Actually, I only saw 12 movies that were released this year, so it should be easy, right?
1. Casino Royale - So, I don't really consider myself to be a James Bond freak or anything. I mean, I'm sort of like Sean-Connery-who? But, I am still likely to see a Bond movie when it comes out. This is the first Bond movie that I can say that I actually liked since "Golden Eye." I think that one came out about ten years ago or something. In this one, I thought they did a great job on the theme song. The opening credits, in my opinion, were the best. Bond. opening. credits. ever. Definitely. And then there's the whole thing about how when I left the theater, I felt like I needed a man. If a movie can do that to me, then it must be a good movie. I really liked the character of Vesper Lynd. I almost felt like I could relate to her. But not exactly. Two thumbs up to Daniel Craig, Eva Green, and Dame Judy Dench (etc.). Two thumbs up to the realistic reactions to death, etc. by some of the characters, instead of the ho-hum approach in so many other movies. Well done.
2. Stranger Than Fiction - Okay, so the main character is an IRS auditor. He talks sweet pillow talk about tax deductions. He was anal retentive. Of course I liked it! DUH! Also, I am a fan of the wonderful Emma Thompson, so ... yeah. I enjoyed it.
3. The Prestige - It pains me to say that I liked this movie because I have heard tons of people rave about it. Raving about movies annoys me, and I like to hate the movies that people are raving about. This is not raving. I merely enjoyed the movie for the plot. Yes, I had a teensy problem with the ending, but it was still a good time. I think that one reason I liked it so well is because I saw it with fantastically fun people. I think part of the fun was figuring it out before the end. If I were to see it again, though, I sort of doubt that I would like it as well as I did the first time.
4. Nanny McPhee - Speaking of fun times, I liked Nanny McPhee. It seems like ages since I've seen it. I can only remember that I was amused by much of the film. Part of my liking for it was probably caused by my own likenings in my head of that family to my own family. The stats were essentially the same, what with the seven kids and all. Oh, and I thought that the dancing donkey was so ridiculous, and I couldn't help but laugh about it. It came out of nowhere!
5. Stick It - This movie was a little uncharacteristic of me to go see. I didn't go into the theater expecting much, and I didn't get a ton, but what I did get was laughter. I really enjoyed the movie. It didn't have a great plot, it had a very dorky ending, but I thought it was quite the fun flick. It was a good time.
6. Mission: Impossible III - I thought that the first one was fantastic. I thought that the second was one absolutely terrible, and this one was ... pretty okay. I think that I had positive reactions to this movie because I disliked the second one so much. It was probably more like a relief that it wasn't completely terrible. Still, the first one blows this one away in my mind.
7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - Well, I know that I didn't like this one nearly as much as the first one, but I think I still enjoyed the movie. It was alright. If I recall correctly, they grossed me out in this movie. I don't like being grossed out. But, still, it was okay.
8. X-Men: The Last Stand - Perhaps I should have titled 2006 "The Year of the Mediocre Sequels" or something. Once again, it was okay. It was still X-Men, so chances of my liking it were pretty high in the first place. I just wasn't altogether thrilled about the entire movie after having seen it. I'm still not sure why. It may have something to do with the culmination of all of the characters with issues, but I'm not sure. It just sort of seemed like the movie of the troubled teenagers or something.
9. The Devil Wears Prada - I thought that this movie was also okay. When I left the theater, I felt really ugly and fat. There's nothing like feeling ugly and fat after a movie! Okay, so it really was pretty good in some ways. But, in other ways, it just wasn't that interesting. I just couldn't relate, I guess. I was glad to have seen it, though.
10. The DaVinci Code - So, I guess the answer to the question that people sometimes ask me, "Don't you just love 'The DaVinci Code?'" is no. I thought it was fine. I wasn't really annoyed by anything, except for the parts when I was grossed out. It wasn't as bad as some people say, but it wasn't as good as other people say. I thought it was a very mechanical movie. It was fun because it was a sort of treasure hunt with clues and chasing, but it also seemed a little forced. And, I really hated Tom Hanks' hair.
The other two movies I saw were: Failure to Launch and The Lake House. To me, they were the "except for" movies. After having watched them, I thought that they were enjoyable, except for a, b, and c, which basically meant that they weren't that great at all. They had some really good parts, but some really, really dumb parts, which averaged out to subpar movies. Then again, they are in that genre where I typically DON'T like movies. That could have something to do with it. Yet again, maybe they were just really subpar movies.
Did you notice that I was missing something on this list? Yep, I didn't have to type out any that were just horribly painful that I had seen. There were no "The Longest Yard"'s or "Into the Blue"'s on there! And thus we see that the proverbial flipping of the bird really was a good thing in more ways than one!
And here is my short list of movies that I wanted to see, but I haven't had a chance to see yet:
-Lady in the Water
-The Pursuit of Happyness
-We Are Marshall
There may be more.
And, may I recommend a rental to you? Let me first say that only my #1 and #2 were, in my opinion, really good. The rest of those movies were just good. This rental classifies to me as really good. It is In the Heat of the Night (1967). I loved it.
*I got all the artwork from imdb.