Monthly Archives: January 2007

Incredible "Knocked Up" Posters

I have been anticipating “Knocked Up” for about a year now. It’s Judd Apatow’s follow-up to “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” which I loved and I’m very excited about this film. I love Katherine Heigl and Judd has again stuffed the film with his friends and that is a very good thing. Here are the international and domestic posters which AICN premiered. Click them all for much larger viewing. My favorite is the last one.

Thank you.

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I am very happy with the Golden Globes… VERY HAPPY

I was very happy with the Golden Globes this year… Some highlights for me at least:

1)Helen Mirren looking beautiful.
2)Sacha Baron Cohen’s speech.
3)Katherine Heigl. Period.
4)Forest Whitaker winning best actor.
5)Arnold walking in on crutches and mispronouncing Babel.

Amazing. After this post, I’ll give you my reviews of The Queen and Pan’s Labyrinth. They were superb.

Here’s the noms and winners and my feed:

DRAMA (FILM)

WINNER: “Babel” – Anonymous Content Production/Una Producción De Zeta Film/Central Film Production; Paramount Pictures/Paramount Vantage
“Bobby” – MGM; The Weinstein Company
“The Departed” – Warner Bros. Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures
“Little Children” – New Line Cinema; New Line Cinema
“The Queen” – A Granada Production; Miramax Films

I haven’t seen Babel yet, it’ll be on DVD before the Oscars. I loved The Constant Gardener and this looks reminiscent.

ACTOR (FILM DRAMA)

Leonardo DiCaprio – “Blood Diamond”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Departed”
Peter O’Toole – “Venus”
Will Smith – “The Pursuit of Happyness”
WINNER: Forest Whitaker – “The Last King of Scotland”

He is one of the best actors working. I really wanted Leo to win for the Departed, but I’m happy about this. They’re rereleasing it on the 19th for awards season so that we don’t feel left out. I was really lazy about seeing this film and I’m very lucky that it’s coming back.

ACTRESS (FILM DRAMA)

Penélope Cruz – “Volver”
Judi Dench – “Notes on a Scandal”
Maggie Gyllenhaal – “Sherrybaby”
WINNER: Helen Mirren – “The Queen”
Kate Winslet – “Little Children”

Spectacular, without a doubt. No competition, I don’t care about conforming to what everyone is saying, they are right she is terrific.

TV DRAMA

“24” (Fox) -Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Television i.a.w. Real Time
“Big Love” (HBO) – Anima Sola and Playtone Prods. i.a.w. HBO Entertainment
WINNER: “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) – Touchstone Television
“Heroes” (NBC) – NBC Universal Television Studios i.a.w. Tailwind Prods.
“Lost” (ABC) – Touchstone Television

Huh? I wanted Heroes to win, and expected 24 to win. I can’t wait to hear the excuses from the awards experts as to why the show won. Whatever, I love Katherine Heigl.

FILM MUSICAL OR COMEDY

“Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” – One America; Twentieth Century Fox
“The Devil Wears Prada” – Twentieth Century Fox; Twentieth Century Fox
WINNER: “Dreamgirls” – DreamWorks Pictures/Paramount Pictures; DreamWorks Pictures/Paramount Pictures
“Little Miss Sunshine” – Big Beach/Bonafide Productions; Fox Searchlight Pictures
“Thank You For Smoking” – Room 9 Entertainment/David O. Sacks Production/Content Film; Fox Searchlight Pictures

It’s okay that this film beat LMS, it was a powerful film that ran on all cylinders. Great performances, great film.

ACTOR (FILM MUSICAL OR COMEDY)

WINNER: Sacha Baron Cohen – “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”
Johnny Depp – “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”
Aaron Eckhart – “Thank You for Smoking”
Chiwetel Ejiofor – “Kinky Boots”
Will Ferrell – “Stranger Than Fiction”

I would have liked to see Chiwetel win, but Borat is amazing and Sacha Baron Cohen’s speech was unforgettable.

DIRECTOR

Clint Eastwood – “Flags of Our Fathers”
Clint Eastwood – “Letters from Iwo Jima”
Stephen Frears – “The Queen”
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – “Babel”
WINNER: Martin Scorsese – “The Departed”

Yes. Very nice.

