2006 has been a somewhat momentous year for the film diary. In July, I moved the format into a Blog, allowing comments and RSS and the like. Of course, it’s doubtful how much value this adds to the average reader. I don’t even know that I have an average reader. Nobody really comments on this thing, period.
Well, the other momentous thing: it turns out to be the largest number of movies that I have viewed on DVD by a long shot. 117 by my count. That’s a lot of movies.
And out of that and my cinema-going experiences, I bring you my 2006 list of the best films that I have seen in both formats. Theatrically, The Proposition is probably my top choice for a new release. The gritty Australian Western really resonated in my mind considerably. And though I enjoyed the other 2006 releases, A Scanner Darkly, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Monster House, and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, most of the other top flicks were oldies/classics.
As for DVD, Chan-wook Park’s Oldboy and Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man both really blew me away early in the year. Oldboy‘s visuals and twisting story really surprised me. And Grizzly Man, despite Herzog’s insertion of himself and his commentary, still was an amazing story and was one of those documentaries that really expands itself far beyond the scope of its narrative.
Most recently, a re-viewing of the obscure horror film I Bury the Living reconvinced me of its genius with its iconic visuals and low-budget aesthetics, yet transcendent sensibility.
All in all, it was not a brilliant year, but these were the favorites, a mish-mash, as usual, of old and new, of obscure and mainstream, and utterly and completely non-comprehensive.
Take it for what you will.
Favorite Films that I Saw Theatrically in 2006
Grey Gardens (1975) dir. Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) dir. Larry Charles
Au hasard Balthazar (1966) dir. Robert Bresson
Mouchette (1967) dir. Robert Bresson
Monster House (2006) dir. Gil Kenan
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) dir. Gore Verbinski
It Came From Outer Space (1953) dir. Jack Arnold
The Unholy Three (1925) dir. Tod Browning
A Scanner Darkly (2006) dir. Richard Linklater
Army of Shadows (1969) dir. Jean-Pierre Melville
The Proposition (2005) dir. John Hillcoat
Favorite Films that I Watched on DVD in 2006
An Inconvient Truth (2006) dir. Davis Guggenheim
I Bury the Living (1958) dir. Albert Band
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) dir. Wes Anderson
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) dir. Alexandra Cassavetes
Jules et Jim (1962) dir. François Truffaut
Sherlock, Jr. (1924) dir. Buster Keaton
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) dir. Roger Corman
The Corporation (2003) dir. Jennifer Abbott, Mark Achbar
Grizzly Man (2005) dir. Werner Herzog
Oldboy (2003) dir. Chan-wook Park
2046 (2004) dir. Wong Kar Wai