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Shuley
01-01-2007, 01:09 PM
Since there is no Roger Ebert Top Ten, I'll post Richard Roeper's Top 10 instead.

1. The Departed
2. The Queen
3. Flags Of Our Father/Letters From Iwo Jima
4. United 93
5. The Lives Of Others
6. Babel
7. Notes On a Scandal
8. The Good Shepard
9. Little Miss Sunshine
10. Blood Diamond

The Chairman
01-01-2007, 02:07 PM
Definitiely agree with the top choice, haven't seen any of the others.

Cyrusbales
01-01-2007, 02:18 PM
Since there is no Roger Ebert Top Ten, I'll post Richard Roeper's Top 10 instead.

1. The Departed
2. The Queen
3. Flags Of Our Father/Letters From Iwo Jima
4. United 93 - Very scared by this selection
5. The Lives Of Others
6. Babel
7. Notes On a Scandal
8. The Good Shepard
9. Little Miss Sunshine
10. Blood Diamond

Whislt these are a reasonable selection, where is match point, where is closer, where is Pan's labyrinth, where is renaissance etc etc, there are many better films, altho i not seen babel yet, but I think that will be the best on this list(as long as it's more like innaritu's first film, not that gob-****e called 21 grams)

Yurka
01-01-2007, 02:23 PM
United 93 was an incredible movie, thats why it's on the list.

IMO The Good Shepard should not be on that list

Apollo
01-01-2007, 02:40 PM
where the hells x-men 3, lol

Cyrusbales
01-01-2007, 02:45 PM
in the bin where it belongs?

Arcturus
01-01-2007, 02:51 PM
I can't agree with that list as I have not seen a single one of them.

SolidSnakeMGS
01-01-2007, 02:53 PM
United 93 was an incredible movie, thats why it's on the list.


:up:

Agreed.

livrule
01-01-2007, 02:56 PM
Casino Royale should be in any 'best' list of 2006.

They faced an impossible task and produced a simply fantastic movie.

Cyrusbales
01-01-2007, 02:58 PM
Casino Royale should be in any 'best' list of 2006.

They faced an impossible task and produced a simply fantastic movie.

subjective :oldrazz:

pan's labyrinth, and if you're going to put any daniel craig movie up there, you gotta have Renaissance up there, purely breathtaking!

Shuley
01-01-2007, 03:56 PM
Whislt these are a reasonable selection, where is match point, where is closer, where is Pan's labyrinth, where is renaissance etc etc, there are many better films, altho i not seen babel yet, but I think that will be the best on this list(as long as it's more like innaritu's first film, not that gob-****e called 21 grams)

MatchPoint came out in 2005 and Closer came out in 2004...Sorry.I know you European guys get screwed on American film and video game releases..

Shuley
01-01-2007, 03:57 PM
Casino Royale should be in any 'best' list of 2006.

They faced an impossible task and produced a simply fantastic movie.

Action films aren't impossible to make.Besides The Departed is a much better film than Casino Royale,So was Rocky Balboa.

Cyrusbales
01-01-2007, 03:59 PM
MatchPoint came out in 2005 and Closer came out in 2004...Sorry.I know you European guys get screwed on American film and video game releases..

I saw closer this year in the cinema, about jan, and match point was in feb/mar time:huh:

either way, renaissance is better than all the films on the first list, and that def came out this year:woot:

Catman
01-01-2007, 04:04 PM
I was never a Roeper fan. He had REALLY BIG SHOES to fill and he never did IMO. But, after all these years I'm getting used to him.

livrule
01-01-2007, 04:11 PM
Action films aren't impossible to make.Besides The Departed is a much better film than Casino Royale,So was Rocky Balboa.

Ummmm, ok.

I actually meant that it was almost impossible to create a Bond movie that would feel fresh and could stand up to modern action thrillers.
The end result was better than anyone could have hoped.

Departed is a very different movie and Rocky is .................. fun:cwink:

Rez
01-01-2007, 04:11 PM
Closer is quite possibly my favourite film, ever. Too bad you guys had to wait for 2 years to see it!

Shuley
01-01-2007, 04:20 PM
I was never a Roeper fan. He had REALLY BIG SHOES to fill and he never did IMO. But, after all these years I'm getting used to him.

Ebert will be back,but your right, I am getting used to him.Wonder if he'll take over the show if something was to ever happen to Ebert?

Carmine Falcone
01-01-2007, 04:29 PM
Any top list of 2006 without Children of Men is toiletpaper.

