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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

2007: Year in Review

2007 was a satisfying film viewing year both in terms of the quality of films seen and even the quantity.

Total # of films & documentaries seen in 2007: 385

Note: This number only includes films and docs with a duration of over 60 minutes; I am not including any individual shorts or medium length works (such as some 30 minute films or 45 minute documentaries that I saw). And the only shorts collection included is that of David Lynch whose 2002 released shorts DVD contained more than an hour's worth of material.

A big reason for this high total of 385 is the number of films that I saw as part of my spotlight series and at film festivals. I found that focusing on works of a region, country or even director made for an enjoyable experience and allowed me to easily watch multiple movies in succession.

Here are the major spotlights I looked at in 2007:


  • African cinema: part I, part II
  • David Lynch: Part I, Part II
  • French vs German Cinema: Part I, Part II
  • Iranian Cinema
  • Brazil -- part I, part II, part III, part IV
  • Eastern Europe -- part I, part II, part III, part IV, part V
  • Western Europe
  • South America via Copa America Film Festival
  • Taiwan, Tsai Ming-liang, part II
  • Abel Ferrara -- part I, part II & III
  • Antonioni
  • Chaplin
  • Jacques Becker
  • David Cronenberg
  • Japan
  • Turkey
  • Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Francesco Rosi
  • Greece
  • Bollywood -- part I, part II
  • Hong Kong


  • And ofcourse, there was the matter of the two film festivals:

  • CIFF
  • VIFF



  • Full list of films seen in 2007 (roughly in order of viewing):
    Comments/reviews of atleast 350 films have been posted on this blog over the course of last year.

    Film (Year of Production, Country, Director name): Rating (out of 10)

