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The Movies of 2005 - A Year in Review

Posted: Mon, 26th Dec 2005, 9:22am

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What a year, eh? This truly was the year of the blockbuster, something I was very much looking forward to, especially after a a year of pretentious independent films. As most of you know however, I ended up being drastically disapointed time after time, and being wow-ed by movies that you all hated. As I do every year, I'll give my top ten movies of the year, and also which ones I hated the most, in some attempt to sort out my disheveled thoughts.

The Best Movies of 2005
as told by waser

10. Dark Water
As some of you know, I am a HUGE fan of Asian cinema. I strive to make movies in the style one day, so naturally I was worried at the "J-Horror" fad gaining steam in Hollywood, especially after The Grudge literally sucked my balls off (sorry Hybrid). Anyway, I went into Dark Water wanting to hate it, but I ended up really liking it, never actually feeling that scared watching it, just really uncomfortable, but then again, that's what makes me love Asian horror films. Contrary to tepid reviews, I thought the directing and photography of this film was really well done, and had solid preformances all around.

9. The Brothers Grimm
Another (of many) ill-reviewed movies to make my top ten of 2005, I felt that this movie was really misunterstood. Beyond having amazing sets and style, I thought this movie was a riot, and felt that it was a worthy film into the already great collection of Gilliam films. It really is beyond me why people hate it so much. In a year that seemed to be plagued with over-done CG effects, I love that this movie used more real props/sets than not. That added to an already funny film made this one work for me.

8. Unleashed
Before this year, I was never a big fan of Jet Li. I actually thought all his movie up until recently blew ass. That all changed with Unleased. Not only was this the kick ass martial arts/gritty British crime movie I wanted it to be, the drama and comedy of the film were what made it great. Jet Li is hilarious, and his interactions with Morgan Freeman and Kerry Condon are actually touching. I like chicks. I swear.

7. Sin City
This movie really confused me at first, because at the beginning of the year, this was probably on the top of my "Movies I Need To See" list, but after my first viewing of it, I had really ho-hum feelings about it. It wasn't until after seeing it (and some other Rodriguez films) that I understood what this movie was: really really effing cool. Artistically brilliant, amazingly cast, and cool as hell, this movie ended up not disapointing me, it just took a few more times seeing the film.

6. The Aristocrats
I'd bet my life that maybe three or four people here at fxhome saw this movie, or even know what it iss. It's sort of hard to explain, but the movie's humor just tended to my exact needs. I probably didn't laugh this hard at any other movie (save Kung Fu Hustle) in the past 5 years. If you don't know what an Aristocrats joke is, do some reasearch. The only problem with this movie is that after seeing it, I can't stop telling the joke after having a few drinks.

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Alright. I'm a Harry Potter nerd, and since I knew the book like the back of my foot, certain omissions didn't bother me in the slightest. PS, Finnes as Voldemort MADE this film. Cannot wait for him in Order of the Pheonix. Anyone who has read the book knows what I'm talking about.

4. War of the Worlds
When War of the Worlds came out, it was a dark time for me and my interest in movies. It was right after Episode III, Batman Begins and Sin City, all of which at their releases failed to excite me. War of the Worlds however jolted me back into the spirit. Seeing that first tripod come out of the ground was exactly what I needed to see. I will admit that this film has problems, and the VERY end does suck nuts, but despite all that, this movie saved my faith in movies as a whole for the year, and made the following 6 months much more enjoyable for me.

3. The Ring Two
Possibly the most critically hated movie on my list, this movie, in my single, lonesome opinion, is utterly fantastic. I saw this movie at a midnight release, and loved it so much, but the next day, all I heard about was how much everyone hated it. I went and saw it again under the advice of one of my friends who hated it, but I ended up liking it more the second time. It probably helps that I eat and breath The Ring. I loved the japanese originals, and adore Verbinski's remake, so I was totally into this sequel. I bought the unrated dvd, and I think the added footage made the movie much better, developing Simon Baker's character much more heavily. That probably means that you'd all hate it more anyway though.

2. Kung Fu Hustle
Technically, this movie came out in 2004, but it hit the US this year early on, and what a way to start it out. I dare say that this movie might be the most entertaining film I have ever seen. It literally has everything that I want in a film. Subtle comedy, crude comedy, hilarious references, kick ass action, and some drama. I complain allot about the over use of CG, and you'd be hard pressed to fins a more CG laden film, but this movie was so much like a live-action cartoon, it just worked. I want to make movies like this one day.

1. King Kong
The perfect way to end the year: the best movie. I was worried going in, as this one was on my "must see" list since I heard about it almost ten years ago. the orignal King Kong has a special place in my heart, as one of my first memories EVER is of watching that movie when I was 3 years old, and crying at the end (peter jackson ripped my story off). I think that the new Kong is much better than the first, and in my opinion, fixed many of the original's pacing problems. As I said recently, I dont think there is another movie out there like the 2005 Kong, and doubt there will be for quite some time.

Honerable Mentions
Oldboy- This movie came out here in 2005, but I saw it in 2004, and even though it's one of the best movies I have ever seen, I put it on my top ten last year. Sorry.
Land of the Dead- I thought this movie was a joke the first time I saw it. Then I actually watched the first three "dead" movies, and the lead up to it quite well.
Batman Begins- One of the big hitters of this year, it just failed to wow me like many other films. Still, a really cool movie none the less.
A History of Violence-Really cool, but really wierd. WARNING: This film contains the king of all men's butt crack.
The 40 Year Old Virgin - Good natured naughty humor ended up being funny. w00t.
March of the Penquins- Penguins are cute lol!

The WORST Movies of 2005
Warning: If your dream is to make out with Tim Burton, skip this section

Constantine
Guh. This movie was lame action coupled with a story that had no meaning behind it while pretending to be deep.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Actually, to say I hated this film is unfair. As cliche as it sounds, I haven't laughed this hard at a movie that wasn't meant to be funny in a long time. Seriously, that scene where she jumps out the window was like something out of a Wes Anderson film. Fantastic. I mean horrible.

White Noise
I swear this movie came out last year, but I guess it didn't. Either way, it blew. It tried to imitate asian horror, and failed. As with any Micheal Keaton film, it would have been better if it had been about him being cloned 5 times.

Fever Pitch
One of the only movies I have ever walked out of. I payed $1.50 to see this, and still felt ripped off (hehe, im funny). It's disgusting attempt to re-create "real" dialogue was pathetic, and made it feel like a 90 minute Burger King commercial (you know, the ones where they try to make awkward situations, and hilarity ensues).

Corpse Bride
This movie, to me, was the last dying breath of the emo fad. I'm a huge fan of Nightmare Before Christmas, but this movie was just made to cash in on hot topic t-shirt sales, and it looked like it worked. The movie was met with critical acclaim, despite the unoriginal character design and horrible songs. Bleh. I'd spit on Tim Burton, but I have just one more....

