A kind of loose ordering this time, though Once definitely belongs at the top...
I figure I'd better get this out of the way before I start logging my films-seen-at-the-IFFR 2007 here, so here is a quick raw list of my faves of all the 112 films I saw for the first time in 2006 (not necessarily released in 2006), to be linkified/explained/possibly reordered in the next couple of days:
Children of Men
It's Only Talk
Taking Father Home
Me And You And Everyone We Know
The New World
Number of feature-length films seen: 29
Number of short films seen: 7
Number of legs worn out from the constant sitting in cramped theaters: 2
Number of times I found myself sitting next to snoring journalists: 1 (maintaining my record from last year)
Funniest Q&A: David Lammers after Langer Licht.
Cutest producer/director couple: Peng Shan and Ying Liang of Taking Father Home.
Funniest moment in any film: the
Don't try this at home, kids! freeze-frame in The Great Yokai War.
Number of films seen that feature a Susumu Terajima appearance: 1 (out of a possible 3), upping my Susumu-index from 24 to 25.
(though I can't find a big version online): Blue Cha Cha.
Continuing the tradition I started last year, here are the best movies I saw in 2005, roughly arranged so that the "most best" appear at top (though the order changes depending on my mood). Again with a heavy emphasis on the East-Asian, as I found myself working through the back-catalogues of particular favourite directors and actors:
(This time I've tried to add a little review blurb to each, which is new for me, so bear with me)