ACTRESS (TV COMEDY OR MUSICAL)

Marcia Cross – “Desperate Housewives”
WINNER: America Ferrera – “Ugly Betty”
Felicity Huffman – “Desperate Housewives”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “The New Adventures of Old Christine”
Mary-Louise Parker – “Weeds”

I haven’t watched any of these shows! GREAT! I do have a crush on Miss Ferrera, so she can win all she wants.

ORIGINAL SCORE

WINNER: Alexandre Desplat – “The Painted Veil”
Clint Mansell – “The Fountain”
Gustavo Santaolalla – “Babel”
Carlo Siliotto – “Nomad”
Hans Zimmer – “The Da Vinci Code”

Poor Hansy. I’d rather see The Painted Veal.

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

“Apocalypto” (USA) – Touchstone Pictures/Icon Productions; Buena Vista Pictures
WINNER: “Letters from Iwo Jima” (USA/Japan) – Warner Bros. Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures
“The Lives of Others” (Germany) – Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion; Sony Pictures Classics
“Pan’s Labyrinth” (Mexico) – Estudios Picasso/Tequila Gang/Esperanto; Picturehouse
“Volver” (Spain) – El Deseo; Sony Pictures Classics

Dammit. I loved Pan’s Labyrinth. As long as Clint wins in this category and not the directing one, I think I can hold back my anger.

TV COMEDY OR MUSICAL

“Desperate Housewives” (ABC) – Touchstone Television
“Entourage” (HBO) – Leverage and Closest to the Hole Prods. i.a.w. HBO Entertainment
“The Office” (NBC) – Deedle Dee Prods. with Reveille i.a.w. NBC Universal Television Studio
WINNER: “Ugly Betty” (ABC) – Touchstone Television
“Weeds” (Showtime) – Showtime i.a.w. Lionsgate Television and Tilted Prods., Inc

Poor Officeness. At least they won the Emmy.

ACTOR (TV COMEDY OR MUSICAL)

WINNER: Alec Baldwin – “30 Rock”
Zach Braff – “Scrubs”
Steve Carell – “The Office”
Jason Lee – “My Name is Earl”
Tony Shalhoub – “Monk”

I jinxed this. On my ballot, I said I wanted Alec to win and he did. But I really wanted Steve to win. I’m sorry.

SCREENPLAY

Guillermo Arriaga – “Babel”
Todd Field, Tom Perrotta – “Little Children”
Patrick Marber – “Notes on a Scandal”
Wiliam Monahan – “The Departed”
WINNER: Peter Morgan – “The Queen”

Happiness. That is what I felt.

MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE

“Bleak House” (PBS) – BBC and WGBH Boston Prod. i.a.w. Deep Indigo
“Broken Trail” (AMC) – Butchers Run Films and Once Upon a Time Films i.a.w. Sony Pictures
WINNER: “Elizabeth I” (HBO) – Company Pictures and Channel 4 i.a.w. HBO Films
“Mrs. Harris” (HBO) – Killer Films, Number 9 Films and John Wells Prod. i.a.w. HBO Films
“Prime Suspect: The Final Act” (PBS) – Granada and WGBH-Boston Prod.

I know someone who saw this and loved it. Good for them.

ACTOR (MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)

Andre Braugher – “Thief”
Robert Duvall – “Broken Trail”
Michael Ealy – “Sleeper Cell: American Terror”
Chiwetel Ejiofor – “Tsunami, The Aftermath”
Ben Kingsley – “Mrs. Harris”
WINNER: Bill Nighy – “Gideon’s Daughter”
Matthew Perry – “The Ron Clark Story”

I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes. I love Billy Mack.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS (FILM)

Adriana Barraza – “Babel”
Cate Blanchett – “Notes on a Scandal”
Emily Blunt – “The Devil Wears Prada”
WINNER: Jennifer Hudson – “Dreamgirls”
Rinko Kikuchi – “Babel”

I don’t really know what to say here. You knew it was coming. She deserves everything. And she’s beautiful.