    1. United 93 (2006, USA co-production, Paul Greengrass): 9
    2. Calvaire (2004, Belgium co-production, Fabrice Du Welz): 8
    3. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006, USA, Adam McKay): 6
    4. Todo Todo Torres (2006, Philippines, John Torres): 8
    5. After this our exile (2006, Hong Kong, Patrick Tam): 8.5
    6. Joni's Promise (2005, Indonesia, Joko Anwar): 6
    7. Mukhsin (2006, Malaysia, Yasmin Ahmad): 8
    8. Rain Dogs (2006, Malaysia/Hong Kong, Yuhang Ho): 6.5
    9. Crazy Stone (2006, China/Hong Kong, Hao Ning): 5.5
    10. Love Conquers All (2006, Holland/Malaysia, Tan Chui Mui): 7
    11. Children of Men (2006, UK/USA co-production, Alfonso Cuarón): 10
    12. The Queen (2006, UK co-production, Stephen Frears): 9
    13. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, Mexico, Guillermo del Toro): 8.5
    14. Inside Man (2006, USA, Spike Lee): 7.5
    15. Touching the Void (2003, UK, Kevin MacDonald): 8
    16. Dolls (2002, Japan, Takeshi Kitano): 7
    17. Babel (2006, USA/France/Mexico, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Writer : Guillermo Arriaga): 8
    18. Jealousy (1999, Spain, Vicente Aranda): 7.5
    19. Lisbon (1999, Spain/Argentina, Antonio Hernández): 6
    20. District 13 (2004, France, Pierre Morel): 7
    21. The House of Sand (2005, Brazil, Andrucha Waddington): 10
    22. Guru (2007, India, Mani Ratnam): 8.5
    23. Dhoom 2 (2006, India, Sanjay Gadhvi): 5
    24. Woh Lahme (2006, India, Mohit Suri): 8
    25. Zatracení The Damned (2002, Czech co-production, Dan Svátek): 4.5
    26. Notes on a Scandal (2006, UK, Richard Eyre): 10
    27. Invisible Waves (2006, Thailand, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang): 8.5
    28. Exiled (2006, Hong Kong, Johnny To): 7.5
    29. Khoshla Ka Ghosla (2006, India, Dibakar Banerjee): 10
    30. Tropical Malady (2004, Thailand, Apichatpong Weerasethakul): 9
    31. Apocalypto (2006, USA, Mel Gibson): 9
    32. The Bow (2005, Korea, Kim Ki-Duk): 7.5
    33. Eklavya (2007, India, Vidhu Vinod Chopra): 6.5
    34. The Proposition (2005, UK/Australia, John Hillcoat): 8.5
    35. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2006, UK, Michael Winterbottom): 8.5
    36. When the Stars meet the Sea (1996, Madagascar/France, Raymond Rajaonarivelo): 8.5
    37. Touki Bouki (1973, Senegal, Djibril Diop Mambéty): 7.5
    38. Quartier Mozart (1992, Cameroon/France, Jean-Pierre Bekolo): 5.5
    39. La Vie Est Belle (1987, Zaire/France/Belgium, Benoît Lamy & Mweze Ngangura): 6
    40. Black Friday (2005, India, Anurag Kashyap): 10
    41. Pickpocket (1959, France, Robert Bresson): 10
    42. La Cienaga (2001, Argentina co-production, Lucrecia Martel): 7
    43. Novo (2002, Switzerland co-production, Jean-Pierre Limosin): 6
    44. Shanghai Triad (1995, China, Zhang Yimou): 7
    45. Ashes of Time (1994, Hong Kong/China/Taiwan, Wai Kar Wong): 6
    46. Anwar (2007, India, Manish Jha): 5.5
    47. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006, USA, Clint Eastwood) : 7.5
    48. The Departed (2006, USA, Martin Scorsese): 8.5
    49. The Last King of Scotland (2006, UK, Kevin MacDonald): 7
    50. Blood Diamond (2006, USA, Edward Zwick): 7.5
    51. Hell L’Enfer (2005, France co-production, Danis Tanovic): 9
    52. Otomo (1999, Germany, Frieder Schlaich): 8
    53. Idiocracy (2006, USA, Mike Judge): 7
    54. Night at the Museum (2006, USA, Shawn Levy): 7.5
    55. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972, West Germany, Werner Herzog): 9
    56. The Enigma of Kasper Hauser (1974, West Germany, Werner Herzog): 8
    57. Claire's Knee (1970, France, Eric Rohmer): 8.5
    58. Les Bonnes Femmes (1960, France/Italy, Claude Chabrol): 7
    59. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972, West Germany, Rainer Werner Fassbinder): 6
    60. The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006, Ireland/UK co-production, Ken Loach): 8.5
    61. Gangster: A Love Story (2006, India, Anurag Basu): 8
    62. Takeshis' (2005, Japan, Takeshi Kitano): 6.5
    63. Paris je t'aime (2006, France co-production, Multiple directors)
    64. Eraserhead (1977, USA, David Lynch): 9
    65. The Elephant Man (1980, USA, David Lynch) : 8
