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Pan's Labyrinth - Greatest Movie Of The Year?


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The "Tomatometer" speaks for itself, Stephen King called it "the best movie of the year" and the universal praise is enourmous.

I saw the film yesterday. I thought it was absolutely incredible (although I realised that fully a few hours after seeing it). The setting is fantastic! Even though the film takes place in limited surroundings, the "world" of the film becomes a truly special one. And I'm not merely refering to the "magical" world Ofelia discovers.

The "Faun-creature" is amazing. Partly CGI, partly make-up, but at times it's hard to tell where the make-up ends and the CGI starts. Works great!

This is by no means a "kids-movie". The violent is among the most brutal I've seen in a movie. I saw The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning one day before Pan and thought it was pretty shocking. I never expected Pan's Labyrinth to actually top the violence of Chainsaw!

But don't let the violence in this movie turn you off! It's presented in a "Schindler's List" sort of way: it gives certain scenes and characters meaning and is used to enhance the emotional core of the film.

Sergi Lopez plays the evil Captain Vidal. What an amazing, effective role. His character will haunt me for a long time.

I'm not sure yet if Pan's Labyrinth is my favorite movie of 2006. I still need to see 300 and Children Of Men. It is however a potential contender.

What is your favorite film of 2006?

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One of the best of 2006, that is certain. And one of the most imaginative I have ever seen. Absolutely worth watching, though it could have been less violent. On the other hand violence there isn't just for its own purpose, nor to shock. It - in its realism - is rather a counterpoint to the fantasy world of Ofelia. I hope it will get this year's Oscar.

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Pan's Labryinth, Volver, Notes on a Scandal and The Last King of Scotland have not yet come to my city. I'm shocked the first two aren't here because I live in a city where easily more than half of the population are native Spanish speakers or speak it fluently.

That said, The Queen and Children of Men are tied as the two best movies of 2006. I knew Children of Men would be good the second the bomb went off.

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I will be seeing Pan's Labyrinth tomorrow, I hope. Other than this film, which I anticipate being excellent, I've enjoyed:

Children of Men

United 93 (not "enjoyed", but definitely one of the best of the year)

The Proposition

The Fountain

The Departed

Little Miss Sunshine

Tim

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Me too. So far, my favorite films have been United 93, Apocalypto, V for Vendetta, Casino Royale, The Departed, Little Miss Sunshine, Babel. Haven't seen Pan's Labrynth, The Queen, Dreamgirls, the Eastwood films (did Flags of our Fathers ever get to Europe?).

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The movies that I saw that I though it was reasonably good to watch that came out in 2006 according what I can remember at the top of my head was:

1) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

2) Mission Impossible III

3) Casino Royale

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Only one of those is really good, and you listed it last. :mrgreen:

V for Vendetta was indeed excellent. I'm going to see Little Miss Sunshine next week, and Children of Men and Babel somewhere next month. Looking forward to those.

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Yeah, I kind of thought that V for Vendetta had a bit to much of a political agenda to really be all that enjoyable. I LOVED Dario Marianelli's score for it though.

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(did Flags of our Fathers ever get to Europe?).

Yes

Dammit, it never got here. Anyone see it? I don't recall a single JWFanner talking about it.

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There are very few movies I've seen in the theatre this fall and winter. It's bloody expensive in the UK.

Isn't everything expensive over there?

Morlock- who pays a little less than $9.00 for an evening showing, $8.00 for a morning/afternoon one (and nothing for the cinemateque, as I am a member).

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There are very few movies I've seen in the theatre this fall and winter. It's bloody expensive in the UK.

Isn't everything expensive over there?

Yes. New-release DVDs and soundtracks especially (as it happens, the two things I buy most of).

In a store, new release soundtracks from companies like Varese Sarabande often cost £14.99! That's nearly $30! It's actually cheaper to import them from America, high shipping rates and import tax included.

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I've actually found that, pleasantly enough, CDs and DVDs have gotten a bit cheaper lately. I was never able to get a new soundtrack for less than $20, generally closer to $25. I just today bought Morricone's Fateless for about $13. Sure, the selection is pretty shoddy, but at least what can be found is not terrificaly expensive.

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Trouble is, you can't go into a record store now with the intention of buying a specific soundtrack, they normally only stock one or two of anything, unless its some pop song compilation, in which case everything else has to go to make room for a shelf full of them.

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Yeah, I rarely, rarely go hunting for anything specific with any success. The Morricone album was actually the first time I asked them to order a CD for me and it came, within a matter of days.

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Dammit, it never got here. Anyone see it? I don't recall a single JWFanner talking about it.

It didn't get a long play here so I missed it.

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Flags of Our Fathers was pretty good. It's no masterpiece, and certainly not up there with Saving Private Ryan or Platoon in terms of great War films, but it was interesting and held my attention the whole way through. I would give it ***/****. I saw it when it first came out here in the US, but the feeling and emotional rub-off I got from it quickly dissipated after I left the theater. It's a good way to judge a film, basing it on how much it means to you, how much it makes you think and whether or not you are in some way influenced or affected by it. Flags of Our Fathers didn't stay with me much afterwards, but I know I was entertained, and I believe it does hold some value.

Tim

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My favorite film was The Departed.

The best film of the year would be a tie between The Departed, The Good Shepherd, and The Prestige.

Justin

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I really want to see The Good Sheapherd. It looked like it was going to be long, ponderous, and boring, but I'm enthusiastic after the good reviews it's been getting. The Prestige was the most dissapointing film I've seen this year.

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I finally saw Pan's Labyrinth and it was remarkable. It's close to the best move of the year, certainly one of them, but I would rank it second behind Children of Men. Chalk up another one for the Mexicans ^_^

Tim

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Anyone else hear see Babel, incidentaly? It's the type of film I thought I wouldn't like at all, but I thought it was very good.

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For my gritty drama with politically correct overtones outing I chose Blood Diamond instead,which was ok,but seemed to last 45 minutes too long.

K.M.

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For my gritty drama with politically correct overtones outing I chose Blood Diamond instead,which was ok,but seemed to last 45 minutes too long.

K.M.

Gritty? An Ed Zwick film? This I've got to see for myself.

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300 looks awful.

It looks like a video game.

You people are insane. The 300 trailers looks awesome.

Tim

The colors look amazing...but it seems like a punk retelling of the story. I think it could be great, but more likely, it will be a great looking bad movie.

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