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2005 Top 10

The Year's Best Films
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1. Yes
2. Brokeback Mountain
3. Saraband
4. Syriana
5. Good Night, and Good Luck.
6. Asylum
7. Ballets Russes
8. Nobody Knows
9. Caché
10. Mysterious Skin

Runners-up: 2046, The Aristocrats, Batman Begins, The Constant Gardener, Downfall, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, A History of Violence, Kung Fu Hustle, Gus Van Sant's Last Days, Oldboy, The New World, The Producers, Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Turtles Can Fly, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

The Year's Worst Films (There But For the Grace of God Go You): Alone In the Dark, White Noise, Supercross, Doom, Harry and Max, The Amityville Horror, Lila Says, King's Ransom, The Pacifier, Yours, Mine & Ours.

Overrated/Overhyped: Match Point, Junebug, Me and You and Everyone We Know, March of the Penguins, Hustle & Flow.

Underrated/Undersold/Overlooked: Yes, Asylum, Ballets Russes, The Producers, Forty Shades of Blue.

The Yellow-Bellied Coward Award goes to the studios that released Aeon Flux, In the Mix, The Fog, Cry_Wolf, King's Ransom, Cursed, Man of the House, Boogeyman, et al (the 2005 films not screened for critics).

Coolest Titles: Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling, The Year of Yao, Man with the Screaming Brain, The Devil's Rejects.

Worst Titles: Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, Ice Princess, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, Monster-in-Law, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl in 3-D, Herbie: Fully Loaded.

Best and Worst Title: XXX: State of the Union.

Aptest Titles: Eternal, White Noise, Doom, Alone In the Dark, Mindhunters, Stealth, Waiting..., Are We There Yet?.

Inaptest Title: Be Cool, The Talent Given Us, Just Like Heaven, Rebound, Fun with Dick and Jane.

Movies That Never Got Anywhere Near Me (whew!): Gory Gory Hallelujah, A Tale of Two Pizzas, All Babes Want to Kill Me, Slutty Summer, Mobsters and Mormons.

Demented Double Features/Marathon Madness:

 

  • Breakfast on Pluto/Transamerica (gender benders)
  • Cheaper by the Dozen 2/Yours, Mine & Ours (best arguments for birth control)
  • Kicking and Screaming/Green Street Hooligans (GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOALL!)
  • Head-On/Wedding Crashers (nuptial bliss-ters)
  • Good Night, and Good Luck./The Aristocrats (censor this!)
  • Grizzly Man/Duma/King Kong/The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe ("Maybe we shouldn't be hanging out with savage beasts...Naaah!")
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