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Insider Ten Best Lists for 2005: "Brokeback" Tops Tally

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in "Brokeback Mountain." Photo courtesy of Focus Features.

Last year it was "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Sideways" that received the most mentions in the indieWIRE survey of industry insider top ten lists. This year "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Squid and the Whale" were the most mentioned titles, with each of the dozen people surveyed mentioning "Brokeback" in some way. "A History of Violence" and "Me and You and Everyone We Know" were also singled out by a number of participants.


This year's select list of insiders is a mix of industry notables and festival programmers. Twelve people responded to our initial invitation to share their top ten list, meant to survey films released theatrically in 2005 (but we decided to leave the criteria for each personal list to the insider).


We may add to the group if any late lists trickle in and we also invite indieWIRE readers to post a top ten list in the comments section at the end of the article and include their name. (indieWIRE's staff and contributor top ten lists will be published in Thursday's edition).


Linda Blackaby - San Francisco International Film Festival

Here is my list, at least the one I have today. There are another 90 films or so that should be on it!

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Cristi Puiu
Days and Hours, Pjer Zalica
The Holy Girl, Lucrecia Martel
The Intruder, Claire Denis
Look Both Ways, Sarah Watt
Me and You and Everyone We Know, Miranda July
Los Muertos, Lisandro Alonso
The Power of Nightmares, Adam Curtis
Princess Racoon, Seijun Suzuki
Sisters In Law, Kim Longinotto

and four films that don't need my vote
2046, Wong Kar-wai
Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee
Hidden, Michael Haneke
A History of Violence, David Cronenberg


Matt Dentler - Film Festival Producer, South by Southwest (SXSW)

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


Brian Gordon - Nashville Film Festival

In alphabetical order:

Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt
Brokeback Mountain
Capote
Good Night And Good Luck
Grizzly Man
A History of Violence
Mutual Appreciation
Mysterious Skin
The Squid and the Whale
The World

Pick to Click in 2006: My Dad Is 100 Years Old (okay, it's Guy Maddin's new
short but it was about my most pleasurable viewing experience this year...)


William Guentzler - Artistic Director, Cleveland Film Society

1. Brokeback Mountain
2. Capote
3. Millions
4. The Edukators
5. Paradise Now
6. The Syrian Bride
7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
8. Me and You and Everyone We Know
9. Sin City
10. Kung Fu Hustle


Marie Therese Guirgis - Sr. VP of Acquisitions and Distribution, Wellspring

Top Ten (not ranked)

Head On by Fatih Akin
The Holy Girl by Lucretia Martel
Last Days by Gus Van Sant
Good Night, And Good Luck by George Clooney
2046 by Wong Kar-wai
Kings and Queen by Arnaud Desplechin
The Squid and the Whale by Noah Baumbach
40 Shades of Blue by Ira Sachs
Grizzly Man by Werner Herzog
Nobody Knows by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Next Ten

Syriana by Stephen Gaghan
Palindromes by Todd Solondz
William Eggleston by Michael Almereyda
Mondovino by Jonathan Nossiter
Gunner Palace by Michael Tucker
A History of Violence by David Cronenberg
The Beat That My Heart Skipped by Jacques Audiard
Cache by Michael Haneke
5 x 2 by Francois Ozon
Brokeback Mountain by Ang Lee

Didn't see: The New World, Three Burials, Saraband, King Kong, Best of Youth, The Constant Gardener


Jenni Olson - Director of E-Commerce and Consumer Marketing, WolfeVideo.com

The ten films I most enjoyed seeing in movie theaters this year.

1. D.E.B.S.
2. Brokeback Mountain
3. Me and You and Everyone We Know
4. Transamerica
5. Saving Face
6. Flightplan
7. Stranger Than Paradise (Sundance UCLA Collection restored print)
8. Gay Sex in the '70s
9. Paris is Burning (Frameline revival screening with Jennie Livingston's wonderful new short, Who's The Top?)
10. Is It Really So Strange?

Biggest disappointments: Domino and Chicken Little. While Brokeback is a great triumph in queer representation on screen, Domino was a tragic throwback and would have been a million times better if Richard Kelly's screenplay had stayed true to Domino Harvey as a lesbian character. Throwing caution to the wind: The same might also be said of Chicken Little.


Bingham Ray

Here are the best films of 2005, humbly submitted.

Top Ten:
Brokeback Mountain, Cache, Capote, The Constant Gardener, Corpse Bride, Grizzly Man, Head-On, A History Of Violence, Last Days, The Squid And The Whale.

Notable:
9 Songs, 2046, 40 Shades Of Blue, The 40-Year Old Virgin, The Aristocrats, The Ballad Of Jack And Rose, The Beat My Heart Skipped, Broken Flowers, Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room, Good Night, And Good Luck, Howl's Moving Castle, King Kong, King Of The Corner, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Mysterious Skin, Nine Lives, Paradise Now, Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic, The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada, Thumbsucker, Transamerica. And.....The White Countess. (A Fond Farewell to Ismail Merchant).


Rajendra Roy - Director of Programming, Hamptons International Film Festival (and selection committee, Berlin Film Festival)

Random Order

Brokeback Mountain (because it's hard to be a guy in love...)
Transamerica (because it jumped out of the stacks of submissions in Berlin...)
The Syrian Bride (because the world needs more grace...)
The Untold Story of Emmet Louis Till (because we are still a racist country...)
Darwin's Nightmare (because it scared the shit out of me...)
The Beat My Heart Skipped (because I want to be that cool...)
Wedding Crashers (because I want Vince Vaughn to stick the tip in...)
Ballets Russes (because old people are hot...)
Mrs. Henderson Presents (because they don't make 'em like that any more...)
Dirty Love (because Jenny McCarthy is like, GOD. Touch My Bass!!!)


