PRINT December 2005

FILM: Best of 2005

John Waters


1 LAST DAYS (GUS VAN SANT) How does Gus get away with making films this great? So arty, so sexy, so maddeningly cool that I’m jealous. Michael Pitt is better at being Kurt Cobain than Kurt was.

2 PALINDROMES (TODD SOLONDZ) Todd makes the perfect abortion movie: kind, scary, fair, and with amazing musical numbers! Come on over to Broadway, Mr. Solondz—we could use you.

3 A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (DAVID CRONENBERG) Maria Bello is the best actress of the year, and for once you believe a scene in which the leading lady vomits from being shocked.

4 GRIZZLY MAN (WERNER HERZOG) Timothy Treadwell is the Richard Simmons of the real-life grizzly set, and who ever would have expected Werner Herzog to be the voice of reason?

5 SARABAND (INGMAR BERGMAN) When elegant, stunning Liv Ullman counts the seconds of a minute in real screen time, it’s more thrilling than any action movie. No Botox for

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