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Best of 2006: The Movies
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It was a tough year to compile a list of the best movies — even tougher to pick the best geeky movies. Why? Because most of the movies of ’06 sucked. Didn’t you notice? These 10 genre movies, however, didn’t make us wretch — in fact, in most cases we actually enjoyed ourselves. Here are the best geek movies of 2006. Drum roll, please…

10. The Illusionist

This would have been crowned the best magician movie if only The Prestige hadn’t come along (see #4). Even so, Edward Norton shines as the title character who proves he’d do anything to get the woman he loves.

9. Nanny McPhee

Who knew that watching a magic-wielding, wart-ridden nanny torture seven bratty kids into behaving properly could be so endearing?

8. V for Vendetta

V was the coolest looking hero to grace the silver screen in ’06. But beyond the coolness factor, V for Vendetta is one of the smarter comic book adaptations to come along in a long time.

7. A Scanner Darkly

Cool animation, brilliant performances, and faithful to the original Philip K. Dick novel. Now we can forgive Keanu Reeves for The Lakehouse.

6. Superman Returns

Director Bryan Singer brings over his X-Men magic and delivers a wonderous addition to the Superman franchise. Now we can finally put Superman IV behind us.

5. Casino Royale

James Bond is back and he’s more badass than ever. Daniel Craig gives a riveting performance. Now let’s see some more.

4. The Prestige

Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale shine as rival magicians. This movie has twists and turns you definitely won’t see coming, but the magic of this film is what’s left to the imagination.

3. Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest

It’s got everything you want in a swashbuckling blockbuster: action, adventure, battles, treachery, intrigue, supernatural monsters “” and PIRATES! Oh yeah, and a little someone named Johnny Depp.

2. X-Men: The Last Stand

You can’t help but love the mutant X gang in action, even when they’re fighting each other. This third installment has some of the best display of mutant powers in the franchise, especially when Dark Phoenix rises.

1. Borat

Borat is hilarious, shocking, irreverent, and like nothing you’ve ever seen in a mainstream American movie. Others will try to make a funnier movie, but they don’t have much of a chance. Chenquieh, Sacha Baron Cohen!

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Slither, Happy Feet, Nacho Libre, Monster House

BEST NON-GEEK MOVIE:
Little Miss Sunshine

5 Comments »

  1. V for Vendetta at 8? No way. And where’s Inside Man!? And, yeah, “Pirates” was huge at the box office, but I would definitely not put it in the top ten ’06. Also, Superman Returns. Yeah, amazing. X-Men. Yeah, all right. I think Superman is in the top three of the year, for sure.

    Comment by Jess — December 22, 2006 @ 12:26 am

  2. Hey, where is that movie that I really likes?? And why is that movie that I didn’t like at alls because I thinks it was bad on this list? Jezu, and how could you rank that movie so highlys and that other one so lows on your list of movies in the numbers order?

    I am not in as agreeing with how you choose to ranks them. I will berate you with my mind for an undetermined amount of time to come!!

    Love and Holiday wishes,
    The Jesus

    Comment by The Jesus — December 22, 2006 @ 9:13 am

  3. V really needs to be closer to the top.

    Comment by massilimino — December 29, 2006 @ 2:42 am

  4. X-men: last stand sucked so bad. at least make it 10 if you have to mention it.

    V for Vendetta should a lot higher great movie.

    The Illusionist was not that great either. Should have been replaced with something else.

    Comment by flaakmonkey — January 1, 2007 @ 3:48 pm

  5. good job? i mean some of the movies i have never heard of but….the ones i have heard of are wicked good movies!

    Comment by trisha bradley — January 3, 2007 @ 8:51 am

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