1. King Kong (12/19)
2. The Constant Gardener (9/18)
3. Good Night, and Good Luck. (10/24)
4. Mirrormask (10/10)
5. Sin City (4/2)
6. A History of Violence (10/5)
7. Million Dollar Baby (3/4)
8. Walk the Line (12/8)
9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (11/19)
10. Batman Begins (6/22)
11. Sideways (2/4)
12. Syriana (12/30)
13. The 40 Year-Old Virgin (8/21)
14. Serenity (9/30)
15. Roll Bounce (10/7)
16. Sky High (7/29)
17. The War of the Worlds (7/2)
18. Madagascar (6/19)
19. Kung Fu Hustle (4/24)
20. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (6/11)
21. Unleashed (5/26)
22. House of Flying Daggers (1/1)
23. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (5/21)
24. The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (12/12)
25. Land of the Dead (6/26)
26. Howl's Moving Castle (6/13)
27. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (1/9)
28. Wedding Crashers (7/24)
29. Kingdom of Heaven (5/7)
30. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (4/30)
31. Constantine (2/19)
32. XXX: State of the Union (6/2)
33. The Brothers Grimm (8/30)
34. Fantastic Four (7/11)
35. Aeon Flux (12/15)
36. State Property 2 (5/5)
37. Elektra (1/31)
38. Miss Congeniality 2 (3/28)
39. Be Cool (3/12)
The big ape takes the top slot. Pretty stiff competition among the top five, but really, it's the most, well, complete film.
All in all, a pretty lame year for movies, honestly. But every year has good stuff.
As before, it was easy to pick which tier things went in (top tier 1-13, middle tier 14-28 or so, bottom tier 29-38.) I would just agonize over which was better than which within each subset. To qualify my statements, when I say a movie is "good," I mean top tier. "Worth seeing" is about second tier. And "ugh" is bottom tier.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith is the prime example this year. I loved it when I first saw it. No, it's not deep, but it does what it set out to do damn well, and was entertaining to boot. However, since then, more and more good movies showed up, and on further reflection, Mr. and Mrs. Smith just sank in my estimation.
Madagascar, on the other hand, has only risen, but I blame my daughter entirely.
Be Cool hit the bottom of the list the night after I saw it, and there was never any serious competition.
It pains me to see Fantastic Four so far down the list, but, yeah, there it is.
Comments greatly appreciated, discussion encouraged.
For reference, here's my 2004 list. And the halfyear list from this summer.
A COUPLE MOVIE LINKS:
* What I aspire to: the man who watched over 180 movies this year.
* Vote for the imdB movie year's best.
* Paul Clinton's top ten.