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Top 10: Films of 2005

10. King Kong - I agree with the criticism that some fat could be cut from the film, but there's also a lot of quality meat in here. Much of it has to do with the work Weta did on Kong. I forgot he was a CG creation and got caught up in his wooing and protecting of Naomi Watts pretty quick.
King Kong

9. Match Point - I'm not a crazy Woody Allen fan, mainly because I haven't seen enough of his earlier films to build up the love, but this is unlike any of his films that I've seen. It's got a great, twisting, intense plot with an ending I didn't see coming.
Match Point

8. Broken Flowers - Bill Murray is perfectly cast as an aging lothario, having to re-visit a bunch of his old flames.
Broken Flowers

7. War of the Worlds - I still haven't seen the original, but I suspect at least the effects are a step up on this one.
War of the Worlds

6. Munich - Back to back Spielberg! Something I never thought I'd see on one of my best of the year lists. I'm really not that huge of a fan, but at least for this year he kicked it up a notch and made some ballsy, tougher films... and hired good writers.

5. Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit - All the Wallace and Gromit shorts before this were golden, and Aardman keeps up the quality level here. Their inventiveness is unmatched in film.
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

4. Hustle & Flow - Corey Brewer has been automatic thus far. This and Black Snake Moan are 2 of the best movies of the last decade. Normally I wouldn't be too pumped for a Dirty Dancing remake, but since he's in charge and his last 2 films have had a large musical component I think it has a chance of surpassing Bacon's original dance-off.
Hustle & Flow

3. Oldboy - I love the whole vengeance trilogy, but Oldboy is a step up from the other two and Park Chan-wook's best film to date.

2. The Squid and the Whale - This is my favored type of comedy, a more subtle flavor. Reminds me of classic Wes Anderson, only a little more deranged.
The Squid and the Whale

1. A History of Violence - I hope Viggo and Cronenberg continue to build a Scorcese/Deniro like working relationship. Because so far the results have been on the same level as Marty and Bobby's.
A History of Violence

Honourable mentions - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Sin City, Howl's Moving Castle, The 40 Year Old Virgin
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