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Hey folks, Harry here with my top 10 films of 2004. As most of you know, I hate making these lists. The following 10 films are just plain great. Comparing a Pixar film to a Dutch musical to a South Korean war epic to a Middle East Documentary is just plum insanity. But it’s the lot in life of someone writing about film, to have to assemble a list like this. SO – here ya go…


The best documentary of the year. I’ve probably seen more documentaries this year, than in any other year I’ve been alive. This documentary is the inside story of Al Jazeera’s coverage of the first part of the IRAQ war. You get to meet the reporters, producers… the folks inside what is publicized in the United States as being essentially co-conspirators of the Terrorist world. Instead – you end up seeing that they are, in fact, the only team that seems to be reporting BOTH sides of the story over there. That the U.S. Military’s publicist adores them as being some of the best journalists over there. And… oh yeah, they’re almost all ex-BBC reporters. The documentary crew shows some harrowing imagery kept from the petite eyes of the common American – and the truth, as they tell it, is quite infuriating. Watching the spin, manipulation and speed with which the current administration propagandizes their information… it’s quite something. Especially when you see how much these reporters love the ideals upon which the United States was founded. BRILLIANT DOCUMENTARY.


Love this film. Brad Bird is two for two in a big way. THE INCREDIBLES’ message of living to your potential, of communicating in relationships and simply old school superhero cool – made this film one of my favorites. It contains the very best score of the year. The pure CINEMA on display here is dizzying… especially during DASH’s accelerated chase sequence. The film can not get to DVD fast enough for me. Perfect family entertainment.


Bertolucci creates a film drunk on the passions of youth… their sexual, intellectual and ideological awakenings and pursuits. The breaking of every rule, the relishing of living and the hurt that all of that can bring. The film is cine-crack for those that sit close to screens to simply see movies first. One of the great film geek date movies of all time! Eva Green… wow.


South Korea is where it’s at! Watching SILMIDO and realizing that this is very much like THE DIRTY DOZEN… only this is so much better. Based on a true chapter in the history of Korea – the film tells the story of a group of condemned prisoners given the choice to leave Death Row – to be trained to assassinate Kim Il-Sung. That’s all I’ll tell you, that’s all you really need to know. BUT – watching SILMIDO – watching what happened, how they were trained, what they endured and the ultimate outcome… the film is one of the greatest “mission” films of all time. You’re not prepared for this movie.


Charlie Kaufman needs a statue built in his honor – the pure creative spark of originality and the ability to create stories with so much soul… There should be a cinema shrine erected for him. And – for the running times of his movies, there is no brighter shrine to inventive genius as his films. Michel Gondry knocked this one out of the park. Carrey and Winslet are amazing in the film, and rewatching it for the little easter eggs throughout the film is a joy. Possibly the greatest cinematic adaptation of Phillip K Dick’s core literary values. And Elijah Wood is a scum bag in this thing! Beautiful film.


Wow. Talk about out of left field. I received a screener of this movie just 3 days ago. I’ve watched it 7 times now. Originally made in 2002, the film finally reached limited release in the United States in September of this year. Prior to that, the film was adopted by and wildly embraced by Gay & Lesbian Film Festivals all over the world. While, there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, it is a shame beyond words that the film didn’t find a wider audience in the United States. This isn’t a Gay & Lesbian film, rather it is simply a brilliant MUSICAL COMEDY. First off, there’s Tjitske Reidinga playing Jet. She’s the spitting image of TROUBLE WITH HARRY era Shirley MacClaine. Oh my god is she amazing. Then there is Loes Luca who plays the titular Zuster of the film… or in English, Nurse Klivia. Loes is like some crazed bio-cloned mix of Ethel Merman and Lucille Ball. Amazing. Then there’s Paul Kooij – who is simply a genius. The film is like if Busby Berkeley teamed up with Stanley Donen to make a Technicolor adaptation of some unknown Roald Dahl work of genius! Vunderval film! The English Title is YES NURSE, NO NURSE and will be hitting DVD in February!


As much as I love HERO, I love HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS even more. For me, HERO ultimately had a Fascist message laying beneath everything. The idea of blindly following a tyrannical leader in his pursuit to control all territories, to simply assault those that did not toe the party line… well, that’s not what my upbringing and belief patterns formed in this country were based on. HOWEVER, even saying that – I love HERO deeply, though its politics were a bit too Bushian for me. HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS on the otherhand is a beautiful love story – based in a Romeo & Juliet-like tale of opposing factions, but given the spice of secrecy and hidden meanings. The action is stunning. That bamboo forest sequence may very well be the greatest segment of cinema this year… unless you count Zhang Ziyi’s opening echo dance. OHMYGOD WOW! Gorgeous cinematography, beautiful score… I got to present this film at the Seattle Museum of Art and that is exactly where this martial arts epic belongs… to be worshipped as art!


This is Martin Scorsese’s biggest cinematic geek emergence to date. Prior to this, I’d have to say it was CAPE FEAR… when he was just having fun as a genre lover. In AVIATOR – he gets to recreate TRU-COLOR, 4 STRIP TECHNICOLOR, the eras of old, his first real dynamic visual effects tour de force… and a great story filled with great characters ta boot! Cate Blanchett is simply awe-inspiring in this movie. Leo felt too young for me, but his acting ability made me completely see past his youthful presence. The flying, the clubs, every time Hepburn appears on screen, those damn Ava Gardner moments, the freak weird moments of Hughes! This film just is over-whelming in what it has to offer an audience. When Leo gets his day before Congress… I was electrified. What a wonderful scene. And Baldwin’s office in the ol Chrysler Building! WOW! WOW! That was COOL! I wish all involved with this film the absolute best come awards time. They surely deserve it!


BEFORE SUNRISE was one of my favorite films the year it came out. When I heard Linklater was making a sequel – I couldn’t help but believe it was a terrible mistake. The end result wound up being the best American film of 2004 in my opinion. At just a surface level – it would seem to be an easy movie to make. Only – looking back at it, there was a degree of difficulty that surpassed most all others. The idea of creating a real time walking movie of “magic hour” in Paris – between two one night standers… spilling out everything to one another in a breathless race against his leaving Paris and perhaps their forever losing of a dream left behind long ago. There’s such a desperate sense of urgency with this film. That feeling of if not now, when. Jumping the curb of their everyday lives to try for a road they wish they had never left. I’m drunkeningly in love with this movie. That Linklater has one of my highest “can’t wait to see in 05” movies with A SCANNER DARKLY – and this. Not to mention his homeruns with WAKING LIFE and SCHOOL OF ROCK. Linklater is making magic these days, and he’s doing is consistently and often. Something that no other working American filmmaker is doing at his level today.


Fucking hell. That’s what this movie is. Pure hell. If you’re that person that screamed in agony when SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE beat SAVING PRIVATE RYAN – find this movie and realize just how much better TAE GUK GI: BROTHERHOOD OF WAR is than just about every war film ever made. A story of two brothers during the Korean War. The movie is spectacle larger than any film made this year, but as intimate as a tale of brothers could ever be. I grew up with Sam Fuller, Peckinpah, Spielberg and the war films of Hollywood. This thing… it’s just amazing. I went to see it on “Can Day” here in Austin… where you donate 3 cans of food to the homeless and see any movie you want. I saw 4 films that day, this was the 3rd – and it just completely blew me away. I instantly got the Korean Box Set – and have seen it many times since… Unfortunately – the day I saw it in the theater was the last day it was showing in Austin. A BRILLIANT FILM. The film will just shake you to the core. The South Koreans are making brutally brilliant films. Amazing. Should be re-released with a major advertising campaign. The trailers you could cut of this thing… my god. Stunning film and my pick for the best film of 2004!

Below are the films that didn’t quite make my top ten, but were exceptional films that I loved. That I didn’t get to have these in my top ten is frankly a rather profound statement on just how great this year was. Seek out all of these titles and give them a chance. Some got a bum rap, others – didn’t get much notice at all. They are as follows in alphabetical order.



















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  • Dec. 31, 2004, 5:41 p.m. CST


    by Mostholy

    On the Top Ten? That's gotta be worth something. 1 over here is Eternal Sunshine.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 5:42 p.m. CST

    What a joke!

    by FiendishMilt37

    The Incredibles over SHREK 2? You're out of your mind, Harry. #1 TOP GROSSING ANIMATED FILM OF ALL TIME!! What's Incredibles at? Stalled out at $250 million? What a joke. Dreamworks is so whipping DIsney/Pixar's ass, it's not even funny.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 5:43 p.m. CST

    I'm going to make a wild stab in the dark here ...

    by chrth

    But this thread will degenerate into a political maelstrom of backbiting and idiocy before this weekend is through ... so in my first and last visit to this thread, I want to wish you a Happy New Year!

