- Zodiac—David Fincher shows restraint and directs one of the best films of his career. Quiet, subtle, and deep.
- Sweeney Todd—Tim Burton’s usual eye for amazing visuals is once again rejoined by plot, and the result is his best film since Beetlejuice.
- The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters—Surprisingly engaging, with frightfully strong characters.
- No Country for Old Men—The Coen Brothers finally ignore mainstream standards and once again put out a brilliant film.
- The Darjeeling Limited—Lilting, playful, and nowhere near as depressing as The Life Aquatic. Visually stunning.
- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford—Perhaps the best looking film of the year, and Brad Pitt kicks ass.
Not Opened in the Area Yet, Salivating Over:
- Spider Man 3—Five plot lines inadequately shoved into one film, and it doesn’t work. Also, why in the hell would you give Spider Man a happy ending? His whole character note is that his life sucks.
- The Shield, season 6—Took the intensity of season 5, ramped it up, and made it downright creepy.
- House—Still fresh…the best mainstream television program today.
- Dr. Who (repeats)—Brilliant sci-fi. Why doesn’t America produce characters this deep? I’m stuck on season 2, but it has been amazing.
- Life on Mars, season 2—There has been no quality drop at all since the marvelous debut. Now, can we sabotage the upcoming American David E. Kelley-produced version?
- Torchwood—Not at the Dr. Who level, but close.
- Docktor Sleepless—The “shrieky girl” segment was the best writing I’ve seen in years…in any medium.
- Powers—Consistently brilliant and still working out issue one plotlines.
- Fell—Sadly in hiatus, but it’s always brilliant when it comes. Issue one is available online, for free.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8—It’s early, but this is still as solid as the show.
- Desolation Jones—This is only low because it’s been stalled for so long on issue 8…but that issue is one of the best things ever.
REASONS I HAVE FOR HOPE FOR 2008
- New Drive-By Truckers album!
- New Gary Louris album…AND an album with Mark Olsen!
- The Shield, final season
- Synecdoche, New York...a new movie starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, written by Charlie Kauffman!
- Spike Jonze adapting Where the Wild Things Are!
- More Desolation Jones! Finally
- It could only be better than 2007