Sideways (2004) – Alexander Payne

Movies can stay with you. I remember seeing Sideways when it hit theatres, laughing with my friends as Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church tried to figure out their lives, loves, and wine. The characters and moments stayed with me, not to mention the talented female leads of the film, Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh….

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) – Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson transposes his quirky family dramas and characters, and that wonderful eye for details into an undersea adventure that pays homage to, and pokes fun at, the ocean adventure films that rose to popularity with the works of Jacques Cousteau. Bill Murray stars as the titular Steve Zissou, a Cousteau wannabe who, aboard his…

The Terminal (2004) – Steven Spielberg

Hearing the name Tom Hanks in connection to a Steven Spielberg film is always a good thing for me, and I remember going to see 2004’s The Terminal in the theatre, and just delighting in the dramatic comedy the pair had come up with. Hanks plays Viktor Navorski, a man who while in transit to…

Mean Girls (2004) – Blu-Ray Steelbook Review

Paramount Pictures delivers a fun new edition of Mean Girls on blu-ray, in a collectible steelbook designed to look like the film’s Burn Book. Mean Girls, which has since inspired a stage musical, is still a delightful, and incredibly funny film written by Tina Fey, about high school and specifically teenage girls, their cliques and…

Ocean’s Twelve (2004) – Steven Soderbergh

Soderbergh’s follow-up to the George Clooney, Brad Pitt all-star romp, Ocean’s Eleven delivers more of the same. A cast that looks like it’s having a fantastic time, but this time out, they have Europe as a backdrop. Terry (Andy Garcia) is tracking each member of the Eleven down, and delivers the warning that he wants…

National Treasure (2004) – Jon Turteltaub

Sometimes you just want fluff. And honestly, who doesn’t like the idea of a secret history shrouded in clues and mysteries all around in the everyday, and the history of a country? Like an inoffensive version of The Da Vinci Code, the first National Treasure is a solid popcorn film, meant to entertain and not…

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) – Alfonso Cuaron

Despite the box office success of the previous two Harry Potter films, the franchise really comes into its own with a change of directors, the masteful Alfonso Cuaron settles into the chair taking over from Chris Columbus who moved into a producer’s role for this entry. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint return for…

Sandstorm (2004) – James Rollins

Craving a bit of arm chair adventure and travel I figured I would dig into the Sigma Force series by James Rollins and see what happens. I dug into the first big adventure, Sandstorm, and uses science fact, archaeology, and the action film template to deliver a rip-roaring adventure that takes us from North America…

Collateral (2004) – 4K Review

Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx headline the fantastic Michael Mann film, Collateral that gets its 4K release from Paramount Pictures this week. A crisp thriller that was shot in high definition to begin with, looks nothing short of stunning in your home theatre. Cruise, playing against type, is the villain of the piece, a hitman…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2004/2005) – Kir’Shara, and Daedalus

Captain’s log: date unknown Mike Sussman finishes off the Syrrannite arc this week with Kir’Shara which originally aired on 3 December, 2004. Archer (Scott Bakula), T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) and T’Pau (Kara Zediker) work to deliver the Kir’Shara a Vulcan artefact that contains all the writings of the philosopher, Surak, who cited peace and the beauty…