Favorite Films Since I Was Born: ’05-’09

Don’t stop me now! I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball…

**Note: This post is still in progress


2005

Contenders

Batman Begins, Dir. Christopher Nolan

The Brothers Grimm, Dir. Terry Gilliam

Capote, Bennett Miller

Constantine, Dir. Francis Lawrence

A History of Violence, Dir. David Cronenberg

King Kong, Dir. Peter Jackson

V for Vendetta, Dir. James McTeigue

Runner-Up

Grizzly Man, Dir. Werner Herzog — A singularly powerful documentary about hubris, innocence, and the relationship between humans and nature.

My Favorite Film of 2005

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Brokeback Mountain, Dir. Ang Lee — One of the most beautiful films ever made, with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal both projecting intense vulnerability and strength.

2006

Contenders

Blood Diamond, Dir. Edward Zwick

The Departed, Dir. Martin Scorsese

The Devil Wears Prada, Dir. David Frankel

The Host, Joon-ho Bong

The Lives of Others, Dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Dir. Gore Verbinski

Pan’s Labyrinth, Dir. Guillermo del Toro

The Prestige, Dir. Christopher Nolan

Silent Hill, Dir. Christophe Gans

Runner-Up

Slither, Dir. James Gunn — A deliciously dark horror-comedy with top-notch performances, hideous makeup, and an appropriately disgusting monster. Not quite as good as John Carpenter’s The Thing, but certainly in the same ballpark.

My Favorite Film of 2006

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Children of Men, Dir. Alfonso Cuaron — A brilliant dystopian vision with magnetic performances and outstanding camerawork.

2007

Contenders

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Dir. Andrew Dominik

Atonement, Dir. Joe Wright

Enchanted, Dir. Kevin Lima

Gone Baby Gone, Dir. Ben Affleck

Grindhouse, Dir. Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Dir. David Yates

Hot Fuzz, Dir. Edgar Wright

Persepolis, Dir. Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Dir. Gore Verbinski

The Savages, Dir. Tamara Jenkins

Stardust, Matthew Vaughan

There Will be Blood, Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson

Runner-Up

Zodiac, Dir. David Fincher — Fincher’s best film is one about a subject he knows well: obsession. Jake Gyllenhaal is perfect as a reporter doggedly trying to solve an unsolvable case by unmasking the Zodiac Killer. Beautiful and creepy, with a few scenes of violence and tension that stick with you long after the final frame.

My Favorite Film of 2007

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No Country for Old Men, Dir. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen — 2007, let it be said, is a stacked year. I absolutely adore several other films from this year, including Enchanted, Stardust, Grindhouse, Hot Fuzz, and The Assassination of Jesse James; also, the fifth Harry Potter is in a dead-heat for my favorite in the series with Azkaban. But even in such a wonderful year for film, No Country wins it handily. Pitch-black comedy; clutch-your-armrest suspense; shocking violence: this one has it all. One of the Coen Bro’s best movies, a dark exploration of violence that forgoes catharsis for something altogether more unnerving and, ultimately, thought-provoking.

2008

Contenders

Runner-Up

My Favorite Film of 2008

2009

Contenders

Runner-Up

My Favorite Film of 2009

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