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Andrew / December 9, 2005 10:36 AM

Y'all can keep arguing about smoking if you want.

My top five, in particular order:
- Lord of War
- Kung Fu Hustle
- North Country
- Star wars: Revenge of the Sith
- Mirrormask

I still need to see most of the recent releases, so that list will probably change within the next couple weeks.

Brittany / December 9, 2005 10:42 AM

1. Hitch
2. Crash
3. Jarhead
4. Rent
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Other Good Movies:
Bomb the System, Batman Begins, Heights, Wedding Crashers, Hustle & Flow, Junebug, The Chumbscrubber, Me and You and Everyone We Know, The Constant Gardener, Four Brothers, Everything is Illuminated, Thumbsucker, Prime, Shopgirl

I'm still waiting to see:
King Kong, Brokeback Mountain and The Family Stone

Brittany / December 9, 2005 10:43 AM

Oh, and I'm also waiting to see The Chronicles of Narnia, Memoirs of a Geisha and Munich. Those look good as well.

Kris / December 9, 2005 10:52 AM

It's too early for a year-end list. Brokeback Mountain doesn't come out until next week, and I'm saddling it with high expectations. Get it? Saddling? Oy.

Flynn / December 9, 2005 11:01 AM

In no particular order:

- Sin City
- Batman Begins
- Wallace & Gromit
- Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- The Brothers Grimm

Movies I wanted to see but still haven't, and may make the list:
March of the Penguins, Murderball, 40-Year-Old Virgin, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Grizzly Man, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Lords of Dogtown, Thumbsucker

Overall, I'd say it was a REALLY weak year for good movies. Not too many good ones.

Nicole / December 9, 2005 11:02 AM

I found this to be a disappointing year for movies. Though I didn't see a whole lot, so it's partly my fault.

But I LOVED the new Harry Potter.

Greg / December 9, 2005 11:03 AM

in no order:

The Hidden Blade
Howl's Moving Castle
Sin City
Rock School

Robin / December 9, 2005 11:08 AM

1. Me & You & Everyone We Know

um, that's actually the only new movie I think i saw this year. But it was definitely the best!

Spence / December 9, 2005 11:10 AM

1. The Passenger AKA Professione: reporter (1975)
2. Sin City
3. The Constant Gardner

I've got netflix and usually wait till it comes to DVD because A) I'm a cheap bastard and B) I'm lazy. So these are the only three I saw in the theater this year worth mentioning.

I'd like to see

Harry Potter
King Kong

Sometime in the near future.

MikeH / December 9, 2005 11:22 AM

The best movies I saw were Crash, Sin City, Batman Begins and Jarhead...

Still waiting to see Harry Potter, Narnia (tonight) and King Kong...

Suggestor / December 9, 2005 11:23 AM

You should save this topic, and instead have the question of the day be about people's horror stories re: last night's commute. Bone crushing action ensued

daruma / December 9, 2005 11:25 AM

-Walk The Line
-Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

VERY anxious to see Brokeback Mountain

Carlotta / December 9, 2005 11:37 AM

Not counting the 4 times I watched "2001: A Space Odyssey" this year (should have seen it even more!)....

In no particular order:

-- Roman Polanski's "Oliver Twist"
-- 2046
-- The Best of Youth. I was thinking, there's no way that even I am going to watch a 6 hour Italian movie, but when it was all done I wish it had never ended!
-- Downfall (about Hitler's last days, spent in his bunker)
-- Grizzley Man. A documentary about a self-styled bear advocate who films himself in Alaska amongst them and gets mauled to death. I believe it's going to play comercially again next year.

dillon / December 9, 2005 11:45 AM

Grizzly Man
History of Violence
Ice Harvest
Me, You & Everyone We Know
Land of the Dead

and, my memory might be failing me here, the greatest film event was the Kuchar Bros. retrospective at Chicago Filmmakers -- each film a precious nugget worthy of the "best" designation

i still want to see king kong, the squid and the whale, kiss kiss bang bang, red eye, capote, munich (this is the first time in years that i've looked forward to a spielberg film)and on and on.

in my opinion, it was a fine year for movies, you just had to look.

Lody / December 9, 2005 11:51 AM

• Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
• Crash
• Walk the Line
• Lord of War
• Flightplan

Erica / December 9, 2005 12:06 PM


(It was a great year for movies based on comics)

KING KONG will probably knock someone out of my list.

didn't see/wanna see
Corspe Bride
Good Night, and Good Luck
Aeon Flux

Roni / December 9, 2005 12:10 PM

Sure, depress the mom. I think I may have seen 5 movies this year, but since SW EP III sucked ass, I don't have a top 5.

* North Country
* Harry Potter
* In Good Company
* Wedding Crashers

Hoping to add in Naria!

eep / December 9, 2005 2:36 PM

1. Serenity
2. Batman Begins
3. The 40-Year-Old Virgin

The other movies I saw weren't worthy of the top five. I'm holding the last two spots open for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

C-Note / December 9, 2005 3:29 PM

I just want to say that Capote sucked dick. The movie, of course. Didn't do any justice. Just another iconic-type biopic. No script, just icon. The man's writing was a lot better than his drunken lisping. That's all.

