Checking it Once...

by clarencecarter
December 6, 2005 9:40 AM
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The first snow on the ground in New England means that it's nearly time for every cinephile's most favorite, and most pointless, yearly activity: List making! Come 2006, we'll all look back at whatever public declarations of love we made in the year prior and cringe a little, but that never stops us from stepping up to embarrass ourselves again just a few months later...

I'm usually hugely disorganized in my list-making, so in a year where I felt I saw a bunch of things that caught my eye, I sat down with a list of every film released this year and cobbled together this group to be whittled down over the next few weeks. In no particular order.

The Contenders:

Bad News Bears
Breakfast on Pluto
A History of Violence
Oliver Twist
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
War of the Worlds
In My Country
Look at Me
Pride & Prejudice
Funny HaHa
Kings & Queen
Mysterious Skin
Nobody Knows
The Squid and the Whale
Tropical Malady
The World

Oddballs that might make the cut:

Sky High
Separate Lies
Dear Wendy
Corpse Bride
The Devil's Rejects
Lord of War
Where the Truth Lies

Haven't seen:

The New World

#2 on the list of favorite cinephile activities is, of course, carping about other lists, so let the mudslinging commence!


  • Dan | December 8, 2005 5:27 AMReply

    What, no JUST FRIENDS? Nyuk nyuk nyuk...

  • brotherfromanother | December 7, 2005 7:39 AMReply

    oops. that post should read "...and men will want to be like you." Although as it reads now, women may want to be like you as well. you have such delicate features.

  • brotherfromanother | December 7, 2005 4:40 AMReply

    I was astonished alright... by the way Boorman foregrounded his weepy stars during the scenes of testimony, as if to say "see, they're crying -- it sucks, don't it?" I like John Boorman, but good intentions aren't always enough.

  • clarencecarter | December 7, 2005 4:19 AMReply

    I've always loved my cheekbones as well.

    But as for IN MY COUNTRY, I think for all the problems it has as a functioning narrative (and they are legion), the scenes of confession and forgiveness, which I assume are based on real testimony are astonishing. Both because of their immediate emotional impact, but also because as an American, it's hard to imagine a tribunal situation that is geared toward reconciliation rather than punishment...

  • brotherfromanother | December 7, 2005 2:22 AMReply

    In My Country? Really? I found it so off-putting that I'd forgotten all about it, until right now. Nice to see you stickin' up for Bad News Bears (flawed but funny), Yes (pretentious and proud of it) and Dear Wendy (best comedy of the fall, I think.) But where is the love for STEALTH? I know you like it. You're on the record already. Be like me and put it on your top ten. Women will want you, and will want to be like you.

  • clarencecarter | December 6, 2005 10:15 AMReply

    I did see TURTLES, which I'd definitely be in my Top 30. As for CACHE, I don't think us losers in the provinces have any chance of seeing that before the New Year...though if anyone wanted to set up a screening for me, I wouldn't turn it down.

  • robbiefreeling | December 6, 2005 10:11 AMReply

    You also haven't seen CACHE and TURTLES CAN FLY...I missed Yes and Bad News Bears...still kicking myself. I hope people catch up with Nobody of the year's finest.