    66. Lost Highway (1997, USA, David Lynch) : 7.5
    67. The Science of Sleep (2006, France/Italy, Michel Gondry): 8
    68. Traffic Signal (2007, India, Madhur Bhandarkar): 8
    69. Strings (2005, India, Sanjay Jha): 4
    70. Risk (2007, India, Vishram Sawant): 5
    71. Je vous trouve très beau (2005, France, Isabelle Mergault): 8
    72. Ma fille mon ange (2007, Canada, Alexis Durand-Brault): 9
    73. Guide de la petite vengeance (2006, Canada, Jean-François Pouliot): 8.5
    74. The Grindhouse (2007, USA, Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino): 7.5
    75. Chronically Unfeasible (2000, Brazil, Sergio Bianchi): 7.5
    76. Black Orpheus (1959, Brazil, Marcel Camus): 8
    77. Hot Fuzz (2007, UK, Edgar Wright): 9
    78. Cobra Verde (1987, West Germany, Werner Herzog): 10
    79. Betty Blue (1986, France, Jean-Jacques Beineix): 8.5
    80. My life to Live (1962, France, Jean-Luc Godard): 9
    81. The Disenchanted (1990, France, Benoît Jacquot): 7.5
    82. Destiny (1921, Germany, Fritz Lang): 7.5
    83. Volver (2006, Spain, Pedro Almodóvar): 9
    84. Catch a Fire (2006, USA, Phillip Noyce): 7
    85. Namastey London (2007, India, Vipul Amrutlal Shah): 6
    86. Just Married (2007, India, Meghna Gulzar): 6
    87. Salaam-E-Ishq(2007, India, Nikhil Advani): 5.5
    88. Nishabd (2007, India, Ram Gopal Varma): 7
    89. Gafla (2006, India, Sameer Hanchate): 8
    90. Red: The Dark Side (2007, India, Vikram Bhatt): 5.5
    91. Crimson Gold (2003, Iran, Jafar Panahi, Writer -- Abbas Kiarostami): 10
    92. Under the Moonlight (2001, Iran, Seyyed Reza Mir-Karimi): 7.5
    93. Smell of Camphor Fragrance of Jasmine(2000, Iran, Bahman Farmanara): 8
    94. The Straight Story (1999, USA, David Lynch): 9
    95. The Short Films of David Lynch (2002)
    96. Blue Velvet (1986, USA, David Lynch): 9
    97. Twin Peaks:Fire Walk with me (1992, USA, David Lynch): 5
    98. Wild at Heart (1990, USA, David Lynch): 4
    99. Hotel Room (1993, USA, David Lynch, James Signorelli): 7
    100. Manderlay (2005, Denmark co-production, Lars von Trier): 7
    101. Inland Empire (2006, USA co-production, David Lynch): 8
    102. Spider Man 3 (2007, USA, Sam Raimi): 5
    103. Training Day (2001, USA, Antoine Fuqua): 7.5
    104. Rebels of the Neon God (1992, Taiwan, Tsai ming-Liang): 9.5
    105. Colour Me Kubrick (2005, UK/France, Brian Cook): 4.5
    106. The Mahabharata (1989, multiple countries, Peter Brook): 9
    107. Himalaya (1999, multiple countries, Eric Valli): 8
    108. Lower City (2005, Brazil, Sérgio Machado): 7.5
    109. Pixote (1981, Brazil, Hector Babenco): 9
    110. El Compadre Mendoza (1934, Mexico, Juan Bustillo Oro, Fernando de Fuentes): 8
    111. Coronacion (2000, Chile, Silvio Caiozzi): 6
    112. Como voy a olvidarte? (2004, Ecuador, Edgardo Viereck): 4.5
    113. North by Northwest (1959, USA, Alfred Hitchcock): 9
    114. 1971 (2007, India, Amrit Sagar): 5.5
    115. Delhii Heights (2007, India, Anand Kumar): 6
    116. Whisky (2004, Uruguay, Juan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll): 9.5
    117. Dias de Santiago (2004, Peru, Josue Mendez): 8.5
    118. Sexual Dependency (2003, Bolivia, Rodrigo Bellott): 7.5
    119. Oriana (1985, Fina Torres, Venezuela): 7
    120. Life in a Metro (2007, India, Anurag Basu): 7.5
    121. Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007, India, Reema Kagti): 6.5
    122. Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007, India, Sanjay M. Kanduri): 7
    123. Kya Love Story Hai (2007, India, Lovely Singh): 4.5
    124. Salaam Namaste (2005, India, Siddharth Anand): 5.5
    125. Neal 'N' Nikki (2005, India, Arjun Sablok): 3
    126. Shakalaka Boom Boom (2007, India, Suneel Darshan): 3.5
    127. Orange Revolution (2006, USA, Steve York): 7.5
    128. Do you Remember Dolly Bell? (1981, Serbia, Emir Kusturica): 8.5
    129. Camera Buff (1979, Poland, Krzysztof Kieslowski): 9.5
    130. Werckmeister Harmonies (2000, Hungary, Béla Tarr / Agnes Hranitzky): 8
    131. Army of Shadows (1969, France, Jean-Pierre Melville): 10
    132. The Good Shepard (2006, USA, Robert De Niro): 8
    133. Time (2006, South Korea, Ki-duk Kim): 8
    134. The Fountain (2006, USA, Darren Aronofsky): 7


