Monday, September 7, 2020

The 100 Project: The Top 25 Movies of 2005


By 2005, I was already a husband and father of three - ages 8, 5, and 3. However, I had a birth of my own. This is the year I arrived as a cinephile. I'd always loved movies, but before now I wouldn't venture outside of my comfort zone. The catalyst for this change was a policy at the place where I was hired and worked evenings - Blockbuster. The policy was that employees were allowed five free rentals each week. The idea being that we would be able to speak knowledgeably with customers about movie.

I devoured my five each week despite working two jobs. Being a life-long insomniac didn't hurt. Basically, I would work 9 to 5 at my full-time job, change jobs and head to Blockbuster and work 6 to midnight. I'd get home about 15 minutes later, and put on a movie while I ate dinner. It wasn't the healthiest lifestyle, but here we are.

I was exposed to many types of movies I would never have watched before because we were encouraged to use those rentals on as many new releases as possible. Suddenly, I was watching arsty fartsy indie flicks, foreign cinema, slow-moving period dramas, documentaries, and whatever else came into the store. And they're all represented here.

My Top 25 Movies of 2005

  • According to my Letterboxd account I've seen 176 movies that were released during 2005, easily a new personal best.
  • I saw 10 movies in theaters. 6 made the top 25, including the top 2.
  • I've seen 4 of the 5 Best Picture nominees. Only 1 made the top 25.
  • For the first time since the 1960s, 2 black and white movies make the top 10.


25. Tsotsi
This South African feature won the Oscar for Best Foreign Feature, and with good reason. It pulls off quite a trick. It makes us really care about a carjacker who accidentally kidnaps a baby.

24. Thank You For Smoking
The first time I watched this, I started by unenthusiastically pressing play. The problem was it stars Aaron Eckhart. I don't dislike him, but he screams bland to me. And remember, this is a few years before The Dark Knight. By the time the credits rolled I found a film that was sharp and slyly funny.

23. Sky High
If this list were purely based on how many times I've seen these movies, this would be near the top. That's because it's safe. Normally, safe is a curse word in my cinematic vocabulary. It's especially dirty when combined with cheesy, which this is. However, this one makes that work. Therefore, when I watched it with my kids, my nieces and nephews, the kids I teach, and even once or twice by myself. It's good, clean fun, and in this case, I'm good with that.

22. TransAmerica
Before the masses deemed it acceptable to be transgender, this film came along and told a great story about a trans person at a crossroads. She is suddenly in the midst of her son who last saw her when she identified as a straight male and has no clue what has happened. Felicity Huffman in fantastic in the lead. I get that her casting is problematic, especially through a 2020 lens, but it's stellar work.

21. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
I was expecting a run-of-the-mill buddy-action flick. I mean, it's a Shane Black movie, set at Christmas. Robert Downey Jr. was still struggling to get back into America's good graces and Val Kilmer was a failed Batman. This film took those stars and gave us a very funny dark comedy. It's one of the most underseen movies in the filmographies of just about all involved.

20. Corpse Bride
Who but Tim Burton would make a kiddie flick about a guy who accidentally marries a corpse that rises out of the grave? Well, he has a co-director here (Mike Johnson), but that's beside the point. In that wonderfully goth-chic style that Burton has, it works. The film also contains perhaps the most underrated collaboration between he and two of his most regular stars: Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

19. The Ice Harvest
Speaking of underrated performances, this movie contains a couple of its own. One is by Billy Bob Thornton, who gets most of the best lines. The other is by star John Cusack. It's darkly funny and tense and would make J.K. Simmons proud. It never rushes or drags.

18. Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Even back when it came out, for most people, the movie itself was overshadowed by the personalities on the screen, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Then, it was all about them becoming a couple and ending Pitt's high-profile marriage to Jennifer Aniston. Now, Brangelina is having problems, but as individuals they're still larger than life. Therefore, even I can't fully forget about that stuff when watching this movie. What I am watching is two superstars at the height of their powers having an ungodly amount of fun. And so do I.

