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Sean’s Top Tens of 2004

Don’t wanna be a pretender. I started out all excited to do this, then I lost some steam. Ah well. I feel like when I tell people stuff is good, they’re like, “Yeah, but only by Sean’s loose standards.”

Top 10 Films of 2004

The Incredibles
You can tell 2004 was a hell of a year when one of my Pixar films barely makes it onto the list. The Incredibles had a lot of fun with super hero mythos; I can never look at a cape again without remembering that one guy getting sucked into the airplane engine. If you haven’t seen it yet, man up and get all over that shit.

9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
My first exposure to the cinema of Michel Gondry was an interesting experience that put my mom to sleep but I found thoroughly engrossing. A bizarre, yet dangerously relatable look at the highs and lows of a relationship.

8. Spider-Man 2
Many swear by this film as the high mark for comic book movies. Well, at least that was true until The Dark Knight came out. Still, this is the best of the Spider-Man series and inspired my favorite game in the franchise too.

7. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Speaking of comedy it’s Anchorman, the first and only movie I can remember my mom walking out of. Sure, it’s raunchy, but I’ll be damned if it’s not one of the funniest, quotable movies of the decade.

6. House of Flying Daggers
Much like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, House of Flying Daggers is full of supernatural martial arts filmed in an incredibly beautiful way. A real feast for the eyes. One of two films by Zhang Yimou released in ’04, this is a tighter, more visually arresting picture that should be enjoyed on a big ass, high definition screen.

5. The Aviator
Ohh Scorsese, uhh blah blah blah.

4. Sideways
One of those movies that is just a lot of fun to watch. A delightful blend of poignant romance and laugh-out-loud comedy that absolutely should not be missed. Who would have guessed that whine snobs would make for such a comedic goldmine?

3. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
My first dose of Wes Anderson was a delicious one, despite what many of my contemporaries say. Sure, when I went back to his other films it became clear that this is not Anderson’s defining work, but it still is one of my favorite movies.

2. Shaun of the Dead
This is just an outrageously good movie. The defining zombie romantic comedy of our time.

1. Kill Bill, Vol. 2
What can I say, I like me some Kill Bill. While the first film was a glorious action fest, this sequel relies heavily on the dialogue, which, coming from a master like Tarantino, is fine with me.

Top 10 Albums of 2004

10. Citizen Cope – The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
It’s just kind of interesting. Not really amazing. The best song is called “Sideways,” coincidence?

9. The Hives – Tyrannosaurus Hives
The Hives are crazy fast. How long is this album, like 20 minutes? But those are some good minutes.

8. Keane – Hopes and Fears
Sort of embarrassed to have this on my list. I just think its nice to hear some pop music that doesn’t depend on the guitar from time to time.

7. Green Day – American Idiot
This was pretty good. Pretty huge too, those old sellouts. They should do another album, I’d probably like that.

6. U2 – How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
One, two, three, fourteen (or something like that).

5. Kasabian – Kasabian
Boosh, I tell you I want you.

4. Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
Did you know Franz Ferdinand was a real guy? True story.

3. The Killers – Hot Fuss
The title sounds yucky. The music doesn’t, though.

2. Modest Mouse – Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Oh my God Becky, look at that big album title. They didn’t sell out! They just started making more consistent awesome music.

1. Arcade Fire – Funeral
Well, I’m white, so… You know. It’s pretty much required.

Top 10 Video Games of 2004

10. Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy
This was a cool game. You could kill people with guns and your mind. Too bad it tanked.

9. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords
Worse than the original and it shipped incomplete, but it is still good.

8. Katamari Damacy
Everyone was like “this game is charming and amusing, but they’d never bring it to the States.” Then they did. Then they did like a million sequels without making it any different. Ah well.

7. The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
Sometimes all a man wants to do is kill some shit as Vin Diesel.

6. Fable
It was kind of like Microsoft’s Zelda. Sure, it couldn’t live up to what Molyneux promised, but nothing can.

5. Ninja Gaiden
So pretty. So fun. So hard.

4. Burnout 3: Takedown
The game that transitioned this franchise from something I liked to one of my favorites. Really, really great. And I don’t even like most racing games.

3. Halo 2
No infinite grenades! Those assholes! And so online gaming moved to consoles.

2. World of Warcraft
The most addictive game of all time. God knows how many hours I wasted in Azeroth. Just think, back in 2004 I never thought I would play this game. How naive.

1. Half-Life 2
Probably the best first person shooter of all time. Game over.


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