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Old 12-12-2006, 12:43 PM   #1
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2006 Year in Review, Movies

Well, 2006 came and is almost gone. Unless you are living to see The Good German, Rocky Balboa, or Night at the Museum, I think it is safe t sum up what was good and what wasn't. I think it is saf to say that Indy 4 won't hit the screens in 2006, but over all I thought 2006 was a heck of a lot better than 2005.

My top 3

Pirates of Caribean 2,
was my favorite flick of '06, I thought by a long shot until
Casino Royale, I am a Bond fan and always likethe movies, but I really thought Craig was great and this was huge flick.
mi:iii a lot of action, and action and action, bt a really great movie, good for Tom!

runners up, X-men, Last Stand, Cars, and Superman Returns.

Big let down for me, Miami Vice, wow Mr. Mann should have stayed home!
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Old 12-12-2006, 12:55 PM   #2
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"Pirates of Caribean 2,was my favorite flick of '06"

I think it was mine too....

I also enjoyed X-men 3 (Though it could have been much better) and Superman Returns (same... )
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Old 12-12-2006, 04:46 PM   #3
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movies I saw that I'd pay to watch again:

Apocalypto
Thank You for Smoking
Stranger than Fiction
Little Miss Sunshine
Superman Returns
Cars
Pirates 2
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Old 12-12-2006, 04:52 PM   #4
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My favorites:
Pirates 2, Little Miss Sunshine, Casino Royale.
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Old 12-12-2006, 06:06 PM   #5
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I loved Thank you for Smoking, so much so i saw it again with a different group of friends, for me at least, it was not rewatchable. I really, really enjoyed the movie the first go round.
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Old 12-12-2006, 06:48 PM   #6
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So far:

Jet Li's Fearless
The Departed
Bobby
The Prestige
Inside Man
Casino Royale
Apocalypto
X-Men 3
Snakes On A Plane
The Illusionist
Lucky Number Slevin
Pirates 2

Still waiting to see Children of Men and The Good German and Good Shepherd and The Last King of Scotland and Catch a Fire.
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Old 12-13-2006, 01:25 AM   #7
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I just saw Blood Diamond and it makes the list.
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Old 12-13-2006, 05:26 AM   #8
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My favorite, easily The Departed; Casino Royale was good enough that i saw it twice in theaters. Departed was even cooler for me because I saw it in Boston Common having just come from many of the places the movie is set.
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Old 12-13-2006, 08:34 PM   #9
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How about:

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Well, 2006 came and is almost gone. Unless you are living to see [most of this year's films on DVD]. . . . I think it is safe to sum up what was good and what wasn't

I'm way behind on flics again this year. My very early ratings in order of preference:


Best:
The Departed
Eight Below
Joyeux Noel
The Prestige



Good:
Stick It
Inside Man
Lucky Number Slevin



Middling:
Miami Vice
Pirates 2
(I've forgotten the film)
MI:3
Down in the Valley
Da Vinci Code
Failure To Launch
X:3



Stinky:
V For Vendetta
Basic Instinct 2
Nacho Libre
Little Miss Sunshine

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Old 12-13-2006, 08:55 PM   #10
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I forgot V for Vendetta was this year.

I don't think Basic Instinct 2 is as bad as everyone says. It was good for a sequel but the first one was still way better.

I didn't have the honour of seeing Nacho Libre.

Little Miss Sunshine would be between middling and good for me and Miami Vice is stinky. Da Vinci Code was also pretty stinky. It could have been much better. And M:I 3 was good but I wouldn't put it on my list of best movies of the year.

I was reminded of one more. Running Scared. I definitely didn't expect it to be so good. That and The Departed and Dummy put Vera Farmiga on my top 10 actresses list.
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Old 12-14-2006, 08:37 PM   #11
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For me, Little Miss Sunshine was disturbing. I love dark humor, but the parental neglect and the subtext between the daughter and the grandfather was just off. There was nothing redeeming about the story or the characters. It was cheap laughs on top of dark content.

I couldn't even watch V or Nacho to the end. Just awful.

I too am waiting to see Last King -- I hope to catch it next week.

I'll admit that Miami Vice was bad -- but every Mann movie has at least one or two truly affecting scenes/images that really draw me in. I love that in film. One moment, was when the Farrell character reaches over to strap in the mobster chic in the go-fast boat on the way to Havana. But aside from some pretty images, the story was a wreck and I lost interest. Also, the ending sequence was a disgrace -- it looks like it was shot for TV.

