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A look back at 2006 in film!

I don’t see 2006 as 10 years ago I mean that is just madness. But it has been a whole decade now since that year, which is terrifying in all honesty. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to have a look back in this blog post at the films from 2006, the ones I enjoyed at the time, the ones I have caught up with and quite frankly the ones which are getting better with age and standing the test of ten years.


2006 was also pre-blog so I don’t even have many reviews for films from that year, if you search 2006 as a tag I am sure you will be shocked to see the lack of reviews. Especially when one of them is a bit of a strange film choice.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – $1,066,179,725
2. The Da Vinci Code – $758,239,851
3. Ice Age: The Meltdown – $660,940,780
4. Casino Royale – $599,045,960
5. Night at the Museum – $574,480,052
6. Cars – $461,983,149
7. X-Men: The Last Stand – $459,359,555
8. Mission: Impossible III – $397,850,012
9. Superman Returns – $391,081,192
10. Happy Feet – $384,335,608


It was the comeback and relaunch of James Bond with Daniel Craig stepping up to the mantel to play 007 the world was dubious but we got the incredible Casino Royale with a great story and performances for the efforts. Really relaunching James Bond into a new generation for the right reasons, and allowing everyone to forget about some of the Brosnan era.

The musical was Dreamgirls and the breakthrough performance from Jennifer Hudson is still remembered very fondly, she has the Oscar to prove it as well. Bet we have all forgotten that Beyonce was in fact the leading lady in that film. Hudson’s rendition of “And I’m Telling You” is really something else.


The Departed is a film that I totally loved then and now, I mean come on look at the cast. Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin, Mark Wahlberg and many more! The Best Picture winner for the Oscars (the following year) and the first for Martin Scorsese. I know a lot of people still complain about the original version being much better but I still think this is a fantastic piece of film work.


V for Vendetta was a film that I massively struggled with over the years trying to watch on a few occasions. But once I had the breakthrough and really got into it I was totally blown away by it. Isn’t it a little bit scary to think about it at the moment though with everything that is happening in the UK after the referendum.

I remember being massively surprised and impressed with Apocalypto when seeing it at the cinema considering it was not really something that I would usually have watched. So ten years on to still remember it certainly has to be a credit for the film. Especially when I have only seen it that one time as well. Well done Mel Gibson for directing it before going totally crazy!


It can’t really be a film year without a memorable and fantastic performance from the one and only Meryl Streep. That is something we certainly get as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada starring with Anne Hathaway and a breakthrough for Emily Blunt.

Animated films from 2006 included Cars which was proven to be very popular and something that I experienced a private screening at the cinema as I was a student at the time and took my three year old cousin to see it and we were the only people in! I however enjoyed Hoodwinked! A lot more because it tried to be something a little bit different in the genre and appeal more to adults than to children. Taking a classic children’s story and totally turning it on its head.

Children of Men was a pretty groundbreaking film in showing how the world could really fall apart if another world war broke out. The Queen saw Helen Mirren take on Elizabeth II in a role that would then win her an Oscar.

The Da Vinci Code was a very sought after film considering how much controversy surrounded the book on that’s release. Tom Hanks did his best to carry the film as Robert Langdon and I still think he is very solid as that character. The film did not quite live up to the source material but it was a decent adaptation.


Snakes on a Plane is a slight cult classic when it comes to remember the cinema experience and part of plenty of inside jokes with myself and friends at least. One of those it’s so good its bad, but come on it has Samuel L. Jackson in it and it has snakes that just happen to be on a plane! Even the title of the film has to make you smile and/or laugh as does certain moments in the actual film as well.

The Guardian is another that I really enjoyed I am pretty sure it had nothing to do with my undying love for Kevin Costner (Yes I really have just admitted that). She’s the Man, helped to show that Shakespeare can be made into new and upbeat films. Plus it has football involved (ok soccer) and so good performances showing that the dates may change but somethings certainly don’t.


