Monday, January 02, 2006

Lyn's viewing log 2005
Includes everything I saw in cinemas during 2005.
(Top 5 lists are for the weak!)

Top of the list
Downfall (feature, Germany)
Grizzly Man (documentary, US/Germany)
Me and You and Everyone We Know (feature, US)

Very highly recommended
A State of Mind* (documentary, Nth Korea/UK)
Bad Education (feature, Spain)
Good Night, and Good Luck (feature, US)
I Heart Huckabees (feature, US)
Kinsey (feature, US)
Look Both Ways (feature, Australia)
Maria Full of Grace (feature, Ecuador/US)
Mysterious Skin (feature, US)
Sideways (feature, US)
Tarnation (documentary? US)

Good viewing with trancendent moments
3-Iron* (feature, ?)
Closer (feature, US)
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (documentary, US)
Hotel Rwanda (feature, US)
King Kong (feature, US/NZ)
Little Fish (feature, Australia)
Mad Hot Ballroom (documentary, US)
Million Dollar Baby (feature, US)
Murderball (documentary, US)
The Proposition (feature, Australia)
Serenity (feature, US)
Yesterday (feature, S.Africa)

Solid viewing experience - worth your time
Duck Season* (feature, Mexico)
Finding Neverland (feature, UK)
Howl's Moving Castle (feature, Japan)
In Her Shoes (feature, US)
Kontroll* (feature, Hungary)
Oyster Farmer (feature, Australia)
P.S (feature, US)
Tell Them Who You Are (documentary, US)

Some flaws/limitations but recommendable (with caveats)
36 Quai Des Orfevres (feature, France)
The Aviator (feature, US)
Bombon El Perro (feature, Argentina)
House of Flying Daggers (feature, )
Joyeux Noel (feature, UK/France/Germany)
Mean Creek (feature, US)
Mrs. Henderson Presents (feature, UK)
Peaches (feature, Australia)
Ray (feature, US)
Rize (documentary, US)
Sahara (feature, US)
Sin City (feature, US)
War of the Worlds (feature, US)
The Yes Men (documentary, US)

OK, I guess - some redeeming moments
A Good Woman (feature, UK/US)
Hating Alison Ashley (feature, Australia)
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (feature, UK)
The Take (documentary, US)

5 Seasons (documentary, Australia)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (feature, UK)
Human Touch (feature, Australia)

. . . not really.
Doom (feature, US)
Ring 2 (feature, US)
You and Your Stupid Mate (feature, Australia)

Fantastic Four (feature, US)
The Extra (feature, Australia

*films asterisked are the ones which I saw at a festival, and may not have recieved a cinematic release.
Entire list subject to re-editing due to a) author forgetfulness, and b) any films which prove to have been released in Australia in 2004.

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