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Good List

    by Dr. Iver

    I've actually seen about half the movies on that list. They may not all make my 10 best, but it's a lot better than the lists the critics are putting out. I can't wait to see the two Korean films listed, especially Brotherhood. When I was in South Korea earlier this year, neither one of them was playing but I did get to see some really interesting Korean films, as well as Ong Bak the way it was meant to be seen.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 5:49 p.m. CST

    How about a full review of Aviator?

    by Lazarus Long

    Harry, I know you've been busy with the film MAKING process, but I'd love to see a review or two of some of the year-end films, even if they seem a little late. The Aviator seemed something tailor-made for your tastes, and I'd love to see a longer critique from you. Glad to see your mention of the cinematography, as it's something I've seen mentioned in only a handful of reviews. Do these people know anything about film history? The decision to imitate the film "look" of the times as the film progressive is a stroke of genius, whether it was Bob Richardson's idea or Scorsese's. All this fawning over House of Flying Daggers' photography, when it was just as manipulated, kind of bugs me.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 6:01 p.m. CST


    by hebrokeaway

    "As most of you know, I hate making these lists..." I hate how critics always preface their list with that. If you don't want to make a list, DON'T. Us fans will get over it pretty quickly.**********I love that "The Dreamers" is still receiving attention. I also agree that "The Control Room" was the best documentary of the year, even if "Super Size Me" was more entertaining. Can't wait for Taegukgi Hwinalrimyeo.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 6:11 p.m. CST


    by Mr Brownstone

    Using a films box office take as a defence of it's quality is pathetic. Congratulations, you just made yourself look like a gold standard moron.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 6:16 p.m. CST

    mr brownstone

    by FiendishMilt37

    At least I can spell "defense" so whose the moron now? and guns and roses blows worse than matrix reloaded.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Ditto on the Dreamers Harry - great film - and I must rent Contr

    by Trader Groucho 2

    Still, I'd put Eternal Sunshine at the top, Sideways and the Incredibles closely following. And I agree with Harry overall about Hero.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 6:23 p.m. CST

    defense vs defence

    by Trader Groucho 2

    american spelling vs british spelling. no problem there. and btw shrek 2 had some fundamental script problems - just ask yourself this question: who was the real protagonist in the film??? and given the answer to that, how come they named the flick after a supporting character??? - which no amount of box office receipts can make up for.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 6:27 p.m. CST

    "Defence" is the British version of "Defense," claiming a movie

    by Lenny Nero

    Sheesh. Chill out. Stop being a troll.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by Cottonwood

    Don't wine 'bout making lists, and don't wine about spelling (Harry doesn't even know how to spell 'spelling'). What the hell is that Dutch musical doing there? I'm in Amsterdam (it's new years, happy harry hard-on new year!) and it's a fun movie but nothing to go crazy over. It's Harry's thing, getting excited about movies he's seen on a working copy tape or something, doesn't understand a word of it and starts howling. Proof? Did anyone check 800 BALAS 2 yrs ago? Harry had seen it without sub titles when it hit his top 3; it turned out to be an okay movie, but no Top 10 material by any means. Choosing this funny musical over KILL BILL 2, HELLBOY, you name it, is pretty laughable if you ask me. More curious to see what Quint and Moriarty come up with.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 6:50 p.m. CST


    by FiendishMilt37

    All I'm saying that everyone I know loved SHrek 2 and that it was awesome. We played it at Christmas and the whole family was cracking up. Incredibles was OK but it was nowhere near as good plus it didn't have any good characters like Pussy Boots. There weren't many good jokes, we thought it was OK but didn't have a single good scene like the COPS spoof or Pinocchio's thong in the Mission Impossible scene. Plus yeah, box office isn't everything but the movie's cleared $900 million, which means Dreamworks is doing something right. Not to mention Shark's Tale, which made a ton of money and was also amazing. I think both were worlds ahead of the Incredibles.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Not bad

    by toddlerdurden

    Its an all right Top 10 list, Harry. Control Room is the major misstep. Being ex-BBCers is no redeeming quality and how do you know the quality of those working at al-Jazeera? Nothing in the film is translated. The trick to 'documentaries' this year was seeing if people would actually quantify what they were saying when the red recording light was on or not. Control Room failed miserably. Picking on Hero because its "Bushian"? Come on. INCREDIBLES down at #9? That seems a bit low for a movie that works on so many levels. AVIATOR at #3? Seems a bit high...the only thing I can say about AVIATOR is that it didn't leave me as wanting as GANGS OF NEW YORK did. But, you do have to give props to a movie whose vanquished villain's last line is, "Fuck..." If you can sleep at night with the list, excellent.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Question for Dutch readers.

    by Thing-Fish

    Still have to see Control Room, and I'd like to see AEGUKGI HWINALRIMYEO. Anyway, question for Dutch readers: is "JA ZUSTER, NEE ZUSTER" a remake from the '60s TV show? Are the songs (by children's books author Annie MG Schmidt) the same? Thanks in advance.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by topaz4206

    Really, be honest with yourself. I mean yes I did LAUGH more during Shrek 2. Though that's like saying "Shrek 2 is a better comedy than THE GODFATHER". No shit? So Incredibles wasn't a flat-out comedy. SO WHAT? On top of comedic elements, it was an adventure movie, a superhero movie, a super-spy movie, an action movie, and a FAMILY movie, all while staying faithful to what makes each of those genres great. According to your math, SPARTACUS is the best movie of all time (Highest Box Office -- Inflation-Adjusted). Well you keep that Spartacus DVD, and meanwhile I'll be showing The Incredibles DVD to every warm-blooded person I know.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 7:04 p.m. CST

    by FiendishMilt37

    I am being honest with myself, but Pixar hasn't made a good movie since Toy Story 2. Shrek was better than Monsters Inc, and Shark's Tale kicked Nemo right in his one busted nut. I mean Nemo and Monsters were for babies, the other films were so much better because they were made for everyone to laugh at. They don't even compare. I liked Toy Story but I think Pixar is overrated just because people expect you to love them so you love them. You'll see in years from now, because they will be loving the Shrek films and Shark Tale films and all the other great films of this time like Gladiator and Bruce Almighty. Pixar will just be a ride at disney world.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Shark Tales...

    by Kingdaddy

    ...Blew monkey nuts. MC Hammer/Fresh Prince/1985 ghetto humor. Just NOT funny. And don't get me started on the Jack Black Gay Shark theme they kept slapping us in the face with. Anyone talk to Tom Joad lately??? Happy New Year you crazy motherfucker...

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Shrek vs. Incredibles

    by Darth Diego

    Shrek 2's worldwide gross is now $896 million since it's release in May. Freaking amazing. And a damn fun movie. Shark Tale's worldwide since October is $309 million. Very respectable, even if I haven't seen it based on bad word of mouth from my friends and worse from Rotten Tomatoes. The Incredibles has already surpassed Shark Tale with a $437 million worldwide gross, even though Shark Tale had a one month head start. It'll be interesting to see how much money it makes in the long term, especially since it's already made -- in two months, and with no DVD release -- half the money that Shrek 2's made in seven months. In the end though, using box office as a way to say which movie is better is, frankly, lame-assed.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 7:47 p.m. CST

    fiendish must be joking around guys

    by BurlIvesLeftNut

    He calls Gladiator and Bruce Almighty two of the greatest films from our time. Bwah ha ha. Also, his HIGHLIGHTS list from Shrek 2 is wildly retarded. I had no desire to see the movie, and I never will, but if those scenes are actually in the film, I find myself wanting to kill everyone involved. And whoever said it before was right... comparing the two movies is ridiculous. I would never label The Incredibles as *just* a comedy.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Harry, it seems we have a difference in opinion.

    by Floyd Gondolli

    Therefore, it is obvious that you are completely fucking wrong and I am completely fucking right. I don't want to seem condesending, but you have just lost all of your credibility. Happy New Year, Ain't-It-Coolers.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Maybe it was too long ago to remember

    by Gristle

    What happened to "Kill Bill Vol. 2"? The absolute best film of the year, hands-down, and the only person giving it any real love is Roger Ebert, and he put it at number two. Even Harry--biased, hyperbolic Harry--left it out of his top ten. Not only unexpected, but unwarranted. Am I alone here? I bet if they'd released the whole bloody affair at the end of the year, it would have made more lists. I just don't get it. It's a certified masterpiece, and it's being completely neglected.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 8:49 p.m. CST

    The scariest thing...

    by Batutta that Harry watched a film 7 times in three days. That goes beyond simple appreciation into the realm of pure obsessive gluttony. There's more to life, Harry! The best movie I've ever seen is nowehere near as good as the lamest fuck I've ever had with my wife. I mean, I love movies as much as the next guy, but I just don't understand how anyone can call watching movies 24-7 a life. You might as well give yourself up to the machines and have your head jacked into the Matrix.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 8:50 p.m. CST

    The Aviator was so damn boring!

    by BigTuna

    #3? This film is overrated. It repeats the same thing over and over in the film. I don't care if a film is near 3 hours but the film was just spinning it's wheels.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 8:56 p.m. CST

    One point about Incredibles box office...

    by BigTuna

    When Harry first reviewed it I pointed out how I thought it would fail with the young kids and wasn't nearly as entertaining as Finding Nemo and would not come close to it in box office because it would not get repeat business from families like Nemo did. Well, most disagreed with me but I think I was right, the Incredibles is too long and very short on laughs. For a Pixar film it's nearly laugh free, it really drags. I had a lot more fun with Shrek 2(but no, I wouldn't put it as a top 10 film) I just find the INcredibles good, but not great and overrated.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Discussion Over

    by topaz4206

    This guy is also shoving a 'PIXAR'-fetish down our throats. I never said I LOVE PIXAR. I said I LOVE THE INCREDIBLES and is in fact the only Pixar movie I would pay $$$ for to own on DVD. My whole point was that Shrek vs. Incredibles is an apples-to-oranges comparison. For apples-to-apples, try Shrek vs. Anchorman, or Incredibles vs. Spiderman 2. And like that other guy said, with that Bruce/Gladiator comment, you have finally revealed yourself as a SEVERE TROLL. *Discussion Over*