    135. Spare Parts (2003, Slovenia, Damjan Kozole): 9
    ......titles not included 

    148. The Prefab People (1982, Hungary, Béla Tarr): 8.5
    149. Christmas Tree Upside Down (2006, Bulgaria, Ivan Tscherkelov,Vasil Zhivkov): 6
    150. Ocean's Thirteen (2007, USA, Steven Soderbergh): 7.5
    151. Knocked Up (2006, USA, Judd Apatow): 8
    152. Jestem (2005, Poland, Dorota Kedzierzawska): 8
    153. Dekalog (1989, Poland, Krzysztof Kieslowski): 10
    154. Underground (1995, Serbia, Emir Kusturica): 9
    155. The Oak (1992, Romania, Lucian Pintilie): 8
    156. The Outsider (1981, Hungary, Béla Tarr)
    157. Transformers (2007, USA, Michael Bay): 7.5
    158. Where Fig Trees Grow (2004, France, Yasmina Yahiaoui): 7.5
    159. Exterminating Angels (2006, France, Jean-Claude Brisseau): 7
    160. Summer 04 (2006, Gemany, Stefan Krohmer): 9
    161. Romanzo criminale (2005, Italy, Michele Placido): 8
    162. Vitus (2006, Switzerland, Fredi M. Murer): 6
    163. Fuse (2003, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Pjer Zalica): 8
    164. Pretty Village Pretty Flames (1996, Former Yugoslavia, Srdjan Dragojevic): 7
    165. Mirage (2004, Macedonia, Svetozar Ristovski): 10
    .......

    169. Ratatouille (2007, USA, Brad Bird): 10
    170. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007, India, Shaad Ali): 7
    .........

