what in the sphincter of hell are you playing at?

Obviously as the end of the year is nigh we have to have a few “best of” lists, a review of the year. It is one of those unwritten rules. We’ve invented seconds, days, weeks, months, years and so have to mark them somehow, so without further ado, My top 5 films of 2005:

  • King Kong – I didn’t think this would make it to my list, but it has. A really great film, not without its flaws, but overall I really felt that it worked. Almost like three different films in one, we start off with the drama of Denham and the depression of the 1930’s, then once we reach the island we are launched into a horror monster movie, and the final third is the tragic love story. Needs to be seen on the big screen.
  • Brotherhood of the Wolf – I know this didn’t come out in 2005, but I bought it and watched it for the first time back in March, and I love it. It is French, and subtitled[1] and the plot revolves around a mysterious beast, the Beast of Gevaudan, in the 1760’s. This creature, many believe it to be a wolf, is killing people so the Chevalier de Fronsac is sent to investigate. A very stylish film, it looks great.
  • Downfall – The last few weeks of Nazi Germany as told by a young woman in Hitler’s employ, this film is a great look at Hitler the man. Yes it does have that cliche of the banality of evil, but you’ll be left incredulous by the behaviour of Hitler and his followers.
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – wonderful film with Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer. It’ll keep you laughing all through the film, but you’ll also fall in love with the character of Harry.
  • Serenity – Like I wasn’t going to mention this one :) Sci-fi meets cowboys for the follow up to the tv series Firefly. It has got something for everyone, action, violence, humour, death, love, religion and belief. Just watch it.

And honourable mentions must go to:

  • Batman Begins
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Wedding Crashers
  • The Woodsman

Now, off you go and do the Guardian film quiz, I got 22 out of 30, so don’t forget to post your score.

Linknotes:

  1. or dubbed if that’s what you are into

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10 Responses

  1. janine says:

    only 20 for me – i see plenty of films but most are so forgettable or memorable for the wrong reasons! :)

  2. Misty says:

    Oh. I only got 17. But they did say this;

    You scored 17 out of a possible 30
    OK, so this is not a terrific score, but it at least suggests that you lead a healthy and well-balanced life. You have a decent knowledge of film but you¿re not, like, obsessive about it or anything. Maybe you even find the time to read the odd book.

    Or maybe I should get out more…

  3. Alan says:

    I got 20 which I think isn't bad seeing as I hardly saw any films this year. Several of them were guesses.

    Serenity? One of your top five of the year? I am shocked! ;)

  4. sally says:

    What is Serenity? ;-)

  5. anne says:

    17. You can't see me, but I'm hanging my head in shame, healthy and balanced life notwithstanding.

  6. Andi says:

    Great picks! I'm waiting (almost) patiently for Wedding Crashers to come out on Jan. 3rd. Can't wait!

  7. Carl V. says:

    I saw King Kong for the second time last night (went with friends who hadn't seen it) and was more blown away the second time than I was the first. Definitely deserves to be in the top 5.

    For me I'd have to say, in no particular order:

    1. Serenity
    2. Cinderella Man
    3. Millions
    4. King Kong
    5. Dear Frankie (same thing as Brotherhood..I think it came out the year before but came out on video this year and I love it)

    Brotherhood is a great movie…need to rent that again soon. Much prefer the french version…the english voice overs are horrible.

  8. Fence says:

    Hmmm, put in second place by FM eh? Well, you know what they say; first the worst, second the best :)

    Carl I agree, I hate dubbing. Mind you the sound not matching the visuals is a pet peeve of mine. Even a fraction of a second annoys me.

    Andi Wedding Crashers was fantastic. Hope there are plenty of extras featuring a certain Mr. Vaughn ;)

  9. NineMoons says:

    You scored 23 out of a possible 30
    Highly impressive. You know your blockbusters and your art-house movies, your Oscars and your Cannes. It seems to us that you have the bases pretty much covered.

    DUDE! I beat you and I hardly saw any of the films. Maybe my luck's finally starting to turn…