Posted at 6:00 AM on December 24, 2005
by Euan Kerr
This list and a $1.50 will get you a small cup of coffee at many (but not all) fine hostelries. I am not convinced it has much real value other than it's fun to think back at all the time I have spent enjoying the silver screen. In no particular order....
1) "Grizzly Man" Werner Herzog's stunning portrait of delusion and anthropomorphisation. Timothy Treadwell thought he was protecting Alaskan grizzlies, but then one of them ate him, and his companion. Herzog balances Treadwell's generous attitude to bears with his own completely unsentimental view of nature.
2) "2046" Wong Kar Wai's sumptuous visual feast has a storyline about a science fiction writer looking for love. But it's more of an experience than a story, presenting gorgeously composed image after image which flow over a viewer, swirling on it's languid soundtrack.
3) "Touch the Sound " Thomas Riedelsheimer, he of "Rivers and Tides" takes on Evelyn Glennie and the question of how we hear sound. Another one to let just wash over you.
4) Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior: I took my son and a friend to this martial arts movie and became a hero for the rest of the year. The plot is simplistic, but the action is pretty much non-stop and Tony Jaa is a destined to be a major star.
5) The Beautiful Country: One of the great unsung movies of 2005, Hans Petter Moland's epic tale of a Vietnamese man's search for his GI father shows the horrors of the immigrant smuggling business and the incredible strength of family bonds
6) Broken Flowers: Bill Murray in a midlife crisis. He's learned after years of high octane schtick that sometimes a moment or three of silence says so much more.
7) "The Squid and the Whale": A divorce in academia. I know these people, or at least people like them. This has the fascination of a car crash. You can't tear yourself away from the horror.
8) "Zizek" Sjoban Zizek is a philosophical hero for our times, and this film just builds his mystique
9) Festival: This is the obligatory Scottish pick. Annie Griffins acid tale of performers desperate to succeed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival won rave reviews on the film fest circuit, then last week beat both "Sideways" and "The Incredibles" to win the best film prize at the British Comedy Awards.
10) "North Country"North Country tells a story all Minnesotan's need to know. It's a brutal flick, but Charlize Theron is amazing.
And proud also-rans worth picking up at the video store: "Steamboy," "Dave Chapelle's Houseparty," "Howl's Moving Castle"
I need help! I need to know the name of a movie. It is about a very influential teacher that is caught by one of his students, smoking crack. I beleive it is based on a true story, and is inspiring and unpredictable.