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Still rockin after 7 years… ūüôā If ever you’re flying AirAsia by this November, you may want to check out my film “Technophilia” at the Viddsee channel of the AirAsia free in-flight wifi service. Viddsee selected it for premiere for the program this November (which is my birthday month too) ūüėČ

Thanks, Viddsee!!!

Hi Rianne,

Great news! We’re partnering with AirAsia for the first time to market Viddsee short films to a wider audience across SE Asia. AirAsia has a free inflight wifi service roKKi and we will be having a Viddsee channel under the entertainment section for audience to watch Viddsee short films!

We programme 10 new shorts every month in the channel, and we’re excited to select your film “Technophilia” for the month of November!


“Technophilia” has been the last independent film i shot to date (i know, it’s been way too long), and i so miss shooting indie films really. Shooting commercial/corporate works for years now to pay the bills. But hopefully i can finally find time to shoot another indie film soon. It’s been so long overdue. Sigh…

And i so miss my production team too. From my staff to my cast, everything was so fun and memorable. It’s not only my shortest short to date, it’s also the shortest i shot — about 6 hours from grind to wrap. And i guess it would be the last i would ever shoot in celluloid (and most likely the last i would shoot without a video assist), unless budget and prod requirements lead me back to film in the future… But i sure do hope i can manage to shoot another international production like this again (my team here was composed of: Iraqi, Korean, American, Japanese, Indonesian, Taiwanese, and Filipino). Indeed, filmmaking can end up communicating beyond the confines of language and even cultural differences — where storytelling becomes a universal language to touch people’s lives.

My Film ‘Technophilia’ Now at AirAsia’s In-flight Wi-Fi Service Via the Viddsee Channel
Rianne and Philip Wedding: Our Colored Glass Photo Magnets
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Rianne and Philip Wedding: Our Wedding Puzzle
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My most personal edited project to date; our most personal video collaboration to date. Thanks to our frequent collaborator production designer Joy who made my GoPro bridal bouquet inspired by our “Denim Neo-classic” theme. Like the designs for our wedding, the bridal bouquet used recycled materials as well.

I shot my own wedding and my husband, who frequently collaborates with me on my film and commercial projects as sound engineer and/or scorer, worked on the audio requirements.

For the most part, this wedding film was shot on a first-person perspective, giving a raw, more personal and genuine chronicling of a wedding from the viewpoints of those involved in this special occasion.

Let us share the intimacy of a wedding celebration from the ‚Äúother‚ÄĚ camera perspective ‚ÄĒ the bride‚Äôs. And at some point, the couple‚Äôs and the wedding party‚Äôs perspectives as well.

Watch the entirety of the professionally edited 29 minutes, 38 seconds of this GoPro-shot wedding or simply give the first 3 minutes a chance, then let’s see if you want to keep up with what’s next…

Best watched in HD (1080p).

Next time, we’ll upload the official wedding video with full coverage of our wedding celebration from the traditional perspective, then there will be a balance between the two points of view.


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We have eight wedding albums for that infinity effect. We opted for small, handy albums categorized accordingly, instead of a single huge and heavy one that only one person at a time can check out.

Here are our wedding photo albums I personally designed, each one printed via Shutterfly.

1. “Our Day” Album
This version shows the scanned copies of each album cover and page. A QR code is also included for easy access to the album’s online version, which shows the pristine digital copy of the album.

Our Day Wedding Album

As an alternative, use any of these two URLs for online access to the album’s digital copy:

Shorter URL:

Original URL:

This “Our Day” wedding album summarizes the turn of events during our wedding day in a relatively linear presentation from beginning to end.

2. “Our Wedding” Album


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Metro Manila Shake Drill

Manila, Philippines — Kudos to everyone involved in conducting the metrowide earthquake drill today. This is a worthwhile initiative by the government, in collaboration with private institutions and the public. Last Tuesday at SanLo, the drill allowed everyone in school to be more aware of what to do (dock, cover, hold; then, run towards safest and nearest possible ground right after the shake) and lessen the possibility of panic, injury, or even death.

I hope today’s technological breakthroughs can be utilized for further enhancement of emergency systems nationwide, most prominently the conversion of TV and radio stations’ broadcast into digital — which I believe would make it easier to have confirmed national and local government announcements of emergencies including crucial typhoon, flood, fire, and earthquake warnings — just like how it is practiced in the US. In an emergency case, regular programming will be replaced by unified local or national government warning.

