Monday, April 13, 2009

BEST OF 2005

1. Terrence Malick’s The New World
2. Chan-Wook Park’s Oldboy
3. Steven Spielberg’s Munich
4. Tony Scott’s Domino
5. Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man
6. Stephen Gaghan’s Syriana
7. Fernando Meirelles’ The Constant Gardener
8. Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven
9. Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins
10. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's Sin City

Runners-Up: Lord of War, Cinderella Man, Good Night and Good Luck, Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The White Diamond, The Devil’s Rejects, The Weather Man, The 40 Year Old Virgin, A History of Violence, Jarhead, Junebug, Brokeback Mountain, Hustle & Flow, In Her Shoes, The Squid and the Whale, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Unleashed, Walk the Line, War of the Worlds, Last Days, March of the Penguins, Match Point, Palindromes, The Island, King Kong.


Joel said...

King Kong is undoubtedly my choice for best of 2005, but I'm glad to see New World here. A masterful film.

VERY happy to see Kingdom of Heaven on this list, especially in the top ten. It made mine, too. That movie gets some unwarranted hate from the critics' circles.

Also happy to see The Island included in some way. That, for me, is Bay's pinnacle achievement, so much so that, yes, I would label it a masterpiece. Transformers and Bad Boys come close, but I think he brought it all together in The Island. Criminal, how underrated that movie is.

Actionman said...

I liked Kong a lot, especially the last section in NYC. But it was way too long; the theatrical release played like an extended director's cut. Naomi Watts was radiant in that film.

Kingdom of Heaven is a great film, especially the director's cut. If you liked the theatrical version, and haven't yet seen the director's cut, I IMPLORE you to buy it. It's a DIFFERENT film. Fox should be ashamed of themselves for not releasing the 3 hour version. It's the very best of ANY (Gladiator included) of the recent historical epics.

And yeah...The Island...flying jet-bikes. So damn cool. Scarjo's never been hotter, either.

Joel said...

Yeah, the director's cut KoH is a definitive film experience, especially in that genre. And others hated it. Don't know why.