January 14, 2007

MOVIES: Best of 2006 -- a few comments

I saw about 80 movies again this year, including almost everything that's likely to be nominated in the major Oscar categories.

The big exceptions: Eastwood's pair of Iwo Jima flicks, because I have no stomach for that sort of ultra-realistic war footage; Ryan Gosling's performance in Half Nelson, a movie that so bored me I walked out after half an hour; and Forest Whitaker's performance in The Last King of Scotland, which I just didn't get to before it left theaters (it's on my Netflix list, and I'm hoping that it might get a re-release here in LA after the nominations come out).

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