Film 2004 as Seen by Wayne Case

| January 27, 2005 | 0 Comments

Note: This recap is based on my personal reaction to the 147 films that I saw in full during 2004.
Best Films
(Alphabetically)
The Aviator
Kinsey
Million Dollar Baby
The Notebook
Sideways
-and-
Closer
Collateral
The Door In The Floor
Friday Night Lights
Spider-Man 2
Runners-Up (Alphabetically)
The Bourne Supremacy
Cellular
Hotel Rwanda
The Manchurian Candidate
Ray
Saved!
Taking Lives
Troy
Honorable Mentions (Alphabetically)
Before Sunset
Hidalgo
Latter Days
Man On Fire
Mean Girls
13 Going On 30
Wimbledon
The Woodsman
Best Foreign Language Films
(In order of preference)
Bad Education
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Sea Inside
Best Animated Film
The Incredibles
Best Documentary Film
Fahrenheit 9/11
Guilty Pleasures (Alphabetically)
Connie and Carla
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
Meet The Fockers
Paparazzi
Starsky & Hutch
Win A Date with Tad Hamilton
Worst Films:The Deadly Dozen (Alphabetically)
Against The Ropes
Anchorman
The Big Bounce
Catwoman
Christmas With the Kranks
Dodgeball
The Forgotten
The Grudge
The Perfect Score
Secret Window
Seed Of Chucky
Skipping Christmas
Twisted
Ugly, Unsuccessful, Unnecessary, and/or Unsavory
(Alphabetically)
The Clearing
Enduring Love
The Girl Next Door
Godsend
The Machinist
Spanglish
The Village
Wicker Park
Young Adam
But Not For Me (Alphabetically)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Finding Neverland
Best Actor (Alphabetically)
Javier Bardem, The Sea Inside
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator
Jamie Foxx, Ray
Paul Giamatti, Sideways
Liam Neeson, Kinsey
Best Actress (Alphabetically)
Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby
Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake
Kim Basinger, The Door in the Floor
Julia Roberts, Closer
Annette Bening, Being Julia
Best Actor Runners Up
(Alphabetically)
Kevin Bacon, The Woodsman
Gael Garcia Bernal, Bad Education
Gael Garcia Bernal, The Motorcycle Diaries
Jeff Bridges, The Door in the Floor
Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda
Tom Cruise, Collateral
Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby
Jude Law, Closer
Billy Bob Thornton, Friday Night Lights
Best Actor–Considered & Rejected
Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland
Best Actor Honorable Mention
(Alphabetically)
Billy Crudrup, Stage Beauty
Matt Damon, The Bourne Supremacy
Ryan Gosling, The Notebook
Kevin Kline, De-Lovely
Tobey Maguire, Spider-Man 2
Denzel Washington, The Manchurian Candidate
Denzel Washington, Man on Fire
Best Actress Runners Up (Alphabetically)
Kirsten Dunst, Spider-Man 2
Ashley Judd, De-Lovely
Laura Linney, P.S.
Rachel McAdams, The Notebook
Kyra Sedgwick, The Woodsman
Uma Thurman, Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Best Actress–Considered & Rejected
(Alphabetically)
Nicole Kidman, Birth
Scarlett Johansson, A Love Song For Bobby Long
Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace
Audrey Tautou, A Very Long Engagement
Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
Kate Winslet, Finding Neverland
Best Supporting Actor (Alphabetical)
Thomas Haden Church, Sideways
James Garner, The Notebook
Tim McGraw, Friday Night Lights
Clive Owen, Closer
Peter Sarsgaard, Kinsey
Best Supporting Actor Runners Up (Alphabetically)
Jon Foster, The Door in the Floor
Jamie Foxx, Collateral
James Franco, Spider-Man 2
Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby
Topher Grace, P.S.
