17 December 2007

Crunch Time

I only have five days left to screen as many 2007 films as possible and give them a write-up for Playback's Best of 2007. I've already finished my 'Worst of 2007' film list, but it's the best of... that's giving me the most trouble. In the past five days I've watched ten films (There Will Be Blood, The Savages, Michael Clayton, Starting Out in the Evening, The Orphanage, Lust, Caution, Once, Margot at the Wedding, The Simpsons Movie (which blows), and Paranoid Park) and the entire third season of Lost. Here's what I have left of the possible viewings: Juno, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Ratatouille, The Hottest State, Mr. Brooks (yes! I'm told it's wonderfully awful), Great World of Sound, Terror's Advocate, Redacted, Reservation Road, I Don't Want to Sleep Alone, and the Sisters remake... and if I'm lucky, maybe The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Persepolis (but those two are going to be the tough ones). No possibility, however, for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days or Syndromes and a Century, unfortunately. Anything else I'm missing? Holla at me. All this and I still haven't watched the fourth season of The Wire (which will more than likely be better than all of the films I've lined up)!


Filmbo said...

How can I not resist, you left off the new Rivette film from your list.

Though I wonder if its available to critics yet. It may not be.

Joe said...

It's not.

In an ideal world, I'd have the opportunity to see everything I needed to that was officially released in 07, but that isn't possible. Particularly for foreign titles. One I'm particularly bummed that I don't have access to is the new Catherine Breillat.

Patrick said...

Seconded on The Wire, I was going to double feature American Gangster after seeing another movie, but after twenty minutes or so, I was like "why does this movie exist?" Two episodes out from the end of the fourth season of The Wire, why was I watching this totally cliched look at the drug game when I had the wonderfully nuanced world of The Wire waiting.

The show, and other really good long form TV shows, has changed the way I look at movies, pushed my tastes away from traditional narratives out towards the avant garde, simply because a two hour movie can't come close to the complexity and emotion of The Wire. American Gangster looked alright, but it had no real reason to exist.

Joe said...

Touche, Patrick.

I almost don't want to watch anything crime-related any more. And that's probably a good thing. Damn HBO for making me question my faithfulness to the cinema.