|Despite what many others are claiming, 2005 was not a stellar year for film (for me at least). Compared to last year, where several films had me over the moon, there wasn't that one film that stood out far above all others, screaming to be #1. Ranking the ten films below was a game of endless shuffling.|
This year's batch of top ten lists seems even more uniform than usual, which leads me to conclude that the pickins' was mighty slim. The endless praise being heaped on Brokeback Mountain has steered me away from it, at least until the hype dies down. As for History of Violence, yes, I enjoyed it, but it seemed slight after seeing Caché just a few days after.
Once again, troubled, damaged, and/or otherwise doomed relationships are at the heart of half the films on my list. Come to think of it the most upbeat film is about a political assassination. Three cheers for despair. . .
In reverse order:
10. The New World. Terrence Malick, USA
9. Head-On. Fatih Akin, Germany
8. Kings and Queen. Arnaud Desplechin, France
7. 5x2. Francois Ozon, France
6. Innocence. Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Belgium/France
5. Caché. Michael Haneke, France/Austria
4. L'Esquive. Abdel Kechiche, France
3. The President's Last Bang. Im Sang-soo, Korea
2. L'Intrus (The Intruder). Claire Denis, France
1. The Squid and The Whale. Noah Baumbach, USA
Could/Should be on the list: The Dying Gaul, Yes, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Broken Flowers, Dear Wendy, Nobody Knows.