Posted: 01/27/2005

 

Anna’s Best & Worst Films of 2004

by Anna Keizer




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ANNA’S TOP TEN FOR 2004
1. SIDEWAYS—Paul Giamatti can do no wrong in my eyes. Go see it just for the golfing scene- my friend almost left the theater because I couldn’t stop laughing.

2. THE AVIATOR—This film has it all- the stars, the story and the effects.

3. FAHRENHEIT 9/11—Okay, I’m not gonna get into some big ‘ole political rant here. Just having this film on my list (I hope) says enough.

4. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND—I love my Charlie Kaufman!

5. SPIDERMAN 2—Oh boy, this is a good movie. Spidey does the impossible here- he puts on a better show than he did in the original. Kudos to Sam Raimi.

6. GARDEN STATE—Funny, sincere and dead-on about how people my age think of themselves and the world around them.

7. THE INCREDIBLES—So fun! That dinner scene totally brought me back to when my dad would pick up the table to make my sister and I stop fighting.

8. THE NOTEBOOK—Ah, l’amour. Ain’t it grand?

9. MEAN GIRLS—Yes, this was high school. Unfortunate but true.

10. COLLATERAL—Beautifully shot. Beautifully acted. Add this one to the list of Michael Mann’s hits.

ANNA’S BOTTOM FIVE FOR 2004

Okay, let me just say here that my list is only five because, well, I hate naming bad films. Even if it did totally suck, I’m sure someone out there liked it. So I am reluctantly throwing a few titles down…

1. ANCHORMAN—Umm, not funny.

2. BIRTH—Slow. Boring.

3. ENVY—Umm, not funny. And slow. And boring.

4. KING ARTHUR—I felt like not even the cast was interested in retelling the legend. There was no energy to this flick.

5. DE-LOVELY—Ditto for this film. Yawned way too many times during this movie.

ANNA WANTS TO SEE IN 2005…

Well, my friends, I’m sure that more will be added to my list as the year rolls by, but for now there are just three that I await with anticipation…

1. STAR WARS: EPISODE III- REVENGE OF THE SITH—Bring it on, Baby! Bring it on! I always had a thing for Darth Vader- black leather is so sexy.

2. THE NEW WORLD—Terrence Malick, it’s about time you brought us another masterpiece. The wait is torture, but I know it’ll be well worth it.

3. KINGDOM OF HEAVEN—A timely epic if there ever was one. Very interested to see how Scott plays the religious card in this one.

Anna Keizer is a film critic and writer living in Los Angeles.



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