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
This is without a doubt in my mind the worst movie of the year, and possibly one of the worst films I have ever seen. Looking past the stupid design, sh**ty CG, horrible songs, and grandpa joe, nothing made me more pissed off than Depp as wonka. He acted like my ex-emo-freak-girlfriend, which made me really uncomfortable (not the good kind, like in Dark Water). This movie and corpse bride have soiled my faith in Burton 100%. The next time one of his movies comes out, I will literally have no faith in it. No! I don't care. The damage done by these two films is irreversable. Suck it Burton. I hate you.

BIGGEST DISAPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
This movie is by no means bad, infact, it's pretty good, but the thing is, I don't know if I can ever forgive it for not wowing me the first time I saw it. You all know (or at least some of you do) that I am a devout star wars fan. Like my body is composed of 50% Water, 30% Muscle, and 20% Star Wars. The thing is, I still feel pained from thinking about how i felt after seeing it the first time (im not kidding, I actually felt depressed after seeing the film). After seeing it about 5 more times, I know it's pretty good, but it will never be as good as the movie I thought I was going to see.

hmmm. I feel much better. What do you think of 2005?
Waser sits down, legs crossed, and listens.
Posted: Mon, 26th Dec 2005, 1:39pm

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I'll only comment on movies I saw

The Brothers grimm was..Disappointing...slow..boring..kindof haphazard.

Unleashed was completely kickass. and even though i was MAJORLY disappointed at first, now I totally dig Sin City.

War of the worlds have me in awe, and the fact that the CG was hard to notice made it even better.

Kungfu hustle was VERY entertaining, except that last part with the bullfrog villain..Then it just became stupid.


King kong was Overwrought with uneccesary length and HUNDREDS of scenes that just had lots of staring in them. Good movie..Just not great.

Oldboy was interesting, If not compelling.

Land of the dead was VERY entertaining, for all the wrong reasons. I loved how excessive it was.

Batman begins was Great, by far the best one. Sh!ttly filmed fight scenes were frustrating though.

40 year old virgin was hilariously dirty.

Constantine was Really cool, a little bit too serious, But cool.

White noise was such a gigantic steaming pile of Dung i just about walked out. That ending was...wow. aweful as well.

Episode three was pretty damn cool, Even though it should have been two movies.
Posted: Mon, 26th Dec 2005, 2:25pm

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My favorite movie this year has got to be BATMAN BEGINS cause there was like no cg in that film (or very little)(i love cg but not when it ruins a movie) and i think it did full justice.

Stealth, was average. Crappy story, averagey acting, and just was to easy to guess. But why it makes my favs is the flawless effects. I knew the planes were cg, but could not tell. Kick ass explosions and effects.

Episode three was like ummmmmm good, not great, but definatly made up for sum of the previous stuff. I had to watch it twice in theaters in order to truly enjoy it.

Willy Wonka I didnt even go see cause Johnny Depp(though hes one of my fav actors) just creeped me out and reminded me of micheal jackson. and then i didnt hear goo d things to.

The Incredibles is one of my all time favorite films even though animated cause it was just well done... but on second thought that came out before o5' huh?

King Kong i havent seen yet but ive heard nothing but good.

Looking forward to what next year brings us, such as:

PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN-Both of the sequels. Just hope they dont mess up a good movie with sequels. The trailer looks great.

SPIDERMAN 3- Cant wait to bring it to a close

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 3- I no not to many of people are exited about this but i think all the movies were freaking kick ass. I love 2 of all best and brought me a new respect for john woo. was farfetched but what do you expect.... Its Mission Impossibe, far from what us normal people can do =)
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I shall be a lot more brief.

Best film of 2005 - A History of Violence.
Posted: Mon, 26th Dec 2005, 3:52pm

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Yes. King Kong was without a doubt the best movie of the year.
I also totally agree with you on Star Wars III. And I, too, am a devout Star Wars fan. However, you spelled 'disappointment' wrong.

I look forward to seeing who'll get the Oscars!
Posted: Mon, 26th Dec 2005, 4:13pm

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are you serious?

I couldn't watch all of Unleashed... The Ring Two.. ughh... wont get started... and BY FAR the biggest dissapointment was War of the Worlds.... It started SO good.. but then turned to CRAP soo fast..
I did not find EP3 to be a dissapointment at all, what more could you have asked for out of it?

I've only heard good things about Charlie and the Chocolate factory and Fever Pitch
Havn't seen em so cant comment tho

Batman Begins, Sin City, I'm sure king kong (havn't seen it yet), umm.. brain kinda died right now. lol - buyt yeah

my thoughts haha smile

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Posted: Mon, 26th Dec 2005, 5:28pm

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I thought this was a great year for cinema. There were plenty of good films out, and still things I haven't seen. So here's a list of the best movies I saw this year.

Pencil's Favorites of 2005:

9. Wedding Crashers
- Uh... this movie was kinda funny. Not as good as I expected, but I think seeing this after 40 year old virgin ruined it for me becuase it wasn't funny enough.

8. Star Wars EpIII
- The better of the first three, this one still couldn't hit it. Just some stupid stuff. Maddox explains it properly.

7. War of the Worlds
- I enjoyed this a lot more than most people did. I thought it was well done, and ignored any plot holes except the ending. That was just gay.

6. Batman Begins
- This movie honestly had me shaking afterwards. In retrospect, I don't know why, but all I can remember is this is a spectacular movie.

5. The 40 year-old Virgin
- Props to Steve Carrel for playing the perfect 40 year old virgin.

4. Sin City
- Everyone here saw this movie. I don't need to explain.

3. Me and You and Everyone We Know
- I think this is the only indie film I saw this year. But I remember waiting for months for it to show here (I started watching the IFC channel a lot). The movie is beautiful, poetic, and all around very nice. Well done, and suprisingly funnier than you think.

2. Million Dollar Baby
- This movie was tons deeper than you'd ever think. Starting a film about an underdog female boxer with nothing but a hateful redneck family and ending it with... (well, I won't spoil it for you) something so deep and powerful even had me questioning my morals. Truely Spectacular.

1. Capote
- I have to say that you have to want to watch this movie to get this. If you're going to be "ehh" about it, you'll probably hate it. I got my parents to go with me, and my parents thought it was pointless. But you have to look deeper in this film and realize it isn't just any story about Mr. Capote, but a story about what broke him. Researching the murders broke and ruined him and Phillip Seymour-Hoffman's brilliant acting showed it perfectly. No one's suprised if Hoffman wins Best Actor.
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Me and You and Everyone We Know was an amazing movie and for me completely made 2005 an excellent year just because of that movie.

-Logan
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Star Wars III - I laughed through this movie. It really just disapointed me alot.

War of Worlds - This is another movie I lauhjed through. Well actually I really didn't laugh till the credits rolled but when they did I laughed out loud in the theatre. Was not impressed with this movie.

