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Harry's Top Ten Films Seen In 2006!!!

Hey folks, Harry here. As usual – my top ten list is very rigid. It’s made up of the films that I have seen in 2006. Of the films released physically in 2006, the one I’ll probably wind up watching the most in my life would have to be V FOR VENDETTA, but I saw that film at BNAT 2005. I don’t do runner-ups, I make a strict top ten list. This has been one of the harder years, as there were a great many films I loved that were released and shown to me. There were a lot of films that came out that had superior performances, but the films were just flat, over-wrought or just self-aware. To make my list, they have to be films that I want to see over and over again. It can’t just be a film that I walked out of the screening drained. Film isn’t just about reality, it isn’t just about realism and honesty. Film is also about fantasy, entertainment and magic. Here’s my list… 10. HATCHET Ok – this is a film coming out later in 2007, but this is a film that is PURE FUN. Are there better plots, better acting, better films? Sure. I’ve got a list of about 15 films I could place in this spot – and over the past week, they’ve been here. However, I have to say – as I looked at the 16 or so films that were under consideration for this final spot – I just kept coming back to what I honestly felt. Which film was HARRY’S pick… that I wanted to say – hey… I’m different from just about everyone else – that I would be that person that would herald a film like EVIL DEAD II or HALLOWEEN – the year they were made, not upon their 20th Anniversary. HATCHET is second only to ROCKY BALBOA for the best film experience in a theater I’ve had all year. And I had it twice during FANTASTIC FEST. Director Adam Green is the real deal – and Victor Crowley is a friggin fantastic horror icon waiting to be unleashed upon all y’all. To me, this was my find of the year. The film that I didn’t expect anything from. It was just a DVD that came in the mail, that squeaked into FANTASTIC FEST – and then performed so wonderfully. I pick this because only someone as goofy as me, would pick this. It’s a great time and one of the best I’ve had this year. 9. APOCALYPTO This is just a tremendous motion picture. Mel finally makes a film where the hero survives. Finally there’s a great film set within the Mayan empire. I love how normal he makes the tribal relations seem. How they play practical jokes, share in their humor and lives. I love how matter of fact everything in this film is. The chase is one of the greatest sequences in film this year. It’s stunning. The art design, cinematography and direction with essentially a 100% novice acting group is stunning. The film feels like something timeless. I also love the politics of the film and how they’re not on the surface, but underneath the story. This is essentially the story of one family surviving a horrible situation… but under all of that – you have the fore-shadow of the death of a major culture, civilization cannibalizing itself and the nature around it. Just one of the best films this year. 8. THE DEPARTED I have to say, from the moment I heard that Scorsese was going to direct a remake of INFERNAL AFFAIRS – I had a whole series of conflicting feelings about it. It was a great story, a great film. Certainly Scorsese is a great director, but for that reason, there was that part of me that wanted Scorsese to stay away from the remake, but I would rather Scorsese take on this remake than the host of hacks that were waiting in the wings. Then I saw the film and goddamn it, Scorsese made it his own. While watching the film, I never thought of the original. I didn’t miss Hong Kong and the Chinese neon. I wasn’t anticipating what was coming next, I was simply in the story. Scorsese directed an amazing cast and didn’t let them showboat, he held them in, letting them fly only when they needed to. I saw this 3 times in the theater and loved watching it play the audience. Shocking them with its twists and making them laugh with the film instead of at it. This is a really great film from Scorsese and one I can’t wait to add to my DVD library. 7. ROCKY BALBOA This is exactly the film it needed to be, not just for Stallone, but for the audience that was waiting for Stallone to be Rocky Balboa one last time. Seems some people are taking potshots at this film for merely preying upon nostalgia, but the fact is – if we were only fond of the character, then we would have accepted ROCKY V, which I absolutely rejected. I hate ROCKY V, most of the time, I like to pretend it didn’t even exist. That said – ROCKY BALBOA is the film that follows in the steps of ROCKY and ROCKY II. It isn’t the cartoon that I loved in ROCKY III and ROCKY IV. RB exists in that realm of “a hard knocks life.” BALBOA lives in a tough world… that world where you’re expected to simply become a memory, to become a person meant to sign autographs and tell remembrances from your past. And this is a story about a man who feels he has one new memory to give everyone. One last time to show those around him that he wasn’t great long ago, that he wasn’t living just in the past, but that he has the ability to stand toe to toe with the best and say that he was and is Rocky Balboa – and there will never be another like him. That said – I love the story. My heart ached for Paulie when he got let go. Rocky having to breakthrough to his son was powerful. Balboa trying to connect to a new person – yet still honoring Adrian – is wonderful. Yes, I grew up with Rocky films, and I’m glad to have one to share with my fiancée and say, “See, ROCKY is cool!” ROCKY BALBOA was a great film. 6. THE FOUNTAIN I kinda can’t believe that this isn’t in my top 5. This film is a transcendent joy. For me, it’s such a brutal and lovely filmic poem to the power of wasted moments of misdirected love. It makes you want to make every moment count, take every walk in the snow, go to everything, be everything and love every moment you have love. The score is brilliant, the photography gorgeous. If there’s a reason it’s this low on the list, I’d have to say it is how much it takes out of me while watching. It’s a film that just works me over emotionally, leaving me exhausted, yet thrilled by cinema at Aronofsky’s hands. A brilliant film. Absolutely love it. 5. THE HOST I love this film. Usually when I love a Korean film, it rushes to the top of the list, because ordinarily… that country puts out the most powerful works of cinema that I see in a given year. Well, this has just been an extraordinarily strong year for the domestics. That said, THE HOST is the best full on monster movie since JAWS. Now I know most people don’t consider JAWS a monster film, but an adventure film, but that’s the same here. This creature may be “fictional,” but that’s only because it hasn’t jumped out of the Han River yet… And many critics will be comparing this film to JAWS, but honestly – to me, it feels a bit more like CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, but instead of Aliens abducting a family member, it’s a river creature. I know so many of you haven’t had a chance to see this film yet, so I’ll be very careful about what I say, but this film has a lot more going on, than just a monster that comes out of a river. There’s government conspiracy, a distrust of not just the United States, but the South Korean government as well. This film has a lot on its mind. Tonally, it is very complicated – especially for Americans that are unfamiliar with Korean culture. This isn’t Japan with an internalization of emotion. Koreans feel and emote greatly. They wallow in emotion, and the grieving scenes in this film are not comedic, but very real. Just not the way we’re used to seeing the Asian cultures we see cinematically. Or Americans for that matter. But trust me, in the last year, I’ve become intimately familiar with the emotional realities that exist in that culture. This film will blow most of you completely away. 4. 300 Just fucking wow! The final film of BNAT 8 was just incredible for me. I was wide awake, without even the slightest hint of low energy… and this film fed my brain the octane to get crazy excited to the point where I couldn’t sleep for the next 10 hours. Zach Snyder has taken not a leap forward, but a quantum leap forward in his career with this film. This is a film that I could watch with no sound, with sound and with my favorite music playing over. The imagery is so lush, so hypnotic, so crazy that there’s no need for drugs, alcohol or any stimulant – this film is a constant eruption of stimulation. The fighting is hypnotic, the music is awesome and I literally can not wait to see it again and again and again and again. This is what I dreamt of when I watched SIN CITY. This is PURE entertainment. Vibrant cinema. And Exciting like very few movies are in a year. I can see putting this film in my DVD player on repeat for a week at a time. SERIOUSLY. However, it’s an impossibly long time till it hits DVD. An amazing film. 3. CHILDREN OF MEN This film and the next three just absolutely own me. Cuaron’s film is effortless science fiction, a black satire of the immigration issue that we’re engaged in here in the United States. But really – immigration is becoming a global concern for all developed nations, with the media and the governments of the world. That said, at no point during the film does it feel like a two-fisted message film about immigration. Instead, it’s just a breathless science fiction tale told with the honesty and ferocity of the best dramas we see. This is the best science fiction film of the last decade. There is a level of cinema at play here that is truly daunting. Earlier this year, THE PROTECTOR had a single take long shot that took my breath away… well forget that, here Cuaron does it so well that I just dropped my jaw and bugged my eyes – but never pulled out of the story. It was cinematic technical brilliance without sacrificing the story or the emotional involvement with his story. In fact, it was working on two parts of my brain at the same time at pure top levels. I was analyzing and simply engaged both without one out-weighing the other. In other words, bliss. 2. BLACK SNAKE MOAN Last year’s number one film was a movie that came along and just stunned me by a filmmaker that I’d never heard of before. HUSTLE & FLOW. Well, this year – I’ve seen his follow up film twice. The first time – way back in like May. And more recently at the start of BNAT 8. Now, don’t get me wrong. I loved BLACK SNAKE MOAN when I watched it all those months ago. And it was finished back then. That you haven’t seen it yet, aggravates me. Right now, we’d be talking about Oscar Nominations for Directing, Writing, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Editing and Picture. However, for some reason – this movie is being held for Sundance and an early year release. Don’t get me wrong, I love that OctoButt-Numb-A-Thon got to premiere this, but dammit – this film cockblocked everything that came after it. This is a great small film – made gold by everything that Brewer does best. He gets how to involve music, soul and heart and wrap them around performances without losing story and emotional depth. This is easily the best English Language film I saw in 2006. It’s the best performance that Sam Jackson has ever given. The posters for the film sell the sexual tension that the film waves at the audience, but at the center of this film is a story about one man caring so much about helping someone that he does something he knows is outrageous, that he knows could get him hung, but he does it because he sees a soul in torment, a soul that doesn’t yet know how to ask for help, but needs that help all the same. The music in this film is epic. I live in Austin, home of Antone’s – which is home to the blues – and Craig Brewer just made a film that I wish to God I could have watched with Clifford Antone, who passed away this year. He would have loved this film. 1. PAN’S LABYRINTH Ordinarily – I’d be incredibly self-conscious about putting a friend’s film at number one on this list. I’ve known Guillermo for 9 years now. He spent a few years living here in Austin – and I haven’t seen him in person in nearly 3 years. This past year has been very tough on my friend, I’ve had a great deal of late night phone calls with him, but there’s a reality that came when I played this film at FANTASTIC FEST this year. When I watched PAN’S LABYRINTH – it engaged me as a waking dream and nightmare. One that I never wanted to wake from. When the end credits came, I wept, wept because I was so proud of Guillermo, wept because I didn’t want it to end and wept because I knew it’d be months before I’d see it again. The film is set in the agony of reality and the dream of fantasy – and the care taken in the telling of both is that of the finest craftsman. It is an immaculate conception. Brilliant from beginning to end. Guillermo has made his first MASTERPIECE – and I hope we see many more from here on out, but if we don’t – I can forgive him. When someone makes a perfect work of cinema it’s such a joy simply to watch it. To watch Cocteau’s BELLE ET LA BETE or Charles Laughton’s NIGHT OF THE HUNTER… it’s a gift we’re given. And I regret that Laughton didn’t direct further gifts, I simply relish the perfection of his acting moments and that one perfect film… Now we have a new year to look forward to. A great many hopes and dreams. There’s films we don’t know to look forward to, and films we hope will live up to what our hopes hope they’ll be. I’m going to try to do a better job of writing about the films I see this year. But you have to understand, this past year is the first time in my life that I loved something more than film. I’m a bit goofy and quite a bit be smitten. I enjoy my little affairs with films, but please forgive my selfish indiscretions. I still love film every bit as much as I have in the past, I just don’t have the time I once had… which was 24/7. Next – I’ll be writing my top ten films I’m looking forward to for 2007. What’d you see in 2006 that you loved, I’m curious to see if you saw something I didn’t – or found something more appealing that I didn’t. Ta Ta.

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  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Fuck you first posters!

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies


  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Top list BUT

    by barnaby jones

    Isn't this more of a 2007 list for everyone else !

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:23 a.m. CST

    I think it is sad that Superman Returns...

    by Just Plain Steve

    did not make anyone's list this year. I am not defending this film. I thought it was slow and boring. Its just sad that a character so important to American movie and comic book history was used in such a terrible movie. And to top it all off, Superman Returns will probably stay around longer than any of Harry's top 5 films of 2006.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Pans labarinth

    by Kawaii

    I saw this film at a horror screening in leciester sq, only film me and my cousin saw. It was a good film, not a film that would be in a top 10 list. Bits about it i thought was stupid, like eating food at a table where there is a skinny eyeless creature with his eyes on a plate. And knowing she has limited time just fucks about forever only to get out anyway? And leaving the chalk on the table she is behind? Its a fairy tale, fair enough, but you can have this stuff in a kids film and im fine. But its an adults film, and shouldnt have this stupid stuff in it, it detracts from the story. Although, it is a good film though that everyone needs to watch at least once. I did come to the conclusion that he should of cut out the violence, which can be cut with no lost to the story, and released it as a kids film. Dont get me wrong i hate all this watered down 12a horror stuff, but i think it would fit in with the likes of Dark Crystal and Labyrinth much better. And i enjoy them to films as well. I would like for him to make a film set 100% in the spanish civil war, and 100% in a fantasy world. Pans Lab had two interesting worlds, it was jarring to be dragged from either of them. Ok, i may not agree with it being number 1, but its worth watching, and i will watch it again.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:36 a.m. CST

    I havent seen any

    by emeraldboy

    film on this list

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:35 a.m. CST

    UNITED 93 ??

    by bluelou_boyle

    Surely this amazing film deserves a top 5 place. It might not have much re-watch value,(because it's too emotionally wrenching) but it is an excellent film.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:39 a.m. CST


    by Cpt Kirks 2pay

    Forfuxake mate, what the hell is your problem?!??!!? What the hell are you doing ruining the end of Apocalypto within the first 2 lines like that for? I am seriously pissed at you for this. I thought you was the one who tried to encourage SPOILER warnings for movie reviews and talks, or at least your whole site does. Now you go and do that. It's 1. Farking careless. 2. Completely not giving a shit about your readers there. 3. Hypocritical. I have every right to make htis an angry post. You of all people should know better. Oh and this is a pre emptive Fark you to all that come here to defend you as I'm sure there's always a right idiot that always disagrees with any kinda post. You all know it's wrong what he did. If you edit the Spoiler then of course, feel free to delete this post.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:40 a.m. CST

    PAN'S LABYRINTH is a masterpiece.

    by Nordling

    My #1 for the year is THE FOUNTAIN, but I got no beef with anyone putting PAN'S on the top of their list. It's a brilliant film. And Happy New Year to Harry and Yoko!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Aside from 300, ROCKY and PAN'S LABYRINTH...

    by Negative Man

    ...LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE kicked the asses of all the rest on that weak (and really, quite paid for sounding) list. Seriously, THE DEPARTED was the next runner-up, but the rest of the list was pretty weak. Then, of course, this year was pretty weak. L.M.S. was one of the smartest and laugh-out-loud-knee-slappin' funny films I've seen in a loooooong time. "And where's your grand father now?" "In the trunk of our car." Que Rick James' 'Super-Freak'...

