April 10th, 2006 16:35 EST
2005 Movies: Births and Remakes - Part III
2003: Sequels 2004: Heroes and Anti-Heroes
2005 has them still. For three years, these films have been about the never-ending battle between good and evil. But 2005 was much more. It was the rebirth of the superhero genre, a well-known villain in black, remakes of popular movies, television shows, and so on. Despite declining ticket sales, this was still a good year for movies. Movies of 2005:
Constantine (birth of an anti-hero): He fought machines in The Matrix. Now, Keanu Reeves is humanity's champion once again. John Constantine declares war on dark forces in modern-day Los Angeles so he can earn his way to Heaven. Sahara
Sin City: This dark, violent, intense, somber movie with an all-star cast, including Bruce Willis and Jessica Alba. Divided into three stories, it is an unforgettable tale of a city with complex characters-- a city where the line between good and evil has been completely crossed and blurred. Batman Begins (Birth of a hero)
Mr. and Mrs. Smith The Longest Yard: In this remake of the 1974 classic, ex-pro football QB Adam Sandler is sent to prison for drunk driving. He is enlisted by the warden to set up a team against the guards. Aided by cellmates Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds (the star of the original), Sandler and his team are going to crush, kill-- not kiss -- the guards. People who have or haven't seen the original will love this remake even better.
The Fantastic Four Dukes of Hazzard
XXX: State of the Union Stealth
Four Brothers Crash
Jarhead Rent: There is no day but today.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe: This younger version of Lord of the Rings is for the whole family to watch. I love this film so much, I wanted to see it again and get it on DVD, which is out right now. I recommended it. All of these films are the best movies of 2005. They were good for us-- or maybe bad for you, but good for me, huh?
For understanding of why most of them are the best movies of 2005, go to Archives for the issue of December 6, 2005 at The Michigan Journal (www.themichiganjournal.com). Well, thanks for being on this journey. It is time to go home.
Let's say Goodbye to 2005-- But say Hello and Welcome Back to 2006!