Friday, April 11, 2008

Top 20 of 2007: Redux

I know this is really ridiculous since it's practically mid-April, but I'm finally posting my revised list of the best films of 2007. It's been almost three months since I posted my original list, and it took me so long just to come up with that one. After I did it, though, I realized I might have decided a bit too soon, since there were quite a few notable 2007 releases that I hadn't seen. As I started catching up, my list changed dramatically, and I had to make room for some new additions. I don't want to take anything away from my original list. I stand by it, because that was the best of what I had seen at the time, and even though some films have been bumped off entirely, that doesn't mean that I love or respect them any less. I just saw other films that I loved and enjoyed a bit more. The order of the survivors has also changed slightly. For comparison purposes, you can view my original list here.

Anyway, I've been delaying this because I take my lists very seriously, and this was a really tough call. I've spent a lot of time thinking about the films, and it's been a difficult process deciding which to keep, which to add, and what order to put them in. They're all five-star films, so ranking them was particularly challenging. I could probably flip-flop and shuffle them and tweak the list for all eternity, but I had to just go with my heart and my instincts and stop the madness, so this is the final fruit of my ordering labor. There were also more 2007 films I wanted to see, and I thought that they might end up being contenders. But, I finally put my foot down. This has to be the last call, because otherwise it could go on forever. I can't possibly see everything. Whatever I haven't seen the words of John Lennon, well...oh well. I'm satisfied now, and that's how it's going to stay.

Without further ado, I present my definitive list of the best films of 2007:

1. I'm Not There
2. Juno
3. No Country for Old Men
4. After the Wedding
5. Atonement
6. Black Book
7. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
8. Into the Wild
9. Once
10. L'Iceberg
11. Planet Terror
12. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
13. Superbad
14. Waitress
15. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
16. 2 Days in Paris
17. Sunshine
18. In the Valley of Elah
19. There Will Be Blood
20. Lust, Caution

C'est fini! La fin!

For real.

I promise.

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