2 February 2009

Looking back to 2007: Films and Performances

Male Performances '07:

Top row: 10 - 6; Bottom row: 5 - 1

10. Will Smith as Robert Neville in I Am Legend
09. Stephen Graham as Combo in This Is England
08. Matt Damon as Jason Bourne in The Bourne Ultimatum
07. Ali Barkai as Atim in Daratt
06. Andrew Garfield as Jack Burridge in Boy A
05. Gordon Pinsent as Grant Anderson in Away From Her
04. Will Oldham as Kurt in Old Joy
03. Casey Affleck as Robert Ford in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
02. Chris Cooper as Robert Hanssen in Breach
01. Ryan Gosling as Dan Dunne in Half Nelson

Also good, in no order: Viggo Mortensen Eastern Promises / Andy Griffith Waitress Nick Frost Hot Fuzz / Sami Bouajila Days of Glory / Toby Kebbell Control / Mark Ruffalo Zodiac / Giacomo Rizzo The Family Friend / Gabe Nevins Paranoid Park / Tadanobu Asano Invisible Waves / Ben Foster Alpha Dog

Female Performances '07:

Top row: 10 - 6; Bottom row: 5 - 1

10. Samantha Morton as Deborah Curtis in Control
09. Adélaïde Leroux as Barbe in Flandres
08. Shareeka Epps as Drey in Half Nelson
07. Grace Zabriskie as Visitor #1 in Inland Empire
06. Molly Shannon as Peggy in Year of the Dog
05. Judith Diakhate as Gabi in The Night of the Sunflowers
04. Kierston Wareing as Angie in It’s a Free World…
03. Tilda Swinton as Karen Crowder in Michael Clayton
02. Margo Martindale as Carol in Paris, je t'aime
01. Laura Dern as Nikki Grace/Susan Blue in Inland Empire

Also good, in no order: Melinda Page Hamilton Sleeping Dogs / Angelina Jolie A Mighty Heart / Tannishtha Chatterjee Brick Lane / Leslie Mann Knocked Up / Ebru Ceylan Climates / Gillian Anderson Straightheads / Laura Linney Jindabyne / Marion Cotillard La Vie en Rose / Archie Panjabi A Mighty Heart / Lily Tomlin A Prairie Home Companion

Top Ten Films:

10. Breach (Billy Ray/USA)

09. Syndromes and a Century/Sang sattawat (Apichatpong Weerasethakul/Thailand, France, Austria)

08. Ratatouille (Brad Bird/Jan Pinkava/USA)

07. Paranoid Park (Gus Van Sant/USA)

06. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Domink/USA, Canada)

05. The Night of the Sunflowers/La noche de los girasoles (Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo/Spain, France, Portugal)

04. Zodiac (David Fincher/USA)

03. Daratt/Dry Season (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun/Chad)

02. Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt/USA)

01. Inland Empire (David Lynch/USA, France, Poland)

Also good, in no order: When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (Spike Lee) / Ten Canoes (Rolf de Heer/Peter Djigirr) / Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck) / The Bourne Ultimatum (Paul Greengrass) / Boy A (John Crowley) / Flandres (Bruno Dumont) / Away from Her (Sarah Polley) / This Is England (Shane Meadows) / I Am Legend (Francis Lawrence) / Bamako (Abderrahmane Sissako)

Note: I've just completed my list for 2008 and will post it up once I've done all the necessary tweaking and adjustments. Finding and editing the pictures seems to be taking a fair bit of time. It should be up by the middle of February.

© Craig Bloomfield 2009

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