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire - I went in to this film with to much anticipation I think and yet I wanted to like to movie. The problem was that the movie felt kinda like a big montage of events and not really like a story. Dissapoitning but not entirely a waste.

Kung Fu Hustle - Probebly the funniest movie of 2005 (in a good way). To me it was really a fresh and ingaging movie.

Batman Begins - I enjoyed this movie alot but not as much as I was hoping to. It was a good movie though. Just not amazing. A good start to say that least.

The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe - I just saw this movie yesterday and really liked it. Good movie, but it reminded me that I probebly wont see a movie I like as much as LOTR in a long time.

King Kong - Was unsure at first whether I enjoyed it or not due to its long length but after thinking about it I realized that it was really good. Really a good solid and entertaining movie. I dont think I have seen anything more repulsive then the things in this movie.


All in all this year didn't seem like an amazing year for movies save for the ones I mentioned. Nonetheless some good movies indeed.

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BEST MOVIES

10- Transporter 2
I gave a huge MEH after I saw it but it was alright..I guess..

9- Chicken Little
The only reason I liked this is
1, It was pretty funny
2, It was the only time a freakin theater gave us a digital image!!
3, The town I live in is considered 'An average American city' so the we always get little special deals! This was in 3D at one of our theaters!

8- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
I harrassed this movie, but I never saw it. Then when I did I thought it was pretty good! Good humor(humour) and I loved the way Jhonny Depp played Micheal Jac- I mean Willy Wonka wink

7- Flight Plan
WOW, this is a really good thriller and is one of the few that I like!

6- War of the Worlds
People didn't like this because
1, Americans don't like to use their brains too much.
2, They said 'God' in it and everyone thought it was not politically correct.
3, There was no relief in it, and everyone complained about it. (Yeah you little hypocrites! That's why you LOVED the Passion of the Christ!)
My opinion: As so with King Kong you want to watch the original before you see it and it adds alot of appriciation when you watch it.

5- Chronicles of Narnia
This movie was really great, and was very superb on how they portrayed the book.

4- Batman Begins
Probably my favorite(favourite) superhero movies ever. It wasn't the overrated batman that you always see in the cartoons(Justice League *shudders*) where he can beat the crap out of superman.

3- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Yeah go ahead say it WASN'T good but I loved it, just Natalie Portman screwed the acting up. neutral

2- Serenity
Everyone forgot about this movie! Due to all the crappy summer hollywood BS that came out, it ruined the coolness of this one!

1- King Kong
No doubt, awesome movie. I can't describe how well done this was. They COMPLETELY respected the original film.

The Biggest Dissapointment
Fantastic 4
This could of easily been done better. I'd say it ruined the streak of good super hero movies.

Worst movies

-5 Read down. I would say 5 and up is pretty much every summer movie that was released this year

-4 Valient
Don't make me laugh!
This movie sucks. Just another renegade Disney movie that was trying to make a little dough.

-3 Wedding Crashers
Sucked, I hated it.
Tried to laugh but still sick humor(humour)

-2 The Excorsism of Emily Rose
I'd say it sucks...SUCKS...SUCKS
I hate this movie and it's just not cool. I'd would also love to wring the little bastards neck who made this movie.

-1 Forty Year Old Virgin
Saw this when I wasn't supposed to and I've never seen such a poorly made movie with such sick humor(humour) that makes me want to wring the little bastards neck who made it!!
Don't get ME or Roger Ebert started on this one! wink

Heh, well that's pretty much all my opinions.
Unfortunately I never got a chance to watch Sin City!! sad sad
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Nice thread! I also thought it was a superb year for film (other than an utterly, utterly rubbish summer period). Here's my top 10 (note that these were released in the UK in 2005):

My 10 Favourite Films of 2005:
Note: Ask me again tomorrow and I'll give you a different list

10. The Sea Inside
Haunting, sentimental, almost ludicrously emotional film about a paralysed Spanish guy fighting for his right to die. About as cheery as it sounds. Some brilliant filmmaking makes the film always enthralling, despite being almost entirely set in a single room. Superb performances make the film.

9. Star Wars Ep3
Well, I was happy. wink All the cheese, fun, imagination, excitement and humour I expect from a Star Wars film, coupled with an unexpected dose of nastiness and political savvy. And, yes, I still think Hayden is quite good.

8. King Kong
I fully expected this to be my #1 film. In some ways, it is. It was brilliant fun, superbly entertaining, and stupdendously advanced filmmaking. Unfortunately it was also rather sloppy, over-indulgent filmmaking. 6 more months to tighten the edit and perfect the visual effects, and this would probably have been my favourite movie of all time. As it is, it's just #8 of my 2005 list, and doesn't even hit my All-Time 10.

7. The Machinist
Apparently this came out in 2004, but I only saw it this year (and at the cinema, somehow). Amazing performance from Christian Bale (obviously), and very creepy stuff overall. Crafts a brilliant sense of paranoia. Oh yeah, and it also has Michael Ironside in it, which makes it an instant classic in my book.

6. The Descent
From the director of Dog Soldiers. 'Nuff said. You want to know more? OK...a group of attractive women go caving and get into big trouble. You want to see it now, right? No? OK - best British film over the year. How's that? Scariest film I've ever seen. Great sense of humour. Also known as 'When Gollum Goes Bad'. Look, just go rent it out, ok? It's brilliant.

5. A Very Long Engagement
Amelie with a limp, in detective mode. Amazing visuals, touching and beautiful story, brilliantly quirky set-pieces. Feels a lot like Amelie in some respects, but with a healthy dose of real life grit mixed in for good measure. The second lighthouse scene is my favourite scene of the year. It'll plaster a grin right across your face.

4. Sin City
Hard boiled noir, artistically innovative, technically spiffy, great music, good performances, brilliant dialogue (if you like that kinda thing), hilariously dark sense of humour (if you like that kinda thing). Robert Rodriguez at his best (which always seems to happen when his pal Tarantino is hovering around the set...). Only negative point is Jessica Alba, but no film is perfect.

3. Serenity
OK, so I'm a fan. But I genuinely think this is a great film, and the best 'space scifi' we've had for years and years (yes, far better than any of the Star Wars prequels). Great, unique, classicalised dialogue. Good ensemble cast. Remarkably good visuals for a $40 million movie (gotta love the Reaver spinny ship things). Snappily directed with a good pace and nifty ideas and a strong emotional centre, it's even entertaining for people that never saw Firefly, apparently. But for Firefly fans such as myself...well, it's fantastic.

2. Batman Begins
If I'm feeling geeky, this is the best film of the year by a long, long way. My two favourite superheroes have always been Spider-Man and Batman (well, if we're not including Rorschach). Spider-Man because he's a completely ordinary guy who accidentally ends up with superpowers...but still has all the problems of an ordinary guy. And Batman because he's a normal human being, no powers at all, and yet still does what he does.

