Monday, January 09, 2006

Moments '05.

Are you bored with year-end lists yet? I'm mixing things up and rather than doing a top ten with commentary, I'm presenting some of my favorite movie moments from 2005. Here they are in no particular order:

  • Early in 2046, a jittery android (Faye Wong) stands in front of a cyber-tree(?--a digital phonograph?) and, like a melancholy melody emerging from memory, Mr. Chow says, "In the old days, if someone had a secret they didn't want to share, they went up a mountain, found a tree, carved a hole in it, and whispered the secret into the hole. Then they covered it with mud. And leave the secret there forever."

  • Joaquin and Reese singing the hell out of "It Ain't Me, Babe." (Walk the Line)

  • Charles Hatton (Ben Kingsley in a bad white wig): "Today, you will travel back in time 65 million years to hunt the greatest predator the world has ever known!!! [he emphatically punches his hand to make his point]" (A Sound of Thunder)

  • The confrontation that follows the recital in Look at Me.

  • Kyle Cooper's breathtaking topographical opening credit sequence for The New World.

  • Anne Hathaway's face (and that single heart-stopping cutaway) during her phone conversation at the end of Brokeback Mountain.

  • Tony Kushner's speech for Golda Meir. (Munich)

  • Don Johnston's dinner chez Laura and Lolita. (Broken Flowers)

  • Tilda Swinton as the Angel Gabriel (via Ziggy Stardust) in Constantine.

  • Johnny desperately trying to tape a PBS special on meerkats for Ashley. (Junebug)

  • Kitten and her soldier slow dancing. (Breakfast on Pluto)

  • Kong and Anna atop the Empire State Building (and the aerial ballet that follows). (King Kong)

  • Batman's bumpy Gotham City debut. (Batman Begins)

  • Cronenberg having the brass balls to show les soixante-neuf in The History of Violence.

  • "It's for my dowry." (Me And You And Everyone We Know)

  • Kim Gordon in Last Days.

  • Truman Capote's "folks have thought they had me pegged" speech. (Capote)

  • Hogwarts' Winter Formal. (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

  • Thomas's piano lessons with Miao. (The Beat That My Heart Skipped)

  • Vince Vaughn's speech in Wedding Crashers that culminates in "Maybe play a little game called 'Just for a second, just to see how it feels...'"

  • Noah Baumbach's use of School House Rock's "Figure 8" in The Squid & The Whale.

  • "We are both bourgeois!" ( A tout de suite)

  • Tom Cruise and family, emerging from the basement, finding an obliterated neighborhood. (War of the Worlds)

  • Sarah Jessica Parker getting loaded and letting loose in The Family Stone.

  • Miss Prissy's dance-off in Rize.

  • Sarah Silverman's version of THE JOKE in The Aristocrats.

  • Rachel McAdams. (Red Eye, The Family Stone, Wedding Crashers)

And since you twisted my arm, here's my actual list:
  1. Munich
  2. Los Angeles Plays Itself
  3. 2046
  4. Look At Me
  5. Broken Flowers
  6. The Squid & the Whale
  7. Last Days
  8. Pride & Prejudice
  9. Breakfast on Pluto
  10. The New World


At 10:06 PM, Blogger Dashiell said...

mine's up over at P-ville

At 5:21 AM, Blogger Joshua said...

I've seen exactly one film on your list. I might as well be retarded.

At 10:04 AM, Blogger Brian said...

The meerkat scene was hilarious; glad to finally read from another blogger who also caught Junebug, one of my favorites of the year.

At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Ju-osh: the paleface ghostface said...

Is 'Los Angeles Plays Itself' ever going to be released on dvd, or will copyright issues and other assorted legalities make buying a bootleg a necessary irony?

At 1:28 PM, Anonymous dvd said...

It is indeed good to see Junebug - I somehow completely forgot about it in making my list.

It's also good to see Breakfast On Pluto there - it didn't make my list, but I liked it quite a bit, and haven't come across anyone else who's even seen it yet.

At 4:23 PM, Blogger Ben said...

Dash: Looking fwd to Head-On.

Joshua: Netflix, yo.

Brian: Amy Adams deserves all the love being showered on her by the critics. One of the best performances I saw all year.

Ju-osh: Good question, unfortunately I have no answer. (I'm reeeeeally hoping it gets released commercially; more people need to see it... Like Paul Haggis.)

DVD: Pluto was such a pleasant surprise. I'm not a huge Cillian fan but he won me over big time. And Neil Jordan... Christ that guy's good.

At 2:04 PM, Blogger tom said...

far and away my best fav: Sympathy for lady vengance. maybe not released in NA yet, but was screened at Toronto intl film fest. brilliant

At 2:16 PM, Blogger Ben said...

Missed Lady Veng., on my Netflix queue.

At 8:28 PM, Anonymous cinetrix said...

I am so with you on the cartography in The New World and the overall snarling fabulosity of Swinton in that couture suit. And I'm on record as loving Junebug already.

At 10:13 AM, Blogger Thigh Master said...

u has good taste

At 5:05 AM, Anonymous Janna said...

You have a good list of movies.


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