_Movies I've seen in 2005: ranked

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  • Brilliant *****

  • Cinderella Man [WS] (2005)
  • Through a Glass Darkly [Sasom i en Spegel] (1961)
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
  • Diabolique (1954)
  • Pather Panchali (1955)
  • The Incredibles (2004)
  • La Strada (1954)
  • Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII (2002)
  • Mortal Storm, The (1940)
  • Shane (1953)
  • M. Hulot's Holiday [Les Vacances De M. Hulot] (1953)
  • Safety Last! (1923)
  • The Women (1939)
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004)
  • Friday Night Lights (2004)
  • High Noon (1952)
  • Rio Grande (1950)
  • Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  • Jaws (1975)
  • Conversation, The (1974)
  • Very good ****

  • King kong (2005)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005)
  • Kes (1969)
  • Woman in the Dunes [Suna no onna] (1964)
  • Walk the Line (2005)
  • Targets (1968)
  • Ariel (1988)
  • Olvidados, Los (1950)
  • Delicatessen (1991)
  • Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2005)
  • Breathless [A Bout de Souffle] (1959)
  • Mary Pickford (2005)
  • Man From Laramie, The (1955)
  • Bob Le Flambeur (1955)
  • Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
  • Ladykillers, The (1955)
  • Elf (2003)
  • A Star is Born (1954)
  • Rear Window (1954)
  • Man in Grey, The (1943)
  • Battle of San Pietro, The (1945) [32 mins]
  • Man Who Laughs (1928)
  • Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The (1943)
  • King Kong (1933)
  • Alone Across Australia (2003)
  • The Big Heat (1953)
  • Wages of Fear, The (1953)
  • Coach Carter (2005)
  • P.S. (2004)
  • Pickup on South Street (1953)
  • The Return [Vozvrashcheniye] (2003)
  • Roman Holiday (1953)
  • I Heart Huckabees (2004)
  • My Architect: A Son's Journey (2003) My review
  • To Be or Not To Be (1942)
  • Tokyo Story (1953)
  • Umberto D. (1952)
  • The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
  • Ikiru (1952)
  • Day The Earth Stood Still, The (1951)
  • Quiet Man, The (1952)
  • Diary of a Country Priest [Journal d'un curé de campagne] (1950)
  • Camille (1936)
  • A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  • Winchester '73 (1950)
  • Asphalt Jungle, The (1950)
  • In a Lonely Place (1950)
  • Battle of Algiers, The (1965)
  • Osama (2003)
  • Red River (1948)
  • Quatre Cents Coups, Les (1959)
  • Blowup (1966)
  • Dolce vita, La (1960)
  • Louisiana Story (1948)
  • The Wild Bunch (1969)
  • Tupac: Resurrection (2003)
  • Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Special Extended Edition (2004)
  • A Very Long Engagement (2004)
  • In Good Company (2004)
  • Worth a look ***

  • Oldboy (2004)
  • Joven, La [The Young One] (1960)
  • My Night at Maud's [Ma nuit chez Maud] (1969)
  • Scenes From A Marriage (1974)
  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The (2005)
  • Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
  • The Story of a Cheat [Roman d'un tricheur, Le] (1936)
  • Night of the Hunter (1955)
  • Two Brothers (2004)
  • Animal Farm (1954)
  • Guys and Dolls (1955)
  • 11'09''01 - September 11 (2002)
  • Barefoot Contessa, The (1954)
  • Shark Tale (2004)
  • Band Wagon The (1953)
  • Beat the Devil (1953)
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921)
  • Happy Together (1997)
  • Stander (2003)
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  • Robots (2005)
  • Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)
  • Jean Renoir: The Golden Coach (1954)
  • Shanghai Express (1932)
  • Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
  • Lavender Hill Mob, The (1951)
  • Spartan (2004)
  • Five Obstructions [Fem benspænd, De] (2003)
  • Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002)
  • Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
  • A Home at the End of the World (2004)
  • The Golem (1920)
  • Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
  • Force of Evil (1948)
  • Rope (1948)
  • Fires Were Started [I Was a Fireman] (1943)
  • Love of Sunya (1927)
  • The Big Parade (1925)
  • The Crowd (1928)
  • Kid Brother, The (1927)
  • Chienne, La (1931)
  • Roue, La (1923)
  • Camille (1921)
  • Docks of New York, The (1928)
  • Greed (1924)
  • The Jungle Book (1967)
  • Godfather, The (1972)
  • Godfather, The Part II (1974)
  • Blazing Saddles (1974)
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
  • On the Town (1949)
  • Orphee [Orpheus] (1949)
  • The Red Shoes (1948)
  • Paleface, The (1948)
  • Nashville (1975)
  • 8 1/2 (1963)
  • Ned Kelly (2004)
  • Shaft (1971)
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Beyond the Sea (2004)
  • House of Flying Daggers (2004)
  • Kinsey (2004)
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
  • Gun Crazy (1949)
  • Strangers on a Train (1951)
  • Odd Man Out (1947)
  • The Bicycle Thief (1948)
  • Disappointing **

  • Melinda and Melinda (2004)
  • Tell Them Who You Are (2004)
  • The Saddest Music in the World (2003)
  • Sombra dolorosa (2004) [Short]
  • Sissy Boy Slap Party (1995) [Short]
  • A Trip to the Orphanage (2004) [Short]
  • De-Lovely (2004)
  • Dreadful *

  • The Ballad of Jack & Rose (2005)
  • Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

A lot of films here! I'll comment on a couple where I really agree: Diary of a Country Priest is a rarity, a moving film that doesn't resort to sentimentality to make you feel deeply. I love the restrained tone of it.

And The Saddest Music in the World? I thought it was arresting visually, but the characters really left me cold. It seemed all surface, no content.

Johnny Waco

I'm glad you agree. The more I learn about it, the less I like Saddest Music in the World.

When you say the more you learn about The Saddest Music in the World, does that mean while you were watching, or something else about it you found out later?

Johnny Waco

When I read others' reviews, I learn about things that I overlooked when first watching the movie. For example, "Chester Kent" is the name of a character in Saddest Music in the World who, apparently, is named after James Cagney's character in Footlight Parade (1933). Having recently watched over 150 movies from that era, I feel qualified to say that Guy Maddin's satire misses the mark.

Saddest Music in the World: I'm pretty sure that was intentional, as with Dead Man (which I vastly preferred, BTW). Whether that makes either any good is anyone's opinion.

Guy Maddin intends to alienate his audience?

No, I thought Saddest Music in the World was intentionally surface-deep most of the time, and was populated with characters that could 'leave you cold.'

Makes sense.