Saturday, December 16, 2006

What are this year's best and worst US films?

The Rolling Stone magazine came out with its list of this year's top 10 Hollywood films.

"High five! After a box-office slump, movies made money again in 2006," Peter Travers wrote in the article "The 10 Best Movies of 2006." "Kill-me-now depression sets in only when I list the big winners (Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man's Chest; X-Men: The Last Stand; The Da Vinci Code). Luckily, it wasn't just Borat that hit pay dirt without getting slimed by formula pap. Martin Scorsese had his biggest hit with The Departed. And Dreamgirls proved a musical could have grit as well as glitz. And what of terrific movies that barely made a dime? They, too, have pride of place on my list of movies that mattered this year."

The 10 best films in the United States this year, according to Travers, are:

1. The Departed

2. Dreamgirls
3. Letters From Iwo Jima/Flags of Our Fathers
4. Volver
5. Babel
6. United 93
7. The Queen
8. Borat
9. Little Miss Sunshine
10. Prairie Home Companion

If Travers noted this year's best films, he also picked the 10 worst Hollywood films in 2006, with his remarks below. These are:

1. Bobby

Emilio Estevez tacks on RFK's assassination to a series of soapy star cameos and calls it humanism. Wrong, pal, it's risible exploitation.

2. The Da Vinci Code

Blockbuster book becomes a blockheaded movie.

3. Snakes on a Plane

The Internet hyped it, but audiences rightly spit venom.

4. x-Men: The Last Stand

Let's hope so.

5. Basic Instinct 2

So bad, you wanted Sharon Stone's legs to stay crossed.

6. The Nativity Story

The Virgin birth staged like a stuffy Christmas pageant.

7. Lady in the Water

M. Night Shyamalan loses his sixth sense for scary.

8. Click

Adam Sandler in a sentimental mood; it's like drowning in drool.

9. Death of a President

A fake doc that imagines Bush dead, and it's still boring.

10. All The King's Men

Southern-fried politics, and even with Sean Penn it's duller than dog shit.

Check out the Rolling Stone article here.

1 comment:

Reel Fanatic said...

I'd say his list is pretty accurate .. I'm definitely with him on X-3 and Lady in the Water both being simply execrable .. How in the world did M.Night fall so far so fast?

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