Posted on: December 5th, 2007 BEST & WORST 2007: Movies


Usually I love compiling year end ‘Best of’ lists. For me, this year holds the record for ‘Least Films Seen in Theater’. As I pointed out in my review of The Mist, I don’t quite get along with movie theaters.

With the explosive trends and accessibility in high-definition home theater technology, there isn’t much incentive to go out to the cineplex anymore. I’ll take DVD thanks. I remember reading last year about a director (James Cameron or Ridley Scott?) wanting to release their next big blockbuster film in theaters with a simultaneous release on DVD. I can understand a studio’s aversion to that, absolutely, but with many titles making more profit on home video sales than theatrical release, it makes total sense to me. Plus, I hate having to wait six months just to avoid the parking lots, the long lineups, the inflated ticket prices, the unreasonable snack prices, the messy theaters, the countless advertising, and most importantly, the inconsiderate patrons.

Regardless, this has been a darn good year for film. There are tons I loved, tons I didn’t manage to see this year (which kills me) and tons of terrible stinkers (not to be confused with the equally terrible B.D. Wong driven, Slappy and the Stinkers). Gentlemen… let’s broaden our minds. Lawrence…

BEST

300
An awesome hyper-real period piece that didn’t bore me to death or rip off Spartacus. I credit the impeccable source material for that. Gerard Butler is a star. I still approach director Zach Snyder with caution, as he’s adapting the greatest graphic novel of all time (Alan Moore’s Watchmen) to film.

Grindhouse
It was everything I wanted in a tribute to b-movie camp. Great soundtracks. Great promotional material. Not so great DVD treatment. Let’s hope it gets its much deserved theatrical cut DVD next year.

Fracture
Once you get past Anthony Hopkins’ inconsistent Irish accent, this is a pretty darn good yarn. Ryan Gosling charms the pants off us in this little cat and mouse courtroom thriller.

Knocked Up
I can’t relate to the content at all, except that I am terrified of children. But the genius of this comedy is that it still connects with that audience that doesn’t have kids. Wonderful supporting cast.

Superbad
Contrary to Knocked up, I can relate 100% to Superbad. Jonah Hill and Michael Cera are pure stars.

The Darjeeling Limited
Wes Anderson has yet to do me wrong. Though I will refuse to pick a favorite of his films, Darjeeling is a sure contender. Beautiful, sad, vibrant, hilarious and a killer soundtrack.

The Mist
See my overly gushing review in my previous post.

PENDING

The following flicks I stupidly haven’t seen yet but really want to. I don’t know how I can call myself a connoisseur of film. I’m sure my list would be drastically different, had I seen:

Ratatouille, Rescue Dawn, Sunshine, The Bourne Ultimatum, Stardust, The King of Kong, 3:10 to Yuma, Eastern Promises, Into the Wild, Lars and the Real Girl, Gone Baby Gone, No Country for Old Men, Beowulf, Juno, I Am Legend, Sweeney Todd, There Will Be Blood.

Maybe I can squeeze a few of these in amidst the chaos before the ball drops on the first.

WORST

Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Completely and utterly unwatchable. Even speaking as a fan of the show, if you like this movie… forget that, if you understood this movie, you are an unreasonable human being.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Not only is it a slap in the face to comic fans, it insults my intelligence – even for a fantasy movie. Doctor Doom rides a flying surfboard, and Galactus is a giant storm cloud.

Rob Zombie’s Halloween
See my review here.

Generally there was more good than bad this year. Next year is already looking stellar for releases. In particular, I’m looking forward to:

Be Kind Rewind, Rambo, Iron Man, Speed Racer, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Incredible Hulk, Hellboy II, The Dark Knight, X-Files II, The Pineapple Express, Where the Wild Things Are, James Bond 22, Star Trek, The Wolfman and finally, the aforementioned Watchmen.

Until next time… godspeed, my little oysters.

Let me know you’re faves!
See a complete list of 2007 releases
here.

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3 Responses to “BEST & WORST 2007: Movies”

  1. Niv3k Says:
    December 8th, 2007 at 11:41 am

    Good reviews.

    I have to agree with you on going to the movies…

    I loath the cineplex experience… overpriced pop corn and pop, noisy and rude patrons and waaaaay too many commericals before they get to the main course. I have not gone to a theatre for 3 years… the DVD wait gets shorter with every picture that comes out…. by the end of 2008 we’ll have the DVD before they make the movie.

    N.

  2. Ryan J. Ferrier Says:
    December 8th, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    N, thanks for your thoughts…
    DVD before the movie? Sounds like ‘Be Kind, Rewind’ but in reverse haha
    R

  3. cannon39 Says:
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    It goes without saying that I agree completely with this list. Well done. But I must say that you have missed some of the greatest of the year, according to your “Pending” section. RESCUE DAWN? THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM? 3:10 TO YUMA? NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN? You haven’t seen these? My sorrow for you knows no bounds.

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