Friday, March 2, 2012

Most anticipated splody movies of 2004: recap

I have already posted my 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005 "most anticipated" movie lists. At the risk of seeming obsessive compulsive (which I totally am), here is how well I did at predicting the movies to see in 2004.

For reference, critic scores from Rotten Tomatoes are also included for each film. As usual, my formula for success is equal parts good character development and explosions.

1. Kill Bill Vol. 2

Result: FULL OF WIN (Tomatometer 85%). Not for the faint of heart, but this two-part action extravaganza was classic Tarantino, referencing every b-movie and pulp magazine trope imaginable, but always with a new spin. Vol. 2 lived up to the expectations set in Vol. 1 and then some.

2. Spider-Man 2

Result: FULL OF WIN (Tomatometer 93%). I still hate Kirsten Dunst in her role as Spider-Man's love interest Mary Jane Watson, but this was even better than the first one.

3. The Bourne Supremecy

Result: FULL OF WIN (Tomatometer 81%). Probably the weakest of the trilogy, but still a thrill-ride from start to finish.

4. The Incredibles

Result: FULL OF WIN (Tomatometer 97%). Best. Superhero. Movie. Ever. (Animated. Or. Otherwise.)

5. Hellboy

Result: FULL OF WIN (Tomatometer 81%). What a strange premise: the Allies discover a demon child summoned by occult Nazis in WWII, and he grows up to be a gun-toting paranormal investigator who teams up with a fish-man and a woman who starts fires (often accidentally) with her mind. But it works, and well, thanks to an exciting and often humorous script and director Guillermo del Toro's full embrace of the weirdness of it all.

6. I, Robot

Result: EPIC FAIL (Tomatometer 58%). Please, Will Smith, please make an interesting movie again. What should have been on my listNational Treasure (Tomatometer 44%). Don't let the mixed reviews scare you away - the critics didn't get that this movie was supposed to be ridiculous. (I mean, seriously, a treasure map on the back of the Declaration of Independence?) Audiences did.(The audience score on Rotten Tomatoes is 78% positive.) More importantly, so did star Nicholas Cage, turning in a frenetic, almost-but-not-quite-over-the-top performance. Eat your heart out, Dan Brown: this was everything The Da Vinci Code wanted to be and wasn't.

7. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Result: MIDDLING (Tomatometer 72%). I really wanted to like this retro-futuristic homage to 1930s and '40s serials more than I did. It was still OK, though.

8. Ocean's Twelve

Result: EPIC FAIL (Tomatometer 55%). Ocean's Eleven was a surprisingly cool heist movie. This sequel is just lame. The part where Julia Roberts plays a woman playing Julia Roberts is criminally stupid. What should have been on my listLayer Cake (Tomatometer 81%). A stylish caper film starring future James Bond, Daniel Craig.

9. Troy

Result: MIDDLING (Tomatometer 55%). There were some good scenes and the plot wasn't bad, but it just didn't hold my attention. I like my Greek myths a little more mythical.

10. AVP: Alien vs. Predator

Result: EPIC FAIL (Tomatometer 22%). A boy can always hope. What should have been on my listShaun of the Dead (Tomatometer 91%). This is both a parody and a sincere zombie flick, and it works on both levels. If that sounds appealing to you in any way, you'll find this to be brilliant.

Final tally for my 2004 predictions: five winners, three losers and two movies that were just so-so. (65%)

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