It's way late we know, but what are you going to do? We should also note that we did not get to see two of the movies we wanted to watch that might have made difference - I'm Not There and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. But again, what are you going to do, we're trying to run a media empire here. Anyway without further adieu, here we go, our Top Ten movie list:
(10) Into the Wild - Sean Penn. Soaring and sad, not as good as the book, but that would be asking a lot.
(9) There Will Be Blood - Paul Thomas Anderson. For the first ten minutes and the score alone.
(8) Margot at the Wedding - Noah Baumbach. A lot of people weren't feeling it, we were not among them. He speaks the kind of pain we like. Noah if you see this, coffee?
(7) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - Andrew Dominic. A lyrical rumination on celebrity worship before US magazine and a voice over that didn't annoy.
(6) Gone Baby Gone - Ben Affleck. There is a lot of Casey Affleck going on here, but let's give him and his brother some props.
(5) Before the Devil Knows Your Dead - Sidney Lumet. Hoffman rocks, plus Ethan Hawke, some Michael Shannon, New York City and quality 1970's-style violence.
(4) The Bourne Ultimatum - Paul Greengrass. Too good.
(3) No Country for Old Men - Ethan and Joel Coen. What has Josh Brolin been doing all these years and where has Tommie Lee Jones been? Oh yeah, and some naked Bardem. Ethereal.
(2) Juno - Jason Reitman. It made us smile again and again and we can still live with ourselves.
(1) Eastern Promises - David Cronenberg. The best nude Viggo, Russian-mob, steam bath fight of the year. We want to write like this, taut and up close with shades of violence. Some day, maybe.