I've always had a vague sense of how and why he did it, but Batman Begins really nailed it. The sense of inevitability in the first half of the film is remarkable, and while the action scenes in the second half aren't entirely successful, the story, themes and acting easily make up for it (if we just skim past Katie Holmes, anyway). Flawed, then, but still astounding. If they can iron out the wrinkles for the next one...then we could be in for something really special.

I want to see The Joker done properly - as a frightening psychotic. Not as a camp clown straight from the TV series. Burton's Batman was superb, and everyone wondered how it could be bettered. Nolan showed them how - by going off in a totally different and more authentic direction. The same can be done with The Joker, despite Jack Nicholson's classic performance.

1. Sideways
I keep coming back to this one. While it doesn't tickle my geek bone like Batman Begins, it's an absolutely sublime bit of character drama/comedy. Great performances, brilliant script, laid back filmmaking and music. My biggest and most pleasant surprise of the year. Can't wait to see Thomas Hayden Church in Spidey 3.

Biggest Disappointment of 2005: War of the Worlds
Click here for more details. It's too painful to go into it again.

Best Film Of The Year That I Stupidly Didn't See: A History of Violence
I intend to fix this problem as soon as possible. Always loved Cronenberg, so not sure how this one passed me by. Damn it.

Most Important Film Of 2006 Will Be: V For Vendetta
People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

Hopefully a wake-up call for some, a thought-provoking film for others and great entertainment for all.
Posted: Mon, 26th Dec 2005, 6:47pm

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Tarn wrote:

Only negative point is Jessica Alba, but no film is perfect.
I hope you're talking about her acting biggrin

That film really seemed to raise her profile. Every teenager in the UK knows who she is now!
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She's a good looking girl, sure, but there were a lot of good looking girls in that film - who could also act.

swg33k wrote:

10- Transporter 2
I gave a huge MEH after I saw it but it was alright..I guess..
A huge meh, yet it still makes #10 on your list? You need to see more films, buddy! smile

2- Serenity
Everyone forgot about this movie! Due to all the crappy summer hollywood BS that came out, it ruined the coolness of this one!
Indeed. I do rather get the feeling that people were so fed up with the crud summer fare, they mistakenly thought Serenity was in the same boat (not helped by the trailers that marketed it as a dumb action-comedy).
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Top 5 (cause I can't think of any more good movies I've seen...)
5. Mr. and Mrs. Smith
4. Star Wars Episode III
3. The Island (LOOOVE THIS MOVIE more than gummy bears dipped in ketchup.)
2. King Kong
1. Electric Mans 8000 (I'm friggin obsessed with this movie!!!!!!!)
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Top 10

Kong
Serenity
SW Ep. 3
War of the Worlds
Batman Begins
Narnia
Harry Potter 3
Hitchhiker Guide
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Can't think of a 10th for now

Harry Potter was biggest dissapointment, great movie, could've been much better.

Bad movies: White Noise, and some other crap.

cooldude did a great job naming movies that he hasn't seen or weren't in 2005. smile

I haven't seen a LOT of the movies on these lists (save the ones in mine.) I'll have to check them out.
Posted: Mon, 26th Dec 2005, 10:49pm

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Unfortunatly I have to disagree with Waser right off the bat....2005 sucked a beetles buttcrack. I didnt even want to see the VAST majority of films coming out including Episode III. Having said that there were a few good movies...but not enough make it a good year:

Serenity
I went into this movie just expecting a cheap shoot em up in space kind of movie and to my utter shock it had characters that I could fall in love with, back story that got me curious and a whole new world for me to get excited about.

Chronicles of Narnia
It was good but I went in with high expectations anyway....and Mr Tumnus was just a tad freaky...back off the 4 year old dude, dosnt Narnia have laws on that kind of thing? Along with that Peter was an idiot with that sword. Still though there was nothing serious to complain about and the end battle scene was pretty darned sweet.

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
First time seeing this I thought it was great..after a while it gets old but it definately helped to put me back in the spirit of film making

Sahara
All I wanted was a mindless action movie that day, not looking for the latest greatest most original movie ever and it delivered along with some pretty funny lines

there were a handfull of others that were alright, Series of Unfortunate Events, Hitch, but like I said...Im looking forward more to next years line-up...although all the movies I was looking forward to have been post-poned!!! (Runelords in particular)
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4. Sin City
- Everyone here saw this movie. I don't need to explain.

uuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhh............... i didn't
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Best Movie of the Year:
King Kong

The other good ones (In no particular order):
Harry Potter
Sin City
Serenity
War of the Worlds
Batman Begins
Rent
Me and You and Everyone We Know.

Biggest disappointment:
Star Wars 3 - I was expecting this to be good. Damn good. And I do admit on my first viewing I liked it, I found that I couldn't bear to watch it on DVD, as it could have been SO much freakin better.
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i dont understand why u people hate star wars 3. we who liked star wars 3 should band together. who's with me!!!!!!!!!!!
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i dont understand why u people hate star wars 3.
Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman? Actually I liked Revenge of the Sith but I did find it disappointing as it could have been so much better.

Once I see King Kong I'll make my list of favorites for 2005.
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1: hayden christensen is cool (being anakin and all...)

2: natalie portman is fine (u no what i mean wink) biggrin


'nuff said biggrin
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But neither one of them can act so that negates the "coolness" of Hayden and the "fineness" of Natalie. razz

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the Fineness of Natalie. razz
right on brother. u [i]you do[b]no what i mean wink wink wink
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WhiteMtPictures wrote:

But neither one of them can act so that negates the coolness of Hayden and the Fineness of Natalie. razz
To be fair, they've both given great performances in the past. I think the lacklustre acting has more to do with bad dialogue and a certain directors disinterest in actors....

My top 3:

1) The Descent

2) Batman Begins

3) Serenity

Nothing else really stood out as particularly memorable, although I've yet to see Harry Potter, Narnia or King Kong.
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1: hayden christensen is cool (being anakin and all...)
Excuse me while I go hang myself.
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starfan wrote:

i dont understand why u people hate star wars 3. we who liked star wars 3 should band together. who's with me!!!!!!!!!!!
We hate it because it could have been abslutely amazing. But instead it sucks and unless he reshoots it completely, there is no way George Lucas can tinker with it to get it "the way he originally intended", that will make it great.
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6: Star Wars Epsiode 3 (should have been better)
5: Mr. and Mrs. Smith (I like it)
4: King Kong (meh)
3: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (So funny! But it kind of sucks razz)
2: The Island (brilliant)
1: Sin City (I love the dark humour, dialouges, the visual stile... Everything!
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starfan wrote:

i dont understand why u people hate star wars 3. we who liked star wars 3 should band together. who's with me!!!!!!!!!!!
It's called a difference of opinion. smile Nobody is trying to stop you from liking it, though. razz

Klut - if you liked The Island, you should definitely check out THX 1138, George Lucas' first film. It's a far more effective and interesting study of the same sort of themes, albeit less directly entertaining.

