Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

08 January 2007

Some Movie Madness for 2006

It's the first day of school today, so I'm back in super-student mode, but I wanted to put out a couple of movie lists before I head back in to all-studying all-the-time madness levels.

First off, the movie list for 2006:


Loved:
1. Children of Men
2. United 93
3. Half Nelson
4. The Fountain
5. Volver
6. Water
7. Flags of Our Fathers
8. The Queen
9. Brick
10. L'Enfant

11. Fateless
12. Imagine Me & You
13. Sophie Scholl: the Final Days
14. The Painted Veil
15. Pan's Labyrinth
16. C.R.A.Z.Y.


Really Liked:
17. Little Miss Sunshine
18. A Prairie Home Companion
19. Tsotsi
20. Time to Leave
21. Babel
22. Apocalypto
23. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan


Liked More Than I Disliked:
24. Ask the Dust
25. Clean
26. The Departed
27. Thank You for Smoking
28. Dreamgirls
29. Notes on a Scandal
30. Summer Storm
31. Duck Season
32. Monster House
33. X-men: the Last Stand
34. Happy Feet
35. Running with Scissors
36. The House of Sand
37. Lady in the Water


Barely Liked More Than I Disliked:
38. The Pursuit of Happyness
39. The Devil Wears Prada
40. Evil
41. Casino Royale
42. Snakes on a Plane
43. Little Children
44. The Oh in Ohio


Disliked:
45. Eragon
46. For Your Consideration
47. Art School Confidential
48. Don't Tell

Hated:
49. Blood Diamond
50. Manderlay
51. Hard Candy
52. V for Vendetta


Complete and Total Wastes of Time:
53. Scoop
54. The Illusionist
55. Joyeux Noël
56. Superman Returns
57. The Promise
58. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest


Now, this list is far from complete. In 2002, I saw 68 movies, in 2003 I only saw 61, but then in 2004 I caught 76 films and last year, the total was 87! (Not bad for an amateur, really.) Here's where you all come in, dear readers. I'm gonna list the films I've yet to see for '06 and I need feedback on stuff that I have left off both of these lists: films you think are must-sees for 2006. (Jackass Number Two does not count, .) Anyway, these are the ones on my radar still to see:

1. Letters from Iwo Jima
2. Curse of the Golden Flower
3. The Last King of Scotland
4. The Dead Girl
5. Bobby
6. The Good Shepherd
7. Venus
8. The Good German
9. Breaking and Entering
10. Cars
11. Sherrybaby
12. Another Gay Movie
13. Basic Instinct 2
14. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
15. 13 (Tzameti)
16. Don't Come Knocking
17. Everything's Gone Green
18. Find Me Guilty
19. The Last Kiss
20. Friends with Money
21. Gabrielle
22. Inside Man
23. Miami Vice
24. Moonlight (the Paula van der Oest movie that finally got released in '06)
25. Odete (Two Drifters)
26. Rescue Dawn
27. Shortbus
28. The Lady in Question is Charles Busch
29. The Quiet
30. Three Times
31. The Notorious Bettie Page
32. Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
33. Marie Antoinette
34. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu


And, for purists out there, a list of films I saw in 2006 that weren't from 2006 (this is a list that accurately illustrates just what a loner [loser?] I am, though in '05 the total was around 100 and this year it's 44 [just shows how busy I was with school I guess]):

Le Samouraï (The Samurai) 1967
Aparajito (The Unvanquished) 1957
Badlands 1973
The Third Man 1949
Pinky 1949
Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) 1963
Leave Her to Heaven 1945
Metropolitan 1990
Le Fils (The Son) 2002
Son Frère (His Brother) 2003
Kitty Foyle 1940
Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) 1959
Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1989
The Nun's Story 1959
Hope and Glory 1987
The Fallen Idol 1948
Le Souffle au Cœur (Murmur of the Heart) 1971
The Witches of Eastwick 1987
Sons and Lovers 1960
Tequila Sunrise 1988
An Unmarried Woman 1978
Barry Lyndon 1975
L'Armée des Ombres (Army of Shadows) 1969
Harry and Tonto 1974
À Bout de Souffle (Breathless) 1960
The Hudsucker Proxy 1994
Angst Essen Seele Auf (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul) 1974
Le Cercle Rouge 1970
Born Yesterday 1950
Sudden Fear 1952
Morocco 1930
L'Avventura 1960
The Informer 1935
Nicholas and Alexandra 1971
Body Heat 1981
After the Thin Man 1936
Mogambo 1953
Yi Yi (A One and a Two) 2000
¿Qué He Hecho Yo para Merecer Esto!! (What Have I Done to Deserve This?) 1984
Walk on the Wild Side 1962
The Big Sleep 1946
The Barefoot Contessa 1954
City Slickers 1991
Rope 1948


Soon: Final Oscar predictions and my favorite performances of 2006.