    178. El Aura (2006, Argentina, Fabián Bielinsky): 8.5
    ..........

    184. When Father was away on Business (1985, Serbia, Emir Kusturica): 7
    ........

    189. Happy New Life (2007, Hungary, Árpád Bogdán): 9
    ......

    191. Blockade (2006, Russia, Sergey Loznitsa): 9
    .....

    205. The Man Who Copied (2003, Brazil, Jorge Furtado): 8.5
    206. The Official Story (1985, Argentina, Luis Puenzo): 8.5
    207. Los Ninos Invisibles (2001, Colombia, Lisandro Duque Naranjo): 7.5
    208. Forever Never Anywhere (2007, Austria, Antonin Svoboda): 6
    209. Fool N Final (2007, India, Ahmed Khan): 3
    210. Shootout At Lokhandwala (2007, India, Apoora Lakhia): 6.5
    211. The Train (2007, India, Raksha Mistry/Hasnain Hyderabadwala): 5
    212. Swami (2007, India, Ganesh Acharya): 6
    213. The Kid (1921, USA, Charlie Chaplin): 8.5
    214. Modern Times (1936, USA, Charlie Chaplin): 10
    215. City Lights (1931, USA, Charlie Chaplin): 7.5
    216. The Gold Rush (1925, USA, Charlie Chaplin): 8
    217. L' Avventura (1960, Italy, Michelangelo Antonioni): 9
    218. L'Eclisse (1962, Italy, Michelangelo Antonioni): 10
    219. Blowup (1966, Italy, Michelangelo Antonioni): 10
    220. The Addiction (1995, USA, Abel Ferrara): 9
    221. Bad Lieutenant (1992, USA, Abel Ferrara): 9
    222. Fear City (1984, USA, Abel Ferrara): 5
    223. King of New York (1990, USA, Abel Ferrara): 8
    224. The Driller Killer (1979, USA, Abel Ferrara): 4.5
    225. Crime Story (1986, USA, Abel Ferrara): 7.5
    226. New Rose Hotel (1998, USA, Abel Ferrara): 6
    227. The Funeral (1996, USA, Abel Ferrara): 8.5
    228. God is Brazilian (2003, Brazil, Carlos Diegues): 7
    229. Drained (2006, Brazil, Heitor Dhalia): 10
    230. Baixio das Bestas (2007, Brazil, Cláudio Assis): 8
    231. The Samba Poet (2006, Brazil, Ricardo Van Steen): 7.5
    232. Yi Yi (2000, Taiwan, Edward Yang): 10
    233. Millennium Mambo (2001, Taiwan, Hou Hsiao-hsien): 7.5
    234. Vive L'Amour (1994, Taiwan, Tsai Ming-liang): 8
    235. The River (1997, Taiwan, Tsai Ming-liang): 9
    236. Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal (2007, India, Vivek Agnihotri): 4.5
    237. Good Bye Dragon Inn (2003, Taiwan, Tsai Ming-liang): 7.5
    238. The Bourne Identity (2002, USA, Doug Liman): 9
    239. The Bourne Supremacy (2004, USA, Paul Greengrass): 8.5
    240. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007, USA, Paul Greengrass): 10
    241. Zodiac (2007, USA, David Fincher): 10
    242. The Edge of Heaven (2007, Germany/Turkey, Fatih Akin): 9
    243. Black Butterfly (2006, Peru, Francisco J. Lombardi): 9
    244. The True Legend of Tony Vilar (2006, Italy, Giuseppe Gagliardi): 7.5
    245. Hunt Angels (2006, Australia, Alec Morgan): 7.5
    246. Jade Warrior (2006, Finland co-production, Antti-Jussi Annila): 6
    247. The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories (2007, Bulgaria, Director Andrey Paounov): 9
    248. Persepolis (2007, France, Directors/writers: Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi): 8
    249. Two in One (2007, Ukraine/Russia, Kira Muratova): 6.5
    250. Fresh Air (2006, Hungary, Ágnes Kocsis & Andrea Roberti): 8
    251. 4 Months 3 Weeks 2 days (2007, Romania, Cristian Mungiu): 9
    252. Saviour Square (2006, Poland, Joanna Kos & Krzysztof Krauze): 8
    253. Khadak (2006, Belgium/Germany, Peter Brosens & Jessica Hope Woodworth): 8.5
    254. Quilombo (1984, Brazil, Carlos Diegues): 7.5
    255. Madame Satã (2002, Brazil, Karim Ainouz): 7
    256. Citizen Dog(2004, Thailand, Wisit Sasanatieng): 8
    257. Offside (2006, Iran, Jafar Panahi): 7.5
    258. The Page Turner (2006, France, Denis Dercourt): 9
    259. 2 Days in Paris (2007, France/Germany, Julie Delpy): 8.5
    260. Cavite (2005, Philippines/USA, Neill Dela Llana Ian Gamazon): 8
    261. Les Enfants Terribles (1950, France, Jean-Pierre Melville Novel by Jean Cocteau)
    262. Videodrome (1983, Canada, David Cronenberg): 8.5
    263. Dead Ringers (1988, Canada, David Cronenberg): 9.5
    264. Le Trou (1960, France, Jacques Becker): 10
    265. Casque d'or (1952, France, Jacques Becker): 8
    266. Touchez pas au grisbi (1954, France, Jacques Becker): 9
    267. Midnight Express (1978, USA/UK, Alan Parker): 8.5
    268. The Son (2002, Belgium/France, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne): 9.5
    269. Fists in the Pocket (1965, Italy, Marco Bellocchio): 8.5
    270. Japón (2002, Mexico co-production, Carlos Reygadas): 8
    271. Chocolat (1988, France/West Germany/Cameroon, Claire Denis): 8
    272. Transylvania (2006, France, Tony Gatlif): 7.5
    273. Electra My Love (1970, Hungary, Miklós Jancsó)
    274. Fando and Lis (1968, Mexico, Alejandro Jodorowsky): 6.5
    275. El Topo (1970, Mexico, Alejandro Jodorowsky): 7.5
    276. Distant (2002, Turkey, Nuri Bilge Ceylan): 9.5
    277. Journey to the Sun (1999, Turkey, Yesim Ustaoglu): 8.5
    278. Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005, Germany/Turkey, Fatih Akin): 8.5
    279. In July (2000, Germany, Fatih Akin): 8
    280. Hamam (1997, Turkey, Ferzan Ozpetek): 7.5
    281. Bug (2006, USA, William Friedkin): 9
    282. Grand Prix (1966, USA, John Frankenheimer): 9
    283. Mysterious Object at Noon (2000, Thailand, Apichatpong Weerasethakul): 8
    284. The Hole (1998, Taiwan, Tsai Ming-liang): 8
    285. Paprika (2006, Japan, Satoshi Kon): 9
    286. Kamikaze Girls (2004, Japan, Tetsuya Nakashima): 6.5
    287. The Twilight Samurai (2002, Japan, Yôji Yamada): 8
    288. Eastern Promises (2007, Canada/UK/USA, David Cronenberg): 8
    289. After the Wedding (2006, Denmark, Susanne Bier): 8
    290. Black Book (2006, Holland, Paul Verhoeven): 6