I get the feeling I'd have enjoyed The Island far more if they hadn't given away the entire plot in the trailer.
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The Films I Saw...

King Kong - 7/10 (Poor CG sometimes, irrelevant scenes which didn’t contribute to the plot; resulting in a film which was far too long!)

Charlie & Choc - 3/10 (Sorry Tim, but it had ‘cheap’ and ‘nasty’ "Hollywood" written all over it)

Harry Potter - 6/10 (Far too incoherent and disjointed)

Wallace & Gromit - 2/10 (I love the originals, but this was just crap!)

Sin City 8/10 (Visually it was a fresh and original experience, but the plot was seriously lacking and very repetitive)


It seems to me that films are just rushed nowadays. People need to spend more time on the introduction and endings to their films. Introductions are almost always mediocre and in no gripping – because Hollywood know that once you’re in the cinema, you won’t just leave because the opening isn’t very good. Harry Potter and Chocolate Factory were the worst culprits… NEVER open a film with a CG sequence.

Films just fail to create emotion and it irritates me. King Kong was probably the best effort in this respect, especially at the ending. The viewers actually felt sad!
I suspect this is why Million Dollar Baby was such a fantastic film, because of the emotions it conveyed.

To conclude, I will NEVER rate a film highly if it fails to make me feel a strong emotion. For me, that’s the primary goal of filmmaking.
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i agree with u. directors, take the time to make youre movies great. the longer u have them in production, the more mistakes you'll catch and fix. and who nows. the longer (not too long) u have a movie being made, the more people like here at fxhome, will say, "wow, that must be a great movie thats not being rushed." thank you biggrin .
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starfan wrote:

i dont understand why u people hate star wars 3. we who liked star wars 3 should band together. who's with me!!!!!!!!!!!
I am! Star Wars Episode III was awesome! The end dual with Obi-Wan and Anakin was one of the coolest battles in the Star Wars saga.
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yea... im a leader.
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I can't decide which movie is best so I'll just write those I liked.

King Kong
probably the best movie this year.

SW: Ep3
IMO the second best SW movie ever (V, III, VI, II, I, IV)

Doom
Biggest surprise of the year. When I saw the trailer i thought "Why is it legal to make movies like this?", but when I saw the movie "Oh YEAH!"

Sin City
Awesome

Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy
One of the funniest books ever is now a movie, and a good one too.

Batman Begins
Blew me away

War of the Worlds
Great movie, but they should have cut out Dakota Fanning. She's so annoying!

Biggest disappointment:

Domino
Trailer looked awesome but whe I saw it I was like "What the hell?!"
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so jonne r u with me in the rebellion?
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starfan wrote:

so jonne r u with me in the rebellion?
You aren't funny.


You aren't cool. (I mean, you're on a forum)




So please stop these outbursts, I had them once upon a time and greatly regretted it.
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starfan wrote:

so jonne r u with me in the rebellion?
No.

Btw atom's right, you're not funny.
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Rating: +4

I think everyone needs to chill out. Everyone knows there are varying age groups on fxhome. A 13 year old's sense of humor is different than a 17 year old's which is different from my (20 year old's) sense of humor. Calling people idiots, saying they are not funny and they are not cool on an internet forum is pointless. Everyone says stupid things at some point on the internet, and sometimes it happens to be said on this very forum. I am no exception; if you were to look through my 800+ posts, I have said something boneheaded a time or two. I think it is very cool that people are finding this site at a younger age and that younger people are being able to take advantage of the software. I think holding a grudge against someone like starfan and critiquing his every post is inane. It makes no sense to be hyper critical of a 13 year old on the internet. Nothing is gained from it. On the other hand, starfan...You will see over time that you will gain more friends and fans if you keep your posts to something that will add to the thread.

I am only taking time to write this because I find it offensive to be trying to look through a thread and see teens bashing on one another about how stupid each other's posts are. Who cares. If it doesn't relate to the topic don't post it. Don't exasterbate the situation by posting something else off topic that only clogs the forums ten fold.

I realize this post could be considered hipocritical because I myself am clogging the forums. In any case, I think something had to be said because none of this is adding to the overall fxhome experience. I just want you guys to get along. Not even that...You don't even have to get along, just stop cutting on one another for no reason. Both parties should just knock it off. That's all.
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starfan wrote:

so jonne r u with me in the rebellion?
Rebellion against what? The onslaught of differing opinions? confused


BTW, I liked EP3, my fourth favorite SW movie


EDIT: Changed 'rebel' to 'rebellion' as noun form makes more sense.

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Posted: Tue, 27th Dec 2005, 10:41pm

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Well said, sfbmovieco! Everyone should read your post and take note.

Good to see everyone's opinions here. You can tell we all have quite similar tastes in a lot of ways! Also interesting to see the occasional quirk appear, gives me ideas to add to my 'to watch' list!
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Tarn, I think you and I have the same movie tastes.

Although I have not watched half of what was on your Top list, I found EP3 to be great (but not best), Batman Begins to be awesome (I too like Spiderman because he was human before and suddenly got superpowers and Batman because he doesn't even have superpowers), and War of the Worlds to be very disappointing (I agree with all you said in your review of it).

Great minds think alike eh? razz
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In no order:

Best Films:

Broken Flowers - Jim Jarmusch's latest, enjoyable episodic romp with some greatly constructed scenes, great performances by Bill Murray, Sharon Stone and an almost unrecognisable Tilda Swinton
Sin City - amazing production, acting etc, validates shooting entirely against greenscreen.
Batman Begins - great prequel, not better than the first 2 but as good, despite getting a bit bogged down in the hazardous toxin plot. And amazingly long batmobile sequences. I actually liked the fight camerawork.
The Constant Gardener - great to see multinational drug companies and African poverty examined in a mainstream fil
A History of Violence - my favourite film possibly. I love Cronenberg
Wallace and Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit - fantastic, despite some irritating new characters...just seeing the big screen detail of the thumbprints on the models sent a shiver down my spine
Evil - Swedish film about bullying at an elite school, and the problematic teenager who's been sent there to stay out of trouble and so can't really do anything about it. Was actually released and nominated for Oscar in 2003 but only released locally this year, so I'm counting it! (cough*Oldboy*cough)
Million Dollar Baby - hmm, so so. I liked the performances but doesn't say anything new, and seems cheesy and contrived, but still a decent movie.

Worst Films:

Stars Wars Episode 3 - technically great, but script was bad. I actually don't think it was the actors, it was Lucas' script and direction. After all, actors only work off what they're given.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - looked great, but 2 things totally ruined it for me. The oompa loompa costumes and SONGS. Both seemed to be out of a 1980s disco. Awful. It could have been timeless. I loved parts of it, but they brought it down.
War of the Worlds - in the end, I thought "what's the point?" The whole plotting seemed lazy towards the end, and cheesy, and cliche. The resolution wasn't satisfying either. Good acting nonetheless (though Tim Robbins wtf?)

