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The Best (and Worst) Movies of 2006--A Collaborative Project by Dawn and Bobby

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It is really no secret that Bobby and I are movie nuts. That one of our proudest moments was managing to see three movies in the space of a little over a day. We see on average a movie a week and see nearly everything that comes out in the fantasy and horror genres and a good mix beyond that.

I try to review all of the movies we see, but as my movie review tag indicates, I am sadly behind. (I have about a half-dozen reviews rotting in WordPad that I still need to post.) This year, I wanted to remember what movies I saw, which I liked, and which I hated. And which fell between. Two years ago, I hosted the w00t Awards, and I considered resurrecting that, but that was all full of drama the first time around and too hard to manage, so instead, Bobby and I will award our own private awards to the cinematic successes and failures of 2006.

(I'm pretty sure that I'm missing some. I reviewed the ticket stubs in my wallet, my 2006 movie reviews (sadly deficient), went through IMDB's "top" lists for 2006, scrolled each of IMDB's highest-grossing lists for 2006, and walked around the new-release wall in Blockbuster. Still, I suspect I'm missing some. Bah. Hope none were notably good or bad....)

For the record, we're only giving "awards" to those that we went to see in the theatre. We saw a good many more in DVD, but it would be simply impossible for me to attempt to list those as well.

What are award criteria based on? Whether we like the movie or not. Yep. That simple. That shallow. Feel free to debate us to your heart's content.

Dawn's commentary is in black, since it's Dawn's journal. Bobby's thoughts on my picks appear in blue.

Oh The Horror
This year's horror was slim pickin' for me. Of course, I am a self-proclaimed horror connoissuer and admittedly very hard to please in this genre. I read too many stories, I suppose, that prove the potential the horror genre has, and few movies can even begin to approximate it.

2006 saw a wealth of two kinds of horror films: multilation flicks and PG-13 horror. In other words, we're deviating to either extreme. Either the movie involves gratuitous gore and violence--usually in the form of torture and mutilation--or it has been diluted to attract the under-seventeen crowd and thus is rarely scary for those of us better seasoned (read: older and crustier) viewers.

I find myself with no choice but to give this year's Best Horror award to a surprising pick: Silent Hill. Whereas the other selections are a charming glop of attempts at being creative with power tools or watered-down ghost stories, Silent Hill was truly chilling in places and by far the most creative horror movie I saw this year. If you think that this is sad--as I find myself thinking--that is perhaps a testament to this year's offerings.

Runner-up for Best Horror goes to Hostel, which certainly fits the creative-with-power-tools sub-category but deviated just enough from the torture-movie norm to catch--and keep--my attention. It was also the only movie this year that truly disturbed me (and was intended to do so).

Choosing Worst Horror is so much easier. Yes, there are more choices, but this year's Worst Horror was the worstest of the worst...that is, one of the worst movies I saw this year. Period. The Omen was a boring and not-a-bit-scary attempt to make a cute little boy appear satanic; it overused startle tactics because it didn't stand a chance of raising the audience's heartrate on its own, and I found myself cheering for the bad guys. Not a good combination. It is perhaps further proof that remakes of classic movies--horror or otherwise--are usually a Bad Idea.

Runner-up for Worst Horror goes to The Wicker Man, which was toned down to the point of stupidity. If you're going to make a movie about burning people alive, then don't try to make it rated PG-13. All those convenient camera cut-aways are as annoying as a Fells Point hon with a beehive in the seat in front of you. Sometimes, a movie has to go all the way or just not go there at all.

Bobby's Picks:
I have to agree, the Best Horror movie I saw last year was Silent Hill. The story was original, and it had some truly creepy moments (kinda sad when one considers that it was based off of a video game).
For the Worst Horror movie, I also have to agree with Dawn's choice of The Omen. What a truly magnificent piece of crap.


All 2006 Horror Movies (in no particular order): Silent Hill, The Hills Have Eyes, Saw III, The Omen, The Wicker Man, Hostel, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, An American Haunting, and The Fog.

Fantastic and Not-So-Fantastic Fantasy
For the record, I tend to be a bit liberal in categorizing movies as "fantasy." If I would class a short story as such, then I similarly class a movie.

