Monday, November 08, 2004

The Top Stoked Movies of 2004. So far.

The Incredibles - Pixar rocks.

Spider-man 2 - A great sequel made better because I worked on it, and it's my first ever movie credit! Whoohoo!

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Kaufman and Gondry are two of the coolest, most original filmmaking folks out there, and this is easily my favorite Jim Carey movie.

Sean of the Dead - Extremely clever romantic comedy with a twist of zombie movie. (Although technically, it came out before 2004)

Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban - Wow! I dismissed the second movie of the series after being so unimpressed with the first one, but this one, directed by Alfonso Curan, was terrifically mature. The CG griffin is one of the best CG creatures ever animated, by a European company called Framestore.

Control Room - Forget Farenheit 911; the best movie about the Iraq War I saw this year was this one, because it was a nuanced, poignant, and mostly balanced observation of the inner workings of Al Jazeera, the Arab news network. Fascinating to see the representatives from CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and the U.S. Military all talking sincerely from their very different points of view.

The Corporation - Not enough people saw this one. This is a movie I've been longing to make about the central problem of today's dominant species, the corporation. Corporations aren't just neutral places we buy stuff from or work at. They're sociopathic entities, programmed by law to care about nothing except for making money. This movie explains how they evolved to be what they are now and wakes us up to the fact we live among unfriendly giants.

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