Ten Best Films of 2007

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Postby Bog » Sat Nov 17, 2007 1:54 am

Liking what Sabin said, and due to an internal struggle with We Own the Night, I'm already instituting his 1/4 star rating

****
1. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik)

***1/2
2. Gone Baby Gone (Ben Affleck)
3. Ratatouille (Brad Bird)

***1/4
4. We Own the Night (James Gray)

***
5. Superbad (Greg Mottola)
6. Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg)
7. Zodiac (David Fincher)
8. Away From Her (Sarah Polley)
9. Knocked Up (Judd Apatow)
10. Lust, Caution (Ang Lee)

**1/2
11. Breach (Billy Ray)
12. Grindhouse (Tarantino/Rodriguez et al.)
13. Spiderman 3 (Sam Raimi)
14. Transformers (Michael Bay)

**
15. The Simpsons Movie (David Silverman)
16. 3:10 to Yuma (James Mangold)
17. 300 (Zach Snyder)
18. Blades of Glory (Josh Gordon/Will Speck)
19. 1408 (Mikael Hafstrom)

*1/2
20. Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Maiellaro/Willis)
21. 30 Days of Night (David Slade)
22. Live Free or Die Hard (Len Wiseman)

*
23. Catch and Release (Susannah Grant)
24. Pirates of the Caribbean (Gore Verbinski)
25. Wild Hogs (Walt Becker)

1/2
26. Because I Said So (Michael Lehmann)


I feel like I've seen a lot of crap, I think it has a lot to do with spending a lot of time in the air, and these ratings are certainly subject to change quite a bit

Up this weekend and soonly- Control, The Host, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

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Postby Sabin » Fri Nov 16, 2007 4:16 pm

Eh. We're doing it however we want to I guess. I like the **** scale, but beyond that I'm also a fan of 1/4 stars. 'Cause, I mean, really, there's a big difference between *** and ***1/2.

Can I just say how bowled over I am by this year? Even if I'm a little wobbly on giving 'No Country for Old Men' ****, the first hour-45 is astonishing, and I was knocked the fuck out by 'I'm Not There'. 'Offside', 'Gone Baby Gone', and 'We Own the Night' have a great deal of merit, and already I've got a decent top ten list full of very, very solid films and I haven't seen half of what I need to already.

2006 was a fairly miraculous year and 2007 is following suit very strongly. My five favorite movies last year were 'Children of Men', 'The Departed', 'Letters from Iwo Jima', 'The Lives of Others', and 'Pan's Labyrinth' which were all released within the past twelve, thirteen months, and coupling those five masterpieces with 'The Assassination of Jesse James', 'The Host', 'Into the Wild', 'No Country for Old Men', and 'Zodiac'. This really is proving to be an astonishing age for film.
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Postby abcinyvr » Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:29 pm

I'm confused, are we doing our ratings out of **** or out of *****?

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Postby dylanfan23 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:07 pm

just missed my list...sorry....saw and liked both very much...but just missed

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Postby Zahveed » Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:53 am

Akash wrote:Criddic and Zahveed -- did we see different Harry Potter movies? Four and three and a half stars respectively? REALLY?? That thing stunk as much as the last one. Marginally better than the first two for sure (how could they not be?) but still a complete waste after Cuaron's work on Azkawhatever.

I've only seen two films this year I'd rank that high -- Ratatouille and The Assassination of Jesse James. Third on my list (though not four stars) would probably be 28 Weeks Later.

EDIT: Ok, I just noticed Criddic has "300" at number one, also with our stars. It all makes sense now.

It was the best popcorn flick this year IMO. I find that the visuals and story of the movies, though straying from the books more than they should, interesting. My scale isn't very weighted either. If the movie was among movies from previous years then Potter would be lower on the list, but compared to the movies I've seen this year that's where it stands.

I still need to watch the following:
Zodiac
Eastern Promises
Lars and the Real Girl
and the films that haven't been released yet.
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Postby rudeboy » Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:39 am

I thought the most recent Harry Potter movie was unspeakable garbage, making the first three mediocrities look like masterclasses by comparison. Imelda Staunton's performance may well be the worst of the year. For the record, I loved the fourth one.

My (thin) tally for the year so far.

