MY FAVORITE FILMS OF THE YEAR
1. THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
(Andrew Dominik, USA)
2. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (Paul Thomas Anderson, USA)
3. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (The Coen Brothers, USA)
4. I’M NOT THERE (Todd Haynes, USA)
5. ZODIAC (David Fincher, USA)
6. RED ROAD (Andrea Arnold, UK)
7. KNOCKED UP (Judd Apatow, USA)
8. WE OWN THE NIGHT (James Gray, USA)
9. QUIET CITY (Aaron Katz, USA)
10. DAY NIGHT DAY NIGHT (Julia Loktev, USA)
Call it “THERE WILL BE NO COUNTRY FOR JESSE JAMES”, a frontier triumvirate that is hard to choose between and which makes 2007 the best year for the Western since… um… 1959? And how about the best year for American movies? Maybe if I’d seen 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS already, or had made it to COLOSSAL YOUTH over the summer, this list wouldn’t be so entirely devoid of foreign-language films (the first time that’s happened in 21 years of making these lists). Mind you, I’m sticking to US 2007 theatrical releases and, if I wasn’t, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s sublime FLIGHT OF RED BALLOON and Carlos Reygadas’ stunning SILENT LIGHT (both to be released in 2008) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY (which I saw in 2006) or the criminally unreleased LONGING by Valeska Grisebach (winner of the year’s best wind in the trees sequence) would certainly be contenders for the Top Ten.
More categories to come.