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:42 a.m. CST

    I really wanted to like V

    by Gorrister

    V for Vendetta was a movie I was looking forward to for a long time. But I was very disappointed with it when I saw it. To begin with, I think Portman was completely wrong for the character she played. But, normally, I can look past that if the script is good. This script was NOT good. I don't really care for 'preachy' movies, but I knew that this one was going to be preachy going in, so I was expecting it. What I didn't expect was it to preach the exact same message every five minutes for two hours. Also, plot twists were badly hidden and easy to predict (now who actually believed Portman was being held by the government and not "V" himself?).

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:42 a.m. CST

    my top 10

    by Gluecifer

    The new world Munich The proposition Dog bite dog Children of men Election 1 and 2 Exiled Pusher 1, 2 and 3 Running wild Diary of June (The bystanders)

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Top Ten

    by Project Mayhem

    10.) Inside Man 9.) Clerks II 8.) The New World 7.) Monster House 6.) Casino Royale 5.) Little Children 4.) V for Vendetta 3.) Pan's Labyrinth 2.) The Departed 1.) The Fountain That's a real list!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Not fair....

    by BanAllFIRSTPosters

    Posting flicks YOU were able to see and not the rest of us. BoofuckingHoo.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Dick Nicely's Top Ten (plus explanation bits!)

    by Dick Nicely

    These were all 2006 releases in whichever country I saw them. 10) "36: Quai des Orfèvres" Structurally flawed, but engrossing moral drama with Daniel Auteuil, the best movie star in the world, and Gerard Depardieu, the ugliest. 9) "Les Poupées Rousse" Endearing, idiosynchratic sequel to "L'Auberge Espagnole", and proof that Romain Duris and Kelly Reilly should be big stars. 8) "Right at Your Door" Gripping thriller that makes the most of a low budget, taut structure and great acting. 7) "La Science des Rêves" The world's best looking screen couple: Charlotte Gainsbourg and Gael Garcia Bernal. Plus Alain Chabat, if you're into that kind of thing. 6) "Grizzly Man" Werner Herzog finds a man nearly as insane as Klaus Kinski, and documents his doomed attempt to connect with nature. Horrifying and funny, often at the same time. 5) "Children of Men" Atmospheric, beautifully designed satire/fantasy/action movie. Clunky exposition saved by charismatic performances, plus a Pink Floyd reference that garners about three chuckles per audience. 4) "Casino Royale" James Bond is rescued from the shrieking abyss by the unlikely trio of Daniel Craig, who should be above this, Martin Campbell, who should be beneath it, and Paul Haggis. Confident, decadent and supremely entertaining. 3) "The Departed" "Who am I? I'm the guy who does his fuckin' job. You must be the other guy." The most fun you can have at the cinema this year. 2) "United 93" For whatever reason I felt compelled to see this. You can argue whether or not it should exist, but it does, and taken on its own terms it's flawless. Tense, harrowing, deeply humbling and unforgettable. 1) "Caché" Confounding, menacing thriller about guilt from Michael Haneke, the world's most intelligent film-maker. Ingeniously constructed and very disturbing. Bodes well for next year's "Funny Games". Honorable mentions go to "Babel" for the story set in Japan, and "Red Road" for the first sex scene in film history to actually resemble the real thing. Sorry, I'm not really into fantasy so I haven't seen "Pan's Labyrinth" although I'm sure it's great.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:57 a.m. CST

    My amendments

    by VoxMillennium

    I miss "Tideland" and "Perfume", and if I would live in the US I would certainly add "Inland Empire" as a new Lynch automatically to me is the movie event of the year. Looking forward to the 3 great Mexican movies that I have yet to see.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Actually Harry...

    by JohnNadaUK

    'Children Of Men''s immigration plot is about the growing problem in the UK! You see, it's set in the UK mmmkay? I know you'd like to believe everything is about you guys over there but no, this was a very english film with a very english feel. It's just a shame it's taken a Spanish director to do that. Yes, of course it's covering themes that everyone in the world is experiencing at one point or another and can understand. However, don't for one second think that this is actually winking at politics and current events in the states whilst being set in the UK ala V For Vendetta. Children of Men is the film V for Vendetta should have been had it not been a raping of the source material. Alfonso Cuarón actually understands British culture and current events unlike the hacks behind V for Vendetta, who should still be ashamed of themselves. Children of Men is the film of the year, V for Vendetta is a joke.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story

    by Dr. Sid Schaefer

    Just saw it last night. Fucking brilliant. Coogan deserves the acting oscar, and Winterbottom deserves the directing nod.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 6:14 a.m. CST

    "Mel finally makes a film where the hero survives"

    by v for vienetta

    Gee thanks for that spoiler. I'm glad you got to see it before everyone else, but was there really any need for that sentence?

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 6:14 a.m. CST

    JohnNadaUK, agreed

    by Dick Nicely

    Children of Men is a very British film. I thought V for Vendetta was just okay as a fantasy/thriller, but if my limited comic book knowledge is correct, it was written in the Thatcher era when that kind of militant neo-fascism was actually relevant. Now the problems are more complex and V for Vendetta seems simplistic as anything other than a broad analogy. I wouldn't say Children of Men is concerned with the government's politics, more with their lack of control on issues like immigration. It's also an amazing film about widespread despair, which could so easily happen if the government continues to not really do much of anything and hope that the problems solve themselves. But, in another strength compared to V for Vendetta, Children of Men doesn't shove these messages in your face. They're in the background for you to pick up on if you want. It's an excellent film, and I hope Cuaron gets an Oscar nod for his work.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 6:21 a.m. CST

    hmmm...a wide range of films

    by just pillow talk

    The only one that surprises me is Rocky Balboa, but then it's the film experience that Harry is probably rating highest to make it in the top ten. I can't wait to see some of these films, specifically Children of Men.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Yep, you just fucked Apocalypto for everyone...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...all around the world who haven't even had the film released locally yet. Thank you so fucking much for that. Real film fans don't spoil other film fans fun. Guess I should have known better than to even glance over your goddamn list in the first place.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 6:33 a.m. CST

    My Favorites of 2006

    by Prague23

    1. Casino Royale 2. Babel 3. Children of Men 4. Drawing Restraint 9 5. Little Miss Sunshine 6. Volver 7. Superman Returns 8. Pan's Labryinth 9. The Descent 10. An Inconveinant Truth. So yeah, I didn't see most of the great ones this year, yet. Bond surprised the hell out of me and was amazing. Babel and Children were no brainers. Drawing Restraint 9 I saw at the Karlovy Vary FF in Karlovy Vary,Czech Republic. I've seen Barney's Creammaster Cycle in the cinema and Drawing was like WAY out there, cinematic art. Sunshine made me laugh, Volver was another Karlovy Vary experience, Superman blew me away but Pan, not so much. Not the big fan everyone else seems to be. Al Gore should have been president and he made a film and it's outstanding. Daniel Craig IS James Bond and that's awesome.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 6:34 a.m. CST


    by eekabug

    Harry I know you are a prententious socialist fuck but not having United 93 on your "strict"is a crime. This was the most viseraland moving film of the year and the most I have ever been touched by a film in my 35 years of life. You have sold out but i did'nt think you had sunk this low. What a shame.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 6:46 a.m. CST


    by John-Locke

    I totally agree about the BS stupidity moments in Pans, don't get me started on the bottles of Antibiotics and the goddamn key, just because it was set in the Spanish Civil War doesn't mean that people would act like total retards. Stopped a good film from being great for me.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry!

    by hayt43

    You want to maybe keep your top ten list of 2006 to movies that came out in 2006! Stop with the "I own a popular website in decline so I get to see movies BEFORE YOU!! NANANANA!" crap. For crying out loud 300 is coming in March.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Great list Harry....

    by mattyholmes

    Pan's Labyrinth was an amazing film, looking forward to seeing your picks for 2007 but you have kinda already seen some of the main ones im looking forward too... namely 300 and Black Snake Moan.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 7:09 a.m. CST

    does that mean that

    by just pillow talk

    Harrison Ford will survive the production of Indy 4 (alive at the end), or merely "survives" all the takes? I'm betting he doesn't survive. (alive at the end, not "survives")

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 7:13 a.m. CST

    So basically . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . I should hunt for the link to Harry's Best-Of-2005 to see the other half of his Best-Of-2006?

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 7:17 a.m. CST

    thanks for making your list 10 to 1

    by triplefive

    Top Ten lists that start at 1 piss me off. why the fuck should i wait around to 10 if the suspense of what is 1 is taken away from the outset. its like a 3 year old prattling on and on about their new favorite tv show

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 7:24 a.m. CST

    the best-of-(insert year)

    by just pillow talk

    are all interconnected. It's like the very last episode of TNG, with the 3 enterprises converging from 3 different time periods. It's exactly like that, only there's no enterprises and no Q.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 7:28 a.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    Top ten lists are fine, but what I really want to see is a top 14 list. Or top 61.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Not a bad list, at all...

    by Modern-Artifacts

    and you make your points well. A very defendable list. The only surprise was that "Casino Royale" was not amongst the top 10. I truly believe that CR has changed the way we will look at Bond films from now on. Plus, it was just fun as hell!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 7:33 a.m. CST


    by Cpt Kirks 2pay

    Don't call us fools mate. It ain't cut and dry either. Any smart person who has read it would obviously think that it meant that the hero is alive. Wether this is true or not, it don't really matter as it has peed us off just to read that and make us believe that we know the spoiled ending as far as we are concerned, and again, this already alters our entertainment of the film when we go in to see it, as we have now built up a preconception of the ending. For a person like us who have brains, yes, we all try to be positive when reading that spoiler and hope that Harry is talking about the ending metaphorically speaking like you pointed out, and it could be open to different interpretations. But this is only out of desperation and trying to convince ourselves that we didn't necessarily have the ending spoilt. At the end of the day though, to any normal intelligent person, we're still gonna come away from reading Harry's line more or less believing that the hero does survive rather than interpreting it any other way. For someone with brains it's a a pretty cut and dry sentance to read that line as, and for someone with brains who should know better, it's a pretty cut and dry sentance not to type out for people to read, as most of us are gonna feel that the ending has been spoiled for us, no matter what way we look at it, wether it be literal or metaphorical. In the end, Harry should know so much better than to write anything that simply reads and shouts SPOILER to people, as it still ruins the movie for these people in their hearts. The only real way we can try to get around reading this, is to try and forget we ever did read that line.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 7:35 a.m. CST

    My problem with V...

    by Frijole

    is that V tricked Portman into becoming his ally. He tortured her physically and emotionally and then when she realizes it is him "Oh my dear, but I just had to show you what the government WOULD do to you...". "Oh? That's what they WOULD do? But they didn't and you did??? OK, where is my membership card?!??!" I also didn't see the point of blowing up the Parliament. Say it was a symbol all you want, but it was a symbol of something more democratic. I think killing the LEADER of the fascist destroyers of that more democratic rule was symbol enough. That's like if there were a true dictator in the US, some radical killed him and THEN blew up the Washington Monument just for shits and giggles. What's the point? But then... you gotta make big boom! Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the movie. I just find its motivations hard to swallow.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 7:42 a.m. CST

    My top ten movies I watched this year

    by The Decider

    10) LotR: Fellowship of the Ring 9)Collateral 8)Borat 7)Adaptation 6)Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 5)Little Miss Sunshine 4)Master & Commander 3)Election 2)Unforgiven 1)Groundhog Day

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Harry ruins ending to Apocalypto

    by Jubba spoiler warning? Ass.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 7:47 a.m. CST


    by Buffalo500

    The Prestige was one of my favourites this year, I’m a bit surprised it’s not in Harry’s top ten, the guy has pretty good taste. A film that Harry has probably not seen and would be in my ten is “Paris Je T’aime”, over 20 directors contributing a short film about Paris, sounds like it would not work but it certainly does.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 7:46 a.m. CST


    by GilesT

    Yeah, add me to the list of those a bit annoyed at having any suspense in this one diminished somewhat. That said, on the offchance Harry edits himself to get rid of the offending lines, we could all do future readers of this page a favour by not repeating the actual spoiler...

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 7:46 a.m. CST

    this just in

    by just pillow talk

    Anakin turns into Darth Vader.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 7:53 a.m. CST

    The New World...

    by d3funct

    ... was last year, not a 2006 film.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Knew he'd include 300, not BLACK SNAKE MOAN...

    by Ernie Souchak

    not fair Harry, not fair! And V FOR VENDETTA should have been on THIS year. I know your "rules" that allow this. But nice list - I'm just freaking jealous.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 7:57 a.m. CST


    by d3funct

    Meant not last year but a 2005 film.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by just pillow talk

    Harry included Black Snake Moan as #2, higher than 300 (#4). Am I misreading something here?

