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Re: Best of 2006

PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 6:03 pm
by A
Too bad I've only seen two films from your list arsaib. But I wasn't as impressed by Iklimler and Workingman's Death as you. I thought they were good but, besides some profound scenes, lacking, especially in the direction, as I thought Glagower didn't make the most of his extraordinary material, and Ceylan was a bit self-indulgent, and it was a let-down for me after the exceptional Uzak (2002).
I'm working on an extensive review of Iklimler btw.

Re: Best of 2006

PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 5:03 am
by arsaib4
I've started a thread on Climates, so you can post your review there. I liked Distant but -- Ceylan's eye, notwithstanding -- I don't think that it distinguished itself enough from other recent urban alienation films. I'd say that his latest is his deepest, most mature work to date.

There was no lack of documentary releases in 2006, but lamentably, most of them weren't very good. Workingman's Death stood out for its exquisite and powerful blend of content and form. Perhaps your expectations would've been met by a slightly different approach, but I think we already have those kinds of films available.

Re: Best of 2006

PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 9:43 pm
by wpqx
Well @#%$ it, I haven't seen much more from 2006, but here's my list as it stands, and probably not going to change too much.

1. Children of Men
2. Bobby
3. The Curse of the Golden Flower
4. The Departed
5. Inland Empire
6. Borat
7. A Scanner Darkly
8. Letters From Iwo Jima
9. Three Times
10. United 93

Now part of me wanted to pull an arsaib move, and group these films together, particularly the first two. One reason why I've been so slow putting together this list was that I've been debating whether I liked Children of Men or Bobby more for the last several months. I gave Children of Men the edge in terms of its cinematography, but that's not to say I didn't think Emilio Estevez pulled off a minor miracle with Bobby. My esteem for Curse of the Golden Flower might seem out of place, and in all honesty I was hoping for a little better foreign representation this year. Tsotsi was in the running almost the entire year, but cut it at the last minute for the more adventerous Three Times, which has stayed with me longer and only seems better in hindsight. Rather than a huge ridiculous list of runners up, I'll just leave it at a simple ten.

Re: Best of 2006

PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 10:52 pm
by arsaib4
As you can guess, I'm particularly happy to see that Three Times and A Scanner Darkly made the cut. Inland Empire didn't qualify for mine because it was self-distributed. It will most definitely feature on my '07 list since the DVD is coming out this year. I'm in the minority when it comes to The Departed; I was very disappointed.

You're right, this list should only recognize excellence, and I'll make certain that's the case with my "honorable mentions."

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Climates is a film you haven't yet seen. It comes out on DVD on June 26th.

Re: Best of 2006

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:25 am
by wpqx
I'll definitely be looking out for that. I'm not done with my Oscar research for the year either, but I figure six months into 2007 its time to finish up my 2006 list.

Re: Best of 2006

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 4:01 am
by arsaib4
I hear ya. My @#$! retentiveness for being thorough however has kept me from finishing mine.

Anyway, I think 2007 will end up being a great year and we'll have trouble keeping good films off of our lists like we did in '05 and '02. To be honest, I can make a pretty decent list right now (mostly foreign films though).

Re: Best of 2006

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 6:23 am
by wpqx
I've seen next to nothing this year, but between 300, Spider Man 3, and Grindhouse my number one is pretty evident.

Re: Best of 2006

PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 3:13 am
by arsaib4
Distributed Films (U.S.)

HONORABLE MENTIONS

*Rules: See my primary Best of 2006 list.
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1
Miami Vice - Michael Mann / U.S.-Ger

2
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus - Steven Shainberg / U.S.
Peep "TV" Show - Tsuchiya Yutaka / Japan

3
Duck Season (Temporada de patos) - Fernando Eimbcke / Mexico
Factotum - Bent Hamer / U.S.-Nor-Ger-Fra-Swe

4
Le Chignon d'Olga - Jrme Bonnell / France-Bel
The Forest for the Trees (Der Wald vor lauter Bumen) - Maren Ade / Germany
Requiem - Hans-Christian Schmid / Germany

5
Flags of Our Fathers - Clint Eastwood / U.S.
The Good Shepherd - Robert De Niro / U.S.

6
Fast Food Nation - Richard Linklater / U.S.-U.K.
Manderlay - Lars von Trier / Denmark-Swe-Fra-Ger-U.K.-Ned
Tristram Shandy: A @#%$ and Bull Story - Michael Winterbottom / U.K.

7
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul - Fatih Akin / Germany-Tur
Exiles (Exils) - Tony Gatlif / France-Jap

8
Buffalo Boy (Mua len trau) - Minh Nguyen-Vo / Vietnam-Bel-Fra
Cold Showers (Douches froides) - Antony Cordier / France
Hollywoodland - Allen Coulter / U.S.
That Day (Ce jour-l) - Raoul Ruiz / France-Swi

9
The Devil's Miner - Kief Davidson & Richard Ladkani / U.S.-Ger
Sketches of Frank Gehry - Sydney Pollack / U.S.-Ger

10
La Moustache - Emmanuel Carrre / France
The Science of Sleep (La Science des rves) - Michel Gondry / France-Ita
The Secret Life of Words - Isabel Coixet / Spain
Two Drifters (Odete) - Joo Pedro Rodrigues / Portugal
Who's Camus Anyway? (Kamyu nante shiranai) - Yanagimachi Mitsuo / Japan

11
Black Gold - Nick & Marc Francis / U.K.-U.S.
Dj Vu - Tony Scott / U.S.
A Prairie Home Companion - Robert Altman / U.S.
The Puffy Chair - Jay Duplass / U.S.
The Quiet - Jamie Babbit / U.S.

Re: Best of 2006

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 7:45 pm
by wpqx
I know you liked Miami Vice, but I honestly had no idea it would top your list, I suppose I should go ahead and rent the damn thing already.

Re: Best of 2006

PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 4:10 am
by arsaib4
After I watched it again, there wasn't any doubt in my mind that it would. I'm a little surprised you haven't seen it yet. A second viewing, especially at home, allows for a slightly different reading since one isn't immersed in Mann's formalism as much, which could be overwhelming at first. Miami Vice's sociocultural and political aspects also make a greater impact, and Mann's knowledge cements it (the commentary track is essential). His use of music, and not just here, is another element which isn't talked about as much. Farrell's Sonny Crockett would do well with the likes of Ford, Huston and Fuller. I think you'll like the film.