Friday, December 14, 2007

And the winners are:

One of the things I love about this time of year is all the year-end wrap-up stories and best-of lists. I've never known anyone in a newsroom who liked producing these things, but as a reader I've always appreciated them and I know they're very popular. (Yet another clue, maybe, about why newspapers are in such great decline.)

With the Golden Globe nominations announced yesterday the Oscar chatter has begun in earnest, and I thought it was a good time to post the first M&M Movies of the Year list. This comes with two big caveats. First, it's really just my list, not M&M's; Michelle will have to produce her own if she wants to. And second, it's incomplete because there are still a few hyped and worthy-looking award-season releases we haven't seen yet, including "Juno," "The Savages," "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," "There Will Be Blood," "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," "Sweeney Todd," and "Charlie Wilson's War."

As I was putting together this post, I assembled an index to our previous M&M movie reviews on one page, here. One thing I noticed is that I've been pretty generous with the gliomas. A lot of the flicks here got four Gs, which seems excessive. Then again, we're usually seeing the best-looking or -reviewed movies, so maybe it's possible that so many are excellent. Still, in the future I'm going to try to be more discerning with my tumors.

Even with all those warnings, I find it hard to nominate my top five movies of 2007. Here they are (unranked, at this point). Please let us know what's on your list.

No Country For Old Men
Michael Clayton
I'm Not There
Into the Wild

Also, for fun clicking, Time has produced an entire Top 10 issue, with year-end lists in 50 categories encompassing news, the arts, science, tech, sports, pop culture and more. It's worth a look.


freda said...

unfortunately, I have only seen one of the movies on your list, Michael Clayton, which I really liked. I will have to get out and see the others.

Rita said...

Love these End-of-Year TOP lists. Your top five movie choices reminded me that I need to get out more.

Comparing your 5 with the two TIME reviewers, each of them had two in common with your choices. Only one movie emerged as a common top 5 choice - No Country for Old Men.

Personally, the one I would most like to see is Atonement- maybe because I loved the book.

Hey, M&M took a big leap on Technorati!

Michelle said...

Here's my list:

No Country for Old men
Eastern Promises
Into the Wild
King of Kong
3:10 to yuma

I think No Country will be the big winner this year.

I found a complete list of 2007 releases here. Here's a list of all the
Golden Globe nominees.

Mark said...

That's a good list, baby, although you list six movies, not five. Not that there's anything wrong with that ...

Michelle said...

Okay, I would drop 3:10 to Yuma if pressed.