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    2006: My Top 10 Movies

    Stephen King's got his big-screen honor roll -- but notes when he's got the choice between going out to the cineplex or staying home at the TV, these days the small screen often wins

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    SPIES AND SNAKES
    Jackson and Daniel Craig brought the star power to
    two of the 10 pics on King's list of his 2006 favorites

    here's my list of the best I've seen since last December. Not a critic's list, remember; I'm just another schlub in the popcorn line.
    10. The World's Fastest Indian Anthony Hopkins as a motorcycle racer. What else do you need to know? Oh, the movie's great — funny and moving.
    9. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Frakkin' horrible title. Great movie. Tommy Lee Jones channels Cormac McCarthy...and it works.
    8. Waist Deep This is old-school urban action, honey, the way they don't hardly make 'em no more. Starring the immensely likable Tyrese Gibson.
    7. Snakes on a Plane You got your basic snakes on a plane, you got Samuel L. Jackson doing his thing, and a good-humored, high-tension script that recalls the first two Bruce Willis Die Hard pictures. So, hey — what's not to like?
    6. The Illusionist Two movies featuring magicians from the early 1900s came out this year. I saw both, liked both. What made The Illusionist special for me was Edward Norton dueling with Paul Giamatti, and an ending that compelled me back into the theater at once to see how I had been tricked.
    5. The Descent The best horror movie of the year, beyond doubt. Possibly because the main characters are all adults, for a change? The sense of doom-laden claustrophobia this movie generates is intense and remarkable.
    4. Casino Royale I came out of the theater thinking it was the best Bond since Goldfinger. A subsequent viewing of Goldfinger — for this column — has convinced me it's the best Bond ever.
    3. The Departed Ensemble ''star power'' movies hardly ever work, but when they do, they can be cool. The Departed is can't-take-your-eyes-off-it entertainment. Matt Damon continues to amaze me with his versatility.
    2. United 93 If this emotionally wrenching docudrama isn't nominated for Best Picture, the Academy should be ashamed of itself.
    1. Pan's Labyrinth I happened to see this in July and was completely seduced by its beauty and emotional ferocity. Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Mimic, Blade II) directed, and to call this his best work isn't enough. I think this extraordinary R-rated fairy tale for adults is the best fantasy film since The Wizard of Oz. And while it's much darker than Wizard, it still celebrates the human spirit. Your Uncle Stevie thinks you will see this movie.

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    I've posted threads about most of the films on my list already
    but here's 10 of mine (in no particular order):

    Babel
    Volver
    Apocalypto
    The Prestige
    United 93
    Casino Royale
    The Queen
    Little Miss Sunshine
    Half-Nelson - Ryan Gosling's performance is amazing
    The Departed

    and honorable mentions to:

    Best animated film - 'CARS'

    'Bug' - Ashley Judd gives a dazzling, strange brave performance

    'The Dead Girl' - the ensemble cast is star-studded and makes this film hum

    What are your Top 10?
    Last edited by ALIASd; 12-26-2006, 01:52 PM.
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: Top 10 films of the year by Stephen King & you!

    I only saw Cars, Pirates 2 & Borat.

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      in my opinion, the departed was the greatest movie of the year. hands down. if the academy snubs scorsese out of another oscar, it will be highway robbery. i mean, how do you not win an oscar for gangs of new york, casino, goodfellas, raging bull, or taxi driver? you could even thrown in mean streets, the king of comedy, the color of money, and cape fear.

      this man is responsible for some of the greatest films ever and he has never won an oscar, but at least the Three 6 Mafia has.

      if martin doesn't walk away with best director for the departed, the oscars will officially mean nothing in my mind (not that it matters what i think).
      I don't party like I used to, I party twice as hard as before....

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        Re: Top 10 films of the year by Stephen King & you!

        Oh, if that list was by number, and his favorite really is Pan's Labyrinth, then I have to say bravo. That movie is amazing, and very deserving of awards up the wazoo. It really rates up there with Wizard as one of the best fantasy films ever produced.

        I doubt anyone else has seen it, but if you have a chance, catch it when it hits theaters this month. It's a dark tale deep with imagination, maybe so dark and deep that it's not kid-friendly, but that shouldn't stop you from taking your kids if you're open-minded. It's intelligently gruesome, and I believe only drops one F-bomb. Either way, it's a fantasy story with a young girl as the main heroine, so it's really fine for everyone.

        Edit: Here's my top ten, no particular order. (including foreign and independents)

        Pan's Labyrinth
        Volver
        The Departed
        The Illusionist
        Only Human
        Cache
        United 93
        Borat
        Mission: Impossible III
        A Scanner Darkly

        Cache might not be 2005 though...
        Last edited by pizzamousechips; 12-18-2006, 04:25 PM.

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          Re: Top 10 films of the year by Stephen King & you!

          in no special order:

          The fountain
          United 93
          Volver
          Pan's labyrinth
          The devil wears prada
          The illusionist (though looked better than it actually was)
          Thank you for smoking
          An inconvenient truth
          Brand upon the brain
          INLAND EMPIRE (ok, i haven't seen this one yet but i'm positive that it deserves a spot on a top ten list)

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            Re: Top 10 films of the year by Stephen King & you!

            the fountain looked strange. i have seen several trailers for it and i still have no clue what it is about.
            I don't party like I used to, I party twice as hard as before....

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              Re: Top 10 films of the year by Stephen King & you!

              Originally posted by pizzamousechips View Post
              Cache might not be 2005 though...
              It was last year and an excellent film as well!
              "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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                Re: Top 10 films of the year by Stephen King & you!

                I'm like Stephen King, I see alot of my non-family type movies once they come out on DVD. Unfortunately, unlike Mr. King, I have to wait until they are released on DVD. So when it comes to Oscar time I usually haven't seen many of the films until after the awards.

                That being said, my Top 10 (so far) for this year

                The DaVinci Code
                Thank you for Smoking
                Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest
                Cars
                Superman Returns
                Stranger than Fiction
                Borat
                V for Vendetta

                Actually, I think that's all I've seen this year that I could possibly put on a top 10 list. I just have to see more movies before I make my final list.

                Movies I want to see:

                Babel
                The Departed
                Little Miss Sunshine
                The Pursuit of Happyness
                Apocalypto
                Blood Diamond
                Casino Royale
                The Queen
                For Your Consideration
                Bobby
                The Prestige
                The Illusionist

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                  Re: Top 10 films of the year by Stephen King & you!

                  Some movies I liked this year:

                  Little Miss Sunshine
                  Borat
                  Casino Royale
                  V for Vendetta
                  Cars
                  For Your Consideration
                  The Notorious Bettie Page
                  The Break-Up
                  A Prairie Home Companion

                  A few I didn't like at all:

                  Pirates of the Caribbean 2
                  Superman Returns
                  The Proposition
                  The Prestige

                  Okay:

                  X-Men 3

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