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sfbmovieco wrote:

I think everyone needs to chill out. Everyone knows there are varying age groups on fxhome. A 13 year old's sense of humor is different than a 17 year old's which is different from my (20 year old's) sense of humor. Calling people idiots, saying they are not funny and they are not cool on an internet forum is pointless. Everyone says stupid things at some point on the internet, and sometimes it happens to be said on this very forum. I am no exception; if you were to look through my 800+ posts, I have said something boneheaded a time or two. I think it is very cool that people are finding this site at a younger age and that younger people are being able to take advantage of the software. I think holding a grudge against someone like starfan and critiquing his every post is inane. It makes no sense to be hyper critical of a 13 year old on the internet. Nothing is gained from it. On the other hand, starfan...You will see over time that you will gain more friends and fans if you keep your posts to something that will add to the thread.

I am only taking time to write this because I find it offensive to be trying to look through a thread and see teens bashing on one another about how stupid each other's posts are. Who cares. If it doesn't relate to the topic don't post it. Don't exasterbate the situation by posting something else off topic that only clogs the forums ten fold.

I realize this post could be considered hipocritical because I myself am clogging the forums. In any case, I think something had to be said because none of this is adding to the overall fxhome experience. I just want you guys to get along. Not even that...You don't even have to get along, just stop cutting on one another for no reason. Both parties should just knock it off. That's all.
thank you very much. +1 from me
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EDIT: These are in no order from best to worst.
Top 5!
King KongGreat movie. I little to long. When King Kong was on top of the empire state, I was just like fall already!! Please. But still a great movie none the less.
Chronicles of NarniaI enjoy this movie. The camera angles in the beginning seemed to be a little point and click. But I still enjoyed this movie. The actors weren't that great and a little young in my opinion.
War of the Worlds Best movie this year in my opinion. I know that many of you will disagree, but I really thought this movie was suspenseful. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I love the edge of my seat it makes me happy!
SW Ep 3
This movie was very dissapointing. But it still was a good movie. I just think that they took the comedy with r2d2 a little to far, with the oil spill. But the battles were great. Oh yeah and "NOOOOOOOOOO" I think that could have been left out.
Batman beginsLiked this movie. I liked it alot! I don't have much to say other than I like this movie.
Movies that sucked!
Chicken LittleHated this movie, don't even ask why I went and saw it. The humor was gay. Everything about this movie was gay.
Harry Potter 4
This movie just didn't impress me. The 4th book was my favorite but, but the movie didn't go into enough detail I feel like it was just a summary of the book.

And that's all folks, Now deliberate!
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ssj john wrote:


Chicken LittleHated this movie, don't even ask why I went and saw it. The humor was gay. Everything about this movie was gay.

I want to hate you for saying that, but it made me laugh out loud.
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what made you laugh out loud, my comment or the movies incredibly lame humor?
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okay. due to recent outbreak i had in a rebellion i would like to apologize to everyone here for not having the same opinion as i had. since mostly everyone here is an adult and actually pay attention to the script and the plot in stead of the effects and so on. i, being 13, did not. i am sorry and would ask if u can forgive me. thank you biggrin
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5 films I saw this year:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Didn't dissapoint.
Star Wars Episode 3: Didn't dissapoint.
40 Year old Virgin: Didn't dissapoint.
Sin City: Disappointed.
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: Didn't dissapoint.

5 films I didn't see this year:

Batman Begins
Wallace & Gromit
War of the Worlds
Chronicles of Narnia
King Kong

5 DVDs I acquired this week:


Solaris
League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse
Brazil
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Vanilla Sky
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the old solaris or the new one?
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I didn't even think I could make a top ten list this year. I just didn't get out to see many movies. Once some more 2005 movies are out on DVD, this list is bound to change, but here it is, for now:

10. Star Wars: Episode 3: Revenge Of The Sith
While I was SOMEWHAT disappointed with this movie, it was with really small things, like maybe a stupid sound effect, or the trite romance, or the infamous "NOOOO!" (which really isn't THAT bad, I think it's the whole "It seems.. in your anger.. you killed her" LAME). It's really a great sci-fi movie, and is the best Star Wars movie other than The Empire Strikes Back. It's just so epic.

09. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
I read the first book in the Hitchhiker series before the movie came out, and just started getting into the second one, but then stopped. I'll just say that I was overwhelmed with how good the film translation was. Sure, it wasn't perfect, but it's damn near, and the sappy crap they threw in worked well. I'm a sucker. The entire cast was fantastic (I'm in love with Zooey Deschanel), and although I think the pacing is a little bit slow each time they visit a planet (Excepting Magrathea), and on the Vogon ship, it's really a great movie, and a really fun and really funny time.

08. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
Ok, this movie was somewhat disappointing, because, as you know I love long films, and I think it's a tragedy that so much of this great book had to be cut out of the film to shorten it's length to an "acceptable" 2:30(ish). On that note... Wow. What a great movie. Mike Newell topped Alfonso Cuaron as I never imagined he could. Cuaron took the franchise and really made it his own, and while Newell didn't do that much new, the way he did it was breathtaking. I loved every shot in Goblet, and I thought the interactions between characters was genius. Dumbledore was a bit more of a pushover than usual, and the more minor characters were treated as just that. Minor. Draco Malfoy had two scenes in the whole thing, Snape had hardly any screen time either, as well as McGonnagal. Sad that they had to cut so much out, but when what's on screen is so compelling, it's justifiable. Also, being that they skip through it, it's hard for people who hadn't read the books to follow what's going on. That's also sad.

07. Batman Begins
You just can't say enough about this movie can you? The best Batman film ever that totally makes up for the utter travesty that Joel Schumacher made the franchise into. The only bad part that I can think of is Gordon's line "I got to get me one of those!" that's just so ridiculous, but the rest of the movie is genius. It's so dark and gritty, which is how I think Batman should be. And Christian Bale is awesome.

06. War Of The Worlds
This was the great blockbuster of the summer, and my favorite movie of the summer as well. Great action scenes, great pacing, great CG, great shots, great acting. Some of the most tense moments of the year came from this movie. I saw it three times in theaters and loved it every time, although the first time was the best. I very rarely see films more than once in theaters.

05. The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
It was beautiful, acion packed, and just plain great. It started out a bit jumpy and with bad CG (The steam from the train when they leave the station), but man I was impressed after Lucy found the wardrobe. That scene was just how I remember it from the book, mothballs and all.
The kids were really great actors, Lucy especially, and I was very surprised by Tilda Swinton. She was really awesome and badass.
The St Nick encounter was very touching to me for some reason. Some of the emotion in the film sort of came out of nowhere for me, and I couldn't really put my finger on what in the scene was emotional, but that was very good.
The action sequence at the end is pretty amazing, and everyone is really awesome and hardcore in that scene, especially Tilda Swinton, who as I mentioned before, was badass.
Overall the CG was very good, especially the beavers and Aslan, and the wolves in certain places, and the cheetah. It seems like they tried to add too much personality to the animals. They seemed a little too much like how humans would act to me. The fox especially was bad because he was just too human to be passed off as a fox.
The score is another thing that bothered me in certain places, as it was just too poppy for that kind of movie. But it wasn't like that for all of it, and that's good.
One of the best films of the year.

