Friday, December 29, 2006

The 50 2006 Films I saw.

I saw 50 2006 movies this year, almost all of them in the theatre but fewer than in previous years.

Some films haven't opened in my area, like Letters From Iwo Jima, The Good German and Pan's Labyrinth. I just plain missed a few that looked interesting, like A Scanner Darkly. I didn't make it out to see many independent films as I would have liked and missed 49 Up and Cache.

Overall, this wasn't a great year for new movies. Hollywood continued to overload films with special effects and really great stories were scarce. There were some films that seemed pointless, including Basic Instinct 2 and The Sentinel, which featured Keifer Sutherland playing a Jack Bauer-like role. The brilliantly directed The Departed surely has Martin Scorcese set to be nominated for a best director Oscar but winning that Oscar may not be a sure thing with that buzz that Clint Eastwood's companion to Flags of our Fathers, Letters From Iwo Jima, is receiving.

The film that packed the most emotional punch for me was United 93, directed by Paul Greengrass, who directed the Bourne Supremacy and who will direct the Bourne Ultimatum (due August 3, 2007.)

United 93

An Inconvenient Truth (documentary)
The Break-Up
Casino Royale
The Departed
The Good Shepherd
Miami Vice
Neil Young
Why We Fight (documentary)

Flags of our Fathers

Beowulf & Grendel
Kinky Boots
The Lake House
Little Miss Sunshine
Lucky Number Slevin
World Trade Centre

Blood Diamond
The Holiday
The Illusionist
King Kong
Kiss, Kiss Bang, Bang
Mission: Impossible 3
The Nativity Story
The Omen
A Prairie Home Companion
Superman Returns
Thank You For Smoking

The Prestige

Assault on Precinct 13
The Da Vinci Code
The Inside Man
The Sentinel
X-Men 3
Basic Instinct 2
V for Vendetta
You, Me and Dupree (99 cent rental)

Annapolis (99 cent rental)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Friends With Money (99 cent rental)
Last Holiday (99 cent rental)
The Matador
The Night Listener

The following films that I intend to see are supposed to open in 2007:
Pathfinder - April 27
Spiderman 3 - May 4
Shrek The Third - May 18
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - May 25
Harry Potter And The Order of The Phoenix - July 13
The Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer - July 4
The Simpsons Movie - July 27
The Bourne Ultimatum - Aug. 3

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