Saturday, February 23, 2008

A Revised Top 10 Movies of 2007 List

My original list of my top 10 favorite films of 2007 can be found here. It was part of a partnership with Cameron to post these lists on the final moments of 2007. But for the past two months, I have seen numerous 2007 films that would have been on my list if I had seen them before December 31st! Because so many films have made an impression upon me, here is my new list of top 2007 movies:

10. Gone Baby Gone: Who knew that Ben Affleck could direct? He should probably stick with that, as this film was a tense detective story with some great acting. The other Affleck--Casey--is great as a young-yet-principled detective who wrestles with some deep moral issues.

9. The King of Kong: It's an epic documentary about the underdog hero vs. the evil empire as two men vie for the glory that comes with having the top score at Donkey Kong. Nerdy, yet surprisingly great.

8. Michael Clayton: Very tense and smart thriller about a lawyer who begins to seek clarity for his morally confused life. Great performance by Tom Wilkinson, and a story that keeps you intrigued until the very end.

7. God Grew Tired of Us: Fantastic documentary about the Lost Boys of Sudan and their journey. It's still on the top list because it paints a beautiful picture of hope.

6. Ratatouille: The more I've reflected upon this film, the more I like it. It has some of the best animation ever put on the big screen, plus a well-developed plot and a great script. It's not just a great kids' movie; it's a great movie period. Pixar pretty much rocks.

5. Atonement: It has to be said: the final 30 minutes are the defining moments of this film about consequences, redemption, and truth. Originally at #2 on my previous list, this movie has great cinematography and some well-done performances. Not your typical historical romance piece!

4. Eastern Promises: A powerful performance by Viggo Mortensen is the central characteristic of this film about the Russian mob in London. It deals with a variety of moral issues without giving easy answers, which left me wrestling internally long after the film had finished.

3. Once: I love music. But I don't particularly enjoy musicals...but this one is exceptional. It is an emotionally moving story about the beauty of the creative process and the connection that music brings. A beautiful film. Buy the soundtrack; you won't be disappointed.

2. No Country for Old Men: This powerful film about greed and violence was absolutely stunning. It's gritty, tense, uncomfortable, and extremely well-directed. I would not be surprised--nor disappointed--if it won Best Picture this year. Javier Bardem has created one of the greatest film villains of the decade with the dark sociopath, Anton Chigurh.

And my #1 movie of 2007 is...

1. Juno: Yes, this is still my favorite film from 2007. (No, I haven't seen There Will Be Blood). The dialogue is witty, the characters are well-developed, Ellen Page is charming, and I love the soundtrack. Perhaps I have a soft spot in my heart for in-depth films involving the struggles of adolescence.

1 comment:

  1. I LOVED Paris Je Te-Amie!! At first I was like- what the heck! but i slowly fell madly in love with almost all of the vignettes. very powerful and beautiful. (btw- sorry, am catching up on all my movie reviews from your blog right now =)