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Where's "Close Your Eyes"?

    by BigTuna

    Damn I love that film and I don't think this site mentioned it once this year. The best thriller I saw this year by far, loved it. Goran Vishnic is a gat actor and can be a huge star. It might have come out last year in the UK but I know it was a 2004 release in the U.S. Rent it if you haven't seen it.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the word on the Korean films, Harry

    by devil0509

    Though I'd debate you on your thoughts regarding Hero's politics, I appreciate you bringing into view two excellent Korean films.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 9:07 p.m. CST

    The difference between SHREK 2 and THE INCREDIBLES...

    by JonQuixote

    If the people behind SHREK 2 had made THE INCREDIBLES, how many SURVIVOR jokes would we have been subjected to once they landed on that tropical island? SHREK 2 was entertaining, but it was shallow pandering entertainment and five years from now we'll look back and wonder why we found the COPS spoof so funny (Who still gets a kick out of that Matrix spoof in the first one? *chirp chirp chirp*). But hey, there's nothing necessarily wrong with shallow pandering entertainment - the easy joke, the superficial pop culture reference - as long as it's entertaining, which SHREK 2 was. But 20 years from now you'll be able to watch THE INCREDIBLES and it won't miss a beat. It's timeless, classic moviemaking - a kick-ass action adventure movie with an honest-to-goodness point of view - and I'll take that over AMERICAN IDOL jokes any day of the week.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 9:45 p.m. CST

    for those of you going on about box office grosses and worldwide

    by Darth Kal-El

    ...unless YOU made any money from that SHUT THE FUCK UP!!

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 10:02 p.m. CST

    The Incredibles is cinematic perfection...

    by Wild At Heart

    ...every single aspect of that world was exquisitely realised. My jaw dropped when I saw how beautifully stylised the characters were - how they emoted, how they moved. Technically it's light years beyond anything done in the wonderful Toy Story movies. Stunning. Moreover, I couldn't give a damn how many kids did or didn't see it. Let's put that shit to bed right now. Finally, an animated movie with more of an adult sensibility - Halleh-fucking-lujah! And just for the record, Pixar could've knocked out Nemo 2 and walked in $400-450 million US. Whooptydoo. What would that PROVE exactly?

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Shrek 2, box office, etc.

    by Lazarus Long

    Yeah, it's really sad that all the highpoints mentioned about Shrek 2 were pop culture references. Unfortunately, that's not exactly the mark of great comedy. It's disposable comedy. Even the Zucker films (Naked Gun, Top Secret, Airplane) deal heavily in sight gags that are still funny 15 years later. Shrek 2 probably WAS really funny, but does it leave you in awe? Because that was my mind state after The Incredibles ended. Plus, one of the two films was directed by a genius named Brad Bird. And that's all you need to say in this argument. *** As for Spartacus being the #1 film in adjusted income, I think that's totally incorrect. At least as far as American Domestic box office is concerned. According to Box Office Mojo, the adjusted total of #1 champ Gone With The Wind puts it somewhere up over a billion, far out of Shrek 2's reach down at #30. If you consider how often people went to the movies back in the old Hollywood days compared to now, it's not a stretch.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Holy Crap!

    by Acerbic Norseman

    What kind of retard can honestly think that Shark Tale is a better movie than The Incredibles? Take another hit off that bong, hippie.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 11:02 p.m. CST


    by Acerbic Norseman

    "Not to mention Shark's Tale, which made a ton of money and was also amazing.I think both (Shrek 2 and ST)were worlds ahead of the Incredibles. I also think that pschedelic mushrooms taste great on my pizza and I always like to wash it down with a tall glass of bong water."

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 11:16 p.m. CST

    I don't think the Incredibles will be remembered in 20 years...

    by BigTuna

    Geeze, it's not THAT good! And sure Shrek will seem dated shortly, but who cares. The filmmakers knew that. It's a film for 2004 and they made a shitload of $$$ from it. Saying the Incredibles is a classic is like saying Monster's inc. is a classic. It isn't. Toy Story 2 remains by far the classic Pixar film. Incredibles is a "cool" film about superheroes, therefore geeks will love it but it's not a classic.

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 11:45 p.m. CST


    by Nexus-6

    You stole the thoughts out of my brain on the whole "Shrek vs. Incredibles" debate. Pixar films will stand the test of time. Hell, Shrek 1 was already horribly dated by the time it was released on video. Too much bad music(Shrek 2 was better in this department), too many damn pop culture references, and too many fart jokes(Nemo had one too, but Pixar's was at least somewhat clever). Almost everyone I know loves Shrek though, so I guess I'm in the minority. It's not like I hate it, just not my thing I guess. The "Cops" part in Shrek 2 was pretty good though. Bah, I'll shut up now... Good top ten list Harry, as far as the ones I saw. Shame Shaun of the Dead wasn't on there though. Despite the amazing amount of hype it received, I was STILL blown away. Great fucking movie.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Only Incredibles and aviator are good in this list

    by Judge Doom

    CHUD's lists made A LOT more sense, and without any insane political coment

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Is it just me or does Ethan Hawke look like a skull with some th

    by Lezbo Milk

    Man, has he started looking disgusting the last few years or what? Christ, he should start eating some pizza or something. He looks painfully, wreatchedly, gaunt, like his cheekbones could split the skin on his face right open and pop out at you. Yuck.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Your kidding right?

    by Fernwick_

    I saw Shrek II. I didnt laugh once until the part where they told pinocchio to say he wore womens underwear. I mostly thought it was pretty depressing. Puss In Boots is good, but not great. Its basically rehash and bad references throughout. I wasnt impressed and I dont know ANYONE who thought it was genious. And please dont go by gross, the masses dont influence my opinion and 90% of the population is not particulary insightfull so. Sad to say but true, anyone else disagree?

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Good list


    I haven't seen all of the movies on the list, but they all sound really good. Sideways would be my pick for best movie of the year, followed by Closer. If you happen to read this Harry, please do a eulogy for Jerry Orbach, Herc couldn't seem to be bothered. In the scheme of things, I realize it's not a big deal, but the man was a Broadway legend, a great character actor in the movies, and gave us one of the best portrayles of a homicide detective for 12 years, he was beloved by the NYPD. He deserves better than the few sentences he got from Herc.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 2:38 a.m. CST

    I have no problem believing

    by standalonematt

    Monsters, Inc. will be seen as a classic. I loved it from the first moment it was released. I think its place in film history is improving every day which is something I can't say about Shrek. In fact I think if many of the academy voters had voted today - Monsters might have won that Oscar. btw I also love Shrek and I think its a great satire and kick in the ribs of those Disney films (something I wouldn't say about Shrek 2 although it was fun to watch) - one thing you have to admit those Pixar films have heart, especially Monsters - which is something that will always have a place.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Tae Guk Gi: Brotherhood of War

    by Rock Icon

    I got really into some Korean drama they were always showing on TV with subtitles a few months back. I started to see a commercial for Tae Guk Gi, and I went on Fandango and tracked it down to a theater a few cities away. I went to see it by myself, there were maybe 3 other people in the theater. I enjoyed the movie quite a bit. It was very intense in the battle sequences. I couldn't stand the little brother, he was a fucking idiot. His older brother is trying to win a medal because then the younger brother will get a discharge. And the younger brother starts acting like a tempermental teenage girlfriend. Needless to say (after all, it's both Asian & a war movie so you know you're in for some tragedy), everything gets fucked. It was very good...but there's no fucking way this was the best movie of the year. It wasn't even the best Asian import, House of Flying Daggers was way better, hell, Untold Scandal was way better!

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Hang your head in shame

    by Animatorguy

    Wow, I think I just had a 5th of a heart attack when I read FiendishMilt37's "Shrek 2 is better than Incredibles" post. I haven't posted anything on ainitcool talkback boards for years, mainly because somebody has usually made the point that I would make, which is great, I just sit back and read. But I can hold my tongue no longer. I am genuinely surprised that there's someone out there who is actually comparing the two, guess that makes me a little sheltered, but to go as far as to compare their funnyness (note: funnyness may not be a real word) is hilariously backwards! Incredibles is wonderfully written, perfectly directed, superbly cast (C'mon Craig T. Nelson is Mr Incredible) and lastly amazingly designed. Now compare that to Shrek 2 (which I did find somewhat entertaining by the way), which is a pointless sequel with a weak as piss storyline, obviouse and way too predictable gags and some of the worst character design since.....ummmm...Shrek? The shrek "universe" is just plain ugly, and the fact that the human characters are some of the most generic looking cg models ever created is just wierd, why was there no effort or thought put into them??? (Guess that's because I'm a picky animator, but there's just no excuse). Puss 'n' Boots may have "stolen the show" but there wasn't much of a "show" to steal, the only reason everyone came out of the theatres spouting "boy I sure did like that Puss character" was because the rest of the film was so damn stale!!! Don't worry though Dreamworks will put pay to any originality the Puss 'n' Boots character has by releasing the planned Puss 'n' Boots movie they are going to release. Bottom line comparing the two films mentioned is like comparing "Lost in Translation" and "Anchorman", I didn't laugh out loud much in Lost in Translation by I still found it incredibly witty and funny. Now I wont comment on the whole Monster's Inc and Nemo were for babies and Sharktale was much better "post" cause I'll just never stop ranting. But my guess is you probably think Sharktale was better than Nemo cause it had a wicked "musical number" featuring Missy Elliot & Christina Aguilera and Nemo didn't. Unfortunately I'm probably trying to make my point to a 13 year old who's going to call me a dick. Oh well. By the way, I loved that you called the character Pussy Boots in one of you posts. Hilarious! P.S I think some people missed the point of Harry posting his top 10 for 2004, if you read carefully, these are the 10 films Harry loved for 2004, not what he thinks everybody should pick for 2004, go make your own lists rather than telling somebody else they've made shitty choices. Man people are wierd!

