Yeah, well, I'm getting really lazy about blogging. So lazy, in fact, that I didn't even both to look at how long it's been since my last entry (I'm sure it's been a few months). I've been really digressing from my main passion that prompted my arrival to this site in the first place: video games. But if there's one thing media-related I love more than video games, it's movies. I've been busy at it looking through some of my movie compilations and discovered just how many great movies there were in 2006... and 2007... and ESPECIALLY 2008.
I felt I could express this in a top ten over the course of the next month. I still have some catching up to do for 2009, but you should see a list of all four years (2006-2009) coming soon. And yeah, I know, who makes top ten lists anymore? As-a-matter-of-factly, I do.
Release: December 8, 2006
Before Edge of Darkness it seemed Mel Gibson had vanished from the leading role. He filled the gap with Apocalypto. A subtitle-centred world full of humor, drama, and atmosphere.
9. V for Vendetta
Release: March 17, 2006
Edgier than any super-hero movie, V for Vendetta is a gem amongst action dramas, with a rich story and lively characters. Hugo Weaving plays a masterful performance as V.
8. Pursuit of Happyness
Release: December 15, 2006
I couldn't remember the last time I came close to crying while watchinga movie until I saw The Pursuit of Happyness while browsing through the TV guide the other day. Still to this day one of the most powerful movies I've ever seen.
7. Casino Royale
Release: November 17, 2006
Better Bond than Brosnan? Once I saw Quantom of Solace I had to shake my head, but Casino Royale turned me into a Daniel Craig fan. A seemingly inexperience yet badass Bond would be tough to handle, yet Craig hit the nail on the head nigh perfectly.
6. Blood Diamond
Release: December 8, 2006
There's an imperfect balance between the conditions of life and politics here, but what it lacks in stability it makes up for in character. DiCaprio and Connelly are spectacular together. And the struggles of the violent blood diamond trading are ever-so apparent.
Release: October 27, 2006
If there was one multi-plot movie that I could watch over and over again, it would be Babel. The sheer balance of the movie's ever thickening plots are undeniably brilliant. Over the last four years, this is the one movie that I believe everyone should see at least once.
4. The Departed
Release: October 6, 2006
Obviously not Scorsese's best film, but still ranks high amonst crime/dramas in this time period. It's bleak story is so gritty and tiresome. And yet when the rat's finally sniff each other out, the convolution of the plot twists even further. The Departed is a film under its own genre.
3. Pan's Labyrinth
Release: December 29, 2006
Just barely squeaking out the list solely because of its release date, Pan's Labyrinth is a movie that belongs on everyone's list, for those who have seen it. It's quite possibly the most imaginative yet engrossing movie I've ever seen. The entire way through an enjoyable experience.
2. Children of Men
Release: December 25, 2006
I thought long and hard between the top two.Children of Men is a sample movie of the year for me, and the real thing for many others. The lack of excitement early on barely grazes your memory in retrospect of the film as a whole. Children of Men might be the most interesting movie of the decade.
1. The Prestige
Release: October 20, 2006
Perhaps not your typical number one, The Prestige is probably the most visionary film I've seen. It's a combination of perfect performances between Bale and Jackman and perfect direction by Nolan. Maybe the only near-perfect film I watched in the last four years.
Well, that's it for 2006. Feel free to compare/contrast. Here is the entire filmography of 2006. Please comment below and I hope to see you for the 2007 countdown in the coming days.