2007 Movies in Review

Movies released in 2007 that I loved best:
The Darjeeling Limited (Beautiful to look at- a fantasy of India and a magical train)
The Golden Compass (Not as good as the book, but still quite fun- and the characters are well realized)
Fido (Billy Connelly plays the most sympathetic zombie ever)
300 Spartans (A bit gorey but so beautifully stylized- also features nearly naked Gerard Butler and David Wenham and you just can’t beat that with a stick)
Hot Fuzz (These guys crack me up)

Movies I might have loved best if I had seen them:
Across the Universe
Elizabeth the Golden Age
Death at a Funeral
3:10 to Yuma
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Imporium
Penelope
August Rush
Two Days in Paris
Juno
Atonement

Movies I should have loved more than I did and should see again before I judge:
Stardust (My favorite book so my expectations were too high- I think I would have loved it if I wasn’t such a fan of the book)
Sweeney Todd (I don’t know why I didn’t like this more- I loved the costumes and HBC, for whom I have a huge girl-crush)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (Just didn’t work for me- I mean, giant Calypso? Turning in crabs? Come on)
Beowulf (Would have appealed to me more if made like 300)
Becoming Jane (This was just unfortunate)

Older movies that I was surprised that I enjoyed:
Tideland (This is so messed up, but it really inspired me)
Shawn of the Dead (Who knew zombies were so funny?)
Fight Club (Again, HBC is amazing- also, SO CLEVER)

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4 thoughts on “2007 Movies in Review

  1. I just saw Shawn of the Dead with Sarah and Alex the other week when I was home. Pretty funny considering that I’m not a huge fan of zombie movies and probably missed a bunch of references.
    Also, I don’t see Once on your list. I’ve been debating seeing that one myself (mostly over whether I’d like the ending, not over whether or not it’d be good). Have you any thoughts on that?

    • Shawn of the Dead was my first zombie movie, too. Magill is a HUGE fan of zombies. If you like funny zombies, you should check out Fido- it’s set in this alternate 1950s universe where people have zombies for pets. Sort of.
      I read an article about Once. I wouldn’t mind seeing it, but I’m not dying to do so, if you know what I mean. It kind of sounds like a vehicle for the lead musician (to get his music out there)… which makes me think it may have a meandering, not terribly gripping plot.

  2. My favourite movies of the year
    My favourite movies of 2007:
    The Darjeeling Limited (A beautiful vision of India full of Anderson’s trademark quirky charm)
    Sweeney Todd (Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, and lots and lots of blood. Need I say more?)
    Hot Fuzz (“Bring the noise.”)
    Fido (I want a pet zombie!)
    300 (Even though it was full of nearly-naked dudes, I still love this movie. All comic book adaptations should be made this way)
    Grindhouse (A sadly underrated movie that actually makes seeing the film in theatres a full-blown spectacle. A celebration of the b-horror movies that no one has the guts to make anymore)
    3:10 to Yuma (A glorious celebration of the western genre so packed with energy that you forget it’s a remake. Everything about this film is top-notch)
    Superbad (One of the most laugh-out-loud funny films of last year, bar none.)
    Sunshine (The best sci-fi space opera I’ve seen in as long as I can remember. It may just be my favourite movie of the genre)
    Transformers (Woosh-clank-chickity-chickity-zap! I have my reasons)
    Ratatouille (A sweet little morsel from the geniuses at Pixar and the guy who created the Incredibles. Ratatouille will leave you hungry for Parisian cuisine, even if it is prepared by rats.)
    Eastern Promises (With a cast of charismatic badasses like this, you can’t possibly go wrong.)
    And an honourable mention goes to I Am Legend, which would have made my list had the last forty minutes not sucked.
    Movies I didn’t see but will eventually:
    No Country For Old Men
    Across the universe
    I’m Not There
    Juno
    Mr. Magorium’s Wonder emporium
    Assassination of Jesse James
    Sicko
    The Mist
    Sleuth

    • Re: My favourite movies of the year
      Yes, after last night’s viewing, I would have to add Ratatouille and Eastern Promises to my list as well, in the best animated film and best Viggo categories, respectivly.

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