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:03 a.m. CST

    A nerd (me) chimes in about Mr Gibson

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Please spare a thought for The Man Without A Face, Mel Gibson's apparently forgotten directorial debut, in which the hero (either the man without a face or the kid, take your pick) SPOILER survives. This is not a great film, which may be why no one remembers it, but I think it should be considered when discussing recurring themes, etc. in the work of this world-renowned actor/director/humourous drunk.<p>Thank you.<p>Yours faithfully, A Nerd.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:04 a.m. CST


    by Cpt Kirks 2pay

    Yeah, I'd go with that. However I was gonna post one last time and quote or refer back to what jfp2006 said, which to many people who read him, actually makes us look more correct in what we think the ending will be. Sorry GilesT but I'll try to make this the last reference to Harry's still unedited line. jfp said that the the hero 'survives' the obstacles and ordeals throughout the course of the film'. Well think about these words. If he 'survives' these throughout the 'course' (the running) of the 'film' (as an entire piece, as he didn't determine 'part' of the film), that DOES mean that he IS alive at the end. Your sentances pretty much cut and dry spells out what us complainers already said earlier, to anyone with brains. Makes us wonder about yours as you typed it though. Thanks for shooting yourself in the foot and backing us up and making yourself look the idiot instead of us. Anyway, sorry GilesT, this is the last you'll hear about it from me.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Harry's top 10s are always valuable

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    although I miss seeing totally unfamiliar films on there, and then getting to find them for myself and being blown away... like PING PONG and SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE. Come on Harry, dig up some more gems! <p> And for anyone who hasn't seen APOCALYPTO yet, don't worry, nothing could "spoil" such an amazing film. I can't believe that Mel Gibson and Sylvester Stallone are now two of my favorite directors, what a fucked-up world!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:17 a.m. CST

    So what else happens in Apocalypto?

    by Zarles

    Good list. I'd switch out a few here and there, but I'd say you're about there. Children of Men finally comes out here on Friday. Woot!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:17 a.m. CST


    by FakePlasticGuava

    ...or 2007? i had this issue with last year's list when v for vendetta made #2. i submit that no lists should include movies that the rest of us cannot see i.e. they have not yet had wide or limited release in this country. bnat doesn't count.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Frijole: Agree about Parliament

    by chrth

    It's the one thing that ruins the film for me (even though I love the rest of it).<p> As for 'tricking' Portman to be his ally ... I think they messed up translating the comic to the screen. The whole idea was to test her loyalty and also subject her to what he had been subjected to in order to strengthen her to replace him. Of course, since she ended up not replacing him due to the ending ... well, that makes the end of the movie even more of a misstep.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:20 a.m. CST

    At least Harry gets that a top ten list is ten films

    by Spandau Belly

    I realize you movie critics see hundreds of films a year, but that's not the people who read your articles life. I see about 20 new films a year, so recommending me 50 is totally stupid.<br>I'm not sure I agree with most of your choices Harry, but you, but at least made a meaningful list with good brief justifications for why you feel these films are important.<br> Happy New Year! and thanks for bringing us Stallone!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:20 a.m. CST

    End of Apocalypto

    by chrth

    Black guy in a truck sees them running to the coast and says 'stupid Mayan crackers'

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:24 a.m. CST

    He does this to get one up

    by Affleckwasthebomb

    The reason Harry does this is so he can show us lowly readers that he the big man gets to see lots of top movies before we do. I've got a reviewing friend who does the same. revels in rubbing my nose in the fact he see's things before me. If this was a real list of 2006 it would only include 2006 releases. I know this is your site Harry but give us a break. We know you rule.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:29 a.m. CST


    by Captain Katanga

    It's lazy and thoughtless, and I'll certuanly be aware of it when I watch the film tomorrow night. There is something so irritating about critics that do this, Harry must have known it was a spoiler, but he left it in anyway, because he knows whats good for us!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:36 a.m. CST

    I'd show you all a true top ten list but..

    by white owl

    living in rural pennsylvania I only saw about 7 or 8 in a theater all year. which is sad. i'm gonna end up watching pan's labyrinth, children of men, rocky balboa, etc.. for the first time on dvd. which sucks a cock. but for what it's worth.. i liked United 93, Casino Royale, The Departed and The Fountain.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST

    damn right fakeplasticguava

    by white owl

    BNAT SHOULD NOT COUNT!!! That is why Harry's list is UTTERLY POINTLESS. 300?! The Host?! Have those movies even come out in America? NO, yet big red loves rubbing our faces in it, it's true.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:43 a.m. CST

    My favourite film of 2006?

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Spider-Man 3. Technically, this is a 2007 release, but through the power of my imagination I have actually seen it already. You won't believe what Mary Jane and Gwen Stacey get up to in a kiddy pool filled with baby oil. Way to go, Sam Raimi!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:52 a.m. CST

    You didn't understand 'the Fountain', buddy

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    it's about death, not love. also that 'apocalypto' spoiler is brutal.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:52 a.m. CST

    You didn't understand 'the Fountain', buddy

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    it's about death, not love. also that 'apocalypto' spoiler is brutal.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Best film of 2006 - Casablanca!

    by Spandau Belly

    What? I *saw* it this year!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:57 a.m. CST

    This should really be called...

    by The Funketeer

    My Top 10 Favorite Films I Got to See Before Everyone Else in the World Because I Have Friends in the Industry. Don't include a film in your top 10 list for 06 if it's not being released until 07. We don't care that you got to see it early. Kinda funny how many of these films played at Buttnumbathon.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Where Was Black Christmas ?

    by Itchy

    Any movie with Michelle Trachtenberg and Lacey Chabert is top-10 for sure. Just turn the sound down.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST

    My least favourite film of 2006?

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Star Wars - Episode VII - Revenge Of The Ewoks. In retrospect, this was 140 minutes I could have spent imagining something else, like that MJ and Gwen scene from Spider-Man 3. What the hell, George Lucas? You can't even get Star Wars right in my imagination!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST

    MY top ten, and other bitching

    by indiebum

    First of all Harry, I dislike it immensely when you do this to me. Thank you for putting the Departed on the list, at least some of us were able to see it. You should have 2 top 10 lists, one for the films that you loved more than anything (that can include anything) and then a list of films you loved that the majority of people saw, not just "buttnumb" films. Thank you, you run the best site on the web. Here's my list: 10) A Scanner Darkly I just recently saw this on DVD for the first time and was blown away. It's a creepy little tale about drugs and undercover cops that takes place 7 years from now. I had to watch it a second time, I was enthralled by the animation, the story, and Robert Downey Jr. and Rory Cochrane's creepy performances. 9) Borat Most quotable film of 2006, and without a doubt the cultural phenomenon of the year. This is the Napoleon Dynamite of the year and even though it was not an original hit, it connected with people. I laughed my ass off, I won't lie to you. I will be very happy if SBC gets an Oscar nod, but he better not knock off Leo for the Departed, because I will be so mad I'll want to spit (thank you Life Aquatic). 8) The Great New Wonderful The little-film-that-didn't for many people only because it was a direct to DVD indie featuring character actors. The film was a post-9/11 dramedy featuring Tony Shalhoub, Tom McCarthy, Judy Greer, Jim Gaffigan, Stephen Colbert, Olympia Dukakis, Edie Falco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Will Arnett. The film is a cute little film, totally watchable, and features the film quote of the year from my Stephen: "No, actually he's a selfish, incorrigible monster with a heart made of shit and splinters." See it, I know you haven't. 7) V For Vendetta The first film I saw that came out in 2006 and was my favorite until I saw some other films I'll get to in this list. I love this film because of Hugo Weaving's Vaudevillian style of portraying V and I was so in love with Natalie's short hair this year. This movie kicked ass and should've been bigger than it was, and should have definitely been the savior to the movie biz, not Pilates of the Caribbean. 6) For Your Consideration I love Christopher Guest films. Back when I reviewed this, I said that I didn't like A Mighty Wind. Well, I've revisited it and I do like it, not as much as his other films, but I am a fan. This film was spectacularly cynical against the Oscar season, something I hold dearly to my heart. I loved Catherine O'Hara to death in this film and was again completely thrilled with John Michael Higgins, one of the most untapped character actors of our time. 5) Marie Antoinette This film was already set to be a favorite because of Sofia Coppola, but if I had seen it without being a fan I would have loved it. The music, the clothes, the Chuck Taylors. I don't care what people say, this movie was a dreamlike version of a period piece. It's the Eternal Sunshine of Pride & Prejudice. Kiki Dunst was incredible and will be unfortunately going to the Oscars this year sans nomination, but I really think she pulled off one of the best performances of the year. 4) United 93 This was the only movie that meant something to me this year, on a personal level. I was proud of this film. There was no motive for this movie, Paul Greengrass just wanted to honor those who perished. This was an extraordinary film. 3) The Departed This movie proves yet again that Martin Scorsese is a filmmaker who is rivaled by very few. The Aviator was a hundred times better than Million Dollar Baby and even though I haven't seen Clint's new films, I'm sure it's the same situation. But here I am again waiting for a Marty win, when old Clint is coming along with a last minute Oscar winner. Griping aside, this film rocked. The music was great, and the acting of Jack, Mark, Leo, Martin, and Matt blew me away. Everyone said when this came out that Jack had the best supporting actor spot but Matt Damon was definitely the best actor in this film. I was thoroughly satisfied and I can't wait to revisit it. 2) Dreamgirls I just saw this film a few days after its wide release and was so happy and warm and fuzzy and all those other adjectives we use when we feel complete bliss. I am in LOVE with Jennifer Hudson. Give her the Oscar, please. Her powerful delivery of songs like "One Night Only," "I Am Changing," and her breathtaking performance of "And I Am Telling You" gave me chills. I watched her and her alone in every scene she was in. Give Eddie Murphy the Oscar. PLEASE. JIMMY GOT SOUL. Eddie Murphy really did achieve greatness in this movie. This film is beyond words. I cried, I won't lie. The music and the brilliant direction by Bill Condon are the only that could possibly take on Scorsese as a possible contender this year. I love this movie. I really hope I get to see it again. This movie was great from beginning to end. 1) Little Miss Sunshine No doubt about it. The best film of 2006 is Little Miss Sunshine. I've been saying it since I saw it when it opened. This film does have standout performances that I will mention, but it really was the ensemble that made the movie great. I love Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and I really hope they keep this up. It was their first feature film together and it is a possible contender in many categories. Steve Carell, Alan Arkin, Paul Dano, Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette and Abigail Breslin all carried out the most fulfilling characters I saw in a film this year. I'm so happy that a film like this exists. Thank you gods of film!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Top Ten

    by Germster

    1. Shut Up & Sing 2. V for Vendetta 3. The Queen 4. Little Children 5. Letters from Iwo Jima 6. Little Miss Sunshine 7. Dreamgirls 8. Children of Men 9. Come Early Morning 10. The Departed

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Little Miss Shut-Up

    by myspoonistoobig

    What an overrated piece of mediocrity.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 9:22 a.m. CST

    To expand:

    by myspoonistoobig

    It hits many of the same thematic notes that a certain hugely successful indie picture -- by the same studio -- hit in 2004, including a dance-finale and quirky, oddball characters, except LMS does it with $10 million and a slew of bankable stars instead of less than a million and complete unknowns. Plus LMS ripped off one of its' biggest jokes from National Lampoon's fucking Vacation. It's like a goddamn plant of a movie.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 9:43 a.m. CST

    How could 300 or Black Snake Moan be favs of 2006?

    by riskebiz

    They weren't even released in 2006 and outside of a select few ... meaning YOU, Harry, nobody else has seen it and won't see it until Feb. 2007 at the earliest? Doesn't a movie released in 2007 qualify as a favorite for 2007 instead of 2006? Just because your privileged movie-going experiences allowed you to see it early doesn't make them one of 2006's best. Don't you think?

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST


    by biggles2_22

    Next time I'm in North F-ing Korea I'll pick up a copy of The Host. Thanks also for letting me know how Apocalypto ends, I almost watched it! How does 300 end? Don't tell me, they die. Nice "strict" list, half the frigging flicks aren't out yet. Lick balls.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST

    the same reason why Unleashed is my favorite

    by just pillow talk

    of this week, which by my definition counts as all of 2006. So therefore it is my #1 of 2006. See? It's easy.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST


    by biggles2_22

    Not hating, though.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Black Snake Moan is getting dumped because...

    by howardroark

    the dickwads at Paramount don't know what they have as usual. Hustle & Flow should have been a 50-60 million dollar film coming out of Sundance (hell, Little Miss Sunshine got there). Chances are, nobody there even "gets" this film since it was made under the old regime which basicaly means this film gets fucked.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 9:59 a.m. CST

    How come "One-up, Up, and Away" didn't make the list?

    by zacdilone

    That shit is classic.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Seems the Prestige is the Figth Club of 2207

    by major_tom_aint_dead

    I´m almost sure "The Fountain" would ve been my favorite film this year, but hasnt seen it yet. Instead it´s "The Prestige", wich by all means is a masterpiece of screenwriting with high production value: can´t believe how many people want to hate this movie for being challenging (and considering BO, "The Fountain" seems to suffer from the same). The Prestige stands the same with Children of Men and Pans Labirynth. "Casino Royale" is the first movie in serveral years that you can buy the action and tipical testosterone fueled fantasies without feeling stupid or guilty. Finally, while "The Aviator" was great Scorsese filmaking, but it doesnt stand a chance with the focused narration of really good acted characters in "Million Dollar Baby".

