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Posted at 2:17 PM ET, 12/21/2005

Jen's Top Movie Moments of 2005

By Jen Chaney

With the end of the year approaching, we at the Going Out Gurus Blog have decided to share our bests of 2005. Over the next week, each Guru will post a compendium of his or her favorite moments in music, bars, restaurants and other categories. It will be almost as entertaining as a year-end video montage, but less likely to make you cry. I'm getting the laudatory party started today with my bests in 2005 cinema.

Some of you may wish I would post a list of the best and worst movies of the year. You like lists. They provide a sense of order in the universe. They also remind you of the top-10-list-filled "High Fidelity." And that book was awesome.

Well, I'm not going to do that. Having already flashbacked to my favorite DVD moments of '05, I thought it would be fun to highlight a few of my favorite moments from this year's theatrical releases. Here are nine (one shy of a Hornby-esque top 10) that stuck with me, in no particular order:

Seeing Christian Bale in his batsuit for the first time in "Batman Begins": Bale managed to be scary, smart and sexy all at once in his role as the Dark Knight. No one -- not West, not Keaton, not even gorgeous George Clooney -- has ever looked so alluring in cape and cowl.

Kong battles big dinosaurs in "King Kong": Peter Jackson actually out-"Jurassic Parks" Steven Spielberg.

"So Long and Thanks for All the Fish" from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy": This deliriously goofy song got the adaptation of the Douglas Adams novel off to a proper start, even if the giddy fun couldn't be sustained throughout the film.

Paul Rudd in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin": Steve Carell, rightfully so, gets a lot of credit for making this comedy so gut-bustingly funny. But Rudd, in the role of a jilted boyfriend still practically stalking his ex two years later, earns almost as many laughs. Extra points for his "Yah Mo B There" joke.

The Sing-A-Long in "The Bad News Bears": Richard Linklater's remake of the '70s baseball comedy didn't exactly break new ground. But it certainly was entertaining. The most deliriously tasteless moment for me: When Billy Bob Thornton leads his Little Leaguers in a rousing chorus of Eric Clapton's "Cocaine."

Jar Jar Appears at the Uptown: Outside of the Uptown, less than an hour before the first screening of "Revenge of the Sith," some brave, anonymous soul walked beside the long line of "Star Wars" fans wearing a Jar Jar Binks mask. Naturally this prompted boos and the use of some highly creative epithets. And it might have been a better moment than anything in "Sith" itself.

"Whoop That Trick" from "Hustle & Flow": It may be hard out here for a pimp. But it's easy to listen to a pimp rap, especially when the rhymes flow as irresistibly as they do in this track from the movie that made Terrence Howard the year's break-out star.

Amy Adams in "Junebug": Even without Adams's acclaimed performance, "Junebug" would still be a likeable indie film. But with her in a supporting role as the sweet, naive and thoroughly believable Ashley, this little movie turned into an unforgettable experience.

The quiet of "Brokeback Mountain": For the first few minutes of this much-ballyhooed love story, no one says a single word. Director Ang Lee makes the silence work; it not only draws you in, it foreshadows a lifelong affair between Ennis (Heath Ledger) and Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) in which too much goes unspoken.

-- Jen

By Jen Chaney  | December 21, 2005; 2:17 PM ET
Categories:  Movies  
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