Best-Reviewed Movies of 2005 has released a list of the 20 best-reviewed movies of 2005. Although many of these titles won't be released on DVD until next year (especially those that have only recently arrived in theaters in that last mad dash for Oscar contention), a few of the lower-profile titles on the list are already here on DVD. Check out Downfall, Nobody Knows and Memories of Murder. Also on order are Murderball and Turtles Can Fly.


I love! It seems like this year's best-reviewed movies were more obscure than the ones from last year, when there were more popular movies that were in theaters across the country. I haven't heard of many of those top-reviewed films. I've got a lot to watch over the next few weeks!

Nobody Knows still haunts me. It has the beautiful cinematography of Hirokazu Kore-eda's previous films, Maborosi and After Life, and creates a compelling fiction out of actual events. There's something about this film that makes you almost reach out to touch the screen. Perhaps it's the way the camera lingers on the banal and heartbreaking details of the children's life in Tokyo. Perhaps it's the grace of the young actors. Not sure. Perhaps I need to see it again.