Movies of the Year 2006

So as the hangovers start to fade, January’s work schedule begins to manifest itself and the last stragglers from Zig’s new year’s party emerge blinking from beneath the couch I give you my Films of the Year for 2006.

There are still a few movies that I never got around to seeing that may have made the list – The Child, Children of Men, Pan’s Labyrinth, Little Miss Sunshine, A Scanner Darkly, Red Road, but there will always be casualties. As ever the list goes to 11, but it’s in no particular order.

But hey, enough of my yakkin’; whaddaya say? Let’s boogie.

Went into this flick knowing nothing whatsoever about it. Came out breathless.

Sensational central performance by Adams and, oh, Nivolo’s singing…wow.

the new world
The New World
Mallick almost became a personal persona non grata post Thin Red Line so I steered clear of this for quite some time. Stupid me. Breathtaking mise-en-scene, lovely pace and good facial hair on Firth.

Noir in an American high school? Should not work / but it does.

United 93
Despite being all too familiar with how this upsetting adventure worked out I still found myself saying, in the last five minutes, ‘You know, I think these guys are going to pull this off.’

Who Killed the Electric Car?
Who Killed the Electric Car?

Air Guitar Nation
Air Guitar Nation
Just goes to show that with passion and persistence you can truly make a documentary out of anything, or in this case…nothing.

Harsh Times
What a revalation this was. Bale’s performance is so intense that when, at one point he threatens God himself I really believe He was quaking.

Miami Vice
Miami Vice
Best facial hair of the year and nice touch using Thuraya phones to recall this film’s ’80s roots.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

The Prestige
The Prestige
Too bad this was often confused with that other victorian-era magic film, the dreadful Illusionist, as it’s a contender for film of the year. Also contains the most fantastic character entrance I’ve seen in some time: shown above.

Bubbling under
Deja Vu
The Departed
The Squid & the Whale
Casino Royale

Guilty Pleasures
The Host
Inside Man

Classiest post-modern moment – pizzas delivered from Sal’s Famous Pizzeria in Inside Man.

Frequency award for a pretty decent movie most ruined in the last 90 seconds by a tacked on, smaltzy, saccharine ending – 16 Blocks.

Discovered gems on DVD
Born to Kill
The Ghost Ship
Libelled Lady
3:10 to Yuma
The Devil and Daniel Webster
Buchanan Rides Alone
Day of the Outlaw