Sunday, January 23, 2005
2004: The year we lived in squalor
1 -- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Some thoughts: The first 2004 movie I saw in 2004 is also the best. An Annie Hall for the video-game generation. Soul power.
What we said then: Great acting ... scenes on the frozen lake ... Carrey-as-kid ... bookstore/room transition ... surreal imagery ... elegant Jon Brion score [9/10]
Nagging question: What's next for Michel Gondry?
They said it better: David Edelstein, Elvis Mitchell, bonus: Jonathan Rosenbaum (****)
Best Actors: Will Ferrell, Paul Giamatti, Leonardo DiCaprio, Peter Sarsgaard, Gael Garcia Bernal
Best Actresses: Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, Virginia Madsen, Julie Delpy, Uma Thurman
Honorable mentions: Anchorman, Closer, Shaun of the Dead, Coffee and Cigarettes, The Aviator
Dishonorable mentions: Team America: World Police, The Polar Express, Napoleon Dynamite
Remainders: In Good Company, The Passion of the Christ, Primer, House of Flying Daggers, Vera Drake, Goodbye Dragon Inn, Ray
Tomorrow: Oscar nomination predictions!
What a pretentious title!