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST

    well, of 2007

    by major_tom_aint_dead


  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Pound Sand...

    by waylayer

    I don't feel comfortable swinging at that melon-sized softball you lofted up.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Harry, do not apologize for finally having a life!

    by CreasyBear

    Let's face it: movies are nothing more than a sedative that people use to bypass the boring parts of their lives or to distract themselves from their shitty, sad existence. Like cocaine. I would be happy for you if you and your new Asian friend lived life, seeing maybe only one or two movies a year because actual living prevented you from having that much empty time on your hands.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:13 a.m. CST

    How 'bout sticking to 2006, for the love of Satan?

    by performingmonkey

    Again Harry pisses me (and quite a few others) off. Is there a single Harry post where TBers aren't pissed off with him these days? By the way, V For Vendetta is a shit film. As far as I'm aware, 300 is just wowing people with the visuals. Casino Royale DESERVES to be in any list of the best movies of 2006. I'd also say The Prestige. And I enjoyed the hell out of Dead Man's Chest also, but many people didn't because they stupidly thought they were going to see a Jack Sparrow comedy instead of a fantastically dark middle chapter of an excellent (so far) trilogy. Instead Harry just gives us a fuck you with movies we haven't seen yet just because of PAYMENT or BIAS due to his 'friendships' to MAKE us go see them. Lucas and get on the set of Indy IV or I'm done here.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST

    another 2007 film

    by krodnoc

    Most of my top 10 have already been mentioned, so there's no point repeating. Except for one.. Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon. I enjoyed it more than Hatchet. It's out Feb.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Enough of the Rocky Love-It was pretty damn weak

    by Jugdish

    Sly duped us into seeing it once- enough of the ass kissing.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:13 a.m. CST


    by Vicenzo

    Haven't seen it yet. I heard it's about this one guy and his quest for survival. I wonder how that turns out.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Harry's buddy Guillermo

    by Garbageman33

    Why do I get the feeling that Harry is friends with Guillermo in much the same way that John Hinckley was friends with Jodie Foster?

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Another shit list from Harry...

    by eppdude

    Rocky Balboa Harry? Really? I'm sure Stallone will be happy to see that...seeing as this seems to be HIS site now.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:20 a.m. CST

    ...and I think these are the only 10 films Harry SAW...

    by eppdude

    Looking back over this past year of his reviews, (which are few and far between), almost everything is overwhelmingly positive. Even The Black Dahlia. The only negative rev I remember is X3, which he was determined to hate anyway.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Do you really want to put

    by jimmy_009

    Rocky Balboa above the Departed? You know you'll regret that.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:27 a.m. CST


    by jackson healy

    Not in your top ten, Harry??? Shame on you! Though I agree with Pan's and Children of Men.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST

    How is a "critic" supposed to remember a whole year?

    by INWOsuxRED

    Of course Harry puts 07 releases in his 06 list. It makes it harder to critisize his choices and he has the memory of a house fly so only movies he just saw make the list.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Casino Royale

    by chrth

    Gregg Easterbrook ripped the shit out of its plot yesterday in TMQ.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:45 a.m. CST

    "I don’t do runner-ups, I make a strict top ten list."

    by Flaparoo

    Don't you usually make a top 30 list?

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Motherfucking spoiler warning on Apoc, Harry!

    by Lenny Nero

    Damn man. Only been out like 2.5 weeks.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST

    2006 - 2007

    by Evil Hobbit

    Here in the Netherlands Pan's and Apocalypto and Rocky and Black Snake and 300 and the Foutain and the Prestige and the Last King of Scotland and Blood Diamond and Dreamgirls and Letters from Iwo Jima and many others are to come out in the upcoming months. :) So my top 10 would look something like this: 1) Children of Men 2) Munich 3) United 93 4) the Departed 5) Kingdom of Heaven Director's Cut DVD 6) Casino Royale 7) Cars 8) Pirates 2 9) Babel 10) V for Vendetta. Can't wait to see the titles named before the top 10 but at the moment my most anticipated 2007 releases are Hot Fuzz and Apocalypto.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST

    For crying out loud Harry!

    by porterdsgn

    How many of these films were actually released this year?

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST


    by Kingdaddy

    For all of you crying about Harry writing the hero in "Apocalypto" survives, CALM THE FUCK DOWN. We all know you'll still go to see the bare boobies that you so want to see in real life. However, we all know you haven't seen a vagine since a vagine had you. Now get back in your parents basement and STFU. Oh, and by the way, Superman gets weakened by kryptonite, James Bond gets in a fight, The Departed has some violence in it, Rocky fights a good fight, and "The Queen" doesn't die at the end. Sorry for all the spoilers!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 11:12 a.m. CST

    RE: Affleckwasthebomb

    by iron pills

    I think you may be right .What better way to show your "film geek cred" than to tell people you've seen films before a lot of the population that would probably see these films anway. Heh, heh... From Harry's list, I'm most interested in seeing 300 and Pan's Labrynthe...

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Children of Motherfucking Men

    by PwnedByStallone

    Best movie of 2006. Easily. Yuo guys that haven't seen it are goign to go apeshit over the cinematograhy. The action in this movie is some of the most impressive I've ver seen. Combine that with GREAT acting and writing. Awesoem movie!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Leadley's Top Ten for 2008?

    by Leadley

    Tango and Cash in Space (T&CIS) and nine other movies.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Difference of a Year

    by Darth Sticky

    Since the birth of my daughter, I've only gotten out to see 3 films in 2006: Brokeback Mountain; The Black Dahlia; and The Departed. The Departed was one of the best movies I've EVER seen. I'll be looking for the rest of Harry's list on DVD, most definitely. 300 beckons and will most likely be the next movie I see in the theater. Cannot wait.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST

    I skimmed over half of it

    by CherryValance

    after reading the Apocalypto spoiler. Luckily I saw that one already but I felt bad for everyone else. You guys do that a lot. </p> And I also have no idea what Black Snake Moan is about. Sounds like reptile porn.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST

    It was a pretty damn good year for films

    by HumbertHumbert

    I agree with Harry on Departed and Apocalypto, two very intense films. Surprisingly, no one has mentioned some of the VERY BEST films of the year: Manderlay and A Prairie Home Companion. Other unbelievable films this year: The Proposition, Monster House, The Science of Sleep, Borat, Inland Empire and A Scanner Darkly. Rocky definitely surpassed my expectations, despite its glaring flaws, but it wasn't one of my absolute favorites. And as for The Black Dahlia, that suckkkkkkkkked ballllllllllls. Although I would like to see Scarlett Johansson suck balls.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Spoting someone crying to Pan's Labyrinth

    by Enter4None

    What to do? do you laugh and point? roll your eyes out? take a picture? nod in shame? ignore and leave? write about it in your website?<p> Crap, now I'll be looking out for emo wrecks after lights come after any movie ends. What a riot.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST

    I'm waiting for Mori's picks.

    by vinceklortho

    at least those will be more interesting than Harry's and a little more relevant to 06', a year that had a lot of interesting movies. Tood bad Harry decided to skip showing love to THIS YEARS movies to hype people who graciously lent their movies to BNAT. Get some balls Harry.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 11:52 a.m. CST

    C'mon, No 2007!!!!

    by VWantsRevenge

    Yes, man, we know you get to see movies that aren't domestically released until 2007 far earlier, but for a list of the best films of 2006, that list should include only movies released in 2006. 300, BLACK SNAKE MOAN, HATCHET and THE HOST were not. Film fest don't count. I also can't believe you would leave UNITED 93 off.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 12:02 p.m. CST

    I'm more pumped to see

    by Novaman5000

    Children of Men and Pan's than I have been for any film in quite some time.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Sorry Kingdaddy,

    by Novaman5000

    but those spoilers you listed don't even compare to the one Harry blurted out above. It's all shit that's either happened before or based on historic fact. Harry should've been more careful- lame on his part.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Host grieving was both emotional AND comedic

    by StovetopStuffin'

    I saw is at the Chicago film festival, and I'll tell you that the grieving scene (at least the first one) was played for emotion, and then for comedy, and then for emotion again. The whole movie was that way as well as amazingly exciting. I loved the film! I heard there will be an American remake. Tell me that's not true!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Superman Returns ruled!

    by Wormie

    Hmm, my favourite 2006 film was Superman Returns. I also liked Casino Royale, Dead Man's Chest, X-Men 3, M:I3, The Departed, V for Vendetta, Hollywoodland, Jarhead, Munich and Children of Men. Worst films were Poseidon, Lady in the Water, The Black Dahlia and Syriana (yes, really!) I thought United 93 was overrated - it just didn't work as a drama for me.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 12:32 p.m. CST

    nice one Harry

    by mrbong

    i found 2006 to be a pretty mediocre year at the movies, but this list has sparked some interest. i somehow doubt that you have managed to run a site like this successfully via means of giving misleading reviews, so will make the effort to check out what i missed from your top ten. undoubtedly someone soon will post the comment "Harry Knowles raped my viewing of Apocalypto or whatever it is called", which will put you in the same bracket with your readers as Mr Lucas and Mr Spielberg. no bad way to start 2007.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST

    300, Black Snake Moan

    by la_sith

    Despite the fact that you saw them in 2006, virtually no one else did. They belong on your 2007 list.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST

    300, Black Snake Moan

    by la_sith

    Despite the fact that you saw them in 2006, virtually no one else did. They belong on your 2007 list.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 12:47 p.m. CST

    'a black satire of the immigration issue'

    by DavidCamp

    'that *we're* engaged in here in the UNITED STATES' What?!?! The film is about the immigration issue in the UK Harry, you idiot! The themes are transferable, but don't steal this movie. It's about Britain all the way. Oh, and The Prestige was the best film of 2006.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 12:48 p.m. CST


    by la_sith

    yes, I'm sure HATCHET is so much better.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 1:08 p.m. CST

    What the fuck Harry?

    by Darth_Nader

    Seriously. Can you please make this a top ten list of films RELEASED in 2006? Most of your top 5 aren't even out for the rest of us peons who can't afford plane tickets to Austin every year to fete your birth. I'd love to be able to go over to netflix or the local cineplex and see these.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST

    My favourites of 2006 were the following

    by emeraldboy

    Good Night and Good Luck 5/5 Capote 5/5 Walk the line 3.5/5 V for Vendetta 3.5/5 The squid and the Whale 3/5 BrokeBack Mountain 5/5 Little Miss Sunshine 5/5 X-men 3 4/5 Superman Returns(saw the orignal over christmas) 4/5 Wallace and gromit: the curse of the were-rabbit. 5/5 Flushed away 5/5. POTC2: dead mans chest 4/5. Cock and bull story: 5/5 Inside Man;3.5/5 Casino Royale 4/5 The Queen 5/5 The proposition 4/5 Syriana 4/5 Borat 5/5

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST

    And The Worst

    by emeraldboy

    Mission Impossible 3 2/5 Three Burials 2/5 Snakes on a plane 1/5 Nacho Libre 1/5 Brick 2/5 Hard Candy 2/5.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST

    I gotta give credit to Harry for Mentiong The Fountain

    by Proman1984


  • Jan. 3, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Update to my faves list are

    by emeraldboy

    Inconvient truth 5/5 Enron Smartest Guys in the room also gets 5/5.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Why the fuss about The Departed?

    by Dee1973

    Seriously,I can't understand why people rate this film so much but then again i liked Miami Vice so what the hell do i know?

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 1:26 p.m. CST


    by Wee Willie

    am I the only person here who doesn't care about spoilers. What I like in movies is not what they do, but how they do it. Spoiler it all, I'll still go see them. People who whine about spoilers are retarded.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 1:29 p.m. CST

    I have very strict rules for my lists

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Rule #1: Break Rules. Harry, you are such a fucking rebel!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Casablanca favorite film of 2006! haha

    by riskebiz

    Funny point of a post stating Casablanca was his favorite film of 2006 ... since that is when HE first saw it!!!! It points out the ridiculousness of putting 2007 films on a best of 2006 list when hardly anyone outside of things like BNAT got to see early, early, early previews of!!!! Yes, my favorite films of 2006 would probably include a lot of films released outside of 2006 ... but it would defeat the point.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Love the list Harry

    by ewokstew

    But only because this is pretty much my top ten as well with the exception of Hatchet, Pan's Labyrinth and The Host which I have yet to see.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Best Movie I Saw This Year!

    by Kentucky Colonel

    "Lawrence of Arabia" 70mm print at the AFI in Silver Springs, MD at the end of August. The room holds about 440 people and I ended up having to sit in the front row. Not bad for a movie older than you are that plays annually for a couple of weeks at the AFI. "Lawrence" owns your ass! "The Departed" was great, too. I'll be checking out "Children of Men" tonight at the Georgetown 14 if you're interested...wifey is taking a pass until she reads the book.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Aint-it-Cool 21:35

    by RaulMonkey

    Grande Rojo wept.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Just saw Casablance this year?

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Watch it over and over again. It gets better with each viewing, the mark of a truly great film. I just saw it again at the AFI Silver last month. Runner up Best Movie I Saw This Year.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 1:39 p.m. CST

    More faves

    by emeraldboy

    Monster House 5/5 Cars 5/5 Happy feet 5/5

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 1:41 p.m. CST

    More stinkers

    by emeraldboy

    Open Season 2/5 The wild 1/5 The tigers tale 1/5 The wind that shakes 2.5/5

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 1:53 p.m. CST


    by Dee1973

    Ha, here's me laughing about people getting irate about Harry's Apocalypto spoiler when i read again his assertion that Children of Men was about the immigration issue in U.S. LIKE EVERY FUCKING FILM IN THE WORLD HAS TO BE ABOUT U.S POLITICS. THAT MAKES ME MAD. But there are Camp X ray and Iraq imagery in the film so i can see where the mistake came from. For my own worth: 1)Children of Men 2)The Host 3)Pan's Labyrinth 4)Red Road 5 ) United 93 6)Casino Royale 7)Flags of our Fathers 8)Apocalypto 9)Miami Vice (i'm in a company of one there)10)Little Miss Sunshine

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 2:02 p.m. CST

    my friend's movie/i saw this early

    by casinoskunk

    how about you give your best of 2006 instead of telling us about how priveleged of a geek you are. why cant you just tell us what you liked and why. there is no need to throw in that you are 'friends' with the director..that is unless you are worried that TBers are going to whine about it and you are just covering your ass. i think that you should give your "What we should be looking forward to in '07" list, based on the movies that you have already seen ahead of time. it seems that you already put some 2007 movies in your 2006 list. you should save those for your 2007 list and talk about more 2006 movies in your '06 list. keep it up. happy new year.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 2:09 p.m. CST


    by PwnedByStallone

    Yeah dude. Did you see the Abu Ghraib guy in the cage when they first get to the camp in CoM. Awesome. I asked other people if they had noticed it and they were like, "Wha??" Look for it guys! Just like the AG photo of the guy with the cone hood over his head with his arms out and standing on the box. Man I loved this movie. I'm all choked up just talking about how good it is.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 2:23 p.m. CST

    what the hell..... what about World Trade Center???

    by ronniepooch

    What about World Trade Center? I thought it was phenomenal and one of the most emotionally driving films that I'd ever seen. Why are people shunning this film and refusing to mention it in any list?