In connection with this, the country should have a standard SMS number to text and inform local government rescue teams (like 911 less the person/dispatcher), since I think it’s a more practical and second best option to get in touch if the need for rescue arises. And for practicality as well, have this SMS number instantly activated only, for the mean time while we await to become a more developed country, after an official emergency warning is implemented.

Also, may we request any of the Public Information Offices of the country or whoever should be in-charge to provide an official infographic and list/guide of what the public needs to do in case of emergencies — each document easy to read and categorized into the type of emergency including fire, rain/flood, and earthquake. A standard, easy-to-remember, and go-to government website (.ph) where all these will be accessible should be properly disseminated to the entire country.

Things to Do During Emergencies: Metrowide Shake Drill 2015
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How does technology affect your life?

Shot December 2008, premiered June 2009… 6 years after premiere and 3 years after last award, Technophilia is still getting around. Check it out as “Film of the Day” for Viddsee, curated by Alem Ang.

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Shooting Format: 16mm

Screening Format: HD

Running Time: 7 minutes

Acknowledgments: Colorwheel Media Studios, Korean Film Council (KOFIC), Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA), and Korea University (KU), Asian Film Professionals Training Program, Hit Productions

You can check out more about the film via its Facebook page:

Via its film blog:

Via IMDb:

And Viddsee:

Technophilia Poster
Film poster by Joods Feliciano
Thank you to the KoBiz (Korean Film Council), Korean Academy of Film Arts, and Korea University for the support. Thank you to Seymour Sanchez for the opportunity to know about KOFIC. This is the unplanned, spur-of-the moment film that brought me to places. Thank you so much!
My Film ‘Technophilia’ is Film of the Day at Viddsee
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My blog is back online… finally!

But here’s the thing… This blog is currently being manually restored. Yes, each post (except for the more than a dozen posts left in my workable backup file that only backed up my 2006 posts) is being copy-pasted back as blog posts — the entire blog that started in 2006, being copy-pasted back one by one.

With thousands of posts to work on, it would take a really long time to have everything back online. Lesson learned the very hard way: ALWAYS BACKUP EVERYTHING PROPERLY and MAKE SURE ALL YOUR FILES ARE UP AND RUNNING WITH NO TECHNICAL PROBLEM IN YOUR ENTIRE PLATFORM.

A big part of the problem was my hosting issue. I changed my web hosting earlier this month as part of the decision to overhaul everything, since I don’t even get a decent customer support from my prior hosting. This, alongside my own irresponsible way of maintaining my blog through the years, has caused my WordPress files to fail, leading to the impossible means to backup my blog from the prior hosting — I can’t even open my cPanel from my old hosting and it’s taking forever to get a response from technical support.

I’m taking the relatively clean slate to overhaul my entire blog: a much better, cleaner, and more strategic theme, design, and layout; and more organized categories, tags, and links.

I stopped blogging in 2012, the time when I had A LOT of writing stints from about a dozen of U.S. and Philippine writing platforms, which included websites, other blogs, and broadsheets. I didn’t want to stop, but I had to pick my priorities. Since I really needed a lot of money for lots of expenses back then, I stopped blogging to allot more time for all my work loads (imagine shooting, teaching, and doing at least 10 articles per day — everyday).

Now, I want to focus more with my own… I am still doing writing gigs alongside my primary works in advertising¬†and the academe, as well as my polishing of scripts for my future films, but I also want to build back my blog, which I am writing for my own, not just for commissioned works. It’s my very own. I should start loving it again.

So in a nutshell, how has this blog evolved? Read my About Blog page for the short and sweet details.

Hello world, it’s March 2015 and my blog is finally back online!
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Cinema continues to develop better technologies to keep up with the rising demand for valuable and entertaining film content.

For more than 100 years since its birth, the movie industry has evolved much as an art form and a creative industry. Since then, it has provided major contributions in the arts, culture, politics and technology. And whether it’s in Hollywood, Bollywood or any other film industry center in the world, each one continues to develop better technologies to keep up with the rising demand for valuable and entertaining content. And this is where computer animation gets incorporated in the film’s special effects, which serves as a powerful tool to tell impressive stories in the film medium. Instead of the traditional way of drawing each movement frame by frame (24 hand-drawn frames with incremental changes in each drawing’s movement for a one second motion), the digital process allows for less drawings and utilizing computer software to enhance each image of the moving picture.

