Thursday, March 02, 2006

Best and Worst of 2006

by Brian
A running log of 2006 releases that I've seen. Not necessarily in order of preference:

BEST (15): Pan's Labyrinth; Army of Shadows; The Prestige; The Queen; Neil Young: Heart of Gold; Brick; Inside Man; Children of Men; Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story; United 93; Akeelah and the Bee; An Inconvenient Truth; World Trade Center; The Fountain; Sweet Land

VERY GOOD (20): Clean; Volver; Block Party; The Proposition; The Notorious Bettie Page; Little Miss Sunshine; The Departed; Marie Antoinette; Tsotsi; L'Enfant (The Child); Sophie Scholl: The Final Days; Monster House; Fateless; Cars; A Prairie Home Companion; Cavite; The Heart of the Game; Idiocracy; Flannel Pajamas; Letters from Iwo Jima

ALSO GOOD, IF NOTHING SPECIAL (39): Casino Royale; Lemming; Half Nelson; Glory Road; Shortbus; Babel; Little Children; Rocky Balboa; Perfume: The Story of a Murderer; The Good Shepherd; Bubble; The Pursuit of Happyness; Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan; Find Me Guilty; Down in the Valley; Duck Season; 13 Tzameti; The Good German; A Scanner Darkly; Factotum; Stranger Than Fiction; The Last King of Scotland; Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World; Why We Fight; Running Scared; Eight Below; Thank You for Smoking; Wah-Wah; Strangers with Candy; Favela Rising; My Country My Country; Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles; The Bridesmaid; A Good Year; Come Early Morning; Fast Food Nation; Game 6; Wordplay; Darwin's Nightmare

DOESN'T SUCK (32): Don't Come Knocking; 16 Blocks; The Devil Wears Prada; The Painted Veil; Notes on a Scandal; Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos; Jesus Camp; Apocalypto; V for Vendetta; Ask the Dust; The History Boys; Seraphim Falls; Venus; Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas); Lonesome Jim; Friends with Money; Art School Confidential; Sketches of Frank Gehry; Peaceful Warrior; Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man; The Illusionist; All the King's Men; Renaissance; Curse of the Golden Flower; The Science of Sleep; Infamous; Deja Vu; The Nativity Story; Winter Passing; Breaking and Entering; Mission: Impossible III; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest; The Da Vinci Code

SUCKS (21): Lady Vengeance; Miami Vice; Drawing Restraint 9; Hollywoodland; Copying Beethoven; Catch a Fire; Flags of Our Fathers; The Descent; X-Men: The Last Stand; Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus; Trust the Man; Hard Candy; Superman Returns; Dreamgirls; The Break-Up; The Lake House; Firewall; Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor); Blood Diamond; The Architect

REALLY BADLY SUCKS (10): Unknown White Male; Lady in the Water; Bobby; Miss Potter; Man of the Year; Poseidon; The King; La Moustache; For Your Consideration; Running with Scissors


The "Made Me Want to Kill Myself" category will hopefully remain empty. Nothing I saw would have made it in there last year, since I usually skip movies that look like strong candidates. But I thought I'd include it just in case. After all, you never know when a Spanglish or a Pay It Forward will come along.



Blogger Count Olaf said...

I'm so glad you stuck with "Gone Elsewhere." It's perfect!
But dude, I liked spanglish.... =)

3/02/2006 01:39:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

You liked Spanglish? I'm going to have to consult the others ... we may have to rescind your invite here.

On the other hand, I think I'll unilaterally impose probation. When Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector comes out ... well, I'll be keeping a close eye on you.

3/02/2006 02:04:00 PM  
Blogger jaydro said...

Wow, my head is spinning--the site has already undergone a redesign, the first "welcome" post has been replaced by a 2005 recap.... I like the links over on the right side. I was thinking the fonts would grow on me after looking at "Banned From the Ranch," but their replacements are okay. I didn't see Spanglish, yet, but I don't think it could be so bad as to have Olaf's license revoked. With that in mind I will refrain from enthusing about last night's One Tree Hill episode....

3/02/2006 04:01:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Well, "redesign" is a strong word. I simply picked from a different pre-designed template. And, I added a counter, and put up a few links.

The "Banned from the Ranch" reference was merely to the name. Maybe I should have explained better - it was a special effects company set up by a couple of guys who fell into George Lucas's bad graces, and were hence banned from Skywalker Ranch. I thought the "Gone Elsewhere" title fit in a similar vein.

3/02/2006 04:16:00 PM  
Blogger jaydro said...

Okay, I thought the original font scheme was perhaps somewhat inspired by the Western-flavored design of the archived "Banned From the Ranch" site. I guess I was reaching a bit....

3/02/2006 04:30:00 PM  
Blogger Count Olaf said...

Link to Hollywood Elsewhere does not work...on purpose??
And make it a double-feature with Larry the Cable Guy and the Legend of Ricky Bobby. YEEE HAAAWWWW!!!

3/02/2006 06:32:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I have seen zero 2006 movies so far this year. I always have trouble dragging myself out of the house during a movie season like this. Most of the movies worth watching don't show up in San Antonio anyway.

I was actually looking forward to Running Scared, but I can't convince my boyfriend to go due to the presence of The Walker.

3/02/2006 08:16:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Fixed the HE link ... thanks for pointin' it out.

I always start out slow on the new year's releases too, mostly because all the interesting January stuff is actually the previous year's releases finally making it to town. But decent stuff is starting to come out more regularly.

3/03/2006 09:57:00 AM  
Blogger Colin said...

As with "I'll Do Anything," "Spanglish" felt like Brooks having one idea and then radically changing things in the editing process. The pacing and flow in that movie is just plain weird. Tea Leoni was in shrill mode, which is never a good sign in a movie. On the other hand, Tea Leoni in neurotic mode, as in "Flirting With Disaster," can be good.

3/03/2006 05:03:00 PM  

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