    291. Foster Child (2007, Philippines, Brillante Mendoza): 10
    292. Dans la ville de Sylvia (2007, Spain, José Luis Guerin): 10
    293. Unas fotos en la ciudad del Sylvia (2007, Spain, José Luis Guerin): 10
    294. Slingshot (2007, Philippines, Brillante Mendoza): 10
    295. Euphoria (2006, Russia, Ivan Vyrypaev): 9.5
    296. Bliss (2007, Greece/Turkey, Abdullah Oguz): 9.5
    297. Secret Sunshine (2007, South Korea, Lee Chang-Dong): 9
    298. In Memory of Myself (2007, Italy, Saverio Costanzo): 9
    299. The Girl Cut in Two (2007, France, Claude Chabrol): 9
    300. Import Export (2007, Austria/France, Ulrich Seidl): 9
    301. Times and Winds (2006, Turkey, Reha Erdem): 8.5
    302. Help Me Eros (2007, Taiwan, Lee Kang-sheng): 8.5
    303. Ploy (2007, Thailand, Pen-ek Ratanaruang): 8.5
    304. Bad Habits (2007, Mexico, Simón Bross): 8.5
    305. Sounds of Sand (2006, Belgium, Marion Hänsel): 8
    306. Useless (2007, China, Jia Zhangke): 8
    307. The Man from London (2007, France/Germany/Hungary, Béla Tarr): 8
    308. My Winnipeg (2007, Canada, Guy Maddin): 8
    309. Drowned in Oblivion (2006, Belgium/France, Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd): 8
    310. Great World of Sound (2006, USA, Craig Zobel): 8
    311. The Counterfeiters (2007, Austria/Germany, Stefan Ruzowitzky): 8
    312. Keepers of Eden (2007, USA, Yoram Porath): 7.5
    313. The Duchess of Langeais (2007, France, Jacques Rivette): 7
    314. Soo (2007, South Korea, Sai Yoichi): 6.5
    315. Since Otar Left (2003, France/Belgium, Julie Bertucelli): 8.5
    316. Killer of Sheep (1977, USA, Charles Burnett): 7.5
    317. Dog Days (2001, Austria, Ulrich Seidl): 6.5
    318. Chak De India (2007, India, Shimit Amin): 8.5
    319. Gandhi My Father (2007, India, Feroze Khan): 8
    320. Bhool Bhulaiyaa(2007, India, Priyadarshan): 7.5
    321. Saawariya (2007, India, Sanjay Leela Bhansali): 7
    322. Dhamaal (2007, India, Indra Kumar): 6.5
    323. Cheeni Kum (2007, India, R. Balki): 5.5
    324. Dhol (2007, India, Priyadarshan): 4.5
    325. Partner (2007, India, David Dhawan): 4
    326. Cash (2007, India, Anubhav Sinha): 3.5
    327. Aag (2007, India, Ram Gopal Varma): 2
    328. A Girl in Black (1956, Greece, Mihalis Kakogiannis): 9
    329. The Weeping Meadow (2004, Greece, Theodoros Angelopoulos): 8.5
    330. Ulysses' Gaze (1995, Greece, Theodoros Angelopoulos): 7.5
    331. Attila '74 (1975, Greece, Mihalis Kakogiannis): 6
    332. Johnny Gaddaar (2007, India, Sriram Raghavan): 9
    333. Manorama Six Feet Under (2007, India, Navdeep Singh): 8.5
    334. Om Shanti Om (2007, India, Farah Khan): 8.5
    335. No Smoking (2007, India, Anurag Kashyap): 10
    336. Le Mani sulla città (1963, Italy, Francesco Rosi): 10
    337. Salvatore Giuliano (1962, Italy, Francesco Rosi): 9
    338. Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (1979, Italy, Francesco Rosi): 8.5
    339. Tre fratelli (1981, Italy, Francesco Rosi): 8.5
    340. Diario napoletano (1992, Italy, Francesco Rosi): 7.5
    341. The Simpsons Movie (2007, USA, David Silverman): 7.5
    342. This is England (2006, UK, Shane Meadows): 8
    343. Bheja Fry (2007, India, Sagar Ballary): 7.5
    344. Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003, India, Sudhir Mishra): 9
    345. Dil Dosti etc (2007, India, Manish Tiwary): 7
    346. Dhokha (2007, India, Pooja Bhatt): 5.5
    347. Welcome (2007, India, Anees Bazmee): 5
    348. Gone Baby Gone (2007, USA, Ben Affleck): 8.5
    349. Rendition (2007, USA, Gavin Hood): 10
    350. Michael Clayton (2007, USA, Tony Gilroy): 8
    351. American Gangster (2007, USA, Ridley Scott): 8
    352. Rescue Dawn (2006, USA, Werner Herzog) Rating 8.5
    353. A Mighty Heart (2007, USA/UK, Michael Winterbottom): 9
    354. Life on Earth (1998, Mali/Mauritania/France, Abderrahmane Sissako): 9
    355. Hyenas (1992, Senegal, Djibril Diop Mambéty): 8
    356. Moolaade (2004, Senegal co-production, Ousmane Sembene): 9.5
    357. Haramuya (1995, Burkina Faso, Drissa Toure): 6.5
    358. Wend Kuuni (1982, Burkina Faso, Gaston Kaboré): 6
    359. Yeelen (1987, Senegal, Souleymane Cissé): 8.5
    360. Hommage à noir (1996, Germany, Ralf Schmerberg): 8
    361. Caméra arabe (1987, Tunisia, Férid Boughedir): 7
    362. Halfaouine: Child of the Terraces (1990, Tunisia, Férid Boughedir): 8
    363. Alexandria Again and Forever (1990, Egypt, Youssef Chahine): 7.5
    364. Redacted (2007, USA, Brian De Palma): 6.5
    365. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007, USA, Andrew Dominik): 7
    366. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007, USA, Sidney Lumet): 7.5
    367. No Country for Old Men (2007, USA, Joel & Ethan Coen): 8.5
    368. Speed (2007, India, Vikram Bhatt): 0
    369. Goodbye Lenin (2003, Germany, Wolfgang Becker)
    370. Sorry for Kung Fu (2004, Croatia, Ognjen Svilicic)
    371. Daywatch (2006, Russia, Timur Bekmambetov)
    372. Zelary (2003, Czech Republic, Ondrej Trojan)
    373. Edi (2002, Poland, Piotr Trzaskalski)
    374. Jab We Met (2007, India, Imtiaz Ali): 8
    375. Aaja Nachle (2007, India, Anil Mehta):8
    376. Parzania (2005, India, Rahul Dholakia): 7.5
    377. Kairee (2000, India, Amol Palekar): 6
    378. Divergence (2005, Hong Kong, Benny Chan): 7
    379. Triangle (2007, Hong Kong, Tsui Hark, Ronny Lam, Johnny Tam)
    380. Love for Sale (2007, Brazil co-production, Karim Ainouz): 6.5
    381. La Vie en Rose (2007, France co-production, Olivier Dahan): 7.5
    382. Once (2007, Ireland, John Carney): 7.5
    383. Who's Next (2007, Hong Kong, Chung Kai Cheung): 5
    384. Taare Zameen Par (2007, India, Aamir Khan): 10
    385. Heyy Babyy (2007, India, Sajid Khan): 3



