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Re: Best Films of 2007

PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:38 am
by A
Don't remind me! The last couple of weeks I'm feeling like I'm the Titanic, and I'm heading straight for the iceberg. I probably haven't had so much stress and responsibilities during the last two years...

The Polley review will have to wait some more weeks...

I think the time is ripe for you to rewatch some of Wes Anderson's earlier films. I found the same amount of depth and maturity in all of them. No wonder that three of his films are already personal favorites.

R6dw6C was also quite surprised by how good Anderson's latest was. He wasn't familiar with his oevre and was thinking more of middlebrow eccentric indie films for eccentricity's sake. Now he is bugging me to lend him The Royal Tenenbaums .

And I thought that Hotel Chevalier was equally intriguing.

Re: Best Films of 2007

PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:52 am
by wpqx
Well by my most recent count I've only seen 23 total films from 2007, and this is at least 27 films too short to be able to put together a respectable list. Now if 10 of these 23 were particularly outstanding then maybe I could feel comfortable putting something down, but there are only about three films I would feel comfortable with on my list. I also realized I put Inland Empire on my 2006 list. I've had a chance to see it twice and found a particularly hostile crowd the second time, which was bizarre coming from a class devoted to David Lynch.

Re: Best Films of 2007

PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:17 pm
by arsaib4
A wrote: The Polley review will have to wait some more weeks...

I think the time is ripe for you to rewatch some of Wes Anderson's earlier films. I found the same amount of depth and maturity in all of them. No wonder that three of his films are already personal favorites.


No problem, I understand.

I also have The Royal Tenenbaums, so it'd be the first one up.

Re: Best Films of 2007

PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 8:38 pm
by arsaib4
Any progress, wpqx?

Re: Best Films of 2007

PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 10:20 pm
by wpqx
Yes and no. Not tackled 2007 releases yet, but have only about 5 films remaining from the top 1000 list, so I'm getting close to my new mission.

Re: Best Films of 2007

PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 3:00 am
by arsaib4
DISTRIBUTED FILMS (U.S./2007)
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*Please CLICK HERE for my rules and my Primary Best of '07 list.

*This year I've decided to list my Secondary Selections according to alphabetical order . Feel free to ask if you have any questions.

*The World Premiere year of non-2007 films is included for future reference.
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SECONDARY SELECTIONS

Away From Her - Sarah Polley / Canada ['06]

Bamako - Abderrahmane Sissako / Mali-Fra-U.S. ['06]
The Beautiful Washing Machine ( Mei li de xi yi ji ) - James Lee / Malaysia ['04]
Belle toujours - Manoel de Oliveira / Portugal-Fra ['06]
Bug - William Friedkin / U.S. ['06]

China Blue - Micha X. Peled / U.S. ['05]
Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures ( Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus ) - Marcelo Gomes / Brazil ['05]
Control - Anton Corbijn / U.K.-Aus-Jpn

Darwin's Nightmare - Hubert Sauper / Austria-Bel-Fra-Can-Fin-Swe ['04]
Death Proof - Quentin Tarantino / U.S.
The Devil Came on Horseback - Ricki Stern & Anne Sundberg / U.S.
The District! ( Nyócker! ) - Áron Gauder / Hungary ['04]

Eastern Promises - David Cronenberg / U.K.-Can-U.S.

Five ( Five Dedicated to Ozu ) - Abbas Kiarostami / Iran-Fra-Jpn ['03]

Glue ( Glue - Historia adolescente en medio de la nada ) - Alexis Dos Santos / Argentina-U.K. ['06]
Green Chair ( Noksaek uija ) - Park Cheol-su / S. Korea ['05]

The Host ( Gwoemul ) - Bong Joon-ho / S. Korea ['06]

L'Iceberg - Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon & Bruno Romy / Belgium ['05]
In Between Days - So Yong Kim / U.S.-Can-S.Kor ['06]
Into Great Silence ( Die große Stille ) - Philip Gröning / Germany-Swi-Fra ['05]
Into the Wild - Sean Penn / U.S.

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten - Julien Temple / U.K.-Ire

Lars and the Real Girl - Craig Gillespie / U.S.
The Last Winter - Larry Fessenden / U.S.-Ice ['06]
Linda Linda Linda - Yamashita Nobuhiro / Japan ['05]

Margot at the Wedding - Noah Baumbach / U.S.
Michael Clayton - Tony Gilroy / U.S.

No Country for Old Men - Joel & Ethan Coen / U.S.
No End in Sight - Charles Ferguson / U.S.

Offside - Jafar Panahi / Iran ['06]
Once - John Carney / Ireland ['06]

Paprika - Kon Satoshi / Japan ['06]
Persepolis - Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi / France-U.S.
Poison Friends ( Les Amitiés maléfiques ) - Emmanuel Bourdieu / France ['06]
Police Beat - Robinson Devor / U.S. ['05]
Private Property ( Nue propriété ) - Joachim Lafosse / Belgium-Fra-Lux ['06]

Ratatouille - Brad Bird & Jan Pinkava / U.S.

Starting Out in the Evening - Andrew Wagner / U.S.
Summer '04 ( Sommer '04 ) - Stefan Krohmer / Germany ['06]

Terror's Advocate ( L'Avocat de la terreur ) - Barbet Schroeder / France
20 Fingers - Mania Akbari / Iran ['04]

The Way I Spent the End of the World ( Cum mi-am petrecut sfarsitul lumii ) - Catalin Mitulescu / Romania-Fra ['06]
We Own the Night - James Gray / U.S.
Whisky Romeo Zulu - Enrique Piñeyro / Argentina ['04]

Youth Without Youth - Francis Ford Coppola / U.S.-Ger-Ita-Fra-Rom

Re: Best Films of 2007

PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 12:21 pm
by wpqx
You preferred Death Proof over Planet Terror?

Re: Best Films of 2007

PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 2:36 am
by arsaib4
I guess you could say that. For better or for worse (the former in your case), Planet Terror is an "old school" Grindhouse film which follows the rules of the book. Tarantino, characteristically, subverts them in Death Proof by "introducing" an element which happens to be his forte: dialogue. And by doing so, I think he not only stamps the film but the genre itself with his name, something he also accomplished with the two films earlier this decade.

Re: Best Films of 2007

PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 11:59 am
by wpqx
Actually I felt the dialogue is what made Tarantino's film weak. It seemed like every character in the film sounded like Tarantino as opposed to fleshed out and individual characters. At times it felt a little like a "talk-fest" rather than a film.

Re: Best Films of 2007

PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 8:29 pm
by arsaib4
Maybe I just like listening to Tarantino, and won't mind if all movie characters spoke like him. ;)

Good genre films usually do more with less (recent example: Redbelt), but I think in Death Proof, as in most other Tarantino films, the "meat" of the characters does lie in how they talk. Perhaps it's also the precise nuances and the behavior patterns along with that, but while hearing them I'm able to paint a picture in my mind regarding who they are and where they come from, etc. I really can't think of another filmmakers in the world today who has a better understanding of how people talk.