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The Big Board
for Kim Hollis


Big Board Year:
2006
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Excellent
1. Children of Men
    Do yourself a favor and see this film today. Simply brilliant.
2. The Departed
    I have a really hard time choosing between this and The Queen for the second spot. I might change my mind tomorrow.
3. The Queen
    I'm inclined to be an anglophile anyway, but this was just a marvelously constructed film all around.
4. Little Miss Sunshine
    A magnificent comedy about family and following dreams. Steve Carell continues to shine.
5. Cars
    Heartwarming and smile-inducing. Utterly charming.
6. A Prairie Home Companion
    Altman's swan song is a treasure. Reflective and thoughtful, it manages to somehow convey that mood in a raucous manner.
7. Clerks II
    It's a shockingly sweet film, but perfectly funny, too. It's exactly where you expect Dante and Randal to be at the age of 30-something.
8. Over the Hedge
    The most pleasant surprise of the year. Worth re-watching and highly recommended for all ages.
9. Happy Feet
    Moulin Rouge! for penguins with just a touch of Footloose. Clever, marvelously animated, and super-fun.
10. Casino Royale
    An awesome reboot for a series that I lost interest in years ago. Daniel Craig=hubba hubba.
11. The Illusionist
    Gorgeously filmed, the cat and mouse game that takes place throughout the picture is perfect (even if the ending might be telegraphed).
12. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
    If you don't like Steve Coogan, you probably won't like this film. But it's a great examination of what goes into the making of a movie.
13. Dave Chappelle's Block Party
    So much fun. Come back, Dave!
14. Night at the Museum
    I don't care what the critics say. This movie was a blast.
15. Kinky Boots
    It's formulaic to a degree, but terrifically winning. Ejiofor is wonderful.
16. Little Children
    A dark drama with some biting and funny moments. Winslet, as always, is sublime.
17. Accepted
    A comedy with a great heart.
18. Pan's Labyrinth
    I was a little disappointed in it, but Pan's Labyrinth is still one of the better movies to see release in 2006.
19. Scoop
    I'm stunned at the film's bad reviews. I enjoyed the dialogue and particularly Ian McShane.
20. Notes on a Scandal
    A nasty and gripping little British film about the perils of stalkiness and gossip. Well, to the stalkee, anyway.
21. The Devil Wears Prada
    Streep is fantastic, which makes the difference in a movie that has its hypocritical moments.
22. Thank You for Smoking
    Super smart, funny and cleverly crafted.
23. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
    I laughed and smiled so much my face hurt at the end.
24. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
    Captain Sparrow and friends are just as fun as they were the first time around.
25. Mission: Impossible III
    Yeah, I'm saying it. Tom Cruise is a fantastic actor. Philip Seymour Hoffman is just the icing on the cake.
26. Inside Man
    An entertaining, engaging caper film. Hits on almost every level.

Above Average
27. V for Vendetta
    I can understand why Alan Moore isn't happy with the adaptation of his work, but the movie is terrific in its own right nonetheless.
28. Idlewild
    Frenetic and ambitious, it's certainly one of the more unique musicals ever created.
29. Lucky Number Slevin
    Surprisingly solid. Snappy dialogue and twisty plot make it an enjoyable trip.
30. The Descent
    Even though 2007 appears to be the year I got over horror, The Descent was smart and interesting.
31. Beerfest
    Better than I ever hoped it could be.
32. An Inconvenient Truth
    I think the message is indeed sobering, but I fell asleep at least three or four times trying to watch it.
33. Borat
    I was disappointed in the film, but it was still hilarious at points.
34. Idiocracy
    I waver over whether it's a horrible movie with funny parts or a funny movie with horrible parts. In the end, I think it will be a film I enjoy over time.
35. Something New
    It's predictable, but that doesn't matter. The chemistry between the leads is terrific.
36. American Dreamz
    It's humorous if a little knock-you-over-the-head-too much in its intentions.
37. Hoot
    Carl Hiaasen, Jimmy Buffett, Luke Wilson, Calvin Trager and the Florida Keys. What more could I ask?
38. Stick It
    Adorable and fun. I'll definitely own it on DVD.
39. Aquamarine
    It's official. 2006 is the year I turned back into a teenage girl.
40. She's the Man
    The least of the teen movies, but I still enjoyed it.
41. Through the Fire
    It's an interesting documentary about a larger-than-life personality.
42. Snakes on a Plane
    A fun, fast-paced second act saves a dismal start.
43. The Break-Up
    It's not an easy film to watch, to be sure. Watch it for Vince Vaughn and a great turn from Jon Favreau.
44. The Lost City
    There's a good movie in there, but Andy Garcia should have put more faith in his editor. See it if only for Bill Murray.
45. Winter Passing
    Good performances, but it's a bit too quirky and dark for its own good.
46. Doogal
    It's only charming with the British voices. But that's the version I saw, so...

Average
47. The Last Kiss
    A huge, whopping bummer of a movie. Bleh.
48. Underworld: Evolution
    The story is silly and convoluted at times, but it was mostly harmless fun.
49. Eight Below
    Way, way too hard to watch. You'd think it's for dog lovers, but it's just overly traumatic.
50. You, Me and Dupree
    Why do you want to hurt me, Owen?
51. Dreamgirls
    The music was great. As for the movie, there just didn't seem to be a point.
52. Slither
    Hugely disappointing. Too gory by far and not nearly as funny as advertised.
53. Click
    It was surprisingly sad for a Sandler comedy. Mostly, Click had no idea what it wanted to be.
54. Monster House
    It's way too scary for kids in the beginning, and just dull the rest of the time.
55. X-Men: The Last Stand
    Not great. Not terrible. Just meh.
56. Hoodwinked!
    Its heart was in the right place, but it still wasn't very good.
57. Babel
    Dull, self-important, and grim. Just as contrived as Crash, but with no hope.
58. The Da Vinci Code
    Yawn. If not for Ian McKellen, who's obviously having a lot of fun, this film would be a complete bust.

Poor
59. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
    Horror. Still icky.
60. The Sentinel
    Dark (literally - you can't see what's happening), dull and confusing.
61. Stay Alive
    Just. Not. Good.
62. Silent Hill
    Completely incoherent, with dialogue that is cringeworthy.
63. National Lampoon's Pucked
    Uwe Boll's films might not dip this low in quality this year.

Dismal
64. Ultraviolet
    Just laughable. Thankfully, I fell asleep before the end.

Watch at your own risk. Don't say I didn't warn you.
65. BloodRayne
    Forget what I said about Dr. Boll earlier. You'd think he'd start getting better at this rather than worse.



     


 
 

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