Hello and My Favorite Films of 2006

Okay. So the New Year in Minnesota kicked off with rain that turned to a decent snowfall. I am kicking off the New Year with a progressive move to this new blog here at WordPress. The actual address is https://thomwade.wordpress.com/ , so feel free to link or update your links if you already link to the LiveJournal. I have mainly stayed with LJ out of habit, but I can do the stuff I “need” to be able to do over here at WordPress for free. I’ll keep the LJ going simultaneously for a couple months and will announce when I am going to stop updating the Livejournal.

In the meantime, will someone provide a good explanation as to why mail delivery should be halted in the U.S. today? No disrespect intended towards Ford and his family, but is it really a “stop the delivery of mail” type situation? I mean, if it were regarding James Brown, I could understand…

The Departed Wow. Few films have had me so drawn in and caught me so off guard. The performances are spectacular, ranging from the intense (DiCaprio and Damon) to the humorous (Baldwin). Scorcese’s direction is top notch in the film and the story is full of wicked twists and turns.

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days Hard to believe a film that is almost completely an interrogation (at least an hour and twenty minutes of the film is spent in a Nazi interrogation room) could be something to keep you in your seat. Sophie and her brother distribute ant-Nazi propaganda and are caught. The film follows as the Nazi’s interrogate and ultimately try the Scholl’s for their treason. A brilliant film that shows faith in the face of adversity and persecution. Technically, this is a 2005 film, but it cam out so close to 2006 and was released on DVD in 2006, so, like L’Enfant, I am calling it a 2006 film.

Casino Royal Easily one of the best of the Bond series, and a grand reboot of the series. Judi Dench is wonderful as usual and Daniel Craig is a rough and intriguing Bond.

United 93 Truly an engaging film. It simply tells the story, it doesn’t preach any opinion, but rather lets you experience, walk a mile in the shoes of some that suffered far more than many of us did on the day of September 11th, 2001. It is, however, a bit like Schindler’s List, and by that I mean it’s well worth seeing, but it’s tough to endure.

Tsotsi A wonderfully sad and painful redemption story about a young and brutal thief who steals a car, only to find a baby is in the back seat. For reasons even he seems unable to understand, he is compelled to take the child home and care for it. The film chronicles his regaining his humanity, something that had surely seemed lost forever.

Stranger Than Fiction Will Farrell pulls a Jim Carrey and mellows out. I love the idea and found the characters intriguing. I was wondering how they would work this out by the end, and found it a positive and strong ending.

L’Enfant (the Child) A heartbreaking French film that tells the story of a young thief who stupidly sells his own newborn infant to the black market. He seeks the child out once it is clear his girlfriend doesn’t approve, she was not concerned about the money, she loved her child. He then spends the rest of the film suffering the result of his actions. His girlfriend (understandably) hates him and will not speak to him and the black marketers come back looking for their money. The wages of sin and stupid decisions are fully evident in this film.

Little Miss Sunshine A perfectly enjoyable little film and hopeful. Granted it has been pointed out that it is basically National Lampoon’s Vacation with typical indie film characters. And it suffers the same flaw that many “indie hits” suffer from. That need to be “shocking”. But the performances are great and young Olive is endearing.

Who Killed the Electric Car Both thought provoking and entertaining, this raises interesting questions regarding our willingness to seek alternative fuel sources versus oil-and just what ever happened to those cool new electric cars.

TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY Damn this was funny.

Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Just flat out fun. Not deep or emotionally resonant, but I had a great time watching it.

In case people are worried…I haven’t gotten to see Pan’s Labyrinth, the Fountain or Children of Men. So I am not dismissing those films at all.

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