I saw 39 theatrical films in 2005 (40 if you count going back for seconds of Sin City). Most years I try to make a list of 5 films, but this year just 4 stand out right now, with a massive tie for 5th place. Here’s what I came up with:
4 Favorite Films of 2005
- Me You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July’s quirky film that should make everyone a little uncomfortable as it explores the way people form relationships in 21st century America)
- Sin City (Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller turn Miller’s graphic novel into roller-coaster cinema that’ll make your hair stand straight up)
- Stay (Marc Forster’s scary movie is sort of a “Mulholland Drive” set in NYC)
- A History of Violence (David Cronenberg turns a graphic novel into roller-coaster cinema that’ll make your hair stand straight up)
4-way tie for 5th place: Capote, Good Night and Good Luck, Jarhead, Walk the Line. (PS, if I had seen it in 2005, Pride and Prejudice would have been added here.)
Others I enjoyed: Aeon Flux, Broken Flowers, The Brothers Grimm, The Interpreter, Last Days, Millions, MirrorMask, The Passenger, Syriana.
Notable Reality Films: Downfall, Good Night and Good Luck (proves things really are worse now), Jarhead (proves there is no such thing as an anti-war movie), Grizzly Man, Writer of O.
Cinema as Art: Several of the above-mentioned films stand-out for their use of film to express what most of us can’t see or feel except when we are dreaming: Sin City, Millions, MirrorMask, The Brothers Grimm.
4 Biggest Disappointments of 2005
- Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (duh, oh duh dull)
- War of the Worlds (not scary enough, not alien enough, too much like Katrina)
- King Kong (like the creepy guy in The Boondocks said, “Finally, an interracial love story you can watch with the whole family! … Just kidding, white folks. Just kidding!” — but, the 1930s NYC ambience was joyfully well-done.
- Syriana (too complicated to recommend, though I enjoyed it a lot)