2007: There Will Be Blood

The Top Ten Films of the Year

1. Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood

2. Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf

3. Simon Staho’s Daisy Diamond

4. Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof

5. Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There.

6. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3

7. Craig Brewer’s Black Snake Moan

8. Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz

9. Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited

10. David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises

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The Kenneth Anger Award for Achievement in Short Subject Filmmaking:
Don Hertzfeldt’s everything will be ok

The John Matrix Award for Achievement in Non-Stop Action:
Paul Greengrass’ The Bourne Ultimatum

The Robert Altman Award for Best Ensemble:
Emile Hirsch, Jena Malone, William Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden, Brian Dierker, Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn, Kristen Stewart, Hal Holbrook and Bart the Bear in Sean Penn’s Into the Wild

The Albert and David Maysles Award for Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking:
Asger Leth’s Ghosts of Cité Soleil

The Kevin Smith Award for Achievement in Foul-Mouthed Hilarity:
Greg Mottola’s Superbad

The Cronus-Zeus Award for Most Disturbing Father-Son Relationship:
Albert Finney and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Sidney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

The Might Have Made the Top Ten If They’d Cast, Say, Caroline Dhavernas Instead Of Keira Knightley Award:
(ex aequo) Joe Wright’s Atonement and François Girard’s Silk

The Chuck Jones Award for Achievement in Animation:
Brad Bird’s Ratatouille

Best Actress: Ellen Page (“Juno”, “The Tracey Fragments”)
Girlfriend’s always been great in everything (Kitty Pryde!), but 2007 was truly a star-making year for her. Her performance in “Juno”, especially, is comic genius, Page’s wisecracking knocked up teenager is like both Gilmore Girls rolled into one! The movie’s wonderful, too, Wes Anderson-light by the way of “Ghost World” or “Election”.

Best Actor: Josh Brolin (“American Gangster”, “No Country for Old Men”, “Planet Terror”)
Another actor who’s done good work before, but who truly came into his own this year. Just think, in “American Gangster” he co-stars with acting heavyweights Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe and he manages to steal every scene from them!

best albums
1 Sunset Rubdown’s Random Spirit Lovers
2 Rufus Wainwright’s Release the Stars (and Rufus Does Judy!)
3 The Hot Springs’ Volcano
4 Le Husky’s Chanson moderne pour cyniques romantiques
5 Gatineau’s LLL Stéréo (and L’IntégraLLL)

Best live show:
The Polyphonic SpreeThe Fragile Army (July 3rd @ Spectrum de Montréal)
Like The Arcade Fire and Sufjan Stevens’ band -together!-, with a lead singer who perfectly embodies Jeff Bebe’s M.O: “I connect. I get people off. I look for the one guy who isn’t getting off, and I MAKE him get off!”

The Gift that Keeps on Giving:
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova and Once
Fell in love with the movie when it came out in May, listened to the soundtrack (and to companion piece of sorts “The Swell Season”) throughout the year, then on November 22nd, I got to see Hansard and Irglova perform songs from “Once” and more, live at the National. Good times all around.

NEXT PAGE: Every 2007 film I’ve seen, ranked and graded.
THEN: Joseph Bélanger’s 2007 Top 10
PLUS: Jean-François Tremblay’s Best & Worst of 2007
AND: Franck Tabouring’s 2007 Top 10