2005 Bellview Awards--The Mid-Year
Right on track--51 theater flicks by the
mid-year mark, with another 90 Video Composite Units (explained
below) as well. I'm sure I've never watched this much DVD
content in one half-year...it's looking like I will be caught up on
almost everything I need to see soon! It's time for the
Video Composite Units--this number
combines films and TV shows that I have watched by breaking them
down into total hours. For standalone films, those count as
one VCU; for TV content, they are broken down into total minutes so
that they fall within a 90-to-120-minute range and then are referred
to as a unit. For example, the first season of "Deadwood" had
12 60-minute episodes, so that breaks down into 6 VCUs, since it is
12 hours of footage.
So far this year, the Robert Rodriguez/Frank
Miller thriller is the easy choice, thanks to cool storytelling, a
true comic book feel, an atmosphere that isn't watered down at all
and, well, Mickey Rourke
Best Actress--Joan Allen,
She's always great, but she comes through
here in a movie that should have been a dog
First significant work since
"M:I-2" was fantastic
"Mr. & Mrs. Smith." What can I say? She's simply
a great screen presence and she's funnier in this flick than I
can remember her being in the past. Yeah, those lips help
"Kung Fu Hustle." As the
chain-smoking Landlady, she's a ton of fun
"The Wedding Date."
No, the flick's not great, but I really can imagine Messing
having a Bullock-esque movie career if she plays her cards right
Best Actor--Mickey Rourke, "Sin City"
It might sound strange, but Marv is the role
Rourke was born to play
Daniel Craig, "Layer Cake." Having
a sneaky feeling he's going to be the next Bond
Min-sik Choi, "Oldboy." Awesome
role, awesome performance
Too bad nobody saw it
"Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior."
He'll never be a leading man here in the US, but man, this guy
is a physical specimen!
Best Supporting Actress--Cheryl
The only thing I liked about this Queen
Latifah comedy was Underwood, playing the ridiculous Catfish Rita
with the same kind of charm you could see showing up in a Keenan
Ivory Wayans flick
Jessica Alba, "Sin City." Doesn't
seem destined to be confused with real actresses, but she is
great in this part
Summer of Love." Spooky, sexy, scary. Like a
She must have known that she was working with crap but she at
least looks like she is giving it her all
Five? Are you kidding me?
There were that many good female parts?
Best Supporting Actor--The Rock,
You can actually believe that The Rock will
be a good actor one day with his turn as gay bodyguard Elliot
Wilhelm; he just couldn't be any funnier
Cedric the Entertainer, "Be Cool."
Along with Vince Vaughn, Ced and The Rock make this flick
Larenz Tate, "Crash." Still don't
know why he's not a Denzel/Will Smith-quality star yet, but he
shows you again here why everyone had so much hope for him...
"Because of Winn-Dixie." The dog from that movie
really was good. Still wondering if the smile effect was
the dog's natural grin or a special effect, but either way this
is the Old Yeller of our generation!
Do one thing and do it well--Zahn excels at these bit parts
Biggest Fucking Piece of Shit--"Assault
on Precinct 13"
Given the actors that appeared in this
film--former Oscar nominees Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne lead
the cast--and the sheer lack of good action (not to mention the
dogshit ending), this one is the easy winner...so far
Ten Great Scenes of the First Half of 2005 (not necessarily in
order, and it will be changed before the end of the year!):
"Be Cool"--Elliot's rendition of "Bring
It On" for his audition with Chili
"Oldboy"--the ending. Whoa!
"Kung Fu Hustle"--"DONUT!!!!!!!"
"Kicking & Screaming"--when Phil (Will Ferrell) rushes onto
the field and runs over a little kid
"Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith"--when Yoda
enters the Emperor's chambers and drops the Republic Guards with
one wave of his hand
"Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior": end
line--"Go...and...get...a good job!"
dance training sequence
"Coach Carter": When Lyle (Channing
Tatum) volunteers to do push-ups for Cruz (Rick Gonzalez) to get
him eligible to play
"Sin City": although the whole
movie is one great scene, the scene where Hartigan pulls off
Yellow Bastard's johnson always gets the audience
"The Upside of Anger": "I would
rather get dental work done every day by having someone reach up
into my mouth through my ass then date someone like you!"
Best TV Show I Watched on DVD--"The
Wire" (Season 1)
This one was a dead heat between the third
season of "The Shield" and the first season of "The Wire", but each
time I compared the two I just couldn't get past the solid
storytelling of the first season and just how well all of the actors
perform on "The Wire", whereas there are really only two great
actors on "The Shield", Michael Chiklis and Benito Martinez.
The thing about both shows is that there aren't any shows out there
like either one, cop shows at heart but reimagined in terms of
execution to the point that they are true originals. But, "The
Wire" is a great adult cop drama, with zero action to boot...it's
just a great group of performers to watch. I've been lucky; of
the six shows that I watched through at least a season on DVD this
year ("24" Season 3, "Alias" Season 3, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Season
1, "Deadwood" Season 1 and the two above), only "Curb Your
Enthusiasm" fell below my high standards.
here to see all of
the films of 2005 reviewed and rated. Since movies go from
theater to DVD kicky-fast these days, many of these flicks are
already out on video. Have a good one...
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