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My Best Films of 2007…Finally!

The days keep going by and I keep delaying this piece, simply because there are too many things to do and not enough hours in the day. I don’t think I can even begin to be as comprehensive as Mike Tully has been and why should I try? Tully is Tully, as the saying goes! In addition to being a wide ranging look at cinema 2007, it’s basically a reference tool for those of us who have occasional holes in our memories and can’t remember all the films we’ve seen. Maybe I should keep a notebook…..
All in all, 2007 was one of the best years I can remember for films and there are still several that have been widly deemed noteworthy that I haven’t seen. So without further babbling, I will now pontificate some, wax rhapsodic some and spew the occasional invective, to wit:
The best film of 2007:
The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford, written and directed by Andrew Dominik
This is an extraordinary work of art, full stop. A true American classic (albeit one directed by a Kiwi) and one that, once I get some distance from it, will likely take its place on my all-time top 10 list. (Said list doesn’t really exist of course and would likely be 20-30 strong if it did.) I recently saw the film for a second time and I am begging Manohla Dargis and Kenneth Turan to go and see the film again. I’ve given up on Anthony Lane, Kirk Honeycutt and Lou Lumenick…hopeless, the lot. I mean, Honeycutt liked The Walker, for god’s sake!
I know quite a few devotees of this film and it might take some work to convince them that it actually gets even better on second viewing but it does. It’s an even more layered and nuanced portrayal of celebrity and the desperate urge it stirs in fans. The script is more lyrical and the characters more poetic and tragic.
This is the perfect film to relate to Tom Hall’s post about film length in The Back Row Manifesto. Yes, this film is 160 minutes long and no, I didn’t feel it a bit. This is coming from someone who tends to doze off repeatedly during the day, but this film held my interest, even in Toronto at 9am and hungover. The second viewing was simply just perfect.
In September I made a pledge to eat my hat if it doesn’t get 10 Oscar nominations and I guess I am going to have to break said vow. No way am I eating one of my hats. Who do you think I am, Werner Herzog? As it is, Casey Affleck picked up a nomination for best supporting actor (notwithstanding the fact that his performance is a leading one) and Roger Deakins got one for his stunning cinematography. Both have a chance of winning but of course that would require the Academy voters to actually see the damn film.
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Much more after the jump!

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Tribeca 07 Party: My Best Friend

I’ll admit, this was not my most party-intensive Tribeca Film Festival. First of all, it’s been two years now since Showtime’s legendary all you can eat sushi party at Nobu and the fest just isn’t the same without it! Secondly, I don’t recover as well from parties as I used to. That said, I did attend a few (what would a film festival be without the Rabbi hitting the parties, I ask you?) and one of the better fêtes was held on May 1st for IFC Films upcoming release of Patrice Leconte’s My Best Friend which stars one of my favorite Gallic actors Daniel Auteuil (Le Huitième Jour). The event was sponsored by ROC which, interestingly enough was celebrating their 50th anniversary on that very day! Well, Bonne Anniversaire, ROC!
The party was attended by a few celebs, including Kevin Pollack, Rachel Dratch, Sherri Saun (Rescue Me), Colin Egglesfield (All My Children), Jane Krakowski, socialite Alex Adame and of course the indie world’s roster of up-and-coming bold-faced names, including directors Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs) & Aaron Katz (Quiet City) and Hannah herself, Greta Gerwig.
The goody bags were quite good, and considering that hosts seem to be cutting back on that particular perk (for shame!) quite welcome. After the bash ended (some of us stayed right up until “get out” time) there were goody bags left over, so if you need any puffy eye cream, let me know, as I’m up to my tits in retinol!
A couple of pix from the event after the jump!

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Sarasota 07: My Filmmaker Magazine Report

Besides The Rabbi Report, I was also down in Sarasota for Filmmaker Magazine and today they published my report from the fest. Check it out, y’all!
After the jump, a few pix from the festival!

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