2005 Movies: Best, Worst, etc.

What are some of your favorite films? Films that you think deserve more attention? Films that were overrated or should be avoided? What are the films and filmmakers that are most deserving of awards?

10 Responses to “2005 Movies: Best, Worst, etc.”


  1. Mitchell

    This might help.
    Films released in 2005:

    7½ Phere
    9th Company
    A Little Trip to Heaven
    A Sidewalk Astronomer
    A travers la forêt
    Aaptamitra
    About Love
    Adam and Steve
    The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl
    Æon Flux
    Alatriste
    Albudhadweep
    Aliens of the Deep
    Alone in the Dark
    Alpha Dog
    America at 10 mph
    American Pie: Band Camp
    The Amityville Horror
    Andarivaadu
    Angel-A
    Anniyan
    Antarctic Journal
    April Snow
    Are We There Yet?
    The Aristocrats
    Assault on Precinct 13
    At the Still Point
    BBS: The Documentary
    Babul
    Bad News Bears
    Bajirao Mastani
    The Ballad of Jack and Rose
    Bang Bang Orangutang
    Barfuss
    Barsaat
    Batman Begins
    The Baxter
    Be Cool
    Be the Creature
    Be with Me
    Beauty Shop
    Because of Winn-Dixie
    Bee Season
    Bendito infierno
    Beowulf & Grendel
    Bewafaa
    Bewitched
    Beyond Treason
    Bharatchandran IPS
    Bigger Than the Sky
    A Bittersweet Life
    Black
    Black Friday
    Boogeyman
    The Bow
    The Boys of Baraka
    Brokeback Mountain
    Broken Flowers
    The Brothers Grimm
    C.R.A.Z.Y.
    Caché
    Candy
    Capote
    Cardiff
    The Care Bears’ Big Wish Movie
    Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power
    Casanova
    Category 7: The End of the World
    The Cave
    Chaos
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Cheaper by the Dozen 2
    Chicken Little
    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    The Chumscrubber
    Cinderella Man
    Coach Carter
    Cold Showers
    Comedians of Comedy
    Company 9
    The Constant Gardener
    Constantine
    Corpse Bride
    The Crow: Wicked Prayer
    Crustacés et coquillages
    Cry Wolf
    Crying Fist
    Cursed
    Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life
    D.E.B.S.
    Daltry Calhoun
    Danny the Dog
    Dark Water
    Dear Wendy
    The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu
    Deep Sea Beast Reigo
    Deewane Huye Pagal
    Democrazy
    Densha Otoko
    Derailed
    The Descent
    Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
    The Devil’s Rejects
    Diary of a Mad Black Woman
    Dirty Deeds
    The Dive From Clausen’s Pier
    Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
    Domino
    Don’t Come Knocking
    Doom
    Dragon Eye Congee
    Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
    The Dukes of Hazzard
    Duma
    Dumplings
    Dungeons & Dragons 2: Wrath of the Dragon God
    Elektra
    Elizabethtown
    The Elk Hotel
    Empress Chung
    Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
    Everlasting Regret
    Everything Is Illuminated
    The Exorcism of Emily Rose
    The Extra
    Fallujah, The Hidden Massacre
    Family
    The Family Stone
    Fantastic Four
    Fateless
    Fever Pitch
    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
    Flightplan
    The Fog
    The 40-Year-Old Virgin
    Four Brothers
    Frankenfish
