My favourite film magazine, Sight And Sound have just printed their best of the year list in the latest issue. I thought it would be interesting to reveal their choices; particularly for those of you who live outside the UK and don't have access to this magazine.
1/ 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS (Cristian Mungui)
2/ INLAND EMPIRE (David Lynch)
3/ ZODIAC (David Fincher)
=4/ I'M NOT THERE (Todd Haynes)
THE LIVES OF OTHERS (Florian Henckel von Donnnersmarck)
6/ SILENT NIGHT (Carlos Reygados)
=7/ THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (Andrew Dominik)
SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (Ethan and Joel Coen)
EASTERN PROMISES (David Cronenberg)
As my wife and I live a fair distance from our nearest cinema, we've only managed to see three of the films on this list and two of those will appear in my forthcoming post on my own choices for the best DVDs of 2007.
We're certainly looking forward to spring 2008 when a new 12 screen cinema will open in nearby Derby and make cinema visits far easier and a lot cheaper.
Of the films in the S&S list, I'm especially interested in checking out the Coen's latest. I've been a keen fan of theirs since I caught BLOOD SIMPLE when it was first released at the cinema and 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS - winner of the Palme d'Or and FIPRESCI awards at Cannes - sounds fascinating. You can check out indivdual critics choices for this list at http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/