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
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
I loved this film. Visually stunning, and with a great story as well. Brilliant.
- Little Miss Sunshine
Just wonderful. Funny and touching and so watchable. And another film with a great child actor, Pan’s Labyrinth being the other.
- United 93
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.
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
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
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
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.
This was just lovely. Yes, it is a quirky independent film but don’t hold that against it.
- The Proposition
Nick Cave writes a film, we’re all expecting darkness, and that is certainly present. Very violent and harsh, but a great film.
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
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.