Our Top 10 Lists of 2005 - "Time to throw down!"

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  1. Kristian

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    In the tradition started by Seth Paxton and expanded upon by Jason Whyte, here's the thread where we can all reflect upon the year in cinema that was 2005.

    I don't want to get carried away with rules, but here are a few basics:

    - Placeholders are welcome, but once you do post a list, make sure it's a complete top 10.
    - It is recommended that you have seen a good amount of the year's films (at least 25 or so) before posting a top 10.
    - To avoid confusion, only include films that were first released during the year 2005 (meaning no crossovers from 2004 like Million Dollar Baby).

    Have fun! [​IMG]


    Previous Top 10 Threads:

    2004
    2003
    2002
    2001
    2000


    For a look at how all our lists stack up, check out Adam_S' HTF Top Ten ranking.
     
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    Top Ten of 2005

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    1. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith


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    2. King Kong


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    3. Batman Begins


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    4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


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    5. Serenity


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    6. War of the Worlds


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    7. Brokeback Mountain


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    8. Munich


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    9. Sin City


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    10. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe


    Top Five Older Films Seen For The First Time in 2005

    1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)
    2. Sherlock Jr. (1924)
    3. Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)
    4. Rocky (1975)
    5. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
     
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    1: Munich
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    2: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
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    3: The Devil's Rejects
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    4: The New World
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    5: A History of Violence
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    6: Grizzly Man
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    7: Batman Begins
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    8: Darwin's Nightmare
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    9: Kingdom of Heaven
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    10: Caché
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    Top 10 of 2005
    (As of December 30th)

    1. King Kong
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    2. Munich
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    3. Batman Begins
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    4. Serenity
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    5. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
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    6. Wedding Crashers
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    7. The Family Stone
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    8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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    9. War of the Worlds
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    10. Sky High
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    Bottom 5 of 2005
    (As of December 30th)
    1. Boogeyman
    2. Robots
    3. Kicking and Screaming
    4. House of Wax
    5. The Ring Two
     
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    1. Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the were Rabbit 9/10
    2. EP III 9/10
    3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 9/10
    4. War of the Worlds 9/10
    5. Batman Begins 9/10
    6. Kingdom of Heaven 8/10
    7. The Island 8/10
    8. Bride and Prdjudice 8/10
    9. The Upside of Anger 8/10
    10. March of the Penguins 8/10

    *I'm going on a film watching tear in the next few days, catching Syriana, Munich, Capote, Narnia, Brokeback, and Geisha so my top ten may change.
     
  8. Joel C

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    I can't do the cool images, and I haven't seen everything (Munich, History of Violence, Capote, Brokeback Mountain), but this is where I stand until the DVDs start coming out:

    1) Me and You and Everyone We Know
    2) Junebug
    3) Match Point
    4) Oldboy
    5) Millions
    6) Walk the Line
    7) The Constant Gardener
    8) Lord of War
    9) Hustle & Flow
    10) Wallace and Gromit

    Runners-up: Mysterious Skin, War of the Worlds, Yes, My Summer of Love, Broken Flowers, Robots, Corpse Bride, Crash, Batman Begins, Sin City, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
     
  9. Marc Colella

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    My Top 10:

    1. Saraband
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    2. Caché
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    3. Der Untergang (Downfall)
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    4. Comme Une Image (Look At Me)
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    5. Cinq Fois Deux (5x2)
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    6. Junebug
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    7. C.R.A.Z.Y.
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    8. Mysterious Skin
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    9. Grizzly Man
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    10. Factotum
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    Honorable Mention:
    Broken Flowers, The Constant Gardener and Capote.

    Not Seen Yet:
    The New World
     
  10. Seth Paxton

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    Academy Award rules for the release year. My top 10 is also in my 2005 film list, but I just updated it here.


    Films not seen that seem most likely to impact the list: North Country, Junebug, and Oldboy

    The list as of 9-6-2006

    1. The New World
    2. Capote
    3. Cinderella Man
    4. Batman Begins
    5. The Squid and the Whale

    6. Brokeback Mountain
    7. Crash
    8. Jarhead
    9. Munich
    10. Grizzly Man


    11-15. Walk the Line, Good Night aGL, Syriana, Sin City, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    16-20. 2046, Hustle and Flow, War of the Worlds, Harry Potter, Inside Deep Throat
     
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    1. Batman Begins
    2. Crash
    3. Brokeback Mountain
    4. Sin City
    5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    6. The 40 Year Old Virgin
    7. Serenity
    8. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
    9. Capote
    10. Cinderella Man

    Honorable Mentions:
    Syriana
    The March of the Penguins
    Walk the Line

    These are all films that I rated 3.5 [​IMG]'s or better. I was actually surprised at how things shook out this year.
     