17. Dave Chappelle's Block Party
Honestly speaking, it took me a while to come around on Dave Chappelle. This helped. It humanized him to a degree even his stand-up can't quite manage. For those unaware, this is more or less a documentary. He threw a free concert in Brooklyn, NY featuring many legendary hip-hop and R&B acts. We watch him go around the neighborhood informing residents of all the excitement that's about to take place and inviting them. My favorite part is we also see him in Ohio rounding up some of those kids, putting them on a bus, and taking them to the show. My second favorite part? He got The Fugees to do a show together for the first time in a decade.

16. Beauty Shop
This is another of those of movies I get more out of than my critical eye should allow. It's an innocent, sweet spin-off of another innocent, sweet movie, Barbershop. It contains all the cliches and contrivances that come with such a vehicle. Back when I was rating movies, I think I objectively gave it a 6 out of 10. All these years later, I love it like a 10 and can't help myself. Being a film I've enjoyed with my entire family on several occasions probably has a lot to do with that. And that's okay.

15. Walk the Line
This movie hits all the traditional beats of sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll biopics, just with a country twang. The thing is hits them so well, you can't help but get into it. Joaquin Phoenix shines as Johnny Cash. Not only was I blow away by his acting, but he did a good approximation of Cash's voice while doing all the singing himself. He made the legend magnetic, self-destructive, and mercurial. Just like in real life, he was grounded by his Ruth Carter, Reese Witherspoon in this case.

14. Hitch
The truth of the matter is that I can probably copy and paste my entry for Beauty Shop and just switch a couple of things to fit this film. Instead, I'll talk about the real draw of both films: its star. For Beauty Shop, it's Queen Latifah. Here, it's Will Smith. This, to me, is a severely underrated performance. He takes a movie that's predictable from frame one and, using nothing but the power of charm and charisma, lifts it up onto his shoulders and carries it across the finish line.

13. Brick
I had no idea what to expect when I put this movie on. It was definitely one of those rentals I got just to fill my quota for the week since I had never heard of it. I barely knew who Joseph Gordon-Levitt was, so that wasn't a draw. The plot seemed like a typical murder mystery, but with high school kids. That was kinda interesting, but not getting me excited. If you haven't seen it, imagine a movie set in the modern day (or 2005) with everyone talking like they're in a 1940s noir. Sounds weird, and like it shouldn't work. It is very weird, but somehow, it works really well. The only reason this one isn't higher is because it's been quite a while since I've seen it.

12. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Because the movie that preceded it in the franchise was so bad, this remains the only Star Wars movie that I did not see in a theater. I've been kicking myself ever since because it's clearly the best of the prequel trilogy. It has the sense of urgency and flair sorely missing from episodes I and II. It feels like the same type of space opera George Lucas gave us with the original trilogy. Sure, I could nitpick lots of stuff about it ("Nooooooooooo!), but it's a blast to watch.

11. V for Vendetta
True story time. My brother went to see this with this wife opening weekend. So did I, but separately. A few days later I asked him how he liked it. He told me they walked out about halfway through. It just wasn't what they were looking for and it failed to persuade them. On the other hand, that's about the time I really started getting into it. It wasn't what I thought I was getting, but it reeled me in and kept me there. And now, it's sadly prophetic. Sigh.

10. King Kong
Peter Jackson's early work is a mystery to me. That said, I've seen and own all of the Lord of the Rings movies because I really like them. I've seen all the Hobbit movies, but I don't own them because I do not like them. Between them, he did this remake of an American classic. Well, I like this more than any of Jackson's trips to Middle Earth. Shhhh...don't tell anyone else, but I also think it's just as good, if not better than the original King Kong.

9. Lord of War
Nic Cage is known for his on-screen shenanigans, that special brand of freaking out now branded Nic Cage going Nic Cage. His role here is one of the most subdued of his career. I think that has a lot to do with the fact it's also one of the most underseen movies of his career. Despite this, or perhaps because of this, it's one of his more intriguing performances.

8. Good Night, and Good Luck.
If Brick is something I wouldn't normally have watched before 2005, Good Night, and Good Luck. is the type of movie I would've actively avoided. The vast majority of it is people talking politics and smoking cigarettes. It pulled off the impossible and got better and better. It's also the first film I've seen where cigarette smoke is practically a character. You might know this is based on a true story. The fun fact is that the junior high school my best friend went to was named after its protagonist, Edward R. Murrow.


