Playing Favorites: 2007′s Best Movies

Here are my picks (in no particular order):

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: The Potter movies are turning into a fine franchise and this one was probably my second favorite of the whole bunch. I find myself looking forward to them, even though I’ve read all the books and know the story. Imelda Staunton was deliciously wicked.

No Country for Old Men: Some smarty pants movie reviewer (probably David Bianculli?) said that none of the recent slew of Iraq war movies spoke to the dark times we’re in as well as this picture. I have to agree. It’s an unrelenting character study of evil.

The Bourne Ultimatum: Typically the heros in these kinds of movies kill with impunity, never giving a second thought to their actions. Everything is justified (presumably) because the bad guys are just that bad. This one breaks the mold, with its The-Bad-Guys-Are-Us plot.

3:10 to Yuma: In the old Westerns, the good guy was the good guy because he was the most dynamic, driven personality in town. 3:10 to Yuma is just like that, but now the chrisma extends to the bad guy, too.

The Lives of Others: There was lots to like here, from the stazi officer’s gentle seduction as he monitors the writer’s life, to the crazy paranoia in the stazi ranks (the lunch room scene was fabulous). I’m so glad they skipped the big romantic ending and opted instead for the much subtler book dedication ending.

28 Weeks Later: Good, tense, horror. I like that it didn’t depend on buckets of blood, but relied more on the psychology of guilt and betrayal for its tension. I wish zombie Dad hadn’t kept coming back, but this flaw wasn’t enough to lessen the movie for me.

Juno: Teen pregenancy is becoming its own little sub-catagory under the coming-of-age genre. I loved the snappy dialogue, the quirky characters, even the feel good ending.

That’s it. But there are a lot of movies I haven’t had time to see. My Netflix queue is packed with a ton of good stuff from 2007, including There Will Be Blood, Michael Clayton, American Gangster, and Gone Baby Gone.

In 2008, I have to get out to more movies!

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7 thoughts on “Playing Favorites: 2007′s Best Movies

  1. I always wait and rent them . . . maybe. I’m so out of it when it comes to movies these days.

  2. Ted says:

    Lol, I always download them shhhhh. I saw 3:10 to Yuma and the Bourne trilogy are all awesome. I liked the ending of Yuma. I saw Juno on my bit torrent site have to check that one out too.

  3. Tim Elhajj says:

    Comcast sent me a warning letter about downloading Sopranos late last year. Scary! I never heard anything more, but it sort of ruined the torrenting for me.

  4. Tim Elhajj says:

    Ruth, you should look into Netflix.

    I am debating whether I ought to go see Cloverfield tonight, but it’s in my Netflix queue, so even if I never get around to seeing it in the theater, I’ll still have a chance to see it when it comes to DVD. If I don’t put movies into my queue, I end up forgetting all about them.

  5. Tim Elhajj says:

    Today is my birthday people! I have been on this earth for 46 years.

  6. You know, Tim, we could have that already, for all I know. Or care. :>)

  7. Ted says:

    You need to use a bit torrent down loader like Azereus, it gets packets all over the world and impossible to track or even a proxy. Anyway I saw Juno yesterday with some chick, it was actually a pretty good movie, hard to believe that girl is really like 25 she really does look 16. I would recommend it. BTW happy belated birthday.

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