This year's Most Fantastic Fantasy goes to The Illusionist. I thought about this movie weeks after seeing it, and it has one of the most justified twist endings I've yet to see in a movie. The movie itself is beautiful and truly, well...fantastic!

The runner-up for Most Fantastic Fantasy was perhaps one of my most anticipated movies this year: The Fountain. Blending stories within stories, some gorgeous scenes, and a beautiful score, it also managed to capture just about perfectly my idea of "afterlife." The movie tried a little too hard in places, but the end result was surprisingly thought-provoking and hopeful.

I wouldn't call any of the movies that I've listed below particularly bad. They're all very different, and I enjoyed them all. If someone gave me any of them on DVD, I would not take it back. And so I cannot offer an award for Not-So-Fantastic Fantasy this year. Let's hope that next year is similarly fortunate.

Bobby's Picks:
For my Best Fantasy movie I have to go with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. I thought the movie was really well done, and I loved the way they chose to depict Davy Jones. This would be closely followed by Eragon and Narnia, but I tend to be a bit prejudiced towards traditional sword and sorcery fantasy stories. As for Worst Fantasy of the year, I would have to say that I was very disappointed in King Kong. I guess I was hoping for a little more than what I was given in that movie.


All 2006 Fantasy Movies (in no particular order): Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia, Lady in the Water, The Illusionist, Eragon, The Fountain, and Night at the Museum.

Selling the Drama
This year's Best Drama goes to Invisible. Yep, I gave it to a sports movie. But, in my defense, I think that this sports movie goes beyond the hero winning the big game. It shows a desperate era and captures why people follow and need sports. And for a BOATS--Based on a True Story--it is relatively true to the real events. Always a plus.

Runners-up for drama include Munich and Stranger Than Fiction.

This year's Bombed Drama goes to The New World. And the runner-up is Flyboys. I mention them in the same breath because it was very hard for me to decide which was worse. And I wished to convey the degree to which I despised both of these movies. I would have them share an award, but none of the other movies are bad enough to be named after them. So they shall be named together.

I've reviewed them both elsewhere, so I'll try to keep it brief. The New World was a boring, shallow attempt at being artsy while really saying nothing new or profound. It is narrowly worse than Flyboys only because Flyboys--at least--gave you something interesting to look at. The New World mostly panned across trees or showed Colin Farrell as Colin Farrell and in need of a shave. Flyboys took a tremendous premise--a movie set in World War I, which does not get nearly the screentime it deserves--and, well, crashed it. The movie is campy, stupid, and shallow. It dishonors the real flyboys and the real soldiers who actually fought in the not-so-glitzy wars where everything is shiny and colorful and doesn't come with catchy battle cries.

Both movies should be ashamed of themselves for taking what might have been history worthy of profound and interesting exploration and making it into a steaming pile of shit.

Bobby's Picks:
Considering that I am a certified sports addict (yes I do attend AA meetings for football, baseball, and hockey fans) my drama movie of the year also goes to Invincible. The movie not only did a great job of showing the football culture of the 1970's, it also did a truly magnificent job of depicting the gritty nature of Philadelphia during the 70's. It was kind of cool seeing the way they depicted Philly because growing up  in Baltimore City a decade after the movie's setting, it was easy to relate to some of the scenes in the movie since Baltimore and Philly really are sister cities. For Worst Drama I have to agree with Dawn and go with The New World, how I wish I had those two hours of my life back.


All 2006 Drama Movies (in no particular order): Apocalypto, The Black Dahlia, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Holiday, Stranger Than Fiction, Invinsible, Flyboys, Munich, Freedomland, and The New World.

Laugh-Out-Loud (and Sob-Out-Loud) Comedy
This year's Laugh Award was as difficult to decide as the aforementioned Bombed Drama award, though for a better reason. Two of my favorite comedies ever served as bookends to this year's movie-going season. In choosing, though, I have to give it to Little Miss Sunshine. The movie is hilarious, absurd, and utterly believable. I wanted to hug and slap each character in turn. And it remains the only movie that I have found myself laughing hysterically while weeping at the same time. Weird...but awesome.

