Top 10 Films of 2006

This is a dynamic list, so it’ll be updated each time I see a film which had its world premiere in 2006 that is better than at least one of the films already on the list.

  1. INLAND EMPIRE (David Lynch)
  2. Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  3. Day Night Day Night (Julia Loktev)
  4. Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt)
  5. The Prestige (Christopher Nolan)
  6. Southland Tales (Richard Kelly)
  7. 12:08 East of Bucharest (Corneliu Porumboiu)
  8. Woman on the Beach (Hong Sang-soo)
  9. Time (Kim Ki-duk)
  10. Still Life (Jia Zhang-ke)

Other 2006 films I’ve seen

  • Away From Her (Sarah Polley)
  • Babel (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
  • Black Book (Paul Verhoeven)
  • Bled Number One (Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche)
  • Blockade (Sergei Loznitsa)
  • Borat (Larry Charles)
  • Broken Sky (Julián Hernández)
  • Bug (William Friedkin)
  • Cages (Olivier Masset-Depasse)
  • Cars (John Lasseter)
  • Casino Royale (Martin Campbell)
  • Charlie Says (Nicole Garcia)
  • Charlotte’s Web (Gary Winick)
  • Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón)
  • Clerks II (Kevin Smith)
  • Click (Frank Coraci)
  • Colossal Youth (Pedro Costa)
  • The Da Vinci Code (Ron Howard)
  • The Departed (Martin Scorsese)
  • Destricted (Marina Abramovic, Matthew Barney, Marco Brambilla, Cecily Brown, Larry Clark, Sante D’Orazio, Marilyn Minter, Gaspar Noé, Richard Prince, Sam Taylor-Johnson, & Tunga)
  • The Devil Wears Prada (David Frankel)
  • Dong (Jia Zhang Ke)
  • drama/mex (Gerardo Naranjo)
  • Dreamgirls (Bill Condon)
  • Election 2 (Johnnie To)
  • Failure to Launch (Tom Dey)
  • Fantasma (Lisandro Alonso)
  • Fireworks Wednesday (Asghar Farhadi)
  • Flandres (Bruno Dumont)
  • For Your Consideration (Christopher Guest)
  • The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky)
  • Glory Road (James Gartner)
  • Glue (Alexis Dos Santos)
  • Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck)
  • The Hawk Is Dying (Julian Goldberger)
  • Honour of the Knights (Quixotic) (Albert Serra)
  • The Host (Bong Joon-ho)
  • I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (Tsai Ming-liang)
  • Idiocracy (Mike Judge)
  • Inside Man (Spike Lee)
  • Jupiter’s Dance (Renaud Barret & Florent de la Tullaye)
  • Kodachrome Dailies from the Time of Song and Solitude (Reel 1) (Nathaniel Dorsky)
  • Kodak (Tacita Dean)
  • Lady in the Water (M. Night Shyamalan)
  • Little Children (Todd Field)
  • Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton)
  • Longing (Valeska Grisebach)
  • Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola)
  • Miami Vice (Michael Mann)
  • Mission: Impossible III (J.J. Abrams)
  • Offside (Jafar Panahi)
  • Once (John Carney)
  • Over There (Chantal Akerman)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro)
  • Paris, je t’aime (Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin, Emmanuel Benbihy, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Ethan & Joel Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Gérard Depardieu, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Alexander Payne, Bruno Podalydès, Walter Salles, Oliver Schmitz, Nobuhiro Suwa, Daniela Thomas, Tom Tykwer, & Gus Van Sant)
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Tom Tykwer)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Gore Verbinski)
  • A Prairie Home Companion (Robert Altman)
  • Private Fears in Public Places (Alain Resnais)
  • Reprise (Joachim Trier)
  • Reverberlin (Michael Snow)
  • The Right of the Weakest (Lucas Belvaux)
  • A Scanner Darkly (Richard Linklater)
  • The Science of Sleep (Michel Gondry)
  • She’s the Man (Andy Fickman)
  • Shortbus (John Cameron Mitchell)
  • Slither (James Gunn)
  • Snakes on a Plane (David R. Ellis)
  • Suely in the Sky (Karim Aïnouz)
  • Superman Returns (Bryan Singer)
  • Taxidermia (György Pálfi)
  • This Film Is Not Yet Rated (Kirby Dick)
  • 300 (Zack Snyder)
  • United 93 (Paul Greengrass)
  • Volver (Pedro Almodóvar)
  • Wild Tigers I Have Known (Cam Archer)
  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach)
  • Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (Douglas Gordon & Philippe Parreno)