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 2:23 p.m. CST

    It reminds me of 1998...

    by biggles2_22

    Harry listed his #3 a little movie called The Sixth Sense (released 1999) starring Bruce Willis as the "Dead Therapist".

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 2:47 p.m. CST

    V shoulda been there, why do people still like LMS?

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Cookie cutter movie, Little Miss Sunshine was. Children of Men was great, great great movie. Apocalypto was great too, but the ending wasn't about how weak the Mayans were, it was about how if you think you're too cool for school, you'll forget that there are always bigger and better fish out there that will be able to fuck up your shit. (sorry that was so simplistic, but I have to leave quickly).

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Its kind of cool to have your film festival

    by emeraldboy

    Buttnumbathon. there is just one problem. You live in Texas. Its great that you have a place where you can call and summon folks who live locally to your own festival. But those films you see before everyone dont travel. some do but on the whole, quirky films are either ignored by the general populous, dumped by distributors or have. Hard candy and brick are tow examples. Both were hyped by this site and yet they were two of the most mediocre films I have seen all year. I dont what 300 is going to be like but it maybe be lots of bottle and no neck, all style and no substance. One of the worst things to hear is when someone says you have seen such and such a film then you cant call your self a movie fan. Its like when a dj says if you dont have lambchop in your music collection then you dont have much of a collection. I know who lambchop are but its like being outside a clique. sorry for the rant.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Little Miss Overrated

    by Garbageman33

    Am I the only one who found all the love heaped on Little Miss Sunshine somewhat baffling? I just couldn't identify with any of the characters. Mostly because those kind of families only exist so lazy indie film directors won't have to work too hard. Hence, it never felt honest or real to me.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 3 p.m. CST

    But did his Fiance like it?

    by Nabster

    Thanks for spoiling Apocolypto for all of us whom haven't seen it. And what the hell is the point in making such a list when half the films are going to be released next year? The only film I have seen and would certainly not include on a top ten best list is Rocky, although Harry always did rate movies in which he had a good cinema experience high. So what does this mean, if you have a vibrant and electric crowd the movie is better? So the quality of the movie depends on who you watch it with? I just don't buy this crap, its similar to how he gives blind love and blanket immunity to films he watches with is repeatedly mentioned and bragged about finance. I love you Harry, you have unbridled passion which virtually no other reviewer matches, however, your criterias for reviewing is absurd, and arbitrary. I think you really need to analyze the way you rank and rate movies, your fiance and the crowd reaction should not be such a massive deciding factor as to whether the movie is worthy.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 3:03 p.m. CST

    The Prestige - Hello!...WT - Fuck!

    by dirtsandwich

    Masterpiece of writing and film making. Nothing eats at your fucking brain more then The Prestige except Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 3:06 p.m. CST

    "Bay finally makes a film where Optimus survives!"

    by AshesOfDonnie

    sorry guys, had to kill Transformers for you!! heres my top 10: 10.Inside Man, 9.Clerks II, 8.Miami Vice, 7.Emmission Impossibe 3, 6. Beerfest, 5. the Puffy Chair, 4. The Departed, 3. Idiocracy, 2. Letters from Iwo Jima, 1. Children of Men!!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Big Naked Harry slides down (Guillermo's) pole.

    by brycemonkey

    I'm sure it's a good film but you said yourself why it can't be on your list. Get some integrity or rename the site Ain't It Cool I know Quentin, Guillermo and Rodriguez.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Bloody Hell, Harry!! APOCALYPTO SPOILERAGE!

    by Cat_Corporation

    We don't have Apocalypto in the UK yet, it comes out on Friday and I'm seeing it on Sunday - and now I know how it all ends. Well thanks a bunch! I hope this is a double bluff, sir, or I shall be mightily browned off!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Typical fanboy list...

    by BigTuna

    That's the problem with Harry, he's too much of a fanboy. "The Fountain"? It was unwatchable. Horrible, horrible film.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 3:57 p.m. CST

    TOP 10 - In order from least to best...

    by Veraxus

    The Proposition, Little Miss Sunshine, Tideland, The Prestige, The Departed, Apocalypto, Pan's Labyrinth, Children of Men, V for Vendetta, The Fountain.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 3:58 p.m. CST

    But this year's list has more cred

    by Cat_Corporation

    Than last year's. Is it me, or did Aeon Flux feature? Yikes!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST


    by Womb2dooM

    I saw THE HOST with a Korean audience and they were laughing at that mourning scene as much I was (Australian). There are many scenes in this movie that were intended as slapstick and I don't think you should shame away from that, Harry. Great List BTW. I look forward to Apocalypto, spoiled and all.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 4:02 p.m. CST

    "Little Miss Sunshine" Is overrated...

    by BigTuna

    It's very predictable and cliched. I've seen that "Disfunctional" story about a family before. It is good for one reason though: "The "Horn" gag. Hilarious. I haven't laughed at a joke like that in a long time.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 4:03 p.m. CST

    "The Fountain" is horrible.

    by BigTuna

    Boring, pretentious and dumb. Only geeky sci-fi people will like it.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 4:11 p.m. CST

    LMS is way overrated *spoilerish*

    by CherryValance

    because there are so many thing in it that reminded me of movies that I liked much better, like 9 to 5, National Lampoon's Vacation or Deconstructing Harry, and most of all, About a Boy. I mean at one point, Toni Collette did exactly the same thing in both movies. All that unoriginality got to me. I love the cast though.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 4:24 p.m. CST

    So 2 movies that come out in 07 and Rocky?!?!?!?


    Are you fucking kidding me? Rocky, first of all, was piss. It was not what it needed to be. It was a bunch of dumb come-from-the-heart monologues mumbled at each other by all the characters. That was practically a montage in itself. It was annoying. It was boring. The (real) montage was fun. The fight was fun for a minute and then boring. The film was missing a reel, Harry, the one where we see the opponent go to his old management from the hood and then back to the hot shot team. IT DIDN'T EVEN MAKE FUCKING SENSE. I know Stallone did 230 talkbacks answering the rabble and you've got a hard-on for that--as well you should. So I'll forgive you for being "too close" to the subject to have a real opinion worth a damn. Now make the other 9 TOP MOVIES FROM 2006 ONES THAT WERE RELEASED IN FUCKING 20006!!!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 4:31 p.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... watching you guys wig out about Harry's list or Capone's list or Massawyrm's list, I feel like I should say something before I get around to making mine. I'm still watching movies like a maniac to make sure I give everything I can a chance, though. <P>I will say this about the major issue that many of you seem to have: thanks to international release dates and film festivals, "dates" sort of don't exist. Yes, it's different for those of us who are immersed in film all year long, but that doesn't change the fact that these lists are about the experiences each of us had with film in the last year, and sometimes, that means we saw things that other people might not until next year. <P>Look at how many of the Talkbackers from the UK have GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK or BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN on their lists for this year. Those are films that were definitely 2005 films for us, but if we'd waited until everyone everywhere could see them before we included them on a list, we'd just be dealing with them now. <P>I don't think my list is anywhere near as heavily weighted with 2007 wide releases as Harry's, but there are a few titles on there that have only really played fests in the US, and I guess I should warn you now so if you choose to completely discount my opinion, you can get ready to do so now.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 4:38 p.m. CST

    'Rocky Balboa - the one where he dies in the ring'

    by performingmonkey

    Fuck anyone who spoils movies. Also, I don't know about anyone else but I TRUST Mori's views so somehow I won't care as much when his list contains '07 movies (my guess is 300).

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 4:43 p.m. CST

    It wasn't the review, it was in his picks, right?

    by performingmonkey

    I think it was. There's no way he called him 'the dead therapist' in the fucking review. Do you think anyone would still be reading his reviews?

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:20 p.m. CST

    What's a bigger pile of bullshit:

    by Fixxxer

    Harry putting three movies from 2007 on his ten-best list for 2006, or every snobby critic in the country putting a movie from 1969 ("Army of Shadows") on their lists?

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Holy crap! I had to do a double take. No Supes???

    by Shermdawg


  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:29 p.m. CST

    When a film opens in the US

    by emeraldboy

    It takes longer to open in europe/uk/ireland or sometimes it wont open at all and go to DVD instead. Which is why somep eople may find it weird that Good Luck and Good night is on the list as well as Children of men. Another film that I saw and that I loved during 2006 about burt monroe, the indian runner which I saw on DVD. That was another 5/5, although I doubt if Burt pissed on a lemon tree.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 5:48 p.m. CST

    So anybody notice...

    by Finchmeister

    ...that 9 out of 10 of these picks played at Fantastic Fest or BNAT? Sounds funny to me.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Sly's Top 10 List

    by JackBristow

    Don't you want to know what Stallone thought were the top 10 films of 2006?

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Great list as expected

    by Darth Thoth

    But yes, you did ruin Apocalypto for me Harry. I was going to see it this weekend. :(

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by Manatee

    the film where Sam Jackson chains up a half-naked Christina Ricci in his house until she finds religion or something? I saw the preview for that movie and it looked absolutely horrible. Tell me this is a different movie. Please.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Hey Moriarty...

    by BigTuna

    Yeah, people overseas may have films released in N.America in 05', but Harry is only seeing these 07' films becaus of his connections. They haven't been released anywhere. I think he should have just left 06' films in his 06' list.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by i eat cannibals

    I wrote before about this movie and I'm sticking to my guns. This movie SUCKS. Trust me. Comparing this to Halloween and Evil Dead 2 should be considered a mortal sin. Here are some way better horror movies made this year. 1. Hill Have Eyes 2. The Lost 3. The Roost 4. Isolation 5. Hard Candy 6. The Desent COME ON HEADGEEK, YOU HONESTLY THINK THAT HATCHET IS A BETTER MOVIE THEN THESE????????? Adam Green is a nice guy but he is not talented. Read his Cabin Fever 2 script if you think I'm wrong. Just cause you had a good time at the movies doesn't make it a good flick. One of my best movie experiences was watching "Coyote Ugly" but it's not in my top ten. Oh and by the way, I liked Hatchet the first time, when it was called "MADMAN" in 1982

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 6:59 p.m. CST

    AURUM3 Movies Top 10 for 2007

    by aurum3

    AURUM3 Movies Top 10 for 2007

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 7:09 p.m. CST

    300 and Black Snake

    by sillymary

    Thank you so very much for these films at BNAT Harry. I was surprised how AWAKE I remained throughout bnat8...but shouldn't be considering the offerings included films like these. I had tears in my eyes as Christina Ricci sang "This Little Light of Mine." And God, just beautiful. Blood was actually a CHARACTER in this amazingly rendered. Loved it.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Big Tuna

    by drew mcweeny

    My personal standard is "Was this film shown at a public venue in this year?" Film festivals count in my book, and since BNAT and Fantastic Fest are indeed festivals, I don't see a huge issue. <P>Having said that, I wouldn't include SMOKIN' ACES or 300 for consideration this year because I slept through parts of them, and I wouldn't include KNOCKED UP because what we saw was an unfinished cut. <P>But there's something fairly high on my list that played Toronto, and I consider it eligible for that reason. If you didn't have a chance to see it, I'm sorry, but I did, and these lists aren't "Best Films That Everyone Everywhere Had A Reasonable Chance Of Seeing In 2006." <P>The only time I think there should be hard rules for this sort of thing is when you're discussing awards eligibility. And since we're not...

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 7:27 p.m. CST

    I think calling BNAT...

    by Neuron

    ...a public festival is stretching the definition of the word "public."

