Thursday, November 29, 2007

"Paste Magazine" Posts Top 50 of 2007

Paste Magazine has posted an interesting top 50 of 2007 list. Its hard to figure out if they actually considered (saw?) any of the upcoming films as most of the top December releases are markedly absent (Atonement, Charlie Wilson's War, Sweeney Todd, There Will Be Blood), although The Kite Runner and Persepolis do appear. I suspect that they did get into screenings and did consider all the December releases— which would be a bad sign for these Oscar hopefuls. But either way the list is an interesting "first out of the gate" rundown.

Noteworthy (if disheartening) is the placement of Persepolis (#41) versus the mainstream animated hit Ratatouille (#11). If Paste Magazine picks the conservative choice among these two animated film Oscar rivals, than maybe Persepolis isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Glad that The Savages(#46) made their list— I'm hoping that it's good, as I really liked that filmmaker's previous film The Slums of Beverly Hills.

Very happy to see King of Kong get some attention (#20), as well as The Darjeeling Limited (#26), Paris Je T'Aime (#28), The Simpsons Movie (perfect at #35), and Sicko (#37). I do think that Superbad (#44) was actually better than Knocked Up (#23).

I liked their choice of American Gangster at #50— its a nod to the Oscar bait that it is, without going over-the-top with praise.

And of course there are many just-to-be-weird, what-the-hell-is-that-movie choices just for good measure: Hanna Takes the Stairs, anyone?

The Full List (and link):

1. Juno [Jason Reitman]
2. Once [John Carney]
3. Eastern Promises [David Cronenberg]
4. Away From Her [Sarah Polley]
5. Margot at the Wedding [Noah Baumbach]
6. Michael Clayton [Tony Gilroy]
7. The Wind That Shakes the Barley [Ken Loach]
8. No Country for Old Men [Joel and Ethan Coen]
9. The Kite Runner [Marc Forster]
10. Syndromes and a Century [Apichatpong "Joe" Weerasethakul]
11. Ratatouille [Brad Bird]
12. Ten Canoes [Rolf de Heer/Peter Djigirr]
13. Great World of Sound [Craig Zobel]
14. Ghosts of Cité Soleil [Asger Leth/Milos Loncarevic]
15. Offside [Jafar Panahi]
16. My Kid Could Paint That [Amir Bar-Lev]
17. 2 Days in Paris [Julie Delpy]
18. Waitress [Adrienne Shelly]
19. Manufactured Landscapes [Jennifer Baichwal]
20. The King of Kong [Seth Gordon]
21. Sunshine [Danny Boyle]
22. This is England [Shane Meadows]
23. Knocked Up [Judd Apatow]
24. Hanna Takes the Stairs [Joe Swanberg]
25. Bella [Alejandro Gomez Monteverde]
26. The Darjeeling Limited [Wes Anderson]
27. Grindhouse [Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez]
28. Paris, Je T'aime [Various Directors]
29. God Grew Tired of Us [Christopher Dillon Quinn]
30. No End in Sight [Charles Ferguson]
31. The Bourne Ultimatum [Paul Greengrass]
32. Hot Fuzz [Edgar Wright]
33. 3:10 to Yuma [James Mangold]
34. Year of the Dog [Mike White]
35. The Simpsons Movie [David Silverman]
36. Hairspray [Adam Shankman]
37. Sicko [Michael Moore]
38. Rescue Dawn [Werner Herzog]
39. The Short Life of José Antonio Guitierrez [Heidi Specogna]
40. Forever [Heddy Honigmann]
41. Persepolis [Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud]
42. Talk to Me [Kasi Lemmons]
43. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead [Sidney Lumet]
44. Superbad [Greg Mottola]
45. Zodiac [David Fincher]
46. The Savages [Tamara Jenkins]
47. Rocket Science [Jeffrey Blitz]
48. The Signal [David Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry]
49. The Lookout [Scott Frank]
50. American Gangster [Ridley Scott]

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