2006: My Top 10 Movies
Stephen King's got his big-screen honor roll -- but notes when he's got the choice between going out to the cineplex or staying home at the TV, these days the small screen often wins
SPIES AND SNAKES
Jackson and Daniel Craig brought the star power to
two of the 10 pics on King's list of his 2006 favorites
10. The World's Fastest Indian Anthony Hopkins as a motorcycle racer. What else do you need to know? Oh, the movie's great — funny and moving.here's my list of the best I've seen since last December. Not a critic's list, remember; I'm just another schlub in the popcorn line.
9. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Frakkin' horrible title. Great movie. Tommy Lee Jones channels Cormac McCarthy...and it works.
8. Waist Deep This is old-school urban action, honey, the way they don't hardly make 'em no more. Starring the immensely likable Tyrese Gibson.
7. Snakes on a Plane You got your basic snakes on a plane, you got Samuel L. Jackson doing his thing, and a good-humored, high-tension script that recalls the first two Bruce Willis Die Hard pictures. So, hey — what's not to like?
6. The Illusionist Two movies featuring magicians from the early 1900s came out this year. I saw both, liked both. What made The Illusionist special for me was Edward Norton dueling with Paul Giamatti, and an ending that compelled me back into the theater at once to see how I had been tricked.
5. The Descent The best horror movie of the year, beyond doubt. Possibly because the main characters are all adults, for a change? The sense of doom-laden claustrophobia this movie generates is intense and remarkable.
4. Casino Royale I came out of the theater thinking it was the best Bond since Goldfinger. A subsequent viewing of Goldfinger — for this column — has convinced me it's the best Bond ever.
3. The Departed Ensemble ''star power'' movies hardly ever work, but when they do, they can be cool. The Departed is can't-take-your-eyes-off-it entertainment. Matt Damon continues to amaze me with his versatility.
2. United 93 If this emotionally wrenching docudrama isn't nominated for Best Picture, the Academy should be ashamed of itself.
1. Pan's Labyrinth I happened to see this in July and was completely seduced by its beauty and emotional ferocity. Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Mimic, Blade II) directed, and to call this his best work isn't enough. I think this extraordinary R-rated fairy tale for adults is the best fantasy film since The Wizard of Oz. And while it's much darker than Wizard, it still celebrates the human spirit. Your Uncle Stevie thinks you will see this movie.
I've posted threads about most of the films on my list already
but here's 10 of mine (in no particular order):
Little Miss Sunshine
Half-Nelson - Ryan Gosling's performance is amazing
and honorable mentions to:
Best animated film - 'CARS'
'Bug' - Ashley Judd gives a dazzling, strange brave performance
'The Dead Girl' - the ensemble cast is star-studded and makes this film hum
What are your Top 10?