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 4:56 a.m. CST

    2004's best movies

    by Gluecifer

    1) Innocence: Ghost in the shell 2)Steamboy 3)Memories of murder 4)Spiderman 2 5)Man on fire 6)Le convoyeur/Infernal affairs 7)Oldboy 8)Bubba Ho-tep 9)Shaun of the dead/Les cl

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 5:50 a.m. CST

    i was expecting another "ZiYI Zhang, Yi Mou Zhang, Chan-Wook Par

    by DarthBakpao

    thank you Harry for getting it's Zhang Zi Yi!!! Surname first dammit!

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Lezbo milk

    by jackburtonlives

    No it's not just you; Ethan Hawke looks like an extra from DAWN OF THE DEAD. the flashbacks in BEFORE SUNSET to the earlier film were extremely painful because you can see the full extent of his metamorphosis. However, there is a mad logic in it all: APPARENTLY, he has signed on to play Skeletor in HE MAN and they are going to do a non-CGI Skeletor: bottom line is, it all makes perfect sense if you look at the big picture.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 6:50 a.m. CST

    an other list

    by no-no

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 8:32 a.m. CST

    What, no Garden State?

    by alanmaccyd

    Huh?! It's a superb film. Seeing as I'm a UK filmgoer, Lost in Translation slips into my 2004 list (January here), but it shares my top 3 with Eternal Sunshine and Garden State. Nice to see Shaun mentioned, at least. Oh, and I love the beauty of Hero, but I think to say the fascism is 'the point' is MISSING the point Harry is making - it affects your own PERSONAL reaction to the movie. Imagine you watched a snuff movie that was well shot - doesn't mean you'd be forced to like it...

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 8:59 a.m. CST

    FiendishMilt37 - You complete twat!

    by obi12kenobi

    Shrek 1 and 2 are both one trick ponies. The only thing that made Shrek 1 mildly amusing was Eddie Murphy's donkey. "Box office success" doesn't mean "better film". With each of it's films Pixar has created "timeless" classics. I mean how long can the whole "black thing" stay funny? Dreamworks are just trying to make big bucks quick by using current humour. Yeah their films make an impact at the box office but in 20 years who will remember them? Dreamworks just seem to be looking for new trends to follow.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 8:59 a.m. CST


    by stvnhthr

    This sounds like Harry's "I'm a serious film maker now, and this is the type of list that will give me some serious street cred. in the film making business list." I'm sure these are fine films, but they got little coverage (if any) on this site prior to making the list. While geek favorites like Kill Bill 2 and Hellboy have received non-stop praise. So I have to ask what was Harry's criteria? Were they the best films made on a technical level? Were they the most enjoyable? Or is it closer to it will just make it look like Harry is a serious film connoisseur? Harry, We are glad you are getting to finally make a film, but don't lose touch with your Geek roots. You are still one of us!

  • Night Watch (My fave of the year; not withput flaws, but a geekgasm of epic proportions. Can't wait for parts 2-3), Kill Bill#2, Running on Karma, Braking News, House of flying Daggers, I,Robot (Really liked this one, which says something about my questionable taste I suppose), Ong Bak (The guy who only fights using furniture, walls etc. should get a spin-off movie IMO), Bubba Ho-Tep. Shaun of the Dead, Dawn of the dead (Might be my second fave this year. What a great surprise this was!), Tokyo Godfathers, The (Wasp's) Nest.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Are Gooks bribing Harry?

    by i8jrc

    Silmido in top 10? Taegukgi as number film of 2004. As a gook myself, I know what sort of treatments Harry must have gotten when he visited Korea. Wining and dining at a level Harry isn't accustomed to. Wake up and smell the coffee not kimchi, Harry. Both Silmido and Taegukgi were treated as trash here in Seoul and the rest of Korea. Your awe for these shitty films might discredit your rightful envy and respect for Park Chanwook. Wake up!

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Shrek 2, Incredibles: Loved 'Em Both

    by Duck of Death

    But only The Incredibles surpassed my expectations. Shrek 2 is great for what it is, but all it does is recycle and expand upon the first film. The Incredibles could easily have been merely another ironic gagfest with the usual over-the-top jokes and pop culture references galore, but instead it turned out to be something far greater -- a stunning action-adventure film that is also a perceptive family comedy/drama. Most of all, it's a cracking good story. Both are entertaining, but I suspect that Shrek 2's shelf life will not be that long, while The Incredibles will be gracing DVD (or HD-DVD, or Blu-Ray DVD) players well into the next decade. As for Dreamworks vs. Pixar, all you need to do is look at the trailer for the latest Dreamworks animated feature (Madagascar) to see how stuck they are in the same "let's get a bunch of celebrities together to make lame ass, self-referential jokes" rut they are. Whether you like Pixar or not, you have to admit that they at least try to come up with a fresh approach to each film, instead of basically spinning endless variations on the Shrek comedy formula every time out. I'm always interested in seeing what Pixar will come up with next, whether I like the result or not, whereas with Dreamworks I already know what each film will be like. So which is the more vital force in animation? And by the way, I didn't care for Finding Nemo and have a strong suspicion that Cars will suck ass, so I'm not just a Pixar whore.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 10:43 a.m. CST

    WTF? How about a seperate list for american movies we can actua

    by Eyegore

    Make two lists harry. I understand you like these forign movies, but this list is mostly useless.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Harry should re-think his little graphic!

    by Jugs

    It's kinda out of place his New Years graphic, which is taken from The Posiden Aventure, which got turned upsidedown by...a tsunami. Other than that I agree with most of his list, though SHAUN should be number one IMO.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 11:02 a.m. CST

    congrats, FiendishMilt37

    by omarthesnake

    Your asinine "Shrek 2 is better because it made mo' money" comment has at least kept this talkback from degenerating into political diatribes. Instead, it's become a series of well-deserved bitchslaps your direction for such a stupid, stupid line of reasoning. What, I'm supposed to respect Adam Sandler as an artiste because his movies tend to make money at the box office? Sheeesh. And for the record, I enjoyed Shrek 2, but it was no more than disposable fluff -- five years from now, it'll be about as dated as a Mad TV spoof of some commercial from 1999.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Maybe you should allow yourself to be inspired by Harry's foreig

    by Judo John

    True, you may not be able to find all of Harry's faves in a theatre near you, but a well-stocked rental place may have them. If not, there are plenty of websites that will be only too happy to rent or sell you the films. Go on, be adventurous. There's a world outside America, and it produces some mighty fine films.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 11:09 a.m. CST

    come on man, we

    by CuervoJones

    Kill Bill (vol.2) !!! Carradine! Madsen! Uma! The chapel scene!!!

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Uh... people

    by Hokeybutt

    This is just ONE of MANY Top Ten lists... there is no ONE CORRECT LIST. For God's sake... learn this one, simple fact!

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 11:55 a.m. CST

    well do'h, Hokeybutt... this is only one of many top ten list bu

    by Judge Doom

    Leaving Kill Bill 2 off over some weird musical no one ever heard of is just silly "serious filmaker" choice.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 12:21 p.m. CST

    A answer for Thing Fish

    by MovieMaximus

    yes, it's based on the 60's show and yes, it are the original songs.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 12:25 p.m. CST

    To answer your question Thing-fish

    by Sheeld

    Ja Zuster, Nee Zuster (Yes Nurse No Nurse) is indeed the bigscreen version of the '60s series. And it's freeking mind-boggling to me how it ended up in Harry's top ten list. It's not a bad movie, it's quite enjoyable at times, but only a twisted mind like Harry's can see something in it to leviate it into a comedy-musical masterpiece. Trust me folks, don't follow Harry on this one, he is in a world of his own.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 12:37 p.m. CST

    The Incredibles is VASTLY overrated.

    by Grando

    C'mon people, you know it's true.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Nope, Grando.

    by omarthesnake

    You know, we're not going to take advice on what's "VASTLY Overrated" from someone with the chutzpah to choose the screen name "Grando". :)

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Box Office...

    by LandoSauce

    I don't know about the rest of you, but I fucking hate the majority of all movie goers these days. Soccer moms, little teenies, high school kids, geezers, you name it, nearly every "demographic" utterly sucks ass, and I wouldn't listen to their opinion on the movie if there were going to push a thumbtack through my scrotum. So what does a box office total mean? Did everyone who spent the money to buy the ticket actually like the movie? Did these people attend film school? Are they intelligent? It means nothing. Do I care Master & Commander was a flop at the box office? Hell no, I loved the hell out of that movie and now I've got the DVD so I can watch it whenever I want. Is it great that the Lord of the Rings did so well? Sure, I was happy to see it rake in the big bucks, but money only matters in a popularity contest, and sadly, that's what some of you are judging as "quality". Shrek 2 sure made a lot of money, and it did so by pandering, and using lame, cliched jokes that were outdated by the time the movie came out. The movie made it's money off of kids begging their parents to see it over and over, and parents who were forced to see it over and over. Do I care what those fuckwits think about Shrek 2? This country gobbles down shit like Shrek 2 as fast as it does a Big Mac or a Whopper, buys Clay Aiken albums, or wears trucker hats. People like shit, plain and simple. Just because a lot of people like it, doesn't mean it's not shit.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 2:07 p.m. CST


    by Kid Joker

    Defence is obviously spelt different where you're from. Over here in Oz it's spelt "d-e-f-e-n-c-e", so shut the fuck up you MORON. And Shrek 2 was mediocre to the bone. And what do you mean "pathetic" about the Incredibles 'stalling' on $250 Million????? That's heaps you dumb cunt!

