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The Top 25 Films of 2005

The Top 25 Films of 2005

My personal list of the Top 10 Films of 2005 was recently published in indieWIRE. But, as anyone who has made one of these lists will know, there are always many things that almost make the Top 10 cut but can’t. So, similar to what I did last year, I thought I would use this blog to share my list of the Top 25 Films of 2005.

The criteria? It had to be a film that, in some way, received a theatrical release in 2005. This means that many films I loved on the festival circuit were not eligible. Plus, there were a few films released this year made by friends of mine (Be Here To Love: A Film About Townes Van Zandt, The Fearless Freaks, Reel Paradise, etc.) that I felt weird adding despite how much I really do like them.

Here’s my list of the Top 25 Films of 2005:
1. Me and You and Everyone We Know
2. Murderball
3. Crash
4. The Beat That My Heart Skipped
5. Tstosi
6. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
7. Munich
8. Grizzly Man
9. Brokeback Mountain
10. Syriana
11. Mysterious Skin
12. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
13. Broken Flowers
14. The 40 Year-Old Virgin
15. The Squid and the Whale
16. Palindromes
17. A History of Violence
18. King Kong
19. Hustle & Flow
20. Oldboy
21. Batman Begins
22. Cinderella Man
23. No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
24. The Boys of Baraka
25. Sin City

Contenders that – for one reason or another – I’ve yet to see:
Breakfast on Pluto, Cache, The Constant Gardener, Darwin’s Nightmare, Good Night and Good Luck, Kings and Queen, Match Point, The New World, The Power of Nightmares, Pride & Prejudice

Early Faves for 2006:
Cavite, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, Hostel, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story, Unknown White Male, V For Vendetta. 

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