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The 2004 Report Card

Created on Tuesday, 11 January 2005 21:00
Written by Matthew Toomey


Welcome back to yet another year of cinema and The Film Pie newsletter.


I must say that is was a disappointing holiday in terms of going to the cinema. Very few quality releases. It’s depressing to see that Meet The Fockers has made over $200m in the U.S. and is still the number 1 film in this country. Thankfully, there’s some decent looking stuff on the way with emphasis on Australia Day.


The Oscar race is still a battle of 3 films – The Aviator, Sideways and Million Dollar Baby. Over the break, critic awards were divided between these films. Sideways has won more prizes but it could be considered quirky by Academy tastes and so Million Dollar Baby is probably my tip at this stage. Things can change quickly though.


So to start the year off, here’s my annual report card looking back at 2004…


Total Films Seen & Reviewed: 205 (a record)


Best Film: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Worst Film: Van Helsing


Best Action Film: Spider-Man 2

Worst Action Film: Van Helsing


Best Comedy: Dodgeball and Napoleon Dynamite

Worst Comedy: Eurotrip


Best Documentary: Touching The Void and The Corporation

Worst Documentary: Deep Blue


Best Drama: Elephant

Worst Drama: The Football Factory and Against The Ropes


Best Family Film: The Incredibles

Worst Family Film: Catch That Kid


Best Romantic Film: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Worst Romantic Film: Suddenly 30


Best Thriller: I’m Not Scared

Worst Thriller: The Haunted Mansion and Paparazzi


Best Teen Film: Mean Girls

Worst Teen Film: Eurotrip


Best Foreign Language Film: The Motorcycle Diaries

Worst Foreign Language Film: Nathalie


Best Australian Film: Somersault

Worst Australian Film: Everything else


Total Documentaries Seen In 2004: 10 (a record)

Total Foreign Language Films Seen In 2004: 25 (a record)


Profit From Gambling On The 2004 Oscars: $150

Career Profit From Gambling On The Oscars: $1,875

Films Most Looking Forward To In 2005: Million Dollar Baby, Closer, The Aviator

Films Most NOT Looking Forward To In 2005: Alexander, Hitch, Miss Congeniality 2