The runner-up then is The Matador, which Bobby and I saw because there was nothing else to see and ended up adoring. Like Little Miss Sunshine, The Matador succeeds because of its characters, namely the chemistry between them. It is similarly absurd and believable and hilariously funny.

The Sob Award (and I don't mean sobbing with delight) goes to the disappointing Man of the Year. Billed as a comedy, its only funny bits were those featured in the trailer. The rest was a bizarre suspense thriller...which would have been cool, if we'd gone to see a suspense thriller. But no, we went to hear Robin Williams cracking fart jokes, and the switcharoo was not appreciated.

The runner-up for the Sob Award goes to Employee of the Month, which was just...bland. It just wasn't funny, except in predictable ways. This was just not the year for movies whose titles themselves attempt to endow awards.

Bobby's Picks:
For Best Comedy my choice is easy: The Matador. This is truly one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Come on, how can you not laugh at a hit man that is having a nervous breakdown? As for Worst Comedy, I have to go with Man of the Year. The previews made it out to be something it wasn't, and as a political thriller it sucked noses.


All 2006 Comedies (in no particular order): Borat, Little Miss Sunshine, Click, A Night at the Museum, The Holiday, Talladega Nights, The Break-Up, Jackass Number Two, Accepted, Employee of the Month, Man of the Year, The Matador, and Thank You for Smoking.

A Is For...Action and Adventure
It is no secret that action movies are not my choice genre. Adventure films generally do better in being less corny but still don't tend to rate particularly high. This year, however, saw some notable exceptions.

This year, I give my A Award to Pirates of the Caribbean. While it didn't measure up to the first, it was still a good time full of action, laughs, and Johnny Depp in eyeliner. It was the only movie that we chose to see twice this year, and I enjoyed it more the second time around.

As for runner-up for the A Award, I am left in indecision. Only narrowly, I am choosing The Departed, which is set apart from the rest by just an extra notch of intensity, believable characters, and great psychological tension. Also notable were Inside Man, V for Vendetta, and, surprisingly, Poseidon.

The Inaction Award is a less difficult choice and goes without a doubt to Miami Vice,which seemed more concerned with making itself look cool than providing any sort of legitimate or believable entertainment. It shames the original series. And marks my official sickness with Colin Farrell, as though The New World alone didn't do the trick.

The runner-up for the Inaction Award goes to The Da Vinci Code, which was perhaps failed by its own hype and reputation. By the time I got to sit in the theatre and watch the movie, any surprises were no longer surprises and it didn't have much to offer beyond plot.

Bobby's Picks:
Since I already picked Pirates for my Best Fantasy movie, I have to go with The Departed  for my Best Action action movie of the year. Easily one of the best mob movies I have ever seen (and I tend to like mob movies so I have seen quite a few). Inside Man is right behind this though with yet another stellar performance by Denzel Washington. As for my Inaction Award I once again have to go with King Kong. I don't know, I just think this thing was a real bomb.


Dawn's Retort: C'mon, King Kong was worse than Miami Vice? KK might have been disappointing, but at least it doesn't kill brain cells....

All 2006 Action/Adventure (in no particular order): The Departed, V for Vendetta, The Black Dahlia, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Da Vinci Code, Inside Man, Miami Vice, Poseidon, and King Kong.

Special Awards
This year's Animation Celebration Award goes to Happy Feet, which aside from being suitably saccharine packed some of the best music I've heard in a movie in a long while and also carries a kick-ass conservation message. Also notable was Cars, but Larry the Cable Guy as a buck-toothed truck just can't equal a flock of singing and tap-dancing penguins.

Bobby's Pick: Happy Feet

This year's Soapbox Award goes to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. As global warming quickly takes the spotlight as one of the most important issues we will face in the future--and some would argue with good reason, the most important issue--this documentary provides a thoughtful and approachable introduction to the issue with some truly chilling (pun intended) statistics. Sharing the soapbox is Man of the Year, which for all of its failings as a comedy did bring to the silver screen another pertinent issue to our age.

Bobby's Pick: Once again, I concur.

