Top Ten Movies of 2006

I made a list. I made up the numbers just now.

1. Pan’s Labyrinth (9.2): a tuber manages to elicit more sympathy than anyone in Babel.

2. Little Miss Sunshine (8.2): compelling characters can carry a loose plot any day.

3. Brick (7.9): so damn cool I couldn’t help myself, even if it leaves us cold.

4. Borat (7.6): a pornography of comedy; not deep or cutting, really, just funny.

(tie) Volver (7.6): middling Almodovar is still better than almost anything else.

6. The Departed (7.3): Martin knows what he’s doing.

7. Inside Man (7.2): Spike knows what he’s doing.

8. Children of Men (7.0): lame exposition followed by some serious exhilaration.

(tie) Apocalypto (7.0): a visceral chase set in the jungle; nothing more, nothing less.

10. The Last King of Scotland (6.8): Idi Amin, in the flesh.

Movies I haven’t seen: Inland Empire, The Queen, Half Nelson, Shortbus, etc.


At 6:37 PM, Blogger illya said...


this is great: you're the Christgau of film. I hope this becomes a regular feature.

I'm seeing Lynch speak on Friday; if that doesn't kill my motivation, will certainly be seeing INLAND EMPIRE soon.


At 3:28 PM, Blogger Clay said...

You liked "Inside Man" better than "V for Vendetta"?

At 2:25 AM, Blogger Bryan said...

The Departed is well done but it's a ripoff of an asian film called Infernal Affairs

At 7:45 PM, Blogger hanged lone loon said...

Really, The Departed is a remake of Infernal Affairs, which was, in turn, heavily influenced by Scorsese's earlier work. So, it's like Scorsese is doing an imitation of himself. Which is pretty sweet, if you ask me.

Yeah, I did like Inside Man better than V for Vendetta. My rabid enthusiasm for the latter was primarily of the anticipatory sort.

Insomni, I saw Lynch last Friday. We should talk about how crazy he is.

At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You really should see Half Nelson. Ryan Gosling is excellent. The Queen is a plodding movie but Helen Mirren is its saving grace. Kate Winslet should win Best Actress for Little Children, however.

I agree about Pan's Labyrinth being the best movie of 2006. Children of Men did not live up to the hype at all. Little Miss Sunshine was lovely but I think the Departed deserves the number 2 spot.

Just some random thoughts. Can't wait to see Brick.

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