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10 Best Films of 2004

10. Before Sunset

Richard Linklater is back with probably the most wanted sequel ever.  Genius as both meet up again almost a decade later to see what happened to each other.

9. Friday Night Lights

Based on the book of the same name, this is one of the best sports films ever made.  Gut check reality at its finest.

8.  A Very Long Engagement

Auteur Jean Pierre Jeunet is one of the best directors in film today.  His films are so unique in their look, feel and story telling ability.  This is his most epic film.

7.  Team America World Police

Trey Stone and Matt Parker hit the nail right on the head with their puppet/political farce.  I could not stop laughing during the entire film.  Hilarious and so true.

6.  Garden State

Zach Braff’s directorial debut is a great modern love story, and also full of humor about those who we have trouble dealing with the most, our families.  He and Natalie Portman are fantastic and make the film.

5.  Napoleon Dynamite

I had no clue what I was getting myself in to when I saw this in the theater.  I also think I was the only one laughing as the majority of old people walked out of it.  Easily the most original comedy of the year.

4.  Sideways

Alexander Payne has one of the truly unique visions in film today.  Sideways is full of humor, but also a lot of sadness.  At its heart though it’s really a tale of the underdog…and of great wine.

3.  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Both writer Charlie Kaufman and director Michel Gondry seem like a match made in heaven here.  It’s one of the most unique and bizarre love stories ever on the big screen, and for once Jim Carrey is able to take a step back and give probably his best performance ever.

2.  2046

Wong Kar-Wai’s somewhat sequel to In The Mood For Love is damn near a masterpiece.  A Sci-Fi, operatic love affair that needs to be experienced.  An absolutely beautiful film.

1.  Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2

I consider both volumes of Kill Bill to be one film.  It’s easily Tarantino’s most original film since Pulp Fiction, but it also has the distinction of making him the most important modern day film director we have.  Kill Bill is an amazing film and 2004 is an amazing year for film.