With Christmas now upon us and New Years only a stones skip away it’s that time to both look back at the year and also look forward to the next. So we have decided to outright tell you peeps what to watch, listen to, and play from this year and next. Using nothing but our own personal opinions, advanced mathematics, and a time machine made of double choc Oreos and a calculator watch we have comprised these amazing lists.
Now I’m first up to the plate with my top 5 movies of 2006 and my top 5 most anticipated of 2007 which you can check out below but also make sure you keep coming back because Jordan will be listing his top games and Ben will be listing his top Albums sometime before January 1st.
This year has had some big movies but it has also had some big flops. Superman Returns had everyone leaving the cinema thinking something along the lines of “WTF? Was that good or not?” and while Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was a lot of fun it was missing some of the charm that made the first one so great and really nobody likes an unfinished ending. So what was good? Well this was the year of the late comers and under dogs, with two of my selection coming out in the last couple of months of the year, one a small cult flick, one a kids animation and one a highly controversial film. So here is my top 5 must see films of 2006.
5. United 93
The first major motion picture to focus on the September 11th attacks United 93 has a unique directing style similar to re-enactments. Superior to World Trade Centerin many ways, United 93 differs mainly due to its realistic style where as World Trade Center just feels like another disaster movie.
4. Monster House
Monster House is a 3D animated family film that does an amazing job of not feeling like a animated film. With a great 80’s feel it echoes such great films as the Goonies and the Burbs and you would be hard pressed to find a better family film within the last few years.
3. Casino Royale
James Bond rougher, tougher and ready to kick more arses. This is 007 more realistic with less stupid gadgets and a Bond who actually makes mistakes. Casino Royale is a complete revitalisation of the series and superior in many ways to the Pierce Bronson 007 films.
This little film that came out of nowhere blew me away with it’s incredible dialogue and Joseph Gordon-Levitt superb acting. Not to mention the original and interesting style which involves a murder and high school full of students who talk like 1930’s gangsters.
1. The Departed
Martin Scorsese’s best directing since Goodfellas, a brilliant script and a cast that only comes along once a decade adds up to make The Departed the best film of the year.
Check out my review for a full critique.
This list was just as hard if not harder then this years movies simply for the fact that not only do I have to whittle the selection down to five but I also have to worry about picking a movie that ends up rivalling an Uwe Boll production. So with that in mind here is my selection of the top five must see films of 2007.
5. Hot Fuzz
Ah the converted last spot, this was really hard to pick but ultimately I went with Hot Fuzz for three reasons: It looks piss my pants funny, it�s the only comedy on the list and it�s made by the guys who brought us Shaun of the Dead.
4. Smokin� Aces
Ben Affleck, Ray Liotta, Andy Garcia, Ryan Reynolds, Jeremy Piven, Jason Bateman, and Joel Edgerton (wtf?) the cast reads like a who�s who of awesome and considering the movie just seems to be them all shooting the shit out of each other in a casino you should understand completely why this makes my list.
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Children of the 80�s everywhere prepare to either change your pants or coil up into a ball and cry as your childhood memories are destroyed. Whether or not the film turns out to be worthy of the name Transformers this movie is a massive deal, though with the recently released trailer being suprisingly awesome I decided to give the film the benefit of the doubt. Now we all know Transformers have the power, we just have to wait and see if Michael Bay has the touch.
The lord and master of the epic comic mini-series is Frank Miller and with his previous film Sin City being as huge as it was he will soon be the lord and master of the epic ancient war film as 300 is looking to bend Troy over and make it its bitch.
1. Spider-Man 3
As expected your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man has yet another sequel coming out and with the two previous movies being such comic genre defining films it is no surprise that the 3rd in the series would make the list. What is surprising is how easily it almost didn’t make number one, with so many fantastic films to look forward to this titan among comics was almost taken down by the young up and comer.
Even though I still think Billy Zane blew him out of the water in Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio has grown some titanic acting chops and the fact he can pull off a South African accent that doesn’t make me giggle like a school girl says something.
Live Free or Die Hard
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The original Die Hard is in my top five movies of all time, yes that�s right up there with The Shawshank Redemption. So to say this is a big deal is an understatement but with the so-so trailer released recently you may have to start preparing for my massive rant of bitching now.
The Simpsons Movie
Five to ten years too late.