Saturday, August 12, 2006

2005 in review: an addendum before we get to the top banana

Just because I’ve listed all of my favorite films of last year doesn’t mean there weren’t other notable titles. Listed below are 25 additional films that in one way or another, for better or worse, were defining films of 2005. Whether they were new works by essential filmmakers, critically-acclaimed works, Best Picture nominees (they're all here, save the ones I've mentioned elsewhere), pop-culture touchstones, or simply films that stuck out in my mind when contemplating this list, I couldn’t imagine this past cinematic year being the same if not for them.

Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan)
The Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana)
Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch)
Café Lumière (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Capote (Bennett Miller)
Crash (Paul Haggis)
The Devil’s Rejects (Rob Zombie)
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Judd Apatow)
Good Night, and Good Luck. (George Clooney)
The Holy Girl (Lucrecia Martel)
Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki)
Junebug (Phil Morrison)
Land of the Dead (George A. Romero)
Last Days (Gus Van Sant)
March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet)
Match Point (Woody Allen)
Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July)
Munich (Steven Spielberg)
Mysterious Skin (Gregg Araki)
Saraband (Ingmar Bergman)
Sin City (Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller)
The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach)
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (George Lucas)
Syriana (Stephen Gaghan)
Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Nick Park and Steve Box)

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