I'm thinking of making my last year's misapprehension and trumped up rage over the 2005 Best American Poetry anthology being published in September, which in turn caused me to publish my Best Movies of 2005 list in October, an annual event. Thanks to those who cleared up my years-long misreading of the situation. Ahem. Here goes:
The Best Movies I've Seen in 2006 So Far: The Megastore List.
Best 2005 films I saw in 2006: Nine Lives, Brokeback Mountain, Munich.
Best movie of only esoteric interest if you weren't raised in the religious tradition of my people: States of Grace
Best Movie with Murderous Male Posturing as the Main Source of Comedy: The Matador. It really was funny.
Best Historical Movie with a Romance as Its Main Analytic Device: The New World
Best film to help you see a current political situation more clearly: Paradise Now
Best Tommy Lee Jones vanity project that, for the most part, redeems itself: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Best music movie of the year: Dave Chappelle's Block Party
Best Spike-Lee-as-a-hired-gun-movie: Inside Man
Best satire: Thank You for Smoking
Best re-release: The Conformist
Best female sensibility in charge of a movie: Friends With Money
Best re-invention of a genre picture: Brick
Best animated film, best drug film, best Robert Downey Jr. performance: A Scanner Darkly
Best documentary: The Heart of the Game
Best small-ish picture (also: Best Australian picture) Look Both Ways
Worst excuse for a documentary nonetheless redeemed by stellar music: Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man
Best non-formula comedy: Little Miss Sunshine
Best sports movie: Invincible
Best French movie featuring a grey flannel horse: Science of Sleep
Best small picture: Half Nelson
Best epic picture: The Departed
A pretty respectable list so far. Not as good as the greatest year in memory, 1999, which featured American Beauty, Being John Malkovich, Election, The Iron Giant, Go, The Matrix, Magnolia, Fight Club, The Sixth Sense, Three Kings, Sleepy Hollow, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Topsy Turvy, Run, Lola, Run, The Insider, Princess Mononoke, The End of the Affair . . . but still a pretty good list.