A highlight of 2004 was the way documentary reclaimed a place on the big screen.
|BEST FILM AND TELEVISION OF 2004|
|::||BEST MOVIES 2004||By Daniel Mudie Cunningham|
I viewed approximately 45 films at the cinema in 2004, and here list the best 10 alphabetically. Due to the year's pervasive mediocrity, two re-released films are included: Donnie Darko (2001) was treated to a Director's Cut and Todd Haynes' Safe (1995) finally made it to Australian cinemas. Another highlight of 2004 was the way documentary reclaimed a place on the big screen. Following in the wake of Michael Moore's propaganda cash cow Fahrenheit 9/11, docos like Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer, Super Size Me, The Corporation, and My Architect, to name a few, were among the year's more intelligent and engaging films.
1. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (Nick Broomfield and Joan Churchill)
2. Donnie Darko - Director's Cut (Richard Kelly)
3. The Finished People (Khoa Do)
4. Garden State (Zach Braff)
5. I Heart Huckabees (David O. Russell)
6. Io non ho paura (I'm Not Scared) (Gabriele Salvatores)
7. The Mother (Roger Michell)
8. Safe (Todd Haynes)
9. Shrek 2 (Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon)
10. Team America: World Police (Trey Parker)