Top Films of 2007: The Members Start to Speak

Every year around this time, Chlotrudis members report in on their Top 10's (or whatever) of the previous year. We're a little behind the press because our Nominating Committee meeting is usually the third week of January, and members try very hard to see as many films from the previous year as possible, so they hold off on their top films until they feel they've seen everything they can.

Member Peg Aloi is the first to send in her Top 10, so here it is!

Peg's Top Ten List for 2007 (not necessarily in order)

  1. THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY (Ken Loach's most ambitious and stunning film to date.)
  2. PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER (Gorgeous, disturbing, epic literary adaptation from Tom Tykwer)
  3. ATONEMENT (Joe Wright's sumptuous adaptation Ian McEwan's smoldering love story. Drop-dead beautiful cinematography, wonderful editing and fine acting)
  4. THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY aka LE SCAPHANDRE ET LE PAPILLON (Julian Schnabel creates half-formed visionscapes of color and light to tell the story of a jet-setting French magazine editor who suffers "locked-in syndrome" after a stroke; ostensibly a world-view via one eye-lid's movement, this film can irrevocably alter any viewer's perception of life, movement, fear, love, memory and regret.)
  5. LADY CHATTERLEY aka LADY CHATTERLEY ET L'HOMME DES BOIS (A satisfyingly erotic adaptation of D. H. Lawrence's novel, first made for French television by Pascale Ferran: authentic, rustic, arousing.)
  6. LA VIE EN ROSE aka LA MÔME (Marion Cotillard is white-hot and astonishing as the hard-living, self-destructive singing sensation Edith Piaf in Olivier Dahan's beautifully-rendered biopic.)
  7. I'M NOT THERE (Todd Haynes' five-chambered non-linear fantasy is huge, lush and eminently watchable, with a playfully surreal approach to what is being called a biopic but is more accurately a wishful memoir: my favorite Dylan is the Richard Gere Dylan.)
  8. GLASTONBURY (Julian Temple directs this freewheeling documentary about England's famous long-running music festival. It’s not England's Woodstock, it's England's attempt to consistently capture a time of passionate, angry innocence.)
  9. FACTORY GIRL (George Hickenlooper directs Sienna Miller as Edie Sedgwick, and her performance is luminous and raw. As a biopic it is sometimes cock-eyed and treacly, but worthwhile, especially considering Guy Pearce's portrayal as the best Andy Warhol ever.)
  10. HOT FUZZ (Every corny cop movie ever made is referenced in this hilarious, brilliant action-horror flick. I can't wait to see what the team of Pegg, Frost and Wright does next, because it isn't likely another genre-based parody will work three times running.)

Honorable Mentions:

THE CASE OF THE GRINNING CAT aka CHATS PERCHÉS(Chris Marker's sweet, funny, quirky documentary, about a painted cat who pops up in neighborhood graffiti and on posters at protest rallies, is a quietly triumphant paean to the underdog, or in this case, undercat.

AFTER THE WEDDING aka EFTER BRÖLLOPE (Director Susanne Bier draws excellent performances from Mads Mikkelsen and Rolf Lassgård; this drama of family secrets and revelations is a roller-coaster of emotion that is thoughtful, depressing and, ultimately, uplifting.)

28 WEEKS LATER (No one expected a sequel to match the intensity and originality of Danny Boyle and Alex Garland's original, but this one works surprisingly well, successfully combining British and American cultural -isms to paint a scarily realistic picture of post-plague, martial-law-ruled London.