Half-way to the top ten list

Alas, my header doesn’t rhyme, but a week or two ago, the stores here had their “half-way to Boxing Day” sales, and this reminded me that we are now half-way through the year and, thus, half-way to that point when I will have to come up with a list of my top ten movies. And the pickings are looking kind of slim, so far.

There are a few, and only a few, movies that I consider shoo-ins:

Batman Begins
Born into Brothels
Dear Frankie
Hotel Rwanda

After that, possible contenders, based on those films that were given a general theatrical release of at least one week in Vancouver during 2005, include:

Les Choristes
Cinderella Man
Howl’s Moving Castle
The Merchant of Venice
Million Dollar Baby
War of the Worlds

And that’s just based on the titles that stand out a little as I do a quick, casual scan of my film journal for this year; I would have to see most of these films a second time before I could say whether they really belong on my list, and in a few cases, I can’t say I actually want to sit through them again, right now.

Unfortunately, I have also missed a few films that sounded interesting but left town too quickly, while I was working on other things. Anyone want to recommend anything?

JUL 28 UPDATE: I am now adding Moolaadé and Murderball to my list of very strong contenders.

Newsbites: The independent Christian film edition!
Box office: The Accountant balances the books in North America, while Inferno heats up ticket sales overseas
Ben-Hur coming to Blu-Ray and Digital HD for the holidays
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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14715376140228118442 Jeffrey Overstreet

    “The Ballad of Jack and Rose”
    Good story, strong performance by Day-Lewis.

    “Nobody Knows”
    Very long, but to have so many kids acting in a movie and have it look so much like a documentary… wow. A very sad story with moments of exquisite beauty.