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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Thirty (+1) movies I liked in 2007

1. Inland Empire: Lynch gets grungier than ever before. Laura Dern's is one of the all-time great performances.
2. Children of Men: Two extraordinary tracking shots and Clive Owen: who cares if the plot sucks?
2 1/2. Killer of Sheep: A promising debut. Remember the name: Charles Burnett. Expect big things from this guy.
3. Southland Tales: Visionary and ludicrous, depending on whether it's trying to remake Mulholland Drive or Back to the Future II (or whether Mandy Moore or Sarah Michelle Gellar is on the Rock's arm).
4. Boarding Gate: In any other year, Asia Argento's would be the best performance. Instead it's just the most astonishing.
5. Half Nelson: Ryan Gosling is better when his co-star is flesh and blood; for one thing, a sex doll can't do the Interrupting Cow joke.
6. I'm Not There: Cate Blanchett should get another Oscar. Charlotte Gainsbourg should be the biggest star in the world.
7. The Host: But could it beat Mothra?
8. Pan's Labyrinth: Leave something to me and my imagination.
9. Brand Upon the Brain!: Sentimental suits Maddin.
10. Knocked Up: Doing a public service: discouraging beard growth.

11. Control
12. The Bourne Ultimatum
13. Grindhouse
14. Indigenes
15. The Darjeeling Limited
16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
17. Letters from Iwo Jima
18. Syndromes and a Century
19. The Lives of Others
20. Talledega Nights
21. Happy Feet
22. Woman on the Beach
23. Once
24. Offside
25. How Is Your Fish Today?
26. Music and Lyrics
27. Ratatouille
28. Idlewild
29. Venus
30. The Departed

Honorable mentions: Avenue Montaigne, The Devil Wears Prada, The Godfather of Disco, Lars and the Real Girl, The Last King of Scotland, No End in Sight (despite the plank in its eye), Ocean's 13, The Simpsons Movie, 16 Blocks, Stardust. Biggest disappointment: I Don't Want to Sleep Alone.

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2 Comments:

  • At 1:59 PM, Blogger Brian said…

    Nice listing, Brad. The only one in your top ten (1/2) I didn't like so much was Pan's Labyrinth. Though I skipped a few of them too.

    Besides Killer of Sheep did you see much in the way of revival/repertory films?

     
  • At 5:22 PM, Blogger bradluen said…

    Not so much, I'm afraid. The one revelation was Intolerance at the Castro. The Altman series at the Castro and the Renoir series at SFMOMA were great, but I mostly watched titles I'd seen before.

     

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