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Thanks for Validation on Hero!

    by Jolard

    Harry, thanks for validating my position on Hero!! I too found the overall message of the movie uncomfortable. I feel that Hero was basically produced for the Domestic Chinese market, and it was designed to support the subjugation of the people (as well as restless territories) under Chinese authoritarian rule. The movie was beautiful and fun, but it was disturbing.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Oh, come on, Sheeld

    by Elaine

    "Ja zuster, nee zuster" is hilarious. Granted, it's silly as hell, and not all of the culture-specific humour and references will translate, but as wacky, campy musicals go, this one is great. Not top-10-of-the-year great, but excellent fun all the same if you're in the right kind of mood. Which Harry has obviously been for the past few days. :-)

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 4:10 p.m. CST


    by Thing-Fish

    Thanks for the replies, MovieMaximus and Sheeld.. I'll probably get it then when it comes out here in the States. The "Ja zuster nee zuster" series was a cultural phenomenon in the '60s, but most of the actual episodes have been lost. So it's about time someone redid it!

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Scifi in 2004 and 2005

    by Thing-Fish

    Apart from "Eternal Sunshine", which was a work of genius, this was a pretty bad year for science fiction. (Although I haven't seen Sky Captain yet, I'm not sure that movie is my teacup... I'll watch it when it comes out on DVD.) I mean, "I Robot" and "Chronicles of Riddick" were quite mediocre. However, 2005 promises to be one of the best years ever for scifi, with "Revenge of the Sith", "War of the Worlds", and "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Comments?

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 5:07 p.m. CST

    *sigh*...why do I keep coming back here?

    by DoctorWho?

    "...there all ex-BBC reporters"...FUCKING "DUH"!!!!!!

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 5:29 p.m. CST


    by Rock Icon

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 5:32 p.m. CST


    by Rock Icon

    All the crap about being uncomfortable with Hero because it's facist is ridiculous. Especially coming from Harry. The point was that there had to be sacrifice for there to be one great united China. You, having the vision to see something no one else did...sort of like oh I don't know...Alexander! Which Harry praised for these reasons.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 6:09 p.m. CST


    by CurryIce

    in Harry's TopTen and Spring,Summer,Fall... in his additional list. My god,that's why i love this site! It's the variety (but the many lists on aren't bad either)

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 6:19 p.m. CST

    People who like Shrek 2 and Shark Tale are tools

    by andrew coleman

    Pixar's stuff is original with good scripts behind them. Shrek 2 and Shark Tale are basically pointless stories with culture jokes filling it. Why Shrek 2 did so well at the box office is because first off the movie was short and it was on more screens this year then any movie. So when you see a movie making jokes about COPS or having fish say "Raise the roof" and if you're laughing watchig those moments in a movie you really have no right to talk about movies anymore

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 6:30 p.m. CST

    WTF is wrong with Pop Culture references?

    by BigTuna

    So what if Shrek 2 will be very dated shortly. I saw the film this summer and had a great time. Puss n' Boots made that film for me alone. I don't give a fuck about 5-10-15 years from now. You shouldn't hold it against a film just because of an American Idol joke, geeze. I've got news for you kiddies, The Incredibles isn' exactly original itlself.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 7:07 p.m. CST


    by Joey Stylez

    ...I guess I'm the only one here who loved both SHREK 2 and THE INCREDIBLES. And I agree that they you really can't compare the two. I was able to laugh out loiud at the jokes and humor of SHREK 2 and I was able to stare in awe at the utter overall brilliance of THE INCREDIBLES. For me, Pixar is batting 1.000 when it comes to good films. They just don't make bad films. PERIOD. All of their films are excellent. I love both SHREK films but other than that Dreamworks animation leaves me cold. There's no attempt to bring any kind of sincere heart into their stories. Like someone else said, it's all famous voices and pop culture references. At least SHREK has a little bit of heart in the stories.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 7:10 p.m. CST

    darthbakpao: it's actually ziyi zhang ...

    by Lou C.

    ... but only because she changed it herself. as for the list, whatever. why does everyone get so worked up about it? I'm interested in seeing what Harry liked this year, but i can't help but be amazed at how much crap he gets for it. It's HIS list for chrissakes. HIS. It's what HE liked. Not all of you. Make your own fucking list. Say you disagree. but attacking him simply because a movie you liked isn't there is absurd. oh, and happy new year all. and fiendish39694 or whatever, you are a tool. that is all.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Can I say just one thing?

    by DarkBastion

    Thank you, talk backers ... for putting that stupid tit FiendishMilt37 in his place. Realising there are people out there who can see The Incredibles as the neo-classic it is and Shrek (1 and 2) as the pop shite it is really makes me happy.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 9 p.m. CST

    Nobody's mentioned the best movie of 2004 yet

    by Darth TJ Mackey

    "Team America: World Police".

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Team America has the best theme song of the year for sure

    by andrew coleman

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 10:48 p.m. CST

    FiendishMilt37, I'll find your comments much more intriguing...


    once you realize that a) how much money a movie makes has little to do with it's quality, and b) the fact that you write like a fucking 12 year old. Seriously dude... what's up with that? I'd bet donuts that you're under 18... and if not... ouch.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 11:22 p.m. CST

    In the words of another talkbacker, "My own fucking list"

