Now that 2008 is almost ending, I’ve decided to finally make my long overdue list of favorite movies from 2007. I, obviously, should have done this much earlier but better late than never, right?
This was a very tough decision and I have six runners up. I put them in alphabetical order:
Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
Sidney Lumet’s film about two brothers (played brilliantly by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke) who are strapped for cash and decide to rob their parents jewelry store is magnificent. Wonderful performances and amazing directing. Sidney Lumet’s first film was 12 Angry Men in 1957. This film was made 50 years later. I can only hope to have a career as long and as successful as Mr. Lumet’s.
It might be a shock to most that this isn’t in the top 10. I saw this film 5 times in the theater last year (the most out of any of the movies I saw that year). I love this movie and the experience but as a film I felt it couldn’t quite make it to the list. Perhaps for the experience it should. I’m still debating.
From the makers of Shaun of the Dead. That’s all you really had to say to get me in the theater. It might be a blasphemous statement, but I think I actually might like Hot Fuzz more. If you haven’t seen it, it is to action movies what Shaun of the Dead is to horror films. It’s hysterical and action packed. Quite entertaining.
Lars and the Real Girl
This movie was actually on my top ten list but I had to eventually bump it. Ryan Gosling does an amazing job. His performance blew me away. The movie is sad and funny but heart warming. An excellent film. I should watch it again.
I saw this movie four times in the theater and I don’t care what anybody says about it, I love it. LOVE it. It’s a complete rollar coaster ride and I enjoyed every second of it. I don’t hate Michael Bay like most people do. I know exactly what to expect from his films and I go in to the theater with those expectations. I never leave disappointed. I hear a lot of people bash this movie and I honestly can’t understand why. It’s fun.
I’ll see anything directed by David Fincher. After Seven, The Game and Fight Club he can do no wrong in my book. This movie is a bit long but it doesn’t matter. It’s suspensful, well acted, well written, well directed. This is another one that was originally on the top ten list but was ultimately bumped. If you haven’t seen it do yourself a favor and watch it.
Now on with the Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2007
10. American Gangster
Ridley Scott. Steven Zaillian. Denzel Washington. Russell Crowe. I’m there. It got a little bit of attention when it first came out. I don’t remember it receiving any Oscar nods but I’m sure this is a movie that might gain a little bit of a following over time.
The Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay is quirky, fun, and just all around enjoyable. I’ll be honest, if I had read the script before watching the movie I would have thought the dialogue was weird and corny but the cast not only pulled it off but made it hysterical.
8. Michael Clayton
Tony Gilroy’s directorial debut. A smart thriller like any I’d ever seen. I’ve heard it compared to Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation but have yet to watch it. It’s hard for me to explain this movie. It’s a great movie and was nominated for Best Picture (among other things including Best Supporting Actress for Tilda Swinton. She won).
This movie is CRAZY. An awesome sci-fi thriller. It kind of changes genres to horror by the end but it doesn’t hurt the film. Not one bit. With amazing actors, an amazing director (Danny Boyle who directed this year’s Slumdog Millionaire) and an AMAZING score by John Murphy, this movie is close to perfect.
6. I’m Not There
This movie was not what I was expecting the first time I saw it. I saw it again in late January (after Heath Ledger died) and loved it. It’s another movie that is difficult to explain but it’s worth seeing for performances alone. Heath Ledger and Charlotte Gainsbourg story line was my favorite even before I saw it the second time around but the other story lines are all tremendous. Completely original and creative.
5. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
One of the slowest movies I saw that year but also one of the most beautiful. Casey Affleck was easily my pick for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars. Fortunately he was nominated but he ultimately lost to Javier Bardem’s performance for No Country For Old Men.
4. No Country For Old Men
The Academy Award winner for Best Picture is easily one of the best Coen Bros movies to come out in a while. I’ve loved just about everything they’ve made (that I’ve seen) and this one did not disappoint. A great character study. Well written, acted and directed. Also the fact that it has no music in it and still manages to be incredibly suspensful should not be overlooked as amazing directing/editing (perhaps even amazing sound mixing).
3. There Will Be Blood
Daniel Day-Lewis won the Oscar for Best Actor for this film and it was well deserved. His amazing performance is mind blowing and this film is nothing short of brilliant. Paul Thomas Anderson proves he’s a master filmmaker.
2. Into The Wild
Sean Penn wrote and directed this film based on the true story of Christopher McCandless, a young college graduate who embarks on a journey to Alaska is breath taking and heart breaking. Beautifully shot and wonderfully acted, it’s one of the rare films of 2007 I’ve watched all the way through again since buying on dvd. I remember the day I bought it, I popped it in expecting to only watch part of it and ended up watching the whole thing. With as short as my attention span is and as long as this movie is… that’s saying something.
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful film. Only saw it once in the theater but it’s one of those movies where I left the theater smiling. It was 2007’s gem of a movie. It also has one of the best soundtracks I’ve ever heard. This movie went on to win the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly”. It was definitely deserved. If you can only choose one movie to see off this list… See this one.