A Brief History of Computer Animation

Computer animation started way back in the 80’s with “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan” using computer techniques to generate the “Genesis Effect” scene. “Jurassic Park” also used computer-generated images for realistic living creatures in the film. The ’90s saw the significant impact of computer animation with “Toy Story,” the first full digital-animated feature that became a box office success and garnered many technical awards in top award-giving bodies including¬†The Academy Awards. “Babe,” a combination of live and computer animated effects, became a huge hit as well. This animation timeline continued in the new millennium with “Shrek,” “The Lord of the Rings,” and many more.

Animation and Special Effects

Going beyond the realistic world allows the viewers to escape from their own lives towards out-of-this-world and hyper-realistic experiences in audio-visual form. There are even some cinematic works mainly relying on computer artists’ digital animation and special effects skills to make the film bankable with such visual flair and wow factor.

There are many aspects involved in the job —¬†character design, digital painting (traditional painting techniques such as watercolor and oils are applied using digital tools through computer software), texture mapping (a method of adding detail and surface texture, a bitmap or raster image, or color to a computer-generated graphic or 3D model), in betweening (a process of generating intermediate frames between two images to give the appearance that the first image moves smoothly towards the second image where key frames help create the illusion of motion), lighting effects, camera movements, and other special effects and animation methods.

The full spectrum of animation in filmmaking is quite large. Animation jobs may include works for a film’s opening/closing billboard or credits (making the opening credits of “Spiderman” or the closing credits of “Alice in Wonderland”), a production outfit’s logo (making the Warner Bros. logo fit the mood and the applicable look for any specific film like in the case of “300”), special effects on scenes (like in the “Harry Potter” movies) and more. There are films requiring photorealistic and seamless 3D rendering and animation (like in “Avatar”). There are those requiring the use of motion capture technology where a real actor’s movements are captured into the computer through attached points on the actor’s body in order to recreate an entirely new character (the historical use of motion capture is best utilized in the character Gollum of “The Lord of the Rings” and “”The Hobbit” trilogies).

Fantasy, Epic and Adventure Movies

Fantasy and adventure movies like “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “King Kong,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” and “2012” offer spectators the chance to explore worlds beyond imagination.

Filming such thrilling creations of the mind requires much resources. To a certain point, it is impossible to shoot all required elements live — and this is where animation and digital art become parts of the overall special effects process of creating spectacular fantasy realms¬†for the viewers to enjoy. From the digital backgrounds to the magical creatures, animators and special effects artists work hand-in-hand to realize every¬†filmmaker’s vision for his or her¬†film.

Action and Superhero Movies

For all those engaging stunts and chasing scenes for films like “Wanted,” “Transformers, “Iron Man,” and “Sin City,” the magic of recreating or enhancing live action shots has long become the source of adrenaline for many¬†action movie fans. Animation and special effects can make a huge blast without the risk of getting people hurt with an actual¬†blow-out scene. Martial arts and all sorts of fight scenes are also enhanced to make them look more cinematic and suspense-filled. The way blood gets¬†shown during fights can be realistic or anything beyond real — depending on the director’s more detailed instructions.

Horror and Suspense Movies

Using digital magic through the concept of animation and computer graphics are very important in a number of horror movies requiring gore and goosebump-inducing sights of spirits (“The Ring”), monsters (“28 Weeks Later”),¬†and possessed beings (“The Exorcism of Emily Rose”). With animation, special effects, sound effects, and music, a horror film becomes such a hit. Otherwise, if the audience doesn’t get to accept the movie’s make-believe offer, the motion picture loses the chance to tell a good story, then it fails to impress the viewers from getting those much-needed horrific chills.

Romance, Musical, Comedy, and Drama Movies

Even romance, musical, comedy, and dramas can utilize computer animation to make the storytelling more technically and thematically polished. It doesn’t always have to be a magical scene or a huge explosion. It can be a simple background change or a significant computer-generated image to enhance specific scenes. These are usually utilized to make things¬†look as if they are part of any regular scene. Such effects are available in movies like “Australia,”¬†“Mamma Mia,” “Shallow Hal,” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

The Success of Walt Disney

Since Walt Disney’s release of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1937, animated films aimed at family audiences have become the company’s niche. For decades, Disney has produced films using traditional animation, until computer graphics became a game-changing technology in the film industry¬†starting the late 90’s.

