Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Great Work Has Begun!





As embarrassing as it is that I never completed the last lap on last year's Honorees, such that I never actually announced my Best Picture lineup (though my top ten list was a really good tipoff), it's already well past time to start announcing my Best of the Year selections and write-ups for 2007. I finally saw Persepolis this weekend, which was the last title I was waiting for before finalizing my lists in most of my categories. I still haven't sealed the deal on a few DVDs and dubious-looking holiday releases, but after 140 theatrical releases, enough is enough. Let's agree that Golden Door is probably exquisite-looking, even on disc, and that The Golden Compass was probably frightful anyway, and move on with our lives.

So, without further ado, and while you're still smacking your lips over the first major phase of the Film Bitch Awards and saving room on your plate for Tuesday morning's announcement of the Oscar nominations, here are four palette-cleansing courses for the parallel feast of my own Best of Year feature. Click here (or on any of the graphics in this post) for my favorites in the categories of Song Score, Sound Effects, Visual Effects, and Makeup. And PLEASE don't be shy: if I'm going to finish all of this, I'd love to feel that people are actually reading!

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8 Comments:

Anonymous steve said...

Awesome! These and the Film Bitch awards are my favorites!

Just for the record, my choices in the categories you've laid out (except Song Score)

Sound Effects
Grindhouse
Hot Fuzz
No Country for Old Men

Visual Effects
300
Grindhouse
Sunshine

Makeup
Grindhouse
Hairspray
La Vie en rose

10:38 PM, January 20, 2008  
Blogger StinkyLulu said...

I don't know how you do this. I can't even predict for "my" niche.

But I'm readin', kitten, I'm readin'...

10:43 PM, January 20, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An anonymous reader just chiming in to say that it's about time! I've been checking your blog in anticipation for some time. Bring it on. =)

10:46 PM, January 20, 2008  
Blogger Tourist said...

Persepolis (2007) is a thought-provoking film, it's on my 2007 movie list under the Honorable Mention catergory.

12:20 AM, January 21, 2008  
Blogger tim r said...

Hello, this is Sally Kirkland, overseeing your technical picks. I must say it's like Christmas all over again. Saw No Country again the other night and the sound design really is its standout achievement -- particularly the Eagle Pass motel sequence you mention. I'm assuming We Own the Night is coming up in Best Sound, for those windscreen wipers, that overhead plane, and the way the score, song score, dialogue and action are balanced so perfectly in the mix.

I'd throw in Paranoid Park too, if they'd got round to releasing it yet in your neck of the woods...

Keep 'em coming!

Sally

4:40 AM, January 21, 2008  
Blogger Yaseen Ali said...

Nick - You're not going to watch The Namesake before assembling the acting and original score categories? :(

7:28 AM, January 21, 2008  
Blogger Nick Davis said...

@Steve: I meant to include Sunshine as an honorable mention in Visual Effects; it's there now. Thanks for the reminder.

@Stinky: I can't predict, either. I just do it anyway. You'll see tomorrow how bad I am at it. I much prefer to throw my own judgments around, as I'm doing now.

@Anon and @Tourist: Thanks so much for speaking up! Glad to know I have readers out there who I don't personally know.

@Tim: Don't you worry about We Own the Night in the Sound category. No reminders necessary, though that movie deserves every extra plug it can get.

@Ali: I really will try, before I get to acting, cinematography, and screenplay. I even rented the DVD and had to hand it back in, unwatched, because I've had so little time, and I couldn't keep delaying these... but I'll certainly toss in a caveat to remind people I haven't seen it. (If I tended to get on better with Mira Nair, I would have made a point of nabbing this in the theater; I'm sorry now that I didn't.)

2:39 PM, January 21, 2008  
Anonymous Videographers Massachusetts said...

We Own the Night was so good, I admit when I first heard about it I thought it was going to be just downright cheesy. It turned out to be a cult classic though, 4/5 stars!

3:10 PM, August 02, 2012  

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