    by Sabowan

    Let me preface this by saying that I do not believe this to be a list of the ten BEST films of the year, merely these are the ten films that I ENJOYED most this year, and although some amount of quality must be inherent in all of them for me to appreciate them on any level, it doesn't mean that they are the BEST films of the year, merely, these are the movies that made me laugh, cry, gasp, or soil myself the most. I must also say that I didn't have the opportunity to view MANY of the foreign films (read all but one in Harry's list) that came out this year, and Before Sunset so perhaps after I get a chance to see them, those would be added to this list as well. 10. The Grudge - I LOVE horror films. I grew up loving to be scared out of my socks, and that's never changed. In a year that pretty much sucked for really scary films, this one did the best job for what it was, in my opinion. I had seen the original Japanese version and I was happy that this version was not EXACTLY the same, but it did retain many of the best elements. I still actually prefer the original, but again, this year was not great for horror flicks, and I thouroughly enjoyed this one, so it wins (also, it gets extra geek bonus points for a small Ted Raimi role). 9/8 (tie). Dodgeball / Anchorman - Okay, so I know that these two films are not exactly the pinnacles of American filmmaking. The cinematography is not great in either, the acting is obviously campy and ridiculous, and the stories (especially Dodgeball) are trite. All that being said, these movies are so ridiculous that I had A LOT of fun watching them. Stiller, Vaughn, the Wilson Brothers, and especially Will Ferrell are the new golden boys of popular comedy in America, and even though their material may not be particularly fresh, smart, or witty, it's almost invariably entertaining in a ridiculous sort of way. How could you not be entertained by someone being stabbed by a trident in a streetfight? 7. Spider-Man 2 - This movie took the superhero film to new heights. I wouldn't go so far to say that it's "better" than X2, but it succeeds on different levels. Alfred Molina, who first invaded the minds of movie geeks everywhere in 1981 by having a booby trap daggar driven through his skull, was awesome, and Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire rule once more. Let me also say that in most roles, I cannot stand Kirsten Dunst, but for some reason, I love her as MJ. Sam Raimi improves upon the original in almost every way possible, and I can only hope that Spidey 3 continues the trend (breaking the curse of the two good/two bad Superman and Batman films). The film gets extra credit from me because Bruce Campbell and Stan Lee are in it and of course, because it's FREAKING SPIDER-MAN! 6. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - I freaking love Bill Murray; I always have, and I always will. I was two years old when Ghostbusters came out, and it was the first DVD I purchased because I love that film so much. His performance in this film is just brilliant, and the zaniness that runs rampant in this movie is simply mind-boggling. While it's true that the narrative definitely wanders and that some of the creative choices (weirdly animated sea creatures anyone?) are odd, one can't help but think that that's kind of the point of this film. Nobody on Team Zissou really knows what the hell is going on, and neither do we as the spectators of their ego-filled, drug-induced adventure. The "demo button" score of this film matches the feel perfectly, and if you don't love Willem Dafoe in this movie, you have no sense of humor. It's great fun. 5. Hellboy - Before walking into the theatre for this movie, I had never once even seen, let alone read, a Hellboy comic, but this film has made me a diehard fan. While it's certainly not without LOTS of faults, I completely ignored them all on first viewing of the film, and just was swept away by what I was seeing on screen. It's a great comic book movie for comic book fans, and even if you've never heard of Hellboy, you'll still come away from it having had a good time. I enjoyed it more than Spidey 2, but I don't really think it's a better superhero film; it was just more enjoyable to me. 4. The Polar Express - Now call me a sentimental little bitch all you want, but this one cracks my top five because of two reasons. One - I grew up in a home that is just certifiably insane for holiday festivities (20 Christmas trees, holiday parties for weeks on end, etc. etc.). Two - This was the only film I've seen in the past five years with my mother, and it was her idea to go see it with me. As the person who introduced me to loving films in the first place, I couldn't pass up this opportunity, and I've gotta say, I really did have a good time watching it. Although the movie is kind of an acid trip and almost a weird propaganda film, it definitely tugs at the heartstrings if you were ever that little kid who didn't want to believe that Santa wasn't real (which I was). Certainly not a great film by any stretch of the imagination, but hey, it's my list of PERSONAL FAVORITES for the year, so I'll put whatever I want on it. 3. Shaun of the Dead - This movie was just a joy to watch from beginning to end. Having lived in England, I appreciated the things that were distinctly British about it, but the humor and the homage to Zombie horror films are what make this film brilliant. It's a joy to watch from beginning to end, and although it's sometimes over the top, it never deviates from the reality of the situation that these characters are in to a point that it is distracting (which was important with this film unlike in Anchorman). My favorite romzomcom (and favorite comedy for that matter) of the year. 2. The Aviator - This is a great film; it really is, and I wouldn't be surprised if it gets the big Best Picture push and hangs out in the box office for months to come. Leo is splendid in this film; my favorite performance from him since What's Eating Gilbert Grape, and the sheer scope of the story (and the fact that it's an adaptation of someone's REAL life) make it all the more enjoyable. The cinematography is brilliant and deserves the Oscar in that category as well. 1. (Tie) Kill Bill Vol. 2 / The Incredibles - I can't say enough about either one of these films. The Incredibles succeeds at being the BEST Superhero, Animated, Super Spy (like most Bond films and not to be confused with "regular spy films"), FAMILY and a GREAT comedy and action film all at once. The animation and direction is all superb, the writing is terrific for what it's supposed to be, it's very funny visually and through dialogue, and it's incredibly thrilling for what is essentially a kid's film. I will love this film until the end of time. Kill Bill Vol. 2 is simply brilliant as well. Tarantino's dialogue proves as fascinating as ever, the cinematography is great, and the action scenes are so superb you'd think that Tarantino had been directing complicated fight scenes his entire career. The score by Rodriguez adds so much character to this film, and the performances, especially from Uma, Carradine, and Madsen are all GREAT. It's an homage to more than one genre from a filmmaker in love with genre films and a great film in itself at the same time. Combined with Vol. 1, it becomes my favorite Tarantino film, and that's saying a good bit. Notable ommissions (because I haven't seen them): Million Dollar Baby, Finding Neverland Notable ommissions (because they were only SLIGHTLY less enjoyable to me than these other films): House of Flying Daggers, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban My worst films of the year (in no particular order because I'm tired of writing this damn thing, and I'm not being paid): Catwoman - BLEH! Blade III - BLEH! Garfield (even loving Bill Murray) - BLEH! Alexander - BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT of the YEAR for me (some parts were so really great, but the movie as a whole just sucks balls). Most anticipated films of next year: Star Wars III: ROTS King Kong War of the Worlds Serenity Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Number of these films that will probably end up on my top 10 list next year: 2, but that's just a guess Peace out.

  • Jan. 1, 2005, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Your runner-ups are shitstains.

    by Veraxus

    Alexander? Hellboy? Ghost in the Shell 2? Sky Captain? Harry, you give in too much to retard mass-market trash. Especially Alexander, which could possibly be one of the worst movies I have ever seen. It's a fucking shame that Baz Luhrmann didn't get to make his version. Now that would have been a spectacle the scope of yesteryears biblical epics... that is, instead of a 3-hour orgy of gayness. Goddammit, start being a little more discriminatory.

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 12:03 a.m. CST

    What a horrible list...

    by JackBurton

    Mostly because it seems very geared towards the usual critic game of "look at how wide my cinematic knowledge of film appreciation is", rather than just being a straight on "these are the films that I honestly loved this year and I don't give a damn what anyone else thinks" type list, which I think is personally a lot more honest and far less snobbishly "my film knowledge is broader than yours". And this is from someone who casts his own net far and wide in his own love of film, not the complaint of someone who only lives by hollywood blockbusters alone, so it's not like I'm anti arthouse, foreign or any kind of film for that matter. Good film is good film is good film, regardless of genre, country of origin, language, budget, or anything else. ************************************************************************ Still all that said, it's Harry's list, he can do what he likes with it, and can of course like whatever the hell he likes, it just read kinda false and bullshitty to me is all. Still, what do I know.

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 12:32 a.m. CST

    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    by scratcher

    Was the omission of Wes Anderson's latest masterpiece an accident, or perhaps you haven't had a chance to see it yet? I have no problem with where someone might rank my favorite film of the year, but I definitely feel it should be included on your honorable mention list. You haven't posted a review, but could you justify this? I mean, I liked I Heart Huckabees more than your average filmgoer, but Life Aquatic made me almost forget about it. And yes, The Incredibles vs. Shrek #(anything) isn't even a competition. Brad Bird has taken American animated filmmaking to a new level.

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Aww Harry no Kill Bill 2 on your top dissapointing..

    by Jon E Cin

    Aviator was dull!

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 4:29 a.m. CST

    If all you say about Harry is is sincere mrfantasto....

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... and you're not just some pathetic troll looking for a little attention to brighten up your dreary little life, why torture yourself by reading the stuff posted on his site? Severely maschostic or what? Kindly go find a site you actually enjoy and spare us your hateful blather.

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 6:27 a.m. CST

    FiendishMilt37... I hope you're being sarcastic.


    Shrek 2 IS the highest grossing animated feature of all time, BUT a SINGLE SCENE of Violets hair is better animation then the best of what Shrek 2 had to offer. Shrek 2 made money because it appeals to the lowest common denominator of humor. It has jokes and referances that morons can nudge the person beside them and go "THAT WAS FROM LORD OF THE RINGS! I SAW THAT AND RECOGNIZE THE FUNNY! I GET A COOKIE!". The design and animation were garbage and I hope for your sake you were just kidding with your comments. It's almost as sad as that guy who in another talkback thread warned people off of buying the "Art of Incredibles" book cuz it was full of drawings that didn't even look like the characters. Moron.

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 6:30 a.m. CST



    sorry... Should have read through the other talkback stuff first... Just read that Shrek 2 comment and had to speak before I realized everyone already had gone off about it.

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 9:10 a.m. CST

    To Elaine

    by Sheeld

    Elaine, like I said, I do think "Ja Zuster, Nee Zuster" is quite enjoyable, but I would never call it hilarious. It was on television yesterday and as I watched it again it became clear to me why the movie doesn't really work for me: it's completely fake. Maybe that's the point of it (it is camp after all, something I don't much care for btw), but the entire movie looks like it's filmed on a stage (especially the street scenes) and it's visually very bland. Plus the songs aren't too good, really. Sure, they're very likeable and extremely recognizable (for Dutch people), but they never soar. They work mostly on a nostalgic level, not as show-stopping musical numbers. I dunno, maybe it's a generational thing, but I think it's somewhat overrated. Not bad, mind you. Just enjoyable.

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Is it just me or is the yodelling villain in Disney's Home on th

    by togmeister


  • Jan. 2, 2005, 2:49 p.m. CST

    PK dick?

    by WolfmanNards

    What does P K Dick have to do with Eternal Sunshine?

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Better than Dirty Dozen! Better than Private Ryan!!

    by NiceMarmot

    Hmmm.. nice to see we're keeping the hyperbole in check here. Granted, nearly every single US made war movie since SPR has been utter shit, so I suppose I'll have to consider the "starvation" factor. So, whatever. I'll still keep my eye open for Brotherhood and Silmido. BTW, I love the Variety blurb on the DVD cover for that buzzbomb Berkeley looking thing: "Likeable! Promising! Cheerful!" I would have also accepted 'amiable', 'fetching', or 'preferable'.

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 4:01 p.m. CST


    by R.C. the "Wise"

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 4:09 p.m. CST

    R.C.'s Opinion: Several outstanding movies were excluded from y

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    The Bourne Supremacy HERO KILL BILL's The Polar Express/The Terminal (Both still underrated just like the lead actor in both films} Ocean's 12; Yeah, I actually dug it! Friday Night Lights Harry Potter III Big Fish {January release}

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 5:35 p.m. CST

    FiendishMilt is a TROLL, people!

    by Ribbons

    Christ on a cucumber, do you people have to take everything so personally? If he didn't know film snobs would come out of the wood work to scold him for his lack of enlightment, his obnoxious pranks wouldn't even be there to insult your opinion in the first place.

