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I love film lists. They give me the freedom to indulge my OCD tendencies, legitimately. For the past two days I have been obsessively shuffling through my dog-eared collection of scrawled-upon post-its as I tried to find the perfect ten films in the perfect order for 2007.
Here is what I've got.
Please note: release dates differ in Australia so some films that I would love to include (Juno!!!) aren?t here because they won?t be released until 2008. Dammit.
4 Months, 3 weeks & 2 Days
This bleak, Romanian tale crept under my skin and set up shop. It is one of those films that lingers, popping into your mind months after you have seen it. It follows one truly harrowing day in the life of two students as one seeks an abortion and the other goes to extraordinary lengths to help her. Writer/Director Cristian Mungiu's inert, one-take scenes made me feel like the voyeur in the room. I know I have painted a rather ghastly picture of this film but I can?t recommend it highly enough. The acts of friendship are some of the most human and touching moments on celluloid this year. But it will depress the hell out of you all the same. Make sure you watch it when you have an hour or two to spare afterwards. You will need a little lie down.
No Country for Old Men
I have a confession to make. Until two hours ago, I had not seen this film and I was holding off writing this list until I did. From everything I had read and heard about the Coen brothers? adaptation of Cormac McCarthy?s novel, I knew it would be a mistake to try to write a top ten list for the year without including it. It doesn?t officially open in Australia for another week and due to a series of misadventures I had missed every pre-screening. I managed to get myself into a preview today and I am so glad I did. This is, in my opinion, the Coen brothers? best. Much has been written about the ending so I was preparing myself to be disappointed by what many critics have called a failing of the film. I was far from disappointed. Rather, I thought it nothing short of masterful.
There are many things about this movie that worked but for me the most powerful was the representation of the mafia. It wasn?t glamorised nor was every individual demonised. Rather, there was a great humanity in the portrayal. In typical Cronenberg stye, there were moments that had me squeezing my eyes shut against the brutality but in general, I was captivated. The female characters were a little brittle and light on substance, but that aside, I thought it a very rich film.
Loyalty to the John Waters original put me off seeing this confection. Foolish! I loved it. It retained Water?s vision of societal perversion, cast a feel-good glow over the entire city of Baltimore and set it all to music! Integration now!
By the power of Greyskull this film was a cracker. I worship at the alter of Wright (Edgar...Director/Co-Writer), Pegg (Simon... Sgt Angel/other Co-Writer) and Frost (Nick...PC Butterman) so I was probably going to include this film whether I liked it or not. Thankfully I loved it. It is no Shaun of the Dead, that groundbreaking rom-com-zom number, but it is hard to top a romantic-comedy-zombie movie. If you love this, and you will, make sure you check out where it all began - the British television series, Spaced.
OK, I am just going to come out and say this. I am not a huge animation fan. I know that puts me in the minority as far as film geekdom goes, but I just don?t get that emotionally involved. Normally. First came Toy Story. I was blown away but assumed it must have been a fluke. And then came that skit about the fish. I rushed out and bought it the moment it became available. But surely, I thought, lightening can?t strike three times in the same place. But it did! Ratatouille rocked my world. First of all, I am a foodie. The only thing I love more than cooking is watching movies about cooking so this film won me over from the get-go. And secondly, there is a speech in there about the role of the critic that moved me deeply.
A heartbreaking story of alienation and cruelty. There is nothing particularly new here, but rather a stark reminder of the prickly demons that so often haunt genius. I loved his music but my heart breaks for those who loved him. Love will tear us apart. Sigh.
Notes on a Scandal
There is nothing I love more than being totally messed with by a movie. I like to be tossed around, manipulated, made to squirm and then spat out the other end. Two of the screen?s most sophisticated babes, Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench, are seriously disturbing in this twisted tale. Every time you think you have a grip on which characters you like, another shade of grey casts a pallor over the landscape. Chilling.
A great Australian film. This story of slaughter in the suburbs is raw but beautifully shot. The pacing is a little slow but it is a tremendous example of how powerful characterisation can lift a small, first film into cinematic greatness. Hunt this film out. It is absolutely worth it.
Die Hard 4.0
Yeah, its a bit of a rubbish film but I have a passion for John McClane that knows no bounds. And I really like big bangs, explosions and Bruce Willis? rippling, dry wit. Yippi-kay-ay!