Happy New Year everyone! With the new year we must also look back at the year that was, and I think we can all agree that 2006 was a large step forward after 2005 cinematically. Creating my top ten of 2005 was one of the hardest things I had to do considering there were so few films I really enjoyed, but this year is different.
I should let you know, a top ten list for me is not an Oscar list. These are the movies that entertained me the most and are rated very high on my rewatchability meter. These are movies I could throw in the DVD player and watch over and over again and some of them I already am. Let’s take a look at my favorites from 2006…
#10 CHILDREN OF MEN
#9 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST
#8 INSIDE MAN
#7 CASINO ROYALE
#6 MARIE ANTOINETTE
#5 THE QUEEN
#4 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III
#3 BLOOD DIAMOND
#2 V FOR VENDETTA
#1 THE DEPARTED
So there you have it, but there were a few films just on the outside looking in…
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan – Borat is the comedy of the year for sure.
The Descent – Just as Borat is the comedy of the year, The Descent is easily the horror of the year… Sorry Hostel, I did like you too.
The Good Shepherd – At nearly three hours, The Good Shepherd is a test of your patience as it tells a very slow and methodical fictionalized version of the birth of the C.I.A. Matt Damon is phenomenal, as is just about everyone else in the cast. Its rewatchability factor is what has it falling just short of the top ten.
Lady in the Water – I thought this would make it into my top ten, but after all was said and done I just couldn’t do it. I am the only one that will probably have this movie on their list, but oh well…
The Last King of Scotland – I just saw this at the end of the year and liked it far more than I expected. Forrest Whitaker is phenomenal, but it should also be mentioned that so is James McAvoy as any accolades that would normally be heading his way seem to have all been gobbled up by Whitaker on his way to should be his first Oscar.
Pan’s Labyrinth – Guillermo del Toro makes fantastic films and Pan’s Labyrinth may be his best one yet.
The Prestige – To not include Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige would be a shame. If this movie was about 15 minutes shorter I think it might have been in my top five, but unfortunately some pacing issues have it falling short.
The Proposition – Here’s a movie that bounced in and out of my top ten several times, but ultimately fell just short. It really is a good one and I urge you to give it a peek.
Rocky Balboa – I plan on watching this one over and over again once it hits DVD.
Thank You for Smoking – Witty and highly comical, Thank You for Smoking may be a victim of its own attempts at cleverness. It took it a bit too far in trying to be oh so clever, which is why it falls short, but this is a movie several people will easily fall in love with.
That does it for me folks, be sure to check out my disappointments of 2006 right here.