By no means do I see every good movie out there, but when most American adults average something like five movies a year in theaters, clearly my 41 movies seen in 2007 puts me far above the norm.
So here’s my top 10 list for ’07. One or two of these were actually released around Christmas 2006, and are thus considered 2006 movies. But since probably 95 percent of their eventual audience saw them after Dec. 31 of ’06, I’m calling them ’07 movies. Look, it’s my blog so I make the rules, not the members of the Academy.
In roughly descending order:
Children of Men, Juno, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Letters From Iwo Jima, The Darjeeling Limited, The Namesake, The Lives of Others, My Best Friend, In the Shadow of the Moon, No End in Sight.
Give me another 10 and you’d get Dan in Real Life, The Savages, After the Wedding, Charlie Wilson’s War, 1408, Music and Lyrics, The Bourne Ultimatum, Once, Venus and Ratatouille.
The fake trailers and ads between features in Grindhouse would make my top 20 (the two features themselves, however, were awful, aside from the turbodriven chase sequence in Tarantino’s segment) and if Blade Runner: The Final Cut counts as an ’07 release, it would be No. 1.