SFFCC Members’ Best & Worst of 2005
December 30th, 2005 by SFFCC

Jeanne Aufman (Palo Alto Weekly)

The BEST
“Brokeback Mountain”
“Capote”
“A History of Violence”
“Good Night, And Good Luck.”
“Nobody Knows”
“Crash”
“Saraband”
“Grizzly Man”
“Asylum”
“Kung Fu Hustle”
The WORST
“Elizabethtown”
“Kingdom of Heaven”
“Where the Truth Lies”
“Stay”
“Monster-in-Law”

Jeff Anderson (Combustible Celluloid, SF Examiner, Oakland Tribune)

The BEST
“Saraband”
“Broken Flowers”
“A History of Violence”
“The World”
“2046”
“Land of the Dead”
“Good Night, and Good Luck.”
“Capote”
“Mysterious Skin”
“The New World”
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The WORST (alphabetically)
“Alone in the Dark”
“The Amityville Horror”
“Be Cool”
“Bride and Prejudice”
“Going Shopping”
“Green Street Hooligans”
“It’s All Gone Pete Tong”
“Kingdom of Heaven”
“The Legend of Zorro”
“The Man”
“Underclassman”
“Yours, Mine and Ours”
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Barry Caine (Oakland Tribune)

The BEST
“Match Point”
“A History of Violence”
“Brokeback Mountain”
“Capote”
“Munich”
“The Upside of Anger”
“The Squid & the Whale”
“Sin City”
“Crash”
“Hustle & Flow”

Susan Gerhard (SF Bay Guardian)

The BEST
“Caché (Hidden)”
“Me and You and Everyone We Know”
“Turtles Can Fly”
“The World”
“Tony Takitani”
“Paradise Now”
“Jarhead”
“Tropical Malady”
“Crash”
“Rize”

Johnny Huston (SF Bay Guardian)

The BEST
“Pulse”
“Cache”
“A History of Violence”
“Land of the Dead”
“Tropical Malady”
“Whisky”
“Grizzly Man”
“Nobody Knows”
“Mysterious Skin”
“Innocence”

Mick LaSalle (SF Chronicle)

The BEST
“The New World”
“The Chronicles of Narnia”
“The Best of Youth”
“Match Point”
“Cinderella Man”
“Capote”
“The Dying Gaul”
“Brokeback Mountain”
“I Am A Sex Addict”
“Ballets Russes”

Arthur Lazare (Culture Vulture)

The BEST
“Capote”
“Saraband”
“Good Night, and Good Luck”
“Caché (Hidden)”
“Nobody Knows”
“Munich”
“A History of Violence”
“The Holy Girl”
“Transamerica”
“Pride and Prejudice”
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Carla Meyer (Sacracmento Bee)

The BEST
“Brokeback Mountain”
“Murderball”
“Capote”
“Junebug”
“The Constant Gardener”
“Pride & Prejudice”
“A History of Violence”
“Cindrella Man”
“Batman Begins”
“Match Point”

Bruce Newman (San Jose Mercury News)

The BEST
“Crash”
“Good Night, And Good Luck.”
“Sin City”
“Brokeback Mountain”
“A History of Violence”
“The Squid and the Whale”
“King Kong”
“Hustle and Flow”
“Mrs. Henderson Presents”
“Millions”
The WORST
“The Thing About My Folks”
“Stealth”
“xXx: State of the Union”
“Happy Endings”
“The Brothers Grimm”
“The Ice Harvest”
“Into the Blue”
“Elizabethtown”
Honorable Mentions: “Red Eye,” “Wedding Crashers,” “The Family Stone.” Did I leave out any Rachel McAdams movies? “March of the Penguins,” “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill,” “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.” Did I leave out any documentaries about animal behavior?

