Film Reviews (2004)

The Company
Review Date: January 4, 2004
Rating: 7
Altman turns his laconic lens to a fascinating account of a truly collective human effort. Sign up.
The Dreamers
Review Date: February 10, 2004
Rating: 5
Sexy nostalgia for hip cinephiles, otherwise devoid of psychological interest. Don't wake them.
50 First Dates
Review Date: February 15, 2004
Rating: 0

Prior to this film’s release, my Film Reviews did not have the “0” (zero) rating. Yeesh.

Against The Ropes
Review Date: February 22, 2004
Rating: 6
Pleasantly surprising, if shallow, genre movie. Hop in the ring.
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
Review Date: February 27, 2004
Rating: 1
Let us pray that Diego Luna’s agent is savvy enough to save his career after this trainwreck. Bust a move.
Starsky and Hutch
Review Date: March 5, 2004
Rating: 7
A film we didn’t need, but clever and fun nonetheless.Ride along.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Review Date: March 19, 2004
Rating: 6
A memorable stumble. Get it? Memorable?
Dawn of the Dead
Review Date: March 26, 2004
Rating: 7

Sleek but vacuous remake of Romero’s 1978 classic. Enlist in the army of snarkness.

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (Re-Release)
Review Date: April 30, 2004
Rating: 7

A welcome dose of sanity to neutralize recent Passions. The bright side of life awaits.

Kill Bill: Volume Two
Review Date: April 18, 2004
Rating: 3
Wanted: Film editor. Miramax Studios. Ask for Harvey. Inquire within.
Shrek 2
Review Date: May 18, 2004

Puss In Boots. Puss In Boots. Puss In Boots. Did I mention Puss In Boots?

The Day After Tomorrow
Review Date: May 31, 2004
Rating: 4
Fun with 3D models and not much else. Atrocity exhibition.
Coffee and Cigarettes
Review Date: May 31, 2004
Rating: 6
Small pleasures to be had in this laconic actor’s workshop.Pop in.
Review Date: June 1, 2004
Rating: 7
Blaspheme like Beckham. Be converted.
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
Review Date: June 4, 2004
Rating: 7

Cuaron’s gifted eye makes the film a triumph of style over a lackluster story. Fall under its spell.

Fahrenheit 9/11
Review Date: June 27, 2004
Rating: 10

A movie will help decide the outcome of this presidental election, and for that I am happy. It didn't, but read this anyway.

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
Review Date: July 1, 2004
Rating: 8
Philosophical noir. Absorbing but slightly unfulfilling.Descend! Descend!
Napoleon Dynamite
Review Date: July 5, 2004
Rating: 2
Slack exercise in quirk.There's more to read!
Before Sunset
Review Date: July 4, 2004
Rating: 5
Great conversation. Stock resolution.Eavesdrop.
Review Date: July 9, 2004
Rating: 9
Best comedy of the year. Be dazzled.
The Door In The Floor
Review Date: July 16, 2004
Rating: 9

Should have been a lot better than it is. Open it right up.

Donnie Darko (The Director’s Cut)
Review Date: July 23, 2004
Rating: 10

Magnificent improvement on the original. One of the greats. Through the wormhole.

The Bourne Supremacy
Review Date: July 22, 2004
Rating: 7

Tautly paced thriller that’s smart on the small details.Bond with it.

Garden State
Review Date: August 5, 2004
Rating: 7

Affecting in its robust simplicity, full of fine performances.Come visit.

Bright Young Things
Review Date: August 22, 2004
Rating: 6

Milder take on Waugh’s needling of the British uppah clahsses.Join the party.

The Brown Bunny
Review Date: September 1, 2004
Rating: 6

Brilliant looking, empty movie that deserves a better reputation than it has. Hop along in here.

Review Date: September 6, 2004
Rating: 3

Crouching Comrade, Hidden Bolshevik. Come look for it.

THX-1138: The Director’s Cut
Review Date: September 12, 2004
Rating: 7

Vivid restoration of a fascinating but ultimately crude experiment in Orwellian sci-fi.Blast off.

Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow
Review Date: September 18, 2004
Rating: 7

An enthralling visual achievement blunted by anemic blue-screen acting.Fly with me.

Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence
Review Date: September 24, 2004
Rating: 9

Unforgettable animation enriches a dizzyingly-cool exploration of man and machine in the near future.You’ll want to go.

Team America: World Police
Review Date: October 15, 2004
Rating: 8

Savage attack on Hollywood that performs a service to the republic—and has stuff exploding real good. Exceptional Americanism.

Review Date: October 17, 2004
Rating: 6

Interesting for what it is, not what it has to say. Well worth a look!

Review Date: October 29, 2004
Rating: 10

Giamatti and Haden Church are an odd couple worthy of Lemmon and Matthau. Go for a taste.

Review Date: November 29, 2004
Rating: 7

A spectacle more admirable for its epic ambitions than anything else it has to offer. Never fight a land war in Asia.

Review Date: December 3, 2004
Rating: 5

Only Owen stands tall in this gallery of love fools.Not to be confused with the LP.

National Treasure
Review Date: December 26, 2004
Rating: 6

A pleasant kids’ movie.Search no further.

Ocean’s Twelve
Review Date: December 23, 2004
Rating: 4

A film that wants to be something else. Whatever that may be, it’s neither funny or interesting.Roll the dice.

The Assassination of Richard Nixon
Review Date: December 27, 2004
Rating: 9

Harrowing study of anxiety in modern America. Business as usual for Penn—perfection.Subpoena yourself.

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Review Date: December 31, 2004
Rating: 4

Anderson’s first mis-fire. Vibrant looking but comatose.Dive in.

Briefly Noted:
21 Grams
January 11,2004
Rating: 7

Excellent acting makes a simple melodrama more profound than it has any right to be.

August 6, 2004
Rating: 9
Masterpiece of L.A. existentialism. Foxx turns in a career-making performance.
I Heart Huckabees
October 5, 2004
Rating: 6
Crackles with humor but far too scatterbrained for its own good. Wahlberg steals the movie.
October 24, 2004
Rating: 6
Disappointing follow-up to Kidd’s stellar debut “Roger Dodger”. Linney nearly saves the movie, but it can’t shake the doldrums.
Enduring Love
November 5, 2004
Rating: 7
Sufficiently creepy adaptation of Ian McEwan’s discomfiting novel.
The Machinist
November 7, 2004
Rating: 7
The protean Bale gives a deft performance in a self-consciously Dostoyevskian nightmare.
December 18, 2004
Rating: 9
Everything “A Beautiful Mind” wishes it were. Neeson is superb as an inspired man of science.
The Aviator
December 19, 2004
Rating: 8
Silky direction from Scorsese gives DiCaprio room for a commanding performance.
Meet The Fockers
December 24, 2004
Rating: 7
Formulaic vulgarity doesn’t ruin the breezy charm of this predictable but fun comedy.