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My Year In Movies: 2006

January 3rd, 2007

Here, once again, is my annual accounting of films I saw during the previous year. This list includes only movies theatrically released in 2006. Films are listed in order of their box-office take, mostly because I’m pulling them from BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  • Cars
  • X-Men: The Last Stand
  • Superman Returns
  • Casino Royale
  • Talladega Nights
  • V for Vendetta
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Snakes on a Plane
  • The Queen
  • Slither
  • Strangers with Candy

And that’s all, folks! Twelve films, up from 11 in 2005. That’s a far cry from the old days, when I went to the movies at least once a week. Some of this I attribute to the decline in the movie-going experience, some to my rather limited tastes, and some to Vic’s own lack of interest, but I would argue that a not-insignificant factor was that even the sort of movies I usually seek out were generally lackluster in 2006.

Even some of those I did see were mild disappointments, including Pirates, X-Men and Superman. The only one of the list I truly disliked was Talladega Nights, which lacked the excellent supporting cast of Anchorman. (And if I never see Sacha Baron Cohen again…well, that would be just great.)

Admittedly, there were some others I would’ve seen had I gotten around to them. Some of the animated films looked enjoyable enough, among them Happy Feet, Over the Hedge and Flushed Away. I’ll probably look up Monster House and the British horror film The Descent one of these days.

Best of the year? For me, it was V for Vendetta, though I also thought Cars, Casino Royale, Little Miss Sunshine and The Queen were all superior pictures.

Looking ahead to 2007, there are some things on my radar. I’m jonesin’ for Spider-Man 3, and I’ll at least see those Caribbean pirates through to the end. I’ll definitely catch Pan’s Labyrinth if it ever makes it here. Grindhouse, the Tarentino/Rodriguez exploitation double-bill, could be fun. Pixar will have Ratatouille, and they haven’t steered me wrong yet. The Harry Potter franchise has finally reached my favorite book in the series, The Order of the Phoenix. Late in the year, Disney’s partially-animated Enchanted –which exiles a fairy-tale princess to the real world–and the Stephen King story The Mist–in which people are trapped in a strange fog which hides Lovecraftian monsters–bear potential. The jury is out on Will Smith’s zombie flick I Am Legend, though surely the third time’s the charm for adaptations of this Richard Matheson novel?

Here’s hoping that 2007 delivers some decent chills and thrills!

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