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January 5, 2011

2007 – A year for movies

That’s right, 2007 has been one of the greatest years the film industry has ever seen (Aside from the writers strike of course). Now that the first month of the new year is over, I can look back and see all of the commercial and independent hits. I thought 2006 was a good year with such movies as The Departed, Blood Diamond, Little Miss Sunshine, Children of Men and Pan’s Labyrinth. Compaired to 2007 those movies look par. Of course it is all my opinion, but let me start off the top films of 2007.

#1 – There will be Blood – Paul Thomas Anderson’s fifth feature length starring one of the most talented and dedicated men in the industry – Daniel Day Lewis. This film truley shows a gripping tale of American ambition at the turn of the century and more importantly, the greed that comes with that ambition succeeding.

#2 – No Country for Old Men – Directed by the Coen brothers who brought you The Big Lebowski and Fargo. This is their best film to date and stayed faithful to the novel on which it was based upon. Javier Bardem’s performance showed all of hollywood that he is the real deal and can now move into more mainstream films. Look for this film to make a big run at this years acadamy awards.

#3  – Once – John Carney’s cute and simple Irish musical. It stars the talented musician Glen Hansgard of the famous Irish band The Frames. This is a movie for all you music lovers, it’s heartwarming, beautiful and most of all real. I find that watching films with a lower budget, you get a big more sense of realism. There is just so much soul in this film.

#4 – Into the Wild – Actor/Director Sean Penn made this film about a young wealthy man who gives up his money and decides to take a journey without a plan. During this time he meets new friends and discovers himself. He realizes that he hates society and redirects his venture to the alaskan wild to get away from it all. This is actor Emile Hirsch’s best performance, and I look to see more from him in the future.

#5 – Zodiac – “The gripping tale of a manhunt that turned into an obsession”. Director David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) already proved that he is an excellent filmmaker, and he just keeps adding to his list of great movies. Zodiac is the true story of a mysterious serial killer set in the late 60’s and Early 70’s. This is a serial killer film that really doesnt have the cliche’s as other serial killer movies. It is about a cartoonist (Jake Gyllenhaal) who gets involved in the case and how he gets obsessed with it. I think why I loved the film so much is because Fincher managed to suck me into that obsession and led me down false trails and promising leads. This made me feel like I was part of Gyllenhaal’s character.

Other honorable mentions are: Juno, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Sweeny Todd, La Vie En Rose, Sunshine, Michael Clayton and Eastern Promises. This truley has been a great year for movies and if 2008 is half as good as this, I will be a satisfied person.

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6 Comment(s)

  1. Jayson | Jan 21, 2008 | Reply

    I like your review. Its great one. Most of the reviews I agree with you 🙂 Thanks for sharing

  2. Sabina | Jan 21, 2008 | Reply

    Good review. I like it

  3. Jer | Jan 21, 2008 | Reply

    Have to watch the Zodiac … seems interesting

  4. Paul | Jan 21, 2008 | Reply

    I want to watch Into the wild now.

  5. Rylie | Jan 21, 2008 | Reply

    Cool review. I am thinking of watching Zodiac too now.

  6. Babi | Jan 21, 2008 | Reply

    Haha … good review. I liked Zodiac. Cool movie. Everyone should watch it. But then again my friends say I weired and have different sense of humor.

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