Top 25 Best Movies of 2007
NOTE: There are probably movies that I’ve forgotten or if there’s one you’d like to suggest viewing not on the list, please let me know! For instance, I had forgotten about a GREAT movie like The Kite Runner…
Hot Fuzz was a GLARING omission (pointed out to me by ‘Bob Johnson’) so I had to revise my list… Again.
I saw my normal slate of films in 2007. It was a GREAT year in movies. Instead of 10 I’m going to list 25 and I could have continued with another 25 good movies like AMERICAN GANGSTER, THE INVASION, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET, FRACTURE, even BALLS OF FURY (it made me laugh).
I had to bump ‘Hitman’ (which was decent for a movie based on a ‘vid-ya game’) to make room for a truly stunning film: The Kite Runner…. Here are the 25 I went with:
Also had to bump PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END after revisions (it’s still a pretty good movie, though).
#22 LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD
#20 RESCUE DAWN
#16 THE LOOKOUT
#15 THE DARJEELING LIMITED
#14 MICHAEL CLAYTON
#11 EASTERN PROMISES
#10 3:10 TO YUMA
#6 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
#5 GONE BABY GONE
#2 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
#1 ZODIAC (It was a hard choice between the Top 2. No Country For Old Men deserves all the accolades that it gets, but I give the nod to David Fincher’s best movie. On the surface it’s a police procedural, but it’s also commentary on the subject of serial killers, ‘the serial killer’ movie (even Fincher’s own career) and it even puts the finger on the probable identity of the Zodiac killer who never was ‘officially’ caught and brought to justice. The detailing in this movie is pretty extraordinary and has a real feeling of the era(s) that it’s set in and grounded in more realism than most movies. And unlike overly long movies like King Kong and the Rings Trilogy, I can watch this movie over and over again. Great performances throughout, even some by actors that may not have been seen in mainstream movies in a long time. Also of note: many cite Iron Man as being Robert Downey Jr’s ‘comeback’, but I believe it began either here or in ‘A Scanner Darkly’.
The movie’s dark and there are scenes in it (especially in the first 30 minutes or so of the film) that are DISTURBING, but it’s worth seeing.