Film Highlights From 2005

Of the films I saw in 2005, here’s a list of those I heartily recommend. My favorites (in no particular order) appear first, followed by the rest of the best.

Crash (2005, USA, Paul Haggis)
Tokyo Story (1953, Japan, Yasujiro Ozu)
Capote (2005, USA, Bennett Miller)
Being Julia (2004, USA, Istvan Szabo)
Vera Drake (2004, UK, Mike Leigh)
March of the Penguins (2005, France, Luc Jacquet)
Late Spring (1949, Japan, Yasujiro Ozu)
The Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947, Japan, Yasujiro Ozu)
The Thief of Bagdad (1924, USA, Raoul Walsh)
The Scarlet Letter (1926, USA, Victor Seastrom)
28 Days Later (2002, UK, Danny Boyle)
Moolaade (2004, Senegal, Ousmane Sembene)
The Girl in the Café (2005, UK, David Yates)

Corpse Bride (2005, USA/UK, Tim Burton, Mike Johnson)
An Autumn Afternoon (1962, Japan, Yasujiro Ozu)
Objective Burma! (1945, USA, Raoul Walsh)
Batman Begins (2005, USA, Christopher Nolan)
Grizzly Man (2005, USA, Werner Herzog)
Mad Hot Ballroom (2005, USA, Marilyn Agrelo)
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005, USA, George Clooney)
Night Nurse (1931, USA, William A. Wellman)
Downfall (2004, Germany, Oliver Hirschbiegel)

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Wilson (1944, USA, Henry King)
I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932, USA, Mervyn LeRoy)
Grey Gardens (1975, USA, Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer)
Kung Fu Hustle (2004, China/Hong Kong, Stephen Chow)
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003, USA, Judy Irving)
The Duellists (1977, UK, Ridley Scott)
Stage Beauty (2004, UK, Richard Eyre)
In Good Company (2004, USA, Paul Weitz)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, USA/UK, Tim Burton)
Duma (2005, USA, Carroll Ballard)
Two Seconds (1932, USA, Mervyn LeRoy)
BabyFace (1933, USA, Alfred E. Green)
My Best Girl (1927, USA, Sam Taylor)
Napoleon Dynamite (2004, USA, Jared Hess)
Early Spring (1956, Japan, Yasujiro Ozu)
Floating Weeds (1959, Japan, Yasujiro Ozu)
The Lost Patrol (1934, USA, John Ford)

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