Nancy Schafer - Tribeca Film Festival

There are many films I haven't seen! But here's the list in no real order:

Brokeback Mountain
A History of Violence
Walk the Line
Paradise Now
Good Night and Good Luck
Murderball
The Power of Nightmares
The Squid and the Whale
Transamerica
The 40 Year-Old Virgin


Mark Urman - Head of U.S. Theatrical, THINKFilm

1. The Squid and the Whale
2. Murderball
3. Brokeback Mountain
4. A History of Violence
5. The first 40 minutes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
6. The Aristocrats
7. Three Burials...
8. Tell Them Who You Are
9. Kontroll
10. Something I have yet to see--I've missed a lot!

I know it's heavy on THINK titles, but they are THINK titles because I love them!


Christine Vachon

Random Order
1. The Squid and The Whale
2. Me and You and Everyone We Know
3. Brick (did it come out this year??? well, I saw it this year--)
4. Murderball
5. Brokeback Mountain
6. The first half of The Dying Gaul
7. Broken Flowers
8. Saving Face
9. Match Point
10. The Aristocrats
11. Palindromes

still haven't seen Syriana, New World, Munich etc.


Ryan Werner - VP of Marketing, IFC Films

1. A History Of Violence/Kings & Queen (Tie)
2. 2046
3. Last Days
4. The Squid & The Whale
5. Brokeback Mountain
6. Grizzly Man
7. Palindromes/Cache (Tie)
8. Cafe Lumiere
9. Me and You and Everyone We Know/Funny Ha Ha (Tie)
10. Match Point

Also was a fan of in no-order:
King Kong, The Forty Year Old Virgin, Tropical Malady, Broken Flowers, Capote, Pride and Prejudice, Howl's Moving Castle, Reel Paradise, Darwin's Nightmare, Nobody Knows, 40 Shades of Blue, The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Hustle and Flow, Keane, Good Morning Night, Junebug, William Eggleston in America, The Intruder, Good Night and Good Luck, Cinderella Man, The Boys of Baraka, L'Esquive

Did not see: Saraband, Munich, The New World, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The Constant Gardener


Recently added:


Basil Tsiokos - Executive Director, NewFest: The NY LGBT Film Festival (and US Documentary Consultant, Sundance Film Festival):

Top 10, in alphabetical order:

Brokeback Mountain
Capote
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Me & You & Everyone We Know
My Summer of Love
Mysterious Skin
Reel Paradise
Sisters in Law
The Squid & the Whale
Three of Hearts

And 10 more:

The 40-Year Old Virgin
The Aristocrats
Batman Begins
Cote D'Azur
Good Night, and Good Luck.
Grizzly Man
Loggerheads
The March of the Penguins
Saving Face
Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit



[NOTE: indieWIRE Readers are invited to post their Top Ten List for 2005 in the comments section below (and don't forget to include your name!)]

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7 Comments

  • adamroffman | December 29, 2005 8:59 AMReply

    Adam Roffman (Program Director - Independent Film Festival of Boston)



    In random order:



    The Constant Gardner

    Me & You, And Everyone We Know

    Guerilla:The Taking Of Patty Hearst

    Enron:The Smartest Guys In The Room

    Saving Face

    Murderball

    Hustle & Flow

    The Boys of Baraka

    Capote

    Good Night, And Good Luck



    Films that I don't believe have had their theatrical release yet, but would make my top ten:



    Brick (This would be my hands down #1)

    Mutual Apprecitation

    Lonesome Jim



    * Didn't see Brokeback Mountain or Munich yet.

  • jimkern | December 29, 2005 12:41 AMReply

    1-Brokeback Mountain

    2-Munich

    3-Match Point

    4-2046

    5-Breakfast on Pluto

    6-Capote

    7-The Squid and the Whale

    8-Cinderella Man (Sorry! Guilty Pleasure!)

    9-Walk on Water

    10-Nobody Knows

    The most over rated film was A History of Violence. Nothing more nauseating than have a Canadian director who has made a fetish out of violence make a movie criticizing the US's proclivity for violence--with gratuitious rape scene to boot!

  • rabbi | December 28, 2005 8:44 AMReply

    I forgot to include Serenity, the smartest science fiction film since Dark City.

  • jayboy | December 28, 2005 3:10 AMReply

    Hats off to the folks who recognized the quiet genius of the film JUNEBUG. Truly overlooked in 2005. Marvelous, honest portrayals that reminded us that not every person born below the Mason-Dixon line lives in a grandiose Southern Gothic novel.

  • george p | December 28, 2005 12:27 AMReply

    1. Match Point

    2. Closer

    3. Saraband

    4. A History of Violence

    5. Brokeback Mountain

    6. Munich

    7. Good Night and Good Luck & Syriana (tie)

    8. Me and You and Everyone We Know

    9. Three Times

    10. The Holy Girl

  • rabbi | December 27, 2005 10:52 AMReply

    In random order:

    Brokeback Mountain

    Capote

    Good Night, And Good Luck

    Syriana

    The Aristocrats

    The Constant Gardener

    The New World

    9 Songs



    Ok, only 8 so far, but I haven't seen: Munich, Three Burials, Broken Flowers, Squid & the Whale, Murderball, The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Howl's Moving Castle, Cach

  • stumurdoch | December 27, 2005 6:05 AMReply

    1. Junebug

    2. The Squid And The Whale

    3. Murderball

    4. Capote

    5. Off The Map

    6. Last Days

    7. Broken Flowers

    8. No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

    9. Pride & Prejudice

    10. The 40-Year-Old-Virgin



    haven't seen: Munich, The New World, Three Burials, etc.