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December 19th, 2006, 06:33 PM
Behind Enemy Lines 2
StarWars Ep I
Full Metal Jacket (war scenes sucked, training was cool)
XXX: State of the Union
War of the Worlds
Half Past Dead
Best/Okay (these are the movies I can rewatch a dozen times)
Black Hawk Down
Saving Private Ryan
Doom (yeah, I know)
StarWars Ep 4, 5, 6
The 40-Year Old Virgin
Shaun of the Dead (thats intolerably funny)
December 20th, 2006, 12:05 AM
I'm just going to stick to movies that were released in 2006:
-Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest
-Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazahkstan
-Taladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
-Little Miss Sunshine
-The Da Vinci Code
-V for Vendetta
-Miami Vice (thanks kater for reminding me!)
December 20th, 2006, 12:14 PM
For me the most underwhelming was Miami Vice.
December 20th, 2006, 02:11 PM
I'm useless at remembering stuff from the past year...off the top of my head I would say the worst film I saw was The Da Vinci Code, which was just terrible. As for the best...Pan's Labyrinth would definitely be up there.
December 20th, 2006, 04:02 PM
1) United 93
2) The Departed
3) Casino Royale
4) Tristan and Isolde
5) Black Book
Children of Men
Lady in the Water
Not yet showing where I live:
A Good year by Ridley Scott
December 20th, 2006, 09:14 PM
I dont watch movies in the theatre, but I skipped to the ending conflict of UNited 93 and it was the most gut wrenching sickness I've ever felt. It was like I knew the people.
January 1st, 2007, 04:25 PM
Hogfather (Terry Pratchett BBC Movie)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
The Da Vinci Code
Scary Movie 4
Pan's Labyrinth (I know everyone loved it I just couldn't watch it!)
Want to see:
Arthur and the Nimoys
Happily N'Ever After
January 2nd, 2007, 09:32 AM
Children of Men
The History Boys
V for Vendetta
The Da Vinci Code
January 2nd, 2007, 09:59 AM
Thank You For Smoking
An Inconvenient Truth
Night at the Museum
January 2nd, 2007, 11:42 AM
(Minor correction: Sorry, C, Hogfather was not a BBC production but a Sky TV one.) This means that many didn't see it - including me. But I have been told it was good. :)
Later: As a special treat, here's part of an early edit of the SFFWorld Review of 2006. Subject to change and all that, but might be something to discuss:
In the genre, I felt it was a less-sparkling year this year, after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Star Wars III in 2005; with one exception (mentioned later!) there was nothing really spectacular ticket-wise. I think that part of this is due to the current trend for remaking films, remaking TV series as films or just making sequels. In 2006 these included Underworld:Evolution, Ice Age 2, Saw III, Scary Movie 4, Mission Impossible III…
There were some that showed signs of quality, however. Guillermo de Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth seems to have received much critical acclaim, (Stephen King’s favourite film of the year), if not ticket sales. So too did The Prestige, Christopher Nolan’s film about magicians, (based on Christopher Priest’s rather complex book). The Illusionist, another film about Victorian magicians, was also well liked. Also, Children of Men, starring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, was critically acclaimed as a success. Based on a 1992 book by detective writer P.D. James, (and allegedly stubborn in its refusal to be seen as science fiction), the vision of a near-future totalitarian England was well realised.
For the majority though the ticket sales and reviews were solid but not inspiring. Superman Returns also appeared to a rather broad response, from those who quite liked it to those who really hated it. I quite liked it, though many really didn’t like it. I have heard it mentioned as the most expensive film to make, ever, the endless rewrites and stalling in development hell for over a decade meant that I guess we should’ve been glad to see anything of it. The general impression though was a little underwhelming. Meanwhile, the Richard Donner version of Superman II was released on DVD as an intriguing (though in this re-edited form, hardly smooth) version of ‘what could’ve been’ in the early 1980’s.
In the same way, V for Vendetta was released (without Alan Moore’s credit) after a troubled production. I quite liked it, many liked it less; it was clearly not a patch on the more complex and multilayered book.
X Men 3 (The Last Stand) was a disappointment to many, though I thought it better than I was expecting. (I particularly liked Kelsey Grammer as Beast).
The remake of The Wicker Man seemed to be rather pointless, and got reviews that seemed to say pretty much the same thing. Similarly My Super-Ex Girlfriend. Anyone? Anyone?
Eragon finished off the year to generally underwhelming comments and reviews.
One piece of possibly good news, though: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was incredibly popular. Less critically acclaimed than the first film, it was nevertheless greeted enthusiastically by cinema-goers for most of the summer and did phenomenally well, becoming the best selling box office film of the year and the 3rd biggest grossing film globally ever. (See: THIS LINK. (http://uk.imdb.com/boxoffice/alltimegross?region=world-wide))
On the edges of the genre, the return of James Bond with a new Bond (Daniel Craig) and a reimagined Casino Royale seems to have been a popular and critical success. Original poo-poohers not keen on Craig or the rumours of a new direction (less gadgets, more violence) seemed to go quiet as the reviews became increasingly positive and ticket sales rocketed, leading to the film being one of the top-grossers of the year.
Overall though, not a year for particularly good and popular movies in the genre. Many seem to be waiting for 2007 with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Spiderman 3, and the Rise of the Silver Surfer all looking almost good to go.
(As A TV movie, Hogfather's mentioned in the TV section of the Review. :) )
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