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Monday, December 26, 2005

Top Ten Films (& Album) of 2005


The following list contains the top ten films I’ve seen theatrically (or on television, if they happened to debut that way) in the year 2005. They are in preferential order.

“Masters of Horror”: Homecoming (Joe Dante)
LAND OF THE DEAD (George A. Romero)
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (David Cronenberg)
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE (Noah Baumbach)
THE ICE HARVEST (Harold Ramis)
“Masters of Horror”: Deer Woman (John Landis)
KISS KISS, BANG BANG (Shane Black)
THE DEVIL’S REJECTS (Rob Zombie)
NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN (Martin Scorsese)
THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN (Judd Apatow)

Three honorable mentions:
WAR OF THE WORLDS (Steven Spielberg); “C.S.I.”: Grave Danger (Quentin Tarantino); ELIZABETHTOWN (Cameron Crowe)

My favorite album of the year is Rick Rubin’s collaboration with Neil Diamond, “12 Songs”.

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Anonymous Jsang said...

Man, why Tarantino's CSI episode? It was pretty much par for the course, I thought; generic CSI style instead of something fresh.

I don't even WATCH a lot of CSI and I could tell.

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Blogger aaron w graham said...

Maybe it's because I don't watch "C.S.I.", as this was the only episode I think I've seen of the entire series, but I enjoyed the whole "1970s TV movie" vibe given this two-parter, which was only further enhanced by casting that decade's popular character actors like Scott Wilson and John Saxon.

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Blogger Dennis Cozzalio said...

MGM: The CSI sounds pretty good. I guess I'm just gonna have to give the Romero another chance though. I saw it at the tail end of a full week of movies seen with my nephew this past summer-- 9 or so in one week-- and I left the theater very underwhelmed. I'm no fan of Dawn of the Dead either, though-- I prefer Day of the Dead, the original Night (of course), and Zach Snyder's 2004 remake of Dawn (heresy-- I know!) But I would be willing to give it another spin on DVD-- maybe it won't seem so exhausted if I'm not. Though it just seemed awfully close to a flabby John Carpenter movie to me. I still haven't seen Homecoming yet, though I am dying to. Cronenberg and (thank you very much) The Ice Harvest will both be in my top ten-- I'm trying to catch up with a few titles on Netflix before I post anything. And the Dylan film is sitting in my bedroom, as yet unseen. My wife and I may change all that tonight. Oh, and I'd love to exchange thoughts with you on The Devil's Rejects, a movie I'm ambivalent about, but found pretty interesting despite my reservations.

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Blogger Dennis Cozzalio said...

Whoa! I was gonna respond to your responses, but they got zotzed! Well, anyway, I would rate my preferences re the Romero series like so: 1) Night of the Living Dead 2) Day of the Dead 3) Land of the Dead 4) Dawn of the Dead. And as for Rob Zombie, I was extremely uncomfortable with the movie and the hotel set piece-- particularly the humiliation of the Priscila Barnes character-- because I didn't see Zombie blazing any new trails here. But by the time the William Forsythe character goes full tilt, and Zombie turns the tables on the killers (and the audience) by putting them in the position of victim, and by extension asking the audience how far do your sympathies extend for people in this situation-- is there room in your sympathies for people who you've seen commit horrendous acts only an hour before?-- the movie began charting more interesting waters. I thought this bait-and-switch added some welcome dimension to the movie. I also really appreciated the style in which the film was made-- being somewhat of a connossieur of '70s horror, all the cameos were a real treat (Wherefore art thou been, P.J. Soles?) And the climax of the movie, the "Freebird" suite, if you will, was gloriously self-indulgent and funny. I'm not sure I'd ever wanna see it again, but The Devil's Rejects did enough right to keep me thinking about the implications of the segments I thought went (for me) too far.

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