The animation medium extends into the many formats becoming more available to filmmakers. Disney continues to explore the ever-changing playing field of cinema by also producing live action films within the same target market.Since late 2000’s,, showing 3D movies has become¬†a viable trend for top movie studios.

The Impressive Track Record of Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Animation Studios has a consistently impressive track record for quality feature and short films, complete with their trademark of¬†having a short film before every¬†main feature like in the case of their classic¬†offerings “Finding Nemo,” “Wall-E,” and “Up”).

After a few films mainly pioneering in computer animation, Pixar films readily rose up the ladder during the 90’s to become in par with the works of top animation companies in Hollywood. Its box office successes back up the studios’ countless awards for both the technical and thematic brilliance of their films like in¬†major award-giving bodies Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films for “The Incredibles,” BAFTA Awards for “Monsters, Inc.,”¬†and Golden Globes for “Ratatouille.” The company proves that the right combination of proprietary technology and world-class creative talent is the key to the animation film industry’s success. With such memorable characters and heartwarming stories appealing to audiences of all ages, it is no surprise that Pixar teams up with the veteran Disney in creating many great films that are now mostly classics in world cinema history.

“Animation Career Information: Become an Animator,” A Digital Dreamer.

“The History of Animation: Advantages and Disadvantages of the Studio System in the Production of an Art Form,” Digital Media FX.

Why Computer Animation is Important to the Film Industry?
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You don’t shell out thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions just to let the film bury itself inside the can, that dusty DVD container, or the inner workings of your dying hard drive.

Whether you intend the film to be watched for commercial purposes or you want it to be merely seen and touch lives of people for non-commercial film screenings, festivals, and other artistic endeavors, you need to let the people know there is something to watch out for.

Creativity and networking are crucial to effective marketing. From PR materials to merchandising items, they play significant roles in making the film better known; while actually earning additional money from sales through branded materials.

Classic examples of a film franchise’s merchandising items include books, shirts, button pins, bookmarks, keychains, bags, caps, paperweights, and school supplies (especially for children’s movies like “Harry Potter”and “Ice Age”) — where the film’s title or its sample art work¬†gets¬†branded into specific merchandise¬†items. Sponsors also receive product placements in movie projects and their logos and contact details can even be placed at the film credits. The major sponsors¬†can even be provided advertisements and write-ups in newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, and sometimes, even the film’s poster. Events and advanced screenings to further create buzz also become welcome sources of sponsorship goods.

Press people are invited to conferences and advanced screenings. They are provided physical and/or digital press kits containing publicity photos, production notes, poster, bonus articles about the film, film trailers and other media files. There are also fun stuff sold to a number of stores and Internet sites, where more than just merchandising materials, actual props used in films get¬†auctioned or sold. Sponsorships and ex-deals on children’s films are also common in fast food chains and other commercial establishments where merchandise items are sold or given as freebies.

Marketing sounds pretty commercial, but even independent films practice marketing in one way or another. It is quite clear how the marketing arm of a mainstream production goes. Now, taking the idea of marketing in an independent production: a person talks about the film with friends, then friends-of-friends, and so on. The filmmaker and his/her team build profiles of the project in various online networks, create a website, a blog, or a Facebook page, put trailers on video sites like Youtube, and even collaborate with certain musicians for the scoring and coming out of music videos with mutual benefits for both parties. They promote the movie posters or even create memes and even artistic and viral calls to action in as much venues as possible. People get screening invitations through post cards, phone calls, text brigades, emails, e-groups, and social networking sites.

More often than not, a motion picture¬†clings on to reviews and words from those who watched it in advanced/press/block screenings. The idea is, “if the film is really good, people will start talking about it.” With Hollywood productions and even independently-produced films like “Little Miss Sunshine”¬†and¬†“Once,” words coming out from those who initially saw the films affect their box office power.

