Sunday, January 08, 2006

Hollywood highlights: My best movies of 2005

Here's the top 10 list of the movies I enjoyed most in 2005. Mind you that there were movies that I haven't been able to see yet but based on what I have read about them and the rave reviews they have received could very well end up on my list (Woody Allen's "Match Point", Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City", Rodrigo Garcia's "Nine Lives", Italy's "La Meglio Giovent, The Best of Youth", France's "Cache" to name a few):
  • 10 - Der Untergang (Downfall), Oliver Hirschbiegel
  • 9 - The Constant Gardener, Fernando Meirelles
  • 8- King Kong, Peter jackson
  • 7 - The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Judd Apatow
  • 6- Pride & Prejudice, Joe wright
  • 5 - Broken Flowers, Jim Jarmusch
  • 4- Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee
  • 3 - Crash, Paul Haggis
  • 2 - Munich. Steven Spielberg
  • 1 - Goodnight, and Good Luck, George Clooney

"Goodnight, and Good luck", George Clooney's second foray to directing, is truly an amazing work of art not only because of the finesse with which Clooney captures the nuances of the 1950's era and the stunning performance of David Strathairn as "Edward R. Murrow", the intrepid CBS journalist who took on Senator Joseph McCarthy's for his subversion of American citizens' rights, but because it serves as a sour reminder of how far in today's world we have strayed from the journalism Murrow personified in the highest sense.

Powerhouse acting, wonderful black-and-white cinematography and magnificent performances by jazz performer "Dianne Reeves" makes "Goodnight, and Good luck" a true classic. I just can't tell you enough how much I loved this movie and how strongly I believe Clooney and Strahairn should each be rewarded with a richly-deserved Oscar for this 2005 gem.