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Revised Top 10 from 2005

June 21, 2006

Here is my revised top 10 movies from 2005, post-Murderball.

  1. Kung Fu Hustle
  2. Walk the Line
  3. King Kong
  4. Good Night, and Good Luck
  5. Hustle and Flow
  6. Murderball
  7. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
  8. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  9. Brokeback Mountain
  10. Munich

Sorry, Capote.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. bro permalink
    June 22, 2006 8:56 pm

    now that i’ve seen a majority of this list, i feel like i should make a couple of comments-

    kung fu- fun, but hardly the best movie of the year. i think the best movie should have more ambition them simply being the best live action cartoon ever. and i’m not even convinced it suceeeded at that, even the most ridiculous warner brothers cartoon has a certain internal logic to the characters, whether it be the coyote or roadrunner, or bugs or elmer fudd. In Kung Fu, it just seemed like any character was capable of any action at any time, regardless of logic or physics.

    walk the line- how exactly was this any better, or worse, than ray? other than the sublime performance by reese witherspoon, there was nothing going on here that i haven’t seen in other biopics. basically, it had the same problem as almost all biopics about famous people- 1. you already know the ending 2. the plotline is invariably the same- the protaganist overcoming childhood adversity and crises when they first start in the business So, ultimately the worth of each biopic comes down to how well the stars inhabit their roles, and while jaoquin was perfectly acceptable, i was hardly blown away.

    King Kong- mostly pointless. the monkey vs dinosaur bits were enjoyable, and the love story between the monkey and naomi watts was about as well executed as an inter-species relationship can be. But what the hell was adrien brody doing in this? If the crux of the movie is the love story between woman and ape, why introduce a human suitor for the same woman?

    good luck and good night- i fell asleep during this, which is more a reflection of what time i started to watch it then the quality of the movie. that being said, i was in no rush to see what i missed the next morning

  2. June 23, 2006 12:48 am

    To address several of your points:

    1) On Kung Fu Hustle, no there wasn’t a whiff of internal logic to what any of the characters could do, and you knew exactly where it was all heading. But it was wildly entertaining, and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. The critera by which I judged my ranking was how much I’ll remember from the movie 10 years from now; I have a hunch that Kung Fu Hustle’s dancing gangsters and spinning heads will still be on my mind when I’m in my late 30s.

    2) I’ve addressed this before, but it comes down to the fact that there was an actual story to Walk The Line, not simply a recitation of the important points in a person’s life. And, as you say, Reese’s performance was sublime, better even than Jamie Foxx’s performance in Ray.

    3) Yes, Adrien Brody’s character is fairly useless, and there are a lot of other flaws, but this movie does the big things well: phenomenal, inventive action sequences, and a powerful romance. That’s really all one can ask of a movie starring a giant ape.

    4) Um, I think it was Good Night and Good Luck, but you apparently said good night before you got a chance to find out. I think what you’re getting at is the very subdued atmosphere of the film; trust me, you have to watch it all the way through–to see the beautifully ironic ending, and the way that the speech at the beginning has powerful resonance when it’s finished at the end of the film. Its the substance, not the style, of this movie that makes it all worth it.


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