Fanticon
01-01-2007, 04:30 PM
Unacompanied Minors isn't up there? pfft...

Shifty
01-01-2007, 04:53 PM
The year in movies

December 24, 2006
BY RICHARD ROEPER Sun-Times Columnist
Al Gore was bigger box office than Lindsay Lohan.

Jackie Earle Haley got better reviews than Billy Bob Thornton.

Borat lapped Jack Black.

And Larry King liked everything.

• 2006: Year in Review

'06 TOP 10s
Top box office earners:
1. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," $423,315,812, opened July 7
2. "Cars," $244,082,982, June 9
3. "X-Men: The Last Stand," $234,362,462, May 26
4. "The Da Vinci Code," $217,536,138, May 19
5. "Superman Returns," $200,081,192, June 28
6. "Ice Age: The Meltdown," $195,330,621, March 31
7. "Over the Hedge," $155,019,340, May 19
8. "Happy Feet," $149,244,791, Nov. 17
9. "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," $148,213,377, Aug. 4
10. "Casino Royale," $137,501,384, Nov. 17
Source: Nielsen EDI
(Data from Jan. 1 to Dec. 17, 2006, U.S. and Canada only.)
These are just some of the headlines from The Year in Movies: 2006 (This Time It’s Personal).

Time once again for the Roeper Report on the good, the bad and the ugly at the movies for the last 12 months.

Don’t snore, Gore a bore no more
If Al Gore had been as funny, articulate, passionate and accessible on the campaign trail as he was in “An Inconvenient Truth,” he’d be well into his second term as president right now. The notion of Gore starring in a documentary about the environment sounded about as exciting as Karaoke Night at Dick Cheney’s house, but the provocative and controversial film scored nearly $24 million at the box office, more than various big-budget features starring Lindsay Lohan, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Hartnett and Samuel L. Jackson, among many others.

Saw that one coming down Broadway, Paul
Observing that George Clooney had a movie called “The Good German” around the same time his pal Matt Damon was starring in “The Good Shepherd,” David Letterman noted that their next project together would be “The Good German Shepherd.” Hey now!

King of all blurbs
The long-delayed “All the King’s Men” was finally released to critical disdain and nationwide apathy, grossing just $7 million despite a cast that included Sean Penn, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and James Gandolfini. Still, the ever quote-friendly Larry King claimed, “Sean Penn gives the performance of a lifetime.”

I guess that’s true if you’ve never seen Penn’s work in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Dead Man Walking,” “Mystic River” and “21 Grams” — not to mention his performance as “Sam” in the “School of Terror” episode of “Barnaby Jones” in 1979.

The Sumner of our discontent
Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone parted ways with Tom Cruise in very public fashion, saying Cruise’s “recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount.” Apparently Redstone is less concerned with the on- and off-camera conduct of the maniacs in the “Jackass” movies, e.g., Steve-O, who literally urinated on the red carpet at the world premiere of “Jackass: Number Two.”

Box off-hissssss
After months and months of Internet hype followed by weeks and weeks of “old media” desperately piggybacking on the Internet hype, resulting in the first catchphrase to get tired before a movie’s release, “Snakes on a Plane” finally hit theaters.

And we all found out it was just another B-movie featuring CGI critters stalking and munching on humans, and we all felt kinda duped by the whole Internet-hype thing.

Tardiness and Party-ness will not be tolerated
Fed up with Lindsay Lohan’s behavior on the set of “Georgia Rules,” Morgan Creek Productions CEO James G. Robinson sent an extraordinary letter of reprimand to Lohan — a letter that mysteriously made its way to the media. It read, in part: “You and your representatives have told us that your various late arrivals and absences from the set have been the result of illness; today we were told it was ‘heat exhaustion.’ We are well aware that your ongoing all-night partying is the real reason for your so-called ‘exhaustion.’ We refuse to accept excuses for your behavior.”

Note to James G. Robinson: Sir, you rock.

After the Colon: A Dopey Subtitle
In 2006, we saw the usual plethora of unnecessary, uninspired and uninteresting sequels, with a few pleasant surprises thrown in. (I actually thought the third entries in the “Mission: Impossible” and “X-Men” franchises were the strongest yet.) The only thing unusual about this year’s roster was the inordinate number of really stupid subtitles after the colon, including:

“The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

“The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”

“Underworld: Evolution”

“Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties”

“Jackass: Number Two” (OK, that’s kinda funny)

Lots of folks liked ’em; I didn’t
These mediocre films each grossed more than $60 million: “Click,” “Failure to Launch,” “Nacho Libre,” “You, Me, and Dupree,” “RV,” “Step Up,” “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” “Flushed Away,” “The Shaggy Dog.”

