Saturday, January 19, 2008

Film 2007: Un Certain Regard

I like that the Cannes Film Festival has a slot for films and filmmakers it has a fondness for, and I do the same with my yearly compilation. In some way it's the most intriguing...Why these films? Why didn't they go all the way to the top? Generally speaking, these are movies that pleased me because of a key performance or two, or good writing and direction, or memorable scenes, that didn't quite have the heft or gravity to put them on the "big board", as they say in Glengarry Glen Ross. And that's fine: They're eminently watchable, Between Productions-endorsed when they turn up on cable or DVD, and helped me get through those sour patches in my annual filmgoing.

In alphabetical order:

Across the Universe
After the Wedding
Away From Her
Broken English
Crazy Love
Deep Water
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
Lars and the Real Girl
The Last Winter
Live-In Maid
The Lives of Others
Manufactured Landscapes
Margot at the Wedding
Poison Friends
Private Fears in Public Places
The Rape of Europa
Sacco and Vanzetti
The Savages
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway
The Simpsons Movie
Tears of the Black Tiger
This is England
2 Days in Paris
The Wind That Shakes the Barley

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