Top 10 Movies of 2007

31 12 2007
As has been my tradition for the last 5 years (see 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 and 2002) I’m making a list of my favorite 10 movies that I watched for the first time this last year. Of course, I’m not recommending these movies for everyone, if you want personal recommendations, let me know. Here’s the list, and yes, I do know that there’s 11, I’m putting 2 TV shows in as 1 movie…

Fearless Flushed Away Knocked Up The Lookout No Country for Old Men The Prestige Children of Men Borat Casino Royale Battlestar Galactica 30 Rock

Honorable Mentions to The Hoax, Sicko, Cars, In Cold Blood, The Queen, and Eastern Promises which are also great films.

Fearless I wasn’t expecting a lot to think about from a Jet Li movie but this was one of his best movies that I’ve ever seen. Gives a lot to think about for those interested in pacifism, community, and non-violence. Based on the life of the real Wushu creator Huo Yuanjia
Flushed Away Pixar aren’t the only ones making great 3D animation movies as this one is top notch! The side characters are really funny and the movie on a whole is really well done – easily recommended!
Knocked Up OK, so the humor is pretty crude but there were a number of times I just couldn’t contain my laughter, it was so funny (butterfly kisses especially) and at the same time really touching with legitimate characters. Also contains the longest and probably most accurate birth in a major movie, which is a good thing?
The Lookout Stellar movie with a great story, deeply drawn characters and an interesting plot to drive the movie. Not too many tricks in this movie, just great storytelling, acting and straightforward direction. A strong recommend.
No Country for Old Men A really good movie with a great villain, good tension and a great flow. Amazing characters, lots to say wrt the state of society, and deftly directed. The story is entirely fresh and devoid of the corniness that typically fills this kind of movie. A bit grotesque at points but a solid recommend.
The Prestige I quite enjoyed this one because I didn’t really know what to expect, it had some tense moments, a great ending, great visuals. A few of the plot items you have to just play along with but the ending does have a real (and one obvious) surprise.
Children of Men A surprisingly stark look at the future where the human race has been incapable of procreating for 18 years. I was expecting a more philosophical movie but instead got a gritty realistic movie of what that future might look like. A fascinating movie that was well thought out and executed brilliantly!
Borat The Antique shop mangling, wrestling match, bear roaring at children, line, “her, not so much”, horse falling, and Pamela sacking – so many surprises – this is a masterful comedy!
Casino Royale A total rejuvenation of the Bond franchise – the last one was so forgettable and stupid and this one is so gritty, complex and real! The chase at the beginning had my palms sweating and the rest of the action throughout was stellar. DC as Bond is a great fit!
“Battlestar Galactica” This is the mini series that got me hooked on the show. A great concept that eventually got made into a full out TV show.
“30 Rock” My new favorite comedy sitcom. Well written and acted across the board.