    4 comments:

    Pacze Moj said...

    You put me to shame...

    :)

    Scanning the ratings makes it seem like a year's worth of good films, too. Which is always a plus.

    Here's to an even better 2008!

    Sachin G. said...

    You flatter me with your comment :) You also had some really good films as well. The Pedro Costa stands out :)

    Yes, I am looking forward to comparing our Euro 2008 films.

    Heidi B said...

    WOW! I am only at about 150 films/DVDs rented & seen in 2007. You certainly are a pro.

    Bob Andelman said...

    Katy Chevigny makes award-winning documentary films such as Arctic Son, Innocent Until Proven Guilty, Nuyorican Dream, Brother Born Again, and Outside Looking In: Transracial Adoption in America. Her credits also include the acclaimed film [i]Deadline[/i], an investigation into Illinois Governor George Ryan’s commuting of death sentences. After premiering at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, the film was broadcast on NBC.

    Quite honestly, I know you may not recognize the titles, but if you’re interested in independent film and documentaries, she’s the kind of woman whose work and thoughts you’ll find quite interesting.

    Chevigny's latest project is called Election Day. It documents the 2004 U.S. elections, from 11 locations, including a Native American reservation in South Dakota and polling stations in Florida. It will debut on the PBS series "P.O.V." on July 1.

    She is currently in post-production on The Dishes, the story of a punk rock band that juggles family and careers in Chicago. Through her work at Arts Engine, Chevigny also oversees MediaRights.org and the "Media That Matters Film Festival." This year's festival debuts online on May 28, 2008.

    You can LISTEN to this Mr. Media/BlogTalkRadio.com interview by clicking HERE .