This is way way late, but at last here is my list of the top movies of 2006. I’ve been drafting it for a month at least.
When it comes to numbers, I did even better than last year. I saw 53 movies of the 350 on the list (plus one from 2006 which didn’t make the list because it only played at film festivals before going to DVD).
Movies which I REALLY wanted to see but still haven’t gotten around to include Miss Potter, X-Men3 (yeah yeah, I can borrow this from my sis at anytime, I just keep forgetting), The Science of Sleep, Clerks 2 (though I’m in the credits and can also borrow this whenever), Inside Man, and Little Miss Sunshine.
So here’s my list:
Movie Show 2006
Best Looking Female: Shohreh Aghdashloo (take your pick), The Nativity Story, X-Men 3, The Lake House, or American Dreamz. The woman is striking and radiates intelligence.
Best Looking Male: Daniel Craig, Casino Royale (drool)
Coolest Female: Queen Latifah, Stranger than Fiction
Coolest Male: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brick
Best Villain: Ben Whishaw, Perfume: the Story of a Murderer
Worst Villain: Bobby Canavale, Fast Food Nation
Best Sidekick or Henchman: Michael Caine, Children of Men
Best FX: Superman Returns is the obvious answer, but I’m going with The Fountain
Best Shot: The Fountain, the entire film is a visual feast, not sure I get it, but it was gorgeous
Best Chase: Flushed Away
Best Escape: Clive Owen and Claire-Hope Ashitey’s escape to the ocean, Children of Men
Most Unique “casting”: Dame Maggie Smith wielding a meat clever and killing people with shovels, Keeping Mum
Best Sequel: Casino Royale (do Bond films really count as sequels?)
Worst Sequel: I only saw 3 sequels (if we count Bond) so by default and de-merit, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
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Best Death: Matt Damon, The Departed cause I wanted him dead for sooooo long.
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Best Action Star: Clive Owen, Children of Men (I saw surprisingly few of the Action movies of 2006 so he’s kinda winning by default)
“You’ll never believe me, but this is great” Film: Brick, proof that film noir is still a viable genre and can work in a modern high school setting
“I can’t believe it didn’t suck” Film: The Lake House, I’m no Keanu fan, but I really liked this chick flick.
Biggest Disappointment: Lady in the Water, M. Night has lost it…
Weirdest Darn Movie: The Fountain
Absurdity Award: This Film is Not Yet Rated was rated NC-17
Most Overrated: Babel
Guilty Pleasure: The Holiday (what can I say Jude Law is oh-so pretty)
Feel-Good Movie: The Pursuit of Happyness (duh, it’s right there in the title)
Feel-Bad Movie: The Last King of Scotland, I have never been so viscerally disturbed by a film. I thought I was going to vomit for hours afterwards.
“You can’t pay me to see this” movie: Final Destination 3, the first one was terrible, how could it spawn one sequel, let alone 2!?!
Best Line: “It’s not schizophrenia. It’s just a voice in my head. I mean, the voice isn’t telling me to do anything. It’s telling me what I’ve already done… accurately, and with a better vocabulary.” –Harold Crick (Will Ferrell), Stranger than Fiction
TOP TEN MOVIES
- Stranger than Fiction, cinematic perfection!
- Casino Royale
- The Departed
- Akeelah and the Bee
- The Queen
- The Prestige
- Superman Returns
- Kinky Boots
BOTTOM TEN MOVIES
- Lady in the Water
- Man of the Year, why did Laura Linney demean herself by agreeing to do this film?
- Fast Food Nation, can you say propaganda?
- The Da Vinci Code, boring and without reading the book, I knew Tom Hanks was woefully miscast.
- The Black Dahlia
- Hollywoodland, despite a fabulous performance by Ben Affleck, this was a waste of time.
- Happy Feet
- Monster House, cool technology but not enough story
- For Your Consideration, they forgot the funny