Everyone is posting lists of their top ten (or five, or 15) 2005 films. I thought I might want to make some lists myself, but first I needed to remember which films I actually saw in 2005. The great advantage of reviewing or just writing about movies on a weblog like this is that theoretically, I would have a record of every movie I saw and even when I saw it.
For the first few months of the year, I wrote at least a summary review of nearly every movie, even the number of films I saw at SXSW. Somewhere in the long, hot, overtime-filled summer, I started slipping. I used my Netflix list and my stack of ticket stubs to help me figure out what I saw and didn’t write about, but a few movies may have slipped through the cracks. And while I know I saw Bright Leaves on PBS, I can’t figure out exactly when (it wasn’t the first viewing in August).
Still, I managed to pull together a fairly thorough list of all the movies I saw in 2005. I’m dividing it into two entries because it is so long. The films marked with an asterisk are movies that had a U.S. theatrical release in 2005, although in a few cases “theatrical release” means “a couple of nights at Alamo Drafthouse” or even “an airing on PBS.” It’s more difficult than I realized to determine what was released in 2005 and what was not. (The list actually includes a few 2006 releases, which I saw at various film festivals.)
The list includes movies I saw for the first time in 2005, in theaters and on DVD. It does not include short films, with a few notable exceptions. It also does not include not-yet-released and/or unfinished films I saw privately and can’t discuss. I noted the films I saw at various film festivals, such as South by Southwest.
Whenever possible, I linked to what I wrote about each movie, whether here or at Cinematical. For the movies I neglected to write about, I included a short one-sentence summary. If I ever review any of these movies, I’ll go back and add the link later.
And now you can understand what my New Year’s resolution is for 2006: Write something, even if it’s only a couple of paragraphs, about every movie I see. It’s best if I write a full review, of course, because that’s good practice for my writing, but even the six-minute reviews are better than nothing.
This entry includes January through June 2005; the next entry covers July through December.
Reminder: films marked with an asterisk had a U.S. theatrical release in 2005.
- Ocean’s Twelve
- Atlantic City
- The Stepford Wives
- House of Flying Daggers
- Garlic is as Good as Two Mothers
- Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
- The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
- Million Dollar Baby
- Jackie Brown
- *The Chumscrubber (@ SXSW)
- *The Aggressives (@ SXSW)
- Stagedoor (@ SXSW)
- *Tell Them Who You Are (@ SXSW)
- The Puffy Chair (@ SXSW)
- Kissing on the Mouth (@ SXSW)
- *A Hole in My Heart (@ SXSW)
- *The Last Mogul (@ SXSW)
- Troop 1500 (@ SXSW)
- *The Education of Shelby Knox (@ SXSW)
- The Devil and Daniel Johnston (@ SXSW)
- *The Fearless Freaks (@ SXSW)
- *Reel Paradise (@ SXSW)
- *Stephen Toblowsky’s Birthday Party (@ SXSW)
- Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle
- *Bride and Prejudice
- Maria Full of Grace
- But I’m a Cheerleader
- *Sin City
- *The Interpreter
- Paper Moon
- Gunga Din (first 30 mins)
- Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams
- The Iron Giant
- The Celluloid Closet
- Raging Bull—I did write a review of this movie … on paper, in May or June. Guess I need to find a notebook and transcribe the review, then I’ll post a link. Summary: I know it was an excellent film, but DeNiro’s character was too much of an unsympathetic asshole for me to enjoy the movie.
- *Viva Les Amis
- *The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- *Kung Fu Hustle
- The Bad News Bears (1976)
- *Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
- Slums of Beverly Hills
- The Cooler—I did write a review of this movie … on paper, in May or June. Guess I need to find a notebook and transcribe the review, then I’ll post a link. Summary: This was one of the best movies I saw this year. Go rent it.
- My Little Chickadee
- *Howl’s Moving Castle
- *Batman Begins—Entertaining superhero movie, but I like the Spider-Man films better. Supporting actors (except Katie Holmes) were the best part of the movie.
- Shaolin Soccer—I did write a review of this movie … on paper, in May or June. Guess I need to find a notebook and transcribe the review, then I’ll post a link. Summary: Possibly funnier than Kung Fu Hustle.