Movie Essentials: 2005

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina tragically struck, flooding roughly 80% of New Orleans.  Pope John Paul II died.  Microsoft released the XBox 360.  Black Eyed Peas ruled the radio with "My Humps."  Natasha Bedingfield wrote a hit song called "Unwritten."  Battlestar Galactica and How I Met Your Mother premiered, while Six Feet Under and NYPD Blue called it quits.
In movie theaters, George Lucas wrapped up his second trilogy of Star Wars films with Revenge of the Sith.  Brad ditched Jennifer and hooked up with Angelina both on screen and off thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Smith.  Will Smith conquered yet another movie genre with the hit romantic comedy, Hitch.  Honorable mention this year goes to Munich, Walk the Line, and Cinderella Man - all excellent and deserving of special recognition.
Other notable titles in '05 included Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, War of the Worlds, Constantine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Capote, Madagascar, March of the Penguins, The Island, A History of Violence, Good Night and Good Luck, Jarhead, Pride & Prejudice, and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.  And here are your Essentials:

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  • This could honestly be the first time that I have no real objection with your top ten. Maybe History of Violence over Kung Fu Hustle, but that is about it. Miss you guys, hope all is well.

  • In reply to movieczar:

    I'll agree that Kung Fu hustle is a little bit of a surprise. But I'm glad to see the 40 Year Old Version and Wedding Crashers love in the mix. I was starting to get antsy when I didn't see Crash...but I'm happy you rounded out the top 10 with it!

  • In reply to RunningJayhawk:

    Wow - no Kung Fu Hustle love? I thought I would get dumped on for including King Kong and Crash. I almost left Crash off the list actually, but the Best Picture win and people's continued strong reactions to the movie sealed the deal.

  • In reply to movieczar:

    I absolutely loved Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

  • In reply to movieczar:

    Miss you too buddy. Thanks for the comment. A lot of people love A History of Violence. I just kinda like it. Great in parts though. And William Hurt rules in it.

  • In reply to Hammer:

    I know it's an unpopular opinion, but Viggo's wang alone does not an essential movie make.

  • In reply to Magistra:

    You might be thinking of Eastern Promises. He definitely shows his wang in that movie. I don't think he shows his wares in History of Violence, though Maria Bello shows hers.

  • In reply to Hammer:

    Yeah. I definitely confused those two movies. You know, what with the "Violence" and the whole naked knife fight in the spa thing. And I found Maria Bello's wang to be much less memorable.

  • oh and Cinderella Man is worthy as well, great movie.

  • In reply to movieczar:

    Agreed - sometimes it's hard to leave out great movies in favor of others that have more of an impact. Cinderella Man is a worthy story and told well, but nothing revolutionary so I had to leave it off. Bummer.

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