#BestMovies2005 – The Best Movies of 2005 hand picked by the EQUINOX team

It’s crazy to think that just ten years ago there was no such thing as iPhones, twitter, YouTube, GoPros or twerking, did Hipsters even exist back then???

Facebook was still finding its legs in the U.S. and in the UK young people were socialising online through the use of platforms like MSN Messenger and MySpace. The emergence of bands like the Arctic Monkeys and The Killers meant that indie music was back…again. In honour of these primitive times, the Equinox team have are sharing their favourite films of 2005, enjoy!

Emily Kinder – Producer

Favourite Film of 2005: The Hitchhikers Guide To the Galaxy

 

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Where & when did you see it?:

On DVD at home because I was about 14 in 2005 & my big sister bought it for me to make up for the fact we missed it at the cinema! 

Why was this the best film that year?

It’s hilarious, it has robots, Zooey Deschanel, Martin Freeman, Vogons and a man whose best weapon is a towel.

Which character would you play?

Arthur Dent because I’m British…and I know how to queue.


Sebastian Joseph – Media Director

What was your favourite film of 2005?

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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Do you remember where you were when you saw it?

I was at my local Uni cinema (Vue in Staines) with my housemate Alex, we were crying with laughter!

Why was this the best film that year?

Without cheaply spoofing or relying on parody, this film pokes fun at other action movies and modern cliches with hilarious results. The collaboration between Robert Downey Jr. and writer/director Shane Black is very special, so much that Marvel had the pair reunite for Iron Man 3.  Anyone that has seen this movie will understand that you have to watch it at Christmas, I love it!

Which character would you play?

Sometimes I think I am Harry Lockhart.


Holly Arthurby – Senior Producer

What was your favourite film of 2005?

War of the Worlds

Do you remember where you were when you saw it?

In my living room

Why was this the best film that year?

In my opinion, War of the Worlds was the best film of 2005 for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I went into the film with a bit of a mild hatred for Tom Cruise. In my eyes, he was always one of those actors who played the same character time after time (himself I imagine), and I just didn’t see what other people saw in him. He used to annoy me almost as much as Nicholas Cage (I’ll not be so rude as to slay Nick now, but let’s just say he still get’s on my tits to this day), but the night I watched War of the World, something changed. I loved the way his emotion came across on screen, and the journey of the relationship with his kids as the film progressed. We all knew he could be a great dad, he just had to also prove it to himself. I felt like he was being honest and genuine – I really believe his character.

Secondly, the tension in the film has such impeccable timing. I remember watching the original back in Media Studies at sixth form and thinking it was the cheesiest sci-fi ever! Before I watched the 2005 re-make, I had very low expectations as I was never a big fan of sci-fi. I really did enjoy this – I love films that can make you tense up a literally sit of the edge of your seat.

Which character would you play?

I would play Tom Cruise – I don’t think my legs are long enough to play the alien tripod… and I only have the two.


Laura Smith – Senior Producer

What was your favourite film of 2005

Brokeback Mountain

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Do you remember where you were when you saw it?

I’ve seen it so many times that I can’t remember where I first saw it!

Why was this the best film that year?

I can’t get enough of tragic love stories. It’s a beautiful film! It’s a painting and Ang Lee is an artist. Every performance is perfect.

Which character would you play?

Michelle Williams has the best female role. Plus she got to kiss Heath Ledger in the film, and in real life.

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Chris Johnson – Multimedia

What was your favourite film of 2005?

There was a number of great films released in 2005, including Revenge of the Sith which was a high contender for me, but I have chosen Jarhead.

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Do you remember where you were when you saw it?

I remember seeing Jarhead at the cinema for a friend’s bowling and cinema party, these were the best kind. As I had turned 15 in September of 2005, this was the first 15 rated film my friends & I would seen in the cinema and we weren’t disappointed when it came to violent scenes.

Why was this the best film that year?

I’ve chosen Jarhead to be ‘my’ best film of 2005 as the film follows the main character (Jake Gyllenhaal) through the journey of his career in the marines, experiencing his training, his first impressions and feelings of being involved in desert warfare and the real emotions which any new recruit would feel in his position. At the time of it’s release, I was thinking of a career in the Army so I guess this film worked as a fictional way to experience what any new recruit in the military would have been feeling and going through.

Which character would you play?

I feel that I would be with most people who enjoyed this film as I would have put myself as the protagonist throughout.


Hannah Scurr – Office Junior 

What was your favourite film of 2005?

So many great films released that year but I have to stick to my nerdy roots; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Do you remember where you were when you saw it?

I was in a packed out cinema. It came out right around my friend’s 13th birthday, so we all went to see it together.

Why was this the best film that year?

I grew up reading Harry Potter, and even though film adaptations of books often fall short of fans’ high expectations, the films helped keep the magic alive. The film wonderfully brought to life a variety of magical people, animals and objects through the use of CGI, which was amazing to 13 year old me! This film also introduced us to Mad Eye Moody, a very interesting character who was brought to life with some clever make up and a false eye.

Which character would you play?

I would play Luna Lovegood. Everyone thinks she’s crazy, and I think it would be a very fun character to play, plus she’s in Ravenclaw, which is my house according to J.K. Rowling’s website.


Jess Motler – Production Coordinator 

What was your favourite film of 2005?

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

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Do you remember where you were when you saw it?

The cinema with my family. We always watched the big feature films together as a family.

Why was this the best film that year?

As it’s packed full of magic and adventure. A real feel good film.

Which character would you play?

Mr Tumnus, the fawn. He is friendly and courageous – Just like how I would like to grow up to be… Ahaha!