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Best of 2005: Your Picks
Topic by: underdog
Posted: December 20, 2005 - 2:25 PM PST
Last Reply: July 31, 2006 - 5:03 AM PDT

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author topic: Best of 2005: Your Picks
underdog
post #21  on December 23, 2005 - 11:31 AM PST  
> On December 22, 2005 - 12:17 PM PST ALittlefield wrote:
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> Well, if Knoxvile doesn't get that well deserved nomination for THE RINGER, there's always DUKES OF HAZZARD, so it's sure to be his year!
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Surprisingly, the Onion AV gave The Ringer a favorable review! I dunno... the film looks a little retarded to me. (Sorry.)
ALittlefield
post #22  on December 25, 2005 - 2:11 PM PST  
It's been getting surprisingly pretty good reviews...still, for me the words "I'd rather stick red hot needles in my eyes!" apply.
woozy
post #23  on December 25, 2005 - 3:55 PM PST  
> On December 25, 2005 - 2:11 PM PST ALittlefield wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> It's been getting surprisingly pretty good reviews...still, for me the words "I'd rather stick red hot needles in my eyes!" apply.
> ---------------------------------

I can say with all honesty and no sarcasm and complete sincerity and a total lack of exageration, I'd rather see "The Ringer" than stick red hot needles in my eyes.

I'd also rather see "The mummy returns" again than stick red hot needles in my eyes. I'd probably rather see "The Ringer" more than stick hot needles in my eyes. Seeing "The Ringer" is probably on par with dropping a bowling ball on foot, but as there is an unknown element to "the Ringer" that I'd probably gamble with seeing "the Ringer" but between dropping a bowling ball on my foot and seeing "the Mummy returns" again, I'd definately prefer to drop a bowling ball on my foot.

So in all honesty and without sarcasm here is a list of activities ordered by my desire to engage in them from least to most:

Stick Red hot needles in my eyes
See "The Mummy Returns" again
Drop a bowling ball on my foot
See "the Ringer"
Do dishes
See "the Chronicles of Narnia"
See "the Squid and the Whale"
Make out with Naomi Watts

ALittlefield
post #24  on December 28, 2005 - 9:53 PM PST  
Can I stick red hot needles in Johnny Knoxville's eyes? Please?
woozy
post #25  on December 29, 2005 - 12:38 AM PST  
> On December 28, 2005 - 9:53 PM PST ALittlefield wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Can I stick red hot needles in Johnny Knoxville's eyes? Please?
> ---------------------------------

In same spirit of sincere non-exageration as the above post, I have to say the permission is not mine to give. Such an action, though tempting, would be illegal and have serious repercussions to you. Were I to wake up tommorrow and see a news-story that Johnny Knoxville had been blinded by an unknown assailant sticking red hot needles in his eyes I'd probably be a bit startled by the wierdness of it, but I can't imagine myself being overly upset by it.

I do ask you though, if you do plan to stick red hot needles in Johnny Knoxvilles eyes, please don't stick any in mine. I'd very much dislike having that happened. I'd rather see Johnny Knoxville's latest movie than have red hot needles stuck in my eyes so, please, please, please, don't stick them in mine or anyone I care about. As for Johnny Knoxxville, not being someone I care about, the permission isn't mine to give so use your best judgement.
ALittlefield
post #26  on December 29, 2005 - 9:31 PM PST  
I'll take that as a no...
woozy
post #27  on December 29, 2005 - 10:16 PM PST  
> On December 29, 2005 - 9:31 PM PST ALittlefield wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'll take that as a no...
> ---------------------------------

No, just make sure no-one can trace it back to you. And don't rely upon my permission as a determining factor.


