PRINT December 2005

FILM: Best of 2005

Isaac Julien


1 BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (ANG LEE) A cowboy movie with a twist, Lee’s tour de force is even better than the short story it’s based on. Queer cinema has finally grown up and become a truly mainstream affair.

2 DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE (HUBERT SAUPER) An anti-globalization documentary shot like a horror film set in an Africa where “cannibal” fish with enormous teeth are traded for guns on planes flown by Russians. Frantz Fanon would have loved this homage to the wretched of the earth.

3 LAST DAYS (GUS VAN SANT) Art cinema and moving-image art came another step closer together with this fragmented narrative that deconstructs cinematic time.

4 INCONSOLABLE MEMORIES (STAN DOUGLAS) This clever reworking of Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s Memories of Underdevelopment pays homage to the 1968 Cuban film classic, recasting its protagonists as contemporary characters in a political allegory that retains its

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