2006 Reviews

Best Film of the Year: Children of Men)

2006 Year in Review

Best Actor: Ryan Gosling – Half Nelson
Best Actress: Helen Mirren – The Queen
Best Supporting Actor: Eddie Murphy – Dreamgirls
Best Suporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron – Children of Men
Best Original Screenplay: The Queen
Best Adapted Screenplay: Children of Men
Best Score: Pan’s Labyrinth
Best Song: “Patience” – Dreamgirls
Best Editing: United 93
Best Cinematography: Children of Men
Best Production Design: Pan’s Labyrinth
Best Costume Design: Dreamgirls
Best Makeup: Pan’s Labyrinth
Best Visual Effects: Pan’s Labyrinth

Top Ten of 2006

  1. Children of Men
  2. Dreamgirls
  3. Pan’s Labyrinth
  4. The Queen
  5. United 93
  6. V for Vendetta
  7. Half Nelson
  8. Notes on a Scandal
  9. Thank You for Smoking
  10. The Last King of Scotland

Honorable Mentions: Cars, Casino Royale, The Departed, In the Valley of Elah, Inside Man

— A —

Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (* ½) (Short Review)

— B —

Babel (***)

— C —

Cars (*** ½) (Full Review)
Casino Royale (*** ½) (Full Review)
Children of Men (****) (Full Review)
The Covenant (* ½)

— D —

Da Vinci Code (** ½) (Full Review)
The Departed (*** ½) (Full Review)
The Devil Wears Prada (***)
Doogal (*) (Full Review)
Dreamgirls (****) (Full Review)

— E —

East Side Story (** ½)
Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds (* ½)
Eragon (* ½)

— F —

Five Fingers (***) (Short Review)
Flushed Away (** ½)
The Fountain (***)
Friends with Money (***) (Full Review)

— G —

— H —

Half Nelson (*** ½) (Full Review)
Happy Feet (**)
Hard Candy (***)
High School Musical (***)
Hollywoodland (** ½) (Full Review)
Hostel (** ½) (Full Review)

— I —

Ice Age: The Meltdown (**)
The Illusionist (** ½)
In the Valley of Elah (*** ½) (Short Review)
Infamous (****)
Inside Man (*** ½) (Full Review)

— J —

— K —

— L —

The Lake House (** ½) (Full Review)
The Last King of Scotland (*** ½) (Full Review)
Little Children (***)
Little Miss Sunshine (***) (Full Review)

— M —

Man of the Year (**)
Mission: Impossible III (**)
My Super Ex-Girlfriend (** ½)

— N —

Night Watch (***)
Notes on a Scandal (*** ½) (Full Review)

— O —

Over the Hedge (***) (Full Review) (Short Review)

— P —

Pan’s Labyrinth (****) (Full Review)
Penelope (** ½)
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (*** ½) (Short Review)
Pink Panther (** ½)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (**) (Full Review)
Poseidon (** ½)
The Prestige (***)
The Promise (**)
Pusher (** ½)
Pusher 2 (** ½)
Pusher 3 (** ½)

— Q —

The Queen (****) (Full Review)

— R —

— S —

Saw III (**) (Full Review)
Scary Movie 4 (** ½)
Stranger Than Fiction (***)
Superman Returns (***) (Full Review)

— T —

Thank You for Smoking (*** ½) (Full Review)
Turistas (* ½)

— U —

United 93 (****) (Full Review)

— V —

V for Vendetta (*** ½) (Full Review)

— W —

— X —

X-Men: The Last Stand (***) (Full Review)

— Y —

— Z —

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  1. I’m an old guy who was around in the 50’s and 60’s when they were cranking out those stock rock ‘n roll biz movies. I’ve seen this movie a dozen times before. Dreamgirls has the clichéd characters and the predictable paper thin plot that were characteristic of the genre. Even in the context of that genre Dreamgirls doesn’t make the grade because it has an instantly forgettable soundtrack.

    I think Dreamgirls was supposed to be a parody of those old movies, but none of the critics got it because they are all too young to have seen them. They are not classics. Dreamgirls takes itself very seriously with not one moment of humor. Therein lies the parody — nobody took those old rock n roll movies seriously.

    As those old rock ‘n roll movies demonstrated, transferring great stage numbers straight to film with twinkie filling between the numbers does not make a great movie.

    My nomination for the most over-hyped movie of 2006 goes to …

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