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2004: Movies Ben Liked A Lot
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I'm glad I had not posted any "best of 2004" lists before tonight, as I just saw "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou" and I think I'd have to do some revision. I really loved Wes Anderson's previous film, "The Royal Tenenbaums", but this one exceeded it in almost every way. The framing of the film again stunned me, with each shot designed to play on symmetry and careful placement of actors. Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett both put in amazing performances, and the screenplay, co-written by Anderson and Noah Baumbach, played with absurdity while still staying human and had really great timing and wit. The sets astounded me, especially during a long take on the cutaway set the boat, the Belafonte. Even typography was a character in this film with a distinctive pair of fonts used to great effect.

So, here's my "best of 2004" list. I'm limiting myself to ten films, I'm not including documentaries, and I'm just putting them in alphabetical order:

I'm hoping 2005 will be as good of a year for film as 2004 was. I'm looking forward to SXSW 2005, and I can't wait for September's release of Joss Whedon's "Serenity", the film that continues the story of the show "Firefly". Hal Hartley has a new one coming with "The Girl From Monday". Rick Linklatter's got "A Scanner Darkly" on the way, and Mike Judge has his sci-fi comedy coming too. Don't forget "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", which might just work given the filmmakers' reverence to Adam's work, and the fourth Harry Potter film which hits during the holidays.
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I'm glad someone liked it. I've been looking forward to it, and have only heard bad comments from friends. Oh, and I can't wait until Serenity.

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