The Movies of 2006: Preliminaries

I had speculated earlier this year that I would fall short on my usual quota of new movies. In 2004 and 2005 I saw around 35 movies, including almost all of the eventual Oscar winners. This year, so far, I’ve only seen 19.

The Queen
Wordplay
The Departed
Borat
The Last King of Scotland
Apocalypto
Inside Man
Babel
A Prairie Home Companion
X-Men: The Last Stand
Mission: Impossible III
Nacho Libre
Jackass Number Two
V for Vendetta
Date Movie (I know, I know. Goddamn you, cable.)
Snakes on a Plane
Thank You for Smoking
Clerks II
Friends With Money

I still want to see: The Pursuit of Happyness, For Your Consideration, Casino Royale, Stranger Than Fiction, Idiocracy, Dreamgirls, Shut Up and Sing, Letters from Iwo Jima, The Fountain, Pirates of the Carribean II, Superman Returns, Talladega Nights, The Devil Wears Prada, The Break-Up, Little Miss Sunshine, Lady in the Water, An Inconvenient Truth, for starters. I know the last eight of these are on DVD and a few of the first nine are catchable while I’m holidaying in DC and Delaware, so let’s see if I can get up to at least 30 before the end of the year. (Spoiler warning: Date Movie will absolutely bring up the rear. I saw it for free and was tempted to sue HBO for damages.)