Mike’s Seven Top-Ten Films of 2005
King Kong. An impressive, if overlong remake of a masterpiece.
Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. Tommy Lee Jones tells a fine complicated story of contemporary western violence.
Good Night and Good Luck. Nicely nuanced view of a complicated piece of history and superb black and white cinematography.
Capote. Phillip Seymour Hoffman at his best as the troubled writer creating his masterpiece.
Jarhead. Nightmarish view of the first Iraq war.
The Squid and the Whale. Excellent examination of a very troubled family.
Munich. Suspenseful, complicated, morally complex—simply the year’s best.
Honorable Mentions: Match Point, Walk the Line, Upside of Anger, Crash, Batman Begins, 40-Year-Old Virgin, Lord of War, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, Wallace and Grommit: Curse of the Were Rabbit, Syriana, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.