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:01 p.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... I don't.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:18 p.m. CST

    i agree

    by DarthDooku

    i agree with Harry, my favorite movies are those that can be rewatched. There are great movies like Braveheart or something that i can't watch over and over, so while good, not my favorite. The Fountain is in the category of a movie i can watch once, but that's it. *shrugs* the SW Saga, to me, is the best film of our time.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Can't wait for Pan's Labyrinth

    by antonphd

    I want to see this NOW. I'm waiting to see Children of Men and Babel until I can see all three in a row.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Wow Harry! Thanks!

    by Orionsangels

    Ever since I saw 'Rocky Balboa' & 'Apocalypto'. It's renergized my faith in there being good movies out there. I've only seen 3 movies on your list. The two I mentioned and 'The Departed'. Which I thought was ok, but no where near Scorsese's other classics. The Departed has one of those silly endings where people die one after the other so suddenly. It's so over the top. That being said, I still enjoyed the performances. Especially Nicholson. I also think this is Scorsese's year for Oscar. He'll get it best director for the Departed, but in reality it's Oscars way of rewarding him for all his work. So yeah, what I wanted to say is thanks Harry. You got me excited to see Pans Labyrinth, Black Snake Moan & 300. I'm so looking forward to these films like a little school girl having to pee after class.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 8:49 p.m. CST


    by Veraxus

    I've seen The Fountain four times already, as I drag friends and family to see it... and each time I've walked away teary eyed and in awe from the experience. It's a movie for those appreciate art... clearly you do not.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Favorite Films Seen in 2006:

    by Forestal

    Casino Royale Superman Returns V For Vendetta Apocalytpo The Fountain Rocky Balboa The Departed The Prestige

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 9:12 p.m. CST

    SPOILER Alert....Xavier dies...or does he?

    by Homer Sexual

    Rogue gave up her powers in X3? WTF? And in Brokeback, one of the cowboys dies? OMG! Anyhoo, interesting list. I found Apocalypto to be way too Mel, and am glad it has performed poorly at the box office. And Balboa? I have to seriously give it up for a movie that is totally formulaic and predictable, yet still draws the viewer in and makes one care about what happens. I thought 06 was a generally weak year so props to Harry for identifying a top 10. For me, I liked Jackass 2, Borat, V for Vendetta, Prestige, Little Miss Sunshine was horrid, so I'm all out of picks.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Well then...

    by Neuron

    ...Moriarty, we shall agree to disagree. Not that I really care, I just thought it was strange to call an event that 1000s of people apply to but only a small percentage of people actually get into a "public" event. Perhaps semi-public, at best. I didn't try to get in this year, so I'm not saying that out of envy of those that had the fortune of making it. It's just not an event that many people can realistically hope to attend, hence calling it "public" seems slightly incorrect. By the by, when do Pan's and Children of Men get a wider release? Anyone know? I'm dying to see these flicks...

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 9:42 p.m. CST


    by DarthDooku

    Well, i guess it depends on your definition of art. i agree that The Fountain was a movie not for everyone, and i'm definitely not saying that it's not a good movie, just not something for me. But to say i don't appreciate art, it all really depends on your point of view. Honestly, i guess i'm just not smart enough to understand The Fountain, beacuse i was quite confused *shrugs*. But if that is the accepted definition of art, then i agree, i guess i don't like art :p

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Well, it's official.

    by Zarles

    You douchebags will complain about anything. Seriously - what the fuck is the goddamned difference? The majority of you will be able to see these films within a few weeks anyway, so put a new fuckin' tampon in and shut the fuck up. Christ.

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:23 p.m. CST

    about THE HOST, and my TOP TEN 2006

    by lavatory love machine

    I saw the host on dvd almost two months ago. the region 3 with english subtitles is out and you can get it in lots of places, so it's avialable for anyone who can log on to amazon an order it, also it was release on korea and all asia on theaters on 2006, so it's a 2006 movie for sure, 300 is not, and the most likely thing is that the copy shown on festivals is very different of the one that's release on march 1 pan's labyrinth 2 the departed 3 children of men 4 tideland 5 the fountain 6 the science of sleep 7 the host 8 babel 9 borat 10 v for vendetta

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Goodfellas bombed

    by Orionsangels

    Who cares. A classic is a classic. Apocalypto is timeless!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 10:55 p.m. CST


    by plissken77

    Stop putting movies on yuor top ten list that didnt come out in theaters that year. you did that last year to ass!!! Whats the point if WE didnt get the chance to see them dick!!

  • Jan. 3, 2007, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Hmm, just a thought

    by RodneyOz

    Might it not be useful to see a Best of 2007 list as possibly leading you to films you would not otherwise have heard of? Why does it just have to be a regurgitation of the same 20-30 films everyone else has seen, but in an order different to your own so you can say "I can't believe you put The Prestige over V for Vendetta!" (or vice versa). I remember a few years ago when Harry reviewed Polanski's The Pianist and said "Unless something incredible comes along this will be my film of the year." A fortnight later - The Pianist is at number 2. On top is some Korean film nobody has ever fucking heard of. Oh, how the talkback flowed with cries of elitism. How were Americans ever supposed to see a Korean film? How DARE Harry try and convince us this - what was its name? Sympathy for Mister Vengeance? - could be a great film? WE'D never heard of it! As if this unknown director would EVER make films that WE would be able to see! Harry was just being a show off clever-clever elitist. Yeah, right. Having said that, Children of Men was the best film of the year, it was out in October here in Australia, it played for two months, virtually everybody here loved it, so tough.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Tsotsi !!!

    by Darth Thoth

    This film was Moriarty's #1 last year. It was officially released in the US this year and my goodness.. what a powerful movie. It won the 2006 foreign film oscar (like the oscars mean anything but you know what i mean). Great movie. Check it out folks! Easily one of the year's best! No question.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 1:26 a.m. CST


    by soup74

    quit defending your list and fix the apocalypto blunder. then go through the talkback and delete all references to it (the posters will understand) it's really the least you could do at this point.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 1:54 a.m. CST


    by VWantsRevenge

    Dude, yeah, like 300 people in a theater in Austin is not PUBLIC. Very private. The mere fact that 95% or more of the audience is handpicked by one person makes it very NOT PUBLIC. SXSW is more public than BNAT. The Oscars, Globes and all major award systems use the releasing year as the jumping point. That's why so many films open in LA and NY in December so they can make the cut for that preceeding year. 300 is not going to be released until March 2007, therefore it should be included in your 2007 Best Of, not your 2006. Sorry bro, but just because you get to see films that 99.6% of the movie going public does not, should not mean you get to include movies no one can see for months on a previous year list. I think alot of that is ego and rubbing it in. Good for you, you have the power to see movies months in advance. Congrats. Move on.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 5:39 a.m. CST

    The Protector/Warrior King

    by Spartacus Hughs

    Seek it out. The acting is pitiful, the plot missing but it contains one of the most technically perfect single takes I have ever seen. It's like watching the old C64 Kung Fu Master in a dream.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 5:44 a.m. CST

    Casino Royale for me

    by Nice Mr Death

    Excellent film. Biggest disapointment was Superman Returns. I love Superman, but why did Singer fuck it up so much? Why didn't he just start from scratch and do it properly? The tit.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 6:57 a.m. CST

    My list (not that anybody cares, but anyway):

    by Klaus Herzog

    10. The Prestige 9. Scoop 8. Thank you for smoking 7. Casino Royale 6. Borat 5. Junebug 4. Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story 3. Pan's Labyrinth 2. Little Miss Sunshine 1. Children of Men

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 7:28 a.m. CST


    by keepcoolbutcare

    can't really argue your rationale, and of course you, Harry, Quint et al are entitled to list whatever you want, but...<br> <br> What if your were a music critic? Would you list albums that had leaked, or that, say if you wrote for Pitchfork or some other on-line music rag, that were given to you months in advance? I mean, P-Fork rationalized not having "Crazy" or "St. Elsewhere" by saying they were 2005, but yet they go and put Tapes and Tapes in their top-50, and their album was released in the States at the tail end of 2005. It would thrown the entire mechanics of top-10 albums off if music critics were like that, is basically my long winded point...<br> <br> Yeah, you're dead on about how fuckered the whole release process is, yes, none of this really matters, but I think what most of us want is for ya'll to kinda play by the rules we're forced to choke on, which, I guess, would be screenings at a theater open to the general public.<br> <br> I dunno, I wasted enough precious braincells on this admittedly futile nit-pick, but thanks for responding up above anyway. And not that it matters, but I won't be including any of the films I saw at BNAT, but will have "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" in my top-10, even tho' it played at Cannes in 2005...

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by Zarles

    ...thank you for being one of the few people in here that isn't just spewing menstrual blood all over the place just for the sake of doing so. This is HARRY'S list, you twits. Not yours. This is HIS site. Not yours. Bitch all you want, but that's the way it is. Does it say ANYWHERE on the top of this page that this list is made up SOLELY from films released in 2006? No, it doesn't. It says "It’s made up of the films that I have seen in 2006." Read that again, you twats. What it means is this list is made up of movies that HARRY HIMSELF HAS SAT HIS FAT ASS DOWN IN A CHAIR FOR SOMETIME IN 2006 AND WATCHED. Is it really that difficult to understand? If you're jealous, then go start your own goddamned site and make your own Hollywood insider friends. God forbid some of you brain-dead, self-righteous assholes should take some advice from Harry on what to look for in 2007. Oh, and Children of Men opens wide on Friday the 5th, so again, shut the FUCK UP.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 9:13 a.m. CST

    BNAT is...

    by The Funketeer

    a private birthday party, not a film festival. You can claim that this is all about your 2006 experience but when Harry lists as many movies from BNAT as he did, it smacks of elitism and favoritism and a whole bunch of other isms. If Black Snake Moan, or 300, or any of his other "favorites" had shown at any other festivals this year, we might cut him some slack but lets face it, BNAT is a publicity screening for studios. I'm sure Ebert and Roper have already seen some critics screenings of some 2007 movies but you don't see them showing up on their top 10 lists.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Why you shouldn't care about when the movie is out

    by ZP-Blight

    Seriously people, why are you complaining that harry listed movies that are not out yet. Personally, I see these lists as movies I missed and might be worth hunting for later on in the year. Seriously, get a life.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 10:26 a.m. CST


    by Behemoth

    Where's the love for this masterpiece? There is NOTHING like it out right now. One of the most beautiful pieces of filmmaking you'll ever see made by the best director living. Zhang Yimou. Mother-effin' chimps.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 10:58 a.m. CST


    by riskebiz

    This AICN favs of 2006 lists really do smack of elitism. BNAT is a private birthday party ... not a film festival.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Revenge of the Nerd

    by Garbageman33

    I find it amusing that people are calling out the morbidly obese guy for being elitist. As if he hasn't been singled out and excluded his entire life. Give the poor guy his top ten list, for godsakes.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 11:41 a.m. CST

    My top 10 is .... #10 Anal Trainers Volume 4

    by kinghenryVIII

    #9 The Incredible Gulp, #8 Little Man, #7, BarnYard, #6 Best of Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, #5 Trailer for Transformers, #4 Trailer for Live Free or Die Hard, #3 The Break Up, #2 The Messin' with Sasquatch commercials, and, #1 All Anal trainers Volume 4 - I watched it twice!

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST

    haha. This is the Aint it Cool Talkback list...

    by vinceklortho

    1.Casino Royale 2.Superman Returns 3. V For Vendetta (? you guys are hilarious)4. Apocalytpo 5.The Fountain 6.Rocky Balboa 7.The Departed 8.The Prestige You can throw all of these into different spots but this pretty much sums up what every nerd on this site is thinking. I think these are more of the comic book nerd votes and not so much the pure film nerd votes. I would think a film nerd would throw better movies such as Half Nelson, The Queen (why this movie had not been mentioned by anyone is ridiculous), The Last King of Scotland, Notes on a Scandal, and yes maybe even Dreamgirls. I'm suprised a lot of you even have been callling for United 93. I'll give you that much.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 12:45 p.m. CST


    by Zarles

    Please. If any one of you shitweasels got to see an anticipated movie so much as a day ahead of when everyone else did, I'd bet my grandmother that you'd be running back here to gloat all about it. Hell, it happens all the time. "Oh, I saw this film months ago. Keep up, Harry!" In fact, where do you think a large portion of the early reviews on this site even come from? The stork? No, they come from people just like you who were lucky enough to get an early screeing. Do you scream "elitism" to those people? No, you don't. So take your cries of elitism and cram them up your Doritos-enhanced asses. If you were in Harry's position and got to see new releases ahead of time as often as he did, I doubt very much that you'd be as populist and fair as you're claiming Harry not to be. Fuckin' hypocrites.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 3:20 p.m. CST


    by holidill

    CHECK OUT THE SAG AWARDS website to see what the actors are saying is good this year.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 4:04 p.m. CST

    They Have A Point

    by DarthDooku

    All the talkbackers have a point.... a movie should be included in a top 10 list for 2006 if it is available to be seen somewhere by the general public. Although you're the boss, so it doesn't really make a difference, lol. And as for The Fountain.... best movie of the year, scrivener? Seriously? Ha.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 4:50 p.m. CST

    The SAG awards put Bobby in as best ensemble

    by vinceklortho

    and Crash won the award last year. That propelled it to a strong frontrunner as Best Picture at the Oscars, which it won for those of you who don't remember. Actors have the most pull in the Academy so I hope to god they don't nominate Bobby as Best Picture like our favorite here on AICN, Crash. Oh, and I think United 93 will unfortunately be shut out of the Best Picture nominees. For a good foreshadowing of this, here are the Producer Guild nominees for Best Picture: Babel, Little Miss Sunshine, Dreamgirls, The Departed, The Queen. Pretty classic as far as possible Oscar nominees go...three heavy dramas, a musical, and the little movie that pleased everyone(mostly, except for the cynical film nerd. The theatre I saw it in with was one of the best theatre experiences I've been in for a long time. People were screaming by the end) So, there you go.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 5:27 p.m. CST

    harry you fat fucking fuck

    by foreignerbelt

    harry you fat fucking fuck ruin apocalypto for me OK? ok thanks. eat shit.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Everything you need to know about Little Miss Sunshine

    by Garbageman33

    Is contained in the exchange where the mute kid discovers he's colorblind. First of all, no one ever suspected it before? Really? Then, after it's discovered, the first thing someone thinks to say is, "You can't fly fighter planes if you're colorblind". That's what's known in film class as lazy-ass dumbed-down writing.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 7:11 p.m. CST


    by BigTuna

    I couldn't agree more about that scene. It was as lazy as can be and so stupid. Coveniently, they find this out right in the van, and through his whole life it was never suspected he was color-blind. Terrible scene. The movie lost me right there.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 7:35 p.m. CST

    people were screaming

    by myspoonistoobig

    and this is good? I repeat, LMS was just not that fresh or original. Okay, so you liked it, but 2006 wasn't really so shitty it makes anyone's top 10.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 9:14 p.m. CST

    is it cool to like pan's labyrinth so much?

    by reckni

    Dunno, I thought it was entertaining, certainly wouldn't call it a masterpiece or best film of the year, seems a bit of a stretch. Maybe I needed to be really high or something. Still, Del Toro is one of the better filmmakers for sure.

