Top 5 Movies of 2007, and Most-Anticipated of 2008

Since everyone and their brother likes putting together top 10 lists around new year’s, here are my five favorite films of 2007:

  1. Planet Terror
  2. No Country for Old Men
  3. The Bourne Ultimatum
  4. 3:10 to Yuma
  5. Sicko

Honorable mentions go to Michael Clayton and 300, and my chief disappointments were American Gangster and Death Proof This list is obviously dependent to a large degree upon what I have and haven’t seen. For example, I also wanted to see Rescue Dawn, Eastern Promises, Hot Fuzz, and Zodiac but haven’t yet, so take the list for what it is.

In reading the critics’ lists, I always wonder about how they seem so back-loaded in the year. For example, There Will Be Blood made lots of lists, even though hardly anyone who isn’t a film critic has even had the chance to see it yet (it opens in DC — where there was a midnight showing on Saturday night — this Friday). The Golden Globes similarly give the bulk of the film nominations to things that have either just come out in the fall or December or even will be coming out a few weeks after the nominations are announced. I understand that the studios intentionally put out the projects that aspire to win awards toward the end of the year, but it seems a little overboard the extent to which it turns into a fait accompli; I wish more releases from year-round could be recognized, regardless of whether they set out to be awards season hits or not.

Anyhow, here’s what I’m looking forward to seeing in the new year.

  1. The Dark Knight
  2. There Will Be Blood
  3. Righteous Kill
  4. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  5. Bruno

New films from David Fincher and M. Night Shymalan also sound intriguing, and I wish someone other than Ron Howard were directing Frost/Nixon and Angels and Demons.

This blog post is an excellent compendium of lots of noteworthy movies slated for an ’08 release. Here’s hoping for another entertaining and thought-provoking year in film.

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