Film 2005 as Seen by Wayne Case

| January 21, 2006 | 0 Comments

Note: This recap is based on my personal reaction to the 141 films that I saw in full during 2005
Best Films
(In order of preference)
(1) Brokeback Mountain
(2) Crash
(3) Pride & Prejudice
(4) A History Of Violence
(5) Munich
(6) Capote
(7) The Family Stone
(8) King Kong
(9) Dear Frankie
(10) Red Eye
Runners-Up
(Alphabetically)
Batman Begins
Cinderella Man
Heights
Hostage
In Her Shoes
Junebug
Loggerheads
Millions
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Must Love Dogs
Wedding Crashers
Honorable Mentions (Alphabetically)
The Constant Gardener
Fever Pitch
Good Night, And Good Luck.
Happy Endings
The Matador
Match Point
Mrs. Palfrey At The Claremont
Prime
The Squid And The Whale
Swimming Upstream
Transamerica
Transporter 2
The Wedding Date
Worst Films
(Ranked in numerical order)
Sin City (A violent, repugnant atrocity pandering to immature males who have IQs matching their waist measurements.)
Waiting… (As inept as it is nauseating.)
Cache’ (All raised issues left unresolved. An inert & pretentious French piffle.)
The Longest Yard (Lame.)
Where The Truth Lies (Convoluted. Crass. Vile.)
The Pacificer (As funny as a flood or a brushfire.)
Stay (Stay away.)
The Amityville Horror (Horrible.)
Stealth (Absurd. A total waste of my time, studio money, & the talented/attractive cast.)
Just Friends (Cloying. Disjointed. Unforgivable.)
Note: Attractive and possibly talented actor Ryan Reynolds stars in numbers 2, 8, & 10! An urgent need for career guidance is indicated.
Dishonorable Mentions
(Numerical order)
11. Mindhunters
12. The Ring 2
13. Hide And Seek
14. A Sound Of Thunder
15. Melinda & Melinda
16. D.E.B.S.
17. Fun With Dick And Jane
18. Bewitched
19. The Skeleton Key
20. Broken Flowers
21. Elizabethtown
But Not For Me
(Alphabetically)
Syriana
Walk The Line
Best Actor (In order of preference)
(1) Heath Ledger, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
(2) Philip Seymour Hoffman, CAPOTE
(3) Jake Gyllenhaal, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
(4) Eric Bana, MUNICH
(5) Viggo Mortensen, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
Best Actress (In order of preference)
(1) Felicity Huffman, TRANSAMERICA
(2) Reese Witherspoon, WALK THE LINE
(3) Charlize Theron, NORTH COUNTRY
(4) Keira Knightley, PRIDE & PREJUDICE
(5) Cameron Diaz, IN HER SHOES
(6) Naomi Watts, KING KONG
Best Actor Runners Up
(Alphabetical)
Christian Bale, BATMAN BEGINS
Russell Crowe, CINDERELLA MAN
Jeff Daniels, THE SQUID & THE WHALE
Ralph Fiennes, THE CONSTANT GARDENER
Matthew MacFayden, PRIDE & PREJUDICE
Brad Pitt, MR. & MRS. SMITH
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, MATCH POINT
David Strathairn, GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK
Best Actress Runners Up (Alphabetical)
Toni Collette, IN HER SHOES
Emily Mortimer, DEAR FRANKIE
Gwyneth Paltrow, PROOF
Joan Plowright, MRS. PALFREY AT THE CLAREMONT
Meryl Streep, PRIME
Renee Zellweger, CINDERELLA MAN
Best Supporting Actor (Alphabetical)
Clifford Collins, Jr., CAPOTE
Matt Dillon, CRASH
Paul Giamatti, CINDERELLA MAN
Peter Sarsgaard, JARHEAD
Donald Sutherland, PRIDE & PREJUDICE
Best Supporting Actor
Runners Up (Alphabetical)
Will Ferrell, THE PRODUCERS
Matthew Goode, MATCH POINT
Jake Gyllenhaal, PROOF
William Hurt, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
Dermot Mulroney, THE FAMILY STONE
Luke Wilson, THE FAMILY STONE
The Victor Mature Worst Performance By An Actor Award
Bill Murray in BROKEN FLOWERS
(Wake him when it’s over.)