  • Jan. 4, 2007, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Two Best of the YEAR

    by Damer1

    Casino Royale and The Prestige??? Where are those Red?

  • Jan. 5, 2007, 1:01 a.m. CST

    My Top Ten of 2006:

    by OhioBobcat

    10.) Hairspray 9).) Indiana Jones and the Cardiac Arrest 8.) Sin City 2 7.) Shrek the Third 6.) Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 5.) Rocky Balboa 2 4.) Saw 4 3.) Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End 2.) Wolverine 1.) Spiderman 3 (I don't care what you say, Spidey kicked Wolvie's ass, mainly due to the recasting. But Stallone delivered a kick ass Wolverine death!)

  • Jan. 5, 2007, 3:13 a.m. CST

    I loved Little Miss Sunshine!

    by JimmyLoneWolf

    What a great comedy. Comedies tend to "miss" for me more than any other film genre, I usually only like about 5 or so a year, and this year was no exception. It may be because I tend to find broad and gross-out humor unfunny, a comedy really has to have the sting of truth to it to make me laugh. Little Miss Sunshine has that, and for me its just perfect. Check it out everyone!

  • Jan. 5, 2007, 3:22 a.m. CST

    As for the "overrated" complaints...

    by JimmyLoneWolf

    yeah, there were some occasional things that I had seen before ( I winced at the "Im not smoking" gag...stale), but the fact is much about the film worked...mainly the characterizations. I have a feeling the people who call this film overrated have a low opinion of most comedies for the same reasons I do, but this film worked for me. Would I put it on a top 10 list? Probably not, but it would be at or near the top of a top 10 COMEDIES list. If you want to see a COMEDY, this is a good one. Borat is funnier, but I'd put it in the same category with Jackass...a series of impromptu pranks and stunts that really doesn't completely qualify as "cinema" for me. Damn funny though.

  • Jan. 5, 2007, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Everyone Who Has Seen The Prestige X2 or 3

    by emvan

    knows that it will own this year in retrospect. A word for all the folks who merely liked it, with the addendum that it did seem like the sort of movie that would improve on a repeat viewing: not in your wildest dreams could you imagine a movie getting this much deeper and better with repeats. ----------------------------------- There were 3 masterpieces this year that I've seen so far: The Prestige, Half Nelson, and Children of Men. Missed The Fountain and haven't seen United 93 or Pan's Labyrinth yet. Right now I've got as 4-10 Stranger Than Fiction (huge extra boost if you're a literary geek), The Queen, V For Vendetta, The Departed, Happy Feet in IMAX (a stunning, delightful visual experience), A Scanner Darkly, and Little Miss Sunshine (all the criticism is valid but I laughed my ass off). This is probably the best year for sf and fantasy films EVER, with six or seven movies, any of which could have won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in many earlier years (e.g., most years from 1995-2000).

  • Jan. 5, 2007, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Everybody who thinks Litte Miss Sunshine is overrated..

    by Klaus Herzog

    has no heart and should burn in hell forever.

  • Jan. 5, 2007, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to seeing the release...

    by Wired Earp

    Dates on half of these fuckers. It could be a great list , but theres no way to tell is there? Its that fucking Michael Bay´s fault. Damn you Michael Bay.

  • Jan. 5, 2007, 10:43 a.m. CST

    the flames of our dark lord satan

    by myspoonistoobig

    lick at the maw where my heart should be, but I still don't like that damn movie.

  • Jan. 5, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Children of Men...

    by Zarles

    ...really is as good as the hype proclaims. Saw it this morning, and it's absolutely stunning. I really want Scorsese to win for Best Director this year, but if there's one person that I would have no problem with winning besides him, it would be Alfonso Cuaron. It opens wide today, so definitely go see it. If it's not playing near you, then picture me pointing and laughing at your sorry ass. Move the fuck outta Shitass, Kansas and join the lands of the living, for chrissakes...

  • Jan. 5, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Decider-Best List Ever

    by holidill

    My Top 5 Films I watched this year: 1. The Dish, 2. A Christmas Story, 3. Groundhog Day, 4. LOTR Fellowship of the Ring, 5. Blazing Saddles. I only saw three movies in the theater this year, X-men 3, Superman Returns, and Pirates of the Carribbean 2. All fun, just not great.

  • Jan. 5, 2007, 4:57 p.m. CST


    by Neuron

    I totally agree with you. I'm not sure The Prestige will be seen as the best film of 2006 in the future, but it will definitely be remembered as a better film than people see it as now. I saw it twice in theater, with about seven to eight weeks in between viewings, and it really is a remarkable film.

  • Jan. 5, 2007, 6:04 p.m. CST

    fuck the town i live in....

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    we didnt even get Pan's man, we have 9 fucking theatres!!!!

  • Jan. 5, 2007, 6:13 p.m. CST

    okay now...

    by Buzzsawlenny

    i know Austin,Texas is the live music capital of the US but IT IS NOT the home of the blues..u coulda said new orleans,chicago,even Memphis but the HOME OF THE BLUES is not in Friggin say we all

  • Jan. 5, 2007, 6:29 p.m. CST

    quick list

    by dtpena

    1) The Fountain 2-10) The Prestige.

  • Jan. 5, 2007, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Yet another way for Harry to brag about what he's seen.

    by Uga

    The guy must have the self-esteem of a wart.

  • Jan. 5, 2007, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Im going many great movies to watch!!

    by JimmyLoneWolf

    I don't know about everyone else, but for me this was a really great year for film. Lets think about it for a moment: we had three masterpieces from a trio of God-given Mexican filmmakers who represent (for me at least) the future of cinema, another masterpiece (Volver) from the Spanish auteur who has been amazing us since the 80's, two powerful (and non-exploitative) films about 9/11, some really great comedies (Little Miss Sunshine, Borat, Thank You for Smoking, Stranger than Fiction, Talladega Nights, TRISTAM SHANDY, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu), two very promising works by debut filmmakers (Half Nelson, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints), extremely well-crafted action films with political subtexts (Apocalypto, Blood Diamond, V for Vendetta), a "who cares what they think" act of self-expression from a true auteur (The Fountain), Scorsese's return to gangster-movie bliss (The Departed), Eddie Murphy's return to talent (Dreamgirls), the crowd-pleasing returns of James Bond and Rocky Balboa, some well-reviewed horror films (The Descent, The Host...neither of which I've gotten to see yet...dammit!), a David Lynch film (need I say more?), TWO Clint Eastwood films, TWO Richard Linkletter films (both as different as night and day), TWO great concert films (Dave Chapelle's Block Party, Neil Young: Heart of Gold), Robert Altman's genuinely Altmanesque swan song (A Prairie Home Companion), the best Westerns since Unforgiven (The Proposition and 2005's Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada), perhaps the best live-action family film since Whale Rider (Akeelah and the Bee), two stellar ANIMATED family films (Monster House, Cars), two excellent films about magic (The Prestige, The Illusionist), a superb historical-comedy-drama (The Queen), and a BOATLOAD of great documentaries (When the Levees Broke, Why We Fight, Who Killed the Electric Car?, Jesus Camp, An Inconveniant Truth). WHEW!! And thats just for starters. I haven't even mentioned L'enfant, The Good Shepard, The Good German, Perfume, Hard Candy, Marie Antoinette, Miami Vice, Jackass: Number Two, Inside Man, Bobby, The Science of Sleep, Shortbus, What is It?, Superman Returns, The Notorious Betty Page, Hollywoodland, Idlewild, Curse of the Golden Flower (can't friggin wait for this!), The Protector, Jet Li's Fearless, Lady Vengeance, Three Times, Notes on a Scandal, and The Last King of Scotland!! At the school where I work part-time, a teacher told me "there's nothing good anymore at the movies. The last movie I saw in the theater was The Godfather Part I. I don't bother with the junk that comes out now". It took everything in me not to punch him, or at least laugh in his burned-out face. The movies will always be there...bringing light to the darkness, and bringing joy to all of us, and some bitter old killjoy can NEVER take that away. Its been a hell of a year, bring on 2007!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and thanks AICN!

  • Jan. 5, 2007, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Just saw Pan's

    by Scarbro

    Absolutely brilliant! Still absorbing it. The audience clapped during the film (you'll know which part when you see it, i don't want to give it away.) Fantastic!

  • Jan. 5, 2007, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Shwoo.. that's a lot of talkback to read in one sitting

    by Juggernaut125

    After all that, I think I'll add my list of movies for anyone who cares. These are SPECIFICALLY... movies that I saw here in Canada in 2006 either in the theatres or on DVD. 10.) Snakes on a Plane. Since we're talking about enjoyable movie experiences, the audience I was in had a love affair with this movie the night I saw it. Not a great flick in and of itself, but a fun-tastic time was had by all. 9.) Taladega Nights. Like Snakes on a Plane, I just had a great time watching this movie. I enjoyed Will Farrell in this, the same way I enjoyed him in Anchorman. And the scene where he stabs himself with the knife had me in tears of laughter. 8.)Night at the Museum. This should probably be lower on my list, but it was the last movie I saw in '06, so it's the freshest in my memory. It's an enjoyable family movie with some very humorous moments. 7.)Lucky Number Slevin (DVD). Kinda figured out the plot well before it happened, but c'mon. Morgan Freeman and Sir Ben Kingsley in the same room playing mob bosses? Worth the cost of the rental alone. 6.)The Departed. One of the better movies to come out in '06, but far from my favorite Scorsese picture. Jack was way too over the top for the rest of the cast, and the ending seemed a bit weak to me... Imagine William Hurt's crime boss from History of Violence in Jack's role. I think it would have been a much better movie. 5.) V for Vendetta. Great performances by all. Slick, intriguing. Enjoyable. I got my money's worth. 4.) PotC: Dead Man's Chest. The Empire Strike's Back of the PotC movies. I'm hoping that pygmies don't help stop the East India Trading Company in World's End though. This was the only movie I saw in the theatres twice last year. 3.)Casino Royale. Wow. Daniel Craig really impressed me. Not since Goldeneye, have I been so drawn in to a Bond film. And I am greatly looking forward to the next one. 2.) The Prestiege. Only saw it once (because the theatre is kind of hard for me to get to.) It was my must-see movie of '06 and it didn't disappoint me in the least. Flawless execution of an intriguing story. I'm gonna buy this movie and watch it over and over and over again. 1.) is a cheat. It was released in '05, but I didn't see it until the summer of '06 on DVD. Brick. After seeing this movie I have tried to get as many others to watch it as well, just so we can all talk about it. Fantastic writing and dialogue. Cool characters. Great performances and clever directing all culminate to make it my favorite movie of 2006. discuss?

  • Jan. 5, 2007, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Worst / most disappointing movies of '06?

    by Juggernaut125

    X-Men 3 and Superman Returns. X-M 3 was just a waste of good characters for a poor plot line. The Angel FX were not nearly enough to raise the level of enjoyment of this movie for me... But Kelsey Grammer as Beast was definitely good casting... And fire who ever designed Juggernaut's costume. Superman Returns was the King Kong of '06. Too much money thrown at a director who let his own personal agenda get in the way of making a better movie. (King Kong should be pared back, not extended btw Mr. Jackson, if you're listening). Bryan Singer... You do not get Superman. You do not understand who the character is. You do not know what to do with him to make him the iconic hero that he SHOULD be. You have severly hurt the character at this point, because you have made your story canon among the Superman mythos. Superman is the world's greatest hero, not because he is faster than a speeding bullet, or more powerful than a locomotive. Not because he can 'turn the world backwards by flying around it backwards really really fast'. He is the greatest superhero because he ALWAYS MAKES THE RIGHT CHOICES. He knows right from wrong, and it would have been wrong for him to have sex with an 18 year old girl, get her knocked up and then leave the planet for 5 or 6 years. It would be wrong for him to spy on her after coming back. It would be wrong (and creepy) for him to sneak in to her house and watch her kid sleeping. Bryan, you were wrong for making this movie. Instead of making a new beginning a la Batman Begins, so that the two movies might progress equally towards a World's Finest. But, you've gone and ruined it. By putting an unwelcome child into the story. It makes me sad.

  • Jan. 5, 2007, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Putting 2007 movies on a 06 list is just silly.

    by Walterego

    Same for leaving out a 06 movie because you saw it early in 05. It defies the whole point of a top ten list. Where would V have placed in the 2006 list, and what movies from 2006 would have made the list had the usurpers from 07 been there? Is this list a slight on United 93, or would that have made the list otherwise? By opening it up to randomly selected films from other years it becomes impossible to tell.

  • Jan. 6, 2007, 12:55 a.m. CST

    About Pan's...

    by Zarles

    How scary/bloody/disturbing is it? I'm not much for those kinds of flicks, but with all the buzz it's getting, I'm intrigued. Anyone care to provide a rundown?

  • Jan. 6, 2007, 1:24 a.m. CST


    by Beeslo

    What the fuck man? Top Ten lists for the year serve many a purpose. One of which is to enlighten people enough to make them see some the films on said list that they haven't gotten around to yet. That being said. I haven't seen Apocalypto yet and I am sure as fuck glad you ruined any moment of worry I would have for the characters, now knowing that the main character lives. You are a fucking joke. Good list btw. And you are right, Black Snake Moan should have been released at the end of this year so that it can be up for a nod. BNAT really rocked it this year....but you are still a douchebag for ruining one of the movies on your list for me.

  • Jan. 6, 2007, 1:30 a.m. CST


    by Beeslo

    The blood and gore isn't too bad. Especially with the violence surrounding the war in Spain. The fantasy violence isn't bad either. However, there is one scene in the movie that includes a small knife and a man's mouth....that one is fun...other than that. Nothing is too bad... Definately watch it.

