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THE YEAR IN MOVIES: 2004


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Okay, this is what the sig countdown has been for.....and what is it? This is an on-going topic created by me to spout my thoughts on EVERY movie I saw this year. Now I've seen 142 movies this year(and am still seeing more with each passing day), so this is not going to be a quick process. I welcome everyone of you who read this to chime in with your thoughts on each movie as it comes up. :thumbsup:

I'm starting with number 70 on the year, not only because it's in the middle, but it's a well-known one and is surround by other well-known ones as I make my way both up(and down) the list.

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Wow, 142 movies from this year.

You know how many films I've seen from this year (not counting TV movies and STV mvoies)? 9.

I need to go to the theatre...

Good luck on the list. I may give my opinion whenever one of the flicks I've seen comes up.

EDIT: Scratch that number, I think I've seen 10.

RE-EDIT: You MIGHT want to pin this, you selfish bastard. :shifty:

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By my count, I've seen 167 movies this year, and about 145 of those were utter crap, with 5 really good ones. But yeah, the only reason I got to see so many is because a friend's dad works in the film industry and sends us the reels for pretty much any film that comes out. Let me say though, I'm not doing this again next year, I'm just gonna watch what looks good instead of watching absolutely anything. Repeated viewings of stuff like She Hate Me will give you brain cancer.

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#71 - THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 18th, 2004

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We start the year's ramblings with one of the more "anticipated" action movies of it. Riddick is, of course, the sequel to SUPER-MEGA-CULT-VIDEO-SMASH~! Pitch Black. (To fill those 2 uninformed people in who might be reading this.) Vin Diesel plays the "anti-hero" main character with an odd charisma that (depending on the viewer) can either make or break the film. It did neither for me, as I'm convinced that Vin might have been born to play that type of role in every film he takes part in. The sci-fi plot for the film is very generic and resorts to a couple stretches that are completely unnecessary and are obviously there for "action and excitement". The so-called action scenes are alright for what they are, a violent(for PG-13) mish-mash of CGI and bloodless hand-to-hand combat. They even go against logic for one thrilling moment where Riddick dumps water on himself for protection against the fierce sun of a particular planet......that brings me to two questions.

1. Wouldn't that just make him burn faster?

2. Am I the only one that cares enough to think about it in the middle of the movie?

I'm sure the answer to both is yes. Anyway, my biggest complaint about the movie, (which I thought was a solid, average, "thumbs in the middle" action adventure) is that it never feels like it's supposed to stand alone as a single movie. Every reference to another planet, character, group, weapon, etc. makes it seem like they are trying to build their own Star Wars universe that's going to be explored by fan fiction and sequels up the ying-yang. Now I know they were planning for it to be a trilogy, but it's almost like they were cashing in all the chips right away. It does more to confuse the audience than it does to make them want to learn more or get interested in the fictional places mentioned.

Anyway, I've really run out of things to say in this first little bit. I gave it a 5/10. Nice effort, very generic execution. Props for breaking a knife off in a guy's head in a PG-13 movie. Discuss. #70 or #72 will be up in the next 20 hours depending on my New Year's drinking schedule. If you have any comments or suggestions(or praise :shifty: ) on how to spice up my "presentation", feel free to discuss that as well. This is a work in progress.

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BTW, you may have noticed that I started off with #71 as opposed to #70.....that's because I saw movie #143 of the year earlier tonight. (Thus Riddick moved down a spot)

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Personally, I can't stand Vin Diesel. His greatest role was voicing the giant in The Iron Giant. Like you said, his "charisma" pretty much turned me off the film from the get go and I hated it, although I gotta say: I enjoyed Lord Marshall for some strange reason. And yeah, there are various illogicaties in the film, but that seems to be the norm in action movies nowadays. There already seems to be some weird trekie like following to the Pitch Black series, which is weird because you'd think people would gather around better movies :shifty:. I don't agree with MSNBC, who named it worst movie of '04, but I'd give 3/10. Whateverish movie.

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I'm with you Numbahs, 5/10. I can't wait to see Harry Potter in there :P

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For some reason, one of my friends (who is quite respectable in terms of movies, though he has a bit of a bias towards Tim Burton) actually thinks Vin Diesel is a decent actor. I think that's only because of Pitch Black, which he wasn't too bad in. Pitch Black was pretty meh, though, and while I haven't seen Riddick (and judging only by the general opinion of it) I probably wouldn't like it.

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I liked Pitch Black but I never saw the Chronicles of Riddick. They just made it into a SUPER POWERED ACTION MOVIE WITH EXPLOSIONS~!!! Pitch Black wasn't like that, I mean there was fighting but what made the movie for me was the mood. You didn't know what was gonna happen really.

Anyways, the only movies that I liked from Vin Diesel have been Pitch Black and A Man Apart. XXX was alright, but there was nothing to seperate it from other movies with a secret agent or spies.

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