I forgot, I'd add Domino as my bottom 'Good' film or the top of my 'Middling.'
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Old 12-14-2006, 11:40 PM   #12
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That reminds me of Deja Vu which was also very good.
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Old 12-17-2006, 05:28 PM   #13
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This year I truly enjoyed
Pirates of the Caribbean 2
Flags of our fathers
Walk the line
The departed
Devil wears Prada


Haven't seen,because they're not out yet here,Casino Royale and Apocalypto,but looking forward next year.

I disliked WTC,absolutely boring and to me Nicholas Cage is one of the worst actors.

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Old 12-17-2006, 05:37 PM   #14
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I also thought WTC was boring as hell as did my grandmother. Seriously. On the other hand I think Nicolas Cage is a good actor.
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Old 12-18-2006, 10:41 AM   #15
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Watched The Devil Wears Prada -- and it was O.K. Let's just say that Anne Hathaway is not a major talent. I'd much rather have had a Lost in Translation vintage Scarlett Johanson (sp?) in the lead.

Superman was better than I thought but still a yawner.
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Old 02-28-2007, 07:18 PM   #16
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In honor of the Oscars (which slid by here with nary a whimper), I've updated my list.

Best:
The Departed – Best simply because of Leonardo DiCaprio's angry-screwed-by-the-world performance
Eight Below – big drop from the Departed to here, but the rare film: clean family fun
Joyeux Noel – flawed & not the greatest – but something very real about the film
The Notorious Bettie Page – great locations and performances but not much depth

Good:
United 93 – Could’ve been a made-for-TV movie but gripping
Hollywoodland – someone, please shoot Adrien Brody (Lane rocks though)
The Illusionist – Ed Norton rocks
The Prestige – some great murky sets
Stick It – Girl Power Activate! Plus The Dude as teen coach.
Inside Man – nice, entertaining early year release (Jody Foster should’ve passed)
Lucky Number Slevin – entertaining but flawed
Marie Antoinette – great visuals & music but bad script – blown opportunity
Flags of Our Fathers – watch the closing credits and be blown away by how much the film looked like the real deal. Otherwise, a yawner

Middling:
Black Dahlia – Swank was odd -- but good period film
Miami Vice – had its moments but not a great film
Pirates 2 (I've forgotten the film but have been told to re-watch)
Down in the Valley – Again, Ed Norton is the man.
Fast & the Furious, Tokyo Drift – I love these films and don’t know why
MI: 3 – ran out of $$$ by the end of the film
Da Vinci Code – yawn
Babel -- not as bad as Crash but still a waste of my time.
Talledega (sp?) Nights – 3 lol moments
Flyboys – some gripping dogfights and that’s all
Failure To Launch – Jessica Dee Snyder is nasty
X:3 – I’ve forgotten this mailed-in third sequel

Stinky:
Superman
You, Me & Dupree
(which should have been titled “You, Me, Dupree and Kate Hudson’s rear”)
V For Vendetta
Basic Instinct 2
Nacho Libre
A Scanner Darkly
Little Miss Sunshine
Crank

Yet-To-View
The Last King of Scotland
Blood Diamond
Children of Men
Dreamgirls
Notes on a Scandal
Science of Sleep
Volver
Little Children
Pan’s Labyrinth
The Queen


If some of these unviewed films don't make my 'Best' list, I think 2006 will be the worst year in film in my adult life.
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:36 AM   #17
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here in the Uk we had to wait till 2007 for Blood Diamond and Last King but they were both well worth the wait..


Best films of 2006 then

The Departed
Blood Diamond
The Prestige
Last King of Scotland
Stranger Than Fiction
Casino Royale
Little Miss Sunshine
Children of Men

The worst
Firewall (sorry Harry)
Da Vince Code
The Sentinal
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Old 03-01-2007, 02:01 PM   #18
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Best
The Prestige
V for Vendetta
Lucky Number Slevin
Pirates 2
M:i:III
The Departed
Casino Royale
Borat
Beerfest


Worst

The Grudge 2 (waste of money)
Nacho Libre
Poseidon
Little Man
United 93
World Trade Center
The Descent
The Covenant
The Marine
Marie Antoinette
The Fountain (Zardoz with Hugh Jackman)
Tenacious D: POS
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Old 03-02-2007, 10:06 PM   #19
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Liked:

Casino Royale
Superman Returns
V For Vendetta
The Prestige
The Departed
Apocalyto
Rocky Balboa
The Fountain (underrated)
The Da Vinci Code (I had fun watching it)
X-Men 3 (fun movie except for the killing off of Cyclops and the blatant product placement)
Snakes on a Plane (fun movie)

Disliked:

Borat (I like Borat but thought Da Ali G Show was lot more funny)
Pirates of the Carribean 2 (I thought it was fun in a few parts)
Talladega Nights (only laughed a couple of times)
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Old 03-03-2007, 02:02 AM   #20
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Well 2006 was a very bad year for movies. It was the year of the sequels and remakes. With that said my favourite movies of 2006 were Casino Royale and Apocalypto.

