On this edition of the podcast, we talk about our favorite films of 2007. Finally.— Favorites of 2007, Serpentine —
2:41 Number 5
4:48 Number 4
7:04 Number 3
10:41 Number 2
12:08 Numbers 6-10
24:49 Honorable Mentions
30:12 Number 1
34:04 Favorite Screenings of Older Films
43:11 Favorite Unreleased Films
46:05 Old Filmmakers, New Filmmakers
47:51 Omissions and Irritations
I always like another excuse to celebrate the New Year. Maybe I can re-up my broken resolutions.
Nice 'cast, nice lists. Lots of intriguing titles to take note of. I still can't get aboard the Once train myself. I mean, I'd be willing to take a short ride on it if it helped get me to my destination, but I'd prefer another mode of transport, like the Eastern Promises express or even the Darjeeling Limited. I was happy it won an Oscar though, even if it had to beat out "Fez (Men Working)" to do so. That song should be on every podcast I think.
On the eligibility issues mentioned at the end of the podcast: New York-centric critics may not consider All in This Tea and 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days to have had 2007 commercial releases since they didn't play a consecutive week in their city. But Blank's film had a week-long stint at the Roxie, and Puiu's got 7 Days in Los Angeles as an Oscar-qualifying run.
Jeez, I don't know why I'm having so much trouble with the calendar this year. I totally forgot that All in This Tea played at the Roxie, for quite a while, actually. And I'm glad to hear that 4 Months actually did have a qualifying run. (J. Robert is usually up on that sort of thing.)
I thought of you when I said that "almost" everyone I knew of loved Once. You and Michael Sicinski ("What a pointless little nothing of a film."). My enthusiasm remains undiminished.
I'm of course glad that "Fez (Men Working)" was nominated for best song, but I thought Bill Conti and his orchestra totally butchered it during the telecast. I never want to hear that guy whistle again.
No one will ever guess where I got the recording of "Auld Lang Syne." Or maybe it's easy, I dunno.
Fun podcast, gentlemen. I had the pleasure of listening to it the day after I watched Atonement on DVD, so I was especially receptive to the criticism of that film. I was in tears from laughing at Rob's jokes about Keira Knightly's deformity.
I was in tears from laughing at Rob's
jokes poignant consideration of Keira Knightley's deformity.