Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Top 10 Movies of 2006

Top 10 movies that I saw in 2006, in no particular order:

Blood Diamond -- Socially aware ... good action ... Leo solid.

Little Miss Sunshine - Notta Wallflower has a nice review here. Great acting, funny and poignant.

Casino Royale -- Bond is back in the person of Daniel Craig, and we're better for it.

Munich -- Despite what we like to believe, nobody's hands are clean in a war on terrorism.

Thank You for Smoking -- Best satire of '06

DaVinci Code -- not a perfect movie, but very good. Great cast and faithful to the book.

Two great documentaries, both with something to say about what's wrong with this administration: An Inconvenient Truth and Shut Up and Sing

... and my two favorite films of the year: The Departed and V for Vendetta

Plus, an honorable mention to Good Night and Good Luck -- This one probably shouldn't qualify because it came out in '05 but I didn't see it till June of this year. Brilliant film. It would easily be in my top 10 for either year.

I didn't get a chance to see The Good Shepherd or the Pursuit of Happyness yet. Check out Laura's review of the latter here. From the good reviews and subject matter of each, I imagine that I'll like them.

Other movies that I saw and liked that didn't quite make the list: United 93, Inside Man, The Lake House (I dig any time travel flicks), and in the kid category: Monster House and Cars.


Laura said...

Was Munich '06? It feels so long ago that I saw so many of these. I haven't seen Blood Diamond yet, but I want to. Not much for 007, but the rest of them looks like they'd make my list too. I have a hard time remembering what movies I saw in a given year that came out in that year. Little Miss Sunshine was just fantastic though, I loved it.

dbackdad said...

I had to check on Munich. I reviewed it first week of January. iMDB says that it went into wide release Jan. 6 after having been in limited release since Christmas '05.

Shawn said...

This makes me realize just how few movies I've seen this year. Normally, I love to go to movies, but last year I didn't get out much - to the theater or the video store. I agree with your list though, judging from the ones I've seen.

Reel Fanatic said...

Great list .. I'm almost certain that if I ever get around to making my list, it will include at least Thank You for Smokng and The Departed .. My favorite flick of the year, however, remains Inarritu's "Babel"

dbackdad said...

Reel Fanatic,

Thanks. And I'm glad that someone liked Babel. lol. I tell you what ... I liked your review of the movie much more than I liked the movie. For those thinking about seeing it, please see his review here.

Laura said...

Ah, OK. That's like Children of Men - it technically came out in 2006, but it's wide release is just this past week, so it's borderline.

dbackdad said...

I forgot about Children of Men. I'm sure that is going to be yet another movie on the upcoming year's list.

james said...

"Little Miss Sunshine" was my favorite movie of the year.

Sadie Lou said...

The Departed--well, you read my review and I have to say that I am so pleased you mentioned Cars. That movie truly deserves recognition as one of those great family films.
I loved the ending. A lot. I missed tons of movies this year due to the fact that we're broke, busy, don't have a huge resource for babysitters and we were addicted to the 24 series.
I'm looking forward to catching up in the months before Oscars.
Are you interested in The Queen?