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Yearly Roundup – 2005

Posted by martinteller on June 23, 2014

The Cream of the Crop

I’ve seen a hell of a lot of movies from this year, so it’s no surprise that three of them made their way onto my top 100 list.  My favorite of the lot is Linda Linda Linda, which gets better every time I see it.  Showed it to my fiancée recently and now it’s at the point where it might be top 10 material.  Watching it gives me intense joy.  I wish I’d had the sense to catch Malick’s majestic The New World in the theater.  It looks astonishing on my television, it must be even more breathtaking on the big screen.  The Wayward Cloud is Ming-liang Tsai at his most playful, and most provocative.  Most memorable is that final shot, a shocking image both beautiful and vulgar.


Slightly Less Creamy, But Still Tasty

There are several more treats from the Far East this year.  Lady Vengeance is by far my favorite film by Park Chan-Wook, the height of his “revenge trilogy”.  Dazzling and moving.  Who’s Camus Anyway? is a cinephile’s delight, with references aplenty and a meta story about the creative process and the people who bring ideas to life.  Fantastic ensemble work.  Peacock is a film I’d love to see again, and keep hoping for a stateside release.  Beautifully composed and full of the kind of quiet, gentle drama I cherish.  But there’s little “quiet” or “gentle” about Noriko’s Dinner Table, one of Sion Sono’s masterpieces, a whirlwind of shifting identities and bold techniques.

On the documentary front, we have the endearing and entertaining Murderball, which treats its subject with admirable respect.  Werner Herzog made a big splash with Grizzly Man, possibly his best-known film.  Though Herzog and Treadwell never met, the pairing of such two massively compelling characters is endlessly riveting.

Lastly, two fine examples of fan service done right.  Serenity does a fine job of bringing the aborted series “Firefly” to the big screen, and is probably the best that anyone could hope for in terms of closure.  I can’t say how it plays for newcomers, but for fans it’s a joy to have one last adventure with this cast of characters.  And Wallace & Gromit finally made the leap to features with the delightful The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.  Can we have another?


Also Love

The Goebbels Experiment
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
Our Daily Bread
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story


Varying Degrees of Like

15 Park Avenue
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
After Innocence
A Bittersweet Life
Border Café
Brokeback Mountain
Broken Flowers
The Call of Cthulhu
The Cave of the Yellow Dog
The Comedians of Comedy
Dame sobh
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
The Devil and Daniel Johnston
The Forsaken Land
Funky Forest: The First Contact
Good Night, and Good Luck
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
A History of Violence
Hustle & Flow
I for India
The Ice Harvest
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Mad Hot Ballroom
Man Push Cart
March of the Penguins
Match Point
Me and You and Everyone We Know
Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman
Pride & Prejudice
The Protector
Punk: Attitude
Reel Paradise
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
Sin City
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
The Squid and the Whale
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Three Times
War of the Worlds


Varying Degrees of Hate

The Fog
Mutual Appreciation
Ringers: Lord of the Fans


In The Middle

49 Up
The Aristocrats
Batman Begins
Be With Me
The Descent
Drawing Restraint 9
Film Geek
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Into Great Silence
King Kong
Land of the Dead
Lord of War
North Country
Red Eye
The Ring Two
Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic
Saw II
Say Uncle
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Train Man
Walk the Line
The Weather Man
Wedding Crashers
The Wild Blue Yonder
The World’s Fastest Indian


Uncharted Territory

The Brothers Grimm, Capote, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Cinderella Man, The Constant Gardener, Constantine, Corpse Bride, The Devil’s Rejects, L’enfer, Everything Is Illuminated, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Fantastic Four, Four Brothers, Hard Candy, Hitch, Into a Dream, The Island, Kingdom of Heaven, Last Days, Madagascar, The Matador, Oxhide, The PianoTuner of Earthquakes, Proof, The Proposition, Rent, Sahara, Sex & Philosophy, Su-ki-da, Syriana, Welcome to Dongmakgol, Wolf Creek

6 Responses to “Yearly Roundup – 2005”

  1. nancy said

    Linda Linda Linda!! in my top five! Thanks to you….

  2. JC said

    You’re the second person know that’s highly recommended Linda Linda Linda – that’s a strong endorsement too! As for your uncharted territory, I recommend The Matador as an underrated black comedy and great comedy pairing of Brosnan and Kinnear. Also Capote for Hoffman’s incredible performance.
    Also, do you know what’s going on with the SA forums? It’s down for two days now.

  3. Steve Kimes said

    I liked LLL, but wouldn’t put it in my top 100. The New World, on the other hand… when I finished it (on my laptop) I said exactly what you said above. The next Malick film I could see in the theatre I rushed for the opportunity and that was The Tree of Life. Amazing experience.

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