I'm sorry but Martin Scorsese needs to find a good editor.
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Old 03-03-2007, 11:47 AM   #21
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Well, I have no right to put out any best of lists, as I usually miss a lot of stuff in theaters (yet to see: The Good Shepherd, Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen, The Departed, Flags and Iwo Jima, Rocky, Talledega Nights, The Prestige, Marie Antoinette, A Prairie Home Companion, Brick, Inside Man, The Woody Allen flick, The Black Dahlia) and at the same time catch up on some of the recent misses and really old stuff on DVD. So releases and their date tend to get mixed up in my little brain..."when did AS IT IS IN HEAVEN come out again?"

Basically I've got a great feeling most recently because there were and are (right now in my theater) more pressumably good films out there than I can even manage to watch. (I expect almost every single film of the "yet to see" list to be (really) good...)

There were these films that thrilled, provoked AND entertained me with their truly original vision, their insightfullness:
Children Of Men, Pan's Labyrinth, The Fountain, The Science Of Sleep
Who cares in what year films are released. I'm amazed by the fact, though, that within three months I saw three films (Children, Pan, Fountain) that felt like instant classics to me.

The following ones were all really good too:
Dans Paris, Thank You For Smoking, Crank, to a lesser degree Mrs Henderson Presents, The Lady In The Water (yes, I liked it), Running Scared, Casino Royale, Babel, The Squid And The Whale

Just an outstanding, experience (I saw the original version, fell asleep, woke up, just barely understood that southern accent): Tideland

Outstandingly and surprisingly funny, due to the lack of quality: Da Vinci Code


...I'm sure I forgot about some other flicks. And:...sorry about the confusion..
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Old 06-18-2007, 09:51 PM   #22
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Here's my final take on the year that was -- notable for having a few Blanchett flics ---

Best:
The Departed – Best simply because of Leonardo DiCaprio's angry-screwed-by-the-world performance
Letters From Iwo Jima - Great all-around film. Being made on a budget reminded me of Raiders
Blood Diamond -- felt large, which is surprisingly rare in this day and age of digital effects
Last King of Scotland -- Whittaker does indeed rock
Eight Below – there's a drop from Last King to here, but the rare film: clean family fun
Joyeux Noel – flawed & not the greatest – but something very real about the film
The Notorious Bettie Page – great locations and performances but not much depth
Children of Men -- I'm still tired of Caine.

Good:
Bobby -- love that old hotel.
United 93 – Could’ve been a made-for-TV movie but gripping
Hollywoodland – someone, please shoot Adrien Brody (Lane rocks though)
The Illusionist – Ed Norton rocks
The Prestige – some great murky sets
Stick It – Girl Power Activate! Plus The Dude as teen coach.
Inside Man – nice, entertaining early year release (Jody Foster should’ve passed)
Lucky Number Slevin – entertaining but flawed
Marie Antoinette – great visuals & music but bad script – blown opportunity
Notes on a Scandal
The Queen -- felt like a made-for-TV-movie
Flags of Our Fathers – watch the closing credits and be blown away by how much the film looked like the real deal. Otherwise, a yawner
The Holiday

Middling:
Pan's Labyrinth -- didn't live up the hype.
Good German -- Almost as bad as Havana
Black Dahlia – Swank was odd -- but good period film
Miami Vice – had its moments but not a great film
Pirates 2 (I've forgotten the film but have been told to re-watch)
Down in the Valley – Again, Ed Norton is the man.
Fast & the Furious, Tokyo Drift – I love these films and don’t know why
MI: 3 – ran out of $$$ by the end of the film
Da Vinci Code – yawn
Little Children -- Winslet isn't enough. Stupid child molestor subplot
Good Shepherd -- Jolie is wasted.
Babel -- not as bad as Crash but still a waste of my time.
Deja Vu -- flat for Bruckheimer.
Talledega (sp?) Nights – 3 lol moments
Flyboys – some gripping dogfights and that’s all
Failure To Launch – Jessica Dee Snyder is nasty
X:3 – I’ve forgotten this mailed-in third sequel
Fur
Dreamgirls


Stinky:
Superman
You, Me & Dupree
(which should have been titled “You, Me, Dupree and Kate Hudson’s rear”)
Music & Lyrics
V For Vendetta
Basic Instinct 2
Nacho Libre
A Scanner Darkly -- out-of-work actors filling idle hours
Little Miss Sunshine - deplorable film
Crank
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