I can’t trust it either, however these film jewels came out 10 years prior, plus or minus a couple of months. From the abnormal, to the excellent and unpretentious, 2006 was a changed, intriguing, and tremendously strong year to invest some energy at the films.
I have chosen the best movies of 2006, in light of basic praise, crowd reaction, resilience, and film industry achievement. This is definitely not a far reaching list, however I attempted to make a shifted rundown of 10. Love them or scorn them, these are the absolute best movies of 2006.
Here is my Top 10 Movies of 2006 :
A remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film “Infernal Affairs”, “The Departed” is a star-studded winner of grit and action. Directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg, with Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson and Alec Baldwin in supporting roles.
A critical and commercial success, “The Departed” won many awards, including four Oscars. These were Best Picture, Best Director (a first for Scorsese), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing. Wahlberg was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
The film takes place in Boston, where Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) plants Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) as a mole within the Massachusetts State Police, while the police assign undercover state trooper William “Billy” Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) to infiltrate Costello’s crew. When both sides realize the situation, Sullivan and Costigan each attempt to discover the other’s identity before their own covers are blown.
Edward Zwick is a director who is not afraid to take risks and do stories that challenge us to take another look at the ethical choices we make in our lives. Blood Diamond is set in 1999 in Sierra Leone where a fierce civil war has killed thousands of innocent civilians and driven more than a million people out of their homes and villages and into refugee camps. In an interview, Zwick has said:
“To me this movie is about what is valuable. To one person it might be a stone; to someone else, a story in a magazine; to another, it is a child. The juxtaposition of one man obsessed with finding a valuable diamond with another man risking his life to find his son is the beating heart of this film.”
Written and directed by Alfonso Cuaron, “Children of Men” is based off the 1992 novel of the same name. The film takes place in 2027, where two decades of human infertility have left society on the brink of collapse. Illegal immigrants seek sanctuary in the United Kingdom, where the last functioning government imposes oppressive immigration laws on refugees.
Clive Owen stars as civil servant Theo Faron, who must help a refugee (Clare-Hope Ashitey) escape the chaos. “Children of Men” also stars Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Charlie Hunnam. It received acclaim for its gripping story, the gorgeous yet bleak cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki, and its innovative single-shot action sequences.
First premiering at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, “Little Miss Sunshine” was the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by first-time writer Michael Arndt.
The movie stars Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin and Alan Arkin, and was produced by Big Beach Films on a budget of US$8 million. Its distribution rights were bought by Fox Searchlight Pictures for one of the biggest deals made in the history of the festival.
“Little Miss Sunshine” was a big box office success, grossing an international total of $100.5 million. It was also critically successful, earning four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, and won two; Best Supporting Actor for Alan Arkin and Best Original Screenplay for Michael Arndt.
One of three films in the same year to tackle the world of stage magicians, “The Prestige” is the best of the three. Christopher Nolan writes and directs this story that follows Robert Angier and Alfred Borden, who are rival stage magicians in London at the end of the 19th century.
Obsessed with creating the best stage illusion, they engage in competitive one-upmanship with tragic results. The film stars Hugh Jackman as Angier and Christian Bale as Borden, and the late David Bowie as Nikola Tesla.
The cast also includes Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Piper Perabo, Andy Serkis and Rebecca Hall. The film received positive reviews and strong box office results, garnering Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Like a lot of Nolan’s work, it is popular with audiences, holding a 8.5/10 audience rating from IMDb, ranking it at 51 on the site.
It is the year 2020. A virus runs wild in the world, most Americans are dead, and Britain is ruled by a fascist dictator who promises security but not freedom. One man stands against him, the man named V, who moves through London like a wraith despite the desperate efforts of the police. He wears a mask showing the face of Guy Fawkes, who in 1605 tried to blow up the houses of Parliament.
