Year In Review: 2006 - Movies

The finale of my Year In Review collection of posts carries the purpose of chronicling my favorite movies from the past 12 months. I'll limit movies to films that had a theatrical run in 2006, although not necessarily in America.

Top 10 Movies

10. Silent Hill - Cybil Bennet: What the fuck? What the fuck? You saw that right? That was real? What the fuck is going on?

9. The Proposition - Jellon Lamb: [speaking about Arthur Burns] We are white men, Sir, not beasts. Oh, he sits up there in those melancholy hills; some say he sleeps in caves like a beast, slumbers deep like the Kraken. The Blacks say that he is a spirit. The Troopers will never catch him. Common force is meaningless, Mr. Murphy, as he squats up there on his impregnable perch. So I wait, Mr. Murphy. I wait.

8. Blood Diamond - Danny Archer: In America, it's bling bling. But out here it's bling bang.

7. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance - Geum-ja Lee: Listen carefully. Everyone make mistakes. But if you committed a sin, you have to make an atonement for that sin. Atonement, do you know what that means? Big Atonement for big sins. Small Atonement for small sins.

6. Brick - Brad Bramish: Hey! What are you doing here?
Brendan Frye: Just listening.
[long pause while Brad stares at him]
Brendan Frye: All right, you got me. I'm a scout for the Gophers. Been watching your game for a month, but that story right there just clenched it. You got heart kid. How soon can you be in Minneapolis?
Brad Bramish: Yeah?
Brendan Frye: Cold winters, but they got a great transit system.
Brad Bramish: Yeah?
Brendan Frye: Yeah.
Brad Bramish: Oh, yeah?
Brendan Frye: There's a thesaurus in the library. Yeah is under "Y". Go ahead, I'll wait.

5. Jesus Camp - Becky Fischer: I can go into a playground of kids that don't know anything about Christianity, lead them to the Lord in a matter of, just no time at all, and just moments later they can be seeing visions and hearing the voice of God, because they're so open. They are so usable in Christianity.

4. Casino Royale - James Bond: Now the whole world will know that you died scratching my balls!

3. V for Vendetta - Lewis Prothero: Did you like that? USA... Ulcered Sphincter of Ass-erica, I mean what else can you say? Here was a country that had everything, absolutely everything. And now, 20 years later, is what? The world's biggest leper colony. Why? Godlessness.

2. A Scanner Darkly - Fred: What does a scanner see? Into the head? Into the heart? Does it see into me? Clearly? Or darkly?

1. Nightwatch/Daywatch - Geser: ...And so it will be, until a man emerges who is meant to become the Great One. And, if he chooses the side of Light, then Light will win. But, those, to whom the truth has been revealed, say that he will choose Darkness. For it is easier to kill the Light within oneself, than to scatter the Darkness around... The prophecies are coming true.

What I Missed -

This section doesn't need an Honorable Mentions so much as it needs a realistic notation of everything I missed. My Top 10 is comprised of the movies I saw, but that doesn't mean there wasn't an outrageous selection of films that I really, really wanted to see, but wasn't able to. Such as:

Thank You For Smoking
Lucky Number Slevin
Nacho Libre
Superman Returns
Clerks II
Miami Vice
The Descent
The Illusionist
Snakes on a Plane
The Protector
The Last King of Scotland
The Queen
The Departed
Flags of our Fathers
The Prestige
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Stranger Than Fiction
The Fountain
Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny
Rocky Balboa
Curse of the Golden Flower
Children of Men
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
Half Nelson
Big Bang Love, Juvenile A
An Inconvenient Truth
Peaceful Warrior
The Host
Rampo Noir
Tekkon Kinkreet
The Science of Sleep
The U.S. Versus John Lennon
Wassup Rockers

So ... obviously my list isn't a very complete one. I can't wait to see all of the movies listed above, and probably everything else that I haven't realized I missed yet. The only movies I can think of that I failed to give a mention to, because I saw them but they weren't quite good enough, were Pirates of the Caribean: Dead Man's Chest, and the Beastie Boys' concert documentary Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That. Which actually, considering I don't particularly like their music, was really cool.

I originally wanted to go ahead and list the best DVDs of the year as well, but considering I don't really own many of the best DVD packages that come to my mind from 2006, it's probably not a very valid list. Obviously, my number one selection would be Criterion's 3-Disc repackaging of Seven Samurai and below that would be the Oldboy Special Edition, the M*A*S*H Martinis and Medicine Collection, and probably the 5-Disc release of Dust Devil, a cult horror classic. Not to mention the super Superman Ultimate Collection, the outrageous Patlabor Limited Editions (Patlabor 2 here), an actual monkey, a movie that actually became good only when it was released on DVD (the second time), and, well, the largest and greatest box set ever conceived.


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