Worst of the Worst—In addition to the good films, there was also a steady stream of bad movies to filter through theaters this year. For every Sideways that made its way into theaters, there were two or three Garfields that raked in millions. Go figure. So, in the spirit of the hairball-puking hero of this summer's surprise hit, I present 2004's 10 Worst List.
The anno horribilus known as 2004 turned out to be an interesting one, cinema-wise. The word that keeps cropping up in my mind is “mature.” Even the best kiddy fare this year (The Incredibles, Mean Girls) seemed surprisingly sharp and clever.
Reality TV continued to rule the airwaves (or “pollute the airwaves,” depending on your perspective). Gay-themed TV shows fell out in favor of poker-themed TV shows (a trend that will only continue in 2005). And, of course, 130 million people saw Janet Jackson's boob. That's the year that was television in 2004.
“Wickedly Perfect” (KRQE-13 7 p.m.) These new reality show variations are so weak, I can barely summon up the energy to write capsules about them. This one challenges assorted contestants to become America's newest Martha Stewart-like domestic diva. Wow. Can't wait for the knockdown drag-out “floral arranging” contest.
“The First 48” (A&E 7 p.m.) This new documentary series mixes “COPS” with “CSI.” Since most crimes are solved within 48 hours, or not at all, each episode of this show follows police detectives and forensics experts around the country for the first two days of a particular crime.