Sunday, June 28, 2015
MrMovieETC's TOP 10 FILMS of 2007
Greetings, Movie Lovers!
I hope you all had a fan-and-filmtastic Father's Day last weekend. I'm returning to my Top Ten film lists after taking last weekend off to spend time with my family and to not take away time from yours by posting stuff on Facebook.
2007: Finally, back to a year in cinema that left plenty of films to consider for the Top Ten.
After 2008 and 2009 left more rhinestones than gems, it was refreshing to see the superbly-acted, character-driven dramas that 2007 boasted, that, dare I say, were some of the best of this decade. In addition to that, this year had a plentiful serving of decent horror films to choose from; certainly something I will not find myself complaining about.
Outside of that, I don't have much a preamble for this post, so I'm going to go ahead and get started on my Top Ten Films of 2007:
10. EASTERN PROMISES
The true nature of the sinister plot may not be for everybody, but if this is your type of film, I highly recommend it.
9. THE ORPHANAGE
Horror fans will likely get their fill with the little scares that come with this movie, and the story is definitely one to appreciate in the years to come!
7. THE MIST
Wouldn't it be ideal if just about any Stephen King film adaptation at least went across the desk of Frank Darabont? I mean, from what I've seen, the guy doesn't seem to miss that often. "The Green Mile", while not exactly horror, is currently my favorite film of all time; "The Shawshank Redemption" is on-screen storytelling at some of its finest; and then came "The Mist" that does see Darabont treading to the horror territory of King where a small mountain community gets terrorized by mutated monsters that appear out of a mysterious mist that then, in turn, bring out the monsters in the townspeople that cannot figure out how to cope with this new panic. Sometimes all it takes is a Bible and an overzealous attitude to push people over the edge. I wouldn't say I enjoyed this film as much as the other two efforts by Darabont, but a really well-executed Stephen King story brought to film is tough to find, and Darabont brings this one to the screen with enough finesse to truly stand out.
Obviously, for me, "The Mist" comes recommended. If you've seen it before but haven't yet ventured to the black & white version, I think I'd recommend that even more.
6. GONE BABY GONE
For a first film behind the camera, this is about a strong as they come - especially in the modern era of Hollywood.
4. AMERICAN GANGSTER
I wouldn't say I put "American Gangster" this far up the list solely due its technical merits, because it's not without its flaws and holes; although, referring back to the introduction, this was one of those superbly-acted dramas (made all the better by Ridley Scott at director) that showcases Denzel Washington in his finest performance from that decade, in my own opinion, as drug dealing kingpin Frank Lucas. Often compassionate in his family life but no nonsense and tough as nails on the streets, Lucas brought back that classic gangster intimidation factor, and strangely enough, classy style that has felt missing since mobster flicks ruled supreme in the 1950s and 1960s. Russel Crowe also turns in a solid performance as Detective Richie Roberts, and being not the biggest fan of Crowe, I do recognize his authentic talents and to see him take a role that doesn't display his character at the top of their game was refreshing to say the least. Running at almost 3 hours, the film does have its lags, but overall does maintain an engaging enough pace to keep you intrigued until the final credits role.
You don't necessarily have to be a fan of musicals to appreciate "Once", mainly because it does not play out like the stereotypical Broadway dance and sing affair with all the bells and whistles. "Once" sides more with the understated approach, and the result is fantastic.
2. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
The Coen Brothers can always be counted on to bring forth bizarre, yet oddly entertaining comedies and/or noirs to the big screen; everything from "Blood Simple", "Fargo", "Raising Arizona", and "The Big Lebowski" has the signature taste that only the Coens can seem to master. "No Country for Old Men" sees them bring a more serious approach, and the result is probably the finest film in their catalog to date. From the now iconic role from Javier Bardem and the fine supporting cast work of Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin, the Coens bring the story of a drug trade gone horribly wrong to a wide spread chase that leaves multiple dead bodies in its wake. As stated, Bardem brings a master craft to this film as the terrifying Anton Chigurh, a hitman that uses a cattle gun as his weapon of choice - you know, just in case you needed something to grab your attention towards viewing this film. Brolin's Llwelyn Moss is the unfortunate target of Chigurh, and Tommy Lee Jones plays the near-retired Sheriff stuck in the middle of it all and is none-to-pleased about it.
One thing you may have heard about "No Country", especially if you have yet to see it, is how much the ending has a tendency to piss people off. It's a little strange to be sure, but give it a chance as it does have a subtle punch to it.
And finally, my #1 film from 2007:
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD
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See you next for my Top Ten List of 2006.