Wednesday, January 04, 2006


Sorting through the "Best Of" list below, I'm forced to concede that 2005 was, once again, a good year for the cinema. And yet I find it impossible to think of it that way. I suspect this is true in part thanks to the extreme nature of the "Worst Of" list below it, coupled with the realization that I actually sat through those films (and many other mediocre ones which appear on neither list).

What did you think of 2005? Let me know.

The Best of 2005:

1. Junebug
2. The New World
3. The Squid and the Whale
4. Me and You and Everyone We Know
5. Capote
6. Shopgirl
7. Nine Lives
8. Last Days
9. A History of Violence
10. Caché
11. Brokeback Mountain
12. Oldboy
13. Grizzly Man
14. Broken Flowers
15. Downfall
16. Good Night, and Good Luck
17. The Weather Man
18. Crash
19. The 40 Year-Old Virgin
20. Where the Truth Lies

Also Good in 2005: The Aristocrats, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Batman Begins, Coach Carter, Corpse Bride, The Devil's Rejects, Flightplan, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Hustle & Flow, King Kong, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Kung Fu Hustle, Land of the Dead, Mad Hot Ballroom, The Matador, Match Point, Melinda and Melinda, Millions, Murderball, My Summer of Love, Red Eye, Rock School, Sin City, Syriana, Three... Extremes, The Upside of Anger, Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, War of the Worlds, Zathura

The Worst of 2005:

1. Alone in the Dark
2. White Noise
3. Boogeyman
4. The Island
5. The Phantom of the Opera
6. Doom
7. Hostel
8. Rent
9. Hide and Seek
10. The Amityville Horror
11. Fantastic Four
12. Sahara
13. Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
14. The Exorcism of Emily Rose
15. Robots
16. Saw II
17. Cursed
18. Elektra
19. The Skeleton Key
20. Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Also Bad in 2005: Aeon Flux, Assault on Precinct 13, Be Cool, Bewitched, Chicken Little, Derailed, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Family Stone, Into the Blue, Kicking & Screaming, Lords of Dogtown, The Ring 2, Rumor Has It...

The Biggest Disappointments of 2005:

1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
2. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
3. The Brothers Grimm
4. Munich
5. Wolf Creek
6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
7. Lord of War
8. Pretty Persuasion
9. November
10. Constantine