In the Philippines, the main difference between Hollywood films and most of the country’s local films is how the value of marketing gets¬†practiced and taken into account. To compare, it is still Hollywood and other developed countries with successful film industries that are able¬†to market their films effectively, as they have ample budget and they have the support of their own governments, as well as many private institutions. However, this doesn’t mean that Filipinos should hamper their creativity in marketing strategies. Being creative and resourceful people, Filipinos, whether involved in commercial or independent films, can come up with great ideas and innovations on how to go about it. This also applies to struggling independent filmmakers and small production companies anywhere in the world. In fact, by this time and age, basic marketing strategies abound with or without a big budget. In this era of fast-paced communication and information technology where it is already very feasible to reach the greatest number of people through viral campaigns in the internet, film marketing is just a matter of setting priorities and putting effort and creativity to it.

It is as simple as: “If you have a film, you have to let other people know about it.” You have to reach out and let others¬†share their thoughts about it. It is a storytelling medium anyway… so just tell them you have a story that they may want to check out, and hopefully, they enjoy it and tell more¬†people about it.

Marketing as a Vital Part of Film Production
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Film: A Collaborative Art

Most of the time, the only person who seems to easily¬†get¬†that ultimate right to be called a filmmaker is the director. But come to think of it — film is a collaborative art, an audio-visual medium created out of moving pictures. This means to make a film requires¬†the director to¬†work with¬†producers, artists, artisans, and technicians from varying fields in order¬†to translate the script and the director’s vision into a moving picture.¬†Each has his/her own expertise that becomes an asset for the film project.

The Filmmakers

On a personal note, any person involved in a film production are filmmakers, regardless of the¬†specific work s/he does in the production. Since “filmmakers” are the people behind making¬†films, this¬†supports my conviction that everybody involved in the filmmaking process earns¬†the right¬†to be called a filmmaker: whether the utilityman, the members of the art department, the lighting crew, the production manager, the actors and actresses, the producer, just to name a few. All of them¬†are¬†filmmakers, just like the director.

With advocating the conviction¬†of calling film workers¬†as¬†filmmakers, it’s a matter of perspective and respect. This is not to say¬†that I am making an absolute statement of what’s right or wrong in this culture- and art-driven industry. This particular concern¬†simply means living up to a particular stand in an industry I am part of.

The Profession

Unlike professions requiring professional examinations and getting licenses prior to practicing, the filmmaking profession primarily¬†depends on the outcome of one’s work in order for the person to¬†have the “guts” to say that “filmmaking is my profession — that I’m a filmmaker.”¬†Yet, at¬†this time and age, anybody¬†who has a video camera or even a mobile phone camera can come up with a film and put it up in Youtube… Ergo, “I’m a filmmaker.”

Claiming oneself as a filmmaker is really a matter of perspective and paying respect to the work. Like the issue that anybody who can play the guitar who can easily call himself/herself a guitarist or a musician, there is often that issue of some people branding themselves as a filmmaker¬†in a manner that is more appropriately utilized by serious film students, amateurs, and professionals. Actually, being called a filmmaker is not about being an amateur or a professional. Either way, one can be a filmmaker. It all boils down to paying respect to the craft, being sincere about the profession, and being confident of¬†one’s work.

Film Workers as Filmmakers
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top 50 best movies of 2005, Batman Begins ranks number 1

This “Top 50 Best Movies of 2005 List” is a tough mix of cinematic offers that earned their ranks as the best of 2005.¬†It’s not all about the big budget and bankable stars. These things actually count in the overall charm of a film, but they aren’t the only reasons why people love watching movies.

Top 50 Best Movies of 2005 List

Ranking is based on a number of factors including quality of storytelling, thematic and technical achievements, critics’ ratings, awards, popularity, and box office and DVD statistics.

1. Batman Begins

Christopher Nolan effectively explores the origins of Bruce Wayne’s emergence as Batman. This story successfully goes back to the roots of the character, portraying a confused and angry Wayne who rises to redeem himself and defend Gotham.

2. Brokeback Mountain

Ang Lee’s unmissable and unforgettable LGBT film Brokeback Mountain hits a bull’s eye. This landmark motion picture¬†for Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal is such a defiantly erotic love story.

3. Crash

It’s the Academy Award Winner for Best Motion Picture in 2005. Paul Haggis keeps up with the high expectations for this cinematic masterpiece as he weaves no fewer than nine sets of characters into a suffocating tangle of ham-fisted ironies and acceptable coincidences.

