Monday, May 02, 2005

Pre-Summer Best of the Year List, or: How this blog will feature tireless listmaking, beginning with this one

So this has been an extremely week year so far. I could only come up with 7 list-worthy films.

One of them played for one week in one theater (All the Ships at Sea). Another hasn't been released yet (2046).

The Farrelly Brothers picture, which is currently my number one film of the year, is a surprise even for me, an avowed Farrelly devotee. They took a script that wasn't theirs, put the Farrelly stamp on it, and grew as filmmakers in the process. Fever Pitch is the best romantic comedy I've seen since When Harry Met Sally. That's 16 years, folks.

All the Ships at Sea, directed by film critic Dan Sallitt, is a spiritual character study on par with the work of Robert Bresson. A stunning study of the nature and fallacy of faith.

10 on Ten is a Wellesian essay film on the evolution of the filmmaker himself through digital video. It's a wondrous look into the mind of the auteur.

Dallas 362, directed by Scott Caan, is an amalgam of the good parts of Good Will Hunting (trying to escape the trappings of lower-class machismo), Mean Streets and Jesus' Son. Caan has a keen ear for off-kilter dialogue ("It's a whole thing.") and an eye for rugged composition.

Rodriguez's Sin City, Wong's 2046 and Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle fill out the bill.

Best of 2005
  1. Fever Pitch (Peter & Bobby Farrelly)
  2. All the Ships at Sea (Dan Sallitt)
  3. 10 on Ten (Abbas Kiarostami)
  4. Dallas 362 (Scott Caan)
  5. Sin City (Robert Rodriguez)
  6. 2046 (Wong Kar-Wai)
  7. Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow)

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