The Unsung Hero Award goes to a movie that surprised me...in a good way. Perhaps it wasn't the best movie of the year but it far exceeded my expectations and provided good entertainment. This year's award goes to Poseidon, which I thought would be terribly stupid but was in fact quite tense. Not since Titanic did I have so much fun at a Big Boat Movie. Also notable was Accepted, which had all the trappings of a college comedy with a lame message at its core...and it was. But it was funny and not as bad as I dreaded.

Bobby's Pick: I have to go with The Illusionist for this category.I was pleasantly surprised by this flick. Really good fantasy story that wasn't campy or boring.

The WTF Award goes to the movie of the year that even I will admit is effed up. This years WTF Award goes to Hostel, which wasn't quite as shallow as its cousins in the mutilation-flick subgenre and was all the more disturbing for it.
Bobby's Pick: Yet again, I concur.

The Boo Award goes to a movie that took its potential, rolled it around in the mud, flushed it down the toilet, pulled it back up with a plunger, stuck it inside of Bobby's hockey bag for a week, and ran it over a couple of times with a semi on I-95. In other words, this movie had the potential to be awesome but really wasn't. This year's Boo Award goes to Flyboys, which took a great idea and made it...not so great. I've ranted at length about this movie elsewhere and will spare you now. Other disappointing movies were The New World and The Wicker Man.

Bobby's Pick: The New World. This movie makes watching Waterworld seem like a good idea (it's not, trust me).

Of course, no attempts at giving movie awards would not be complete if I didn't decide on a best and worst picture. Deciding on Worst Picture is always rather tough. There are inevitably more bad movies than good movies, but the baddest of the bad this year was The New World. And I've trashed this movie so much that I'm tired of trashing it and will hand over the trophy to my favorite movie of the year.

Bobby's Pick: See above. I would rather watch paint dry or have my eyes gouged out with hydrochloric acid than sit through The New World again.

Dawn would like to add that the bit about the HCl brings us back to the WTF Award....

And finally, this year's Best Picture was easily Little Miss Sunshine. From hilarious to heartbreaking in thirty seconds, I think that this movie actually improved my mood. It comes with my highest recommendations.

Bobby's Pick: This was really close  and it came down to Invincible and the Departed, but at the end of the day I have to go with The Departed. This movie was actually one of the best movies I have seen in a while. Awesome, believable characters and a very interesting storyline. Awesome stuff.



Here are all of the movies we saw in the theatre during 2006, in no particular order. Links will take you to their page on the Internet Movie Database.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
The Departed
The Da Vinci Code
Borat
Inside Man
Silent Hill
Little Miss Sunshine
Click
Miami Vice
Cars
Lady in the Water
The Hills Have Eyes
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
The Illlusionist
The Break-Up
Poseidon
Saw III
Apocalypto
The Omen
An Inconvenient Truth
Eragon
The Black Dahlia
Jackass Number Two
Happy Feet
The Fountain
The Pursuit of Happyness
Stranger Than Fiction
Night at the Museum
The Holiday
The Wicker Man
Accepted
Invincible
Flyboys
Employee of the Month
Man of the Year
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
The Night Listener
Brokeback Mountain
Hostel
An American Haunting
The Fog
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
King Kong
Munich
The Matador
Freedomland
V for Vendetta
Thank You for Smoking
The New World
  • Uh... wow, you guys sure go to a lot of movies! I saw like, two of those (though one wasn't in a theater), and maybe one or two other movies besides. :P

    My family almost saw Eragon as our "Christmas Family Time Movie," but Dad and I couldn't bring ourselves to want to a movie theater's ticket price for it after reading the books (of which I've probably made my rather strong opinion known in the past ;)). Was the movie any better than the reviews I've been hearing for it, in your opinion?
    • Was the movie any better than the reviews I've been hearing for it, in your opinion?

      Er, not that you'd have heard the exact same reviews for it that I have. ;) What I meant was, was it better than absolutely sucky, or at least fun to watch?
    • Eragon was a fun movie to watch. Once I go deeper, as someone who takes the fantasy genre seriously (wow, what an oxymoron!), every bit of it had been done so many times before. It was very predictable. Cliche, if we're being mean.

