Sep 5, 2009

A Decade in Cinema: 2004

And they are:

13 Going on 30
50 First Dates
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
The Butterfly Effect
Christmas with the Kranks
The Chronicles of Riddick
A Cinderella Story
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Fahrenheit 9/11
Garfield: The Movie
The Girl Next Door
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Hotel Rwanda
The Incredibles
Jersey Girl
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Mean Girls
Meet the Fockers
Napoleon Dynamite
The Passion of the Christ
The Polar Express
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
The Punisher
Shaun of the Dead
Shrek 2
Spider-Man 2
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
Starsky and Hutch
Super Size Me
Team America: World Police
White Chicks

And the standouts are:
1. 13 Going on 30 - Probably the only "Big" rip-off that deserves to be mentioned due to Jennifer Garner's performance.
2. Anchorman - Arguably the most quotable comedy of the decade for majority of college kids and movie goers for the decade.
3. Dodgeball - While this movie nowadays is overplayed and many are annoyed with it, the movie is initially one of the best examples of a low brow slapstick comedy that will probably one of the few of that genre to be remembered this decade.
4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - I will have to watch it again, but I think that due to the praise this movie received, I thought it should be mentioned.
5. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle - Easily the "Up in Smoke" for this generation even though Kal Penn and John Cho have not been that often type-casted since.
6. Hellboy - My favorite superhero film simply because Guillermo Del Toro knows how to make scenery so organic and give his characters a dry, mean sense of humor and a heart that makes up for the rest.
7. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 - Just like the first one, this is pure creativity at it's strongest and while often violent and unfocused is still worth suspending belief.
8. Mean Girls - All I know is that if Lindsay Lohan still made movies as good as this one (that got me through freshman year of high school), I probably would still have a crush on her. Also, kudos to Tina Fey on her writing.
9. Shaun of the Dead - Because British comedians can be funny too with the authentic first romantic zombie movie to be made.
10. Spider-Man 2 - I think it's the best of the three and is one of the prime examples I still watch superhero films.
11. Super Size Me - A great documentary about why eating a lot of fast food is a bad idea. The movie years later stands as a good argument against the fast food industry.
12. Team America - The only vulgar puppet comedy to be made with a politically iJustify Fullncorrect edge that doesn't make you feel stupid.

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