On this last day of 2007, I thought I'd wrap up with a look back at the year. Although we can't seem to get away from Hollywood's inexplicable desire to greenlight the usual array of craptacular rom-coms, lukewarm kiddie flicks, and so-so sequels, 2007 also had a lot to be thankful for. From Sundance to Toronto, this year's fests were packed with promising newcomers and new material from old favorites. A lot of them, unfortunately, didn't see much distrib past the fest circuit -- if you really love indie film, you just gotta hunt down the fests or wait it out until they come out on DVD.

We're just a little over two weeks away from kicking our 2008 fest coverage with the Sundance Film Festival ... Happy New Year, and here's to hoping 2008 will be a spectactular year for film!

Hype on Overdrive: Things I'd Most Enjoy NOT Hearing About in 2008

Iraq war movies -- Please, no mas. Well ... unless they're really, really good.

"It's the Year of the Pregnancy Film!" -- No, Hollywood hasn't suddenly turned pro-life. Lake of Fire and 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days more than balanced out Juno, Knocked Up and Bella. It's just that no one -- pro-choice or pro-life -- really wants to see an abortion on the big screen.

The Writers Strike -- Note to moguls: Stop being so damn greedy. You're rich enough.

Bob Shaye Vs. Peter Jackson -- Great. Let's get on with making a killer movie of The Hobbit now, shall we?

Threequels -- With the possible exception of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, none of this years glut of threequels needed to be made. Stop greenlighting this crap, please.

"Is film criticism dead?" -- Enough, already. Do we really need to rehash this topic every year? No, I didn't think so.

The Format Wars: Do I care whether either Blu-Ray or HD-DVD looks marginally better than the other from a distance of eight feet, or 10 feet, or whatever, when viewed on a big-ass TV? No, I do not. Wake me when y'all pick one. I won't be able to afford a killer home theater system until the kids are out of the house anyhow, so hopefully by then the hype will be over and I can just go buy whatever works and looks really spiffy.

... and more after the jump.
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