Friday, January 18, 2008

Favorite Movies of 2007

I just got finished watching David Fincher's Zodiac and it got me thinking about my favorite movies from the past year. I absolutely loved this film but I wanted to see how it compared with other movies from this year. Now being a film buff I keep a list of my favorite films of all time, and I break that down into Non-Comedy and Comedy lists, just because I don't feel it's fair to judge comedies against dramas or whatever else, and I'll do the same for these lists. These lists do not mean the best movies of 2007, these lists are just my favorite movies. For instance, I'm Not There is a better movie than The Bourne Ultimatum (in my opinion), but I liked TBU more so it ranks higher on the list. So here goes Top Non-Comedies of 2007:
  1. No Country for Old Men/There Will Be Blood
  2. Zodiac
  3. The Bourne Ultimatum
  4. Grindhouse: Death Proof
  5. Sunshine
  6. I'm Not There
  7. 300
  8. The Kingdom
  9. Transformers
  10. Live Free or Die Hard
  11. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  12. American Gangster
Top Comedies of 2007
  1. Knocked Up
  2. Superbad
  3. Juno
  4. Hot Fuzz
  5. Enchanted
  6. Dan in Real Life
  7. Ratatouille
  8. The Ten
  9. You Kill Me
No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood are tied atop my non-comedy list for a couple of reasons. First of all, I've only seen them each once, so to make a fair judgment I would have to see each film at least once more, maybe even twice more. The Coen Brothers really returned to form with NCFOM writing a stellar script (based on the book of the same name by Cormac McCarthy), getting great actors (Javier Bardem won Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor), and just visually creating a movie that reads just like a book. When books are adapted into movies it is very hard to keep true to the book, but Joel and Ethan really did a great job in this fact.

P.T. Anderson's last film Punch Drunk Love I did not see, but I've seen both Boogie Nights and Magnolia and both of those I loved. TWBB blew those out of the water. Daniel Day-Lewis stars in a movie about once every 50 years, but when he does he absolutely knocks the role out of the park. His portrayal of oil tycoon Daniel Plainview is haunting as we see how he deteriorates throughout the film. He already won the Golden Globe for Best Actor and I'm sure an Oscar is just around the corner.

I'd go into more detail about why I put each film where it is on my list, but for right now I'll leave it be. What do you think?

1 comment:

Magnolia Fan said...

Get off your ivory tower, high-horse you self-righteous, pompous ass of a man.

Love,

Michael D'onofrio