2006 in movies

Cinema.nl has a list of all films released in the Netherlands in 2006 for the first time. Of those, I've seen a paltry fifteen., ranked below from my favorite of the bunch until Hoodwinked. Actually, the films easily devide up into the 5 (maybe six, Inside Man is on the fence) I loved, the 3 (or 4) that I enjoyed, and 6 I did't care for all that much.

Brokeback Mountain
The Science of Sleep
Inside Man
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Match Point
Casino Royale
Les Amants Réguliers
Pirates Of the Carribean: Dead Man's chest
Walk the Line

and, as long as I'm procrastinating, I went back and looked at the list for 2005, as I've (now) seen a few more of those.

A History of Violence*
Batman Begins
Garden State
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Inside Deep Throat
Hotel Rwanda
De Battre Mon Coeur s'est arrêté (aka. The Beat That My Heart Skipped)
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
The Spongebob Squarepants Movie
Pride & Prejudice
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Last Days
Sin City
The Upside of Anger
In Good Company
The Aviator**
Un Long Dimanche de Fiancailles (aka. A Very Long Engagement)
Mar Adentro
Team America: World Police
Wedding Crashers
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
King Kong
Le Temps Qui Reste (Time To Leave)
Broken Flowers
War of the Worlds
Star Wars III
Kingdom of Heaven
(the full list is here)

* I have no idea why this film was such a flop, why it flew under the radar too much. I found it for only 4.90 in an ex-rental box this weekend (and of course bought it). My favorite film of 2005, yet nobody seems to care, or even know about it. Oh well. Somehow I think this will be the film remembered 10 years from now.

**My brother and sister were watching the Aviator on DVD the other day, I caught some fragments, and was left wondering why this film didn't appeal to me in cinemas. It seemed so vibrant, so alive, the music was jaunty, and the whole hyperreal nature of it all of a sudden seemed awesome. But then I stayed for a bit longer, and was reminded: the film is much too fragmentary, too long, and too cold to stick with you for very long.


So, yes, I was procrastinating...

But look how pretty my DVD collection's getting!

(In case you're wondering, the ordering is alphabetical. And yes, I ordered them by hand. Don't I have better things to do? You bet I do...)

The updated list, in a slightly more boring, old-fashioned format:

*5 * 2
8 1/2
All About Eve
Ascenseur Pour L’Echaffaud
Bande A Part
Barry Lyndon
Barton Fink
Beat the Devil
Before Sunrise
Before Sunset
Belle de Jour
The Big Heat
The Big Lebowski
The Birds
Bonnie and Clyde
Bottle Rocket
The Bride of Frankenstein
*Bride of the Monster
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Chasing Amy
Citizen Kane
Cronaca di un Amore
De Battre mon Coeur s’est Arrete
Dirty Pretty Things
La Dolce Vita
Donnie Darko
Don Juan de Marco
Double Indemnity
The Dreamers
Drugstore Cowboy
From Dusk till Dawn
Ed Wood
Eyes Wide Shut
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
*Family Plot
Fight Club
A Fistful of Dollars
Ghost World
*Giulietta degli Spiriti
Glen or Glenda
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The Graduate
Hable con Ella
A History of Violence
The Hitch-Hiker (1953 Lupino film)
*In the Mood for Love
It Happened One Night
Hedwig and the angry Inch
He Walked by Night
Jackie Brown
*Jail Bait
Jules et Jim
Kill Bill (pts 1 & 2)
Kiss Me Deadly
The Life Aquaric with Steve Zissou
Lola Rennt
Lolita (Kubrick version)
The Long Goodbye
Lost in Translation
The Maltese Falcon
My Man Godfrey
The Man Who Wasn’t There (both b&w and colorized version)
El Mariachi
Miller's Crossing
*The Misfits
Mulholland Drive
My Own Private Idaho
*Night of the Ghouls
The Nightmare Before Christmas
No Direction Home
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
Othello (Welles)
The Passenger
Plan 9 from Outer Space
Point Break
The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Princess Bride
Pulp Fiction
Reservoir Dogs
The Royal Tenenbaums
Scarlet Street
The Science of Sleep
Strictly Ballroom
Shadow of a Doubt
The Sheltering Sky
La Stanza del Figlio
The Sting
*La Strada
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
The Stranger
A Streetcar Named Desire
Sunset Boulevard
They Drive by Night
The Third Man
Torn Curtain
True Romance
Minoes (English-dubbed version)
The Virgin Suicides
I Vitelloni
*The Violent Years
Whistle Stop
Wonder Boys