This was an extremely hard list for me to put together - Much moreso than the games list. 2005 was a dynamite year for me movie wise - my list of favorites is probably much more diverse, genre-wise, than it has been in previous years. So without further adieu:
- Top 10 Movies –
singer’s treatment of the X-Men, there are no monolithic gothic structures, no art deco retro-future buildings and black and white TV sets – this Batman is gritty, he is real. The cast is also phenomenal, Christian Bale plays Bruce Wayne/Batman as he should, calm and collected, not brewing with social angst or a psycho streak – He is self assured, confident, and as Batman – downright terrifying. Michael Caine plays Alfred as he should, warm and nurturing, yet tough, and Liam Neeson plays positively savage as the fanatical Henri Ducard. Supporting roles are also universally well played (yes, even Katie Holmes) and Gary Oldman nails the young Jim Gordon. The action is a little too “fast cut” at times, but it all works extremely well – and Batman Begins is nothing less than the most successful adaptation of Super Hero to silver screen that I’ve ever had the joy of witnessing.
Sam Mendes follows up the fantastic Road To Perdition with this piece on the original Gulf War. Based on a book by retired Marine Anthony Swofford, which is in turn based on his experiences as a Marine Scout sniper in the Persian Gulf during Operation: Desert Shield and Operation: Desert Storm. Jake Gyllenhall portrays Swofford as an aloof wanderer turned soldier. His initial aprehension vanishes, he becomes hooked on the Marine mentality, he can't wait for his moment to shine, a moment which may never come. Jarhead is not a war-film proper. There is very little action, except on the periphery. What it is, however, is perhaps the single most accurate representation of Desert Storm from the eyes of the soldier on the ground ever commited to film. The imagery is beautifully striking, the cast is all around wonderful, and there are some moments of sheer brilliance. An amazing film which finally gives us a real honest look at what was the Gulf war, without the political commentary which generally accompanies such a film. Mendes desveres much credit for not infusing his own beliefs on the current war in Iraq (a very very different conflict from the one of 15 years past) into this film, and it is the better for it.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Walk the Line
Lords of Dogtown
Note: One film noticeably absent from the list is Steven Spielberg’s
"where there's smoke... there's someone rockin' out just a little too hard to "Follow Your Heart"! Triumph RULE!"