Sunday, January 02, 2005

REV: Top flix & theatre, etc.

My run at the year-end bandwagon looks like this. . .

First are the best movies i saw for the first time in 2004. Some were at the theatre, some were on DVD, some were new, some were old. They are, simply, the best things i watched in 2004. There are a number of things i'm looking forward to seeing, released in 2004, but that haven't reached podunk, texas yet. There's nothing here though that i wouldn't recommend to someone else. And they're not in any particular order.
Donnie Darko, The Bourne Supremacy (and the Bourne Identity, although i thought Supremacy better), Elephant, Les Miserables (in concert), The Last Samurai, Sweet Jane, Shattered Glass, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, Bowling for Columbine, The Company, Friday Night Lights, Reason Thirteen, Amarillo by Morning, The Incredibles, Sweet Sixteen, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Dogtown & Z-Boys, The United States of Leland, Finding Nemo, The Emperor's Club, Miracle, Fahrenheit 9/11

Things i watched over again in 2004 that rate way up there on my all-time list:
Liberty Heights, The Outsiders, Whale Rider, Center Stage, 8 Mile, Tigerland, Memento, Billy Elliott, The Wonder Boys, Blackhawk Down, Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, Ordinary People, Dralion, What's Eating Gilbert Grape

These are the worst things i watched in 2004, and which i wouldn't recommend to anyone:
The Village, Signs, Passion of the Christ (for movie reasons, not religious reasons), When the Bough Breaks (now in the top three worst things i've ever seen)

Things i'm looking forward to seeing soon:
The Aquatic Life with Steve Zissou, The Lords of Dogtown, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, The Aviator, A Confederacy of Dunces, A Prairie Home Companion

The best theatre of 2004 that i didn't appear in (that conflict of interest thing you know):
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Jeff Scott at HCAF), Les Miserables (Roy Burney and ITM at HCAF)

Best other performances:
Myles Smith and Scott Rotge (acoustic sets at Inn of the Hills & Nautilus Beach Bar), Body Talk Dance Company (in Austin), Slam (at Ego's, Austin), Black Eagle (host drum at the Austin Powwow), Biff Henderson (on David Letterman)

My time to get out and see performances this last year was heavily impacted by work (specifically a computer meltdown that's doubled my hours) and my own theatre and film schedule. I appeared in four plays, and did some sort of technical work on six. I also appeared in four films, worked camera on two others, and have been working on six of my own. I watched 76 movies in 2004, most of which i considered worth watching. I saw few total stinkers last year (but then i rely heavily on reviews, and recommendations from trusted cinephile friends). I saw a total of 62 performances of 18 theatrical and dance productions last year. I also saw a dozen concerts (also a slow year for me).

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