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Posted at 1:29 PM ET, 12/28/2006

Rewinding the Year's Movie Moments

By Jen Chaney

As we Gurus look back on the year that was, I am mentally fast-forwarding through the many movies I saw in 2006. A handful were great, some were horrible and the vast majority were mediocre, the worst offense a film can commit. Seriously, I'd rather see a flat-out terrible flick than one that just flounders on the screen and retreats from my brain seconds after the credits roll.

With that in mind, I've compiled this list of top cinematic moments of 2006. Whatever you might make of them, we can all agree on one thing: Each one was memorable.

Best Opening Titles: The purposely retro, exciting kick-off to "Superman Returns."
Biggest Stand-Up-and-Cheer Moments: Every game depicted in the girls' high school basketball documentary "The Heart of the Game." In a year when "Glory Road" and "Invincible" brought underdog victories to the big screen, this little doc emerged as the best sports movie of 2006.
Best Live Concert Footage: "Dave Chappelle's Block Party."
Moment When I Thought 2006 Might Be the Best Summer Movie Season Ever: During the intense opening face-off between Tom Cruise and Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Mission: Impossible III."
Moment When I Realized 2006 Would Not Be the Best Summer Movie Season Ever: Tie: While watching Emmy Rossum and Josh Lucas tread water in "Poseidon" and upon hearing Tom Hanks say in "The Da Vinci Code": "I've got to get to a library ... fast!"
Biggest Deja Vu Moment: Watching Johnny Depp reprise his drunken Keith Richards shtick in the otherwise completely lifeless "Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Curse of the Black Pearl."
Most Heartbreaking Moment: The scene in "Little Miss Sunshine" when Abigail Breslin bursts into tears while wondering if her father thinks she's a loser.
Most Hilarious Moment: Also from "Little Miss Sunshine" -- The episode with the horn that won't stop beeping.
Most Wrenching Moment: All 111 minutes of "United 93."
Most Romantic Moment: When Will Ferrell's reserved tax man brings baker Maggie Gyllenhaal some "flours" in "Stranger Than Fiction."
Biggest Crowd-Pleasing Moment: The minute "Snakes on a Plane" started at the 10 p.m. show on Aug. 17. It's unclear how many audience members had been drinking prior to the screening.
Moment When You Knew Scorsese Was Back: As soon as "The Departed" began to the sounds of "Gimme Shelter."
Moment Most Likely to Induce Chills: Jennifer Hudson's performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" in "Dreamgirls."
And Finally, the Can't-Look-Away Movie Moment of 2006: The nude wrestling scene in "Borat."

By Jen Chaney  | December 28, 2006; 1:29 PM ET
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Little Miss Sunshine blows.

Posted by: CBC | December 29, 2006 8:39 AM | Report abuse

"Little Miss Sunshine" is actually the humor equivalent of an IQ test.

That makes CBC a candidate for the humor short-bus.

Posted by: TMU | December 29, 2006 12:36 PM | Report abuse

LMS poor movie with stupid plot. All the characters were ridiculous and you never learned anything about anyone by the end. The pace of the movie was simply annoying... driving along calmly...something outrageous/zany...driving along calmly...something outrageous/zany. People are entertained to easily. Finallly, the scene with the brother learning that he is colorblind (and therefore can't fly) makes the whole movie a travishamockery.

Posted by: agreed | January 2, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

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