Sydney’s finest critic, Sylvia Allewelt, lists ‘em!
Another year, another batch of good, bad and in-betweens. I’m renowned for reviewing a lot of the arthouse and Aussie films for Moviehole, but funnily enough its a movie that’s as far away from any of those two sectors as possible that has snagged my top place : Rodriguez, you tickled me senseless in ’05.
1). Sin City
Robert Rodriguez takes comic book genre movies to the next level with a top-notch cast and incredible FX (in fact I think “Sin City” was robbed of an Oscar nomation for best f/x!).
2). Good Night and Good Luck
Wonderful to see the quiet achiever, David Strathairn, starring as Edward R. Morrow in this intelligent and interesting movie.
Amazing ensemble cast and brilliant script.
4). Hustle and Flow
I picked this film because the star, Terrence Howard, is outstanding (despite the average script). That’s two break-out performances (he was in “Crash” too) in one year…he’s one to watch.
5). Look Both Ways
This is the little film that could. I love this movie, wonderfully written script and excellent performances all ’round.
6). The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Wonderful adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ book. Love Tilda Swinton as The White Witch and the f/x are awesome.
I like Jim Jarmusch’s films and while most would say this was mainstream for him (not always a good thing), I enjoyed this movie. The drawcard was Bill Murray who is always a joy to watch.
8). Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
What can I say – I got sucked into the fun of this movie! The older flick with Gene Wilder is still a sentimental favorite but Johnny Depp kicks ass as Willy Wonka with his crazy hair, funky glasses and eccentricities.
9). Cinderella Man
I’m not a fan of Russell Crowe per se, but he goes to great lenths to make a character believeable and Paul Giamatti is terrific as always.
One of my favorites for 2005. Philip Seymour Hoffman is one of the best actors around and the rest of the cast is a knock-out (Catherine Keener and Chris Cooper).