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Top 10 Films of 2007

Top 3 films of 2007

I know there is an unwritten rule about not talking about last year’s films after the Oscars… but my site wasn’t done – so screw it. Here then are my top 3+7 films of 2007. Top 3 and next 7 in alphabetical order:

Top 3:

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly – Julian Schnabel, for all of his bizarre idiosyncracies as a person, has crafted a beautiful and innovative film unlike any other I’ve seen. It is, in my mind, the perfect marriage of art and cinema.

I’m Not There Pretty much everything Todd Haynes does pushes boundaries and it is no stretch to call this the most innovative biopic ever. Six actors play different aspects of Dylan’s personality that interweave but never interact. Cate Blanchett’s segments alone are enough to swoon over, but as a whole it coalesces into an incredibly dense and interesting piece of work. If you weren’t into it the first time (or if you were), see it again and I promise you’ll get a lot more out of it.

There Will Be Blood I don’t know what I can say that hasn’t already been covered by this Best Pic nom’d, Best Actor and Best Cinematography Oscar winning masterpiece by the brilliant Paul Thomas Anderson. Congrats.

Next 7:

A Mighty Heart Starting with a controversial pick, many derided director Michael Winterbottom for casting Angelina Jolie in a role overwhelmed by her star power. It didn’t bother me at all. I thought her performance was great and this film did plenty to keep Winterbottom amongst my very favorite directors.

Knocked Up Very rarely does a comedy come along that nails it as well as Judd Apatow’s fresh and hilarious movie does. With scenes and quotes that have already embedded themselves in our culture, this will be one of those movies I can watch over and over again for years to come.

Lars and the Real Girl This would be on the list even if I didn’t work for the company that made it. Gossling’s performance along with a fantastic (nom’d) screenplay and pitch perfect soundtrack make this one of the most touching films in a long time.

Margot at the Wedding Many people hated this film (even though very few even saw it), but I loved Baumbach’s biting dialog and stunningly realistic writing. Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, and Jennifer Jason Leigh each turn in some of the very best performances of their careers. I can’t be the only person who liked this way more than The Squid and the Whale.

No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem’s Anton Chigurh will certainly go down as one of the best screen villains ever. Sure the film leaves you feeling bleak and empty – but that is exactly what the Coens set out to do – and they succeeded wildly.

Rocket Science Smarter and funnier than Superbad, this very indie high school comedy is an incredibly well written and directed story about a kid with a stutter who joins the debate team to get a girl. Anna Kendrick does an amazing job as the love interest with more up her sleeve than the protagonist, played by Reece Thompson, knows he is in store for. This is Jeffrey Blitz’s first dramatic turn after directing the Oscar nom’d documentary Spellbound. I can’t wait to see what he does next.

Sunshine Danny Boyle’s sci-fi flick does a really impressive job of switching genres as the story unfolds. I was captivated by the filmmaking and amazed by the visuals. This must be seen on a big screen to really be appreciated – and my prediction is that it will be the kind of movie that will pop up in theaters every decade or so for the big cult following it will likely amass.

Now go out and see em all and let me know what you think.

Posted by enderzero at 5:13pm on Feb. 26, 2008  


  1. Murr-dogg says:

    I agree with ‘Diving Bell’ in the top three. For me, I would include ‘Into the Wild’ and ‘Michael Clayton’ with it. I did not see ‘I’m Not There, and although I appreciated ‘Blood’ for DDL’s extraordinary performance, I can’t rate it higher than the other three.

    Rounding out my next 7 would be:
    Juno (yes it’s formulaic and predictable, but Ellen Page’s performance wins you over, and her bf is pretty good too)
    The Lookout (taut thriller from early in the year, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is terrific)
    Golden Door (engrossing Italian film about emigrants)
    Knocked Up
    There Will be Blood
    The Italian (a great Russian indie film – check it out next time you’re renting a DVD)
    Black Book (an amazing performance by Carice Van Houten)

    Feb. 29, 2008 at 1:52pm  
  2. Mica says:

    Ha ha. You sound so very much like you actually know what you’re talking about (it makes me a little sick). Also, its a little sad that the only movie on your list that I’ve actually seen is knocked up . . . and I didn’t really like it. So . . . I guess this means I should try to watch some of them, so I can tell you how totally pretentious and snobby your taste in movies is (JK a-s-b). Anyways, I hope everything is going well and I’ll try and be a better almost-step-sister and write soon.

    Mar. 1, 2008 at 10:25pm  

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