Coco’s Best & Worst Films of 2004

| January 27, 2005

Coco’s Top Ten Best Movies of 2004:
10) Supersize Me: Best scary movie of the year.
9) Still We Believe: The Boston Red Sox Movie An inside glimpse of what it is to suffer…year, after year, after year…
8) Two Brothers: Tigers prove blood is thicker than water. Too bad the cats are better actors than the humans.
7) Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!: It’s as fluffy as cotton candy…but the soundtrack is one of the best compilations I’ve ever heard.
6) The Incredibles: The family who saves the world together, stays together. And I covet the Mid-Century Modern house.
5) Mean Girls: Not quite a documentary, but a damn accurate look at what it’s like to be in high school.
4) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Who hasn’t wanted to do this after a heartwrenching breakup? And the website,, is a deadpan joy.
3) Friday Night Lights: I don’t like football. But I liked this.
2) Until Sunset: The best sequel ever. Here’s to another reunion in 2013.
1) Shrek 2: So much more than its predecessor, and Puss in Boots is the best and bravest sidekick since R2-D2!
Top Ten Worst Movies of 2004
10) Catwoman: I didn’t see it…but you don’t always need to see a dead fish to know it’s rotten.
9) Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow: Beautiful cinematography, innovative camerawork. Too bad the script was stale.
8) Day After Tomorrow: So disappointing…this could have been a wonderful end-of-the-world movie…but instead it was a let’s wreck NYC special effects nightmare.
7) Closer: Oh, goody. Four unfaithful people who constantly swear. Obviously a “feel good” movie.
6) Christmas with the Kranks: How dare anyone not conform…especially at Christmas!
5) Butterfly Effect: Everything that happens in the past affects the present. Too bad they didn’t go back and stop them from making this movie.
4) The Passion of the Christ: The greatest story ever told? Perhaps. But churches urging parishoners to “bring a heathen to the movies” kind of goes against the whole “Golden Rule” thingy, dontcha think?
3) Laws of Attraction: Two lawyers get drunk and get married. Someone should have objected.
2) Shall We Dance?: See the original Japanese version. The American remake is identical…but without the cultural background, it has no point and makes no sense.
1) Sideways: Please. If I wanted to see a couple of losers and some w(h)ine, I’d go to Yankee Stadium. Am I the only one who sees a naked emperor, here?
Most Anticipated Films of 2005
5) Memoirs of a Geisha: I’m curious to see how the lyrical novel translates onto the big screen.
4) Corpse Bride: Finally, a follow-up to The Nightmare Before Christmas, and with Johnny Depp!
3) Bewitched: I’ve always said Nicole Kidman would make a perfect Samantha…but I also said Jim Carrey would be the perfect Darren.
2) Fever Pitch: Life imitates art…and the art got a new ending when the Red Sox won the World Series!
1) Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: I have a first US edition hardback copy of the original 1980 novel. I’ve been waiting for this movie for 25 years.

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