    Free Zone
    Fun with Dick and Jane
    G-SALE
    The Game of Their Lives
    Get Rich or Die Tryin’
    Ghajini
    Gie
    Go Figure
    Goal!
    The God Who Wasn’t There
    Goddess Moon, Father Sky, Hollow Soul
    Good Night, and Good Luck.
    The Gospel
    Gossip Girl
    The Great Raid
    The Greatest Game Ever Played
    Green Street
    Grizzly Man
    The Guatemalan Handshake
    Guess Who
    Gulliver’s Travels
    H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds
    H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds
    Half Light
    The Happy Elf
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    Hating Alison Ashley
    Havoc
    Heaven’s Fall
    Herbie: Fully Loaded
    Hide and Seek
    Hinokio
    A History of Violence
    Hitch
    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    The Honeymooners
    Hoodwinked
    Hostage
    Hostel
    House of Harmony
    House of Wax
    Howl’s Moving Castle
    Hustle & Flow
    The Ice Harvest
    Ice Princess
    Il Demonio Nera
    In Her Shoes
    In the Mix
    Initial D
    Innocent Steps
    Inside Deep Throat
    The Interpreter
    Interview: The Documentary
    Into the Blue
    Into the Sun
    The Island
    It Had to Be You!
    Jack-Jack Attack
    The Jacket
    Jarhead
    Jo Bole So Nihaal
    Joni’s Promise
    Jurm
    Just Like Heaven
    Kaal
    Kakurenbo
    Kalamazoo?
    Karol: A Man Who Became Pope
    Keeping Mum
    Kicking & Screaming
    The Kid & I
    Kids in America
    Kim Possible: So the Drama
    King Kong
    King’s Ransom
    Kingdom of Heaven
    Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
    Kongque
    Kronk’s New Groove
    Kung Fu Mahjong
    Kyun Ki?
    L’Enfant
    Land of the Dead
    Last Days
    Last Holiday
    The League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse
    Left Behind: World at War
    The Legend of Zorro
    Let the Love Begin
    Life Is Ruff
    Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch
    Little Fish
    Living Neon Dreams
    Longan Porridge
    The Longest Yard (2005)
    Lord of War
    Lords of Dogtown
    A Lot Like Love
    Love in Magic
    Lucky: No Time for Love
    Mad Hot Ballroom
    Madagascar
    The Magic 7
    Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D
    Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya?
    Malevolence
    Man of the House
    Man with the Screaming Brain
    The Man
    Man-Thing
    Manderlay
    Mapado
    Marathon
    March of the Penguins
    The Matador
    Match Point
    Me and You and Everyone We Know
    Memoirs of a Geisha
    Merry Christmas
    Mew and the Wave Guiding Hero: Lucario
    Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream
    Midsummer Dream
    The Mighty Celt
    Minotaur
    MirrorMask
    Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
    Missing in America
    The Moguls
    Mojave Magic: A Turtle’s Eye View of SpaceShipOne
    Monster-in-Law
    La Moustache
    Mozart and the Whale
    Mr. & Mrs. Smith
    La mujer de mi hermano
    Munich
    The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz
    Murderball (documentary)
    Must Love Dogs
    My Boyfriend is Type B
    My Date with Drew
    My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas
    The Myth
    NVA
    Naina
    Nanny McPhee
    Naran
    Naruto the Movie 2