In terms of remakes/reboots/sequels it was a pretty poor year. Rocky Balboa was probably the only real decent effort and even that had a silly story line of Rocky making a comeback after a computer game predicted who would win between him and the current champion. But Rocky is one of my all time favourite film characters so I can forgive Stallone for that one. Looking at two of the comic book films on offer this year in Superman Returns and X-Men: The Last Stand it is a big surprise it did not completely kill the whole genre of superhero films! With Superman it had not been seen on the big screen for so long and it all went very long that another reboot was to be had in the future. X-Men well that was awful and has now been totally disregarded in terms of timeline when they went for prequels instead! The Wicker Man had to be the start of the downfall of Nicolas Cage, one of the strangest and worst films ever right? I mean it makes me not even want to see the original and how good that was (still a decade later).


Christopher Nolan delivered a fantastic magic film with Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale battling it out to be the very best magician in The Prestige. A film that really does have such an amazing twist at the end, even when watching it again and again I still don’t get how anyone could have worked it out!


What are your favourite or most memorable films from 2006? 



18 responses

  1. Grog the Ginger

    Quite like a lot of the films from 2006 now you’ve put them all together. Obviously love Casino Royale and The Departed is another one of my favourites. Children of Men, V For Vendetta and Mission Impossible 3 are great too! I even like Superman Returns!

    July 5, 2016 at 11:04 am

    • Caz

      It was good to look back at them, just wish I had started my blog sooner. Don’t have many reviews on films from 2006, maybe it should be a new project to re-watch and review!

      July 5, 2016 at 11:06 am

      • Grog the Ginger

        Yes! You should do “year marathons” like the Bondathon!

        July 5, 2016 at 11:09 am

        • Caz

          Sounds like a plan :-). I have been meaning to do this type of post for the past couple of years, thinking of a 1996 post next!

          July 5, 2016 at 11:11 am

  2. Great post! I was looking over that list of the highest grossers. There are some pretty big stinkers on there. I do absolutely love Casino Royale though. Also glad you talked about The Prestige and The Departed.

    July 5, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    • Caz

      Glad you liked those ones. Oh it’s always surprising to remember which films make the most money. It pains me to see how much the Fast & Furious franchise earns box office wise.

      July 5, 2016 at 4:41 pm

  3. Fun Post! It really doesn’t seems like some of these movies could be ten years old! My favorite from 2006 is Mission: Impossible III. 😀 Also love The Devil Wears Prada, and The Prestige… and I liked it’s competition, too — The Illusionist.

    July 5, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    • Caz

      Thanks! I know it’s scary that it’s been a whole 10 years since these films were first on our screens. Oh I forgot about The Illusionist, don’t think I liked that very much.

      July 5, 2016 at 4:42 pm

  4. gibra9948

    As in most years “highest grossing” does not necessarily equate to quality. I thought 2006 was a good year for films. These are some of my favourites, in no particular order:-
    United 93
    The Prestige
    Pan’s Labyrinth
    Memoirs Of A Geisha
    The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada
    Little Miss Sunshine
    The History Boys
    The Departed
    I totally agree that The Prestige was a great film (was the “surprise film” at the 2006 LFF).
    Great post.

    July 6, 2016 at 1:06 am

    • Caz

      Thanks! It’s still quite crazy that it’s 10 years. I haven’t seen a few of those films so will have to check them out, remember hearing only good things about The History Boys!

      July 6, 2016 at 1:58 am

  5. Great post! Nice to have a look back at some older films. The Prestige and Casino Royale are two of the best films of that year IMO. The prestige is one of my favourites too. I’ve actually ranked them in my top 10 films of the 2000s which if you like, you can have a read of here:

    July 7, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    • Caz

      Brilliant stuff! I did best of the decade for 2000s, some great films in that period.

      July 7, 2016 at 9:57 pm

  6. Very cool! I seriously love Apocalypto. I don’t like Mel Gibson much but he definitely has a talent for directing.

    July 11, 2016 at 11:50 am

    • Caz

      Pleased to find someone else who likes that film!

      July 11, 2016 at 12:54 pm

  7. Ben

    Posts like this make you realise how good some years are for movies. To have Casino Royale, Children of Men and The Departed released in the same year is very impressive.

    August 2, 2016 at 11:44 am

    • Caz

      I’m thinking about doing another one looking back at 1996! Then doing it wach year for what was 10 and 20 years ago!

      August 2, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      • Ben

        It is a very good idea for a post. Definitely do it.

        August 2, 2016 at 8:01 pm

        • Caz

          I will start putting it together very soon!

          August 2, 2016 at 8:10 pm

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