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Top 10: Films of 2004

10. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou - Not Wes Anderson's best work, but I still found a lot to love about it. It just doesn't fit together as well as some of his earlier films. It's growing on me the more times I re-watch it though.
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

9. Napolean Dynamite - The film that had the biggest cultural impact of the year. Even if a lot of this film's best lines have been quoted to death, I still find it really funny.
Napolean Dynamite

8. Garden State - This was Zach Braff's breakthrough hit. But instead of hooking up more leading man roles in Hollywood, this was pretty much it. It was good times while it lasted though.
Garden State

7. Shaun of the Dead - For Simon Pegg and Nick Fronst's sake, I hope Edgar Wright continues to make films with them.
Shaun of the Dead

6. Before Sunset - Very similar structure to Before Sunrise, but i liked this one even more. It's got a better ending.
Before Sunset

5. Million Dollar Baby - Totally sweet lady on lady battles. Clint and Morgan teamed up. Training montage. All these ingredients lead to one of the greatest boxing films of all time. You can review the evidence here on my list of great boxing films.
Million Dollar Baby

4. Spider Man 2 - Favorite superhero film ever.
Spider Man 2

3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - I was hoping this might be the turning point in Jim Carrey steering his career towards more serious, quality material. But unfortunatley this was the peak and it's been a downhill slide back into wacky comedy ever since.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2. Kill Bill Volume 2 - I'm a slightly larger fan of Volume 1, but as a team both volumes represent my favorite film going experience of the decade. I'm hoping one day they'll release the combined cut that Tarantino apparently put together for Cannes a few years ago.
Kill Bill Volume 2

1. The Incredibles - All the Pixar films are great (except Cars), and they're always in the running for my personal favorite film of the year, but Incredibles is #1 on my all time Pixar list.
The Incredibles

Honourable mentions - Collateral, Bad Education, Undertow, The Sea Inside, Touching the Void.
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