Movies — 2005

What the Stars Mean (More or Less)
One of the best ever, I would buy the DVD
Pretty good, probably wouldn't buy the DVD
Bad with occasional redeeming features
Bad with few redeeming features
Utter Excrement
  1. The Bad and the Beautiful [3.5 stars]

    A guilty soap-opera pleasure about an ambitious Hollywood movie producer and the people he walks over during his rise and fall. You're supposed to (according to the IMDB) make parallels to actual people, but who cares about that? Watch for Kathleen Freeman.

  2. Meet the Fockers [4.0 stars]

    A pleasant surprise. I was bracing myself for a sequel that was a cynical attempt to squeeze some more money out of the moviegoing public with a minimum of creativity. And there's some of that going on. But Dustin Hoffman in full-goof mode is hilarious, and his scenes with De Niro are a joy to watch. So this gets (barely) four stars.

  3. Shrek 2 [5.0 stars]

    Starting to go through my Christmas DVDs … same stars as last year.

  4. Star Trek: Generations [5.0 stars]

    Continuing with Christmas DVDs … I can't (or I guess, shouldn't pretend to) judge Star Trek movies critically, for I am a total fanboy. But despite the usual Gaping Plot Holes, I enjoy this one quite a bit.

  5. Finding Nemo [5.0 stars]

    Continuing with Christmas DVDs … I watch this movie with sheer joy. Do the folks at Pixar have any idea how incredibly talented they are? I suppose they do.

  6. Groundhog Day [5.0 stars]

    Every February 2. It just gets better and better each time I watch.

  7. Cellular [3.5 stars]

    Predictable. But not otherwise bad, with some winning humor. You know, you can hit a normal landline phone with a sledgehammer, and it can still be made to work, sort of. But merely dropping a cell phone off a lousy building--not a chance that puppy's gonna ring again.

  8. (Remaining movies are rated and described on my blog.)

  9. Million Dollar Baby
  10. The Core
  11. Booty Call
  12. Hostage
  13. The Incredibles
  14. Envy
  15. Finding Neverland
  16. Sideways
  17. The Rundown
  18. Sin City
  19. Star Trek: First Contact
  20. Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith
  21. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
  22. House of Flying Daggers
  23. Pootie Tang
  24. National Treasure
  25. In Good Company
  26. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  27. Assault on Precinct 13
  28. Flight of the Phoenix
  29. After the Sunset
  30. I ♥ Huckabees
  31. The Aviator
  32. War of the Worlds
  33. Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
  34. Hitch
  35. Ray
  36. Maria Full of Grace
  37. Star Trek: Insurrection
  38. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  39. Batman Begins
  40. Bad Day at Black Rock
  41. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
  42. The Killers (1946)
  43. The Killers (1964)
  44. High and Low
  45. The Killer
  46. Submerged
  47. A Very Long Engagement
  48. Sanjuro
  49. The Singing Detective
  50. The Transporter 2
  51. The Cooler
  52. Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle
  53. Any Given Sunday
  54. Yojimbo
  55. Bride and Prejudice
  56. The Machinist
  57. The Magnificent Seven
  58. Serenity
  59. xXx: State of the Union
  60. Night Moves
  61. Star Trek: Nemesis
  62. Point Blank
  63. Kung Fu Hustle
  64. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  65. Today You Die
  66. Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  67. Saw
  68. A History of Violence
  69. Sahara
  70. Quadrophenia
  71. Crash
  72. 11:14
  73. Infernal Affairs
  74. 12 Angry Men
  75. Dear Frankie
  76. Oldboy
  77. Millions
  78. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  79. Sunset Boulevard
  80. Robots
  81. Fever Pitch
  82. 3-iron
  83. The Italian Job
  84. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
  85. Must Love Dogs
  86. A Face in the Crowd

Filmography links courtesy of The Internet Movie Database.

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Paul A. Sand,