[Best of 2006]

Best feature: Children of Men

Runners-up: The Death of Mister Lazarescu, Little Miss Sunshine, Pan’s Labyrinth, Volver

Most Beautiful: The Prestige, Pan’s Labyrinth

Best Remake: The Departed

Best Reinventions: Brick, Casino Royale

Movies that reached in and grabbed my heart: The History Boys, Little Miss Sunshine, The Science of Sleep

Best of SIFF: C.R.A.Z.Y., Go West, Perhaps Love, Wristcutters: A Love Story.

Best Queer Movies: C.R.A.Z.Y., Go West, The History Boys

Best stuff I saw in 2006 that really came out in 2005, and no one else saw anyway: The New World, The Three Burials of Meliquiades Estrada, Tsotsi

Stuff wot I haven’t seen yet that might have fit an above category: The Last King of Scotland, Little Children, The Lives of Others, Letters from Iwo Jima/Flags of Our Fathers, The Queen, Venus.

Most fun you can have in a theater: Snakes on a Plane, Stick It!, Take the Lead

Best Guilty Pleasure RomCom: A Good Year

Worst movie that wasn’t PotC2: Trust the Man. I still get angry when I think about it.

[2005 film wrap-up]

Best feature: Capote.

Runners-up: Everything is Illuminated, Transamerica, Walk the Line.

Best documentary: Murderball.

Other good stuff: Batman Begins, Brokeback Mountain, Goodnight and Good Luck, A History of Violence, Mirrormask, The New World, Serenity, The Squid and the Whale, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

The best movies no one else saw: Cinderella Man, In Her Shoes, Jarhead, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

Best ride: Kamikaze Girls.

Movie I was most surprised that I enjoyed: Madagascar.

Most woefully overlooked by the Academy: Nine Lives, for Robin Wright Penn.

[2004 film round-up]

Top . .nine films in alphabetical order: Before Sunset, Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Five Obstructions, Hero, The Incredibles, Saved!, Sideways, Touching the Void.

Honorable mention: Coffee & Cigarettes, Dogville, Garden State, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, A Home at the End of the World, Last Life in the Universe, Napoleon Dynamite, Shaun of the Dead, Spanglish, Twist, & Infernal Affairs.

[2003 film round-up]

Features, in no real order: American Splendor, The Event, House of Sand & Fog, Lost in Translation, Whale Rider, Return of the King, Master & Commander

Also: Thirteen, The Magdalene Sisters

Documentaries: Capturing the Friedmans, Spellbound

Animated: Triplets of Belleville

Musical: Yes Nurse, No Nurse

Shorts collection: 9’11″01

[2002 film round-up]

Best feature: The Pianist

Runners-up: The Business of Fancydancing, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Talk to Her, City of God,Spirited Away.

Jury prize: Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, Punch-Drunk Love, Lovely and Amazing, The Good Girl, About Schmidt.

Best documentary: Bowling for Columbine, Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns.

Sexiest: Secretary, Y Tu Mama Tambien.

Gayest: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Best musicals: 8 Women, The Happiness of the Katakuris, Chicago.

Second best John C Reilly movie: The Hours.

Best popcorn movie: Spider-man, Catch Me if You Can.