ORIGINAL SONG

“A Father’s Way” – “The Pursuit of Happyness” – Music by: Seal and Christopher Bruce; Lyrics by: Seal
“Listen” – “Dreamgirls” – Music & Lyrics by: Henry Krieger, Anne Preven, Scott Cutler and Beyoncé Knowles
“Never Gonna Break My Faith” – “Bobby” – Music & Lyrics by: Bryan Adams, Eliot Kennedy and Andrea Remanda
WINNER: “The Song of the Heart” – “Happy Feet” – Music & Lyrics by: Prince Rogers Nelson
“Try Not to Remember” – “Home of the Brave” – Music & Lyrics by: Sheryl Crow

He was late for this award. Maybe he was busy practicing for the Superbowl (?). Why is he doing the Superbowl? Bring on the Bob Seger, or Scrantonicity. BIG inside joke their for Office fans.

SUPPORTING ACTOR (MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)

Thomas Haden Church – “Broken Trail”
WINNER: Jeremy Irons – “Elizabeth I”
Justin Kirk – “Weeds”
Masi Oka – “Heroes”
Jeremy Piven – “Entourage”

I’m upset but at least J.I. is a cool dude. I wanted my Hiro Nakamura to win. Too bad.

ACTRESS (TV DRAMA)

Patricia Arquette – “Medium”
Edie Falco – “The Sopranos”
Evangeline Lilly – “Lost”
Ellen Pompeo – “Grey’s Anatomy”
WINNER: Kyra Sedgwick – “The Closer”

Whatever. She’s got big cans. And she was really good in the Woodsman a couple years back. Good for her.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS (TV MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)

WINNER: Emily Blunt – “Gideon’s Daughter”
Toni Collette – “Tsunami, The Aftermath “
Katherine Heigl – “Grey’s Anatomy”
Sarah Paulson – “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”
Elizabeth Perkins – “Weeds”

Same as the Masi Oka situation. I wanted Katherine Heigl to win, but I’m okay with Emily Blunt winning.

ACTOR (TV DRAMA)

Patrick Dempsey – “Grey’s Anatomy”
Michael C. Hall – “Dexter”
WINNER: Hugh Laurie – “House”
Bill Paxton – “Big Love”
Kiefer Sutherland – “24”

Best voice ever. Sorry Kiefer.

ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)

Annette Bening – “Running with Scissors”
Toni Collette – “Little Miss Sunshine”
Beyoncé Knowles – “Dreamgirls”
WINNER: Meryl Streep – “The Devil Wears Prada”
Renee Zellweger – “Miss Potter”

She was totally amazing in that film. A three-dimensional character that changes with a wink of an eye. Great.

ANIMATED FILM

WINNER: “Cars” – Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studio; Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
“Happy Feet” – Kingdom Pictures, LLC; Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures
“Monster House” – Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing

I loved Cars. Best animated film, by far, this year.

SUPPORTING ACTOR (FILM)

Ben Affleck – “Hollywoodland”
WINNER: Eddie Murphy – “Dreamgirls”
Jack Nicholson – “The Departed”
Brad Pitt – “Babel”
Mark Wahlberg – “The Departed”

VERY happy. I don’t want no banana in my tailpipe!

ACTRESS (MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)

Gillian Anderson – “Bleak House”
Annette Bening – “Mrs. Harris”
WINNER: Helen Mirren – “Elizabeth I”
Helen Mirren – “Prime Suspect: The Final Act”
Sophie Okonedo – “Tsunami, The Aftermath “

I know someone who saw her in this and loved it. I was too busy looking at Helen Mirren at this point. I must have a thing for older elegant ladies.

CECIL B. DEMILLE AWARD

WINNER: Warren Beatty

Longest acceptance speech ever. I can’t wait till we honor Tom Hanks, who honored Mr. Beatty. And what about Ned Beatty? I’m such a nerd.

Well, the countdown to the Oscars have officially started. The noms are announced the 25th of January and from then on, I’m going to be Oscar happy. I hope to see Notes on a Scandal this week, and Little Children. Letters From Iwo Jima is starting to spread out to the masses and there will be a couple of films on DVD before then. Here’s to Helen Mirren and Katherine Heigl for a very nice evening.

