Thursday, December 22, 2005

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
13. Syriana
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?


Blogger HeyZeus! said...

My unsophisticated palate enjoyed:

-Brokeback Mountain
-A History of Violence
-The Squid and the Whale
-Batman Begins

And parts of Broken Flowers.

Everything else was pretty much take it or leave it, but I didn't really see much else this year anyway. Although I did catch up on a lot of classic film.


12:11 AM  
Blogger Ed Park said...

Further thoughts! I should leave THE PASSENGER out — it's a rerelease, and it did play theatrically in NYC way back when.

MEMORIES OF MURDER — should be higher? It's a very strong movie; I think the fact that I saw it in '04 (earlier?) put it out of my mind. (Also, I prefer the director's previous film, BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE — though no one else seems to!)

Another Korean movie that was interesting, which I also forgot appeared here in '05, is SAVE THE GREEN PLANET! I liked but didn't love it.

KING KONG = not bad! Naomi Watts is excellent. I actually enjoyed the first part (which many viewers think dragged on too long). The "Lost World" part, with its numerous dinosaur chases, perhaps went on too long.

Original screenplay: Perhaps I should have voted for SQUID/WHALE — somehow this didn't come to mind. But M&Y&EWK is very precisely written, and I generally like that.

10:07 AM  
Blogger Ed Park said...

And also: THE ISLAND wasn't bad!


I'll be quiet now.

10:20 AM  

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