I liked ’em, and I think you would, too
Add the box office take of all these excellent films — some of which admittedly were never intended for mass release — and you won’t reach $60 million: “The Last Kiss,” “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party,” “Bobby,” “The Night Listener,” “Catch a Fire,” “For Your Consideration,” “Little Children,” “The Last King of Scotland.”

A couple of stiff performances — literally
The unspeakably gorgeous Paula Patton had extended scenes as a corpse in two movies — perhaps a first in the history of cinema. In “Deja Vu,” Denzel Washington and a coroner linger over Patton’s charred body and comment on her beauty. In “Idlewild,” Patton’s character is dead and laid out in a funeral home, but that doesn’t stop her heartbroken boyfriend from singing a ballad to her.

What’s their major — naivete?
After “Borat” was released and became a huge hit, two fraternity brothers from South Carolina filed a lawsuit claiming they had been plied with booze and then duped into making ignorant, sexist and racist comments. Uh-huh.

The lawsuit is pending, but in December a judge rejected the lads’ effort to block the DVD release of the movie.

The headline on CNN.com, and I’m not kidding: “Judge to ‘Borat’ frat boys: No suit for you”

Two left feet?
The “Media Matters for America” Web site noted that a Philadelphia talk show host and a Fox News Channel personality were among those ripping the animated film “Happy Feet” for having a leftist pro-environment message. Radio host Glenn Beck said “Happy Feet” was “propaganda,” while Cavuto said he found the film “offensive” because the environmental message “was shove[d] in a kids’ movie.”

A Syracuse University professor injected some much-needed perspective into the discussion when he debated Beck on CNN and said, “Of the 50,000 things affecting America’s youth today, I don’t think the penguin movie is on that 50,000.”

Meanwhile, as the Sun-Times reported, an Illinois company that manufacturers plastic six-pack rings also objected to “Happy Feet,” claiming it was “misleading and irresponsible” for the filmmakers to place a penguin character in danger due to a six-pack ring around his throat. The manufacturer explained that six-pack rings are in fact photodegradable, which means they’d disintegrate within days.

As of this writing, we have not heard from organizations pointing out that penguins don’t really sing and dance, nor are they likely to talk.

A skin-tastic list
Mr. Skin, who is to movie nudity what Kenneth Jennings was to “Jeopardy,” released his annual list of the best nude moments of the year, led by Salma Hayek’s skinny-dipping scene in the little-seen “Ask the Dust.” Other actors making the cut included Gretchen Mol (“The Notorious Bettie Page”), Jennifer Aniston (“The Break-Up”) and Kyra Sedgwick (“Loverboy”), as well as a number of actresses you’ve never heard of, e.g., Barbara Nedeljakova (“Hostel”) and Lauren Lee Smith (“Lie With Me”).

Somehow, the nude wrestling match from “Borat” and Terry Bradshaw’s full “backal” nudity in “Failure to Launch” didn’t make the cut. Apparently Mr. Skin has something against hairiness, lumpiness and sagginess.

From the Museum of Hard to Believe
You’re supposed to suspend your disbelief at the movies and just go with it. In 2006, we were asked to buy into the notion of Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as lonely women pining for love (“The Holiday”), Jennifer Aniston as a housemaid (“Friends With Money”), Matthew McConaughey as a thirtysomething bachelor who still lives with his mom and dad (“Failure to Launch”), Will Smith as a homeless man (“The Pursuit of Happyness”), Beyonce Knowles as a singer of limited range (“Dreamgirls”), Keri “Felicity” Russell as a gun-toting secret agent (“Mission: Impossible III”), and perhaps most unbelievable of all Matt Damon in “The Good Shepherd” as a government agent who’s so dedicated to his work he almost forgets he’s married to Angelina Jolie.

A year to remember
It was a good year for:

Maggie Gyllenhaal (“World Trade Center,” “Sherrybaby,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” “Monster House”)

Cate Blanchett (“Notes on a Scandal,” “The Good German,” “Babel”)

Will Ferrell (“Stranger Than Fiction,” “Talladega Nights”)

A year to forget
It was a bad year for:

Robin Williams (“RV,” “Man of the Year,” “Night at the Museum”)

Jack Black (“Nacho Libre,” “Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny,” “The Holiday”)

Robert Downey Jr. (“A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” “Fur,” “The Shaggy Dog”)

Catman
01-01-2007, 04:57 PM
^ Not a bad article.

