Sunday, December 10, 2006

Seen in 2006

by Nick
It's getting to be the end of the year, so I thought I'd start summarizing.

All in all, I'm surprised. There's been a lot more good stuff released this year than I thought before I began the list. Little Miss Sunshine caught me by surprise, but it is hands down excellent.

There are some bigger fishes I have gotten around to yet (Departed, Prestige, Fountain, Pan's Labyrinth), and some I've seen but just forgotten to mention, but I'll probably be completing the list all through next year.

Great: Little Miss Sunshine, Brick, Half Nelson, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, The Proposition, The Queen, The Lives of Others, United 93, Election 2: Harmony is Virtue, V for Vendetta, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Babel

Very good: Inside Man, Cocaine Cowboys, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Crank, The Squid & the Whale, Boys of Baraka, The Host, Tsotsi, Casino Royale, Why We Fight, Monster House, Talladega Nights, Thank You for Smoking, Running Scared, The Banquet, Perfume

Good: 13 Tzameti, The Devil Wears Prada, Volver, Mission: Impossible III, After the Wedding, Slither, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Dark Horse, Nacho Libre, Storm, Brave Story, Election: Triad Elections, Miami Vice, Find Me Guilty, Accepted, A Scanner Darkly, Akeelah and the Bee, Cars, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Over the Hedge, Click, Friends with Money, The Matador

Flawed: Superman Returns, X-Men: The Last Stand, Art School Confidential, The Illusionist, Lucky Number Slevin, 16 Blocks, Shooting Dogs, La Moustache, Falkenberg Farewell, Fearless

Bad: The Break-Up, Just My Luck, World Trade Center, Silent Hill, Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The Sentinel, Underworld: Evolution

Horrible: Da Vinci Code, Running with Scissors, Poseidon, RV, Hostel

Notable performances: Steve Carrell (Little Miss Sunshine), Shareeka Epps (Half Nelson), Michael Sheen (The Queen), Ah-Sung Ko (The Host), Yeong-ae Lee (Sympathy for Lady Vengeance)

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5 Comments:

Blogger Brian said...

Question: are these listed in order of preference?

I'm glad to see someone else apparently hated Running With Scissors as much as I did. And liked Brick - I really enjoyed that one.

I've been keeping my list here. I update it from time to time.

12/10/2006 11:02:00 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Question: are these listed in order of preference?

Yes and no. They're listed in terms of how good or bad I thought they were. So Da Vinci Code was the most horrible, Supeman Returns the most flawed, and so on.

If anyone wants me to explain myself on any specific choice, I'll try and review the film.

12/10/2006 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

And Running With Scissors was execrable.

As a matter of fact, thinking about it, it was so bad it actually deserves to be moved up on the list. Poseidon, at least, was funny bad.

12/11/2006 04:25:00 PM  
Blogger jaydro said...

Wow, I posted a comment to this earlier today (or last night?), about how updating old blog entries isn't exactly the best way to do things from a reader's perspective--the only way I know something is new here is if it appears above something I've already read or shows up in Recent Comments, and so updating old posts doesn't help, and new comments on posts that have fallen off the first page often don't show up in Recent Comments. The RSS feed doesn't seem to show updated old posts (and speaking of the RSS feed--I guess there must be a new URL, since my reader says it's broken, along with other blogspot feeds). And then that very comment which I'm recreating here, went missing.... *sigh*

12/18/2006 11:06:00 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

I was thinking about this as well, and maybe the best way to do it would be to reprint the list when they're 'done', so to speak, at the end of the year or something. It's not like we have limited space to post here, so a repeat post, as long as it's sufficiently updated, wouldn't be such a bad idea.

12/19/2006 02:45:00 AM  

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