New York Magazine's Year in Movies Top List
The awards season is in full-force and the funny thing is most people haven't seen half of the movies that are topping the lists. Although No Country for Old Men has been out in theaters for a few months, There Will Be Blood doesn't even arrive until the end of December. New York Magazine's got a new list out titled The Year in Movies and I like this one almost more than anything else out there. SlashFilm has a great recap of a number of major critic awards, but if there is only one year end list of movies you read (besides our own, of course), it needs to be this one!
David Edelstein gives a great recap of each and every movie at nymag.com, so I'd suggest checking that out, too. However, for simplicity purposes I'm going to rundown his choices here without the commentary, just simply a list of the best of the best of 2007.
1. BEST PICTURE (BY A FLUTTERING EYELASH)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
On the film: "But his mind is unfettered, and so is the palette of Julian Schnabel—who turns out (whatever you think of his paintings) to be a major filmmaker, an artist whose grasp of light and texture and camera movement is both visually inspired and fused with the characters' emotions. Somehow, the hero's plight becomes a metaphor for the human condition: It reminds us how submerged we all are, how distant from even the people we love."
2. ALMOST-BEST PICTURES (BLOODY)
Sweeney Todd and There Will Be Blood
3. ALMOST-BEST PICTURES (FAMILY)
Away From Her and The Savages
4. BEST DOCUMENTARY
No End in Sight
5. BEST WHISTLE-BLOWER
6. BEST NON-IRAQ IRAQ MOVIE
Grace Is Gone
7. BEST SEX SCENES THAT POSE NO RISK TO YOUR HEALTH
8. BEST ACTOR
Frank Langella in Starting Out in the Evening
9. BEST EXCUSE TO CLIMB INTO BED AND PULL THE COVERS OVER YOUR HEAD
No Country for Old Men
10. BEST UNREAL MOVIES THAT MADE YOU RETHINK REALITY
Ratatouille and Persepolis
11. BEST METAPHOR FOR THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX’S MANHANDLING OF THE ECOSYSTEM
The Giant Marauding Catfish on Legs in Bong Joon-Ho's The Host, a.k.a. Little Miss Sunshine Meets Godzilla
Sarah Polley, Away From Her
STINKER OF THE YEAR
He's got one of the best lists that isn't created by a group of pretentious stuck-up critics who have forgotten how to enjoy great movies. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a fantastic movie, and I'd suggest only for those of you who might find it interesting. Part of it is told from the viewpoint of the guy who is completely paralyzed except for one eye, yet it's still thoroughly invigorating.
The Savages and Michael Clayton are two movies that have received little mention on other critics' lists this year, yet besides being two of my favorite movies of the year, are incredible in their own right. And in the end he still doesn't forget to mention No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood. Bravo on one of the best year end lists I've seen, David Edelstein.