      But, to borrow the words of a critic I read while researching for my Big Animal Movie rant the other day, it was a good "popcorn movie."

      It was funny, though, because coming out of the theatre, we were behind a boy of about eight, and he was mad. "That," he said of Eragon, "was actually worse than Harry Potter!" Dude, at that age, anything with color and motion could hold my attention. I called him a little Roger Ebert. :)

      Bobby and I chatted about the movie afterwards, and we both agreed that we will forever be tainted by LotR, and there will simply never be another LotR for us. Eragon moved much too fast for me; I never felt immersed in the world, and even now, reflecting back after having seen it about a month ago, I feel no lingering emotion towards it. Even five (!!!) years after seeing FotR, I still get this quivery, nostalgic feeling for that world; it is something that I don't believe that I'll ever lose. And so fantasy movies forever after will lose part of their magic. :^/ Plus, it's always jarring to hear how far away a place is and--next scene!--you're there. I realize that Eragon entertained a different audience than LotR, but part of the magic of fantasy, for me, is being able to just roam around in these magical places, not to feel like a movie version of Supermarket Sweep...with dragons. "How many things can I grab in these two hours! Off we go!"

      A far better fantasy--though not sword-and-sorcery--that came out around the same time was The Fountain. I found it a little overwrought in places, but it was a beautiful movie...and the only other time I've seen my beliefs on the afterlife portrayed so well. I told Bobby after that one, "If I die before you, I want you to plant a monkey ball on my grave." Hee!
      • Eragon was a fun movie to watch. Once I go deeper, as someone who takes the fantasy genre seriously (wow, what an oxymoron!), every bit of it had been done so many times before. It was very predictable. Cliche, if we're being mean.

        Sounds like I was expecting--the previews made me kind of want to watch the special effects and eye candy and just zone out and watch a fantasy movie (bad or good), but I know the story, and it's like, Star Wars in Middle-Earth meets Dragons and Other Fantasy Things the Writer Liked, and not in a way that makes the story feel all that fresh or interesting. Ah well.

        Bobby and I chatted about the movie afterwards, and we both agreed that we will forever be tainted by LotR, and there will simply never be another LotR for us.

        Yeah, there probably won't be one for me, either... LotR felt more like an event than a movie when it was coming out in theaters, if that doesn't sound too silly. And I don't mean "event" like in a "nerds will dress up in costumes for the first showing" way--I mean like it was something that happened, or a place we went, rather than just a movie a lot of people saw and liked. (Haha, that almost sounds spiritual. I don't mean that to sound too serious, but I hope you get the point ;))

        A far better fantasy--though not sword-and-sorcery--that came out around the same time was The Fountain.

        I'll have to check it out!
        • I totally know what you mean about LotR, and you said just what I was feeling...only you said it much better!

          Speaking of freakin' awesome fantasy, Bobby and I got to see Pan's Labyrinth tonight...finally. Let's just say that after the Big Animal snafu, this one completely healed my soul. It was awesome!
  • Dang, you see a lot of movies. This probably comes from a combination of living conveniently close to a movie theater and having money.

    I didn't see nearly so many movies in the theater (the viewing schedule for my Global Film Musicals class probably equals that number), but I did see one very nice documentary that you should watch if you can get your hands on it:

    Sisters In Law.
    • I have made a mental note of it! Thanks for the rec!

      Going to the movies is a hobby of ours. That's how we justify how much money we spend on movie tickets. But it really is something that we enjoy and we save a ton simply by not buying concessions (or sneaking in a bottle of soda in my ginormous purse) and also from having our old student IDs, which conveniently, do not have dates on them.
      • I like watching movies, but I usually watch them on DVD. The theaters here are mostly too far away and too expensive to go often. There's Doc Films (the University film series), of course, but so far, I haven't been real tempted by many of their theme nights.

        We just started another movie in Hebrew class, Mivtsa Yonatan (Operation Thunderbolt in English). It's an Israeli film about 1970s terrorism, featuring Klaus Kinski, who is one of the world's greatest cinematic madmen, as the head terrorist. . . who knew it could be such a terrible movie? The dialogue, for all its multi-lingual glory, is cheesy, the music is jarringly inappropriate, the cinematography looks like a home movie, the stage direction is so clichéd you could cry, the characters aren't even well-rounded enough to qualify as stereotypes, and Kinski is depressingly sober.

