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2006 Culture Awards

The Year in Movies

It wasn’t too soon for one 9/11 film, and it couldn’t have been a better year, tragically, for Iraq documentaries. Helen Mirren ruled. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ryan Gosling were highly addictive. And the best movie of the year was … well, click through.


10. ‘Neil Young: Heart of Gold’
Jonathan Demme is in tune on every level with Neil Young and his musical community at the site of the original Grand Ole Opry, performing songs from Prairie Wind plus a slew of greatest hits. Demme’s style is magically plain: You can close your eyes and be transported—and never worry you’re going to miss 67 MTV-style shots. In a hotel-and-mall-swamped Nashville, in a country where the small-town past is being bulldozed, Young’s prairie dreams feel more urgent than ever: the lamentations of a genuine conservative.


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