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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:


    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.

  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.