So, the rules are... films I saw this year and thought were good. Feel free to post your own top 10 in the comments. I'm well aware that I may have missed the best films of the year (note: A History of Violence listed here rather than in 2005...). I'd like to think I have decent taste in films but that's not guarenteed!
=1. Stranger than fiction
The Story of Harold Crick and his wristwatch....
Will Ferrell plays it relatively straight in a quirky story about the comedy and tragedy of life part I ♥ huckabees part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
With Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman.
=1. Little Miss Sunshine,
A real loser is someone so afraid of not winning he doesn't even try...
Rather strange story of a disfunctional American family on a road trip across America to get their daughter into a child-beauty pagent.
With Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette and Steve Carell. (the stars of Anchorman thus featuring in my favourite two films of the year...)
A rather disturbing film. Can you ever leave your past behind and start a new life? Watched with our church homegroup... (released in 2005). Great performances from Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello and Ed Harris.
4. The Departed,
An autumn date-night film at my wife's request! Stylish and bloody crime drama with Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson.
5. V for Vendetta,
Post-Matrix Wachowskis with Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman. 1984esque.
6. The Inside Man,
Spike Lee heist film with a twist. Good fun.
7. Match Point,
Woody Allen's musings on luck with Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Scarlett Johanssen in the cliche parts of London.
George Clooney's film on the involvement of journalism in what happens... merely reporting, or involved?
Clooney on screen in political film about how evil and money driven the West might be...
Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore drama about divorce and the way it effects children. Disturbing.
Update - 1st Jan 2007... I just realised I left out Junebug, which was quirky fun.