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Wed, Jan 9 2008
Favorite Films of 2007
Topic: Cinema


I managed to avoid the mega-plexes for most of the year, but then I also elected to wait for dvd rather than opt for a single-screen cinema, too.  I skipped on the summer movie-going temptation all-together, so my list of favorites really isn't complete.  I don't really fell like I missed out on too much, becuase prices and audiences are making it a challenge to really enjoy a movie these days. 

Sadly, these selections hardly match up to offerings of years past.  I really need to pay attention to the film festival screenings more often, because most of the crap that is getting distribution is weak, weak, weak.

And so, here are my selections for the "better-than-average" films of the year:

No Country For Old Men 

Into the Wild


Eastern Promises

Grind House


The Savages

There Will Be Blood

Assasination of Jesse James

Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

The following are technically 2006, but received 2007 US distribution and happily make my list:

The Lives of Others

Triad Election


Honorable mention: Fido, Away From Her, Hot Fuzz, Year of the Dog, Blade Runner: The Final Cut, Inland Empire, King of Kong, Sicko, I'm Not There

Posted by hammy154 at 4:07 PM PST
Updated: Fri, Jan 30 2009 4:43 PM PST
Wed, Dec 5 2007
Top Albums of 2007
Mood:  lyrical
Topic: music

It was a very good year for music.  A lot of great new titles, some bounce-back recordings and others who just cant stop the (good) music from coming!  Note: I have excluded the 2007 US release versions of Albert Hammond Jr's "Yours to Keep" as well as Sloan's "Never Hear the End of It" from this list.  These titles received 2006 international releases and, honestly, that year's best-of list needs those titles more than this year.

Here then is my list of favorites for 2007...

albums of the year:

  1. 1900's – Cold and Kind
  2. Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
  3. The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse
  4. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
  5. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
  6. Dinosaur Jr. – Beyond 
  7. Caribou – Andorra 
  8. 1990's – Cookies 
  9. Apples in Stereo – New Magnetic Wonder 
  10. Lucinda Williams – West


Honorable mention: 

Richard Swift – Dressed Up for the Letdown, Black Moth Super Rainbow – Dandelion Gum, New Pornographers – Challengers, Detroit Cobras – Tied & True, White Stripes – Icky Thump, Ryan Adams – Easy Tiger, Arcade Fire – Neon Bible, Shout Out Louds - Our Ill Wills, Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedada, Tupelo Honeys – Salute You  

Top 3 EP's:

Black Kids - Wizard of Ahhhs

Ladyhawk - Fight for Anarchy

M. Ward - To Go Home 


Best Re-issue:

Robyn Hitchcock - Black Snake Diamond Role


Best Box-set:

Robyn Hitchcok - I Want to go Backwards


Best Comedy recording:

Patton Oswalt - Lollipops and Werewolves


Best Spanish-language recording:

Los Straitjackets – Rock en Espanol Volume One


Best download-only album:

Radiohead – In Rainbows


Best Instrumental recording:

Antibalas – Security


Hope one or more of these finds its way to your listening device in 2008.



Posted by hammy154 at 1:32 PM PST
Updated: Fri, Dec 7 2007 5:16 PM PST

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