20 December 2007

Best Movies of 2007

Results are in for the second annual Indiewire Critics Poll. The good people at Indiewire polled more than 100 North American film critics, including myself, and our collective choice for the best film of 2007 was the yet-unrleased Paul Thomas Anderson oil epic There Will Be Blood, which hits theaters in selected cities next week and should go nationwide in January.

Below is my own Top 10 list for 2007. I missed a few interesting-sounding films this year, including the Palme d'Or winning 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, out of Romania, and Colossal Youth, by the Portuguese director Pedro Costa, which finished #5 and #8 respectively in the Indiewire poll. I'll have more comments about the year in movies in my Academy Awards preview in February.

1. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, U.S.)
2. Black Book (Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands)
3. Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)
4. Offside (Jafar Panahi, Iran)
5. Zodiac (David Fincher, U.S.)
6. Southland Tales (Richard Kelly, U.S.)
7. Lady Chatterley (Pascale Ferran, France)
8. Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg, U.K.)
9. Death Proof (Quentin Tarantino, U.S.)
10. Bamako (Abderrahmane Sissako, Mali)

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