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Film Comment’s End of Year Critics’ Poll 2005

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BEST FILMS OF 2005

A History of Violence

1. A History of Violence
David Cronenberg, U.S.

2046

2. 2046
Wong Kar Wai, China/Hong Kong/France

Kings and Queen

3. Kings and Queen
Arnaud Desplechin, France

Caché

4. Caché/Hidden
Michael Haneke, France/Austria/Germany/Italy

Grizzlyman

5. Grizzly Man
Werner Herzog, U.S./Canada

The Squid and the Whale

6. The Squid and the Whale
Noah Baumbach, U.S.

Brokeback Mountain

7. Brokeback Mountain
Ang Lee, U.S.

Tropical Malady

8. Tropical Malady
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand

The World

9. The World
Jia Zhangke, China

Capote

10. Capote
Bennett Miller, U.S.

Good Night and Good Luck

11. Good Night, And Good Luck.
George Clooney, U.S.

La Niña Santa The Holy Girl

12. The Holy Girl
Lucrecia Martel, Argentina

Saraband

13. Saraband
Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

Land of the Dead

14. Land of the Dead
George Romero, U.S.

Head-On

15. Head-On
Fatih Akin, Germany/Turkey

Last Days

16. Last Days
Gus Van Sant, U.S.

Munich

17. Munich
Steven Spielberg, U.S.

The Intruder

18. The Intruder
Claire Denis, France

Me and You and Everyone We Know

19. Me and You and Everyone We Know
Miranda July, U.S.

Syriana

20. Syriana
Stephen Gaghan, U.S.

Match Point

21. Match Point
Woody Allen, U.K./U.S.

Cafe Lumiere

22. Café Lumière
Hou Hsiao-hsien, Japan/Taiwan

Kung Fu Hustle

23. Kung Fu Hustle
Stephen Chow, China/Hong Kong

Paradise Now

24. Paradise Now
Abu-Assad, Netherlands/
Israel/Germany/France

The New World

25. The New World
Terrence Malick, U.S.

Mysterious Skin

26. Mysterious Skin
Gregg Araki, U.S.

How's Moving Castle

27. Howl's Moving Castle
Hayao Miyazaki, Japan

Breakfast on Pluto

28. Breakfast on Pluto
Neil Jordan, Ireland/U.K.

Junebug

29. Junebug
Phil Morrison, U.S.

Keane

30. Keane
Lodge Kerrigan, U.S.

The Beat That My Heart Skipped

31. The Beat That My Heart Skipped
Jacques Audiard, France

The Constant Gardner

32. The Constant Gardener
Fernando Meirelles, U.K./Germany

Nobody Knows

33. Nobody Knows
Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan

Wallace and Gromit The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

34. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Nick Park & Steve Box, U.K./U.S.

Darwin's Nightmare

35. Darwin's Nightmare
Hubert Sauper, France/Austria/Belgium

Oldboy

36. Oldboy
Park Chan-wook, South Korea

Batman Begins

37. Batman Begins
Christopher Nolan, U.S.

Turtles Can Fly

38. Turtles Can Fly
Bahman Ghobadi, Iraq/Iran

Broken Flowers

39. Broken Flowers
Jim Jarmusch, U.S./France

Downfall

40. Downfall
Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany

Sin City

41. Sin City
Robert Rodriguez, U.S.

Look at Me

42. Look at Me
Agnès Jaoui, France

Best of Youth

43. The Best of Youth
Marco Tullio Giordana, Italy

Good Morning, Night

44. Good Morning, Night
Marco Bellocchio, Italy

My Summer of Love

45. My Summer of Love
Pawel Pawlikowski, U.K.

Pride and Prejudices

46. Pride and Prejudice
Joe Wright, U.S./U.K.

War of the Worlds

47. War of the Worlds
Steven Spielberg, U.S.

King Kong

48. King Kong
Peter Jackson, U.S.

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

49. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Tommy Lee Jones, U.S./France

No Direction Home

50. No Direction Home
Martin Scorsese, U.S.

20 BEST UNRELEASED FILMS OF 2005

The Three Times

1. Three Times
Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan

L'Enfant

2. LEnfant
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium/France

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

3. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
Cristi Puiu, Romania

Regular Lovers

4. Regular Lovers
Philippe Garrel, France

The Sun

5. The Sun
Alexander Sokurov, Russia/France/Italy/Switzerland

Police Beat

6. Police Beat
Robinson Devor, U.S

Tristram Shandy

7. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
Michael Winterbottom, U.K.

Mutual Appreciation

8. Mutual Appreciation
Andrew Bujalski, U.S.

Gabrielle

9. Gabrielle
Patrice Leconte, France

The Wayward Cloud

10. The Wayward Cloud
Tsai Ming-liang, France/Taiwan

Who's Camus Anyway?

11. Who’s Camus Anyway?
Mitsuo Yanagimachi, Japan

Tale of Cinema

12. Tale of Cinema
Hong Sang-soo, South Korea/France

Princess Racoon

13. Princess Raccoon
Seijun Suzuki, Japan

Mary

14. Mary
Abel Ferrara, Italy/France/U.S.

4 Ilya Khrzhanovsky

15. 4
Ilya Khrzhanovsky, Russia

13 Lakes

16. 13 Lakes
James Benning, U.S.

Lady Vengeance

17. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
Park Chan-wook, South Korea

Le Pont des Artes

18. Le Ponts des Arts
Eugene Green, France

Clean

19. Clean
Olivier Assayas, Canada/France/U.K.

Avenge But One of My Two Eyes Avi Mograbi

20. Avenge But One of My Two Eyes
Avi Mograbi, Frane/Israel

Participants: Sam Adams, John Anderson, Melissa Anderson, Steve Anker, David Ansen, Tim Appelo, Nicole Armour, Paul Arthur, Michael Atkinson, Marjorie Baumgarten, Michael Chaiken, Chris Chang, Tom Charity, Godfrey Cheshire, Gary Crowdus, Giulia D’Agnollo-Vallan, Mike D’Angelo, David Fear, F.X. Feeney, Scott Foundas, Chris Fujiwara, Graham Fuller, Roger Garcia, Larry Gross, Dennis Harvey, Molly Haskell, Grady Hendrix, Logan Hill, J. Hoberman, Robert Horton, Johnny Ray Huston, Harlan Jacobson, Kent Jones, Kristin M. Jones, Dave Kehr, Glenn Kenny, Laura Kern, Stuart Klawans, Robert Koehler, Michael Koresky, Nathan Lee, Dennis Lim, Phillip Lopate, Alice Lovejoy, Tim Lucas, Cynthia Lucia, Scott Macaulay, Guy Maddin, Greil Marcus, Todd McCarthy, Mark McElhatten, Wesley Morris, Rob Nelson, Chris Norris, Geoffrey O’Brien, Mark Olsen, Mark Peranson, Tony Pipolo, Richard Porton, John Powers, James Quandt, Alissa Quart, Nicolas Rapold, Bérénice Reynaud, Howard A. Rodman, Joshua Rothkopf, Andrew Sarris, Richard Schickel, Paul Schrader, Lisa Schwarzbaum, Gavin Smith, Roger Smith, Vivian Sobchack, Bob Strauss, Jim Supanick, Amy Taubin, Desson Thomson, Kenneth Turan, Michael Wilmington, Donald Wilson