If I read in the paper tommorrow morning that Johnny Knoxxville was blinded by an unknown intruder sticking red-hot needles in his eyes, I don't think I'd feel too obligated to tip off the police to this little conversation.

mahenry
post #28  on January 1, 2006 - 8:43 AM PST  
movies i loved this year

me and you and everyone we know (my #1 pick)
the squid and the whale
broken flowers
howl's moving castle (not as good as other miyazaki films though, like mononoke or spirited away, but those are hard to match)

i haven't seen a lot of "big" releases however such as syriana, crash, munich, etc., much less king kong & co. maybe on dvd at some point...
ALittlefield
post #29  on January 1, 2006 - 8:11 PM PST  
I finally saw BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN today, and I loved it. While it wasn't my favorite movie of the year (that would be MUNICH), it's certainly worth mentioning. In many ways, it's like a classic Hollywood romance in which two people obviously in love are denied togetherness (beacause of fate, war, angry parents, whatever)time and time again; but the twist is that this time it's the homophobic society that prevents their happiness. Along with Ang Lee's earlier, somewhat simular THE WEDDING BANQUET, this is one of the few romantic portrayals of gay people without any stereotypes. Heath Ledger and Jake Glynthall(who was also good in JARHEAD) are both very good.
Cinenaut
post #30  on January 2, 2006 - 9:22 AM PST  
Here's Stephanie Zacharek's (of Salon.com) list, which is "more or less" in order of preference:

"Kings and Queen"
"The Best of Youth"
"Pride & Prejudice"
"Old Boy"
"Tropical Malady"
"The Beat That My Heart Skipped"
"Breakfast on Pluto"
"The Skeleton Key"
and "Land of the Dead"
"Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit"
and "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride"
"King Kong"


She cheats!

Her list contains "Best of Youth," which was getting praised up and down by the critics when it was released and didn't end up on as many "best of 2005" lists as one would have thought at the time.
Eoliano
post #31  on January 2, 2006 - 11:45 AM PST  
> She cheats!

> Her list contains "Best of Youth," which was getting praised up and down by the critics when it was released and didn't end up on as many "best of 2005" lists as one would have thought at the time.

She cheats? How so?

As well as being on Zacharek's list (and mine), Marco Tullio Giordana's film is at or near the top of lists by David Ansen (Newsweek), A.O. Scott (NYTimes), Kenneth Turan (LATimes) & Ed Gonzales (Slant), among others.

And there is this from The Reeler:

Pity The Best of Youth, that hideously underseen, six-hour-long Italian film that just couldn't find a theatrical audience in America. Nevermind that everyone from The New York Times to the ur-populist rag Entertainment Weekly gave it Top 10 play, thus ensuring it a successful DVD run (and likely word-of-mouth momentum) for months if not years to come. If only Miramax had just shown a little more faith that audiences were cool with going to the movies to watch subtitled miniseries, the world would be a better place.
Eoliano
post #32  on January 2, 2006 - 12:10 PM PST  
Revised List:

2046
The Best of Youth
Brokeback Mountain
Broken Flowers
The Constant Gardener
Capote
Downfall
Good Night, and Good Luck.
Grizzly Man
A History of Violence
Syriana


Still have yet to see:

The Beat That My Heart Skipped
Caché
The Holy Girl
Howl's Moving Castle
Last Days
Match Point
Moolaadé
Mysterious Skin
The New World
Pride & Prejudice
The Squid and the Whale
The White Diamond


Munich failed to make the list, due in part to an ill conceived (and tasteless) sex scene, but mostly by Spielberg's failure to trust his material & simply provide us with a good thriller. Another caveat is that there are some glaringly obvious location subs, i.e. the fact that Rome is not Rome was very distracting to this traveler; the restaurant set was so overdressed (dozens of Italian banners!) it was laughable. As Andrew Sarris' review headline succinctly states, "Munich Suffers From Curse of the 'Significant' Film."
Cinenaut
post #33  on January 2, 2006 - 12:17 PM PST  
> On January 2, 2006 - 11:45 AM PST Eoliano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> She cheats? How so?
> ---------------------------------

I was referring to the fact that she actually chose twelve films (by pairing up the claymation and horror films).


It's good to know that the Best of Youth wasn't totally forgotten. I'm looking forward to seeing it sometime.
Eoliano
post #34  on January 2, 2006 - 1:10 PM PST  
> It's good to know that the Best of Youth wasn't totally forgotten. I'm looking forward to seeing it sometime.

Here are your tickets!

