Since its almost the end of the year (and even though there will be a few more notables before the end of the month), its time the question was brought up:
What were your favorite and least favorite movies of 2006?
Mine, no particular order:
My 10 Favorites:
Borat: Cultural Learnings... - Is good! I like!
Casino Royale - Like nearly everyone else I wasn't sure about Craig's casting as Bond, but I held a wait and see attitude. I think I like this one better than Goldeneye, my previous favorite Bond flick.
Clerks II - Almost nothing about this movie I didn't like.
The Departed - Completely blown away by every performance in this movie, even Dicaprio. The twists and turns had me thinking (and even saying) "Holy sh*t!"
Flags of Our Fathers - Eastwood's adaption was almost as good as the book, but sadly underperformed and wasn't as accepted by the critics as it should have been.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - It was nowhere near as fun as the first, but it was still a great action movie.
Shortbus - Fantastic drama/comedy from the writer/director of Hedwig and the Angry Inch about sex, love, and relationships that you probably didn't have a chance to see unless you live in a bigger city because it featured it's actors engaged in very real sexual acts.
Superman Returns - Not as exciting as it sould have been, but a nice re-intro for the franchise.
V For Vendetta - Great adaption of the comic that wasn't bastardized like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was a few years ago. The changes were handled very well and Natalie Portman was fantastic as always. Hugo Weaving also delivered a great performance from behind the mask, which had to be hard to do.
X-Men: The Last Stand - Like Pirates, it was not nearly as good as the one before it, but it was a fun popcorn flick. Plus, the Juggernaut B***h line was classic.
16 Blocks - Bruce Willis delivers one of his best performances in a longtime and Mos Def was continues to impress me as an actor.
My Least Favorites (I'll limit it to 5):
Bloodrayne - I'm still wondering why I didn't change the channel while I was watching this crapfest on cable a few weeks ago. But it was based on a video game, so I shouldn't be surprised.
The Da Vinci Code - Hands down worst movie of the year. Quite possibly the most boring adventure-ish movie of all time. The so-called "revelations" were old news and this was Tom Hanks' worst performance ina very long time. And he had that horrible mullet.
The Last Kiss - This was more of a disappointment than a bad movie. Zach Braff's follow up to Garaden State (one of my favorite movies) is very well acted but pretty damn depressing.
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny - Like The Last Kiss, this was more of a disappointment than a bad movie. It had a few really funny moments, but I think I would have loved it if I were a stoner.
World Trade Center - Nicolas Cage is a flat as ever and Michael Pena was far better in Crash. Rather than getting wrapped up in it emotionally like United 93, I was felt next to nothing watching this.