One of the perks of going on Christmas vacation away from home is that you find yourself reading papers in cities that you normally wouldn't stumble across normally. This week I managed to find Kristian Lin's wonderfully written "Ricky Bobby's Guide to Life (Or At Least The Movies) -- How Talladega Nights Explains the Year in Cinema" in the Fort Worth Weekly, a free paper in this part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

It's a great article that takes quotes from the movie (which I got for my brother as a Christmas present) and applies them to life, and cinematic offerings from the past year. He touches on just about every film offered up in 2006, including lesser seen fare like the Argentinian film The Aura, and the Iraqi war documentary The War Tapes, which both deserve a much wider audience.

Who knew that Ricky Bobby carried so much wisdom in his words? As much as we'd like to tip our bestickered helmet to the man who wants to go fast, Mr. Lin deserves the lion's share of the credit for this list which manages to be both humorous and thoughtful at the same time. It's not only a lesson in life, but a good year's end guide to the films of 2006, some of which you might never have even heard of. Give it a read, and start updating your rental lists and hitting the theaters.