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Films in Review 2005 - CinemaDave

Dec. 31st, 2005 06:07 pm Films in Review 2005

In the Preston Sturges classic, “Sullivan’s Travels,”
Joel McCrae plays screenwriter “Sully” Sullivan bent
on creating an artistic masterpiece. Given his
artistic sensitivity, Sully feels compelled to write
movies that presents a world indulged in misery,
degradation and the loss of the spirit. After
traveling the United States during the Depression, the
screenwriter learns that the gift of the movies is
escapism, especially when one has the gift to make an
audience laugh. If only modern Hollywood executives
and independent film makers can learn this lesson,
maybe people will return to the movie theaters again
to share this great communal experience.

The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery IMAX Theatre
can evidence this argument. Per screen average, the
IMAX Theatre had a phenomenal success with both their
documentaries and feature length movies this year. In
2004, "The Polar Express" was pronounced a box office
bomb in mainstream movies, but on the 60-foot Imax
screen in 3 D, the Tom Hanks Robert Zemeckis film has
been a consistent sell out for the 2004 and 2005
holiday seasons.

This list of top ten movies represent movies that
helped me escape wars, rumor of wars, famine,
tsunamis, hurricanes, bureaucratic terrorism and
whiney news broadcasters who are convinced that the
sky will fall. There is no particular order except
reversed alphabetical;

War of the Worlds

Walk the Line

King Kong

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Frank Miller's Sin City

Finding Home

Cinderella Man

Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania

Honorable mention:
“Uncle Nino” "The Woodsman" "Shopgirl" "Million Dollar
Baby" "Hostage" "The Interpreter"” The Fantastic
Four" "Crash" "Capote” ""Batman Begins"

Perhaps if the local film festivals and
studio executives can affirm life instead of criticize
a culture that celebrates life, 2006 can be a golden
year for the motion picture industry.

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