        And, to top it all off, although it's Based On A True Story, the basic plotline is the Idiot Plot. How do the terrorists manage to get suitcases full of weapons onto an Air France plane leaving from Tel Aviv? Simple. They get in the security line (in Tel Aviv, remember), which has metal detectors and baggage X-rays. One terrorist waltzes merrily through a door conveniently marked "High Voltage," flips a switch, and the power in the whole airport goes off.

        So, what do the security screeners do about this? The security screeners in a country that, even in 1977, was the most paranoid country in the world? The country that had watched much of its Olympic team gunned down by international terrorists five years earlier? The country that had invested many shekels in the fancy-schmancy security equipment in this airport? What did these security screeners do, faced with a sudden power outage? "Okay, everyone, trundle on through the gates without so much as a pat-down! Get-out-of-security-free checks for all! Have a nice day!"

        And this is why the audience lets out yawns and snores of excitement when the terrorists finally do get around to taking over the plane. Don't see this movie.
  • Great comprehensive list, Dawn. I haven't seen all of the flicks you reviewed but I liked The Illusionist and Silent Hill a lot. My sister and I have just seen two incredible movies this year so far: namely; Notes on a Scandal and Pan's Labryinth. I recommend both of them enthusiastically.
    • Holy crap, Bobby and I saw Pan's Labyrinth tonight! We've been chomping at the bit to see it, but it only arrived in B'more this weekend...of course we had to see it. It was awesome: a spectacular story and surprisingly dark too. I cringed at many points, and I think that the monster (you know which one I mean, with the fairies) might be the scariest ever.

      So do you think that the fantasy world was real, or was it all in her imagination? :^D

      And we saw The Illusionist based on your recommendation, and it was among both of our favorites last year. So thank you! I'll keep a lookout for Notes on a Scandal; I'm also looking out for The Last King of Scotland based on my sister's rec.
      • Yes. Awesome, awesomely dark film.

        So do you think that the fantasy world was real, or was it all in her imagination? :^D

        I have to go with the second choice, even if it is the pessimistic one. However, when I posed the same question to my sister today, she replied "No! No! No! It was real! It had to be real! Sometimes the easiest explanation is not the real one!"

        I love that this film was so well done that there is no clear explanation. Even if I believe that it was an imaginary world that she could escape to out of the horror of the real one, it at least would have been a comfort to her at the end, just before she...well, you know.

        And OMG! We were going to see "The Hitcher" today but the paper screwed up the times and we couldn't go to it because we would have been too late. So we saw "Children of Men" instead. OMFG! What an incredibly harrowing, dark as hell, brilliantly produced and acted movie! You HAVE TO see it, Dawn! And then review it, please review it! It is science fiction. Bobby will love it. Lots of action as well and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Oh yes, and I NEVER cry at movies! But I had tears streaming out of my eyes at this one!

        A MUST-see!
        • Children of Men is on our list! I've heard that it's fantastic--and you're assertion underscores it even more since I trust your judgment on movies--and I've wanted to see it for weeks. And sadly, we chose to see the complete waste-of-time-and-brain-cells that was Primeval, thinking it would be a horror movie and it was a fucking Big Animal Movie, instead of CoM. Gah!

          We'll be seeing CoM this Friday, methinks. :)
  • Shall we push the limits of the comment thingy?? ;-)

    An American Haunting

    Never did get around to seeing this one, and I'm a fan of the Bell Witch story!! Call me crazy, but even if I did have the nerve at one point to go and see it, I lost it somewhere and never did. If I ever see any type of horror flick, it has to be in broad daylight. I will not suffer two weeks of nightmares ever again (so says the child who had nightmares of Ghostbusters, Gremlins, and Poltergeist - which I didn't really set eyes on in the first place)...

    For my Best Fantasy movie I have to go with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. I thought the movie was really well done, and I loved the way they chose to depict Davy Jones. This would be closely followed by Eragon and Narnia, but I tend to be a bit prejudiced towards traditional sword and sorcery fantasy stories.

