Why should the fun of declaring the "top films of 2006" be over? In catching up on some films I didn't see last year, I've found a new #1:
#1 - Little Miss Sunshine. What an absolute gem! Terrific comedy, well-developed characters, sincerity, heart, solid story-telling -- basically, everything done right. The cast is amazing -- Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin and Alan Arkin. How to describe this movie: Take National Lampoon's Vacation, substitute its cartoon characters with realistic -- but still offbeat -- ones, develop the story better, and keep a good number of laughs along for the ride. This one hits every note right on. Not to be missed.
The rest of my top 10, written about here:
#2 - The Queen.
#3 - The King.
#4 - Match Point.
#5 - Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
#6 - An Inconvenient Truth.
#7 - Thank You For Smoking.
#8 - Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?
#9 - The Lake House.
#10 - A Prairie Home Companion.
Honorable mention to World Trade Center, previously in my top 10.