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Midnight Poutine's Best Films of 2006 (sort of)

Posted by Omar / December 20, 2006

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Alright! So I'm a film nerd who likes to compile lists. Sue me. My rewards in heaven will include rewriting The Leonard Malten guide, but my punishment in hell will be grooming all the hair on Gene Shalit. Oh well.

The following is a compiled list revealing the sophistication and urban sensibilities of the Midnight Poutine collective. Like Voltron: Defender of the Universe, the individual tiger-robots (mp contributors) have all merged to form the body legs, arms and head of cinematic goodness. Following the mega-list, I've included all the participants' various top-tens or whatever they decided to submit.

What do these lists reveal? Mainly that 2006 was a weak-ass year for film. You know you got an uninspired year when you have to kind of borrow from films that came out on the cusp of 2005/2006. Sure there was the odd gem here and there, but there was nothing epic, no overall themes, no sense of the 'auteur.'

2007 better start kicking some ass. Anyways, here's the main list:

Midnight Poutine's Best Films of 2006 (roughly)*

1. Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris)

2. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (Michael Winterbottom)

3. The Squid and The Whale (Noah Baumbach)

4. The Departed (Martin Scorsese)

5. Cache (Michael Haneke)

6. Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck)

7. Borat (Larry Charles)

8. Brick (Rian Johnson)

9. Miami Vice (Michael Mann)

10 The Science of Sleep (Michel Gondry)

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OMAR'S LIST
(in no particular order…actually yes in particular order)

Cache (Michael Haneke)
L'Enfant (The Dardene Brothers)
Power of Nightmares (Adam Curtis)
The Squid and the Whale (Noah Bumbach)
Casino Royale (Martin Campbell)
The Science of Sleep (Michel Gondry)
Me, You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July)
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (Michael Winterbottom)
The Departed (Martin Scorsese)
Borat (Larry Charles)

Worst films with ranking descriptors

Trust the Man (rank shit)
Invicible (vincible)
Man of the Year (I'll take Time magazine over this anyday)
Let's go to Prison (instead of seeing this movie)
Pulse (dead)
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MIKE'S LIST

1. Lunacy - Jan Svankmajer
2. Half Nelson - Ryan Fleck
3. Beerfest - Jay Chandrasekhar
4. Mutual Appreciation - Andrew Bujalski
5. The Departed - Martin Scorsese
6. Tsotsi - Gavin Hood
7. The Proposition - John Hillcoat
8. Volver - Pedro Almodóvar
9. Little Miss Sunshine - Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
10. United 93 - Paul Greengrass

Worst movie of year: Confederate States of America - Kevin Willmott
Most disappointing movie of the year : Strangers with Candy - Paul Dinello
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ASMAA'S LIST

1. The Queen
2. Half Nelson
3. Caché
4. The Squid & the Whale
5. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
6. Me & You & Everyone We Know
7. A Scanner Darkly
8. Borat
9. Science of Sleep

Worst Movie: Let's Go To Prison
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MATT'S LIST

1. Miami Vice
2. Borat
3. Talladega Nights
4. The Departed
5. Little Children
6. An Inconvenient Truth
7. Prairie Home Companion
8. And that's about all I can think of - wasn't blown
away by all that much this year. If I had to round out
the ten, I think I would add in two movies that had
their North American release in 2006, but are listed
as 2005.
9. Cache
10. Tristram Shandy
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JEREMY'S LIST

I'm no movie buff, and I'm horrible at going to see new movies. But, I will say that I laughed my ass off at Little Miss Sunshine, and think that it is worth a nomination.

I also liked the indie-cred of Four-Eyed Monsters, but it's not for everyone.

Worst movies? I dunno. Don't ask me why I ended up in Invincible but it fucking sucked.'
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ANNA'S LIST

Les Amants Reguliers
Breakfast on Pluto
Brick
Good Night and Good Luck
Grizzly Man
Junebug
Little Miss Sunshine
The Squid and the Whale
Stranger Than Fiction
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story

Movies that could have been good, or that we wanted to like, or that got way more attention than they deserved:

The Break Up
Marie Antoinette
Thank You for Smoking
Brokeback Mountain
Match Point
Shortbus
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ROBYN'S LIST

I did not get to movies very much this year, so these are some films I saw that provoked my thought in 2006, in order of random.

