Me and Me and Everyone I Know Whose Name Is Me
The transit strike is over! Time to relax and have a joyous holiday weekend. This may or may not involve parsing "Take 7," the Voice's film critics' poll.
Here's my ballot. The full-fledged issue isn't up yet, but will contain assorted morsels from various writers, plus annotated lists from Messrs. Hoberman, Atkinson, and Lim. (Incidentally, I'm psyched to see that the great Hoberjams also thought Tilda Swinton's turn in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was worthy of inclusion.)
As a little "added value" for my nonexistent fans, I'm going to list my "second ten" favorite films of 2005. N.b., I have yet to see Brokeback Mountain, L'Intrus, or Caché (I'm especially keen on seeing the last one); I missed Kings and Queen, The Power of Nightmares, Mysterious Skin, Keane, and Mondovino—all things I hope to catch on DVD.
Are you ready for the second ten?
You can't possibly be ready.
It's too momentous.
Here it is:
11. Memories of Murder
12. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
14. A History of Violence
15. The Baxter
16. Tropical Malady
17. Pride & Prejudice
18. Kung Fu Hustle
19. The White Diamond
20. The Chronic—wha?-cles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
I also liked: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, most of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Passenger (re-release), Wheel of Time, Capote to a degree, Broken Flowers to a degree, some of Batman Forever, some of War of the Worlds, about half of 3-Iron. (I guess this is my "third ten," though not necessarily in order...well, maybe more or less in this order, with The Passenger rising a little.)
I didn't care for Junebug, and I thought The 40-Year-Old Virgin was way too long.
Oh, and I'd still like to see Good Night and Good Luck and Match Point.
And now: The ball's in your court, Dizzyheads. What have you seen and liked?