Anyway — as we’ve reached the end, here’s the full alphabetical list of everything I saw, followed by some intensely interesting statistical whatsits.
What a year, eh?
Basil the Great Mouse Detective
Berlin: Symphony of a Great City
The Black Dahlia
Bonnie and Clyde
The Bourne Ultimatum
Bringing Out the Dead
Bullets Over Broadway
C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America
The Cat’s Meow
A Cock and Bull Story
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
The Devil Wears Prada
Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine
Fantômas: Juve Versus Fantômas
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
For Your Eyes Only
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Hellboy: Director’s Cut
An Inconvenient Truth
It’s All Gone Pete Tong
The King and I
The King of Comedy
Kramer vs. Kramer
Ladies in Lavender
The Last Days of Pompeii
Letters from Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
Manhattan Murder Mystery
March of the Penguins
Mrs Henderson Presents
The Naked City
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
The New World
New York Stories
Notes on a Scandal
On the Town
Over the Hedge
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Piglet’s Big Movie
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
The Pursuit of Happyness
The Reckless Moment
Right at Your Door
Ringers: Lord of the Fans
Road to Morocco
Romance & Cigarettes
Sense and Sensibility
The Sign of Four
Starter For Ten
Stranger Than Fiction
A Study in Scarlet
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
This is Spinal Tap
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Three Colours: Blue
Three Colours: White
Three Colours: Red
Traffic in Souls
West Side Story
While You Were Sleeping
Wild at Heart
Alternate Cuts & Other Reviews
Crash: Director’s Cut
Gone With the Wind
Star Wars – Episode 4: A New Hope – DVD Edition
Star Wars – Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back – DVD Edition
Star Wars – Episode 6: Return of the Jedi – DVD Edition
In the end, I watched 129 new feature films in 2007.
I also watched 6 features I’d seen before that were extended or altered in some way. (All of those are left in the statistics that follow unless otherwise indicated.)
I also watched 8 shorts (none of which shall be counted in any of the statistics).
I’ve already seen 2 films from this list again (specifically, Happy Feet and Hot Fuzz).
I saw 9 films at the cinema this year. That’s far beaten by the number of new films I saw on DVD though, which stands at 97 (rising to 103 with those extended/altered ones). I also saw 14 on TV, 4 via downloads, and 5 on good ol’ VHS.
The most popular decade by far was the ’00s, with 70 films — that’s 52%! Of the rest, 4 were made in the ’10s, 5 in the ’20s, 1 in the ’30s, 8 in the ’40s, 2 in the ’50s, 6 in the ’60s, 7 in the ’70s, 12 in the ’80s, and 20 in the ’90s. That’s every decade of the 20th Century covered.
The average score was 3.7 out of 5. That includes 16 five-star films and just 1 one-star film. The majority of films scored four stars, with a total of 72 receiving that mark. There were also 32 three-star films and 14 two-star films.
21 of my new films appear on the IMDb Top 250 Films at the time of writing. Their positions range from 15th (Goodfellas) to 247th (Manhattan). None of them are bad enough to make it onto the Bottom 100.
Additionally, 4 films appeared on Empire’s 25 Greatest Films of the Year — Notes on a Scandal (at #14), Letters From Iwo Jima (at #11), Hot Fuzz (at #8) and The Bourne Ultimatum (at #1). Many of the films undoubtedly appear on other ‘Best Films Ever’ lists, but I’m hardly going to go research them all.
A total of 111 directors (or directing partnerships) appear on the list. Martin Scorsese appears most often with 7 films. He’s closely followed by Woody Allen with 5 and Krzysztof Kieslowski with 3. Others with multiple films are Clint Eastwood, Louis Feuillade, Lewis Gilbert, John Glen, Paul Greengrass, Lasse Hallstrom, David Lean, Richard Linklater, Ian Mackenzie & Alex Nicholas, F.W. Murnau, Sam Raimi, and Guillermo del Toro. Also, Gene Kelly and the pairing of Hideaki Anno & Kazuya Tsurumaki directed 2 films each, but in both cases one of them was co-directed with someone else. Obviously, the other 94 just directed one film here.
The actors and actresses who appear multiple times are too numerous and difficult to list. There were at least a few though.
In film titles, the most common first letters are B and S (the latter thanks to a big boost from the alternate cuts). The next-closest were T, C, M and P. A total of 17 titles begin with “The”, while just 3 start with “A” or “An”. (Also, can you see the places where I’ve cheated slightly in the alphabetical list above?)
57 of the films are currently in my DVD collection.
So that was 2007. Here’s to 2008!