Massawyrm over at Aint’t it Cool News has the best and the worst movie for 2006. See if you agree; read on:
Well, it’s that time of year again. Film critic tax season. While others are taking inventory of their business’s stock or filing forms or in some way shape or form wrapping up the financial year – so are we film critics required by law to submit our “best of” lists. And frankly, just between you and me, I hate the fucking things.
Really hate the things. Big whoop. Here’s my half assed attempt to quantify film. Oh boy. Like you can actually boil down, quantify and properly order film in some way. Every year I avoid it, or in some way get out of it by compiling a “Very worst of” list. Of course, that’s hard for me this year without the free access to terrible movies I had for so long as a video store clerk. So it’s time to bite the bullet. Time to sit down and crank out a list. Of some sort.
But I can’t. I can’t list things. Look, I love film. I mean, I LOVE IT. And top 10 lists are always a pretentious gathering of the same 20-30 films put in order so someone can say “Why the fuck wasn’t THIS movie on your list? And why did you rank THIS movie over THAT one?” Which always leaves several dozen films that I really love or dug out in the cold – because they tried to do something other than garner critical acclaim. Then there are worst lists – which always turn into the worst 5 summer blockbusters said critic bothered to see – occasionally predicated with the “These aren’t the worst movies of the year per se” speech to coyly get around the fact that they skipped all of those fucking screenings. They didn’t see RV. They didn’t bother to attend Little Man. They wrote their reviews of Just My Luck before it even screened. So they’re gonna shit on Pirates and Lady in the Water instead. Classy.
No. Fuck all that. I’m gonna make this simple. I can say BEST. I can say WORST. So that’s what I’m going to do. Here is my list of the best films under certain, very specific criteria. It is my hope that through it you can A) find a film or two you didn’t see this year, but really should, B) have something to think about and discuss with someone this weekend and C) kill roughly 20 or so minutes of your day that you should probably be working or cleaning out the storm gutters during. So here goes. The best of the worst, the worst of the best and all the shit in between.
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