Part of my ongoing Recaps of the Past series, Here is a look back at what I saw in September of 2004.
This month, in addition to providing one of the year's worst films, also provided a few pleasant surprises. All while providing the last hurrah for the late summer films trying to catch the kids prior to getting back into their classes.
Best of the Month: Shaun of the Dead
Worst of the Month: The Forgotten
- Cellular. Surprisingly effective thriller from the writer of Phone Booth. Could probably be picked apart on close inspection, but it is a great ride. ***
- The Forgotten. Julianne Moore makes a valiant effort in a failed film. Plays like a bad episode of the X-Files. *.5
- Maria Full of Grace. Impressive, moving film about a young girl who takes a job as a drug mule to give a better life to her unborn child. ***.5
- Paparazzi. Meh, not terribly bad, but it could have gone a lot further than it did. It reminded me of a 70's era revenge flick, only watered down. **
- Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Incredibly dumb, but a lot of fun. Not as "good" as the original film, but I really enjoyed the ride it took me on. **.5
- Shaun of the Dead. Now here is a great film, a fantastic blend of comedy and horror, takes up the mantle of the Evil Dead and brings it to the everyman. ***.5
- Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Not everyone cared for this, I liked it a lot. A throwback to the sci-fi serials of the 1950's. Also a great exercise in new technology. ***
- Suspect Zero. A fine performance from Ben Kingsley can't save this dud of a thriller that falls apart upon any level of inspection. **
- Wicker Park. A surprisingly effective film. This was a big surprise at how much I liked it. This is one I would recommend giving a shot prior to writing it off. ***
- Wimbledon. A fun light hearted romantic comedy with Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany. ***
That brings September to a close.