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    #1 Crash

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  14. Tim_C

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    Placeholder. So far "King Kong" is my favorite movie of the year, but I still need to see quite a few major films like "Syriana," "Munich," "Capote," "Good Night and Good Luck," and "Brokeback Mountain."
     
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    ZacharyTait's Top 17 of 2005 as of January 14, 2005

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    Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    In Her Shoes
    The Interpreter
    Mr. and Mrs. Smith
    Star Wars: Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith
    The Wedding Crashers

    The reason why I have a Top 17 is because I wanted to rank my 4-star movies.

    This list will be pretty much definite after I see Brokeback Mountain ,The New World and Match Point.

    I also have a special treat for my fellow HTFers:

    ZacharyTait's Top 10 of the Decade (so far...)

    1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    2. Almost Famous (2000)
    3. Memento (2001)
    4. Minority Report (2002)
    5. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
    6. Munich (2005)
    7. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
    8. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    9. Traffic (2000)
    10 (tie). City of God (2002) and Batman Begins (2005)
     
  16. Nick C.

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    Quite a year, but taking a glance next year's lineup, including potential releases from Aronofsky, Inarritu, Fincher, Soderbergh, Zwigoff, Eastwood, Linklater, Mann (heck, get PT Anderson and Charlie Kaufman off their butts and I'd be in heaven)--and that's only from North American filmmakers, I can't help but look forward to 2006. Inasmuch that I had a difficult time coming up with titles after my eight selection for the ol' top 10 list...

    Which is not to say 2005 wasn't a good year, as there were several pleasant surprises over the course of the year. Another--definitive?--Jane Austen adaptation! A Tommy Lee Jones directorial debut! Clooney throws his significant weight around, literally and figuratively! Another glorious, but befuddling, gem from Wong Kar-wai! The revelation that is Terrence Howard! Heath Ledger can act after all!
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    1. Syriana
    2. Pride & Prejudice
    3. Crash
    4. Brokeback Mountain
    5. The Squid and the Whale
    6. Mysterious Skin
    7. Me and You and Everyone We Know
    8. Brothers
    9. Where the Truth Lies
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      Top 3 are virtually interchangable--will catch 'Match Point' within the next few weeks.

      2005 film list, US theatrical release, post #16 (for Dana)
     
  17. Kyle_D

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    Still need to see Match Point, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (import is on the way) and The New World, but as of 12/31...

    10. Walk the Line
    09. The 40 Year Old Virgin
    08. Hustle and Flow
    07. Cinderella Man
    06. Murderball
    05. Grizzly Man
    04. Batman Begins
    03. A History of Violence
    02. Syriana
    01. Brokeback Mountain - I went in expecting to be underwhelmed, I walked out blown away. It's the film Paul Haggis wishes he could write.
    01b. Oldboy - technically an '03 release, so I'm listing it as an alternative #1

    Honorable mentions:

    Pride and Prejudice
    Capote
    The Upside of Anger
    The Constant Gardener
    King Kong
    Broken Flowers
    Good Night, and Good Luck
    Downfall
    Kung Fu Hustle
    Sin City
    Me and You and Everyone We Know
    The first 45 minutes of War of the Worlds
    Almost every individual scene in Munich, but oddly, not the whole.

    I also suspect Kingdom of Heaven would have made it on there if the 3 hour cut were released.
     
