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The 2005 Report Card

 

Now it’s time for my annual report card where I look at the past 12 months in the world of cinema. And so, here it is…

 

Best Films: Million Dollar Baby, Sideways, Good Night & Good Luck

 

Worst Films: Fun With Dick & Jane, XXX 2: The Next Level, Boogeyman

 

Why I Love Foreign Language Films: Downfall, Turtles Can Fly, Russian Dolls

 

Why I Love Black Comedies: Sideways, Look Both Ways, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Look At Me

 

Why I Love Documentaries: The Wild Parrots Of Telegraph Hill, DiG!, Murderball, Enron

 

Why I Hate Predictable Romantic Comedies: The Wedding Date, Perfect Catch, A Lot Like Love

 

Why I Hate Unrealistic Action Movies: XXX 2: The Next Level, Transporter 2, Elektra, Fantastic Four

 

Proof That Most Sequels Suck: XXX 2: The Next Level, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Transporter 2, The Ring 2

 

Hardest Movie To Make Myself Go & See: The Spongebob Squarepants Movie

 

Without A Doubt, The Best Australian Film Of The Year: Look Both Ways

 

Without A Doubt, The Worst Australian Film Of The Year: Josh Jarman

 

I Don’t Understand It But I Like It: Birth

 

I Don’t Understand It And I Didn’t Like It: Broken Flowers

 

Biggest Surprise Of The Year: Batman Begins

 

Biggest Disappointment Of The Year: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

 

Films So Good I Had To See Twice: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Russian Dolls

 

A Decent Film Ruined By A Silly, Crowd-Pleasing Ending: War Of The Worlds

 

Over-hyped Oscar Nominees: The Aviator, Closer, Ray

 

Most Surprising Nude Scene: Alexis Dziena in Broken Flowers

 

Most Shocking Nude Scene: Bob Hoskins in Mrs Henderson Presents

 

Most Critics Hated But I Didn’t Mind: Stay, Guess Who

 

Breakout Actress Of The Year: Rachel McAdams (Wedding Crashers, Red Eye, The Family Stone)

 

Actress In Need Of A Career Change: Katie Holmes (Batman Begins, First Daughter, everything with Tom Cruise)

 

Breakout Actor Of The Year: Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Cinderella Man)

 

Actor In Need Of A Career Change: Tom Cruise (War Of The Worlds, everything with Katie Holmes)

 

Longest Movie Title Of The Year: Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

 

Shortest Movie Title Of The Year: P.S.

 

Total Films Reviewed In 2005: 210

 

Films I’m Most Looking Forward To In 2006: Capote, Match Point

 

Films I’m Least Looking Forward To In 2006: Mission: Impossible 3, Basic Instinct 2, The Shaggy Dog