04. Serenity
I am a huge Firefly fanboy (though not enough to buy the "Joss Whedon is my new master" t-shirt from pvponline.com), and this movie did not disappoint me in the least. Everyone re-visited their characters from the show flawlessly, and it's just so tense at points. It's overall a great science fiction film, one that will most likely be horribly overlooked by most. Really a great movie. I also saw this more than once in the theater!

03. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Undoubtedly the funniest movie I saw all year. I went to see Wedding Crashers after all the hype around it, and while it's funny, this one dwarfs it in terms of genius hilarity. Any movie with Paul Rudd in it is going to be great (see Wet Hot American Summer!), but everyone was great in it. And the ending is possibly one of my favorite film endings ever. If you haven't seen the extended version yet, do so. I love it when comedies run longer than the standard output of ninety minutes, and this one was already long without the extra 17 minutes or so that pushes it to being over 2 hours. I just love long movies!

02. Sin City
Robert Rodriguez has been one of my favorite and most influential directors for a long time now, and this movie cemented that. I really hope they follow through on making the other books into movies, because it's so genius. Of course, Frank Miller's work is what really makes the movie great because it's basically the book put on film, but it's just so unique and really raises the bar for digital filmmaking as a whole, not only technically, but creatively as well. And speaking of raising the bar...

01. King Kong
Probably the longest movie of the year, probably the most expensive movie of the year, probably the most influential movie of the year, most definitely the best movie of the year, and my favorite. Peter Jackson is a god of filmmaking, and I think he most likely knows it. If he didn't after LOTR, he does now after making this brilliant masterwork. Simply the best. Naomi Watts is fantastic and breathtaking (as always), Jack Black is fantastic and sheds his normal persuasion nicely, Andy Serkis is incredible and brings to life the greatest CG character ever, the script is great, the length is great (screw all you naysayers who hate the slow beginning and development of minor characters), the shots are fantastic, the recreation of New York City is mind blowing, and Kong himself is THE best CG character to ever be created, hands down. This film has it all, and keeps it all going strong until the very end. The amount of detail put into King Kong is astounding and if it doesn't sweep the oscars come March, I will be very disappointed. Especially if Jackson doesn't win for best director, and WETA don't win for best digital effects. That would be a sin, and would make my hatred for the Academy grow even stronger.


Honorable Mentions!

The Producers
While I am an enormous fan of the original movie and the stage play, the musical film didn't really do it for me so much. It's pretty decent, and has some pretty funny stuff (which is also in the play or original film) and some subtle stuff (like Ulla painting the inside of Bialystock's safe), but then they added lines that essentially spell out certain things to the audience that aren't even present in the original film, but are quite present in the musical. Such as Bloom telling Bialystock that he went to see one of Bialy's plays when he was younger and kept the ticket and has always had a secret aspiration to be a producer of broadway plays, and then 20 minutes later, we get to hear him tell a very similar story in the song "I Wanna Be a Producer". The dialogue previously is completely unnecessary, and just serves as a device for the dumb public to understand what's going on, even though the song does that just fine. Maybe some people are just plain dense.

Uma Thurman is gorgeous, and fits her role really well, and she's an alright singer, but she can't belt, and that part needs to belt. Matthew Broderick was acting for the stage the whole time and it was really obvious and annoying. I also felt like they shot this trying to make it seem like a broadway show, rather than a broadway show translated into a film. They just weren't very creative, and didn't really do anything new with the play. Just filmed it.

The cameos by Michael McKean and Jon Lovitz are great.

Saw II
I admit it, I really enjoyed Saw 2. It's WAY better than it's predecessor, and if not for those obscenely pointless and trivial macho policewoman scenes, it would probably even have ended up being one of my favorite thrillers. Oh well, Saw 2. Oh well...

March Of The Penguins
This is a really well done film. Tragic and heartwarming, and really gives a lot of insight into a very harsh world that few ever see.

Doom
This was quite a lot better than I had expected it to be, and was really not a bad action flick, for being completely stupid and laughable. The first person scene was actually pretty cool.

Constantine
This is another one that surprised me a lot. It's really dark and moody and far more creative and inventive than I ever expected it to be. Peter Stormare is great as Lucifer, and I am one of the few who actually like Keannu Reeves as an actor.

Kung Fu Hustle
Holy crap, what an awesome film. Watch it if you haven't. You won't regret it.


Oh God, Why Did They Even Make This?!

The Devil's Rejects
Apart from the f*ckin song at the f*ckin end, this f*ckin movie is absolutely f*ckin horrible. Rob Zombie's last f*ckin film, House Of 1000 Corpses had slightly better f*ckin dialogue I think, but I don't really f*ckin remember it that f*ckin much. God, what a f*ckin terrible f*ckin movie.

The Ring Two
Listen, I love Naomi Watts, and I don't think she can do any wrong, but filmmakers sure can! Jesus, what a complete waste of film this atrocity was. I won't even get into it, but just remember the deer. THE DEER! I love the first Ring movie to death, it's a great thriller. To me, what killed this movie is letting the director of the original Japanese films direct it. Since those movies are horrible too.

Land Of The Dead
Land of the Dumb. Land of the kicking a dead horse. God what an awful movie. I couldn't help but to laugh at a lot of it for being plain ridiculous. Yeah, the fact that there are zombies is ridiculous, but I like other zombie movies. I like Shaun of the Dead, I like Night Of The Living Dead, I like Dawn Of The Dead (2004), but I really hate the original Dawn, and Day, and Land of the dead is just the kick in the teeth I needed to really make me realize just how much of a hack George Romero is.

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I've just got back from seeing Kong.

Caught it just before the end of the year, and my first place goes to King Kong. Absolutely stunning, you know a movies got you when you give a damn about a 30ft monkey.

Fantastic, and one of my favorite epic scenes of all time is now Kong Vs the T-Rex's.

1/ King Kong
2/ History of Violence
3/ Batman Begins
4/ Sin City
5/ The Ring Two
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Hmm..

Top 5

1. King Kong
2. War of the Worlds
3. Batman Begins
4. Wallace & Gromit
5. Harry Potter 4

Biggest Dissapointment:

Definately The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy... after seeing the british trailer, I was sure this was going to be one of the funniest movies of the year, but it ended up being such a dull, confusing (I haven't read the book), pathetic movie...