    Nearing Grace
    Negadon: The Monster from Mars
    The New World
    Night Watch (2004 film)
    No Direction Home
    North Country
    The Notorious Bettie Page
    Now You See It…
    Odd Girl Out
    Oh God!
    Oil Storm
    Oliver Twist
    One Man Band
    Otoko-tachi no Yamato
    The Pacifier
    Paheli
    Pan’s Labyrinth
    Paradise Now
    Parineeta
    The Perfect Man
    Peter Panama
    Pit Fighter
    Pizza My Heart
    Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys
    Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
    Popstar
    The President’s Last Bang
    Pretty Persuasion
    Pride and Prejudice
    Prime
    Princess Raccoon
    The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio
    The Producers
    Proof
    Proteus
    Punk’s Not Dead
    The Quiet
    RASH
    Racing Stripes
    Rave On
    Real, The Movie
    Rebound
    Red Eye
    The Red Shoes
    Reefer Madness
    Rent
    Revolver
    The Ring Two
    The Ringer
    Rings (short film)
    Rise
    River Queen
    Rize
    Robots
    Rog
    Roll Bounce
    Romance & Cigarettes
    Rumor Has It
    SHINOBI Heart Under Blade
    Sabah
    The Sacrifice
    Sahara
    Saint Ralph
    Salaam Namaste
    Santa’s Slay
    Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic
    Sarkar
    Saw II
    Screaming Masterpiece
    The Secret Life of Words
    See No Evil
    Sehar
    Seoul Raiders
    Separate Lies
    Serenity
    Seven Swords
    Shabd
    Shania: A Life in Eight Albums
    She’s On Duty
    Shopgirl
    Sin City
    The Skeleton Key
    Sky High
    Sleeping Dogs Lie
    Slipstream
    Smile
    Something Like Happiness
    Son of the Mask
    Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage
    A Sound of Thunder
    Spirit Trap
    Spring Snow
    The Squid and the Whale
    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
    Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning
    Stay
    Stealth
    Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party
    Strong Enough to Break
    Submerged
    Supercross
    Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
    Syriana
    T*Witches
    Takeshis’
    The Talent Given Us
    Temporada de patos
    Thank You for Smoking
    The Joy of Life
    The Thing About My Folks
    Things That Hang from Trees
    Three Times
    Thumbsucker
    To Paint or Make Love
    Tom-Yum-Goong
    The Tortilla Curtain
    Train Ride
    Transamerica
    Transporter 2
    Twitches
    Two for the Money
    U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha
    Underclassman
    Undiscovered
    An Unfinished Life
    The Upside of Anger
    Vaada
    Valiant
    Vegas Baby
    Vinyl
    Vzyat Tarantino
    Wah-Wah
    Wait ‘Til You’re Older
    Waiting…
    Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
    Walk the Line
    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
    Wannabe
    War of the Worlds
    Water
    The Wayward Cloud
    The Weather Man
    Wedding Crashers
    The Wedding Date
    The Wendell Baker Story
    Where the Truth Lies
    Whisky Romeo Zulu
    White Noise
    Why We Fight
    The Wild Blue Yonder
    Wolf Creek
    The Woods
    The World’s Fastest Indian
    XXX: State of the Union
    Xinji Chi Buliao Re Doufu
    Yahaan
    Yokai Daisenso
    Yours, Mine and Ours
    Zathura
    Zeher
    Zozo

