The Movies I Saw in 2006

Keeping up the tradition of the past few years, here is the list of flicks I watched in 2006. This was a strange year for me, I saw more movies in the theatre, but (relatively) few on video. I can only attribute that to all the home improvement stuff
coco_b and I had to deal with this year… Our plan is to move to a new home in 2007, so it’s possible that this trend could continue for another year. In a few weeks I will put together my “best of 2006” list, but I want to give myself an opportunity to catch some of the things from 2006 I haven’t seen yet.

The list is pretty much in the order I saw the pictures, and I tried to italicize films I had previously viewed.

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2005 Films In Review

The Movies I saw in 2005

Here is a list of the movies I saw this year. I saw just about as many movies in the theatre but far less on video as the past few years, which is somewhat counterintuitive given how long I was laid up with my leg. I think the reduced number of videos is a combination of my immobility while laid up with my leg combined with ‘s last semester, where she was sequestered for 3 months straight, in which we didn’t watch anywhere near as many movies as we usually do.

I kept track of movies as I watched them this year, so this list is rather complete. Also, this year I was smart and linkified the films as I added them to the list, which made putting this up very simple. I have no idea if any of you actually care about this list, but I find it personally interesting. If you are curious about my opinions of any of these films, just ask. In addition, in a few hours/days I will put up my picks for the best and worst of the year.

Update: I went through and italicized any film I had seen already.


Theatre:

  1. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  2. Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
  3. Million Dollar Baby
  4. The 10th District Court: Moments of Trial
  5. Born Into Brothels
  6. Inside Deep Throat
  7. La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc
  8. Cursed
  9. Sin City
  10. Millions
  11. The Interpreter
  12. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  13. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
  14. Shane
  15. Unleashed
  16. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (twice: once analog, once digital)
  17. Double Dare
  18. Brothers
  19. Howl’s Moving Castle
  20. Batman Begins
  21. Land of the Dead
  22. War of the Worlds
  23. Me and You and Everyone We Know
  24. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  25. The Devil’s Rejects
  26. Murderball
  27. Labyrinth
  28. March of the Penguins
  29. Wedding Crashers
  30. The Aristocrats
  31. The Skeleton Key
  32. The 40 Year-Old Virgin
  33. The Brothers Grimm
  34. Le Monde du Silence (The Silent World)
  35. The Baxter
  36. A History of Violence
  37. Serenity
  38. MirrorMask
  39. Capote
  40. Good Night, and Good Luck.
  41. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
  42. Doom
  43. Jarhead
  44. The Squid and the Whale
  45. Walk the LIne
  46. Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic
  47. The Ice Harvest
  48. Aeon Flux
  49. Syriana
  50. King Kong (2005)
  51. Wolf Creek

Video:

  1. The Last Samurai
  2. West Side Story
  3. Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle
  4. Envy
  5. Rounders
  6. The Last Broadcast
  7. Shaun of the Dead
  8. Garden State
  9. Love Actually
  10. Along Came Polly
  11. Mystic River
  12. Spider-man 2
  13. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
  14. Deep Throat
  15. Team America: World Police (2 Times)
  16. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
  17. Jackie Brown
  18. Trainspotting
  19. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (2004 Special Edition)
  20. The Stepford Wives (2004)
  21. The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
  22. The Pixies
  23. Stand By Me
  24. Ghostbusters
  25. Strange Days
  26. The Bourne Identity
  27. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  28. Dirty War
  29. The Transporter
  30. The Sound of Music
  31. Mean Girls
  32. Private Parts
  33. The Incredibles
  34. The Big One
  35. Deliverance
  36. The Fugitive
  37. After the Sunset
  38. Revolution OS
  39. Fight Club
  40. And All That Could Have Been
  41. Predator
  42. The Matrix
  43. The Matrix Reloaded
  44. Waxwork
  45. The Matrix Revolutions
  46. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  47. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  48. Sideways
  49. Z Channel: A Magnificient Obsession
  50. Star Trek: Insurrection
  51. Star Trek: First Contact
  52. Boogie Nights
  53. Hoop Dreams
  54. The Last Shot
  55. In Good Company
  56. Oceans Eleven
  57. Pauly Shore is Dead
  58. The Last Man on Earth
  59. Sonic Outlaws
  60. Napoleon Dynamite
  61. Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy
  62. Wayne’s World 2
  63. Old School
  64. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
  65. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  66. Triumph of the Nerds
  67. Fantastic Four (2005)
  68. Primer
  69. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  70. Die Hard
  71. A Christmas Story
  72. American Psycho
  73. Effects
  74. The Big Lebowski

2004 Films in Review

  • Top Films of 2004:
    1. Shaun of the Dead
    2. Team America: World Police
    3. Saddest Music in the World
    4. Lost Skeleton of Cadavra
    5. Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
    6. Fahrenheit 9/11
    7. A Dirty Shame
    8. The Corporation
    9. Spiderman 2
    10. Dogville (surprise)
  • Bottom 5 films of 2004:
    1. Saw
    2. The Village
    3. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
    4. House of Flying Daggers
    5. Starsky & Hutch
  • Best Reissue: Monty Python’s Life of Brian
  • Best Remake/Reworking: Dawn of the Dead
  • Best Director: John Waters
  • Best Actress: Isabella Rosselini (Saddest Music in the World)
  • Best Actor: Paul Bettany (Dogville)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Lynn Redgrave (Kinsey)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead)
  • Best Ensemble: Shaun of the Dead
  • Best Original Screenplay: Shaun of the Dead
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Spiderman 2
  • Best Cinematography: Dogville
  • Best Soundtrack: Team America: World Police
  • Most Alarming Cinematic Trend: Ben Stiller’s Increasingly
    Annoying Schtick
  • Most Memorable Line: Team America: World Police
    Lisa: Promise me you’ll never die.
    Gary Johnston: You know I can’t promise that.
    Lisa: Promise me you’ll never die and I’ll make love to you right now.
    Gary Johnston: I promise I’ll never die.
  • Best Documentary: End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones
  • Best Faux Documentary: The Battle of Algiers
  • Movie which was good, yet didn’t make it anywhere else on this list:
    Napoleon Dynamite
  • Best Fake Television Network: “The Ocho” – Dodgeball
  • Reinforcement that M. Night Shyamalan sucks: The Village
  • Best use of Special Effects in a lame movie: Sky Captain and the
    World of Tomorrow
  • Most audience manipulating “Documentary”: Tarnation
  • Film I won’t watch until I can get it off Napster: Metallica:
    Some Kind of Monster
  • Best Interviews in a Documentary: The Fog of War
  • Film I feel guilty for missing (tie): Sideways & The Motorcycle Diaries
  • Film I don’t feel guilty for missing: MXP: Most Xtreme Primate

