Top Ten Lists 2005 - Collin's Top Ten and Bottom Six

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Okay I saw a lot of films in cinemas in 2005Ö 114 to be exact. Of these films the following are the 10 I enjoyed the most:

10. Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith
Definitely the best of the new trilogy films and exciting in the ways it connects them with the original film. Now I can enjoy the complete epic!

9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
My all time favourite book of my childhood was brought to amazing life in this wonderful and faithful adaptation.

8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
My second favourite book of my childhood is brought to even more amazing life by Tim Burtonís incredible talent and Johnny Deppís best performance yet.

7. Walk the Line
Iíve always been a Cash fan but I wasnít expecting to love this film so much. Phoenix and Witherspoon do such an amazing job in their roles and with their voices. The film also had the coolest posters and my favourite line in any film all year.

6. Shopgirl
No one was more surprised than me by how much this quiet tale of fumbling love touched me. Claire Danes is magnificent and I have fallen hopelessly in love with her.

5. A History of Violence
Dare I say that this bold and honest vision is Cronenbergís best work ever? Sure, why not.

4. Oldboy
This film is so much more than a revenge genre piece; itís a touching and tormenting ride through a real hell and explores just how cruel we can be to each other.

3. 2046
Wong Kar Waiís triumphant follow up to In the Mood for Love is at once its own masterpiece and a fitting continuation.

2. Serenity
This is so much more than a television adaptation. Itís a perfect film in its own right and completely satisfying in everyway.

1. Brokeback Mountain
The critics and awards are all correct; Ang Lee is the best film maker working today and this film is an absolute triumph.

I also saw a lot of bad movies in the past year. Here are the worst of the worst, the ones that pain me to remember, the ones that should have been better films but just werenít:

6. Sin City
What bugs me about this film is how much everyone loves what is clearly a shoddy and misogynist film. When the dust settles I hope everyone realises that this isnít the film they think it is.

5. Crash
This film is an insult to thinking people everywhere. This film doesnít deal at all with the issue of racism and is instead like some high school essayÖ no junior high school essay on the subject. No one is racist in the way this film pretends that they are.

4. Monster in Law
Not funny and not in any way moving. This is a blot on Fondaís career and an indication that she should have stayed retired.

3. Me and You and Everyone We Know
Poo. Read my review and you will see what I mean.

2. The Island
Itís hard to believe that I hated another movie more than this lame ass insult to a babyís intelligence and waste of perfectly good acting talent. Michael Bay should be barred from making any more films!

1. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
This movie gets under my skin because it pretends to be smart when in fact it is one of the poorest executions of a film I have ever seen. Smarmy, insulting and down right dumb, if this doesnít bury the careers of Kilmer and Downey I donít know what will.

That's it; another year another list. Here's looking to 2006!

Review By: Collin Smith

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