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Top 10 Movies of 2005 
1st-Feb-2006 05:53 pm
Seattle Andy
I saw 24 movies from 2005, usually in bunches. I didn't see everything I wanted to see this year, but had to put a cap on it sometime, as I'm never going to see every movie and the list had to go up sometime. Doing a year end list in June is kinda silly. Movies I still would like to see include Capote, Crash, The Aristocrats, The Squid and The Whale, The Constant Gardener, Match Point, and A History of Violence. While I could do a larger list, I chose to make this a top ten list because that seems to be the standard movie list format. I don't know if I've ever seen a movie list longer than ten in any publication. Unlike album lists, it's always ten movies plus honourable mentions. I guess it's because publications rarely have more than one movie critic, and thus don't have to combine a bunch of opinions into one list. For whatever reason, ten plus mentions is what I'm doing.

One last thing, I reviewed every 2005 movie I saw, so I'll be linking to those original reviews. As a result, I probably will half-ass my write-ups here, since I've already said most of what I wanted to say. If you want more, click on the links. If you do, you'll notice that the scores I assigned each movie might not necessarily reflect the order in which I rank them. That's because I like to keep my reviews as objective as possible, with my scores reflecting my judgement of the quality of the film from an artistic standpoint. But, I still might like the movie more than others. Since this is more of MY top movies than a best of list, lower scoring movies that I love may top higher scoring movies that I like. Enough already, on to the list...

Since I already came up with alt comments the first time around, I've decided that this time, I will use this space to give possible suggestions for the movie's porn copycat title. I'll start with the obvious here, 'BrokeBUTT Mountain'

10. Brokeback Mountain - The current odds-on favourite to win the Best Picture award at the Oscars, Brokeback sits at number ten on my list because of the rule I just mentioned (so everyone who skipped ahead has to go back and read my long-winded intro). The film was excellent, but not a favourite. A good way to start a list though.

'Hairy Palmer and the Ass of Fire'. Sorry, that one sucked.

9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Hey, I'm surprised that a Harry Potter movie is on my year end list too. I'm not really a Harry Potter guy. But this movie was everything high adventure should be. Fun from beginning to end, possibly moreso than any other film I saw this year.

'See Her Anna'. Yeah, I'm not good at this.

8. Syriana - In a year of excellent, incendiary movies, Syriana may have been the boldest. Perhaps a little overambitious in its reach, it's still an excellent piece of work with plenty to say about Middle Eastern politics and the financial imbalance caused by the world's desperate dependency on fossil fuels. Also, it's a hell of a suspense thriller.

'Ass Crashers'. Hey, when are they ever subtle?

7. Wedding Crashers - This movie is the best example of the battle between entertainment and art, as I gave it a 3.5 star score, but rank it ahead of movies that received better scores. As a piece of art, Wedding Crashers is standard buddy-movie fare, with stock characters and familiar results. But it's funny as hell. The funniest movie I saw all year. Unlike movies 10-8, I can see myself watching this one many more times in my life.

'March of the Beaver'

6. March of the Penguins - I love me some penguins. Sadly, because of this excellent movie, Hollywood is trying to cram penguins into every family movie/commercial they can, which is beyond annoying. How does a cartoon about barnyard animals feature penguins? Ah well, I won't let those hacks ruin my love of this movie.


5. Serenity - It hurts me to know that fucking Doom made more money at the box office than this movie. In a perfect world, where quality actually meant something to the average movie-goer, Serenity would've made more money than that steaming pile of crap known as Revenge of the Sith. But, since it does not, I'll have to be content with ranking it in my top five, and then feeling superior to those who did not see it (of course, feeling superior has been a favourite past-time of mine for a while now).

'Sinful City'

4. Sin City - A phenomenal artistic achievement from a technical perspective, this movie simply blew me away when I saw it, and continued to do so in subsequent viewings. Sin City doesn't adapt the comics to the screen as much as it adapts the screen to the world of comics. A fantastic piece of pop art.

'Good Night, and Good Lick.' This one is my inspiration for these alt comments.

3. Good Night, and Good Luck. - I'm not quite sure how a black and white movie about a bunch of newsmen who sit around in smokey rooms planning their broadcast could be so gripping, but it was. As important a film as there is this year, with as much to say about today's media as it does about the media in the time of the film.

'Debbie Does Munich'

2. Munich - Right after I complain that this film hasn't been getting the attention and credit that it deserves, the Academy turns around and announces it a nominee for Best Picture. Man, I'm powerful. Maybe its number two placement on my list will help get it the statue in a couple months. Wow... my egotism astounds even me.

'Buttman Begins'

1. Batman Begins - After seeing all these high-minded, Oscar-baiting flicks, it was touch and go whether Batman could keep the number one spot, even though I pretty much decided in June that this would be number one. Munich and Good Night, and Good Luck. were powerful films, but neither of them had Batman in it, so they really couldn't compete. He's pretty much my favourite character in all of literature, so seeing him finally getting a movie that shows everything that is great about the character was as satisfying a movie experience as I've ever had. To be certain that it was indeed still numero uno, I just watched the movie again tonight, and, oh yeah, it IS that damn good.

Honourable Mentions: Elizabethtown, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Walk the Line, War of the Worlds, Cinderella Man
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