    In total agreeance with Bobby on this one. And in every case, I went to the very first screening, which was a midnight showing. A neat trick when one gets off work at 20 til.... I've heard that Eragon - the movie - doesn't quite follow the book, at least, not a good lot of the time. The same could almost be said of LotR and Narnia. And I'll be one of the first to say: "Who cares?" It's a movie for gosh-sakes, and as such, is meant for entertainment purposes only. I enjoyed it immencely. Who cares is Arya was raven-haired in the book? I loved seeing the red hair! Nevermind that I'm biased and a redhead myself... LOL!

    I will also whole-heartedly agree with any scathing remarks about Colin Farrell. I don't know what it is about him, but he gives me the heebie-jeebies.

    Bobby said: This movie makes watching Waterworld seem like a good idea (it's not, trust me).

    Hey, now! *I* happened to like Waterworld. I might be the only one in existance to actually like it, but I do. The same could be said about First Knight...

    I also happened to like The DaVinci Code. It has been forever since I had last seen Tom Hanks in anything (iirc, I last saw him in Forrest Gump), and he impressed me again. I also liked the story, which almost throws a monkey wrench into everything a Christian believes - Jesus and Mary Magdalene... married w/children?? That in itself was enough to get me in to see it, just to see if any holy rollers would get all fired up over it. No one did, but still...

    I should read the book. Eventually.

    I didn't see near as many movies as you guys did, but the ones I did see were great! And I have a better appreciation for Larry the Cable Guy... LOL! ;-)
    • Never did get around to seeing this one, and I'm a fan of the Bell Witch story!!

      I remember talking with you about going to see it at the same time in broad daylight, different cities! As far as scary movies go, it's not that scary. Then again, look at my list; I'm a bit desensitized. *ahem* So I wouldn't listen to me, if I were you. I actually wish that they had made it R-rated because the ending (which I won't reveal unless you want me to) was handled entirely through euphemism, like, "We're hoping this goes over the kiddies' heads, but you grown-up folks know what really happened" *winkwink.* It's like, dude, if you're going to have that sort of ending, don't make it a movie for kids!

      And I'll be one of the first to say: "Who cares?" It's a movie for gosh-sakes, and as such, is meant for entertainment purposes only.

      I haven't read Eragon yet; likewise, it had been years since I'd read Narnia when I saw the movie and I'd never read LotR either before the movie! So I can't comment on "canon," but I agree with you: a movie and a book are different things. I think it's necessary sometimes that they be different. As long as the movie works and the book works, I don't see why it's a big deal if they're different.

      I don't know what it is about him, but he gives me the heebie-jeebies.

      Lol! I think we've had this conversation before! :^D

      Hey, now! *I* happened to like Waterworld. I might be the only one in existance to actually like it, but I do. The same could be said about First Knight...

      I don't know that Bobby's actually seen Waterworld, actually.... :^P

      I do know that he adores First Knight, though! We have to watch the DVD every now and then.

      I also happened to like The DaVinci Code.

      I think that what ruined The Da Vinci Code for me was simply knowing too much. When the book was first released, before it got really hyped, my cousin read it and so I knew all of the religion-related theories years before the movie was released. There were few surprises in the movie for me.

      And I see Tom Hanks' movies all the time because my mom has the hots for him, so we often take her to see them. We were going to take her to see Da Vinci Code too--the date was scheduled and all--but she hurt her back and couldn't sit in a movie seat for that long. Boo.

      But I'm with you on the holy-roller stuff; that alone made me want to give my money to that movie, knowing that it pissed the fundies off. :^P
  • Oh my, I didn't like Invincible AT ALL. I watched it on the plane this autumn and, although I thought it was very gritty and real, the structure was deplorable and really ruined it for me. I thought the exposition was forced, there was no denouement... ugh. (IMHO YMMV, of course) *Vomiting in my hand*

    You two saw a lot of movies last year though! :-P
    • We agree on most things so we're doomed to disagree every now and then. Kind of like GoH in AC. ;) I loved it; you hated it.

      We did see a lot of movies! It was almost embarassing to admit exactly how many; we've seen two already this year.
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