4. Walk the Line

This James Mangold film turns out as one of the most nominated works during its time at the Oscars. Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix give their finest performances as June Carter and Johnny Cash here.

5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Tim Burton breathes new life to Roald Dahl’s 1964 tale and transforms it into a new celluloid confectionery. His interpretation is a gothic and yet colorful fantasy filled with the signature eccentricity as¬†an¬†auteur.

6. Sin City

Based on three of Frank Miller’s graphic novels, Robert Rodriguez collaborates with Miller’s genius to come up with this stylized, sexually charged, and blood-soaked treat that is especially meant for the fans of the source material.

7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This fourth film in¬†the franchise has enough sights and sounds to stir the audience’s enchanted imaginations. Mike Newell gives this realm of fantasy adventure a dark, more human look with due respect to what has already been established by its predecessors.

8. Corpse Bride

Tim Burton presents a morbid and romantic trip in between the cold dwelling of the living and the colorful underground world of the dead in this stop-motion animation classic. It is a darkly enchanting tale about the celebration of love told in a quirky, gothic, and ironic style.

9. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

The legendary six-film saga by George Lucas comes full circle with a Vader and Kenobi face off, as played by Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor. Despite the mix reactions, its iconic power lives on.

10. North Country

This Niki Caro drama starred by Charlize Theron is a powerful and compelling story about a 1989 American mining community where chauvinistic values are too common in the workplace.

11. Match Point

Woody Allen showcases another auteur work in this philosophical film about class and infidelity.

12. Cinderella Man

As an entertaining and uplifting piece, Russell Crowe reunites well with Ron Howard in this heartwarming and powerful underdog story.

13. Capote

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s unforgettable performance as Truman Capote leads¬†him to a number of acting awards. This motion picture also tops the Oscar¬†list of the best films of 2005.

14. Pride and Prejudice

Set in a post-18th century class-conscious England, Keira Knightly earns acting recognitions for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in this classic tale of love and misunderstanding.

15. Syriana

This political drama manages to turn one of the most controversial topics in the world into a challenging, thought-provoking human story about the world’s grandest schemes, powerful companies, and most dangerous people.

16. The Constant Gardener

Rachel Weisz gets an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actress in this film by Fernando Meirelles, also the brilliant helmer of City of God.

17. King Kong

This film proves to be an enduring part of film history and legacy as Peter Jackson pays homage to the original 1933 King Kong and its actress Fay Wray.

18. Munich

Steven Spielberg wins the Academy Award for Best Director in this mournful masterpiece. It engages in its revenge plot about the aftermath of eleven Israeli athletes getting massacred in the 1972 Olympics.

19. Good Night, and Good Luck

George Clooney directs this small-budgeted picture about a historic battle between a legendary newsman and an intrigue-stricken senator. The film earns half a dozen Oscar nominations including the calls for Best Director and Best Motion Picture of the Year.

20. Ocean’s Thirteen

The inventive and spontaneous bunch of professional men pulling off an impossible heist for the third time still remains as a guilty pleasure to watch. Helmer Steven Soderbergh lives up to the expectations with his bunch of A-listers including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Al Pacino on board.

21. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

At first, it may seem like a typical adaptation riding on the popularity of the bestselling novel by Anne Brashares. It actually turns out to be more than just a teenybopper flick. It is a heartwarming episodic film that aptly fits its target market.

22. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

This fantasy-adventure treat caught the Academy Awards’ attention¬†for its technical artistry. It has also launched new Hollywood faces through the characters of this C. S. Lewis classic.

23. Mr. and Mrs. Smith

This romantic comedy disguised as an action movie is a fun material with truthful bits about relationships and marriage. Here, new real-life couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt prove their on-screen charisma with their action-packed ride.

24. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

This dark, eclectic, trippy, and know-it-all comedy-thriller is a bold and breathless showcase of entertaining action and spot-on performances topped by Robert Downey Jr.

25. In Her Shoes

Starring Toni Collette and Cameron Diaz, this chick flick has enough depth to keep up with its interestingly profound and complex story about family, friendly, and romantic relationships.

