January 2, 2008

Lists, 1/2.

Paranoid Park "La liste de la r├ędaction des Cahiers." #1: Paranoid Park.

"Despite the tortured self-analysis some critics feel the need to use as ostensibly humbling preface for their top tens, at Reverse Shot we're thankful for best-of-year round-ups - we savor any chance we get to reiterate our love for films that might not have had the benefit of a massive marketing team behind them." So opens the list at indieWIRE signed by eight RS editors and contributors. When their votes were counted, Syndromes and a Century came out on top.

They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? has revised its list of the 1000 Greatest Films, as "voted by 1,604 critics, filmmakers, reviewers, scholars and other likely film types." All in all, 139 changes have been made - changes that pose a new challenge to Kevin Lee, who's been tracking the progress of his viewing and reviewing all 1000 at Shooting Down Pictures, and given him pause: "I have long struggled between two states of mind: the objective-driven achiever vs the reflective observer."

"The biggest entertainment story of the year has also turned into the biggest story of [Nikki] Finke's career, and, possibly, the vehicle of her redemption for those who had written her off as merely a loudly buzzing fly in Hollywood's ointment," writes Doree Shafrir in a profile of the New York Observer's "Media Mensch of the Year!" "She's demonstrated that one determined reporter - with none of the support or backing of a media outfit, but also none of the entangling alliances - can, in fact, beat the big guys at their own game. She's broken the news of almost all of the significant strike developments since the beginning and has offered insight into the inner workings of the negotiations that the more slow-footed publications on the strike beat - primarily, Variety, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times - simply can't match. In hundreds of posts and thousands of contributors' comments, she's turned her [Deadline Hollywood Daily] into not only a must-read, but a kind of online kaffee klatsch for information and discussion about the strike."

I can't see it but I know it's there: "The Reeler's Top 10 of Top 10 Lists of 2007: The Reeler's third annual look back at the misconceived hype that mattered."

The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky For PopMatters' Bill Gibron, the #1 DVD release of the year is The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Ratatouille tops Bryant Frazer's list.

"Salutes 2007." One helluva roundup from Dennis Cozzalio.

"For the fourth year running, here are some of my favorite articles, videos, games, photography, discussions, and design pieces that I linked to in 2007," blogs Jason Kottke. "After you're done with these, try the lists from 2004, 2005 and 2006."

Andrew Sarris puts Juno at the top of his list of "the best English-language films in 2007" and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly in the #1 slot of his "best foreign-language films" list. Also in the New York Observer, Sara Vilkomerson takes note of "some other, less lauded films that for better or worse made 2007 the cinematic year it was" and Rex Reed bids farewell to the celebrated departed of 07.

From France, Harry Tuttle sends awards to Inland Empire and Still Life.

Mubarak Ali lists several favorite "new-ish films/film events experienced in 2007."

Sean Axmaker looks back on all that he was thankful for throughout 07.

At the Siffblog, you'll find a straightforward, unadorned list of things E Steven Fried liked and a few bests, worsts and honorable mentions from Amie Simon.

Similarly, Matt Langdon.

And Thomas Groh.

"I am heralding 2007 as the year American cinema re-embraced Texas-sized ambiguity and best you do the same," blogs Erich Kuersten at Bright Lights After Dark.

At AICN, Latauro presents a "rundown of the year Australian cinema had (which gets quite deep), my favourite performance of the year (which is quite fluffy), and the films that disappointed me and the ones that made me jump for the sky."

More lists at Arthur: Trinie Dalton, Richard Pleuger, Stacy Kranitz and PShaw.

For the New York Times, Brooks Barnes sorts through the final receipts: "Ticket sales at North American movie theaters totaled $9.7 billion, a 4 percent increase over the previous year, according to Media by Numbers, a box office tracking company. But attendance was flat, after a narrow increase in 2006 and three previous years of sharp declines."

Online listening tip. Leonard Lopate hosts a discussion of the "Most Overrated Movies of 2007."

Online viewing tips. Virginia Heffernan's "Great Enigma Videos of 2007."

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Posted by dwhudson at January 2, 2008 2:50 PM


Dunno if submissions are desired or irritating, but my 2007 Top 20 is here. Top of the Crop: Todd Haynes' I'm Not There.

Posted by: Kevin at January 3, 2008 10:09 AM

Oh, desired, absolutely - many thanks, Kevin!

Posted by: David Hudson at January 3, 2008 10:23 AM

You know, I was going to go into a lengthy justification for some of my choices, but I decided just to say what I liked and leave it at that.

Having said that, I'd like to mention my favorite comment on No Country For Old Men came from a friend, who used to work as a paramedic, who said, "Not enough blood. There's never enough blood. You wouldn't believe the amount of blood in a body." I told him he should see Sweeney Todd.

Posted by: E. Steven at January 3, 2008 1:36 PM

There was enough blood for my taste as it was - I'm glad a paramedic didn't make the film! What did he think of "There Will Be Blood"? ;-)

I almost thought about leaving the Coens' film off my list just because everyone else who has seen it has placed it on theirs, you know, to rebel, be different, but, it was certainly one of the best films I saw all year so it'd be dishonest to leave it off. Anyway, yeah, it was plenty violent enough for me.

Posted by: Craig P at January 3, 2008 2:50 PM