January 1st, 2007

Grace

Best Movies of 2006

And rounding things out, the Best Movies I Saw in 2006:

I found it hard to pick favorites or rank them, so, by my own odd categories:

"Everybody else is giving them awards, so why can't I?":
Brokeback Mountain
Walk the Line
Capote

All three deserved their accolades for being well-acted, thought-provoking, and haunting.

"Fun in animation":
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Howl's Moving Castle

The latter played havoc with the book plot, but was still gorgeous; the former was just goofy and funny.

"The 'written by Tennessee Williams' award":
Baby Doll
The Night of the Iguana

Williams is hard to classify, which is probably why I'm drawn to his stuff. That, and it's clever and weird and sexy-kinda.

"Kicking butt and taking names in galaxies and otherworlds":
MirrorMask
Serenity

Neil Gaiman for the first; Joss Whedon for the second. What more do you need to know?

"Special fluff award":
Casanova
In which Heath Ledger and everybody else are very silly and very pretty.

"Documentary, or maybe not":
Riding Giants
Incident at Loch Ness

The former convinced me I'm never taking up surfing; the latter almost convinced me it wasn't a mockumentary--though it is.

"Catch-all drama award":
Everything Is Illuminated
Reversal of Fortune
A Very Long Engagement

Respectively, a unique Ukrainian road trip movie, a based-on-truth legal case with Jeremy "I'm Always Fascinating" Irons, and a poignant romantic tale of lovers separated in World War I.

And that's to say nothing of all the TV series I've watched on Netflix. Good investment.