Saturday, December 23

Top 10 Films of 2006, and then some

Well, we moved. Into my boyfriend's parents' house. (For those of you just tuning in - I'm transferring to UMass Amherst for the spring semester.) We had a hell of a time trying to find an apartment out here while we were still in Boston, so it seemed best to just get ourselves out here and go from there.

It's a little tough. All of my stuff is living in the garage:

I miss spinning.

Moving sucks.

The boys are less than thrilled about being uprooted:


This was taken early in the week when it took a lot of coaxing to get them out of hiding - now they're back to their old selves.

But! It's temporary. And we've already found an adorable apartment right here in Easthampton. Its best feature is a huuuuuuge wraparound back porch - perfect for dyeing and summer knitting parties. We should be moving in next week (or January 1st). I can't wait to take all my books out of boxes.

I think I'm ready to post my top 10 films of the year - a few late entries complicated things. Sorry for the lack of explanations, I can't seem to, you know, write in complete sentences today. A full post on my #1 pick is forthcoming (after a second viewing - it's that good). Enjoy, and feel free to post some of your favorites in the comments!

1. Children of Men
from Children of Men

2. The Proposition
from The Proposition

3. Pan's Labyrinth
from Pan's Labyrinth

4. Inland Empire
production still from Inland Empire

5. Volver
from Volver

6. Battle in Heaven
from Battle in Heaven

7. Lady Vengeance
from Lady Vengeance

8. Borat
from Borat

9. The Descent/The Hills Have Eyes/Slither
from Alexandre Aja's

10. The Departed
from The Departed

The next five: The Science of Sleep, The Queen, Little Children, Manderlay, Inside Man.

A few I wish I'd seen that might have made it on to the list: L'enfant, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Old Joy, Half Nelson, Mutual Appreciation (despite my dislike for Funny Ha Ha), Shortbus, 4, Edmond, The Fountain.

A few of the worst: V for Vendetta, The Illusionist, Brick, Hard Candy, Factotum, Death of a President.

We're sort of skipping the holidays this year - too much going on - but I hope all of you are enjoying the season and spending time with the ones you love.