Best of 2005
I'm asked all the time, 'What's your favourite movie?' Tediously, I don't have a ready answer (although I do sometimes say Goodfellas for the sake of saying something, and I really do love Goodfellas), so in that spirit, although in no particular order and for all sorts of reasons, these are the movies I liked the best at the cinema this year.
If I had to pick one to recommend above all the others, it'd be The Downfall (Der Untergang). That took a few days to get over.
Kung Fu Hustle
The Twilight Samurai
The Constant Gardener
The Assassination of Richard Nixon
A History of Violence
The Beat That My Heart Skipped
The Sea Inside
Million Dollar Baby
Cache (Hidden) - opens in the IFI 27th January
A Tale of Two Sisters
A Very Long EngagementThe Corporation
Worst of 2005
More than a few of these poisonous pieces of fosillized meso-stupid era Hollywood dog turds would have no trouble making the line-up in Worst of All Time List, should such a thing ever exist.
Especially Elizabethtown. That too took a couple of days to get over, but it was more like waking up to find yourself covered in your own shit and not having a clue how it got there...Kind of a thing that would stay with you.
Are We There Yet?
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
The Wedding Date
The Perfect Man
Hide and Seek
The Dukes of Hazzard
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
I don't want you to leave you with the foul hum of Guy Richie's bag of old kabollocks still in the air, so the best book about movies I read this year was The Stanley Kubrick Archives from Taschen and the best song I heard was "Let My People Go" by Darondo, from his soon-to-be-re-issued LP. Happy New Year.