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The Goliard's Own MovieManThe Movie Man Ranks the top films for the Summer of 2004

The Movie Man, as faithful readers are well aware, has been a missing person from the staff news room for quite some time. In fact, nobody had heard a word from him in at least a year so one might imagine our surprise when he ambled through the door on a recent morning clutching a chicken scratched page just like no days had even gone by. 

"I've not been well boys," The Movie Man said, putting both hands on the editor's desk and leaning down for effect. "Let's just say my prostate, colon, arthritic hip and chronic neuralgia are all acting up at once." 

He puffed a cigar reflectively and tamped an ash into a Sopporo mini keg, the act of which made an audible hiss. 

"So here's my list of summer movies. Keep in mind I didn't see everything that came out as I've not been well. I just told you I haven't been well didn't I?" 

And with another ash flicked and another hiss, he pivoted geriatricly, hobbled towards the door and was gone. 

"What the aitch was that all about?" asked a copy boy who had been restocking the fridge. "I thought I was seeing a ghost."

"I don't know," said the editor, tugging down his visor and squinting at the page of scribbles the Movie Man had left. "But I was still drinking that beer."

The Movie Man's ranking of the films that made it to Tucson in the Summer 2004 and that he saw.

10 - The Manchurian Candidate (2004)  - Outstanding individual performances highlight this suspenseful drama which provides plenty of food for thought to all conspiracy theorists during this election year.

9 - Super Size Me (2004) - One New Yorker discovers the dietary pitfalls of making McDonalds his kind of place for an entire month.

8 - What the #$*! Do We Know!? (2004) - The physics of metaphysics made simple, interesting and bleeping funny.

7 - I'm Not Scared (2003) (Io non ho paura) - Suspense thriller about an Italian teen who uncovers a kidnapping plot involving his father as one of the perpetrators. 

6 - Valentín (2002) - The sweet but not saccharin tale of an adorable Argentinean adolescent who survives a broken home by playing matchmaker and dreaming of becoming an astronaut.

5 - Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) - Share a table and a smoke and some outrageous conversation with some of these unique individuals who still take their java straight from the percolator at the local diner instead of standing in line at Starbucks.

4 - Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) - No matter which side of the political fence you're on, this is unequivocally the most talked about documentary ever made. 

3 - Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) - Your high school physical education class goes to the national tournament and a guy who makes Bobby Knight blush is your coach. 

2 - Maria Full of GraceMaría, llena eres de gracia (2004) -
A thoughtful and intelligent film about a Columbian teenage girl who yields to the temptation of easy money and then discovers the perils.

1 - Napoleon Dynamite (2004) - The misadventures of the ultimate nerd and his terminally nerdy acquaintances filmed in a nerdy location in a uniquely nerdy style.

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