8

Superbad
Into the Wild
Control

7

Atonement
Away from Her
Zodiac
The Simpsons Movie

6

The Mark of Cain
Bridge to Terabithia
Sunshine

4

Spider-Man 3
300

3

Clapham Junction

2

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix




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Postby Akash » Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:34 am

Criddic and Zahveed -- did we see different Harry Potter movies? Four and three and a half stars respectively? REALLY?? That thing stunk as much as the last one. Marginally better than the first two for sure (how could they not be?) but still a complete waste after Cuaron's work on Azkawhatever.

I've only seen two films this year I'd rank that high -- Ratatouille and The Assassination of Jesse James. Third on my list (though not four stars) would probably be 28 Weeks Later.

EDIT: Ok, I just noticed Criddic also gave "300" four stars. It all makes sense now.




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Postby Zahveed » Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:24 am

As of now and subject to change:

TOP TEN
1. The Darjeeling Limited (****)
2. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (****)
3. Into the Wild (****)
4. 3:10 to Yuma (****)
5. Ratatouille (***1/2)
6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix (***1/2)
7. American Gangster (***1/2)
8. Michael Clayton (***1/2)
9. Knocked Up (***)
10. The Simpsons Movie (***)

Others
11. Superbad (***)
12. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (***)
13. Grindhouse (***)
14. Live Free or Die Hard (***)
15. 300 (***)
16. Blades of Glory (**1/2)
17. In the Valley of Elah (**1/2)
18. Spider-man 3 (**1/2)
19. The Invisible (**)
20. Transformers (**)

Trash
21. Number 23 (**)
22. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (*1/2)
23. Good Luck Chuck (*1/2)
24. Hannibal Rising (*)
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Postby MovieWes » Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:40 am

01. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (d. Andrew Dominik) ****
02. Ratatouille (d. Brad Bird) ****
03. Zodiac (d. David Fincher) *** 1/2
04. Knocked Up (d. Judd Apatow) *** 1/2
05. The Darjeeling Limited (d. Wes Anderson) *** 1/2
06. The Simpsons Movie (d. David Silverman) *** 1/2
07. The Golden Compass (d. Chris Weitz) ***
08. Hairspray (d. Adam Shankman) ***
09. 3:10 to Yuma (d. James Mangold) ***
10. The Bourne Ultimatum (d. Paul Greengrass) ***
11. Superbad (d. Greg Mottola) ***
12. Hot Fuzz (d. Edgar Wright) ***
13. Live Free or Die Hard (d. Len Wiseman) ***
14. 300 (d. Zack Snyder) ***
15. Breach (d. Billy Ray) ***
16. Blades of Glory (d. Josh Gordon, Will Speck) ** 1/2
17. Grindhouse (d. Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez) ** 1/2
18. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (d. Gore Verbinski) ** 1/2
19. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (d. David Yates) ** 1/2
20. Spider-Man 3 (d. Sam Raimi) ** 1/2
21. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (d. Tim Story) ** 1/2
22. Transformers (d. Michael Bay) ** 1/2
23. Fired! (d. Chris Bradley, Kyle LaBrache) ** 1/2
24. Beowulf (d. Robert Zemeckis) **
25. Sicko (d. Michael Moore) **
26. Wild Hogs (d. Walt Becker) * 1/2
27. Shrek the Third (d. Chris Miller, Roman Hui) *
28. Evan Almighty (d. Tom Shadyac) BOMB




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Postby Bog » Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:27 pm

dylanfan23 wrote:just missed - Assasination of Jesse James... & Eastern Promises.

Missed in the theater or them from your top 10 list dylanfan?

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Postby dylanfan23 » Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:07 pm

1. Into the Wild
2. Once
3. Michael Clayton
4. American Gangster
5. 3:10 to Yuma
6. Gone Baby Gone
7. Away From Her
8. Knocked Up
9. Lars and the Real Girl
10. Zodiac

just missed - Assasination of Jesse James... & Eastern Promises.

Seeing Dan in Real Life, We Own the Night, Before the Devil Knows Your Dead and No Country For Old Men in the next few days.....hopefully.