Fanticon
01-01-2007, 05:12 PM
A year to remember
It was a good year for:

Maggie Gyllenhaal (“World Trade Center,” “Sherrybaby,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” “Monster House”)

Cate Blanchett (“Notes on a Scandal,” “The Good German,” “Babel”)

Will Ferrell (“Stranger Than Fiction,” “Talladega Nights”)

A year to forget
It was a bad year for:

Robin Williams (“RV,” “Man of the Year,” “Night at the Museum”)

Jack Black (“Nacho Libre,” “Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny,” “The Holiday”)

Robert Downey Jr. (“A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” “Fur,” “The Shaggy Dog”)

Hmmm....Maggie gets praise for having 4 movies that had moderate success and decent critical acclaim...one of which is animated...and personally I think all her roles were bland. but I haven't seen Sherrybaby.

So he's saying these actors dissapointed him acting wise? Or their movies were dissapointing boxoffice wise? This is why I hate Roeper...not even he knows what he's saying sometimes.

Robin Williams...a bad year for him would mean that not only did he enter rehab, but all his movies bombed too...BUT...his movies haven't done all that bad this year...infact it was more like a comeback...Happyfeet, NATM...and the moderate success of but by no means bombs...RV and Man of the Year. It feels more like he's back and doing better than ever.

Jack Black...okay, he may just not like him because he didn't like a single movie of his this year...but, Nacho Libre...wasn't as huge as the hype but still pretty successful, Holiday...it isn't over yet, and neither is that movies box office take...as its rounding out this weekend with over 50m and counting...there really isn't any other date movie out there right now...its all horror, family, and dramas. The movie had a big price tag, but, its performing better than last years Family Stone. Which was looked at as hit.

RDjr...well, is it okay to single him out over all the other actors out there that had poor performances and boxoffice this year? Why him...? It doesn't make any sense not to mention Scanner Darkly. Ropers an idiot.

Lazlo Panaflex
01-01-2007, 05:24 PM
Those fiends left out Little Man and RV.

Yurka
01-01-2007, 05:37 PM
Ebert will be back,but your right, I am getting used to him.Wonder if he'll take over the show if something was to ever happen to Ebert?

I think he means after Siskel died

DACrowe
01-01-2007, 06:13 PM
Little Miss Sunshine was the best film of the year (yes better than The Departed).

Of the ones I've seen on that list with Flags of Our Fathers/Letters from Iwo Jima, The Departed, Little Miss Sunshine are all good choices. The Good Shepard was enjoyable but ultimately disappointing and probably shoudl not have been on that list if it weren't for such a ****ty year for movies.

Also I feel Dreamgirls, Thank You For Smoking and even V For Vendetta earn a spot on that list over a few others, but oh well.

The Apocalypse
01-01-2007, 06:19 PM
V for Vendetta is 20 times better the United 93. That movie was so bad, I left during the middle of it. If it didn't happen in real life and someone made that idea of the top of their head no one would have seen it.

skorponok
01-01-2007, 06:52 PM
Closer is quite possibly my favourite film, ever.

:wow: Mine too

Shuley
01-01-2007, 07:14 PM
Closer had great dialogue and acting...but it's not the best movie I've ever seen.

Shuley
01-01-2007, 07:18 PM
V for Vendetta is 20 times better the United 93. That movie was so bad, I left during the middle of it. If it didn't happen in real life and someone made that idea of the top of their head no one would have seen it.

No it's not,but I would be thinking the same thing if I was your age.

Agentsands77
01-01-2007, 07:31 PM
V for Vendetta is 20 times better the United 93. That movie was so bad, I left during the middle of it. If it didn't happen in real life and someone made that idea of the top of their head no one would have seen it.
A preachy, heavy-handed popcorn film that cheapens its brilliant source material is better than a subtle, revolutionary approach to the most important historical event in decades?

And to say if UNITED 93 hadn't happened in real life and someone had made that movie would be to miss the point. UNITED 93 was made the way it was precisely because it was a real-life event. It's not there to entertain like another fictional film would be - it's there to remember an event.

dmcnx
01-01-2007, 07:38 PM
What does his age have to do with it?

Warhammer
01-01-2007, 08:08 PM
Gee Wizz.
This is only an opinion.
It's not like Apocalypse said that Little Man was better than United 93.
Besides, it's not like 9/11 is something that everyone deeply cares about.

:whatever:

DACrowe
01-01-2007, 10:02 PM
I fail to understand how someone who calls Casino Royale one of the best movies of the year can call V for Vendetta a preachy unsubtle popcorn movie.

