Mineshaft Gap

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Friendship and Revenge.

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Jones, 2005)

Jones's masterful, sad elegy to friendship and the land is one of the most underappreciated films of 2005. It is film that wears its innate nihilism on its sleeves, yet is sad for those feelings. The brilliant strategy of the film is to do away with concepts for heroes and villains and instead showing a group of tragic people that exist in this world. In the end it is not important that there was no Jimenez, the reveal of the photo shows that even Pete could not have truly believed it, but that friendship could exist. In the world that Mel and Pete longed for together, it is the longing that proves the salvation of humanity.

And so, my final top ten of 2005.

2005 Top 10:
1. Cache
2. A History of Violence
3. The New World
4. The Squid and the Whale
5. Grizzly Man
6. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
7. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
8. Match Point
9. Brokeback Mountain
10. The Devil's Rejects

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