. So…you won’t find The Aviator or House of Flying Daggers or Crimson Gold or Million Dollar Baby on this list. So chill out and read on:

X. Ford Transit
I caught this one when I was doing coverage of IndieFest. It’s an eye-opening documentary of a young Palestinian man who transports people throughout the Israeli and Palestinian border amongst the blockades and battlefields.

IX. Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music?
While doing coverage on the Chicago Underground Film Festival, I came across this gem and it completely had full control of my attention. This is another documentary on my list and it’s a fun, informative and entertaining film on the subculture of Christian rock music. It for the most part, objectively covers the good and the very ugly of this scene with many genuine moments of respect and hilarity for those depicted in this culture.

VIII. Touching The Void
This is the third documentary on this list and this one is just plain sad and heroic. Two mountain climbers take on the Andes Mountains and after a horrific accident, one is left to die while the other struggles with his decision. The documentary recreates the experience and captures every emotionally, mentally and physically draining moment.

VII. Before Sunset
Richard Linklater’s sequel to his Before Sunrise is just brilliant and inspiring. A sequel didn’t appear necessary, but Linklater takes us in a real time reunion and we rekindle our compassion for the two characters.

VI. Oldboy
Pure kick in the teeth. Chan-wook Park is blasting into film genius realm and he doesn’t let up with the second film in his revenge trilogy. Look for Sympathy for Ms. Vengeance in 2005.

V. Spiderman 2
I’ll just say what everyone else has been saying. BEST COMIC BOOK ADAPTATION TO FILM EVER!

IV. Napoleon Dynamite
What can I say, other than I loved this film. PEDRO! PEDRO! PEDRO!

III. Kill Bill 2
I loved the spaghetti western portion of the film. So kick ass, so good.

II. Garden State
Is Zack Braff just a sensitive and loveable kinda guy? He’s a triple threat that delivers a good script, creative direction and an outstanding and moving performance. Garden State is simply a great and beautiful film. Its strength is in the chemistry of its actors.

I. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Charlie Kaufman and Jim Carrey must share the same brain. The film feels very personal from all those involved and it manifests a love story unlike many others in my cinematic experience. The blend of sci-fi, dark comedy and melodrama is just perfect.

V Honorable Mentions for Films People Won’t Admit to Liking

Dawn of the Dead
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
The X Most Anticipated Films for 2005

X. Star Wars

IX. The Wedding Crashers

VIII. The Squid and the Whale

VII. Sympathy for Ms. Vengeance

VI. Untitled Charlie Kaufman/Spike Jonze Project

V, King Kong

IV. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

III. Sin City

II. Land of the Dead

I. Wassup Rockers

Alexander Rojas is a screenwriter and filmmaker waiting for FedEx to drop off his Oscar at his exotic Chicago apartment.

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