The Best of Youth (Disc 1 of 2)

The Best of Youth (Disc 2 of 2)
underdog
post #35  on January 3, 2006 - 9:43 AM PST  
I wish I'd originally remembered to at least include Best of Youth on my "Wish I'd Seen Them Before I Had to Make this List List" or whatever I called it on my "Best of 2005" list on GreenCine Daily - but at least I've rectified that omission now.

I can't wait to see it on DVD at least (which makes it easier to take bathroom breaks and not miss anything).

Happy New Year!


CP
underdog
post #36  on January 3, 2006 - 9:47 AM PST  
I agree with you, E, about that one laughable sex scene near the end - pretentious editing alert! - of Munich, but I thought the film pretty terrific otherwise... Ah well, to each their own!

C
Eoliano
post #37  on January 3, 2006 - 11:06 AM PST  
> I wish I'd originally remembered to at least include Best of Youth on my "Wish I'd Seen Them Before I Had to Make this List List" or whatever I called it on my "Best of 2005" list on GreenCine Daily - but at least I've rectified that omission now.

Re-editing our posts is something I wish we could do here. ;- )

It's a marvelous experience, Craig. Best of Youth is an epic that is able to stay focused on one family while managing to encompass four decades of contemporary Italian history, much of which seemed remote to (many of) us in America at the time. I suppose we can now fully appreciate some of the events in the film, and its effect on Italian society.

> I agree with you, E, about that one laughable sex scene near the end - pretentious editing alert! - of Munich, but I thought the film pretty terrific otherwise... Ah well, to each their own!

That sex scene was my biggest caveat, and while I thoroughly enjoyed the film as a thriller, my overall objection was that it tried to hard to make a statement when in fact it didn't seem necessary. It still baffles me why (considering the budget) they didn't shoot in Rome, and consequently, I was unable to suspend my disbelief.
ALittlefield
post #38  on January 3, 2006 - 8:03 PM PST  
>
>
> That sex scene was my biggest caveat, and while I thoroughly enjoyed the film as a thriller, my overall objection was that it tried to hard to make a statement when in fact it didn't seem necessary. It still baffles me why (considering the budget) they didn't shoot in Rome, and consequently, I was unable to suspend my disbelief.


I found the sex scene interesting, although I was mystified by what he was driving at (contrasting life and death perhaps? The irony of man who has both begun and ended other peoples lives? I'm not sure). As for not shooting in Rome, maybe the locations they wanted to use didn't excist anymore (cities change in thirty years). I've never been to Rome, so it didn't bother me; afterall, numerous hollywood films over the years have claimed exotic locations while being made entirely in a studio.

hardcle
post #39  on January 3, 2006 - 8:47 PM PST  
Here's my list: The top 10 movies I saw in a theater during 2005. I don't live in LA, so I don't see why I should stick to their release schedule.

Million Dollar Baby
Downfall
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Oldboy
Sin City
Serenity
The Producers (2005)
Kung fu Hustle
Ong-bak
The Brotherhood of War

The worst:
Elektra
Eoliano
post #40  on January 4, 2006 - 2:34 PM PST  
> I found the sex scene interesting, although I was mystified by what he was driving at (contrasting life and death perhaps? The irony of man who has both begun and ended other peoples lives? I'm not sure).

Hmm. What who was driving at, Spielberg or Avner? Either way that sex scene, which included flashbacks to the Munich massacre played as though Avner was there, and since he wasnt, it didn't work and should have been excised.

>As for not shooting in Rome, maybe the locations they wanted to use didn't excist anymore (cities change in thirty years). I've never been to Rome, so it didn't bother me; afterall, numerous hollywood films over the years have claimed exotic locations while being made entirely in a studio.

Since Rome exists almost exactly as it did in the 70s (and beyond), so I don't see your point. This is supposed to be a realistic portrayal based on actual events and not a studio-bound low budget fantasy and I'm sure that anyone (especially Roman theater-goers) who knows Rome will not recognize any of the locations. For me, the over-dressed sets couldn't hide the fact that the Rome location exteriors were shot in another country. Anyhow, not to belabor the point, enough said.
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