7. The 40-Year Old Virgin
If you've been following The 100 Project, you might have noticed a pattern. There is usually a comedy of questionable taste that made me laugh hysterically. This is that movie for 2005. The scenarios and the dialogue within all cracked me up. Every bit of it. Like every other Judd Apatow flick, it's probably too long. He generally makes two to two and a half hour movies with about an hour and forty minutes worth of plot. This time, I don't mind.

6. The Heart of the Game
I forgive you if you've never heard of this basketball documentary focusing on a talented high school girl and the coach who wants the best for her. Most people haven't. I've turned a few folks on to it and they were all happy I did. Like the best sports docs (and sports movies in general) it's not about the game itself. It's about the people who happen to be involved in it. And these people get to you.

5. Hard Candy
When the best horror movies of this still young century come up, I never hear this mentioned. Most people don't even consider it part of the genre. As a dad of two girls, I do. I was on pins and needles from the jump because it starts with a teenage girl showing up to meet a grown man she only knew from the internet. What happens from there is divisive. Some think it's repulsive and possibly promoting reckless behavior. I, on the other hand, was cheering by the end.

4. Hustle & Flow
Another pattern of this project is the inclusion of hip hop movies. The difference between this and most of the others is that it's critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated. Terence Howard gives what is still his best performance and so does Anthony Anderson. It's not quite  Taraji P. Henson's best, but when is she ever not awesome?

3. Strange Circus
Now for the obscure foreign flick of the bunch. It also happens to be one of the most unsettling things I've ever sat through. I mean, the starting point is a 12 year old girl who gets locked in a cello case by her dad who has drilled a peephole in it. He the props the case up next to his bed, effectively forcing her to watch her own parents have sex. And it gets weirder from there. So, yeah, you might not want to see this. Then again, the storytelling is masterful.

2. Batman Begins
As I've said repeatedly, a number of movies on this list are things I might not have watched if I was never hired by Blockbuster. This is a movie I would've never missed no matter what. I walked into the theater holding my son's hand with my right and crossing my fingers on the left. I might've had my toes crossed, too. After all, the last Bat-flick was. My son grew impatient because this wasn't anything like the Schumacher debacle and there was no sign of the costume for quite some time. He was 8, so it makes sense. Me? I was having the time of my life. Then, when at very end (spoiler alert), Gordon hands Batman the Joker card, I no longer felt the effects of gravity. I really had to hold tight to my son's hand as I floated back to my car.

1. Sin City
Like Brick, this took its inspiration from the great noirs of yesteryear. It keeps the clever dialogue, but dirties it up. It also keeps the dark shadowy visuals and mixes it with comic book panel aesthetic. The whole thing is injected with 21st century nihilism in the form of a devil-may-care attitude and loads of hyper-violence. And I am so glad I watched it on the big screen. I saw the trailer for this weeks before it came out. I immediately knew it was going to be a tough sell to Mrs. Dell. It was a (mostly) black & white movie based on a graphic novel she had never heard of. That just means I spent a small portion of every day talking it up. I was walking a tightrope to keep from annoying her, and it worked. Opening weekend, there we were.


Honorable Mentions (alphabetically): Feast, Four Brothers, A History of Violence, The Island, Jarhead, Roll Bounce, Saw, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Wedding Crashers

16 comments:

  1. Based on my list we share 0 films in our respective top 10 lists. I guess mine is all over the place. From your 25, the ones I haven't seen are Tsotsi, Transamerica, The Heart of the Game, and Strange Circus while the honorable mentions I haven't seen are Feast and Their Eyes Were Watching God. BTW, which cut of Sin City are you praising? The theatrical version or the extended cut of the film as I actually prefer the latter.

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    1. Of those, Tsotsi, TransAmerica, and Their Eyes Were Watching God are the ones I most recommend. Strange Circus can be a bit much and Feast is in the so-bad-it's-awesome category. As for Sin City I also prefer the latter, but the theatrical cut is awesome, too.

      We have a decent number of matches in our Top 25, though. We just have them ordered differently.

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  2. So many great movies! I love Walk the Line and saw that film so often my DVD isn't even working properly anymore.Sin City and Lord of War are definitely among my favorites as well!

