Monday, November 17, 2008

2007: A Rundown

Got this idea from Actionman himself, and because no one really knows what movies I saw last year. Therefore, I am listing, from best to worst and in sections of ten, the films I saw in 2007. Then I'll do the same for 2008 thus far, next post.

The Coens' No Country for Old Men (****)
Tony Gilroy's Michael Clayton (****)
Andrew Dominik's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (****)
Jason Reitman's Juno (****)
Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (****)
David Yates's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (****)
Paul Greengrass's The Bourne Ultimatum (****)
Brad Bird's Ratatouille (****)
Gabor Csupo's Bridge to Terabithia (****)
Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters (****)

James Mangold's 3:10 to Yuma (****)
Terry George's Reservation Road (****)
Edgar Wright's Hot Fuzz (****)
Rob Reiner's The Bucket List (****)
Craig Gillespie's Lars and the Real Girl (****)
Julie Taymor's Across the Universe (****)
Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood (***1/2)
Frank Darabont's The Mist (***1/2)
Peter Hedges' Dan in Real Life (***1/2)
Marc Lawrence's Music and Lyrics (***1/2)

Michael Bay's Transformers (***1/2)
Jake Kasdan's In the Land of Women (***1/2)
Gore Verbinski's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (***1/2)
Stephen J. Anderson's Meet the Robinsons (***1/2)
Bob Shaye's The Last Mimzy (***1/2)
David Silverman's The Simpsons Movie (***1/2)
D.J. Caruso's Disturbia (***1/2)
Francis Lawrence's I Am Legend (***)
Andrew Fleming's Nancy Drew (***)
Peter Berg's The Kingdom (***)

Matthew Vaughn's Stardust (***)
Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 (***)
Kevin Lima's Enchanted (***)
Tom Shadyac's Evan Almighty (***)
Hickner and Smith's Bee Movie (***)
Gordon and Speck's Blades of Glory (***)
Mennan Yapo's Premonition (***)
Antoine Fuqua's Shooter (***)
Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Thirteen (***)
The Pangs' The Messengers (***)

Kevin Munroe's TMNT (***)
Len Wiseman's Live Free or Die Hard (**1/2)
Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf (**1/2)
David S. Goyer's The Invisible (**1/2)
Steve Bendelack's Mr. Bean's Holiday (**1/2)
Chris Miller's Shrek the Third (**1/2)
Michael Polish's The Astronaut Farmer (**)
Mikael Hafstrom's 1408 (**)
Jon Turteltaub's National Treasure: Book of Secrets (**)
Tim Story's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (**)

David L. Cunningham's The Seeker: The Dark is Rising (**)
Walt Becker's Wild Hogs (**)
Joel Schumacher's The Number 23 (*1/2)
Brett Ratner's Rush Hour 3 (*1/2)
Frederik Du Chau's Underdog (*1/2)
Kirsten Sheridan's August Rush (*)
Oliver Hirschbiegel's The Invasion (*)
Mark Steven Johnson's Ghost Rider (*)
Tim Hill's Alvin and the Chipmunks (1/2*)
Sean McNamara's Bratz (zero)
Hyung-rae Shim's Dragon Wars (zero)


Actionman said...

Nice picks, Joel. And thanks for the shout-out!

But one major question: Where is The Diving Bell and the Butterfly?! You haven't seen it...? Best film of 2007 for me, hands down.

I disagree with you, however, on The Astronaut Farmer. I was really taken with that flick. Sensitive performances from the entire cast and BEAUTIFUL cinematography. The plot is completely asinine but I thought it was a great family movie.

You liked Bridge to Terabithian, huh? ****?

Glad to see you enjoyed Pirates 3; what a stylish, surreal trip that movie was.

I also noticed you only gave The Kingdom only ***. I gave that one ****. I thought it was a killer action flick.

Reservation Road had some terrific performances (especially Ruffalo) but the contrived nature of the script made it a *** movie for me.

I like the Transformers love...

Never saw The Great Debaters...had an Academy screener for weeks and just never had enough interest...

I hated Lars and the Real Girl and thought Hot Fuzz was a wee-bit overrated.

Overall, damn solid list. Jesse James was utterly brilliant.

Actionman said...

And why the F did you see Bratz!?

Matthew said...

Because he's a cinemasochist, which is why we're best friends. <_<

Joel said...

"Bratz" (and "Dragon Wars" for that matter) were pure research. To see how bad they'd be. They were worse. Far, far worse. The former I figured would be bad, really really bad, but not to that extent. (Clue: I've only ever given five movies, including these two and "In the Name of the King" zero stars; the others were "Alex Rider" and "Domesetic Disturbance")
"Dragon Wars" wasn't good enough for the Sci-Fi Channel, let alone a theatrical release.

"Diving Bell"'s on my "rent it" list. Just one I missed out on last year.

I thought "The Astronaut Farmer" was really, really overcooked. And I couldn't believe Thornton's character.

Bridge to Terabithia was tragic, elegiac, and beautiful. Don't pay attention to the trailers.

"Pirates" was definitely stylish. I was disappointed in the second (mildly) so I was beyond happy with the third.

The Kingdom was gritty, powerful stuff. But the ending was a teensy repetitive and overlong. Still liked it, though.

I was no less than moved by "Reservation Road."

I thought that "Lars and the Real Girl" was sublime dramedy, and that "Hot Fuzz" was among the best comedies of recent years (same with "Shaun of the Dead"). Love the shootout at the end.

Definitely see "The Great Debaters." Conventional, but brilliantly played out.