best year-end movie list

The Village Voice has fired everyone great in its film section except J. Hoberman. Thankfully, the Voice’s critics poll is being carried on by indiewire. I didn’t see a lot of their list, but my longstanding trust in this poll is borne out again this year: Army of Shadows, Half Nelson, 49 Up, United 93, Dave Chapelle’s Block Party and Old Joy were some of the few good movies I saw this year, amidst overpraised mediocre same-old same-old like Last King of Scotland and the Queen and Little Miss Sunshine and Infamous and Little Children and Prairie Home Companion. I didn’t see the product-placing James Bond or the Clint Eastwood movies, but I’ll still lump them with the crap, based on franchise histories of macho simple-mindedness.

The VV/indiewire list makes me even more psyched for Children of Men. Hoberman compared it to 12 Monkeys which I love and I also loved Y Tu Mamá También (same director). And then, like gorgeously smoldering icing on the dystopic cake — Clive Owen!

3 Comments so far

  1. kmcleod on December 30th, 2006

    This two-for-one treat is no longer available at bmwfilms.com, but perhaps it can be ordered through Amazon:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338768/

    Brown’s music has been going through my head all week–even during the Saddam execution footage (“The Big Payback”).

    “Children of Men” is playing at only one theater in the entire Md/Va/DC area. You go see it first, Virginia, because, despite eveything, a part of me worries that “the world is sterile, and a black girl STILL becomes a babymomma” will be the unintentional subtext…

  2. Etienne on December 30th, 2006

    BMW’s Beat the Devil with Clive Owen and Mr. James Brown is, but of course, on YouTube.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p29JFy0sSy0

  3. virginia on December 31st, 2006

    And Gary Oldman too! I guess the BMW ad part is you can hit a speeding train and survive?

    I wonder what Clive and Gary and JB got to be in this.

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