Sunday, January 06, 2008

The Films of 2007 (Jan 6)

Another update of the Movie City News tally of critic's year-end lists, with local viewing details. The MCN meta-list is a terrific tip-off about what to see as this exceptional movie year draws to a close. My particular favourites are in boldface. Changes to the list: JUNO is superb, ATONEMENT worthy but mixed, INTO THE WILD has returned to the Granville 7 and GONE BABY GONE to the Hollywood, and THERE WILL BE BLOOD and 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS & 2 DAYS open January 11!

[i]After posting this, it looks like the Hollywood program has changed - no 4 MONTHS 3 WEEKS 2 DAYS. Perhaps the print became unavailable. But that does bode well: seems they're at least trying to get it. We'll keep an eye out.[/i]

1. No Country For Old Men (Fifth, Scotiabank, Silvercity, etc)
2. There Will Be Blood (in Vancouver theatres Jan 11)
3. The Diving Bell & The Butterfly (Fifth)
4. Zodiac (DVD available)
5. Once (DVD available)
6. Juno (TT Fifth SC etc)
7. Atonement (TT Park SC etc)
8. Into The Wild (Granville 7, DVD Feb 12)
9. Ratatouille (DVD available)
10. Sweeney Todd (Rio SC Scotiabank etc)

11. Away From Her (DVD available)
12. Michael Clayton (Denman)
13. Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (gone, don't know DVD release date)
14. 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (Was supposed to start Jan 11, Hollywood 9:35 - apparently no longer)
15. Assassination of Jesse James (DVD Feb 5)
16. I'm Not There (Granville 7, Cinematheque Wed 9:25)
17. Eastern Promises (DVD available)
18. Lives Of Others (DVD available)
19. The Savages (Fifth, TInseltown)
20. Bourne Ultimatum (DVD available)

21. Persepolis (No sign of this one yet)
22. Knocked Up (DVD available)
23. No End In Sight (DVD available)
24. The Host (DVD available)
25. Killer of Sheep (DVD available)
26. Superbad (DVD available)
27. Gone Baby Gone (Hollywood, DVD Feb 12)
28. Syndromes and a Century (No sign of this one)
29. American Gangster (Granville 7, etc)
30. Grindhouse (DVD available)

31. Darjeeling Limited (DVD Feb 26)
32. Hairspray (DVD available)
33. 3:10 To Yuma (DVD Jan 8)
34. Sicko (DVD available)
35. Offside (DVD available)
36. Black Book (DVD available)
37. King Of Kong (Gone)
38. Charlie Wilson's War (SC Dunbar Scotiabank etc)
39. The Wind That Shakes The Barley (DVD available)
39. Control (Gone)

41. Across The Universe (Denman Sat 2:30, DVD Feb 5)
42. Rescue Dawn (DVD available)
43. Lars & The Real Girl (Granville 7)
43. In The Valley Of Elah
45. Breach (DVD available)
47. After The Wedding (DVD available)
47. Margot At The Wedding (Granville 7)
48. 12:08 East Of Bucharest (DVD Feb 5)
49. Hot Fuzz
50. Enchanted (Tinseltown, Oakridge, SC, etc)

51. 300 (DVD available)
52. The Lookout
53. La Vie En Rose
54. Lust, Caution (Station Square)
55. The Kite Runner (Ridge SC etc)
56. Lake Of Fire
57. Private Fears In Public Places
58. Waitress
59. This Is England (DVD available)
59. Lady Chatterly (been and gone?)
59. Orphanage (Tinseltown)


And here's my own year-end list of personal favourites. Not an objective assessment, these are the films I've most enjoyed/appreciated in 2007. Amazingly strong roster, and so many yet to be seen. I think this is the strongest year for film since 1999.

My Faves of 2007
1 Adam's Apples
2 Into The Wild
3 Juno
4 Across The Universe
5 Assassination of Jesse James
6 I'm Not There
7 Gone Baby Gone
8. (tie) After The Wedding / The Lives Of Others
10. (tie) This Is England / Once
12 Michael Clayton
13 Amazing Grace
14 Atonement
15 Lars & The Real Girl
16 Black Snake Moan
17 You Told Me, You Love Me
18 Ratatouille
19 Into Great Silence
20 No Country For Old Men
21 You, The Living
22 Jindabyne
23 Secret Sunshine
24 The Aura
25 Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
26 Away From Her

Eager To See
Ben X
The Bothersome Man
Charlie Wilson's War
The Darjeeling Limited
The Diving Bell & The Butterfly
Dry Season (Daratt)
Kite Runner
Margot At The Wedding
Paranoid Park
Silent Light
Syndromes & A Century
There Will Be Blood

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