The year, we mean. According to most everyone, pretty damn good, slumps, collapsing windows, piracy fears and such aside. And the lists keep piling up:
Ed Gonzalez and Nick Schager at Slant have a great, great pair of top ten lists, as does Matthew Ross at the Filmmaker blog (Ross also points out that "King Kong," despite opening to a fairly rapturous critical reception, isn’t doing so well, awards-wise).
Ken Tucker at New York magazine presents his year in film (and we’re glad to see "Serenity" made the list), breaking it down into categories like "Best Scene, Opening," "Best Scene, Period" and "New York Movie Most True to the City," while Newsweek‘s David Ansen has his top ten, and his five most disappointing films.
The kids at Firecracker have their list of the top ten Asian film releases of the year. And AFI has it’s top ten. And the San Francisco Film Critics Circle weighs in with their awards, with "Brokeback Mountain" once again winning the day.
And since, one could argue, an essential part of blogging involves the spewing of bile, we’d like to take a page from Ansen and present our five least-favorite films of the year, in no particular order:
We’ve discussed "Geisha" and "Hustle & Flow" more than even we can bear; "The Brothers Grimm" wasn’t terrible, but it was a terrible disappointment coming from Terry Gilliam (with money!); "Crash" was the worst example of upper-middlebrow self-congratulation masquerading as something meaningful (and hell, was this the year for it); and "The Squid and The Whale," which we thought was fine at first, but which, on second viewing, we found almost unbearably grating.
+ Climb Every Mountain (Sight & Sound)
+ 2005: The Year In Film (Slant)
+ BEST OF 2005… (Filmmaker blog)
+ Culture Awards: Movies (New York)
+ Hooray for Holidays (Newsweek)
+ The Five Most Disappointing Movies (Newsweek)
+ Firecracker’s Best of 2005 (Firecracker)
+ AFI AWARDS 2005 (Official site)
+ 2005 SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS (Official site)