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Rob Zombie’s Halloween Remake Script Review from AICN

I’m very excited about this film. I’ve been in the minority of people who liked Zombie’s filmmaking style and ability to scare the shit out of people. The Devil’s Rejects wasn’t exactly scary like House of 1000 Corpses, but I really did enjoy it. Over at Ain’t it Cool News, Quint has reviewed the script, he likes it a lot and I really agree with most of what he is saying. I hope Zombie brings a subtle creepiness to the film like the original, but in his cool 70s horror style. I can’t wait.

Here’s the review.

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Maybe Dwight will become a Chaos demon…

I am very excited about Joss Whedon directing an episode of The Office. I thought I was excited about Harold Ramis directing an episode (it was hilarious, by the way) but this is so much cooler. I hope he gets a chance at writing it too, because that would make my day. All of the celeb directors keep piling in. A Wes Anderson directed episode of The Office would be the single most important moment of my entire life. But since that isn’t likely, I’ll be very happy with Mr. Whedon. Yay.

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No magic changes.

I am a life long Grease fan. I love the music, the nostalgia, and pretty much everything about the show and the movie. I just watched that Grease: You’re The One That I Want show and it was so hilariously bad, I was laughing from beginning to end. Unlike American Idol, which is preplanned and staged but done in a way that seems like they tried to hide their falseness, this show did not really plan anything at all. There are really good people who are obviously chosen and have been practicing and performing for years and then the MOST OBVIOUSLY PLANTED BAD SINGERS I HAVE EVER SEEN OR HEARD. These were obviously actors or just people they pick off the street. I may watch this again, but it does have the unbearable Billy Bush. At one point during the show he decided that his judging ears are better than the REAL judges and wanted this unfortunately dressed girl to go back on stage to humiliate herself a second time. The last thing about this show that just proves that it is not legitimate at all is that one of the singers who made is it Kaitlin Doubleday, who played Justin Long’s girlfriend in the surprisingly hilarious 2005 film “Waiting…” Well, so far this is a terrible show. C’MON NBC! You’ve had a wonderful 2006 and now you start the new year with a show hosted by BILLY BUSH. C’MON!

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Impossible is the Opposite of Possible

Michael Cera (George Michael Bluth on Arrested Development) has made this incredibly funny online video about success achievement and confidence. I love it.

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Best of 2006

Alright, here I go… instead of putting this off I’m going to give you my best of 2006 in music, television, films, and anything else I can think of.