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    1. Walk the Line is a good one, so I'm happy you got lots of enjoyment out of it. Glad to see more love for Lord of War. I feel that one gets overlooked.

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  3. Ahh, there's so many great films on this list. Sin City, Brick, Batman Begins, Thank You For Smoking, Tsotsi, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Hard Candy, Good Night and Good Luck, King Kong, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang would probably make my list too. Brick is in my Top 5 all time and I love seeing Sin City at #1 That's one of the best comic movies out there, IMO

    Brokeback Mountain would make my list. Breakfast on Pluto would too (I was so butt hurt about Transamerica receiving all the attention that I felt Breakfast on Pluto should've gotten that I never saw it..I probably should now that I'm over it) The Squid and The Whale and Red Eye are ones that come to mind too that I really like.

    ...now I'm curious about Strange Circus.

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    1. I'm not a fan of Brokeback Mountain. It bored me to death. Soooooo slow. Haven't seen Breakfast on Pluto. The Squid and the Whale and Red Eye are good ones, indeed.

      Just brace yourself before watching Strange Circus.

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  4. I like your list but I am amazed that you could work 2 jobs, have a family and still watch movies but I am not an insomniac. I used to be in high school whch was due to stress but now I sleep ...well, Dream a Lot which is tiring. I like many you chose and some I have not seen and want to. I also really like TransAmerica and believe it is still excellent. Felicity Hoffman deserved an Oscar nom. I,love King Kong but love LOTR better. Hitch is funny as well as Beauty Shop which I really like watching whenever it’s on tv. Mr. & Mrs. Smith is quite good and funny as well especially when they destroy their home.I love Good Night &Good Luck which is an excellent film about McCarthy and how Murrow basically showed him for what he was. Christian Bale is the best Batman, in my opinion, and this film was excellent. I would add Monster In Law, dumb but I laugh every time. Wedding Crashers...the same reason. I love all the Harry Potter films and Goblet of Fire is another on my list. Capote is great and Hoffman is an excellent choice to showcase this weird dude. Kingdom of Heaven is an old style epic and I love The Brother’s Grimm because I like anything Terry Gilliam. I think 4 Brothers is a really good remake of the classic John Wayne western, The Sons Of Katie Elder. Cinderella Man is a really good Russell Crowe film and I really like Brokeback Mountain which created quite the unnecessary stir. North Country is another film that I thought was really good and would like to see this again. Mrs. Henderson Presents is another fun film that is based on a true story and stars the great Judi Dench Walk The Line, and 40 Year Old Virgin would round out my list

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    1. That was a time when I was doing all I was for the family, but wasn't quite as present as I would've liked because of all the work. In general, I need to sleep more, too. I'm working on it.

      You name a lot of good films. The only one I haven't seen is my biggest blind spot from this list - Capote. the only ones I'm not too fond of is Brokeback Mountain (I found it boring) and Monster-In-Law (didn't think it was funny). Mrs. Henderson Presents is the one I'm most surprised at myself for enjoying, despite seeing way more of Bob Hoskins than I ever wanted to, lol.

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  5. Only 5 rentals a week! Geez when I managed a Blockbuster our rentals were unlimited but we had to wait the first two weeks before we could rent new releases….unless we wanted to pay like common folk!

    We’re somewhat closer this year than the last couple Dell but we only share one film in both of our top tens, Good Luck and Good Night and it even lands close to the same position. Wonderful film.

    We do share 6 at various points in our lists-Thank You for Smoking, Transamerica, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Walk the Line, Jarhead and Brick.

    I’ve seen Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Ice Harvest, Beauty Shop, Hitch, V for Vendetta, 40 Year Old Virgin, Four Brothers, History of Violence, The Island and Batman Begins and liked them to various degrees but once was enough for all of them.

    This King Kong better than the original with Fay Wray? No way!! I loathed it, it was corny and ridiculously overlong. I hated Sin City and Wedding Crashers too.

    There’s a bunch I haven’t seen. A couple are on my too see list-Tsoti, The Heart of the Game and Their Eyes Are Watching God. But the rest Corpse Bride, Block Party, Star Wars (the first three were adequate but I have no desire to see any of the follow-ups), Lord of War, Hard Candy, Hustle & Flow, Strange Circus, Feast, Roll Bounce, Saw (sorry torture porn is not my idea of entertainment) and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance are ones I’ll never watch.