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    I still need to see Match Point, Paradise Now, Producers, Kings and Queen. I'd like to see King Kong and Mrs. Henderson Presents a second time.As of 8/5/2006
    1. A History of Violence - Wow.
    2. Joyeux Noel - gentle and pure
    3. Munich - one of Spielberg's best films, but Eric Bana's performance is not the standout, it's the performances by Ephram, Louis, and 'Papa' that are truly stunning. With incredible editing by Michael Kahn and the most effective and perfect cinematography of the year by Janusz Kaminski and a truly powerful story with an ending that simply smashed me in the stomach, and outstanding film.perfection, delightful movie, very strong performances, one of the years best.
    4. Brokeback Mountain - Incredible how thoroughly I was thrown into Michelle Williams position rather than either of the men. Incredible first act, a second act that's even better and a third that is truly incredible work from Heath Ledger but by that point it's just so sad that its almost too much to take. Veyr powerful film.
    5. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - I don't think I stopped laughing for two hours I hurt from excessive laughter when this was over.
    6. Batman Begins - DAMNNNNN! better every time
    7. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe - I've seen it twice and it really works like
    8. The Family Stone - A new holiday classic, old fashioned filmmaking that is both comedy and drama. This is in the best tradition of Capra, Hawks, Cukor and Chaplin. Honest, painful, funny, true and utterly, delightfully perfectly charming a masterful little film I've seen twice now.
    9. Good Night and Good Luck - a terse and effective film that doesn't over dramatize or attempt to create false arcs or take possession of the material, it gets better with each subsequent viewing. The top ten is not big enough dammit.
    10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Last year, Azkaban made my top ten, and I like this film a whole lot more. It's an astonishing and flawless piece of adaptation, the script is truly an amazing piece of work. It could have used only a handful of moments to breathe, and there were no crippling flaws like Cuaron's occasionally stumbled on. But with the story so effectively told, one does realize that it is not as good a story as the first and third stories.
    11. Serenity - If you categorize Star Wars as space opera, and bracket Kaufman's work as contemporary fantasy, and disallow silents and dismiss 2001 as an art film then this may be the best science fiction film I've ever enjoyed. It has action (too much) it has character (too little) and it has ideas big and small that are played with legitimately and metaphorically echoing relevance to our own reality. In other words, if the vast and overwhelming majority of film science fiction has never moved past the equivalent of Doc Savage pulp-crap of the 1930s (which is true) then Serenity is like the first stunning stories of new masters like Vance Asimov or Clarke, the genre is progressing. Although the film is a little too focused on resolving the series to focus on working new audiences to utter perfection it is damn near greatness, and all the more powerful if you've watched the series and invested deeply into these characters. A powerful journey and wonderful film.
    12. Mrs. Henderson Presents - joyous old fashioned filmmaking that packs a wallop and has a masterful grace and sublime charm only the rarest and most talented of filmmakers can manage.
    13. Sin City - Glorious exploitation that doesn't try to be smart and 'worthy' this truly is pulp and comics in a way that Tarentino has never managed. Wonderful and rewatchable film, great great fun, and a grimy theater actually helps it too!
    14. Grizzly Man - Incredible piece of filmmaking and discovery.
    15. The New World - a great film held back by the perspective with which Smith sees the Pohawtan which paints an animistic/spiritualism portrait that is rather offensive both within and out of context, but the film works on the strength of Kilcher and her relationships with the two men of the film.
    16. Enron the Smartest Guys in the Room - Astonishing clean piece of scholarship and filmmaking, very clear very relentless, makes you sick to your stomach at the humanity of these people doing vile things.
    17. Millions - Pure charm, works a little too hard at the end, but the effervescent qualities of the main child and his saints is just exactly right on the money for me.
    18. In Her Shoes - perfection in how this family is sketched and some of my favorite performances of the year are in this disarming 'not a chick flick' film. I'm furious its already forgotten for awards season.
    19. Howl's Moving Castle - despite the most ridiculous final forty five seconds of any recent film this is perfection through and through.
    20. Mad Hot Ballroom - Great documentary, but doesn't hold up quite as well on a second viewing.
    21. Everything is Illuminated - Wish more people had seen this clean and effective little movie, it never reaches a transcendent level the book found, but then the movie doesn't take any similar risks either. Well done, and well shot but a bit of a bland lead performance.
    22. Hustle and Flow - Incredibly entertaining, one of the most enjoyable films of the year.
    23. Walk the Line - a better film than I give it credit a couple key performances are great and the way the story of rebellion tamed by June is controlled is fantastic. The Spielberg father subplot just felt tired and cliche and the film's incredibly bland cinematography does nothing to aid or support the story, characters or subtext of the film.
    24. Capote - one of the year's best films, but a little bit boring because Tru isn't as interesting as the story he's writing about, I'd like to see it again though, astonishing performance
    25. Star Wars - Great film marred by bad writing and characterization, inconsistent application of the Force, and a pretty boring/over-the-top end battle that never came close to the TPM/ESB/ROTJ battles, Greivious is just extraneous and uninteresting. but the archetypal story is so damn strong we love it any way and it really does work despite the NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! at the end.
    26. The Wedding Crashers - They actually fixed most of the script problems and turned out a very funny and highly effective film, had me laughing throughout but not perfection
     
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    1. Capote
    2. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit
    3. The Constant Gardener
    4. Batman Begins
    5. Revenge of the Sith
    6. The New World
    7. Match Point
    8. Murderball
    9. Brokeback Mountain
    10. Serenity



    Favorite scores:
    1. Revenge of the Sith - John Williams
    2. Kung Fu Hustle - Raymond Wong and others
    3. Fateless - Ennio Morricone
    4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Danny Elfman
    5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Patrick Doyle
    6. Hostage - Alexandre Desplat
    7. Valiant - George Fenton
    8. Munich - John Williams
    9. Wallace and Gromit - Julian Nott and others
    10. Chronicles of Narnia: Harry Gregson Williams
     
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    Best of '05

    1. Nobody Knows
    1. The New World
    3. Saraband
    3. 2046
    3. The Beat That My Heart Skipped
    3. Brokeback Mountain
    7. Downfall
    8. Grizzly Man
    9. Look at Me
    10. 5x2

    Honorable Mention:
    Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
    The Edukators
    Batman Begins
    Pride & Prejudice
    Millions
    King Kong
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    Capote
    Crash
    Saint Ralph
     

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