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The Best Films of 2005

10. Everything is Illuminated: Liev Schrieber makes his directorial debut with this touching (and admittedly bizarre) wacky comedy/holocaust drama hybrid.

9. Me and You and Everyone We Know: Another debut, this time from a loopy performance artist named Miranda July. While sometimes a little too weird for its own good, Me and You and Everyone We Know has an emotional core that resonates long after the credits have rolled.

8. Winter Solstice: A debut trinity. Writer/director Josh Sternfeld offers up a deliberately paced but thoroughly engrossing story revolving around a recently-widowed father and his two sons.

7. Sin City: Robert Rodriguez's electrifying adaptation of Frank Miller's Sin City combines astounding visuals with hard-boiled performances to stellar effect.

6. Cache: Filmmaker Michael Haneke finally lives up to the promise of his obvious talent with this suspenseful, riveting tale that features at least one genuinely shocking moment.

5. Jarhead: While Jarhead may not be quite as effective as director Sam Mendes' previous efforts (American Beauty and Road to Perdition), the film is nevertheless a compelling and gorgeously shot look at the futileness of war.

4. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: George Lucas wraps up the Star Wars saga with the installment everybody's been waiting patiently for.

3. Grizzly Man: Werner Herzog's acclaimed documentary details the tragic life and death of Timothy Treadwell, to extraordinarily compelling effect.

2. Keane: Damian Lewis delivers the best performance of the year in this riveting drama from filmmaker Lodge Kerrigan.

1. Murderball: At times funny, sad, and exciting, Murderball - a documentary revolving around handicapped athletes - managed to deliver the goods in a way no fictional film was able to. A true winner.



The Worst Films of 2005

10. Alone in the Dark: Uwe Boll strikes again with this film starring Tara Reid as a scientist. 'Nuff said.

9. Ong-Bak: Tony Jaa may be one hell of an athlete, but you'd never know it from Ong-Bak (the worst looking film of 2005).

8. The Cave: Tedious and incoherent, The Cave is yet another nail in the coffin that is poor Cole Hauser's career.

7. Be Cool: While Get Shorty certainly wasn't any kind of masterpiece, it was practically Oscar-worthy compared to this inept, poorly-acted piece of junk.

6. Sahara: A perfect example of what's wrong with the contemporary adventure flick, Sahara substitutes relentless stunt work and big explosions for anything even resembling character development or plot.

5. Aeon Flux: Charlize Theron thought it'd be a good idea to follow up her Oscar win with this?

4. The Skeleton Key: Even Peter Sarsgaard couldn't save this unpleasant, thoroughly unwatchable horror flick.

3. Boogeyman: With its incoherent, computer-effects laden finale, disturbing lack of gore, and unmemorable performances, Boogeyman is easy enough to hate.

2. A Hole in My Heart: Filmmaker Lukas Moodysson strikes out in a big way with this pointless and genuinely disgusting piece of work, which would've easily been the worst film of the year if it weren't for...

1. Kingdom of Heaven: Incoherent and irritating, Kingdom of Heaven cements Orlando Bloom's status as a nonentity and proves that Ridley Scott is very likely the most overrated filmmaker working today.

© David Nusair