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"Children of Men" ... and the top 10 of 06?

 
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chadlaca



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 12:33 am    Post subject: "Children of Men" ... and the top 10 of 06? Reply with quote

It's not perfect, but Cuaron's sheer filmmaking prowess is just on another level with this one. His handle on the action scenes blew me away. It's incredibly visceral stuff. Found myself holding my breath at times. There's some too-easy attempts to tie the film's dystopian view of the future to today's political environment re: immigration and the "war on terror" (not all undeserved) and the script doesn't always live up to the level of the direction but I still found it fairly mesmerizing. Might be the best film I've seen this year.

Which brings me to something I was thinking about the other day. Could I even come up with a proper top 10 list for the year 2006? Two films that immediately jump out for me are "Little Miss Sunshine" and Guillermo del Toro's dark fairytale "Pan's Labyrinth." I get much beyond that though and I start struggling (though I admittedly haven't put much thought into it at this point). So how about you guys? What's the been the cream of the crop for you this year?
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The Greatest Man Alive



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Without having seen Children of Men and Rocky Balboa yet, the following is a top 10ish list for this year:

Charlotte's Web
The Prestige
United 93
V for Vendetta
Superman Returns
Stranger than Fiction
Saw 3
The Holiday
Deja Vu
The Illusionist

Others worth seeing:

Flags of our Fathers
Talledega Nights
The Lake House
Casino Royale
The Departed
Cars
Borat
Nacho Libre
Invincible
Over the Hedge
Click
Monster House
X-men: The Last Stand
The Pursuit of Happyness
The Nativity Story
Thank You For Smoking
Akeelah and the Bee
The Inside Man
The Devil Wears Prada
Man of the Year
The Fountain
Volver
The Benchwarmers
Flushed Away

Yes, Mi3, Apocalypto, Dead Man's Chest and a few other big budget shitefests aren't on the list.
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The Greatest Man Alive



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2006 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I somehow left the wonderful horror flick "The Descent" off of this year's list.
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Steve Yohe



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CHILDREN OF MEN is the only great film I've seen in 2006. It's the best of my year. **** 1/4--Yohe
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The Greatest Man Alive



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Children of Men=slow, predictable, only occasionally funny, self-important and generally okay. The acting was average and only got to that point once Julianne Moore was removed from the equation. Not even top 10 of the year.

I watched Freedom Writers the same night and it was a better film.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guess Saw 3 blew it away.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Superman Returns" was painfully slow. It's one thing for a movie to dawdle when it is populated with interesting characters, like "Jackie Brown", but "Superman Returns" was walking wooden characters through plot devices a ten year old could decode at a pace slower than Perry White's bowels. From the time Superman landed on Luthor's island it just dragged on and on and on and on with absolutely no interesting scenes or lines. It was as if Singer wanted to get us to empathize with the lethargy Superman felt in the presence of kryptonite by forcing us to sit as time (nearly) ground to a halt while we watched his film.

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