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    1. Wow, my Blockbuster rental situation was the opposite of yours. Yeah, we were limited to 5, but that included new releases which we actually got to rent the week before they hit shelves.

      Jackson's Kong is definitely too long, and I'll cop to corny, but I enjoyed it a bit better. The connection between the ape and the girl was deeper and more satisfying. That said, I recognize the original is iconic and far more important to the history of film.

      Of the ones you said you wouldn't see, I think you might enjoy Hustle & Flow despite not being a hip hop fan. Roll Bounce is just a cute movie that can serve as a decent time passer. I can't see you enjoying any of the others, except possibly Lord of War, but that's iffy.

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  6. Our top lists are very different but again it shows how much was available for all tastes.

    1. Pride & Prejudice-Top flight adaptation of Jane Austen’s comedy/drama of British mores and morals in the 19th Century. Elizabeth Bennett (Keira Knightley) lives in the country with her parents (Donald Sutherland & Brenda Blethyn) and four unmarried sisters (including Rosamund Pike and Carey Mulligan). When the wealthy Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFayden) and friend Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods) come to the shire’s manor house for an extended period there is an immediate attraction between the two oldest sisters and the men but the customs of the time threaten to keep them apart.

    2. Thank You for Smoking-Big tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) has difficulty balancing his duties defending the dangerous product with those of being a good role model for his young son. It doesn’t get any easier when he is embroiled in a senator’s an anti-smoking campaign. Razor-edged satire is laugh out loud funny at times.

    3. Brokeback Mountain-In the summer of ‘63 feckless cowboys Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) are hired to herd sheep on remote Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming by rancher Joe Aguirre (Randy Quaid). Isolated from all but each other for months what starts as a drunken one night encounter becomes a deep relationship as the men spend their time “stemming the rose” as one character euphemistically puts it. They part at summer’s end but though Ennis marries Alma (Michelle Williams), and Jack rodeo rider Lureen (Anne Hathaway), their bond remains over the course of 20 tortured years. Elegiac and mournful but also compelling and deeply impactful loaded with extraordinary performances.

    4. Serenity-Movie continuation of the TV show Firefly follows Capt. Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and his crew rescue Simon (Sean Maher) and his psychic sister, River (Summer Glau) from Alliance forces who seek to control the universe. As they race through space they find themselves being pursued by Alliance agent, the Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor) leading to a showdown on a remote planet.

    5. Heights-As a day passes in New York City various people’s lives, including mother & daughter Diana and Isabel (Glenn Close and Elizabeth Banks) and Isabel’s fiancĂ©e Jonathan (James Marsden), interconnect and repel leading to life changing moments for all.

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    1. Didn't bother with this version of Pride & Prejudice. In college, we read the novel then watched the 1995 version. Neither of which floated my boat. Maybe I'll get around to this one, some day.

      Glad to see Thank You for Smoking so high.

      My dislike of Brokeback Mountain is pretty well documented on this site. It's like watching paint dry...that's already dry.

      I watched Serenity without ever having seen Firefly. I didn't even know it existed until after I saw the movie. The point is I felt like I was missing something that I couldn't put my finger on. Still haven't watched any of the series, so I haven't gone back to the movie, either.

      Haven't seen Heights.

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  7. 6. Good Luck and Good Night-CBS News impresario Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) dedicates himself to exposing the atrocities being committed by the vile Eugene McCarthy's Senate "investigation” to root out supposed communists. Murrow is supported by a news team that includes long-time friend and producer Fred Friendly (George Clooney). The CBS team does its best to point out the senator's lies and excesses, despite pressure from CBS' corporate sponsors to desist. Clever use of black & white photography and Strathairn is tremendous.

    7. Capote-Intense character study of the period in Truman Capote’s life (Philip Seymour Hoffman) when he was researching the case that would serve as the basis for his masterwork “In Cold Blood” and how his emotional involvement lead to the breaking of his spirit and spiraling downfall. Catherine Keener is memorable as Capote’s childhood friend author Harper Lee.

