Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Sizing Up the First Half of 2007

Now that 2007 is half over, Richard Roper and guest stand-in critic Christy Lemire have posted their picks for the best films so far this year.

Roper's picks:
1. The Lookout
2. Zodiac
3. 300
4. The Hoax
5. Grindhouse

Worst: Norbit

Lemire's picks:
1. Knocked Up
2. Hot Fuzz
3. Away from Her
4. The Lives of Others
5. Once

Worst: Georgia Rule

I have to say that Lemire's list is much more respectable than Roper's, although I agree with him on The Hoax. The presence of 300 on the list really makes me question his judgement.

Anyway, here are my picks for the 5 best films so far this year:

1. The Lives of Others
2. Killer of Sheep
3. The Hoax
4. The Namesake
5. The Boss of it All

Worst: Reno 911!: Miami

I'm still not sure how I feel about including Killer of Sheep, since it is technically a 1977 film that has just now been theatrically released, and I haven't decided if I think it should be included on 2007 lists. If it were not on the list, The Host would take its place.

The first part of 2007 has actually been pretty good, you just had to know where to look to find the good movies. The high profile releases like Spider-man 3, Shrek the Third, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, have all disappointed, despite huge box office returns. While smaller films like those mentioned above, as well as Zodiac, Reign Over Me, and even Grindhouse have all been excellent despite their box office returns.

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