Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Best Film of 2007

1) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - I would love to sit here and write a wonderful paragraph about this transparently first-class masterpiece. But I tried writing eight or nine previously, and found the experience wholly inadequate to the task. I don't plan to repeat that mistake by trying that hard again. All I'll say is that no other film so dominated my imagination. No film so shepherded me to so distinct a place. No film felt so passionate and relentless in expressing its point of view. No film made me so wonder how they filmed that moment, time and time and time again. No film so this, no film so that as Andrew Dominik's brilliant Western epic. The fact that people consider this relatively straightforward narrative "strange" or "offbeat" shows how far our collective film tastes have turned to the spoonfed. Which of course means that we're deeply in need of this great, great, great film. And more like it.

1) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
2) Zodiac
3) No Country for Old Men
4) The Namesake
5) Once
6) I'm Not There
7) Control
T-8) There Will Be Blood
T-8) Michael Clayton
10) 28 Weeks Later

4 comments:

texoman said...

So who the hell is ghost?

scot said...

Given that I've missed the last six months or so of films in the theater, aside from Once and Control, you have given me plenty for my Netflix queue. BUT, I wonder if like a Malick film that The Assasination... will lose much of its power on a smaller screen.

K. Bowen said...

Scot ...

In thinking about the ten films, I would say that

Jesse James
Control
There Will Be Blood
No Country

are the ones you'd most want to see on a big screen. The Namesake and Zodiac are preferable on a big screen. The other four, either way.

Texoman ... Boo.

Pinko Punko said...

I think Badlands works either way, big or small. For films that I really want to envelop me, like in the theatre, but i can't see in the theatre, I will watch on my computer with headphones, with the lights out. At the minimum, the screen fills my vision and the sound is exceptional in quality.