Marie Antoinette (yes!)
Full Nelson [ed note: I don't know if she means Half Nelson or is referencing some kind of wrestling epic I've never heard of...I'm going go with Half Nelson, cause that's what she should be refering to.]
Manufactured Landscapes
Seven Samurai (old, classik)
Battlestar Galatica (not a film; whatever)
The Devil Wears Prada (fashion!)
Aguirre: The Wrath of God (old, great, classik)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
The Departed
Inland Empire (did not actually see; know i will love)
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DREW'S LIST

1. Little Miss Sunshine
2. The Squid And The Whale
3. Brick
4. Miami Vice
5. Day Night Day Night
6. Marie Antoinette
7. Sorry, Haters
8. Friends With Money
9. The Devil Wears Prada – For Meryl, only for Meryl
10. Transamerica
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FX'S LIST

B-E-S-T
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (Sam Dunn, Scott McFadyen, Jessica Joy
Wise)
Vu en 2005 au FNC, sorti en salle en 2006. D'abord un excellent
documentaire que je recommanderais même à ma grand-mère tellement le
sujet est bien traité et le propos fort instructif. Ensuite, un regard
complet et nuancé sur une culture aux racines profondes et solides qui
profite présentement d'un regain de popularité (lotsa copies of
Converge's "No Heroes" under the Christmas trees this year!) mais qui,
même lorsqu'elle retournera sous terre, continuera de s'épanouir.
Finalement, une ode au son qui a "bercé" mon adolescence et dont je ne
soupçonnait pas alors l'influence sur ma psyché.

Mutual Appreciation (Andrew Bujalski)
Le vrai cinéma indépendant américain. Celui qui tire sa force de
personnages à la fois riches et flous campés par des interprètes
virtuose du non-dit et de l'hésitation. On ne renouvelle pas la forme
mais on s'inscrit dans une belle tradition d'orfèvres fauchés qui passe
par Cassavettes, Jarmusch et Hartley.

La Science des rêves (Michel Gondry)
Je me méfie toujours de Gondry mais cet automne il m'a offert une
chronique délicieusement mélancolique qui convenait parfaitement à la
saison. Ce film donne envie de (re)tomber en amour et de se barricader
à l'intérieur pour bricoler avec sa douce-moitié en l'écoutant parler
de l'influence du postmodernisme sur l'art traditionnel javanais. Ce
film fait penser à une tasse de moka fumant. Ce film fait sourire d'un
sourire radieux, pour ne pas dire radiant.

G-O-O-D
Joe Kid on a Stingray - The History of BMX (Mark Eaton, John Swarr)
Bon petit doc vu dans le cadre du Bicycle Film Festival à San
Francisco. Un rappel toujours nécessaire que de grandes choses peuvent
naître quand des kids s'amusent dans le terrain vague au bout de la
rue. Une incitation à vivre sa vie à fond et à poursuivre ses
passions.

La Classe de Madame Lise (Sylvie Groulx)
Un regard édifiant sur le Montréal d'aujourd'hui et, peut-être , le
Québec de demain. Le germe d'une société distincte a laquelle il est
impossible de ne pas vouloir participer.

Alimentation Générale (Chantal Briet)
Faire rimer "cités" avec "humanité" et démontrer que la modernité
architecturale, économique, démographique et politique n'est aliénante
que lorsque l'on abandonne à eux-même des gens qui ne demandent qu'a
s'épanouir harmonieusement.

Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris)
Pour une raison mystérieuse, je croyais que cette épopée fantastique
d'une famille supra-dysfonctionnelle au bord de l'implosion était pour
se dérouler sur les routes de Provence!? Une fois passée la déception
de ne pas voir des Français arrogants se faire passer à la moulinette
de la supériorité américaine, j'ai finalement apprécié. Performances
savoureuses de l'ensemble de la distribution. Un peu comme aller se
balader au Festival Juste Pour Rire sur un trip Zoloft-cocaïne (en
imaginant que je sache de quoi je parle).

