Scott Weinberg of Cinematical has Ten Top Ten Lists, The Movie Blog has one, and the editor of just about every other Film Blog has a Top Ten List, so why shouldn’t I have one? I am the darn editor, so I feel it to be my right! Anyway, without further ado, here is my Official Top Ten Films of 2006:
10. The Devil Wears Prada
Meryl Streep absolutely steals this one, and turns it into one of the more fabulous and stylish films of the year.
9. United 93
Paul Greengrass handled a very touchy subject with immense reverence and class, allowing it to pay homage to heroes rather than exploit a tragedy.
8. Blood Diamond
Leo DiCaprio wasn’t as great as advertised, but the rest of the film was deeply moving and eye opening.
7. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
My true guilty pleasure of the year. It was the most awkward, twisted fairy tale that I have ever seen.
The most intelligent and engaging under-the-radar flick of the year.
5. The Departed
Scorsese delivers. Again. Period.
Director Emilio Estevez paints a wonderful portrait of a great American with a solid ensemble and a great message.
3. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
A movie so funny that even if you don’t realize how smart it is, you still laugh to the brink of having an accident.
2. Thank You for Smoking
Sharp as a razor and fully loaded with political incorrectness. What is there not to love?
1. Little Miss Sunshine
No other film this year was as heart warming and genuinely funny as this little gem.
Honorable Mentions (films that I did not see, but may have had a chance to make the above list had I been able to see them.):
Children of Men
Letters from Iwo Jima
That’s my list for 2006… Stay tuned as I will outline my 2007 Wish List (Movies that I am most excited about) later in the week.
Happy New Year!