26. The Legend of Zorro

This visually purist, action-filled flick showcades a touch of technical grandeur, while exploring an intimate family portrait in the eyes of Zorro and Elena, as played by Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

27. Memoirs of a Geisha

With three Oscar wins under its belt, this epic spectacle starring Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, and Li Gong presents a romantic look of Japanese culture, particularly of geisha life, in a western illustration.

28. War of the Worlds

Steven Spielberg’s contemporary retelling of the 1898 classic novel by H. G. Wells features a sci-fi adventure thriller about a Martian invasion, as seen through the eyes of an American family led by Tom Cruise.

29. Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit

This Academy Award Winner for Best Animated Feature provides a magical fusion of deadpan comedy and gothic horror for its willing audience.

30. Hustle and Flow

This redemptive story about a Memphis hustler struggling to find his voice gets Oscar nods with a Best Actor nomination for Terrence Howard and the Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures – Original Song win¬†for It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp.

31. Transamerica

In his stunning feature debut, writer-director Duncan Tucker mounts a touching drama about an average, conservative woman who turns out not a woman after all.

32. A History of Violence

As a revelatory work about the nature and consequences of physical, emotional, psychological, and sexual violence, this film gets Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published and Best Supporting Actor for William Hurt.

33. Mrs. Henderson Presents

Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins shine in this warm, witty period piece¬†about a widowed society woman in the 1930’s. Dench earns an Oscar Nomination for this multi-genre piece.

34. The New World

This is Terrence Malick’s fourth film in 32 years. This¬†Academy Award-nominated¬†work keeps him in the position of being the least prolific but definitely one of the most interesting directors in the business today.

35. Assault on Precinct 13

A remake of John Carpenter’s 1976 crackerjack B-movie thriller, this dark and gritty picture¬†is well worth a look.

36. The Squid and the Whale

With an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen under its belt, this cinematic piece depicts its deep-seated conflict with a piercingly honest, moving, and frequently hilarious drama with topnotch performances.

37. Junebug

Amy Adams garners¬†an Academy¬†Award for her supporting role in this wise and effectively bittersweet comedy about the Southern homecoming of a guy, played by Alessandro Nivola, to his parents’ place in North Carolina.

38. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

This light and funny adaptation of Douglas Adams’ novel is an enjoyable, mind-boggling sci-fi romp poised to reaching a broad audience with its silly and spirited tour of space.

39. The Jacket

Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley puts life to this intense psychological thriller about a Gulf War veteran who finds himself trapped inside another terrifying scenario.

40. Kung Fu Hustle

Set in a chaotic pre-revolutionary China, actor-director Stephen Chow puts enough humor and action to this Asian hit.

41. The Great Raid

Mainly set in Cabanutan, Philippines, this movie based on the books The Great¬†Raid on Cabanatuan and Ghost Soldiers¬†promotes a touching rendition of the incredible story of one of America’s most successful POW rescue in history.

42. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

This film is a hybrid of horror and courtroom drama and it approaches its compelling subject matter with an effective form of metaphysical horror.

43. Valiant

Inspired by the true-to-life story of World War II carrier pigeons trained to carry vital information for the allied forces across the English Channel, this animated offering accommodates both kids and their adult companions for a fun movie time together.

44. Sky High

Like how Hogwarts is portrayed as a secret school for kids with magical powers, there is also the heroic world of Sky High, which works like an amalgam of The Incredibles and X-men via Harry Potter.

45. Wolf Creek

It is one of the most brutally realistic horror movies to dte — and it is based on true events about an Australian Outback vacation gone fatal.

46. Wedding Crashers

Regardless of its flaws, the Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn tandem in this escapist flick is still such a comedic riot.

47. The Pacifier

It has that same old story about the tough guy who needs to take care of a bunch of menacing kids, but the actually formula works in this family movie.

48. Blade Trinity

This third offer from the Blade franchise offers a music video-style smash in between chasing and wrestling scenes for the action fans to enjoy.

49. The Transporter 2

Transporter 2 succeeds in maintaining the action-flick formula: the good guy chases the bad guys and vice versa. Deadpan Jason Statham delivers well through his silent charisma as Frank Martin, while Alessandro Gassman works as a sexy villain.

50. Ong-bak

This is a movie that amazes and defies the Hollywood cheats of stunt doubles and CGI creations. It shows the real thing of what one Muay Thai expert can do without using the usual movie tricks.

Top 50 Best Movies of 2005
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