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Tuesday, January 02, 2007
2006 REVIEW - Part Three : Films
A mixed bag this year for films. I cannot recall any really bad films (apart from THE RINGER and POSEIDON) just alot of mediocre fare and huge disappointments - (CARS; SUPERMAN RETURNS; V FOR VENDETTA; X3). And so the Top Ten reflects this, with really the top 6 being unmissable

TOP TEN FILMS OF 2006

10. THANK YOU FOR SMOKING


Funny and very biting with it's satire. Surprising that a movie like this can be made in the US. Great perfomances and a great script. There's nothing wrong with this film to be honest, it just didn't get to me the way the rest did.

9. THE QUEEN


Again, another film with a perfect cast and script. Nothing to fault. Mirren and Sheen in particular are superb and I hope they get some OSCAR nods.

8. HARD CANDY


This came out of nowwhere! Seemingly buried in releases in the US the previous year, understandble due to its content, it really grabbed me. Mainly due to the remarkable work by the young Ellen Page. It zipped along nicely and was pretty shocking and exciting throughout.

7. WALK THE LINE


Although it got OSCARS it wasn't released in the UK til this year. Brilliant story (if slightly overlong) with two amazing leads and a witty script. Throw in some tunes and you've got a film!

6. HOLLYWOODLAND


Love the shirts! And even the cars! Again, another true life story with some great performances from Affleck, Brody and Lane. OSCARS will be winging their way towards this flick.

5. VOLVER


This is one of the year's great, great films. Beautifully shot and wonderfully acted by Cruz, it really strikes where other films, no matter how good they were, failed. It has that bit of magic that the previous films in this top ten do not have. Funny, moving, do not miss.

4. THE DEPARTED


Affleck in good movie? Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg in a good movie? Together? Yup, Scorsese is back with his best, easily, since GOODFELLAS. Great cast and directed like no other film this year. Even though its a remake, it feels incredibly fresh and incredibly involving with specific regards to character.

3. PAN'S LABYRINTH


Stunning. You have to this film, that is all.

2. THE PRESTIGE


Nolan (Batman Begins, Memento) does it again. Although there are a few faults with this (Hugh Jackman, David Bowie and Scarlett Johansson) the rest of it really makes up for it. Bale is as good as ever in this intricate tale of two magaicians that keeps you going right up until the end (even though it is predictable - but in a good way)

1. CHILDREN OF MEN


Although this year was bereft of a number of truly awesome films this one stands tall. An apocalyptic tale that, like all good sci-fi, says just about as much as our world now as the world it depicts. Stunning direction, amazing performances and unpredictable. Not a great year for movies but this one is worthy.


What did one frog say to the other?
Time sure is fun when you're having flies.


Schnarf

Til the next time
C
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