Before the Golden Globes are officially announced hours from now, I wanted to recap my favorite films of 2007. I wasn’t able to watch all of the releases, of course, but I estimated that I saw about 130 movies. That’s either really sad and I have no life (still the case, I think). Or it’s not enough and I need to catch up to the paid critics. I guess we’ll see what 2008 has to offer.
2007, though, was a great year for film. The quality of movies was amazing, though most of them came near the end of the year. Trimming this list down to ten was extremely difficult. I wasn’t even able to fit all the ones I rated with a 4.5 in the top ten. Ten through twenty were awesome movies too.
Looking over the list there aren’t a whole lot of surprises compared to everyone else. I guess the general consensus is that these are the best that 2007 had to offer. I tried to find a way to squeeze these runners up in there, but I couldn’t deny any of the top then their place (each of the links should bring you to the review, if there is one). Runners Up: American Gangster, Across the Universe, 3:10 to Yuma
10. Superbad – The funniest movie of the year should get at least a mention. Michael Cera and Jonah Hill’s style of comedy was so hilarious that I watched every interview with them I could find just to get more laughs. A very funny movie written by Knocked Up star Seth Rogen and from the same producer, Judd Apatow. I had more out loud laughs watching this movie than I’ve had in a while.
9. The Bourne Ultimatum – The year’s best pure action film and easily the best of the year’s “threequels.” The first two films helped them get comfortable with the in-your-face filming technique and Damon as Bourne. Ultimatum is the final pay-off to a thrilling series.
8. Once – An Irish love affair between music and film. A simple little indie that gained respect on sheer quality alone. I claim I don’t like musicals and then I love Once and Across the Universe. I need to make out with a woman immediately.
7. There Will Be Blood – An uncomfortable film, but a powerful epic that is carried by another brilliant performance from Daniel Day Lewis. The best acting all year.
6. Atonement – I described it in my review as a “nearly perfect film.” It ranks so high because of the amazing visuals, but doesn’t crack the top 5 because of an ending that fizzles.
5. Michael Clayton – Great storytelling, great performances, great direction. It may not be a “sexy” pick, but it’s a solid film.
4. Ratatouille – Pixar means quality, whether it be animation, storytelling, or entertainment for all ages. And this is their best work yet. A fantastic film that I believe is worthy of a “Best Picture” nod, even for an animated film about a cooking rat.
3. Into the Wild – Set to Eddie Veddar’s original songs, this movie is a visually stunning achievement for director Sean Penn. I liked it so much because I was able to connect with the themes even more the characters along the journey.
2. Juno – Hilarious and hip, Diablo Cody’s script is light-hearted in places and deeply emotional in others. The best time I’ve had in a theater.
1. No Country for Old Men – The most intelligent film of the year. I had to reward it with the top spot for being a memorable masterpiece that is original and thought-provoking.
As a special bonus after the jump, there is a YouTube video edited together by a guy named Matt Shapiro. It’s a montage of the year’s best dramatic films set to “Falling Slowly” from Once. Hopefully it will remind you of ones I couldn’t fit in the list. I captured it from YouTube in case it disappears.