The Movies I saw in 2004

Here’s a list of the movies I saw this year…  If you compare it to last year’s list, you’ll notice that I saw a few more films in the theatre this year, more than one a week on average (which isn’t surprising since I head up the Boston Sunday Night Film Club).  You might also notice that I saw fewer films on video this year…  I guess that’s what getting a job’ll do to ya…  Damn employment! :)

This year’s list should be far more accurate than last year’s, since I kept track of the movies as I watched them, as opposed to trying to reconstruct the list from memory and Netflix history like I did last year.  I might have missed a few, but overall it is pretty comprehensive.  I even decided just now to link each of the films to their IMDB page (some are linked to Amazon because IMDB has no listing), so if you are wondering what a particular film was all about, you don’t have to hunt the info down.

Obviously, if I watch a film in the next 11.5 hours I will add it to the list, but I don’t expect to…  Then again, given that on average I’ve watched a movie almost every other day, you never know… :)

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The Movies I saw in 2003

commented on how many movies I put in the previous post. I decided to try and list all of the movies I saw this year, both in the theater and on TV (dvd, hbo, etc.). I pulled this list from memory, from email archives, and by stepping through every post I made to LJ in the past year. I am going to try and keep a more accurate list for 2004. I figure if I start now I can have a pretty accurate model of what I see this year.

The theater list is pretty accurate, and I don’t think I missed much on it. The video list, however, is probably VERY incomplete.

Update (8/27/2004): I found an option at netflix to retrieve my entire rental history, so I was able to fill in some missing data.

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Movie Picks of 2003

  • Most surprising film of the year: Rivers and Tides
    • I really expected this one to be a complete snoozer, but it was so
      beautiful I watched most of it with my jaw dropped.
  • Most disappointing film: Spider
    • I was disillusioned with Cronenberg after eXistenZ, but this film was
      just ho-hum.
  • Saddest film: Lost in La Mancha
    • I love Terry Gilliam and it is so sad to see his creation squashed by
      various forces. This documentary does a great job of putting you in
      Gilliam’s head.
  • Most surprising B-movie (non-horror): Poolhall Junkies
    • Sure, it’s a cheesy mix of Rounders and The Color of Money, but
      a campy Christopher Walken performance makes the film a must-rent
  • Most surprising B-movie (horror): House of 1000 Corpses
    • Hey, I have to admit that I didn’t give Rob Zombie a fair shake. I
      expected him to pooch it and he completely delivered.
  • Best Christopher Guest Movies: A Mighty Wind and Spellbound
    • Sure, Spellbound might not have ACTUALLY been directed by Christopher Guest, and it’s not a mockumentary, but that doesn’t change the fact that it very well COULD be.
  • Best coming-of-age film: Whale Rider
    • You just gotta love those Maori!
  • Best Use of Digital Video: 28 Days Later
    • DV gave this film the immediacy of a nightly news report, and
      contributed to the overall spooky nature of this film.
  • Best Use of Johnny Depp: Pirates of the Caribbean
    • Come on, he rocked.
  • Film which made me feel guilty for not surfing: Step Into Liquid
    • I never got into Endless Summer, but Step Into Liquid is a masterpiece
      and makes a part of me wish I grew up in California.
  • Best Horror Film: Freddy vs. Jason
    • This is definitely a biased category for me, but fuck it.
  • Best use of Bill Murray in ages: Lost in Translation
    • I didn’t see Charlie’s Angels 2 because Bill Murray wasn’t in it.
  • Best Kids Movie That Adults Should See: School of Rock
    • The people behind School of Rock took a formula that has been done over
      and over and over again and turned it into something fresh.
  • Best referential homage-fest: Kill Bill Vol. 1
    • Quentin Tarantino did an amazing job of distilling his thousands of
      sources and inspiration down into a hip, fun, exciting movie. I can’t
      wait to see the second half.
  • Best Reissue: Alien: Director’s Cut
    • It was tough picking between Alien and Scarface, but really, Alien is
      the scariest movie ever made, and doesn’t feel dated one bit. Scarface
      is just as amazing, but I am simply more attached to Alien.
  • Best completion of a Trilogy: Return of the King
    • Peter Jackson has made some of my favorite films (Bad Taste, Dead Alive, Meet the Feebles…). When I heard he was going to be tackling LotR, I really didn’t think he was up to the task. He showed me.
  • Worst completition of a Trilogy: Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions
    • I liked the second film, and enjoyed the third film, but Corinna summed
      it up perfectly when she said that if they felt the need to make a
      sequel they should have combined these two films into one. I love the
      first film, but the two sequels released this year were a disappointment
      (if not still enjoyable).
  • Worst film of the year: Gerry and Friday Night (tie)
    • I just can’t pick. Both of these films are complete wastes of time.