Oh, man. The thing I hate about everything is I get older, but so does every-goddamned-thing else. Why can’t I be timeless and immortal, like some of the flicks on this list? Where did I hide that bottle of Beefeater…?
1. Batman Begins
This was the year Christopher Nolan got his hands on the Batman franchise. Love or hate the trilogy as a whole, but I think Nolan should be applauded for giving us Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight just three years later and washing that Schumacher out of our brains.
2. Brokeback Mountain
Speaking of Heath Ledger, he gives such a fully-realized, heart-ripping, fantastic performance opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Ang Lee’s gorgeous love story.
3. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
We have this movie to thank for the Judd Apatow Explosion (now opening for the Feels Like A Bag of Sand), but also for more Paul Rudd. We’re even.
4. Mr. & Mrs. Smith
This movie was the impetus to Brangelina and their brood, still going strong ten years later.
5. Walk the Line
This is pre-crazy beardo Joaquin Phoenix as the legendary Johnny Cash. Reese Witherspoon plays June Carter Cash in the biopic that earned her an Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
6. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
The Robert Downey Jr. of 2005 was not the RDJ of today, kids. In 2005, RDJ was still rebuilding the career that had nearly disappeared after all of his drug troubles. This was a good choice, pairing RDJ with Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, and writer/director Shane Black.
Joss Whedon’s first job directing a movie was the film continuation of cancelled classic Firefly. It’s pretty damned shiny.
8. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
I just love Wallace & Gromit, don’t you? The flaky inventor Wallace and his extremely smart dog Gromit face a were-rabbit during a Giant Vegetable Competition.
9. Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire
I remember watching this movie and hoping against hope that Robert Pattinson was of age. He’s dreamy, haters.
10. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Uggghhh, BARF. THIS IS LITERALLY GARBAGE.
Steven Spielberg brings us the story of the men chosen to exact justice after the Black September attacks.
Philip Seymour Hoffman portrays the iconic author as he writes In Cold Blood and befriends one of the book’s subjects.