  2. Mitchell

    Here’s what I’ve seen (I’ll save evals for later):

    Are We There Yet?
    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    Elektra
    Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    Hitch
    Ice Princess
    The Ringer
    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

    Wow. That has to be the fewest I’ve seen since my ninth grade year of high school.

  3. Tony

    Well, the first one I’d suggest isn’t on the list, but it did come to the Varsity this past year: Junebug. A great clash-of-cultures movie that does honor to the contrast between states blue and red.

    I’d also have to say that Everything is Illuminated deserved more attention. It was one of those instances where I just never bought the book (and probably never will), but enjoyed the movie immensely. It really stuck with me.

    And then I can’t help but plug Serenity. Best science fiction movie of the year (personal opinion. Went out and bought Firefly right after and totally loved it, too. (Spoiler) Funny, tense, and a major character actually dies. Great stuff.

    And then there was Stay. I feel like the only person in America who watched it. It wasn’t an easy viewing. In a post-The Sixth Sense world it may not be the most original effort. But the nice visual touches throughout kept me wondering and astonished.

  4. Reid

    What was Stay all about and who was in it?

  5. Mitchell

    Here are the entries for Stay at the IMDb and Wikipedia.

    Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, and Janeane Garofalo…that’s a good cast.

  6. Reid

    Roger Ebert
    1. Crash!
    2.Syriana
    3. Munich
    4.Junebug
    5.Brokeback Mountain
    6. Me and You and Everyone We Know
    7.Nine Lives
    8.King Kong
    9.Yes
    10.Millions

    BBC
    1.Serenity
    2.Batman Begins
    3.Sin City
    4. Star Wars: Episode III
    5.Crash!
    6.
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    7.Wallace and Grommit and the Case of the Were-Rabbit
    8.War of the Worlds
    9.Sideways
    10.Team America

    David Edelstein(Fresh Air)
    1. Munich
    2.Junebug
    3.Wallac and Grommit in the Case of the Were-Rabbit
    4.Me and You and Everyone We Know
    5.War of the Worlds
    6.Aristocrats and Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic
    7.The Three Burials of Melequiades Estrada
    8.Grizzly Man
    9.The Skeleton Key and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
    10.Nobody Knows

    Bob Mondello (NPR)
    no order
    Brokeback Mountain
    Matchpoint
    Munich
    Wallace and Grommit: The Case of the Were-Rabbit
    The Squid and the Whale
    Mysterious Skin
    The Best of Youth
    Murderball
    Junebug
    Capote
    Gilles’ Wife

    Metacritic (top 10 highest scores out of 100)
    1. Capote (89)
    2. Wallace and Grommit: The Case of the Were-Rabbit (87)
    3. Brokeback Mountain (87)
    4. Cache (Hidden) (85)
    5. Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (83)
    6. Pride and Prejudice (82)
    7. Squid and the Whale (82)
    8. Gilles’ Wife (82)
    9. A History of Violence (81)
    10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (81)
    (11. King Kong; 12. Far Side of the Moon; 13. Tony Takitani; 14. Nine Lives; 15. The Untold Story of Emmit Till.)

  7. kevin

    I can’t say that I saw a lot this year, but a few that were a real emotional punch to the gut after watching were Nobody Knows, Squid and the Whale,and Crash. Concerning the last, the whole plot device of interlocking stories a la’ Magnolia starts to get kind of tired but the whole subject of race examined in a complex and nuanced way makes it all worthwhile. (thanks for plugging that movie, Reid, tho i think that was 2004?)

    Curious for those who saw Good Night, & Good Luck, why you thought it was well-reviewed but never made any top 10 lists ( I haven’t seen it yet.)

  8. Mitchell

    Crash was in the spring of 2005.

  9. Reid

    I think the subject matter in Good Night and Good Luck is important and the factual parts of the story are compelling. The problem, imo, is the interesting parts didn’t fit into a conventional narrative. Clooney seemed to have to add supporting characters and sub-plots to make the movie a film, and these elements came across as filler. It takes away from the heart of the story, imo. The film would have been better as a documentary, but less people probably would have seen it.

    I also didn’t think the black-and-white cinematography was anything special, although Penny and some others I’ve heard liked it.

    My comments about Good Night and Good Luck can be read here.

  10. Reid

    2005 Academy Award Nominees

    BEST PICTURE

    “Brokeback Mountain”
    “Capote”
    “Crash”
    “Good Night, and Good Luck”
    “Munich”

    DIRECTOR

    Ang Lee, “Brokeback Mountain”
    Bennett Miller, “Capote”
    Paul Haggis, “Crash”
    George Clooney, “Good Night, and Good Luck”
    Steven Spielberg, “Munich”

    ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Capote”
    Terrence Howard, “Hustle & Flow”
    Heath Ledger, “Brokeback Mountain”
    Joaquin Phoenix, “Walk the Line”
    David Strathairn, “Good Night, and Good Luck”

    ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

    Judi Dench, “Mrs. Henderson Presents”
    Felicity Huffman, “Transamerica”
    Keira Knightley, “Pride & Prejudice”
    Charlize Theron, “North Country”
    Reese Witherspoon, “Walk the Line”

    ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

    George Clooney, “Syriana”
    Matt Dillon, “Crash”
    Paul Giamatti, “Cinderella Man”
    Jake Gyllenhaal, “Brokeback Mountain”
    William Hurt, “A History of Violence”

    ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

    Amy Adams, “Junebug”
    Catherine Keener, “Capote”
    Frances McDormand, “North Country”
    Rachel Weisz, “The Constant Gardener”
    Michelle Williams, “Brokeback Mountain”

    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

    Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco, “Crash”
    George Clooney and Grant Heslov, “Good Night, and Good Luck”
    Woody Allen, “Match Point”
    Noah Baumbach, “The Squid and the Whale”
    Stephen Gaghan, “Syriana”

    ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

    Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, “Brokeback Mountain”
    Dan Futterman, “Capote”
    Jeffrey Caine, “The Constant Gardener”
    Josh Olsen, “A History of Violence”
    Tony Kushner and Eric Roth, “Munich”

    FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

    “Don’t Tell” (Italy)
    “Joyeux Noël” (France)
    “Paradise Now” (Palestine)
    “Sophie Scholl” (Germany)
    “Tsotsi” (South Africa)

    ANIMATED FEATURE

    “Howl’s Moving Castle”
    “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride”
    “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”

    ORIGINAL SCORE

    Gustavo Santaolalla, “Brokeback Mountain”
    Alberto Iglesias, “The Constant Gardener”
    John Williams, “Memoirs of a Geisha”
    John Williams, “Munich”
    Dario Marianelli, “Pride & Prejudice”

    ORIGINAL SONG

    “In the Deep” from “Crash”
    “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from “Hustle & Flow”
    “Travelin’ Thru” from “Transamerica”

    ART DIRECTION

    Jim Bissell and Jan Pascale, “Good Night, and Good Luck”
    Stuart Craig and Stephenie McMillan, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
    Grant Major, Dan Hennah and Simon Bright, “King Kong”
    John Myhre and Gretchen Rau, “Memoirs of a Geisha”
    Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer, “Pride & Prejudice”

    CINEMATOGRAPHY

    Wally Pfister, “Batman Begins”
    Rodrigo Prieto, “Brokeback Mountain”
    Robert Elswit, “Good Night, and Good Luck”
    Dion Beebe, “Memoirs of a Geisha”
    Emmanuel Lubezki, “The New World”

    COSTUME DESIGN

    Gabriella Pescucci, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
    Colleen Atwood, “Memoirs of a Geisha”
    Sandy Powell, “Mrs. Henderson Presents”
    Jacqueline Durran, “Pride & Prejudice”
    Arianne Phillips, “Walk the Line”

    MAKEUP

    Howard Berger and Tami Lane, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”
    David Leroy and Lance Anderson, “Cinderella Man”
    Dave Elsey and Annette Miles, “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”

    DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

    “Darwin’s Nightmare”
    “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”
    “March of the Penguins”
    “Murderball”
    “Street Fight”

    SOUND MIXING

    Terry Porter, Dean A. Zupancic and Tony Johnson, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”
    Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek, “King Kong”
    Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Rick Kline and John Pritchett, “Memoirs of a Geisha”
    Paul Massey, D. M. Hemphill and Peter F. Kurland, “Walk the Line”
    Andy Nelson, Anne Behlmer and Ronald Judkins, “War of the Worlds”

    SOUND EDITING

    Mike Hopkins and Ethan Van der Ryn, “King Kong”
    Wylie Stateman, “Memoirs of a Geisha”
    Richard King, “War of the Worlds”

    VISUAL EFFECTS

    Dean Wright, Bill Westenhofer, Jim Berney and Scott Farrar, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”
    Joe Letteri, Brian Van’t Hul, Christian Rivers and Richard Taylor, “King Kong”
    Dennis Muren, Pablo Helman, Randy Dutra and Daniel Sudick, “War of the Worlds”

    FILM EDITING

    Mike Hill and Dan Hanley, “Cinderella Man”
    Claire Simpson, “The Constant Gardener”
    Hughes Winborne, “Crash”
    Michael Kahn, “Munich”
    Michael McCusker, “Walk the Line”

    SHORT FILM – ANIMATED

    “Badgered”
    “The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation”
    “The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello”
    “9”
    “One Man Band”

    SHORT FILM – LIVE ACTION

    “Ausreisser (The Runaway)”
    “Cashback”
    “The Last Farm”
    “Our Time Is Up”
    “Six Shooter”

    DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

    “The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club”
    “God Sleeps in Rwanda”
    “The Mushroom Club”
    “A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin”

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