Just when you thought you couldn’t stand the wait any longer, I toss my “best of” list into the fray. There’s nothing groundbreaking about “best of” lists, and the chances are good that you’ve already perused one or two lists from more prominent writers. Heck, I’m probably going to rave on and on about the same things, too.
Top 5 Hilights of
2004 The Last 14 Months
- Creed broke up.
Apple released the G5.
- Ashley Simpson got owned by a tape deck.
- The SSSH Campaign.
- Saddam Hussein gave up his rathole.
Top 5 Albums I Heard in 2004
- Metric – Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?
- Juliana Hatfield – In Exile Deo
- Jimmy Eat World – Futures
- The Cutters – In The Valley of Enchantment
- The Jane Anchor – Second Wave
Top 5 Movies of 2004
- The Incredibles
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
- The Terminal
Nods: The Village, Saved!, Anchorman.
Movies I plan to like before the year’s end: The Life Aquatic, House of Flying Daggers, A Series of Unfortunate Events.
The 5 Movies So Bad, They Owe Me Money in 2004
- The Forgotten. I wish I could forget this cornball plot.
- Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. It’s like watching a train wreck. Twice (never let it be said that I don’t love my wife).
- Ocean’s Twelve. Disappointing plot.
- 13 Going on 30. Tom Hanks did it better, and didn’t have to revive the “Thriller” dance to sell tickets.
- Van Helsing. Van Helsucked.
Favorite 5 Flash Websites of 2004
- Digital Kick
- Billy Harvey Music
The Prettiest 5 Web Journals of 2004
- Binary Bonsai
- Jason Santa Maria
Favorite 5 Web Writers of 2004
- Greg Storey
- Jon Hicks
- Jeff Croft
- Todd Dominey
- Eris Free (write more often!)
Best Live Show of 2004
Metric @ The Parish
Emily Haines is a woman possessed. I don’t think I’ve ever seen weirder dancing or more intense performing, but it works for this band. Extra points are awarded to the band for playing something like 5 shows in Austin during or around the time of SXSW. They work hard for the money.
Top CMS of 2004
Textpattern, the little PHP engine that could.
Jared » 4814 days ago #
Ryan – Ocean’s 12 was all buildup and no payoff. It was entertaining in the sense that it’s clear the actors had good chemistry and are enjoying themselves, but the plot is nowhere near the calibre of Ocean’s 11.
Aaron – I’d like to say that I made a typo with the G5 thing, but the sad truth is that I actually remebered the G5 coming out this year. Awkward. Man, how time flies…
Regarding Metric – Probably the best show I’ve ever seen. Very high-energy. Makes me wonder why in the world a band like South (yeah, who?) would take on Metric as their opening act. Metric blew the headliner out of the water and then stomped on them for good measure.
Regarding SXSW – I’d love to go this year. I live under an hour away from Austin and lament every year that goes by that I miss it. I do hope to go and put faces to names.
Abel Rios » 4814 days ago #
I’m going to agree with you (to an extent) on Ocean’s 12, Jared. Of course the plot wouldn’t pay off like the first, weren’t you expecting that from a sequel? I loved Ocean’s 12, especially the cinematography. The chemistry was there, the story was definitely there (not better than the 1st), and the art direction of the movie topped it off for me. Although the movie was a little predictable, I still enjoyed it.
I love your taste in movies and music, wish you lived up here in Dallas, I’d have someone to talk to about all that fun stuff. :)