O-K
Dave Chappelle's Block Party (Michel Gondry)
Vraiment intéressant sans nécessairement être "engageant" (comme disent
les Anglais). Pourrais-je suggérer que Michel Gondry est encore, à ce
stade de sa carrière, plus à l'aise avec des marionnettes qu'avec des
êtres humains? Serais-ce aller trop loin? À vous de juger mais ne
manquez surtout pas d'aller vous louer Wattstax (Mel Stuart, 1973), la
version originale de ce concept musico-festif avec Richard Pryor, The
Bar-Kays, Albert King, The Staples Singers, Rufus Thomas, Melvin Van
Peebles, Isaac Hayes et bien d'autres.

Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola)
Coppola prouve encore une fois qu'elle sait admirablement bien saisir
sur pellicule ces moments hors du temps où les pensées se font
volatiles et le coeur suspend brièvement son acharnement à battre la
mesure (le voyage en calèche, en ouverture du film, en est un parfait
exemple). Pourtant, dans l'ensemble il m'a été difficile d'accrocher
et de me passionner pour les déboires de l'ingénue souveraine
interprétée par la vaporeuse Kirsten Dunst. Jason Schwatzman en Louis
XIV? Hilarant.

Shortbus (John Cameron Mitchell)
Une oeuvre habile et touchante qui arrive à éviter les écueils qui
avaient coulés le 9 Songs (2004) de Michael Winterbottom dans sa
tentative de faire un portrait franc et explicite de la foire sexuelle
urbaine contemporaine. Toutefois, John Cameron Mitchell nous offre une
vision de l'émancipation qui est ironiquement limité par sa propension
à mettre uniquement l'emphase sur l'aspect théatral de la sexualité.

Discussion

16 Comments

rrrobyn / December 21, 2006 at 03:21 pm
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oh geez, was "der squird und der whale" 2006?? i thought it was 05. i saw it, i really liked it. ohyeah whoa - "a headbanger's journey" was good too, but could've been so much better if done by someone, y'know, cool. sayin. and "full nelson" is my directorial fanfic/porn/wrestlin version debut of "half nelson" - so sue me for self-promotion, but really, i think i did a good job with the budget i was afforded. paypal me $5.75 and it too can be yrs.
Dave / December 21, 2006 at 03:21 pm
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I must say that I'm shocked to see Miami Vice on there a few times. Was it really a good movie? Everything I heard about it was very bad.

Anna / December 22, 2006 at 05:48 am
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Sorry, but "Me and You and Everyone we Know" is a 2005 release. Otherwise, it woulda made my own "Best Of," hands down.
Sara / December 22, 2006 at 11:22 am
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am i the only one that thought brick was a heavy-handed snooze? i keep hearing good things about it, but the more i think about it, the more i hated it.

i'm too much of a slacker to have sent in a list, but nice work, folks - reminded me of what i liked (metal, sunshine, nelson, children, volver) and what i want to see soon (squid, shandy, sleep).
Dave / December 22, 2006 at 01:09 pm
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Sara, I'm surprised you didn't list the Documentary "Lets Go To Prison". I figured it was a subject that you're really into.
asmaa / December 22, 2006 at 05:43 pm
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sara, i agree with you. i was phenomenally bored watching Brick and i thought the acting was ridiculous. at times, it felt like a movie made by high schoolers ... and don't tell me that was the point.
Omar / December 22, 2006 at 06:53 pm
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Squid and the Whale is technically a 2005 release as is Good Night and Good Luck, Cache and a bunch of questionable others...but that's the point. 2006 was such a weak year in film, we mostly had to dip a bit into 2005 to come up with decent lists.

That's entertainment.
iKuwait / December 23, 2006 at 01:41 am
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1. The prestige
2. borat
3. The illusionist
4. casino royale
5. little miss sunshine
6. miami vice
i cant think of anything else
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