On Nov. 5, the eve of Guy Fawkes Day, British schoolchildren for centuries have started bonfires to burn Fawkes in effigy. On this eve in 2020, V saves a young TV reporter named Evey from rape at the hands of the police, forces her to join him, and makes a busy night of it by blowing up the Old Bailey courtrooms.
“V for Vendetta” will follow his exploits for the next 12 months, until the night when he has vowed to strike a crushing blow against the dictatorship. We see a police state that hold citizens in an iron grip and yet is humiliated by a single man who seems impervious. The state tries to suppress knowledge of his deeds — to spin a plausible explanation for the destruction of the Old Bailey, for example. But V commandeers the national television network to claim authorship of his deed.
“The Devil Wears Prada” is being positioned as a movie for grown-ups and others who know what, or who, or when, or where, Prada is. But while watching it I had the uncanny notion that, at last, one of those books from my childhood had been filmed.
Call it Andy Sachs, Girl Editor. Anne Hathaway stars, as a fresh-faced Midwesterner who comes to New York seeking her first job. “I just graduated from Northwestern,” she explains. “I was editor of the Daily Northwestern!” Yes! It had been a thrill to edit the student newspaper, but now, as I walked down Madison Avenue, I realized I was headed for the big time!
Andy stills dresses like an undergraduate, which offends Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), the powerful editor of Runway, the famous fashion magazine. Miranda, who is a cross between Anna Wintour, Graydon Carter and a dominatrix, stands astride the world of fashion in very expensive boots. She throws things (her coat, her purse) at her assistants, rattles off tasks to be done immediately, and demands “the new Harry Potter” in “three hours.” No, not the new book in the stores. The unpublished manuscript of the next book. Her twins want to read it. So get two copies.
“Casino Royale” was the reboot of the James Bond series, with a new Bond, new storylines, and a new timeline. It was the first to star Daniel Craig as 007 and it marks the third adaptation of the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. “Casino Royale” is set at the beginning of Bond’s career as Agent 007, just as he is earning his license to kill.
After preventing a terrorist attack at Miami International Airport, Bond falls in love with Vesper Lynd, the treasury employee assigned to provide the money he needs to bankrupt a terrorist financier, Le Chiffre, by beating him in a high-stakes poker game. The film’s cast includes Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, and Judi Dench as M.
It received positive critical response, with reviewers highlighting Craig’s reinvention of the character and the film’s departure from the tropes of previous Bond films. It earned over $600 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing James Bond film until the release of “Skyfall” in 2012.
Writer and director Guillermo Del Toro’s masterpiece, “Pan’s Labyrinth”, or originally known in Spanish as “El Laberinto del Fauno (The Labyrinth of the Faun)”, is an award-winning piece of dark fantasy. The story takes place in Spain in May–June 1944, five years after the Spanish Civil War, during the early Francoist period.
The narrative of the film intertwines this real world with a mythical world centered on an overgrown abandoned labyrinth and a mysterious faun creature, with whom the main character, Ofelia, interacts.
Ofelia’s stepfather, the Falangist Captain Vidal, hunts the Spanish Maquis who fight against the Francoist regime in the region, while Ofelia’s pregnant mother grows increasingly ill. Ofelia meets several strange and magical creatures who become central to her story, leading her through the trials of the old labyrinth garden.
“Pan’s Labyrinth” received universal acclaim, receiving a 98/100 score on Metacritics, making it Metacritic’s highest-rated film of the 2000s and the second highest-rated movie of all time.
In “Night at the Museum,” gigantism rules. This season’s answer to “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” it’s an overstuffed grab bag in which lumps of coal are glued together with melted candy.
Yes, the bag does hold some clever robotic toys, but many are broken. If you were to line up the niftiest thingamajigs created for this tale of a would-be inventor-turned-night-watchman, you might have something resembling “ ‘Jumanji’ Meets ‘The Wizard of Oz’ With a Dash of ‘Home Alone.’ ” But the fable arrives smothered in an uneasy blend of wisecracks and pallid inspirational blather.
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