Top 10 of 2005

Well, 2005 is nearly at a close.  As such, it is time for me to post my top 10 films for the year.   Even though are some films that were released that I still may see (like Munich and Brokeback Mountain), I won’t be able to see them before the end of the year.

So, without further ado, my top 10 of 2005:

10. Be Cool
Some people thought this movie suffered from a major case of sequelitis, however I thought that this was a smart and funny follow-up to Get Shorty.

9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
I have always been a fan of Tim Burton and I really enjoyed his kooky version of Roald Dahl’s classic story.

8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
I’ve found these movies enjoyable escapist entertainment.  While I still believe Philosophers Stone was the best of the bunch, this movie isn’t that far behind.

7. Shopgirl
This is another one of those “smart” romantic movies.  It’s nice to see that Steve Martin can do more than the slapstick family comedies that he’s known for.

6. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
This movie managed to right many of the wrongs the previous prequel entries made, but it’s far from the best overall Star Wars film.

5. Cinderella Man
One of the most criminally underappreciated films this year.  I really hope the Academy notices this film come Oscar time.  

4. Elizabethtown
Cameron Crowe has always made good films.  This one was no exception.

3. Sin City
This movie essentially came out of nowhere early this year.  Nonetheless, it was one of the most entertaining films of the year.

2. Batman Begins
This movie single-handedly resurrected the Batman movie franchise.  Enough said.

1. King Kong
This is hands down the best movie of the films I saw this year.  It’s films like this that makes you want to go to the movies.

Honourable Mention: Revolver
Because I saw this at the Toronto Film Festival (and it doesn’t come out until next year), I am giving this movie on honourable mention.  I said before that I think it was bold for Guy Ritchie to make such a thought-provoking film.  It may be confusing to some people, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not as least worth a look.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).