Favourite flicks of 2006

Well, I did the books so now I’m turning my attention to the films. And in no particular order my top films of 2006 are:

  • The Departed[1]
    Violent and great. But must be call “The Depaaahrted” for proper effect. Both DiCaprio & Damon were great, but the whole supporting cast were fantastic.
  • Pan’s Labyrinth[2]
    I loved this film. Visually stunning, and with a great story as well. Brilliant.
  • Little Miss Sunshine[3]
    Just wonderful. Funny and touching and so watchable. And another film with a great child actor, Pan’s Labyrinth being the other.
  • United 93[4]
    This may be here because of subject matter rather then purely the film, but I still think it deserves a mention. Gripping both because of the drama/tension raised, but also because of what you know happened.
  • Severance[5]
    Because who doesn’t love a silly gore-filled comedy. Not quite in the same league as Shaun of the Dead but I loved it all the same.
  • Superman Returns[6]
    Not perfect, but pretty damn close. Let down by having Bosworth play Lois Lane, but I thought that Routh was perfection as Supes.
  • The Wind That Shakes The Barley[7]
    This is one that’ll feature in quite a few history classes over the coming years I’d guess. The Irish civil war in all its violence and brutality.
  • El Lobo[8]
    Another Spanish language film, this time set in the 1970’s, and involving terrorism. Didn’t know anything about it before going it, but thought it was a very good film.
  • Junebug[9]
    This was just lovely. Yes, it is a quirky independent film but don’t hold that against it.
  • The Proposition[10]
    Nick Cave writes a film, we’re all expecting darkness, and that is certainly present. Very violent and harsh, but a great film.
  • Mirrormask[11]
    It may be a little similar plotwise to films like Labyrinth but this is still a great film in its own right. Great visuals.
  • Merry Christmas aka Joyeux Noel[12]
    This came out in 2005, but I didn’t see it til Jan 2006, so it still makes my list. Set in the trenches of World War I this is a story based on the true-life unofficial truce between the opposing sides of that war, and it makes for a great film.

8 Responses

  1. Carl V. says:

    Stellar list! Great films that I have seen and several that I want to see. I was excited to get an email today saying that Pan's Labyrinth will be here on the 19th! Nice to see Mirrormask on the list.

  2. Great list indeed.

    Can't wait for Pan's Labyrinth, Mirrormask was amazing and thought Junebug was excellent. Disappointed by Superman, though.

  3. Fence says:

    I can't believe it has taken so long for Pan to come out over there Carl, wonder is it because it is in Spanish.

    It's strange, I'd almost forgotten about Junebug until I went back through my archives to see what I'd watched this year. It was great though.

  4. john says:

    hey fence

    a fine list – most of which made my own top ten of the year, with the exception of The Proposition, which I really enjoyed but completely forgot about when the time came to mark the card for 06. The one title I'd disagree with is Mirrormask, which I didn't get at all.

  5. Fence says:

    I would have forgotten a whole heap only I used my 10/10 and 9/10 ratings to get a list. The Proposition was a class film that everyone should watch, although maybe not when in a fragile mood.

    I'll forgive you disagreeing about Mirrormask, it takes all sorts after all ;)

  6. Tom says:

    Yep, definitive list, I think…really glad I went to see the Proposition, it probably won't win any of the awards but it was unflinching and the fierceness of the performances was unforgettable

  7. Tom says:

    Actually was Good night and good luck released here last year..I went to see it in 2006 anyway…brilliant film

  8. Fence says:

    Tom I wasn't all that impressed with Good Night and Good Luck. It all looked great and stylish, but I found it very slow.
    Unflinching is probably a very good description of The Proposition, but maybe not of the people watching it.