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Postby dws1982 » Thu Oct 25, 2007 10:18 pm

****
...pending, I hope...

*** ½
1. We Own The Night (James Gray)
2. Into The Wild (Sean Penn)
3. The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
4. Bug (William Friedkin)
5. Regular Lovers (Phillippe Garrel)
6. Flanders (Bruno Dumont)

***
7. Private Fears in Public Places (Alain Resnais)
8. Amazing Grace (Michael Apted)
9. Zodiac (David Fincher)
10. Into Great Silence (Philip Groning)
11. 3:10 To Yuma (James Mangold)
12. Knocked Up (Judd Apatow)
13. Breach (Billy Ray)

** ½
14. Away From Her (Sarah Polley)

**
15. Alpha Dog (Nick Cassavetes)
16. Days of Glory (Rachid Bouchareb)
17. The Wind That Shakes The Barley (Ken Loach)
18. Rescue Dawn (Werner Herzog)
19. Black Snake Moan (Craig Brewer)

no stars
20. Hannibal Rising (Peter Webber)




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Postby Sabin » Thu Oct 18, 2007 12:32 am

For whatever it's worth, I have already seen five fantastic contenders for Score and Cinematography and felt like sharing them with you all. As I look at the year thus far, I see a lot of films I admire and a lot more that aren't quite as strong as they should be.

Original Score
Marco Beltrami, 3:10 to Yuma
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, The Assassination of Jesse James
Michael Giacchino, Ratatouille
Brad Segal, Rocket Science
Michael Brook, Kaki King , & Eddie Vedder, Into the Wild

Cinematography
Roger Deakins, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Hyung-hu Kim, The Host
Alwin H. Kuchler , Sunshine
Rodrigo Prieto, Lust, Caution
Harris Savides, Zodiac




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Postby abcinyvr » Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:55 pm

(Ooops - have moved this posting here, seeing as I had put it in the incorrect topic thread)

*****
Fugitive Pieces (Canada)
Control (UK)
The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (France, USA)

****.5
Radio Star (South Korea)
London To Brighton (UK)
Atonement (UK)
Persepolis (France,Iran)
I Served The King Of England (Czech Republic)
Mad Detective (Hong Kong)
Sons (Norway)

****
Beaufort (Israel)
The Band's Visit (Israel)
Getting Home (China)
Bliss (Greece, Turkey)
We Are Together (UK) doc
The Missing Star (Italy)
The Counterfeiters (Austria, Germany)
Outsourced (USA, India)
Nanking (USA) doc
The First Saturday In May (USA) doc
The Suicide Tourist (Canada) doc
Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (USA)

***.5
Redacted (USA)
Kabul Transit (USA) doc
The Matsugane Potshot Affair (Japan)
The Champagne Spy (Israel, Germany) doc
Manda Bala (USA) doc
Two Embraces (Mexico)
In Your Wake (France)

***
Poor Boy's Game (Canada)
Armin (Croatia)
Surviving My Mother (Canada)
Sounds Of Sand (Belgium)
Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle (Scotland)
Losers And Winners (Germany) doc
Ballerina (France) doc

**
Fujian Blue (China)
Soo (South Korea)
Fish Dreams (Brazil)
Lillie And Leander: A Legacy Of Violence (USA) doc
Useless (China) doc

*.5
4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (Romaina)
Euphoria (Russia)

Vancouver International Film Festival: September 27 - October 12, 2007
Unlike films in general release in 2007, which I do not rate, I rate films from the Festival because those attending the Film Fest can vote for favorite films.

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Postby rolotomasi99 » Wed Oct 17, 2007 2:51 pm

numbers 1-6 are on my top ten list. i have not seen enough good films to have a complete ten. the rest are listed in order of my enjoyment, with the last being the least enjoyable

rating out of five stars (no half stars)

*****
1) RATATOUILLE
2) EASTERN PROMISES

****
3) ZODIAC
4) THE LOOKOUT
AMERICAN GANGSTER

***
5) THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
6) SUNSHINE
3:10 TO YUMA

**
BECOMING JANE
THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB
300
SUPERBAD
EVENING
HOT FUZZ
HAIRSPRAY
28 WEEKS LATER
SPIDER-MAN 3
DISTURBIA

*
TRANSFORMERS
LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 3
THE SIMPSONS
SHREK THE THIRD
THE INVASION
I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY
MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY
RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER
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