by Kam Williams
With two excellent offerings in Why Did I Get Married? and Daddy's Little Girls, 2007 truly belonged to Tyler Perry. Not only did he make the two best black ensemble pictures released by a big studio, but his films also boasted some of the year's most memorable performances in both the male (Perry and Idris Elba) and female (Tasha Smith, Gabrielle Union and Jill Scott) acting categories.
I'm sure many readers might want an explanation for the relatively-poor showings of Denzel's box-office hits American Gangster and The Great Debaters. Well, the former was not much more than a big budget variation on the gangsploitation genre in this critic's estimation. Meanwhile, the latter did feature several inspired performances, but was simply too riddled with comical anachronisms and historical inaccuracies to take seriously.
I hope you take the time to check out some of the lesser-known independent film and documentaries, as you will be well rewarded for investing a couple of hours in labors of love like Banished, What Black Men Think and Diary of a Tired Black Man.
Ten Best Black Films (Studio)
Best Independent Black Films
Best Black Documentaries
Best Directors (Studio)
Best Directors (Independent or Documentary)
Note: Thanks to fellow film critic Wilson Morales of BlackFilm.com for his very valuable assistance in researching this article, although the picks and pans strictly reflect the opinion of Kam Williams.