Dustin Hoffman, Meet The Fockers
James Marsden, The Notebook
Peter O’Toole, Troy
Liev Schreiber, The Manchurian Candidate
Best Supporting Actress (Alphabetically)
Cate Blanchett, The Aviator
Laura Linney, Kinsey
Virginia Madsen, Sideways
Natalie Portman, Closer
Meryl Streep, The Manchurian Candidate
Best Supporting Actress Runners Up (Alphabetically)
Joan Allen, The Bourne Supremacy
Toni Collette, The Last Shot
Sandra Oh, Sideways
Sophie Okonedo, Hotel Rwanda
Gena Rowlands, The Notebook
Barbra Streisand, Meet The Fockers
Best Original Script
(Alphabetically)
The Aviator
Bad Education
Kinsey
Best Adapted Script
(Alphabetically)
Before Sunset
Closer
Mean Girls
Million Dollar Baby
The Notebook
Sideways
Best Original Song (Alphabetical)
Believe, The Polar Express
Creasy Dies, Man On Fire
Learn To Be Lonely, The Phantom of the Opera
Million Voices, Hotel Rwanda
Old Habits Die Hard, Alfie
Remember, Troy
Shine Your Light, Ladder 49
Best Original Musical Scoring (Alpha)
The Aviator, Howard Shore
The Bourne Supremacy, John Powell
Man On Fire, Harry Gregson-Williams & others
Million Dollar Baby, Clint Eastwood
The Notebook, Aaron Zigman
Sideways, Rolfe Kent
Best Cinematography
(Alphabetically)
The Aviator, Robert Richardson
Bad Education, Jose Luis Alcaine
Closer, Stephen Goldblatt
Collateral, Dion Bebee & Paul Cameron
Friday Night Lights, Tobias A. Schliessler
Man On Fire, Paul Cameron & Cesar Cameron
The Motorcycle Diaries, Eric Gautier
The Notebook, Robert Fraisse
Taking Lives, Amir M. Mokri
Troy, Roger Pratt
Special Awards
The Victor Mature Worst Performance by an Actor Award: No award this year–BUT see “What About Bob” recipients below.
The Michelle Phillips/Cornelia Sharpe/Angel Thompkins Worst Performance by an Actress Award: Halle Berry in CATWOMAN
The Heaven’s Gate Budget Award: ALEXANDER
The Otto Preminger “Light Touch” Award: VAN HELSING
The Sam Peckinpah “Wretched Excess” Award: Mel Gibson’s THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (The first faith-based splatter film!)
The Sidney Lumet Miscasting Award: Stuart Townsend in HEAD IN THE CLOUDS
A Star Is Born Break-Thru Award: Female -
Rachel McAdams in MEAN GIRLS & THE NOTEBOOK
Male–Topher Grace in P.S. & IN THE COMPANY OF MEN
The Surgeon General’s Warning Award (2-way tie):
A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD
A LOVE SONG FOR BOBBY LONG.
Note: In A LOVE SONG FOR BOBBY LONG, Scarlett Johansson joins her co-star, John Travolta as a front line role model and advocate for tobacco use. Just like Travolta, she manages to smoke on screen in most of her numerous projects.
The John Hartl Stop-Them-Before-They-Direct-Again Award: Rawson Marshall Thurber for DODGEBALL
The Calling-Sydney-Guilaroff-for-Help-Hair-Style Award:
Female:
Jamie Lee Curtis in CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS
Catherine O’Hara in SURVIVING CHRISTMAS
Meg Ryan in AGAINST THE ROPES
Male:
Colin Farrell for ALEXANDER & A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD
The What About Bob Most Annoying Award: Tim Allen in CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS
Will Ferrell in ANCHORMAN
Ben Stiller in DODGEBALL
The Bill Lee Worst Musical Scoring Award:
Christopher Young for THE GRUDGE
David Holmes for OCEANS 12
Comments:
(1) Another Bob Clark directorial project went into United States theatrical release in 2004. Named SUPERBABIES: BABY GENIUSES 2, it received a 1.6 grade (out of a possible 10) from the Internet Movie Data Base website membership. This is lowest rating they have ever given any film in English and is the second lowest rating ever given to a film in any language. For perspective, the wretched John Travolta 2000 clunker, BATTLEFIELD EARTH, received a 2.4. As far as I can determine, no future projects have been announced by or for director Clark. Since I disparage him annually, my sense of fair play dictates that I confess here that I love his 1982 high school boy fantasy/comedy, PORKY’S.