Best Supporting Actress
(In order of preference)
(1) Amy Adams, JUNEBUG
(2) Shirley MacLaine, IN HER SHOES
(3) Michelle Williams, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
(4) Thandie Newton, CRASH
(5) Frances McDormand, NORTH COUNTRY
(6) Anne Hathaway, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
(7) Sandra Bullock, CRASH
(8) Maria Bello, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE(
9) Diane Keaton, THE FAMILY STONE
(10) Isla Fisher, WEDDING CRASHERS
Best Supporting Actress Runners Up (Alphabetical)
Dakota Fanning, WAR OF THE WORLDS
Gong Li, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
Rachel McAdams, THE FAMILY STONE
Emily Mortimer, MATCH POINT
Uma Thurman, PRIME
Uma Thurman, THE PRODUCERS
The Michelle Phillips/Cornelia Sharpe/Angel Tompkins Worst Actress Award:
Alison Lohman in WHERE THE TRUTH LIES (Bad casting, worse acting.)
Best Original Script
(In order of preference)
(1) CRASH
(2) THE FAMILY STONE
(3) JUNEBUG*
(4) TRANSAMERICA *
* Not eligible for Oscar consideration
Best Adapted Script
(In order of preference)
(1) BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
(2) CAPOTE
(3) A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
(4) MUNICH
(5) PRIDE & PREJUDICE
(6) KING KONG
Best Original Song (Alphabetical)
“Don’t” from AN UNFINISHED LIFE *
“Forgiveness” from JUST FRIENDS *
“Home” from THE WEDDING DATE *
“In The Deep” from CRASH
“A Love That Will Never Grow Old” from BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN*
“There’s Nothing Like A Broadway Show” from THE PRODUCERS
“Travelin’ Thru” from TRANSAMERICA
* Not eligible for Oscar consideration
Best Original Musical Scoring (Alpha)
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN by Gustavo Santaolalla
CAPOTE by Michael Danna
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE by Howard Shore
KING KONG by James Newton Howard
MR. & MRS. SMITH by John Powell
MUNICH by John Williams
PRIDE & PREJUDICE by Dario Marianelli
Best Director
(In Order of Preference)
(1) Ang Lee for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
(2) Steven Spielberg for MUNICH
(3) Paul Haggis for CRASH
(4) Peter Jackson for KING KONG
(5) Joe Wright for PRIDE & PREJUDICE
(6) David Cronenberg for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
Best Cinematography (Alphabetical)
BATMAN BEGINS by Wally Pfister
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN by Rodrigo Prieto
THE CONSTANT GARDENER by Cesar Charlone
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE by Peter Suschitzky
HOSTAGE by Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci
KING KONG by Andrew Lesnie & Derek Whipple
MUNICH by Janusz Kaminski
PRIDE & PREJUDICE by Roman Osin
TRANSPORTER 2 by Mitchell Amundsen
Special Awards
The Heaven’s Gate Budget Award: STEALTH
The Otto Preminger “Light Touch” Award: DOMINO and KISS KISS, BANG BANG
The Sam Peckinpah “Wretched Excess” Award: Robert Rodriguez for SIN CITY
The Sidney Lumet Miscasting Award:
Jessica Biel as a fighter pilot in STEALTH
Penelope Cruz as a United Nations’ medical doctor in SAHARA
Adam Sandler as a former National Football League star quarterback in THE LONGEST YARD
A Star Is Born Break-Thru Award:
Amy Adams in JUNEBUG
Isla Fisher in WEDDING CRASHERS
Chris Evans in FANTASTIC FOUR
Kevin Zegers in TRANSAMERICA
Director Joe Wright for PRIDE & PREJUDICE
The Surgeon General’s Warning Award: Scarlett Johansson in MATCH POINT
The John Hartl Stop-Them-Before-They-Direct-Again Award:
Rob McKittrick for WAITING…
Susan Stroman for THE PRODUCERS
The Calling-Sydney-Guilaroff-for-Help-Hair-Style Award:
Jennifer Anniston in RUMOR HAS IT…
Johnny Depp in CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Colin Farrell in THE NEW WORLD
The What About Bob Most Annoying Award:
Jim Carrey in FUN WITH DICK AND JANE
Kirsten Dunst in ELIZABETHTOWN
Adam Sandler in THE LONGEST YARD
The Bill Lee Worst Musical Scoring Award: Woody Allen’s choices of previously recorded music for MATCH POINT
The Katherine Houghton Debut Award: Sara Foster in D.E.B.S.
