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Category: Phantom of the Opera Reviews
Article Date: December 28, 2004 | Publication: Best of New Orleans | Author: Shala Carlson

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Because when you find a format that works, you stick with it. Because every film, even if its vices outnumber the very stars in the sky, has at least one virtue to celebrate. Because 10 is a nice, round number. Because these films were among my favorites for 2004. Why? Because I say so.

Honorable mentions of 2004: Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera -- Because Michael Crawford notwithstanding, actor Gerard Butler builds a better Phantom and director Joel Schumacher fashions an unmasking to rival Lon Chaney's. The Dreamers -- Because director Bernardo Bertolucci resides at that curious intersection of cinema, sex and intellect and is kind enough to periodically have us over for tea. Saved! -- Because comediographers Brian Dannelly and Michael Urban put me right back in the halls of my Christian high school with this surprisingly sweet and funny tale. Shrek 2 -- Because Mike Myers will always be the silliest, smartest, Shrekiest guy around. The Stepford Wives -- Because as the first couple of the eponymous burg, costars Glenn Close and Christopher Walken didn't just go out on a limb; they jumped to a totally different tree. Team America: World Police -- Because hearing puppets use the "f" word just never stops being funny. Vanity Fair -- Because even if the rest of the film walks too much in sunshine, Gabriel Byrne's Marquess of Steyne reeks of the decadence and degeneracy at the heart of William Makepeace Thackeray's nasty little novel.


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