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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Favorites from 2005 – Movies

We don’t regularly attend a lot of movies in the theater and that was before adding a third kid in 2005. So I’ve got almost nothing to say about the hip, current, and newest releases. Also: this has been the cruddiest 18 months of movies I can remember in a while.

And so with that, here's the most pointless year-end recap ever!

The Incredibles – Pixar topped themselves. And that seemed nearly impossible.

Crash – Great cast. Tough questions. This wasn’t a pretty look at the issue of race in America, but it offered hope without seeming trite.

Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit – Aardman launches their stars onto the big screen. Quite a romp.

The Aviator – I liked this much more than I expected. Is it me or did people just lead larger lives back in the day? We obsess over celebrities today, but to put somebody under a microscope, they need to be pretty small.

Pooh’s Heffalump Movie – This is an absolute delight. Was I sniffling during “Little Mr. Roo?” Maybe.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – No, it doesn’t match the insanity of the book…but portions are wonderful. Including a favorite scene involving a doomed sperm whale. Mos-Def is cannily just off-center. Martin Freeman is solidly British. Sam Rockwell channels Bill Clinton.

Hotel Rwanda – Points a lot of fingers and with pretty good cause. But then Darfur proved we’ve not come close to figuring out what to do with tribalism in Africa.

Millions – Just saw it the other night. Sweet Christmas story about faith as seen through the eyes of a child. There are certainly worse ways to spend your time.

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Film I Liked LeastOceans Twelve.

Film That Most DisappointedThe Life Aquatic. Wes Anderson starts believing the hype.

Most Pointless FilmLords of Dogtown. There’s an engrossing documentary called Dogtown and Z-Boys about the rise of skateboarding. This is an uninspired “dramatization” of that.

Oddest PhenomenonMarch of the Penguins. I saw it. I enjoyed it. But can anyone tell me the difference between this and what’s on PBS for free most nights? (Besides Morgan Freeman narrating?)

Best Five Minutes of an Awful FilmSW3: Revenge of the Sith – When Darth Vader finally shows up it almost redeemed an otherwise atrocious film.

Want to SeeMurderball. Good Night and Good Luck. The Constant Gardner. HP4. Batman Begins.