Film University


Spent the last couple of days grappling with parsing & updating XML in Perl for my project. I finally got it working but it isn’t particularly memory efficient as it takes in the whole database (5000+ nodes) in one big chunk.

After the ever-rediculus Oscars last night I thought I’d offer my own impartial opinion on the best films of 2004 (as I did last year!). You’ll notice that none of these were even nominated! This list is not definitive as of course I didn’t see all the films last year this represents my own tastes:

Top 5 Films 2004

  1. Kill Bill (Volume 2)
  2. A Tale of Two Sisters
  3. House of Flying Daggers
  4. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
  5. Shaun of the Dead

Update – Just noticed that Shi mian mai fu (House of Flying Daggers) was nominated for ‘Best Achievement in Cinematography’, opps.

Notable Mentions

Worst Film 2004

I haven’t watched nearly as many films as I would have liked this year so far due to being busy with other things but I’ve got a lot lined up so watch this space!

Got an opinion? What did you like/hate the most last year?!


Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Kamakura. Prior to this, he lived in China and longs to explore more of this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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