2005: Overstreet's Favorite Films

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 2005.

In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.

2005

  1. The New World* (2nd review)
  2. Into Great Silence*
  3. Junebug
  4. L’Enfant*
  5. A History of Violence (review)
  6. Mirrormask (review)
  7. Three Times*
  8. The Sun*
  9. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
  10. Munich
  11. Caché
  12. Brick
  13. The Proposition*
  14. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu*
  15. Batman Begins
  16. Pride and Prejudice
  17. Capote
  18. Broken Flowers
  19. No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
  20. Serenity
  21. Star Wars, Episode Three – Revenge of the Sith
  22. Last Days
  23. The White Diamond*
  24. Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  25. Grizzly Man
  26. Match Point
  • Joyeux Noël*
  • Kingdom of Heaven
  • The Ballad of Jack and Rose
  • Sweet Land*
  • Adam’s Apples
  • Good Night and Good Luck
  • Don’t Come Knocking
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose 
  • The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada*
  • Blue in Green*
  • March of the Penguins
  • Corpse Bride
  • The Squid and the Whale
  • Thank You for Smoking
  • Walk the Line
  • Touch the Sound*
  • 49 Up
  • Everything is Illuminated
  • Bubble
  • Heading South
  • Tsotsi*
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Syriana
  • Lassie
  • Shopgirl
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The Descent
  • The Puffy Chair
  • Murderball
  • War of the Worlds
  • The Constant Gardener
  • In Her Shoes
  • Duma
As-yet Unseen or Unratable Films of 2005
12 and Holding
13 Tzameti
51 Birch Street
A Perfect Day (Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige)
An Unfinished Life
Aurora Borealis
Ballets russes
Battle in Heaven
Be with Me
Because of Winn-Dixie
Bee Season
Block Party (Michel Gondry)
Breakfast on Pluto
Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That
C.R.A.Z.Y. (Jean-Marc Vallée)
Casanova
Caveman: V. T. Hamlin & Alley Oop
Cigarette Burns
Conversations with Other Women
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul
Dark Water
Derailed
Domino (Tony Scott)
Don’t Tell
Down in the Valley (David Jacobson)
Dreams in the Witch-House
Duane Hopwood
Edison: The Invention of the Movies
Edmond (Stuart Gordon)
Election (Johnny To)
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Espelho Mágico
Factotum
Fatalista
Fateless
Fever Pitch
Flightplan
Forty Shades of Blue (Ira Sachs)
Four Brothers
Gabrielle (Patrice Chéreau)
Game 6
Garpastum
Grain in Ear (Zhang Lü)
Green Street Hooligans
Happy Endings
Hard Candy
House of Sand
Hustle & Flow
I Build the Tower: The Life and Work of Sam Rodia
I Giorni dell’abbandono
I’m the Angel of Death: Pusher III Brick (Rian Johnson)
Indio Nacional (Raya Martin)
Jarhead
Johanna (Kornel Mundruczo)
Keeping Mum
Kontroll
La Seconda notte di nozze
Lady Vengeance
Land of the Dead (George A. Romero)
Last Days (Gus Van Sant)
Le petit lieutenant (Xavier Beauvois)
Les Amants réguliers
Linda Linda Linda (Nobuhiro Yamashita)
Live and Become
Loft (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Loggerheads
Lonesome Jim
Look Both Ways
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
Lord of War
Lower City
Mad Hot Ballroom
Magic Mirror (Manoel de Oliveira)
Man Push Cart
Mary
Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July)
Memoirs of a Geisha
Monarch of the Moon
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
Mutual Appreciation (Andrew Bujalski)
Mysterious Skin (Gregg Araki)
Nine Lives
North Country
North Diversion Road (Dennis Marasigan)
Obreras saliendo de la fábrica (Jose Luis Torres Leiva)
Oliver Twist
On a Clear Day
Oxhide (Liu Jiayin)
Paradise Now
Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie
Persona non grata
Pierrepoint
Prime
Princess Raccoon (Seijun Suzuki)
Proof
Red Eye
Regular Lovers (Philippe Garrel)
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
Romance & Cigarettes
Room (Kyle Henry)
Sahara (Breck Eisner)
Sa-kwa
Sangre (Amat Escalante)
Separate Lies
Shadowboxer
Shanghai Dreams
Sketches of Frank Gehry
Stay
Sweet Tornado: Margo Jones and the American Theater
Takeshis’ (Takeshi Kitano)
Tale of Cinema (Hong Sang-soo)
The Animation Show 2005
The Aristocrats
The Beat that My Heart Skipped (Jacques Audiard)
The Big White
The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (Auraeus Solito)
The Bondmaid
The Devil & Daniel Johnston
The Devil’s Rejects (Rob Zombie)
The Fall of Fujimori
The Family Stone
The Forsaken Land (Vimukthi Jayasundara)
The Great Raid (John Dahl)
The Greatest Game Ever Played
The Heart of the Game
The Ice Harvest
The Interpreter
The King
The Matador
The Notorious Bettie Page
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
The Producers
The Promise (Chen Kaige)
The Real Dirt on Farmer John
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
The Songwriters Collection
The Wayward Cloud (Tsai Ming-liang)
The Weather Man
The World’s Fastest Indian
Thumbsucker
Transamerica
Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky
Two for the Money
Unknown White Male
Valiant
Wassup Rockers (Larry Clark)
Water
Who’s Camus Anyway (Mitsuo Yanagimachi)
Why We Fight
Winter Passing
Wolf Creek (Greg McLean)
Zathura
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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.


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