Posted: 01/21/2006


Sarah Scott’s Best & Worst Films of 2005

by Sarah Scott

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The Best

Brokeback Mountain—I’ve seen it three times already. What can I say…quite possibly the best love story ever filmed.
Cinderella Man—Had everything going to the movies is all about: laughing, crying, cheering. I was literally on the edge of my seat and biting my nails at times…I mean, sheesh. Plus Giamatti, as always, is brilliant. Too bad only three people besides me saw it.
Walk the Line—Love me some Joaquin, and the live music sequences were electric.
Capote—Philip Seymour Hoffman finally starting to get the recognition that’s been long in coming. The writing and directing were superb and fresh, and Catherine Keener is fantastic.
Crash—Sure, it has its flaws (almost every character is so morally symmetric…they have to have a scene each that demonstrates their racism and redemption), but more films should be tackling this kind of material. Where some criticized its overly-coincidental, entwining plots, I thought it to be rather operatic in a way…a throwback to a simpler time in storytelling. This is, after all, a fiction, people…who cares if it’s a bit beyond the scope of plausibility?
Broken Flowers—Jarmusch’s & Bill Murray’s understated styles combine to delicious effect here, with great supporting performances by Jeffrey Wright, Frances Conroy, and others.
Honorable Mention

Me & You & Everyone We Know
Happy Endings
Pride & Prejudice
King Kong
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire
The Worst

Jiminy Glick in La La Wood—Painfully bad.

The Brothers Grimm—Such a disappointment coming from Gilliam and starring Matt Damon and now-Oscar-contender, Heath Ledger. Shame.

Dark Water—Some nice cinematography but otherwise a total drip…drip…drip…

Still Hoping to See

Good Night, & Good Luck
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
The Producers
Rumor Has It

Sarah Scott is a film critic and writer living in Los Angeles.

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