Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


Top 10 movies of the year

The American Film Institute released its list of the Top 10 Movies of the Year for 2004.

THE AVIATOR - I want to see it
COLLATERAL - don't remember it
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS - its a renter for me
THE INCREDIBLES - plan to see it over Christmas. My kids have seen it and love it.
KINSEY - probably a renter, but I'd like to see it. I studied this guy's work in college. Ok, so I study his subject EVERY day when I can!
MARIA FULL OF GRACE -don't remember it
MILLION DOLLAR BABY - don't remember it
SIDEWAYS - doesn't ring a bell either
SPIDER-MAN 2 - saw it two or three times at the movies and will eventually buy it

I thought the Polar Express was pretty good and am surprised it isn't on the list. Your thoughts?


  • At 9:47 AM, December 13, 2004, Blogger Hugh said…

    Collateral was Tom Cruise as a contract killer and Jamie Foxx as a cab driver.

  • At 11:51 AM, December 13, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Incredibles was will love it!
    Sideways was pretty good too.

  • At 11:51 AM, December 13, 2004, Blogger Uzz said…

    THE AVIATOR - I may go see it, but Leonardo as the eccentric Howard Hughes just sounds WAY off base. There has been talk that Jim Carrey may be taking a role as Hughes in another biopic.
    COLLATERAL - Did not see this, but it had Tom Cruise as a contract killer and Jamie Foxx as a cabbie he basically forces to drive him to killings...looks great!
    ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND - UNREAL...this was a stunning film...Jim Carrey was amazing and Kate Winslet usual. Its out on DVD now.
    FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS - I want to see it, but we sort of understand the insanity behind Odessa Permian fans...Midland Lee was a close second!
    THE INCREDIBLES - Loved will as well!
    KINSEY - many of his findings have become shaky and some outright disproven. Despite that...I will probably see it.
    MARIA FULL OF GRACE - This is a Spanish film...using subtitles...a young girl takes a dangerous as a drug mule to come to the United States so she can start a new life.
    MILLION DOLLAR BABY - Directed by Clint Eastwood...he plays a hard nose boxing trainer for Hilary Swank's character...when I heard the plot I laughed, but it has received a lot of who knows...I may see it.
    SIDEWAYS - Its a middle-age male version of the "coming of age" roadtrip movie...same guy that did "About Schmidt" and "Election".

    There are a few you left off the list...

    FINDING NEVERLAND - starring Johnny Depp has already won a best picture nod from some random group. Its about the guy who wrote Peter Pan and is apparently safe for kids. I would not surprise me to see this win the Academy Award from all the hype its getting.

    RAY - Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles...sounds funny...but my friends say it is scary how well he does. I may go see this...this week even.

    CLOSER - Shocked to see it nominated for anything...I have heard it may be the most vulgar movie ever made. Lots of cuss words that would even make AoM blush:-) It does have Natalie Portman as a stripper, so I guess it has its upside! Though she made them cut out the nude scene she did.

    Hope this helps...Movie obsession has replaced music obsession...maybe I'm growing up after all:-)

  • At 12:40 PM, December 13, 2004, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Thanks for the synopses of the movies. Some of those sound pretty good. I had forgotten about the Tom Cruise movie. I may have to check it out on video.

    Spanglish is another that I think I'd like to see.

  • At 1:27 PM, December 13, 2004, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    I lived in the Midland-Odessa area for about three or four years and we saw first-hand how football works, plus I attended a high school where football is everything and lived it up close and personal. The book came out when I was living in Midland and it was quite the controversial topic of the day everywhere we went. We really need to get Netflix, but we seldom have time to watch DVDs with our busy lives. I keep saying "one day" we'll do Netflix.

  • At 1:55 PM, December 13, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Saw "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" earlier this year and it was amazing. Saw "Sideways" yesterday and also thought it was very well done. (Some people say it appeals to men more than women but the little woman liked it a lot too). We also saw "Friday Night Lights" and, again, both thought it was very well done - one of the better sports flicks and had some decently believable human touches. Personally, thought "Collateral" was a ridiculous joke - it didn't compute in any way whatsoever. If you view it simply as a mindless thriller/action type, then you'll be entertained enough, I guess. (Definitely a rental-type).

    Chicago D

  • At 3:31 PM, December 13, 2004, Blogger cashin said…

    The Incredibles and Friday night lights were both very well done, and Spiderman 2 was definitely the best out of the entire list. Im surpirsed, though in reality im not, that The Passion didnt make the list, it was one of my personal favorites.

  • At 4:53 PM, December 13, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What the H happened to "White Chicks" by the way? The AFI is soooo elitist. I walked in late and totally thought those dudes were chicks. The Wayans' brothers acting chops are unrivaled in the industry.

  • At 11:16 PM, December 13, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Any list that doesn't include the greatness that was Team America: World Police is completely bogus.

    -brandon :)

  • At 8:48 AM, December 14, 2004, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    I've decided I'm going to make MY own Top 10 list of the best and the worst movies of the year. Of course, some of this will be based on the fact that I haven't seen what I feel sure will be the best and worst, so it will have to be a list of the best and worst movies I have seen this year. Dodgeball is sure to be on the list ... but which one? You'll just have to wait and see. I'm such a tease!


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