It’s December, when movie critics’ minds turn to their annual Top Ten lists. We don’t actually publish the list until January, but we think about it now.
At least I do. and I thought I’d share my thoughts on the subject with you
. So let’s get started with the rules.
To qualify for my Top Ten Films of 2007, a picture must meet these criteria:
- It’s initial Bay Area theatrical run must have started in 2007. I’m defining a “theatrical run” as playing every day for at least two weeks in one theater or one week in two theaters. If it just played a festival, or played for a week somewhere, it doesn’t qualify.
- I had to have seen it. Unfortunately, this disqualifies a lot of movies. For instance, neither Children of Men nor Letters from Iwo Jima qualified for 2006 because I didn’t see them until 2007. But they don’t qualify for 2007 because they were in Bay Area theaters in 2006.
- I gave it an .
So how many films qualify? Here’s the list, in more or less chronological order by my reviews.
- Golden Door
- La Vie En Rose
- Adam’s Apples
- Hot Fuzz
- The Lives of Others
- Knocked Up
- Ten Canoes
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- No End in Sight
- The Savages
- Lust, Caution
- Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
- No Country for Old Men
That’s quite a list. And it may grow as I see more 2007 films in the coming weeks.
More on how I’ll winnow this down later.