2005 was a lousy year for movies. Despite that fact, I managed to pull together the requisite Top 10 list (along with a couple of extras that almost made the cut). Whether a movie was a big budget studio effort or an independent film made for less than some Hollywood players spend throwing parties didn't play a part in my decision process. I'm not a snob - I love the blockbusters and smaller films equally.
It's not like "Brokeback Mountain" needs me to throw my support its way. This film is doing fine without me putting in my two cents. However this movie did more to move me, to make me appreciate the art of filmmaking, than the other hundreds of films I had to sit through in 2005. One of the most beautiful love stories to hit the screen in years, "Brokeback Mountain" is as close to being a perfect film as you can get.
2. "King Kong"
So it's three hours long and there's a good 1/2 hour in it that could have been removed. Who cares? I felt like I'd run up the Empire State Building alongside Kong by the time the credits rolled. My palms were sweaty, I knew the ending going in, and yet Peter Jackson's wondrous remake had me pulling for the big ape despite the fact I knew he wouldn't come through alive. This is one of the few heavily hyped movies of 2005 that didn't wind up being a big disappointment. Thank you Peter Jackson.
George Clooney. Clooney manages not to sermonize while getting his point across. "Good Night, and Good Luck" is a powerful film that ought to be shown in high schools across America.
4. "Capote"Screenwriter Dan Futterman's script is perfect. This movie only focuses on one specific element of writer Truman Capote's life and by narrowing its focus, "Capote" brilliantly captures one of America's more interesting celebrities. The acting is superb, as is the production design, the cinematography, and the direction. Every budding filmmaker should watch "Capote" for a lesson in how to tell a compelling story sans unnecessary and distracting bells and whistles.
Rachel Weisz deliver two of the finest performances of their careers in "The Constant Gardener." This gripping, gritty tale of corruption and corporate greed is hard to ignore and will stay with audiences for months - something you can't say about 99% of today's films.
Christian Bale made a believer out of this non-comic book fan.
Steve Carell proves he can lead a film, and every single person in the supporting cast hits their marks.