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Friday, December 16, 2005

Go See King Kong

        K. and I can sum it up by saying we aren't sure if this is the best picture of the year, or whether The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe beats it.  There's really nothing much else to challenge Kong.  I've reviewed it more thoroughly at Fat Steve's.

        If you go the Internet Movie Data Base, you can find a list of the best films of 2005, as determined by the IMDB voters.  Of those I've seen, I came up with the following list of "major league" movies of 2005: King Kong; The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Batman Begins; Serenity; March of the Penguins; Walk the Line; Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (though arguably, it isn't quite good enough for "the majors"); Mirrormask; and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Of them, Kong and Narnia are in the World Series, tied in the bottom of the ninth inning in game seven.

      I saw and enjoyed Sin City and Star Wars III, but neither ranks with the films above.  Corpse Bride isn't on the IDMB list, although perhaps it should have been.  I haven't seen Murderball, Cinderella Man, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Mad Hot Ballroom, A History of Violence, or Pride and Predjudice, which are the only ones on the list that look like they might even be interesting, much less worthy of inclusion in my "major league" film list.

        It is perhaps worth noting that of the "majors," none is rated R, and of those that missed the cut or weren't seen, only three of nine are.  <sarcasm>We see here the terrible effects of censorship: when the movie maker isn't allowed to use the swearing and tit shots he wants to film, he's forced to replace it with inadequate substitutes like good writing, good plotting, good acting, and good directing.  Any day now, we'll see the complete collapse of the film industry, replaced with propoganda for decency, justice and bravery, and lacking any redeeming qualities except artistic excellence</sarcasm>.

        To repeat: go see Kong, Lion, and Walk if you haven't already.  Great films.

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