Roger Ebert’s Best of 2006

Yup.? That’s not a misprint mind you.? But the famed movie reviewer has finally decided that Pan’s Labyrinth was his favorite movie from last year.? I like that he took his time with this because there’s no time like the present time to do any sort of list.? Also, the dedication should not go unnoticed.? He could have easily threw up the white flag after getting hospitalized from the end of 2006 until the middle of 2007, but he didn’t.? [via]

Yes, I know it’s a year late, but a funny thing happened to me on the way to compiling a list of the best films of 2006. I checked into the hospital in late June 2006 and didn’t get out again until spring of 2007. For a long while, I just didn’t feel like watching movies. Then something revolved within me, and I was engaged in life again.

I started writing reviews of the 2006 films, starting with “The Queen,” and screened the Oscar nominees to make my annual predictions. Then I began doubling back to pick up as many promising titles as I could. Am I missing some pf the year’s worthy entries? No doubt. But even in a good year I’m unable to see everything. And I’m still not finished with my 2006 discoveries. I’m still looking at more 2007 movies, too, and that list will run as usual in late December.

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