Well, the votes have all been tabulated, and we're ready to roll out the collective list of the best and worst 2004 had to offer according to the staff here at MCFTR. Since you've all been treated to the formalities already, we won't waste any more time with them. On to the lists!
MCFTR'S BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR:
1. KILL BILL VOL. 2
This one wasn't close. Quentin Tarantino's fifth film (which is really half of his fourth film) wound up on everyone's best-of list and cemented itself in the top spot this year. It's a shame that the Academy will completely ignore this one.
2. SHAUN OF THE DEAD
Had everyone here seen this one, it may have wound up in the top spot. This horror comedy got high marks from everyone who saw it, though, and firmly winds up near the top of the list.
3. THE INCREDIBLES
Another one universally praised by all who saw it, Disney's ode to superhero families muscled its way into the top three by providing a classic story and the amazing touch that only Pixar can provide.
4. SPIDER-MAN 2
Despite winding up on one reviewer's worst-of-the-year list, the sequel to arguably the best comic book movie before it still wound up slinging its web all the way to the upper echelon.
5. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
Although only seen by three of our staff, this wound up landing so close to the tops of those lists that it still made the top five. Because it came out so early in the year, the Academy will probably forget it, but we made sure not to.
6. TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE
Trey Parker and Matt Stone's hilarious poke at both sides of the political spectrum wound up winning lots of hearts here at MCFTR, despite the fact that the performances were a bit wooden.
Half of the staff seemed to love this movie. The other half seemed to hate it. When the scores averaged out, this stood right at the even mark, leaving it far from either list. See this one at your own risk.