Tim Sika (Celluloid Dreams)

The BEST
“Brokeback Mountain”
“Syriana”
“Good Night, and Good Luck.”
“Mysterious Skin”
“Asylum”
“The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill”
“Yes”
“Ballet Russes”
“The Upside of Anger”
“The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio”

Ruthe Stein (SF Chronicle)

The BEST
“Brokeback Mountain”
“Cinderella Man”
“Pride & Prejudice”
“Good Night, And Good Luck”
“A History of Violence”
“Match Point”
“Capote”
“The Constant Gardener”
“My Summer of Love”
“The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada”

Kelly Vance (East Bay Express)

The BEST
“The Ax (Le couperet)”
“Broken Flowers”
“The World”
“2046”
“A History of Violence”
“Good Night, and Good Luck.”
“Nobody Knows”
“Breakfast on Pluto”
“Syriana”
“The New World”

Richard Von Busack (San Jose Metro)

The BEST (in no order)
“Grizzly Man”
“Me and You and Everyone We Know”
“Mysterious Skin”
“My Summer of Love”
“Downfall”
“Nobody Knows”
“Kung Fu Hustle”
“Notre Musique”
“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”
“The Squid and the Whale”
“The Constant Gardener”
The WORST
“Elizabethtown”
“House of D”
“Alone in the Dark”
“Happy Endings”
“Elektra”
“Racing Stripes”
2005 SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
December 12th, 2005 by SFFCC

The love story “Brokeback Mountain” won three major awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, the group announced Monday.

Based on the short story by Annie Proulx, “Brokeback Mountain” chronicles a lifelong romance between two cowboys who first meet as young men herding sheep in 1960s Wyoming. The film, which opened in limited release last week, was directed by Ang Lee and stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Australian actor Ledger, previously best known for lighter films like “A Knight’s Tale,” showed heartbreaking range in the part of Ennis Del Mar, which won him the SFFCC’s Best Actor award.

The group honored Reese Witherspoon with its Best Actress award for her sharp and sure portrayal of June Carter Cash in the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line.”

Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress awards went to Kevin Costner, for his wry and tender supporting work in the comic drama “The Upside of Anger,” and to Amy Adams, who stole the show in “Junebug” as a naive expectant young mother in rural North Carolina.

Best Documentary was awarded to Werner Herzog’s “Grizzly Man,” which examined the life and death of Timothy Treadwell, an animal rights advocate whose passion for grizzly bears ultimately cost him and his girlfriend their lives.

The complex French thriller “Cache” (“Hidden”), directed by Michael Haneke, took the top prize for Best Foreign Film. “Good Night, And Good Luck,” a drama about the feud between Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy during the 1950s Red Scare, won Best Screenplay for writers George Clooney and Grant Heslov.

The SFFCC gave its Marlon Riggs Award, awarded annually to a member of the Bay Area film community for courage and innovation, to Jenni Olson for her experimental feature “The Joy of Life,” which expands the parameters of narrative, documentary and personal cinema while capturing the unique rhythms of life in San Francisco.

Best Picture
“Brokeback Mountain”

Best Director
Ang Lee for “Brokeback Mountain”

Best Screenplay
“Good Night, And Good Luck.”

Best Actor
Heath Ledger for “Brokeback Mountain”

Best Actress
Reese Witherspoon for “Walk the Line”

Best Supporting Actor
Kevin Costner for “The Upside of Anger”

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams for “Junebug”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Caché” (“Hidden”)

Best Documentary
“Grizzly Man”

Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community
Jenni Olson, director of “The Joy of Life”

Founded in 2002, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle (http://www.sffcc.org) is comprised of critics from publications in the greater Bay Area. Its members include film writers from the Bay Guardian, celluloiddreams.net, the Contra Costa Times, culturevulture.net, the East Bay Express, j. magazine, KGO Radio, KRON-TV, the Marin Independent Journal, Oakland Tribune, the Palo Alto Weekly, the Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Jose Metro, the Sonoma Index-Tribune and SPLICEDwire.

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