2004 Bellview Awards--The Mid-Year
55 films made it in under the radar,
including films reviewed this week. Letís hit
Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring"
No clear cut winner this time around, but of
the top of the heap, this import slips by due to great pacing and a
of the Dead"
Best Actress--Mandy Moore,
She really was fantastic in this film as the
I might actually go to see more Lohan films after this...what's
happening to me???
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
"Kill Bill Vol. II." I got angrier as this film went
on--and man, that ending!--but Thurman was solid once again in
First Dates." Yep, the movie was dogshit, but you
can't deny the chemistry she brings to the film
Best Actor--Jon Heder,
Just an incredible creation of a nerd, right
down to the last tater tot
Jim Carrey, "Eternal Sunshine of the
Spotless Mind." Maybe his best mix of comedy and drama in
any of his roles
Kurt Russell, "Miracle." Even if
he wasn't exactly like the real-life US Hockey coach from 1980,
he just played a great coach that registers with anyone that
played sports as a kid
"The Passion of the Christ." Even if he spent the last
hour of the film getting beaten, even in those scenes, he acts
his heart out
Hammer." Had me rolling all film long, at least when
he was onscreen
Best Supporting Actress--Tina Fey, "Mean Girls"
Just like her script, Fey is hilarious in
her bit part in the surprise of the year
Patricia Clarkson, "Dogville."
Continues to get all the good parts; she was great in "Miracle",
Eva Amurri, "Saved!" Her
relationship with Mac in this comedy worked in every scene
"Breakin' All the Rules." Too bad nobody went to see
this funny relationship flick...
Five? Are you kidding me?
There were that many good female parts? Wait, I didn't
mention Monet Mazur, for
Best Supporting Actor--Antonio Banderas,
Genius casting led to this, a voice
performance by Ban Badass that picks the film up whenever his
Puss-n-Boots is onscreen
Daniel Franzese, "Mean Girls." As
the gay best friend, this guy lights it up all movie long
J.K. Simmons, "Spider-Man 2." Had
me howling throughout; barely more funny than he was in "The
Jong-ho Kim, "Spring, Summer, Fall,
Winter...and Spring." The 10-year-old iteration of our
lead is maybe the best actor in the film
I have to admit, even though he's done this role 50 times, deft
writing makes this character a hoot throughout an otherwise
Biggest Fucking Piece of Shit--"Kill Bill, Vol. II"
Given how excited I was after
Bill, Vol. I", I was very upset with how the sequel turned
out...and, this has to be the worst ending of the year
Eleven Great Scenes of the First Half of 2004 (not necessarily in
order, and it will be changed before the end of the year!):
"Napoleon Dynamite"--The dance scene,
with Jamiroquai's "Canned Heat" in the background
"The Passion of the Christ"--The
"50 First Dates"--Old Asian Guy:
"Excuse me? Could I borrow that, so I could wipe my ass?"
"Touching the Void"--The scene where Joe has to climb down
from the mountain with a dislocated knee
Fire"--When Creasy jokingly explains to Pita that he wasn't
"Fahrenheit 9/11": The voiceover
sounds of 9/11 happening around us as the screen stays black
"Breakin' All the Rules": The old
guy: "Hold my dick!"
Hector/Achilles fight scene
Day After Tomorrow": The sequence where the Mexican
Border Patrol is trying to keep Americans out of Mexico
"Dodgeball: A True
Underdog Story": The intro sequence for "ESPN8: The
Ocho", featuring midgets, people kicking a ball of fire and
"Mean Girls": "Oh my God...it's
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