Sep 5, 2009

A Decade in Cinema: 2006

And they are:

Grandma's Boy
Curious George
The Pink Panther
Date Movie
She's the Man
Thank You for Smoking
V for Vendetta
Inside Man
The Benchwarmers
Scary Movie 4
Just My Luck
Over the Hedge
X-Men: The Last Stand
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
You, Me and Dupree
Clerks II
My Super Ex-Girlfriend
Little Miss Sunshine
John Tucker Must Die
The Descent
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
The Illusionist
Material Girls
Jackass: Number Two
School for Scoundrels
The Departed
Employee of the Month
Man of the Year
Flags of Our Fathers
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Making Benefit of Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Stranger Than Fiction
Casino Royale
Happy Feet
Deja Vu
Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny
The Pursuit of Happyness
Night at the Museum
Pan's Labyrinth

And the standouts are:
1. V for Vendetta - Easily one of the best villains in a movie this decade and is one of Natalie Portman's best and most dedicated performances this decade.
2. Inside Man - Because Denzel Washington is awesome and his presence alone sells this movie and creates a strong intensity that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
3. Over the Hedge - One of the most underrated family movies of the decade, featuring some of the best animation I have seen in a movie (that includes Pixar's run).
4. Click - Adam Sandler's first film to challenge himself in both his juvenile humor and more adult persona. It proves to be a rocky success that ranks as one of his best.
5. Little Miss Sunshine - One of the best comedies about dysfunctional families due to unpredictable twists that don't go for laughs, but the impression that no matter what happens, families need to stick together.
6. Jackass: Number Two - Find me a film more vulgar and shocking and then I'll reconsider mentioning this movie as a highlight.
7. Borat - Sacha Baron Cohen's first attack on America creates a new level of comedy: guerilla style. He attacks normal people to expose racism and the ignorance of our culture. Sure, a lot of it is questionable, but the whole approach is inspired enough that you may as well overlook the flaws.
8. Deja Vu - One of the best movies about time travel due to a mix of science fiction with crime and suspense. Oh yeah, it also has another solid performance by Denzel Washington.
9. Pan's Labyrinth - More proof that Guillermo Del Toro is a visionary genius with organic scenery and a storyline that is dark and awe-inspiring.

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