Worst Movies:

Wedding Crashers
40 year old virgin
Sin City (yes, the technical stuff is unbelievable but I hate everything else)
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Hold on Pooky. You're about seven years old? ;P wink

How did you see all these films? biggrin
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Huh? If you mean the age limit, I rented Sin City and was forced to see Wedding Crashers and 40 year old virgin (long story). And I'm 16. biggrin
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pooky wrote:

Huh? If you mean the age limit, I rented Sin City and was forced to see Wedding Crashers and 40 year old virgin (long story). And I'm 16. biggrin
"WATCH THIS MOVIE!"
"I don't wanna!"
"F*CKING WATCH IT, POOKY!!!!!" *shotgun*
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Aculag wrote:

pooky wrote:

Huh? If you mean the age limit, I rented Sin City and was forced to see Wedding Crashers and 40 year old virgin (long story). And I'm 16. biggrin
"WATCH THIS MOVIE!"
"I don't wanna!"
"F*CKING WATCH IT, POOKY!!!!!" *shotgun*
he he he.
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Something like that smile
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A movie that I'd inexplicably forgotten about, but which is worth mentioning and just jumped into my head is, of course, Team America. Funny stuff.
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ooohhh yeah. i loved that movie.


we got a terrorist going down bacalokadaka street. biggrin
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Tarn wrote:

A movie that I'd inexplicably forgotten about, but which is worth mentioning and just jumped into my head is, of course, Team America. Funny stuff.
YES! How could I even forget Team America?
I love south park almost as much as I love Family Guy, so Team America was perfect for my humour.
Deserves to be in my top six... but ain't. crazy

Oh, and Pooky:

pooky wrote:

Biggest Dissapointment:

Definately The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy... bla bla bla, something something pathetic movie... - I haven't read the book
You haven't read the book, I belive that's why you don't like the movie. All my friends + me who had read it enjoyed the movie more then my friends who had not read the book.

Also, to like hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy you must like british humour in general.
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Klut wrote:


You haven't read the book, I belive that's why you don't like the movie. All my friends + me who had read it enjoyed the movie more then my friends who had not read the book.

Also, to like hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy you must like british humour in general.
You shouldn't have to read the book to decide whether a movie's good or not. If it's not good enough to stand on its own, then it's obviously not good.


Anyways...

King Kong
Batman Begins
Chronicles of Narnia
Star Wars Episode 3
Team America

I didn't exactly number them because I couldn't decide which movies were better than the others. They all were pretty good to me.
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DigiSm89 wrote:

You shouldn't have to read the book to decide whether a movie's good or not. If it's not good enough to stand on its own, then it's obviously not good.
Not necessarily, no. I've never read the books of Narnia, but I think the movie sucks, I've never read Lord of the Rings, but I love the movies...

... But in this case, it's more like "fans will enjoy it more cause it's the Hitchhiker's Guide to the galaxy"..
Other people will just think more realistic about the movie, and then they say it sucks... My dad didn't like the movie at all, but some guy who writes reviews for a magasine in Norway gave it crazy 6/6, which is not really pro if you ask me.
But I guess this movie has something common with Sin City, some people loves it, some people hates it.
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I just saw Chronicles Of Narnia until last night. It was beautiful, acion packed, and just plain great. It started out a bit jumpy and with bad CG (The steam from the train when they leave the station), but man I was impressed after Lucy found the wardrobe. That scene was just how I remember it from the book, mothballs and all.

The kids were really great actors, Lucy especially, and I was very surprised by Tilda Swinton. She was really awesome and badass.

The St Nick encounter was very touching to me for some reason. Some of the emotion in the film sort of came out of nowhere for me, and I couldn't really put my finger on what in the scene was emotional, but that was very good.

The action sequence at the end is pretty amazing, and everyone is really awesome and hardcore in that scene, especially Tilda Swinton, who as I mentioned before, was badass.

Overall the CG was very good, especially the beavers and Aslan, and the wolves in certain places, and the cheetah. It seems like they tried to add too much personality to the animals. They seemed a little too much like how humans would act to me. The fox especially was bad because he was just too human to be passed off as a fox.

The score is another thing that bothered me in certain places, as it was just too poppy for that kind of movie. But it wasn't like that for all of it, and that's good.

I'm going to edit my list to include it. One of the best films of the year.
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My top movies I have seen of 2005:

10. White Noise - Plain peice of sh*t unless you like staring at TVs with bad reception.

9. Alone in the Dark - Decent FX, but just about everything else was BAD.

8. Assault on Precint 13 - Terrable remake, just about fell asleep.

7. Sin City - I don't like modern b&w movies and I don't like comics, but I do like Jessica Alba.
6. Constantine - Very entertaining but different. Some parts I didn't understand like when *POSSIBLE SPOILER* lucifer pulled the cancer out of Keanu's character.

5. Mr. and Mrs. Smith - Great action.

4. Stealth - Great FX, and good story, but some awkward moments at times.

3. Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith - Seemed like a very tasty pie that you take three bites and it's gone. Didn't get to enjoy it and savor the taste. But being a big Star Wars fan, it's good enough to be in 3rd.

2. War of the Worlds - Great action, Great visuals, great directing, great story.

1. King Kong - Growing up I loved the origional and to see a remake of this movie by the greatest directer and visual effects team of out time is just amaizing.
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I have finally seen A History of Violence thanks to a repeat showing at our local cinema, and all I have to say is that the previous posters were right. Absolute classic, would probably slot into #5 on my Top 10 list, just behind Sin City.

Anybody else noticing a slight vigilante theme to my list?
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I shall be brief

Movie that I hated the most: History of Violence

Movie I loved the most: Serenity/40 year old virgin. I just can't decide
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You hated A History of Violence? As in, you disliked the subject matter etc, or did you actually think it was a bad film?
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I haven't heard of very many who DO like A History Of Violence, Tarn. I've not seen it myself, but everyone who I know who saw it hated it.

I do want to see it though, I love Cronenberg.
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I can understand people disliking the subject matter (personally I found it fascinating), but there isn't really much argument for it being a bad film.

One of Cronenberg's best, and I love Cronenberg. I've heard only good things here in the UK about the film.
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Munich was pretty good until towards the end, but thats mostly do to being in the very first row of the theater, and its easy to loose your attention because its hard to look at the screen, but they had some flowing problems at the end which didn't help.
Also they need to do a better job with those flashbacks so you know its a flashback instead of trying to find out whats going on as your halfway through the flash back portion.
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er-no wrote:

I shall be a lot more brief.

Best film of 2005 - A History of Violence.
Just so everyone is clear. wink
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Don't get me wrong I love Cronenberg. He has made some of my favorite films, but History of Violence just didn't do it for me. It was awkwardly and haphazardly structured with quite a few spurts of incredibly stupid dialogue. I know I am supposed to think that Croney is making a comeback with this one but i would rather snuggle up on the couch with the Fly and Scanners and watch Videodrome while enjoying my happy little Existenz.