Top 20 of 2007

There Will Be Blood 3

Again, I like a little bit of time between lists because over time films that were not buzzed about will get discovered, and some films settle better over time. I liked my top three initially, but I also liked other movies initially that have worn some. Ratatouille and Knocked Up are two such examples. They are good films, but do not have the replay value of the top three, all of which I have seen at least once.

There are three Criterion films on this list, and I saw all of them for the first time this year. There is one other Criterion 2007 release that did not make my list, and that is The Darjeeling Limited. It is my least favorite Wes Anderson, but I was going to try to revisit for this poll and keep an open mind. For whatever reason (and honestly, a big one was lack of motivation), I did not get back to Wes. Another time.

There are five international films, which seems small. A Girl Cut in Two is a late Chabrol that I seem to be in the minority about. Although I don’t think many in the states have seen it. Funny Games was an American remake of an international film by the same director, which is quite unusual. What’s a coincidence is that the original film came out 10 years earlier, and spoiler alert, it will make my upcoming 1997 list. There is a similar scenario, albeit not identical, where an adaptation and the original will make two lists, but I won’t say which that is yet. Some will probably guess.

There are three documentaries on the list, although I’m not sure that the Guy Maddin film really counts. No End in Sight is a movie that was impactful at the time, but may seem dated now. I have not rewatched it, so there’s no way to know. Another highly regarded documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side did not hold up and did not make the list.

Finally, this is the first time that I’ve had a list entry directed by someone who follows me on Twitter. That would be Larry Blamire and Trail of the Screaming Forehead. The fact that he follows me had no influence on the film’s inclusion. To my surprise, it only has a 5.9 rating on IMDB (granted, that isn’t the ultimate arbiter). I think most do not get his humor or his aesthetic.

1. There Will Be Blood
2. Persepolis
3. No Country for Old Men
4. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
5. Secret of the Grain aka Couscous
6. I’m Not There
7. My Winnipeg
8. Zodiac
9. No End in Sight
10. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
11. Secret Sunshine
12. Into the Wild
13. King of Kong
14. Control
15. Trail of the Screaming Forehead
16. Superbad
17. A Girl Cut in Two
18. Michael Clayton
19. Hot Fuzz
20. Funny Games


Posted on August 6, 2015, in Film, Lists. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Wow Aaron, against all odds my own #1 film of the year does not make your Top 20!!

    My review of the Number 1:

    But I do concur with you many times here my friend!! Terrific list!!!!

    2007 Hall of Fame: Atonement, The Last Mistress, The Visitor, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Sweeney Todd, Paranoid Park, Don’t Touch the Axe, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Alexandra, I’m Not There, The Edge of Heaven, 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Mongol, Ratatouille, United Red Army, The Man From London, The Witnesses, There Will Be Blood, Across the Universe, My Blueberry Nights, Boy A, Nightwatching, Up the Yangtze, The Lookout, Encounters to the Far Edge of the World, You the Living, Persepolis

    • Great list! A lot of those would be 21-30. You share more in common with my wife. She loves Atonement and The Visitor, whereas I like both. The Mungiu could go up with a re-watch, but I haven’t seen it since then and remember is being heavy-handed. Of course back then I wasn’t as aware of the Romanian movement save for some breakthrough films like Lazarescu.

  2. Great list! A couple recommendations:

    12:08 East of Bucharest (2007), Corneliu Porumboiu
    Paranoid Park (2007), Gus Van Sant
    Alexandra (2007), Aleksandr Sokurov

  3. Great list and a reminder that I still haven’t seen Secret Sunshine and the The Diving Bell and the Butterfly !

    If I had to make one for 2007 :

    1 Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
    2 La graine et le mulet (Abdellatif Kechiche)
    3 Shotgun Stories (Jeff Nichols)
    4 There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
    5 No Country for Old Men (Ethan Coen,Joel Coen)
    6 Boy A (John Crowley)
    7 Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright)
    8 Funny Games U.S. (Michael Haneke)
    9 Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (Sidney Lumet)
    10 We Own the Night (James Gray)
    11 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tim Burton)
    12 Zuo you (Xiaoshuai Wang)
    14 Control (Anton Corbijn)
    15 The Darjeeling Limited (Wes Anderson)
    16 Death Proof (Quentin Tarantino)
    17 Mister Lonely (Harmony Korine)
    18 Hot Rod (Akiva Schaffer)
    19 I don’t want to sleep alone (Tsai Ming-liang)
    20 Into the Wild (Sean Penn)

  4. Wow! This reminds me what a great year 2007 was. I love several on everyone’s list. Your number 1 and 10 would be on my list. And Amorarty’s list has many of my favorites. Atonement would be high on the list. I love that green dress. Fun post.

  5. Atonement could also have made my list, if only for the amazing tracking shot on the beaches.

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