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FAVOURITE FILMS OF 2005

THE YEAR IN REVIEWS: OUR 40 FAVOURITES
We have published reviews of 283 films which were released in Australian cinemas this calendar year, ranging from arthouse to farthouse; here – after a robust discussion between the editors - is our (alphabetical) list of the 40 favourites - and our 10 least favourites [see right hand column].


A number of our favourites are based on facts and/or real people (The Aviator, Cinderella Man, Downfall, Good Night and Good Luck, Hotel Rwanda, Joyeux Noel, Mrs Henderson Presents, Ray, The Sea Inside), which goes to show how the power of a true story underpins drama, or are in fact documentaries (Inside Deep Throat, Murderball).

Some of the most inventive films are intended for family entertainment (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wallace and Gromit), while at the other extreme, there are some confronting dramas (The Door in the Floor, Mysterious Skin, Red Dust, Vera Drake).

Of the comedies, three stand out as hip and smart: Be Cool, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, while A Good Woman, Being Julia and Sideways are more traditional but equally entertaining.

And then there are the three ‘event’ films (‘tentpole’ movies, as they call them in Variety): in order of release – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, King Kong, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. Fantasies, or in the case of King Kong, an epic adventure with fantastic elements (Skull Island).

A Good Woman
Aviator, The
Batman Begins
Be Cool
Being Julia
Broken Flowers
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Choristes, Les
Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Cinderella Man
Door in the Floor, The
Downfall
Good Night and Good Luck
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, The
Hotel Rwanda
Inside Deep Throat
Interpreter, The
Joyeux Noel
King Kong
Kinsey
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The
Little Fish
Look Both Ways
Maria Full of Grace
Million Dollar Baby
Mrs Henderson Presents
Murderball
Mysterious Skin
Oyster Farmer
Proposition, The
Ray
Red Dust
Sea Inside, The
Sideways
Sin City
Vera Drake
Wallace and Gromit
Wolf Creek

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Million Dollar Baby


King Kong


Kiss Kiss Bang Bang


The Sea Inside


Wallace and Gromit

LEAST FAVOURITE FILMS

Birth
Cave, The
Dark Water
Devil’s Rejects, The
Doom
Extra, The
Palindromes
Stealth
White Noise
You and Your Stupid Mate







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