OK, so here is the obligatory list of end of the year favorites. Unoriginal but fun.
Let's start with movies. Being a Dad of two toddler boys and having an excessively full time job, there are a lot of good films I didn't see (Flags of Our Fathers) and a couple I shouldn't have seen (Superman Returns). But for whatever it's worth, here are a few I liked in no order.
United 93 - Wow, powerful and provocative. FIlmed with no name actors or directing pedigree, but what a wonderful film that pays respect to the heroic folks of flight "93. You have to ask yourself if you would have been as brave in that situation.
An Inconvenient Truth - Yeah, that's right! I'm a tree hugging pinko democrat! Or at least one would think so for liking this film. Why does one have to be considered "liberal" for caring about the environment? Anyway, one of the better documentaries in a while. Sorry, the penguin movie put me to sleep.
Over the Hedge - Clever and fun. Steve Carrel steals the show as a hyper-kinetic squirrel. For some reason for me more satisfying than Cars. And YES, I AM an expert on toddler entertainment.
The Fountain - Provocative and intelligent if not overly ambitious. Blockbuster ideas on an art house budget it wrestles with the eternal questions in us all. Abstract, wierd, hard to follow and I loved it. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Mission Impossible 3 - So sue me. I like the excessive blockbuster once in a while. Who am kidding, I like them all the time!!! This one is just done really well. Fun with the expected cheesy-easy ending
The Prestige - The Illusionist was good as much as I like Edward Norton, but this so overshadows it for the magician movie of the year prize. Wrought with twists and "wait a minute did I catch that?" moments.
Twin Towers - So, Oliver Stone CAN make a movie without the prerequesite political agenda. He did the country a service with this film.
I haven't seen "Children of Men" although that sounds right up my alley. I did see Apocalypto and it is just too gory to recommend albeit interesting. Saw "The Lady in the Water" and wow was that bad for M. Night (even though I secretly liked it.) Haven't seen "The Nativity Story." Does that make me an unsupportive Christian media junky? Liked "V for Vendetta" but not enough to say "Yeah, you should see this." Could the Davinci Code be more boring? Great director and actor gone really bad. Forget the material. Can anyone say "pacing"? Yikes!
So, there it is. My woefully, incomplete, uneducated, and highly pedestrian list for '06. Wait till you see my TV fav's. You discover what a geek I really am.