    8. Loggerheads-The film follows three disparate stories-Grace Bellamy (Bonnie Hunt) just entering her 40’s wonders about the son she gave up for adoption as a teen. Elizabeth Austin (Tess Harper) longs to know what has become of the son driven from her home by her religious zealot husband Reverend Robert Austin (Chris Sarandon) and wanderer Mark (Kip Pardue), suffering from AIDS falls in love with motel owner George (Michael Kelly) while trying to come to the rescue of some loggerhead turtles. Ultimately the stories interweave.

    9. Kinky Boots- Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton) is in for a number of surprises when he inherits his father’s shoe factory in Northern England. Never being interested in the business before he discovers its financial picture is grim and is very near having to close. But things take an unexpected turn when Charlie makes the acquaintance of Lola (Chiwetel Ejiofor) a transvestite cabaret singer who hits upon the idea of producing erotic footwear and just might save the factory!!

    10. The Upside of Anger-Believing her husband has deserted her and their four daughters (Keri Russell, Evan Rachel Wood, Erika Christensen, and Alicia Witt) for his secretary Terry Wolfmeyer (Joan Allen) has difficulty adjusting. The once gentle Terry hits the bottle and becomes a raging termagant finding a friend and drinking buddy in next-door neighbor, onetime baseball player Denny (Kevin Costner). As the two grow closer, and her daughters increasingly rely on Denny, Terry starts to have reservations about where their relationship is headed.

    Runner-Ups
    Brick, Casanova, The Constant Gardener, Happy Endings, The Island, Jarhead, Match Point, Monster-in-Law, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Red Eye, Third Man Out, Time to Leave, Transamerica, Walk the Line

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    1. Other than Good Night, and Good Luck. the only movie I've seen is The Upside of Anger. It didn't work for me then, but I've been meaning to go back to it. I really need to see Capote and Kinky Boots.

      Of your runner-ups, I still need to see Casanova, The Constant Gardener, Happy Endings, Match Point, Third Man Out, and Time to Leave.

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  8. We don't end up flat disagreeing that often, but man! I really dislike Sin City a lot. It's an A for style, but there's nothing about the stories that I like. That said, I agree with a lot of the rest. Tsotsi is a wonderful film, and for whatever happened to Felicity Huffman in the years following, I think she was robbed of an Oscar for Transamerica. Also, I'm one of those rare people who thinks Batman Begins is the best of the trilogy.

    Here's a few others to consider:
    Syriana--Arguably "George Clooney tackles world problems," but it's very good.
    Match Point--Woody Allen is problematic these days for a reason, but this movie takes a surprising dark turn the really works.
    Pride & Prejudice--Jane Austen continues to be relevant. No, really.
    Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Wererabbit--I'm a sucker for Aardman.
    Brokeback Mountain--A reminder of just how good Heath Ledger could be.
    Capote--Philip Seymour Hoffman is such a loss to the world.
    Serenity--I loved Firefly, so of course I loved this.
    Murderball--Track this down. Thank me later.
    The Descent--A rare horror movie that genuinely scared me.
    Constantine--Not a great movie, and the character deserves better, but still pretty fun.
    Cache--Michael Haneke isn't for everyone, but he is very much for me.
    Paradise Now--A sympathetic(!) look at suicide bombers.
    North Country--Arguably it's just a new version of Norma Rae, but it's a really good version of it.
    The Squid and the Whale--As a child of divorce, this movie hit hard.

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    1. You're not the only person I've heard say that about Sin City, I get where you're coming from.

      I did really like Syriana, North Country, and The Squid and the Whale. I recently rewatched Constantine and liked it a lot better than I did back then, so good on you for mentioning it.

      Curse of the Were-rabbit and Brokeback Mountain both bored me to tears. Sorry, Aardman is hit or miss with me. This one was a miss.

      I have a strange relationship with The Descent. I've never gotten more than a third of the way in before falling asleep. However, that's not the movie's fault. Every time I've tried to watch it (at least 3 or 4 times) I turned it on way after midnight. I'm going to fix that. I promise.

      Haven't seen the rest. The ones I'll likely see first are Capote and Murderball. I'm well aware of it and what it's about, just haven't gotten around to it.

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