BEST ALBUMS OF 2006

10) Curious George Soundtrack
Cute, catchy music by Jack Johnson made for a great little film. The music, like the film, is understated and absolutely adorable. The song “Upside Down” is completely delightful and was loved by both me and my 3-year-old sister.
9) Borat Soundtrack
I love this soundtrack because it is the movie. Sacha Baron Cohen’s brother Erran Baron Cohen created the little musical interludes that play while Borat goes on his adventures and they are perfect. The soundtrack also contains dialogue scenes from the music that features Borat singing his favorite song by Kazhahkstan’s very own Korky Butchek, “Bing Bong.” A great listen, especially after watching the movie.
8) Lewis Black: Carnegie Hall Performance
A bitter look at the world through Lewis Black’s eyes was a great addition to my listening pleasure this year. He has spectacular timing due to his angered outbursts and his ability to tell stories. The “Candy Corn” bit and the “Airport Security” bit show his genius to the fullest and were the most quoted Black lines from fellow college dumbasses this year.
7) Beyond the Pale by Jim Gaffigan
I bought this CD the day it came out, because his older stuff is hard to get and I had to have something of his to listen to in the car. He’s famous for his “Hot Pocket” bit but it’s really his “Traditions” bit that takes the cake in this hourlong CD based on his amazing TV special. One of my favorite quotes from this disc is: It’s Bill’s birthday. I hate that guy. There’s cake in the conference room. Well, I should say hello.”
6) Let’s Get Out of This Country by Camera Obscura
The first non-soundtrack, non-comedy album of this list is from Scotland’s Camera Obscura. The album is like a perfect blend of alternative and pop music, featuring the single “Lloyd, I’m Ready to be Heartbroken.” The song is addictive, a musical drug. The rest of the album doesn’t disappoint. I hope this band is tapped for a soundtrack because the songs are very reminiscient of 2005’s Happy Endings’ soundtrack, which is one of the best soundtracks of all time. The 7th track, “Country Mile”, is haunting and worthy of more than one listen.
5) Marie Antoinette Soundtrack
I love this goddamn soundtrack. The two-disc soundtrack to the exquisite film is the mirror image of the film. It’s a punk album followed by a peculiar Victorian-esque album both of which are a trance to listen to. Nothing about this album is boring and I am happy to say that Sofia Coppola is equal in soundtrack making to Wes Anderson.
4) Little Miss Sunshine Soundtrack
The best soundtrack of the year. This could be listened to without watching the film and the same feelings of happiness and melancholy would be evoked. The soundtrack is the film, like a Wes Anderson soundtrack. The majority of the soundtrack is instrumentals from Danna and Devotchka, two movie soundtrack geniuses, as far as I’m concerned. The inclusion of Sufjan Stevens’ songs from his 2005 album “Come on Feel The Illinoise!” was an inspired choice. A great driving album, too.
3) St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley
This album is too much fun. I have never had so much fun with an album. DJ Dangermouse is too cool in my opinion. Every track is expertly crafted and Cee-lo’s vocals make this the most listened to album, for me, this year. I listened to this over and over and over. Two years ago, I would never think that a rap album would be in my possession. Yay for me.
2) Friendly Fire by Sean Lennon
Thank God that at least one of John’s kids has REAL musical talent. This album is pitch-perfect. I was really looking forward to it and as I listened to it and it did not disappoint. Sean’s singing is not annoying or piercing in any way. The album is not pretentious at all. I could listen to it for hours, and I have and I can’t get tired of it. Every song stands out as beyond comparison. My favorite is track 8, “Headlights”, but I really am picking it out of 10 other songs that are pretty much equal in excellence.
1) Love by The Beatles
If you didn’t see this coming, you don’t know me. This album blew me away. Literally. I could not believe this early Christmas present from George and Giles Martin. I haven’t seen the Vegas show yet, but even without the show this album could stand alone as a great album. It’s a tribute from George to his friends and it is a “rock opera”-esque legend and it isn’t even one year old yet. No other album this year got me this giddy with pure excitement. Thank you, gods of rock.
WORST ALBUM OF 2006

Stadium Arcadium by The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Oh wow, it’s so original! It’s so catchy. Too bad it sounds like every single RHCP album I’ve ever heard.
BEST TELEVISION OF 2006

Footnote: This won’t be a top ten list, just a few of my favorite shows this year of TV.

BEST NEW SHOW OF 2006
Heroes
Obviously this is my pick for best show of 06, I talk about it like it I work for the show. I get so excited for every episode and I’ve never been disappointed. I love every character (except for the stupid kid) and I have complete confidence in its greatness. Right now I’m hating midseason breaks but I know I’ll have my Heroes sooner that I expect so here’s to the best new show on TV!
OTHER GREATS OF 2006:

30 Rock
This show belongs to Alec Baldwin, and this show is definitely my favorite new comedy. Tina Fey is a genius.
The Office
Still producing great stuff, although they seem to be in a bit of a lull. I have faith in this show’s greatness and I still laugh like crazy at every episode.
Colbert Report/Daily Show
Two different shows, if you actually watch them, but I decided to put them together on this list because I’m lazy. I love me some Stephen and although TDS’s producer Ben Karlin is gone, the show is still on top of its game and the new correspondents are hilarious. The highlights of this season on TCR was definitely George Lucas appearing on the Green Screen challenges, Tek Jansen, and every single episode that featured Paul Dinello. TDS is consistently brilliant but I can’t really think of any standouts because I watched more Stephen this year. Sorry Jon, but I don’t have a heterosexual crush on you.
Project Runway
This season of PR was completely captivating. There wasn’t too much bitching and I didn’t dislike too many of the designers. I wanted Michael to win but in retrospect and withholding the idea that the whole thing was planned, I’m okay with the fact that Jeffrey won. I hope the rumors about a season 4 without Tim Gunn are fake or will be remedied because that show is NADA without him.
R.I.P. Arrested Development
Season three was fantastic. Moment of silence for the death of one of the best shows of all time.
WORST SHOW OF 06:

STUDIO SHITSKY ON THE SUNSET STRIP
I liked the first episode. It was cool. Then I realized, with multiple viewings of the show and whatnot that I was watching the most pretentious piece of DOO-DOO ever. A show with Nate Corddry should be a winner, but it wasn’t. This show is so boring, not worthy of my time, and is like watching 30 Rock that someone has taken all the funny and worthwhileness out of. Cancel it.
BEST FILMS OF 2006

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!
Honorable Mention: Strangers With Candy
I really liked the film of my favorite TV show of all time. In the fan universe the movie was not well liked, but I really loved it. It kept to the show’s humor. Every character was perfect. I didn’t mind that Orlando was gone. I saw this in a theater, which was just one of my favorite movie going experiences this year. I loved it.
The movie I didn’t see but could have been one of my favorites: Pan’s Labyrinth

The movie that no one got to see this year but could have been great: Factory Girl

Other films I liked this year: Bubble, Cars, Curious George, The Devil Wears Prada, Grandma’s Boy, Hard Candy, An Inconvenient Truth, Kinky Boots, The Notorious Bettie Page, The Oh in Ohio, The Shaggy Dog, Silent Hill, Slither, Superman Returns, Thank You For Smoking.

Films I Didn’t See This Year: All The Kings Men, Apocalypto, Babel, The Black Dahlia, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, Blood Diamond, Bobby, Brick, Casino Royale, Catch a Fire, Children of Men, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, Eragon, Fast Food Nation, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters From Iwo Jima, 49 Up, The Good German, The Good Shepherd, Half Nelson, Happy Feet, Hollywoodland, The Illusionist, The Prestige, Infamous, Inside Man, Jesus Camp, The Last King of Scotland, Little Children, Notes on a Scandal, A Prairie Home Companion, The Proposition, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Queen, Rocky Balboa, Running With Scissors, The Science of Sleep, Sherrybaby, Stranger Than Fiction, Talladega Nights, Venus, World Trade Center

WORST FILMS OF 2006

10) Doogal – Zzzzzzz, poor Jon Stewart did a voice in this.
9) RV – Not funny.
8) Annapolis – Top Gun + An Officer and a Gentleman = this piece of crap.
7) Aquamarine – OMG LET’S FIND A HOTTIE SO I CAN GET LEGS YO.
6) The Pink Panther – Embarrassing.
5) Date Movie – Even more embarrassing. At least they’re making more of these.
4) Tristan and Isolde – I watched this with some kind of hope it would be good. James Franco is one of the worst actors working.
3) Hostel – The biggest letdown of the year. Not scary, and stupidly written. You’re lucky I like you as a person Eli Roth.
2) Lady in the Water – You should already know from me and every other person who saw this that it is pathetically pretentious and retarded.
1) The Break-Up – The absolutely worst movie of the year. There was no humor, chemistry, acting, or emotion. I felt totally robbed. Jennifer Aniston handed in the worst acting she has ever done. Whatever happened to films like “The Good Girl?” Why is she doing this shlock? This movie was just horrible. I feel like I need to puke.

OTHER BEST OF STUFF:

BEST PERFORMANCES:

CHIWETEL EJIOFOR IN KINKY BOOTS
Totally adorable and genius acting from my favorite lesser known actor Mr. Chiwetel Ejiofor. I have loved him in everything he’s done, especially this small British film about a man who gets advice from a crossdresser on how to make shoes called “Kinky Boots.” He does everything in this movie from comedy to drama to singing and dancing. Great performance, great movie.
ABIGAIL BRESLIN AND STEVE CARELL IN LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
My two favorite performances of the film, Steve playing the gay Proust scholar uncle and Abigail playing the little girl who wants nothing more than to be a beauty queen. They both acted their asses off for this film. AB is getting some awards nominations but I’m really surprised that Steve is getting NOTHING. His speech at the end is completely worthy of attention from the Academy (hello Virginia Madsen in Sideways). Amazing.
ELLEN PAGE IN HARD CANDY
She scared the shit out of me in this film. She plays a young girl who tricks her older online male friend into inviting her to his house and then FUCKING the SHIT around with him. She tazes him while she pushes him into the shower. She’s sick. The best part about this whole thing is that she delivers a sick and realistic performance that kept me watching. Also, the poster for this film rocked.

Thank you very much, here’s looking forward to a whole new year of great music, movies, and television for my pleasure.

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