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The Rest of My (Film) List

The Rest of My (Film) List

Now that my guest lists for 10 Best Films of 2004 have been published both in indieWIRE and The Austin American-Statesman, here’s a reprinting of the list as well as my complete Top 20 and a few other special mentions added. I invite you to include your own lists in the comment field below.

My 20 Films of 2004
1. Tarnation
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
3. House of Flying Daggers
4. The Aviator
5. Napoleon Dynamite
6. Dogville
7. Collateral
8. Before Sunset
9. Sideways
10. Far Side of the Moon
11. Shaun of the Dead
12. Kill Bill Vol. 2
13. DIG!
14. Infernal Affairs
15. Noi Albino
16. Bright Leaves
17. The Manchurian Candidate
18. Finding Neverland
19. Team America: World Police
20. Reconstruction

Still Have Not Seen of 2004: Closer, Hotel Rwanda, Los Angeles Plays Itself, Million Dollar Baby, Moolade, Notre Musique, Vera Drake

Most Underrated Films of 2004: Bright Leaves (Should have been an Oscar contender),Code 46 (Smart science fiction, with amazing performances), Coffee & Cigarettes (Great stuff), Primer (Yeah, it won Sundance and got a distrib deal, but it deserves a stronger fanboy following), Saved! (Made lots of money, but deserved to make even more. A modern teen classic.), Stander (A stylish, emotional, and atmospheric crime film. Would make a fantastic double feature with Collateral).

Waaay Better Than They Needed To Be: Dawn of the Dead, Dodgeball, Mean Girls, Ray, Spider-Man 2

Great Stuff Coming To Theaters In 2005: 9 Songs, A Hole in My Heart, Casshern, Kung Fu Hustle, Mysterious Skin, Old Boy, Ong Bak: Thai Warrior

(To avoid a conflict of interest or playing favorites, I decided to omit any of the many films still without distribution that played SXSW 2004 or the films we have publicly announced as part of SXSW 2005, as of this writing.)

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