Hunter Rider
01-01-2007, 10:09 PM
Dear god this thread is so full of self importance it's bursting at the seams:csad:

Killgore
01-01-2007, 10:18 PM
V for Vendetta is 20 times better the United 93. That movie was so bad, I left during the middle of it. If it didn't happen in real life and someone made that idea of the top of their head no one would have seen it.
Wow. Never thought of it like that. And yeah you're right. I guess that's what you call pandering. A great true story should not only be true but also function as a great story. If Schindler's List was fiction, it'd still be a phoenominal movie.

Agentsands77
01-01-2007, 10:40 PM
I fail to understand how someone who calls Casino Royale one of the best movies of the year can call V for Vendetta a preachy unsubtle popcorn movie.
You have to look at what these movies aim to be.

For what CASINO ROYALE aimed to be, it hit it dead-on, and then some. It was great. CASINO ROYALE isn't preachy, and it's not meant to be particularly subtle. CASINO ROYALE isn't a "message" film, and that's hardly a bad thing. Neither is RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, and most of us would all admit that's one of the best movies of all time.

I enjoy V FOR VENDETTA for what it is, a stylish popcorn adaptation of a great work of dystopian fiction, but it wants to be (and *should* be) so much cleverer than it is. This film wants to be up with the great science fiction works, but because it's fairly flawed, it doesn't work. For that, it gets knocked down a few points.

Shuley
01-01-2007, 11:32 PM
What does his age have to do with it?

Age does make a differance since alot of young people haven't seen or done enough in life. You'll understand what I mean when you get older.

Cyrusbales
01-02-2007, 06:42 AM
V was better than CR, and united 93 has achieved VERY little praise outside of the US, as it is rather self indulgent.

Age doen't necessarily matter about film opinions, it's more about maturity etc.

blind_fury
01-02-2007, 10:18 AM
Those list were pretty bland. Roger Ebert can't come back soon enough. :csad:

Agentsands77
01-02-2007, 12:01 PM
V was better than CR,
We'll just have to agree to disagree. I though V FOR VENDETTA was fun, no mistake, but it was almost every bit as clunky as THE MATRIX, and in the process hurt its great source material.

united 93 has achieved VERY little praise outside of the US, as it is rather self indulgent.
Funny that it was made by a non-US citizen.

Cyrusbales
01-02-2007, 12:18 PM
We'll just have to agree to disagree. I though V FOR VENDETTA was fun, no mistake, but it was almost every bit as clunky as THE MATRIX, and in the process hurt its great source material.


Funny that it was made by a non-US citizen.

my point still stands as to the audience appeal.

The Apocalypse
01-02-2007, 03:32 PM
No it's not,but I would be thinking the same thing if I was your age.

I don't think my age has anything to do with it. Hell I live in NYC and I was affected by 9/11, but its just a film. A film I found boring. Yeah i'm pretty sure it meant something to some people but I sitll think V for Vendetta > United 93.

Warhammer
01-02-2007, 05:29 PM
Age does make a differance since alot of young people haven't seen or done enough in life. You'll understand what I mean when you get older.

Say what? :confused:

Warhammer
01-02-2007, 05:32 PM
Action films aren't impossible to make.Besides The Departed is a much better film than Casino Royale,So was Rocky Balboa.

Neither are crime dramas, but Scorcese hit it gold. Martin Campbell hit it gold with Casino Royale.

Btw, I haven't seen The Departed yet, but there is one theater in my city that is still showing it. :up:

Dan33977
01-03-2007, 12:06 AM
It doesn't amaze me that most of the people who've replied to this thread haven't seen most of the films on this list.

Cinemaman
01-03-2007, 11:11 AM
Since there is no Roger Ebert Top Ten, I'll post Richard Roeper's Top 10 instead.

1. The Departed
2. The Queen
3. Flags Of Our Father/Letters From Iwo Jima
4. United 93
5. The Lives Of Others
6. Babel
7. Notes On a Scandal
8. The Good Shepard
9. Little Miss Sunshine
10. Blood Diamond

Hey, where is The Prestige, Children of Men and The Fountain? :confused: :down

kane9321
01-03-2007, 11:36 AM
the departed was totally great

primemover
01-03-2007, 02:47 PM
United 93 is an amazing peice of film, that is how to handle something like 9/11, World Trade Center wished it could be that good.

Pretty solid top 10 list, and I am sure most of the movies you guys are complaining aren't on the list are right behind that top 10.