Merry Christmas! (From Ben the movie buff)
2005 was a pretty pathetic year for movies. The summer, especially, was disappointing. But, as always, good movies lurked around the corner (or in plain view) if you just looked. I've been compiling year-end lists of movies that made going to the theaters a worthwhile experience since 2003.
So here's my list for 2005. If you haven't seen these movies...do so. They were the bright light in a dismal cinematic year.
- Sin City (the most violent movie since Kill Bill...and the most visually stunning)
- Batman Begins (thank Christopher Nolan for rescuing the Batman series from the hole Joel Schumacher dug for it)
- Crash (excellent ensemble piece about race relations in L.A.)
- Hustle and Flow (Terrence Howard for best actor!)
- A History of Violence (Viggo Mortensen proves he's more than Aragorn. David Cronenberg proves he can still gross us out on the level of Scanners)
- Walk the Line (yes, it's basically a White, country retread of Ray. So what? Ray was a damn good movie and so is this)
- Pride & Prejudice (seen it twice now. Both times I had to hold in the urge to literally cheer for Elizabeth and Darcy. Keira Knightly for best actress nominee)
- Shopgirl (Steve Martin and Claire Danes shine)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (this ain't your little brother's HP flick. Darker, and better, than its already good predecessors)
- King Kong (see my previous post explaining why Peter Jackson is God)
- Millions (an enchanting little fable about greed . . . and lack thereof)
- Serenity (cowboys in space. Who knew it would actually be good? Makes me want to seek out the canceled TV show it is based on)
- The Chronicles of Narnia (a rousing epic. A children's fairy tale. The movie I've had in my head for 12 years now. Remind me to write more in depth about this wonderful film.)
- Four Brothers (better than I thought it would be. A satisfying revenge flick which takes the time to develop its characters and throws a few twists into an otherwise straightforward revenge tale.)
- Red Eye (inspired my post on the Well Constructed Thriller)
- The Merchant of Venice (Al Pacino proves he can still say more than "hoo-ah". Shakespeare proves he's freakin' Shakespeare.)
- The Family Stone
- Me, You, and Everyone We Know
- Cinderella Man
- Brokeback Mountain
- Match Point
- North Country
- The New World
- Grizzly Man
Feel free to disagree with me on my list. Point out movies I should have put up there. In fact, I want you to. There are a number of critically loved movies (i.e. Good Night and Good Luck, The Constant Gardner) that I intentionally snubbed because I wasn't all that impressed by them.
If there is popular demand, I will post my old lists from 2003 and 2004 (which were longer because those were better years for movies).