Saturday, December 24, 2005

The Independent
The Village Voice's film critics poll- Best films of 2005
What are your top films?
Reviews of Munich:
Best books of the year
Picked by:
"The year 2005 has been the hottest year on record for the planet... More importantly, perhaps, this has been the autumn when the planet has shown more clearly than before just what that extra heat means"
T-shirts in December on..


I the Beholder said...

Hmm, I have to admit that I haven’t seen most of the movies on the list .. limited release I guess, being european and independent films.

Some strange picks, but the only movies I can think of right now are Downfall and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

I was happy to see Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore on top of the list, a great book, I highly recommend it.

Happy holidays and thanks for the Oxfam links .. great ideas :)

Shemsi said...

Wow, I had gotten to the point where I felt like I've only been reading books and watching movies (and not really doing any work!) But now I see how wrong I am! I haven't heard of most of the movies. We saw Wallace and Grommit twice, and loved it both times. It's really fun to see a nice family movie in a theater full of kids who laugh at the right places. King Kong was boring. Broken Flowers was nice except that our theater was full and we had to sit in the second row (way too close!!). I thought War of the Worlds was one of the worse movies I saw this year, if not THE worst! Oh, maybe Sin City was THE worst. Maybe it's a tie. 40 Year Old Virgin is definitely the best we've seen this year. We saw it twice and loved it both times. It's really incredible. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was well-made, but not especially interesting to me. The Aristocrats is drop-dead hilarious. We saw Batman Begins twice. It was really good, except for Katie Holmes. I thought Kingdom of Heaven was boring and stupid. Serenity was much better than I expected. I kind of enjoyed it. The Weather Man was my personal favorite, even though it wasn't super-duper. Corpse Bride was boring to me. Oh, Walk the Line was superb. One that we liked that didn't make the list is Roll-Bounce.

As for books, I don't recognize any titles or authors in the Village Voice list. I've heard of Zadie Smith and Ian McEwan, but haven't read either book on the list. Wow do I feel illiterate!

Oh, I saw an ad for the DaVinci Code movie. I had thought it would be stupid, but the ad made it looks pretty good. It seemed along the lines of National Treasure or Goonies. Kind of an adventure movie for 12-year olds.

Well, tomorrow's Christmas and everyone around is wearing t-shirts and shorts. The kids are outside skateboarding and playing ball. It's been a very strange year!

Drunk'n'Gorgeous said...

Heya you :) Merry Christmas!

2046- Amazing, amazing, amazing... I know I know I think anything remotely Japanese is amazing but seriously this is amazing!

The New World- Haven't seen it yet but I've always been really interested in the story of Pocohontos (translation: I watched both Disney movies and got the barbie dolls with the dress that changes color in the sun) Plus, hey can't go wrong with Colin Farrel.

Kung Fu Hustle- I couldn't breathe during some scenes from laughing so hard!

Howl's Moving Castle- Anime, nuff said.

Pride&Prejudice- I wanna see I wanna see

Crash- This movie really really hurt me.... mentally. Didn't know who to root for. You sympathize with everyone... translation: GREAT movie!

Kingdom of Heaven- Dun care whut ev'one else sez, dis movie be gud.

Meltdown? *shudders* Thanks for helping us keep things in perspective!

kwtia said...

Hello you three, good to see you around..
i, I haven't seen most of them either, but a lot are on my to see list..
Shemsi, Yeah war of the worlds, a disappointment..although I had strange high hopes for it up until the aliens emerged..
D'n'G, hey lady, I am very interested in seeing the New World..I hope that it is as interesting a social commentary as I have heard people say..
Hope you are all having happy holidays!

Shurouq said...

Dropping by to wish you a wonderful year :*

kwtia said...

Have a beautiful one Shurouq!