Baltimore / December 9, 2005 4:10 PM

Behind the Green Door
and Day of the Dead

JP / December 9, 2005 7:11 PM

To poor to shell out the $12 or whatever it is these days to see a movie at a schmuck house. When I do watch dvds on on the flloor of my office (currently homeless sleeping in my office don't tell my boss, getting a ton of work done) I am usually disapointed.
Recent disapointments include

The Poloar Express
The hitchhiker guide to the galaxy
and whatever other movie gets two thumbs up but turns out to be crap

slb / December 9, 2005 7:21 PM

charlie and the chocolate factory
kung fu hustle

was Life Aquatic this year? If so, then that. If not, forget I said it.

Hitchhiker's Guide sucked.

That's all the new movies I saw this year. Don't usually spend money on them, but I do really want to see jarhead, walk the line, & 40yr old virgin. I don't give a rat's behind about king kong, though... don't know why everyone is all excited about it. Oh well - somebody has to recoup the costs...

j / December 9, 2005 10:37 PM

how has no one put down 'good night and good luck'?!

1. good night and good luck
2. sin city
3. batman begins
4. murderball
5. the aristocrats

by the by, does anyone else think katie holmes should star in a remake of 'rosemary's baby' (based on actual events)?

elena / December 10, 2005 9:39 AM

1. Daughter of Keltoum
2. Games of Love and Chance (L'esquisse)
3. Junebug
4. Wallace and Grommit

hench / December 10, 2005 10:10 AM

didn't make it to a lot of movies this year.

sin city was phenomenal.

jesus is magic was awesome for 20 minutes, then diminishing returns to still pretty funny.

same with the aristocrats.

think that's all i caught in the theater... which leaves two open spots for...

fight club.

road frickafrackin house.

K. / December 10, 2005 11:46 AM

1.) Batman Begins
2.) Good Night and Good Luck
3.) Walk The Line
4.) Harry Potter
5.) Howl's Moving Castle

I'm expecting Breakfast on Pluto and/or Pride and Prejudice to knock one of them off the list.

waleeta / December 10, 2005 1:10 PM

Well I haven't seen every movie, but:

1. Syriana
2. Syriana
3. Syriana
4. Good Night and Good Luck
5. Batman Begins

yvor / December 10, 2005 8:40 PM

In no particular order:

Good Night and Good Luck
The Squid and the Whale
Revenge of the Sith
Sin City

christian / December 11, 2005 2:27 AM

1. Batman Begins, I love this film, I thought it captured the comic perfectly, reinvigorating the franchise; I'm waiting for the next installment. Without Katie Holmes that is.

2. Sin City, it was like watching a comic on screen, beautiful visuals and a strong cast.

3. Me, You & Everyone We Know, the lone arty flick on my list, it was very cool.

4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, left wanting more.

5. Star Wars Revenge of the Sith, This makes it to the list mostly because of the visuals, not necessarily the acting, even though most were strong. Best viewed after seeing the cartoon Clone Wars series, I would kill to see that on the big screen if each episode just continued into each other without stopping.

Most of the stuff I saw this year was of the big "blockbuster" or safe variety, I saw some other stuff, but I don't remember what, most left me with a bad taste, but maybe that was the popcorn.

freerockcity / December 11, 2005 4:16 PM

1. Walk the Line (only film i've ever gone to see 3 times in the theater)
2. Junebug (best little movie of the year)
3. Batman Begins (believe the hype!)
4. Black Brush (@ CIFF)
5. Hustle & Flow (like a pimped-out "Apostle" - fantastic!)

girlwithaspirin / December 11, 2005 8:35 PM

1) Grizzly Man
2) The Squid and the Whale
3) Junebug
4) Pulse
5) tie: Jarhead and Frank Miller's Sin City

Haven't seen but may still make the list: Syriana, Innocence, Munich, Brokeback Mountain, Hidden (Caché), Tropical Malady and Bubble.

Loved at the film festival, would've been #1 'cept it's not out 'til March of next year: Brick.

Seymour Butz / December 12, 2005 9:02 AM

1. Harry Rotter And The On-Fire Gobbling

2. Zauranus

3. Prude and Pre-juiced

4. The Legendary Swords Man, Zorro

5. Jammed Jar Head

Carrie / December 12, 2005 10:55 AM

First, let me just say I'm bad at seeing movies. Second, here's what I wasted my money on this year:

1) Wedding Crashers- all I could focus on was how Owen Wilson's nose looks like a penis. That's how into the movie I was.

2) A History of Violence- this falls into my "worst movies ever seen" category.

3) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- maybe if I wasn't in love with the first one, I would have liked this one. Johnny Depp was too creepy for my liking. The squirrel scene though, that I could watch over and over and over again.

4) Rent- reminded me too much of a former friend who had the "I won't give into the man" mentality. She drove me nuts, this movie drove me nuts.

Movies I wanted to see, but didn't (but will): March of the Penguins, Happy Endings, Harry Potter, 40 year-old Virgin. I'm sure there's more, but I'll have to wait until my next trip to the video store to remember them.

Dave / December 12, 2005 11:00 AM

Ok, so I have six: The Passenger, Lord of War, Syriana, Crash, Batman Begins, Episode III.

kMcD / December 12, 2005 11:05 AM

Squid and the Whale
Me You and Everyone We Know
North Country
Lords of Dogtown

Steve / December 12, 2005 3:43 PM

Did I see five films this year?

Batman Returns. New York Doll. The Aristocrats. We Jam Econo.

Meh to Wedding Crashers and War of the Worlds.

Steve / December 12, 2005 4:46 PM

Let's make Mondovino my fifth fave.

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