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Many said, 2007 was a thin and skinny year in the cinemas, without many surprises and outstanding films. I don't think so. It was a rich and unpredictable year, though Hollywood delivered as many sequels, remakes and other odd stuff.
To supplement the whole thing, you may should add some special experiences, maybe also with old / elder films or certain events if you want to. Also films that deserved a little nomination, at least - if not a place in your selection.
My best cinematic experience 2007 was also a screening of an old favourite, but more about that later.
Okay, until there are a few more comments (I hope the List of Undistributed Films 2007 were not intended to be extended in general - if so, sorry... "> ), I'll post my own list which grew from originally 26 to 29 Films, due to three more late additions. Overall, my sacred Number 1 of 2007 definitely is "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" which is, in my nonrelevant opinion, a masterpiece for ages.
THE PRESTIGE (Christopher Nolan / USA) 9/10 (22) *
INVISIBLE WAVES (Pen-Ek Ratanaruang / Thailand/Hongkong/Netherlands) 9/10
LAST DAYS (Gus Van Sant / USA) 10/10
GWOEMUL / THE HOST (Joon-ho Bong / South Korea) 9/10 *
H 2 ODIO / HATE 2 O (Alex Infascelli / Italy) 9/10 (22)
ZODIAC (David Fincher / USA) 9/10 *
TWENTYNINE PALMS (Bruno Dumont / France/USA/Germany) 10/10
DEATH PROOF (Quentin Tarantino / USA) 9/10 *
SAKEBI / RETRIBUTION (Kiyoshi Kurosawa / Japan) 7 8/10
BUG (William Friedkin / USA) 9/10
THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (Andrew Dominik / USA) 10/10 (25) *
IMPORT/EXPORT (Ulrich Seidl / Austria) 9/10 (22)
FÜR DEN UNBEKANNTEN HUND / FOR THE UNKNOWN DOG (Benjamin Reding, Dominik Reding / Germany) 9/10 (23)
AUF DER ANDEREN SEITE / THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (Fatih Akin / Germany/Turkey/Italy) 10/10 (24)
CHINJEOLHAN GEUMJASSI / SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE (Chan-wook Park / South Korea) 9/10 *
EL LABERINTO DEL FAUNO / PAN'S LABYRINTH (Guillermo del Toro / Spain/Mexico/USA) 9/10 *
INLAND EMPIRE (David Lynch / USA/France/Poland) 9/10 *
ZWARTBOEK/ BLACK BOOK (Paul Verhoeven / Netherlands/Belgium/Germany/UK) 8/10 *
BLOOD TEA AND RED STRING (Christiane Cegavske / Canada/USA) 8/10 (21)
EDMOND (Stuart Gordon / USA) 8/10
YELLA (Christian Petzold / Germany) 8/10 (21)
HALLOWEEN (Rob Zombie / USA) 9/10 (22) *
IKLIMLER / CLIMATES (Nuri Bilge Ceylan / Turkey/France) 8/10 (21)
ROMANZO CRIMINALE / CRIME NOVEL (Michele Placido / Italy/France/UK) 8/10 (21)
4 LUNI, 3 SAPTAMANI SI 2 ZILE / 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS (Cristian Mungiu / Romania) 8/10 (21) *
DAS SICHTBARE UND DAS UNSICHTBARE / THE VISIBLE AND THE INVISIBLE (Rudolf Thome / Germany) 9/10 (22)
EASTERN PROMISES (David Cronenberg, UK/Canada) 9/10 (22) *
BUONGIORNO, NOTTE / GOOD MORNING, NIGHT (Marco Belocchio / Italy) 9/10 (22)
3:10 TO YUMA (James Mangold / USA) 8/10 (22) *
About A 1 and A 2: The Films on List A 1 are all a bit better and preferable to the films on List A 2 but the difference isnt very large, its just a little accent to make clear, which films were real highlights and which left me impressed but not totally satisfied, or, to express it in another way: The more personal likes.
Unfortunately and for several reasons, there are only very few asian films on my list. I missed almost every important Festival and (almost) all DVD- /TV-Premiers (many interesting foreign and I also mean american films by that - films never reach the cinemas here) in Germany, so Ive just seen a poor amount of new european and asian films, mainly the ones which got a theatrical release over here. Overall, my problem is quite similar to wpqx: I barely have seen too few new films. On the other hand, I was extremely surprised by myself that almost half of my favourites are big budget Productions, mainly supported by Hollywood. I guess, thats never happened to me before with such an overwhelming majority.
I ordered the films by the date of view ( NOT by the personal preference!) and inluded every film released for the first time in Germany in 2007, theatrical and/or on festivals. This way, even films like Twentynine Palms (2003 / April 07), Last days (2005 / January 07) or Good Morning, Night (2003 / June 07) are included due to the fact that they didnt reach the german screens until early 2007. An exception is Alex Infascellis bizarre modern Pop Art-Exercise Hate 2 O which was released in Italy within April straight to the DVD I saw (As far as I know). Im almost a bit embarrassed my list mostly seems to be quite a consensus.
Due to some lazyness, I didnt add a comment on every single film from the two lists as originally intended, if you want to know anything more precise, just ask.
** I introduced the 25-Point-Rating-System in early September, so films Ive seen before kept their 10-Point ratings.
* Watched in a German dubbed version (at least the first time, rewatched some of them within the last months on DVD).
I just had to put "The Edge of Heaven" on the list, even though I've seen it only a few days ago (it was released in early autumn here) and threw "The Visible and the Invisible" back to List A2 and removed "Ex Drummer" completely.