Friday, December 5, 2008

2006: A Rundown

Man, I'm on a roll with these movie lists. This is one of the best years for cinema--ever. Possibly THE best.

The films of 2006:

Alfonso Cuaron's masterful Children of Men (****)
Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth (****)
Neil Marshall's The Descent (****)
Gabriele Muccino's The Pursuit of Happyness (****)
Bill Condon's Dreamgirls (****)
Darren Lynn Bousman's Saw III (****) (I know, I know, I'm gonna catch flack for this, but I stand by it...)
George Miller's Happy Feet (****)
Emilio Estevez's Bobby (****)
Doug Atchison's Akeelah and the Bee (****)
J.J. Abrams's Mission: Impossible III (****)

David Frankel's The Devil Wears Prada (****)
Steven Frears's The Queen (****)
Gil Kenan's Monster House (****)
Christopher Nolan's The Prestige (****)
Marc Forster's Stranger than Fiction (****)
Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers (****)
M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water (****)
Martin Campbell's Casino Royale (****)
Oliver Stone's World Trade Center (****)

Barry Levinson's Man of the Year (***1/2)
Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain (***1/2)
Ron Howard's The Da Vinci Code (***1/2)
Bryan Singer's Superman Returns (***1/2)
Lasseter and Ranft's Cars (***1/2)
Alejandro Agresti's The Lake House (***1/2)
Tony Bill's Flyboys (***1/2)
Neil Burger's The Illusionist (***1/2)
James Gartner's Glory Road (***)
Clark Johnson's The Sentinel (***)

Gore Verbinski's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (***)
Gary Winick's Charlotte's Web (***)
James McTeigue's V for Vendetta (***)
Tony Scott's Deja Vu (***)
Johnson and Kirkpatrick's Over the Hedge (***)
Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand (***)
Andrew Davis' The Guardian (***)
Richard Loncraine's Firewall (***)
Richard Donner's 16 Blocks (***)
John Moore's The Omen (***)

McG's We are Marshall (***)
Frank Marshall's Eight Below (**1/2)
Carlos Saldanha's Ice Age: The Meltdown (**1/2)
Allen Coulter's Hollywoodland (**)
Wolfgang Petersen's Poseidon (**)
Stefen Fengmeier's Eragon (**)
Frank Coraci's Click (*1/2)
Jared Hess's Nacho Libre (*1/2)
Peter Hewitt's Zoom (1/2*)
Ivan Reitman's My Super Ex-Girlfriend (zero)
Geoffrey Sax's irredeemable, mind-numbing Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (zero; and no film from 2006 that I ever see will be worse than this steaming puddle of turtle pee...and yes, I used that term just now)

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