Manufactured Landscapes (Canada, dir. Jennifer Baichwal)
2006 was another strong pick-and-mix year of genres, cultures and formats at the cinema. Manufactured Landscapes, 12:08 East of Bucharest, Children of Men, Private Property and Taxidermia all provided plenty of eye candy for fans of the long single take and the likes of Volver, Paprika and The Departed added great punch to a year with much to savor but little in the way of cinematic grandiosity (Darren Aronofsky’s flawed but awe-inspiring white whale project, The Fountain, was charged with providing the year’s art-house grandiosity and one can’t argue that it delivered big stuff on a big scale).
Parallel to this were yet more hugely successful experiments in digital filmmaking by David Lynch, Richard Linklater, The Beastie Boys and Ken Loach (who won the Palme D’Or for his handsome efforts), to round-out an unpredictable, though admittedly quiet-feeling year at the cinema. But such are the middle years of a decade.
12:08 East of Bucharest (Romania, dir. Corneliu Porumboiu)
2006 Watchlist: AWAY FROM HER – THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME – THE HOST – JAR CITY – JESUS CAMP – JINDABYNE – LONDON TO BRIGHTON – MADEINUSA – OFFSIDE – THE PRESTIGE – THE QUEEN – RED ROAD – RESCUE DAWN – TEN CANOES – WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE – ZIDANE: A 21st CENTURY PORTRAIT
Paprika (Japan, dir. Satoshi Kon)
Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That! (USA, dir. Adam Yauch)
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