(2) I am grateful that Ed Zwick has not directed a film since THE LAST SAMURAI which reached US screens in 2003. Another project has been announced for him but release isn’t even threatened before 2006. I did like his little seen LEAVING NORMAL (1992), but squirmed/cringed throughout both GLORY (1989) & COURAGE UNDER FIRE (1996). Further, while many will disagree, I found LEGENDS OF THE FALL (1994) over-blown, over-produced, over-acted and interminable.
(3) Peter Hyams may well be a nice man. In fact, a former and respected co-worker of mine told me that he enjoys playing golf with him. Personally, I wish Mr. Hyams would devote himself to golf and give up directing films. From his oeuvre, consider the following as evidence as to why: BUSTING (1974), PEEPER (1975), 2010 (1984), THE RELIC (1997) and THE MUSKETEER (2001) which is his most recent as of January 2005. A SOUND OF THUNDER was scheduled for March 11, 2005 openings but that date has been pulled. I can wait…indefinitely.
(4) I love Miss Piggy. I love Yoda. Frank Oz voices them, along with many other favorites. And then there’s his other career as a feature film director. While LITTLE SHOP OF HORORS (1986) & BOWFINGER (1999) are excellent, he’s also responsible for the lame/limp IN & OUT (1997), the labored/listless HOUSESITTER (1992), the deeply flawed/wildly uneven STEPFORD WIVES (2004) and the most annoying film I’ve ever endured, WHAT ABOUT BOB? (1991). If rumors of major problems on the set of THE STEPFORD WIVES are true, maybe he won’t even want to direct again. At present, I find no future directing assignments announced for him.
The Ellen Terry Awards
Note: Awarded to those providing extra and or unexpected pleasure.
Eric Bana, Troy
Justin Bartha, National Treasure
Jamie Bell, Undertow
Paul Bettany, Wimbledon
Lucas Black, Friday Night Lights
Marc Blucas, First Daughter
Jon Collin, In Good Company
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Wimbledon
Josh Duhamel, Win A Date With Tad Hamilton
Will Ferrell, Starsky & Hutch
Vincent Gallo, The Brown Bunny
Cole Hauser, Paparazzi
Emile Hirsch, The Girl Next Door
Gabriel Macht, A Love Song For Bobby Long
Olivier Martinez, Taking Lives
Alessandro Nivola, The Clearing
Michael Pitt, The Dreamers
Owen Wilson, Starsky & Hutch and The Big Bounce
Patrick Wilson, The Phantom of the Opera
Joan Allen, The Notebook
Eva Amurri, Saved!
Kate Bosworth, Win A Date With Tad Hamilton
Elisha Cuthbert, The Girl Next Door
Minnie Driver, The Phantom of the Opera
Edna, The Incredibles
Dakota Fanning, Man On Fire
Jennifer Garner, 13 Going On 30
Katie Holmes, First Daughter
Angelina Jolie, Taking Lives
Diane Kruger, National Treasure
Rachel McAdams, Mean Girls
Radha Mitchell, Man On Fire
Mandy Moore, Saved!
Julia Roberts, Oceans 12
Emmy Rossum, The Phantom Of The Opera
Jada Pinkett Smith, Collateral
ELLEN TERRY HALL OF FAME: Ben Affleck (10) & Luke Wilson (11)
Most Anticipated Films of 2005
Of those I’m aware of, these are the 2005 releases I anticipate the most, in alphabetical order:
ALL THE KING’S MEN
ASK THE DUST
BATMAN BEGINS
BEWITCHED
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
CINDERELLA MAN
DARK WATER
FANTASTIC FOUR
GLORY ROAD
IN HER SHOES
JARHEAD
MONSTER-IN-LAW
MR.AND MRS.SMITH
STAR WARS: EPISODE III
SWIMMING UPSTREAM
AN UNFINISHED LIFE
THE UPSIDE OF ANGER
WAR OF THE WORLDS

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