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Like a lot of critics.......

    by Latenighter

    Harry mistakes being in a foriegn language for quality.

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Jaguaro that is a funnnnny post!

    by Jon E Cin

    Dead on! I miss mad libs!

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Dreamworks really fucked up the DVD release of Ghost in the Shel

    by Jon E Cin

    Subtitles for the hearing impaired only! Plus the worst dvd transfer I have seen in ages! Ugh!

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Ethan Hawke

    by DyslexicHeart

    He does look like he's auditioning to play Skelator in John Woo's He-Man movie. I just came from seeing "The Aviator"(loved it) and I saw a poster in the lobby and from a distance it looked like it had Arnold Schwarznegger's face on it but as I got closer it was Ethan on the "Assault on 13th Precint" poster. Ugh.

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 9:16 p.m. CST


    by prajadhipok

    That was probably the worst big movie of 2004, except for Rosario Dawson's excellent tata revelations.

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Al Jazeera: "We are [Saddam's] network"

    by HillaryLovesMe Just keep choosing the wrong side, there, libs.

  • Get over yourselves! It's entertainment! Stop taking films so seriously. Shrek 2 was funny and fast moving. Incredibles was slow and was laugh free. Ask kids what film they liked better. The screening of The Incredibles I saw the kids couldn't wait to leave the theater. It's too long and slow for an animated film. But great for an adult film geek who thinks a family of superheroes is such a "cool" thing.

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 10:08 p.m. CST

    No Oldboy??

    by trench404

    I'm amazed that didn't even get an honourable mention. Incidentally, you do all realise that this list is Harrys 'opinion' and therefore you can't just magically slam him for being incorrect.

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 10:28 p.m. CST

    trench404 & Big Tuna

    by Ribbons

    trench404: 'Old Boy' was on Harry's Top 10 of 2003 list. Here's a link if you wanna take a look: ********************** Big Tuna: I missed the memo that said 'The Incredibles' was a kids' movie. Read some of Brad Bird's comments about the film and you'll realize how wrongheaded your comparisons of both movies through that prism are.

  • Jan. 2, 2005, 10:33 p.m. CST

    I never said Incredibles was a kids movie...

    by BigTuna

    I was just talking about their reactions to it. Brad Bird may have wanted more of an adult movie, but disney/Pixar sure wanted kids to like it and drag their parents to it multiple times.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Here's My Top 10 List!

    by Hung-Wei Lo

    Yeah, like anybody gives a flying fuck. Same goes to you too, buddy!

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 2:42 a.m. CST

    TOP 10 LISTS

    by topaz4206

    Speaking of Top 10 Lists, anyone that knows that website where they have every major critic in America's top 10 lists in one easy-to-read chart? It's great, sometimes you find a movie you never even considered on there.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 3:35 a.m. CST

    OrionsAngel...dude...calm down.

    by Hung-Wei Lo

    I didn't even see your post, man! I was generalizing my comment to top 10 articles on this site, as I've been doing for the past 5 years or so on AICN. It's not that I'm sick of them, I just like to rile up the AICN crew once every year. And yes, you are somebody. The most important talk-back poster in the world. There, happy? :)

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 8:38 a.m. CST

    When I saw what the first film was, i thought this talkback woul

    by TheGinger Twit

    But you're all still fucking retards! Shrek 2 is an awesome film! The Incredibles is an awesome film. Shrek is a mike myers film. Incredibles is a disney/pixar kids film. Geezus.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 9:54 a.m. CST

    can there be a worse top ten list?

    by ZO

  • Good to see you haven't changed Harry.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 10:21 a.m. CST

    The Peoples Republic of America -- Harrys Dream

    by TesticleTom

  • Ask the Israelis about the love they get from BBC.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Harry makes me sick

    by TesticleTom

    Harry, you actually buy that bullshit that Al Jazeera does not have a pro muslim/anti-american agenda? Have you finally gone off the deep end? Go ahead and like a movie for its artistic merrits - that's fine, but the fact that you like this movie because you believe its content finally places you in the true pinko-idiot category. And you don't like Hero for some ill-concieved faciest undertones? You even linked Bush to that movie somehow? Harry I have endured your horseshit for years now and the only thing saving your site is the scoops and other posters. Your movie reviews and tastes are god-awful. If I buy you a ticket to China will you move?

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Talkback order

    by JUSTICE41

    Heyyyyyy!!! No one commented on the fact that Harry finally fixed the Talkbacks so you can actually read everyones posts in the order they are posted. Shreks 1 and 2 are forgetable flicks while the Incredibles was just ok.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 12:11 p.m. CST

    May have spoken too quickly about the fixing of the talkback ord

    by JUSTICE41


  • Jan. 3, 2005, 1:36 p.m. CST

    I can't believe I made it this far.

    by RainJacket

    Shrek 2 and its pandering, already-dated humour is a masterpiece, The Incredibles will be remembered in 20 years, The Aviator was boring and dull, Eternal Sunshine was an original, creative film even though I and everyone I know guessed the "ending" five minutes into it. Defense is spelled with a "c", and everyone here in the U.S. spells centre, sabre, colour, and humour (including me) wrong anyway. All of what I just said is about as debatable, wrong, and right as you can get. And it means nothing. Who cares. When it comes to movies, comedy, food, and whatever sick sex fetish gets you off; everybody is wrong but me. I hate you jerks more than certain war criminals, but I keep coming back. I must have a complex.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Top 10

    by ManosTHOF

    Until I figure out where to include (if at all) "Million Dollar Baby" once I see it.....10. The Incredibles.--- 9. Super Size Me.--- 8. Spider-Man 2.--- 7. House of Flying Daggers.--- 6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. 5. Passion of the Christ.--- 4. Fahrenheit 9/11.--- 3. The Bourne Supremacy--- 2. Kill Bill Volume II--- 1. The Aviator.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 2:28 p.m. CST

    I don't get Charlie Kaufman

    by NFLRefugee

    I think he fuckin sucks. A psedu-hip, hack of a screenwriter who has "film lovers" such as the American hating, fat slob, Harry Knowles thinking he is a friggin genius. Two words: Human Nature. Watch that shit fest and tell me that Charlie Kaufman is hip. He sucks.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 3:36 p.m. CST

    My top 10

    by C.C. Baxter

    10)Passion of the Christ 9)Terminal 8)Village 7)Infernal Affairs 6)Super Size Me 5) Finding Neverland 4)Polar Express 3)Incredibles 2)Harry Potter 1)Spider-Man 2

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Well it's not EXACTLY "love it or leave it"...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... mrfantasto, but I guess that's essentially what it boils down to. I used to live in Austin and have met Harry. He is, IMHO, a capital fellow, (admittedly a rather LARGE capital fellow who doesn't write particularly well, albeit with a style all his own). I find his enthusiasm for the medium to be infectious, his diatribes entertaining; which is why I continue to frequent *his* site. What I'm taking exception with is people slagging him for being who he is. I have a tendency to defend him from time to time mainly because he couldn't give a flying fuck what you or anybody else thinks of him, his likes, dislikes, fetishes, etc. In short: It

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 4:41 p.m. CST

    FOX, CNN, etc: "We are Bush and Israel's network"

    by Bong

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 5:22 p.m. CST

    The Dreamers was a joke

    by Rupee88

    It was just soft-core porn with no story. I can't believe anyone could take that film seriously. I love naked chicks, but I'll watch porno for that and I sure won't say the porno was a work of art.

  • I don't give a shit what they liked. That was a stupid, gross movie.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Nice reply fantasto...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... can I help it if you're a clueless troll? Hear what you want to hear and disregard the rest eh? I feel sorry for YOU'RE "friends". I bet you wouldn't piss on 'em if they were on fire.

  • Jan. 4, 2005, 1:12 a.m. CST


    by Archive

    What happened? Has everyone forgotten about this movie - no mention at all, from anyone I've read! Man, I thought it was one of the most visually arresting movies I've seen, and I was quietly pulling for at least a nomination for Best Director come Oscar time, but it seems it's slipped through the cracks. Primer blew me away! Shane! You've got my vote!

  • Jan. 4, 2005, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Bong, your two mistakes, both pathetic

    by HillaryLovesMe

    1. You evaded the point about Al-Jazeera's bias. *** 2. You brought up the pathetic "right-wing media" myth (of course, without trying to prove your statement, as I did with mine). ********** Do morons out there still really believe that the US media is pro-Bush? If so, our education system (which is dominated by...a certain major American political party, ahem) is catastrophically incompetent. ******* Some links to help those afflicted with the pathetic "right-wing US media" myth: ***

  • Jan. 4, 2005, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Ironically, very few cool movies

    by Cerebud

  • Jan. 4, 2005, 11:35 a.m. CST

    May to go fantasto...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... it's all prefectly clear now. Not only are you a clueless troll, you're a complete fucking retard. What I SAID, Mrshitforbrains, is that Harry's opinion matters as much as anyone elses (which is to say: not a whole lot). You go fucking apeshit even when someone AGREES with you. What I ALSO said, since you apparently need things spelled out like a fucking five year old might, is that AICN has been an important WWW movie site pretty much since it's inception, (a claim that is pretty much beyond debate except for trolling morons such as yourself), and it was one of the first "personal" sites to attract a large following. Now kindly go fuck yourself with a railroad tie, or some other large appropriately slintery object. I shall not respond to your assinine spewage again.