The Paging Busby Berkeley Award: I love movie musicals, generally. Not this year. Broadway’s RENT was gutted rather than adapted & Stroman embalmed THE PRODUCERS.
Comments:
Fair Warning: ROCKY BALBOA (aka: ROCKY VI) is currently in production. Sylvester Stallone has written and is both directing and starring in yet another remake of ROCKY (1976). Release is threatened for 2007. Further and just as frightening, Sly’s other franchise is being resurrected & RAMBO IV has been announced and could be released as soon as late 2006, or so I read.
Once more, I lament current trailer style and content. I especially dislike having to wait to the end of most trailers to find out the name of the film being previewed. Additionally, all cast members prominently featured in scenes shown in the trailer should be identified in the trailer.
Is there any limit to what people will pay for concessions? Evidently not.
The Ellen Terry Awards
Note: These are awarded to actors who perform, possess, display and/or deliverthat little something extra
as defined by James Mason in “A Star Is Born” (1954).
Marshall Allman, HOSTAGE
Jeff Billak, LOGGERHEADS
Kevin Bacon, BEAUTYSHOP
Jamie Bell, KING KONG
Gerard Butler, DEAR FRANKIE
Jesse Bradford, HAPPY ENDINGS and HEIGHTS
Kyle Chandler, KING KONG
Ben Foster, HOSTAGE
Rupert Friend, MRS. PALFREY AT THE CLAREMONT
Brian Greenberg, PRIME
Colin Hanks, KING KONG
Martin Henderson, BRIDE & PREJUDICE
Ashton Holmes, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
Charlie Hunnam, GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS
Michael Kelly, LOGGERHEADS
Ashton Kutcher, GUESS WHO and A LOT LIKE LOVE
Josh Lucas, AN UNFINISHED LIFE
James Marsden, HEIGHTS
Dermot Mulroney, THE WEDDING DATE
Cillian Murphy, RED EYE
Alessandro Nivola, JUNEBUG
Clive Owen, DERAILED
Kip Pardue, LOGGERHEADS and IMAGINARY HEROES
Adam Pascal, RENT
Barry Pepper, THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA
Ryan Phillippe, CRASH
Michael Rady, THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS
Anthony Rapp, RENT
Jack Scalia, RED EYE
Scott Speedman, XXX: STATE OF THE UNION
Jason Statham, TRANSPORTER 2
Jonathan Tucker, HOSTAGE
Michael Vartan, MONSTER-IN-LAW
Vince Vaughn, MR. & MRS. SMITH and WEDDING CRASHERS
Owen Wilson, WEDDING CRASHERS
Simon Woods, PRIDE & PREJUDICE
Elizabeth Banks, HEIGHTS
Drew Barrymore, FEVER PITCH
Brenda Blethyn, PRIDE & PREJUDICE
Linda Cardellini, BROKEBACK MOUNTAINGlenn Close, HEIGHTSCourtney Cox, THE LONGEST YARD
Flora Cross, BEE SEASON
Marie-Josee Croze, MUNICH
Claire Danes, SHOPGIRL
Embeth Davidtz, JUNEBUG
Jane Fonda, MONSTER-IN-LAW
Maggie Gyllenhaal, HAPPY ENDINGS
Tess Harper, LOGGERHEADS
Bonnie Hunt, LOGGERHEADS
Angelina Jolie, MR. & MRS. SMITH
Catherine Keener, THE INTERPRETER
Lisa Kudrow, HAPPY ENDINGS
Jennifer Lopez, AN UNFINISHED LIFE
Diane Lane, MUST LOVE DOGS
Jayma Mays, RED EYE
Katherine Morris, MINDBENDERS
Rachel McAdams, RED EYE and WEDDING CRASHERS
Sarah Jessica Parker, THE FAMILY STONE
Amanda Peet, A LOT LIKE LOVE
Elizabeth Perkins, MUST LOVE DOGS
Ann Pierce, LOGGERHEADS
Emma Watson, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE

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