Some of the worst movies of 2004

I’ve been watching some of the top 10 worst movies of 2004 and they’re not so bad in my opinion. Ebert hated The Girl Next Door (2004) whereas The DVD Journal loved it and chose it as one of their top 10 DVDs for 2004.

It’s basically a 00’s version of Risky Business staring Emile Hersh and Elisha Cuthbert with an Old School feel to it. In other words, it’s a mindless comedy that had me laughing in a lot of scenes.

On Friday night I spent 3 hours watching Lars von Trier’s Dogville (2003). It’s a tad on the long side but I found myself getting into the film by the halfway mark. It’s unusual in that the whole thing is filmed on a large sound stage with very few props (chalk outlines are used to show where walls would be).

The longer I watched the film the more I sympathized with the lead character—Grace (played by Nicole Kidman). I found that I was drawn into the story, wanting revenge for Grace’s appalling treatment by the people of Dogville. When revenge comes it’s more shocking than a Tarantino film. I was completely surprised by the ending, drained, left cold. I’m not sure if this is the reaction that von Trier wants to leave the audience with but I was impressed by it’s ability to move me. I think it’s a gutsy film that is worth seeing at least once.

Next up is White Chicks (2004) which I can’t believe that I rented but I’m told that it is quite funny. We’ll see.

Posted in Movies at 11:01 PM