  • Jan. 6, 2007, 1:40 a.m. CST

    And to those that knocked the color blind scene in LMS!

    by Beeslo

    K, the scene works for two reasons. The 1st comment that how can you not know that you are color blind until then? One, color blindness does occur later in life and is not always born with. Also (a reason they have those pamphlets in hospitals) some people go for a long time not realizing they can't see a certain shade of color because they never really knew it was gone in the first place. As you should know, color blindness isn't the abscence of all color but more one particular spectrum of light and most times it is either shade of red or green. However, other shades of these colors can be seen and therefore, you never know that you couldn't see some colors.....Anyways, its totally believable that this 15 year old just discovered that he was color blind and yeah, Carrell's immediate response about flight school was legit due to the fact he KNEW this kid was taking a silent oath until he made it to flight school and that this would jeopardize that chance. So dumbasses, its not lazy worked.

  • Jan. 6, 2007, 2:40 a.m. CST

    V For Vendetta was trash!!!!!!!!!!

    by kwisatzhaderach

    What is Harry on?

  • Jan. 6, 2007, 7:17 a.m. CST

    My top 10 movies seen in 2006:

    by Vicenzo

    1) Andrei Rublev . . . . . 2) Touch of Evil . . . . . 3) Pan's Labyrinth . . . . . 4) The Passenger . . . . . 5) Rififi . . . . . 6) Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit . . . . . 7) Les Enfants du Paradis . . . . . 8) Black Book . . . . . 9) Lifeboat . . . . . 10) The Departed

  • Jan. 6, 2007, 8:52 a.m. CST

    It's been 3 days now....

    by Wave Motion Gun

    ...and Harry still has not removed the Apocalypto spoiler. Seriously, dude - it's one thing to put a spoiler in your article without realising it, but to not remove the spoiler as soon as it is pointed out to you...then that's just rude.

  • Jan. 6, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST


    by BigTuna

    I think it wasn't just the problem of him finding out later he was color-blind, it's the fact WHEN it happened. It was all too covenient it happened in the van. The scene didn't feel "Real" at all and took me (And others apparently) out of the film. The scene sticks out like a sore thumb

  • Jan. 6, 2007, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Didn't Harry put "V For Vendetta" as #1 last year?

    by BigTuna

    If i'm wrong, i'm sorry. But I do remember he saw it early in 05' and raved about it while presenting his top 10. Harry always overhypes these films and now, a year later, doesn't it seem rather silly?

  • Jan. 6, 2007, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Thanks, beeslo.

    by Zarles

    And thanks to Vog, too.

  • Jan. 6, 2007, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Children of Men > V for Vendetta

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I saw "Children of Men" last night and I have to say, it was quite impressive. A little one-track-mind but it was riveting. YackBacker is right: there are a few tracking shots that are unbelievable. The coordination for the finished shots must have been a massive undertaking.<P>"V for Vendetta" was...capable. One of the more overrated movies of the past couple of years IMHO. Much like "Crash", I felt like I was being hit over the head with an abundance of obvious political dogma.

  • Jan. 6, 2007, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Glad you liked it MNG

    by Yack Backer

    Did you notice Julianne Moore sucked the chrome off a tailpipe in that movie? Pitiful acting.

  • Jan. 6, 2007, 5:41 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Not really. But that may have more to do with the fact that she really didn't have much to do in the film = getting victored so soon and all.

  • Jan. 6, 2007, 9:04 p.m. CST

    My top 10 movies seen in 2006

    by rosasaks

    10)One Million Years BC..... 9)1492: Conquest of Paradise..... 8)1776..... 7)1900..... 6)1941..... 5)Nineteen Eighty-Four..... 4)2001: A Space Odyssey..... 3)2046..... 2)Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 AD..... 1) Dracula 3000.....

  • Jan. 7, 2007, 7:43 a.m. CST

    did no one else see the opus that was

    by Mr_X

    snakes on a plane? this year i liked children of men, casino royale, rocky balboa, and that was pretty much as much as i can remember, this years blockbusters kinda left me cold. did no one watch An Inconvenient Truth? Well you fraking well should.

  • Jan. 7, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Pans Labyrinth is a dark film...

    by emeraldboy

    because it is set against the backdrop of Franco's spain and sergio lopez tyrannical soldier. That is the reailst part of the and pan and his labyrinth is the fantastical part. Pan's labyrinth suffered because it is not really a family film and Del toro does not relent from showing the viewer the brutality of Lope'z guard or Franco's spain. It is a film of fantastical fantasty and harsh brutality. in an unrelated matter the FBI have announced that in the summer they will start fingerprinting british people who are travelling to the US. Department of Homeland Security said that it had to do with criminality. So the FBI and the US govt thinks the brits are crminals eh? well done george you have just torpedoed the not-so-special relationship.

  • Jan. 7, 2007, 1:20 p.m. CST

    emeraldboy, are you joking?

    by Dick Nicely

    When I moved from Scotland to France, nobody even checked my passport. I tried to get someone to stamp it, just for sentimental value, but they waved me right along. I thought at least they'd want me to sign in or something. Nobody checked my behemoth of a sports bag, which for all they know could have contained enough C4 to turn Notre Dame into holy Parisian dust. Certainly nobody asked me if I was a socialist, even though I had a Jean Paul Sartre novel in my pocket. Now it seems I can't visit the US without essentially giving them a pre-packaged criminal record. This is shameful, yet hilarious at the same time. No offence to you fine Americans; it's just your government I consider a bit of a joke.

  • Jan. 7, 2007, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Here's my sycophantic Top 10, sugartits!!

    by football

    10. Curse of The Golden Flower: Haven't got a clue what it's about but it sure gives me kudos when I say I dug a foreign language movie and as I had lunch with Zhang Yimou last week it's now in my list... 9. Ghost Rider: Haven't you seen this yet, Harry? My pal Mark Steven gave me a private viewing of this and it's the balls!!.. 8.Blood Diamond: Should be in everyone's TT as DiCaprio's so much better in this than the Defarted!!...7. The Last King of Scotland: Whitaker's this year's Oscar winner? Looks a good bet.... 6. The Bourne Ultimatum: Out in August I hear you scream. Not for me as I'm good pals with Pete Greengrass and he showed me the un-edited version director's cut and it rocks... 5. Sunshine: The space epic to rival my old mate Kubrick. Das Boot on a spaceship heading for the sun. Brilliant!!... 4. Apocalypto: Another Gibbo video-nasty. Looking forward to the Aztec sequel, Mel, but how about a scoop to your old pal, footie... 3. Angela: I always try to get a Luc Bresson in my list and here it is, folks. But what's with all that French stuff, Luc? Get over it. I liked the US-dubbed version way better!.... 2. United 93: What? What? okay, we share our women and he's a pal. Still I wish he'd cut down on the alcopops cos he sure has the shakes when he holds the camera... 1. Casino Royale: Though I much prefer the full 3-hour version of this, Harry, I was mesmerized by Daniel's 007 more than I have been with any other actor's performance this year. If the Oscar's weren't so fixed he'd be a good shoe-in for Best Actor. Well, that's it for another year, folks. I hope you buy tickets to all the movies I have hyped as I do gets profit-related points if they do.

  • Jan. 7, 2007, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Top Ten Skin Flicks of 2006

    by Dick Nicely

    10) The Science of Sleep; 9) Inside Man; 8) Must Love Dogs; 7) Grizzly Man; 6) The Queen; 5) X-Men 3; 4) A Cock and Bull Story; 3) Miss Potter; 2) Dream Girls; 1) Babe L.

  • Jan. 7, 2007, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Once again, Vog...

    by Zarles

    ...thanks. You and I should get together and go bowling.

  • Jan. 7, 2007, 9:38 p.m. CST

    "quite depressed after seeing it. But in a good way"

    by NoHubris

    Exactly the way I felt. I think that's one reason why Americans like the movie so much (someone posed the question before in an AICN TB). IMHO we feel things slipping a bit (or more)in our paradigm and we clearly understand how things could go the way of CHILDREN OF MEN - the expression "Keeping It Real" fits in a major way.

  • Jan. 7, 2007, 10:53 p.m. CST


    by Seph_J

    ... I would also like to go on record at one of the many who think you need to limit the 2006 list to films that were released in 2006. Also, your 'Apocalypto' comment was clearly not a slip of the tongue. I dont understand your reasons for being so cruel and vicious, but you have certainly made me question the intention of this site. I've sat through pages of your 'reviews', intently soaking up what clothes you were wearing when you saw a particular film, or what you ate for breakfast on the day you watched star wars or whatever. I always believed I had suffered this unholy torture because you believe in the entire 'movie-watching experience'. Don't you think that the plot of the film you watch falls under this heading? Do you SERIOUSLY care about this, or is it just a soundbyte? Let me give you some ABC advice on how to review a film for people who love films...... DONT TELL THEM WHO LIVES OR DIES IN APOCALYPTO you moron.

  • Jan. 7, 2007, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Where the f*** is Air Buddies on this list????

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    This list fails for lack of cute puppies.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 1:16 a.m. CST

    I just want to meditate on something for a moment...

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    Jerkmeister, you wrote something that made me laugh. Directed at Harry, you wrote: "You suck so much dick it's unbelievable." This implies that there is a believable amount of dick you think that Harry sucks. You seem to be saying that you would not be surprised in the slightest if you were given a very credible accounting of Harry slurping away on some dude's junk. However, you also seem to be telling us that there is some number of dicks that, if you were to hear it -- and again from some credible source -- you'd slap your forehead and go, "Wait! No way! I knew Harry was a cock-sucker, but JESUS! How is that even POSSIBLE?!" I don't know... the whole thing was pretty funny to me. Sorry for sharing....

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Nice list Harry, here's mine

    by quadrupletree

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST

    harry's faux pas

    by gusset wookie

    sorry, readin some of this 'spoiler'crap I just had to say... give the guy a break! how many reviews has this guy done huh ?? how many films have you watched, bought or rented on his recommendation?? and how many more will you see?? harry, check out english no budget flick 'freak out'... to all you slaters.... youre all bumfeelers !! LOL :)

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST


    by williamD

    Some good picks, but...

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Just saw Pan's...

    by Darth Thoth

    Wow. Simply wow. It's been about 4.5 hours and I can still can't shake it from my mind or gut. I have to change my entire evening tomorrow to find a way to see this movie again. Wow. Congrats to Del Toro on this fine film.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:45 p.m. CST

    MY TOP 10 of '06 -- THE ONLY TOP 10

    by K_Darklighter

    God, it was an amazing year for film... 10. An Inconvenient Truth 9. Jet Li's Fearless 8. The Propisition 7. The Prestige 6. MI:3 5. The Queen 4. The Departed 3. The Blood Diamond 2. Caino Royale 1. The Fountain (Fucking Brilliant and Amazing, DO NOT MISS THIS IN THE THEATER!) Runners Up: 11. Borat... 12. Cars 13. The Squid and the Whale Haven't Seen Yet, But Could Bump an Existing Top 10er: Pan's Labrynth Apocolypto Inland Empire Little Children Children of Men United 93 Babel Other People's Lives

  • Jan. 13, 2007, 10:26 a.m. CST


    by Gilkuliehe

    That's all I got.

  • Jan. 14, 2007, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by Mallestarion

    CRAPFEST!!! Ohh long Johnson this sucked!!!! How the FUCK? Top 10? ASSHOLE!!! YOU TRICKED ME!! I want my 2hours back!!!!!

  • Jan. 14, 2007, 10:22 p.m. CST

    A movie that needed more year end love...

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    Friends with there a more underrated director out there right now than Nicole Holofcener? She makes these perfectly flawed little slices of life that critics tend to shrug off cause they don't make statements, just observations.

  • Jan. 15, 2007, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Dick Nicely

    by emeraldboy

    No, i am not joking. They will really be finger printing british citizens from this summer. Both hands too.

  • Jan. 15, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST

    This was same US govt that tried to Force the EU

    by emeraldboy

    into handing over all data of Eu citizens to them so that they could select who they let into the country while at the same time saying "keep coming to america" and failed. America used to be the land of the free and now it aint. But in Ireland if you are nigerian the likelyhood is you will land in dublin airport before the nice security people transport you back to the departure gate and on to the next plane back to nigeria.

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 8:25 p.m. CST

    united 93

    by dirty john

    there's no reason why this movie should be on the top 10. it's most likely completely false. that plane was shot down. united 93 is a folk tale.

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 12:10 a.m. CST


    by VWantsRevenge

    Saw it, not buying it. Well done movie, but it was completely predictable and short on fantast elements whether that's the point or not. Long on violence and war melodrama, I didn't connect with the story, the characters or the fairy tale. Once you get to the "reveal" if you can call it that, if you try and go back and make the pieces fit you can not. Not the masterpiece people have everyone believing it is.

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 2:30 p.m. CST

    ok, I'll bite - how do you 'know' the plane

    by just pillow talk

    was shot down dirty john? Perhaps you should talk to snomusic who thinks the gov't brought down the twin towers.

  • Jan. 20, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Children of Men, Immigration, and Superman Returns

    by McCroskey

    If Children of Men does comment on immigration, then let me guess; its to say that anyone who opposes unending amounts of mass immigration from the 3rd world into the West is some sort of awful xenophobic bigot. Let me guess; it has lots of brown people being oppressed by lots of white people. Am I right? As to Superman Returns; Routh was excellent as Superman, the shuttle/plane rescue was one of the best action sequences I've ever seen in a movie, but otherwise it was a letdown. Picking up vaguely after Superman 2 (which sucks for the most part), left too many plot holes. They should have just started over like they did with the excellent Batman Begins.

  • Jan. 22, 2007, 6:04 p.m. CST

    the plane, the plane!!!

    by dirty john

    I don't believe the government had anything to do with the trade center. I'm not oliver stone. all I know is that: if it look's too good to be true, and it sound's too good to be true... by the way, pan's labyrinth sucked. make hellboy 2 and shut up.