Well on the basis of a friends' journal, I tried to pull out a list of movies that I had seen this year, although in hindsight I can see that there are ones that I saw but aren't listed... Most in the theatres, some on video, and considering that this list wasn't the most accurate I won't swear that some of these weren't in 2004. I'll rate them on a scale of 1-10 IMHO :D
Brothers Grimm - 5 good effects, story not as solid as it should've been for a Gilliam movie.
Constantine - 7 yes I know they REALLY changed alot from the comic, but I still enjoyed it alot! Especially Tilda Swinton as Gabriel!
Dark Water - 4 I liked it sort of, but was terribly depressing, and I don't hesitate to believe that it was faithful to the feeling and ending of the Japanese original. Are there any happy endings?
Fantastic Four - 6 Campy, still dislike the idea of Jessica Alba as Sue Storm but she did ok. Johnny Storm stole the show for me.
Four Brothers - 7 Surprised me... we had free tickets, and while I'm not a fan of urban violence movies, I really enjoyed it and the characterizations... yes there were some!
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - 9 Yes they dropped out stuff, with a book like that you kind of had too! But they left the important stuff in and I truly enjoyed the emotional stuff, the teenaged angst really sold and I ate it up!
Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy - 9 Surprised me again! Really had doubt that they'd pull it off, but they did! Yes it was Americanized a bit, and still not sure I like Zaphod with his heads like that, but I was pleased and that song was hysterical!! We ended up in a kickline in the theatre with people we didn't even know!
House of Wax - 2 - NOT into slasher movies, saw it sort of on video and mostly watched cause we were waiting for Paris Hilton to die.
King Kong - 8 - didn't expect to really enjoy it! Peter Jackson pulled it off though! Kong was the most real cgi I've seen. Although I still wonder if the concept of Kong isn't too dated for today's markets.
Kingdom of Heaven - 6 - storyline was all confusing, even if the battle scenes rocked. Still not sure Orlando has what it takes to be a leading man. One day I'll watch the extended version and then decide.
Memoirs of a Geisha - 7 - Beautiful! Wonderful cast, and decent adaptation, and amazing Williams music. Didn't quite get as caught up as I had hoped though, not sure why.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith - 7 - well, guess it shows onscreen chemistry really makes a difference. Story is cliched but works cause of Jolie and Pitt. man that kid better not be ugly.
Pride & Prejudice - 7 - One of my fav novels! Keira sold Jane pretty well, and they did a good job, but wtf did they need to Hollywoodize it?? That scened on the end was just unnecessary!!! And so inappropriate to Austen!
Robots (2005) -5 - fun lightness cgi animation. Good concept, and message. Was it anything new?
Sahara - 6 - Well it was fun, no question! The puzzles weren't as good as in National Treasure but I enjoyed it.
Serenity - 9 - Woof! This was long awaited, although I had seen two sneaks before the release. To me Joss did just what he wanted, and I was glad of it. Yes it broke my heart to see Wash die, but its a Joss thing. A very American movie though I will say, in that it touts the concept of individualism is greater than the community... (not that I'm against that by any means!) but I wonder how it will play in the Asian countries.
Sin City - 9 - Surprised me again, Probably the most perfect adaptation of a comic style that I've seen. You can really see Frank Miller all over it. The violence was a bit much, but that did fit with FM's stuff and the story.
Skeleton Key - 7 - Well I like Kate Hudson, and I love a good ghost story with twists. Granted it was a bit predictable, and they laid the hints out pretty clearly, but still loved it! Think it suffered due to its timing and location.
Sky high - 8 - fun light minded but still got a kick out of it! Can we have more with other cameos from our past superheroes?
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - 8 - Beautifully done, but yes, too earnest. I would love to see more humor (as appropriate) in the next installement... omg the gryphon was amazing.
The Island - 3 - well ok I could look at Ewan and neat candy effects. ... that's about it.
The Legend of Zorro - 4.5 - nitroglycerin from soap? ah well love Catherine and Antonio together, and the costumes... sigh.
The Pacifier - 3 - on video... cliche. Vin Diesel is now trying to follow Arnold's path into comedy.
Tim Burton's Corpse bride - 9 - loved it! Its a great gloomy goth date movie!
Also saw, Syriana which wasn't listed. Very interesting and god I hope that's not how reality is!
NEXT what I hope to see...