  • Jan. 4, 2005, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Lou C. : Nope, it's Zhang Ziyi...

    by DarthBakpao

    Surname first for Chinese and Korean names. The structure is, "Zhang" as surname, "Zi" most likely a middle name and basically it tells which generation of Zhang you belong to, and last, "Yi" is your name. It's Zhang Ziyi, Zhang Yi Mou, Park Chan-Wook, Kim Ki-Duk, Mao Tze Dong, Lee Kuan Yew, Li Lien Ji (Jet Li), Chow Yuen Fat, Lau Tak Wa (Andy Lau), and KIM JONG IL!!. SURNAME FIRST!! and i can't believe Harry put Tae GukGi on top of his top ten 2004 movies. That movie sucks, as well as House of the Flying Dagger, both loathed and received cold reaction in Asia. It doesn't make you sounds cool just because you put a Korean or Chinese movie on top of your best movie of 2004

  • Jan. 4, 2005, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Oh, yeah, that's right...

    by Halloween68

    The BBC is impartial. NPR is the god honest truth. Hah! And you probably think Michael Moore's little smut film is 100 percent accurate as well. Harry wake up and smell the shit! I am a former active duty Marine who fought in the first Gulf War. Al Jazeera serves one purpose and one purpose provide propaganda and a public communicator to the Iraqi terrorist network. You haven't heard Al Jazeera until you're over in that country and listening to Al Jazeera. Not only does it spread lies and false hope to a bunch of murderers and cutthroats, but it also does and says anything and everything it can to help and try to demoralize the troops. (Though, lately it seems all they have to do is route in some of CNN's coverage of the war. Do you know that this past weekend was the first time I've heard a report on some of the positive things that are starting to happen now to a free Iraq. You guys are aware that the majority of the country is at peace and are in favor a democratic nation right? You wouldn't know it from our own media's coverage. Everybody's got something stuck in their craw. How about giving our soldiers something to fight for. Instead of trying to make them feel small and insignificant.) Take it from somebody who has heard Al Jazeera firsthand, in the field. Not from some crackpot documentary filmmaker who's out to get name recognition and money to advance his career. Al Jazeera has never told the truth...and they sure as hell wouldn't provide that truth to the american film viewing public? Gah, some people will just believe anything. Come on, Harry. Come on, all. You've got to be smarter than that.

  • Jan. 4, 2005, 4:45 p.m. CST

    mrfantasto and Harry's opinion of 'Monkeybone'

    by Ribbons

    Okay, I'm not going to involve myself with the tiff that you and SkywayMoaters are currently having, even though both of you are being supremely annoying. However, you did accuse Harry of liking the movie 'Monkeybone.' Read this link to discover the truth: (here's a hint: the review begins with the words "I hate MONKEYBONE.").

  • Jan. 4, 2005, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Right On Harry, BEFORE SUNSET!

    by jfavila

    Way to go Harry! Before Sunset was definitely in the the top 10 of the year. I felt like a fly buzzing around Hawke and Delpy's shoulders. Brilliant... and I'm a Star Wars fan! Good cinema is good cinema, and this is good cinema, no doubt. Looking forward to the sequel in 9-10 years!

  • Jan. 4, 2005, 8:05 p.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    Ouch. Well, "old boy," you asked and I answered. There you go. Next time you're going to get indignant about someone answering one of your questions, make sure they know beforehand that it's rhetorical.

  • Jan. 5, 2005, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Charlie Kaufman is incapable of creating a likeable or interesti

    by UnChienAndalou

  • Jan. 6, 2005, 8:03 a.m. CST

    My Top Ten

    by Vishnu

    In no particular order: 21 Grams Hero Lost in Translation Zatoichi The Incredibles Eternal Sunshine Shaun of the Dead Bourne Supremacy Man on Fire Spiderman 2

  • Jan. 6, 2005, 8:16 a.m. CST

    The Yo Yo Man's Top Ten

    by Yo Yo Man

    The top ten movies released in the backwater shithole that is Scotland in the Year of Our Lord 2004... 1. OldBoy. A stunning film, the best I've seen since The Insider. Requires between seven and ten cigarettes to calm you down afterwards. I will personally donate these to anyone who can find a review of OldBoy that doesn't mention claw hammers. 2. Collateral. The coyote. The nightclub shootout. Mark Ruffalo says "The roof's all beat to shit." Jamie Foxx tries to convince the cops he hit "a south central deer." Genius. 3. Shaun of the Dead. Funniest and most quotable movie of the year, if not the last ten. 4. Spider-Man 2. It's the Superman 2 of superhero movies! No, wait, it's the Amadeus of superhero movies. No, wait, it's the the Unbearable Lightness of Being of superhero movies. No, wait, it's just very, very good. 5. The Motorcycle Diaries. Coolest film to be caught at this year. 6. Lost in Translation. Bill Murray denied Oscar. Oscar denied credibility. The ending is beautiful. 7. School of Rock. Makes you wish you were ten years old. And musically gifted. And taught by Jack Black. 8. Max. Delayed release for this really good indie flick with John Cusack trying to calm down a raving loudmouth who happens to be a young Adolf Hitler. 9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Romantic despite itself. Mostly free of Jim Carrey schtick. 10. Spartan. The thinking man's Man on Fire: fewer rectal grenades, better dialogue. "You've got to set your motherfucker to RECEIVE!!!" .....The worst of 2004 is as follows. 1. Van Helsing. I'm convinced Stephen Sommers pointed the camera at a crap video game and filmed some idiot manchild attempting to play it. 2. Alien vs. Predator. What's that, Mr W. S. Anderson? A chisel in your car tyre? A chisel with my name on it? 3. I, Robot. I hate movies with fucking robots in them, and this movie was full of fucking robots. To be fair, I should have been warned by the title. It's such a fine line between clever and stupid, and this movie crosses it less than halfway through. Cf 4. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. 5. The Day After Tomorrow. Jake Gyllenhaal summed it up best: "This is a movie where the weather is shit."

  • Jan. 8, 2005, 5:33 a.m. CST


    by Black Caeser

    Just saw it tonight and I can't get it out of my mind. Eastwood is God as a director. Hilary Swank is goddess as an actress .

  • Jan. 10, 2005, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Foriegn films in Harry's top 10

    by riskebiz

    Do you ever get the feeling that some of these foreign films that keep into Harry's lists are there to show us how that his taste in film is more refined (or elitist) than yours? Especially that number one pick of his... At what point and in what theater did he see it? Was it even mentioned once this last year on this site prior to this list? Just curious. No big deal. I always get a chuckle when I see some of those titles in his lists.

  • Jan. 11, 2005, 2:51 p.m. CST

    My Top 10 List

    by Yo_SheBitch

    In case anyone cares. And I must admit, I don't go by how well-made the movie is, only by how much enjoyment I got out of it. 10) Kill Bill Vol.2 9)The Corporation 8)The Chronicles of Riddick 7)Shaun of the Dead 6)Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle (laughed my ass off!) 5)Sideways 4)Million Dollar Baby (cried my eyes out) 3)The Incredibles 2)I Heart Huckabees (Wahlberg is awesome) 1)Spartan. I'm sure I'll catch flack for my #1 choice but it really was my fave. Mammet is the man! Indicate you heard me.

  • Jan. 12, 2005, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Spotless Mind and Before Sunset are another scam...

    by nsomnia is time once for all to understand that foreign language + no budget + unscripted random dialogues + one camera pan that last 20 mn + "this movie is sooooooooo boring it MUST be art" doesn't equal a great movie. It's also a hypocritical elitism to praise those movies as best of the year when they were barely mentionned throughout the year, just to try and be hip. Also as previously stated by others, to rank #1 a movie that NO ONE saw and that NO ONE AT AICN pushed others to see or be shown is pure stupid elitism, the one that tell others they are too dumb to understand the depth of a movie or too stupid not to get the A.R.T in a stupid,boring, pseudo-intellectual really bad Kaufman flick. Out.

  • Jan. 12, 2005, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Great list Harry. Fuck the doubters in this TB.

    by Silver_Joo

  • Jan. 12, 2005, 12:13 p.m. CST


    by numberface

    I'm a big film snob, but I thought this movie was brilliant. The most original American comedy since "Some Like it Hot." The ending where Napolean dances has to be seen to be believed. The guy who made this has an interesting future. Mark my words, you retards.

  • Jan. 12, 2005, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Ten Reasons Why Charlie Kaufman rules...

    by Wee Willie

    1) He's related to Andy Kaufman. 2) George Clooney has a fat arse. 3) "Never, never. Past Contender!" 4) Push it, rock it, you still can't sock it. 5) Jim Carrey's balls. 6) "Being John Lennon" was what they should have not called it. 7) "Try it, you'll like it". 8) Brown rice. 9) Fortune favors the bold 10)Alexander should have been longer, with more narration and less tity.

  • Jan. 15, 2005, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Where the fuck is the love for Garden State?

    by polgara04

    Harry hasn't even fucking reviewed it, and it's one of the best movies of the year. He should be lynched for this transgression against humanity. And I like about nine other movies this year, including eternal sunshine, but who can remember...

  • Jan. 4, 2009, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Am I bit late for my rant on this post???

    by samuraiyao

    2004, boy how the times have changed...

  • March 24, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    by thedingo311