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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