Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Best and Worst of 2005

by Brian
In order of preference:

BEST: The Constant Gardener, Good Night and Good Luck, Cache (Hidden), Batman Begins, Grizzly Man, Me and You and Everyone We Know, The Squid and the Whale, Oldboy, The Boys of Baraka, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Millions, Nine Lives, Syriana, Brokeback Mountain, The White Countess, The Beautiful Country

ALSO GOOD: Breakfast on Pluto, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, A History of Violence, The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Corpse Bride, Last Days, Cronicas, Capote, The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Wedding Crashers, Munich, Junebug, Ushpizin, Duma, Kingdom of Heaven, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Tropical Malady, Sin City, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, In Her Shoes, Pride & Prejudice, Oliver Twist, Downfall, The Thing About My Folks, Kung Fu Hustle, Match Point, Gunner Palace

INTERESTING BUT FLAWED: Memory of a Killer (The Alzheimer Case), Stay, Shopgirl, The Family Stone, The New World, The Interpreter

NOT BAD: Cinderella Man, Layer Cake, Crash, Murderball, Broken Flowers, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, March of the Penguins

THUMBS SIDEWAYS: North Country, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Proof, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Mad Hot Ballroom, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Fun with Dick and Jane, The World's Fastest Indian, The Ice Harvest, Bee Season

WELL-MADE AND WELL-ACTED, BUT RIDICULOUS: Yes, Hustle and Flow, My Summer of Love

MOSTLY BORING: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The War Within, Occupation: Dreamland, Elizabethtown, The Aristocrats, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mrs. Henderson Presents, The Brothers Grimm, The Upside of Anger, Flightplan, Jarhead, An Unfinished Life, King Kong, The Matador, Rent, Casanova, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Legend of Zorro, The Libertine

BAD: Transamerica, Walk the Line, Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, The Island, Where the Truth Lies, Domino, The Producers, War of the Worlds, Must Love Dogs, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Fantastic Four, Secuestro Express


Blogger Chris said...

Here's mine:

Best (in order): A History of Violence, Grizzly Man, Constant Gardener, King Kong, Broken Flowers, Batman Begins, Oldboy, 40 Year Old Virgin, Wallace and Gromit, Kung Fu Hustle, The Family Stone, Brokeback Mountain, Corpse Bride, Crash, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Good: Aristocrats, Wedding Crashers, Narnia, Sin City, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Rent, Transporter 2, Of Penguins and Men (the supplemental film on the disc for March of the Penguins, I learned so much more about penguins from it than the actual movie, which I thought was a piss-poor example of an informative nature documentary.)

Blinked and missed/wish-I'd-seens: Howl's Moving Castle, Murderball, Jesus is Magic, Layer Cake, Me You and Everyone We Know, In Her Shoes, Bad News Bears, Land of the Dead, Squid and the Whale, Syriana, Capote, The Brothers Grimm, Serenity, 2046, Steamboy, Millions, Unleashed

Terrible (Short list, but I like to think I have a good sense of which movies I will hate, and I don't see those movies. These are the movies I hoped I would like and felt burned afterwards): The Weather Man, Revenge of the Sith, March of the Penguins (give me real penguins in the harshness of nature, not some bullshit anthropomorphized story about imaginary love and family bonds), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Shrimp...I mean Aliens of the Deep (you know you have a boring undersea doc when you have to paste on a CG epilogue with those aliens from The Abyss).

3/02/2006 08:13:00 PM  

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