Kevin from Kennewick writes:
Mr. Movie, I was going to respond to your list of the best and worst films of 2007 at the beginning of the year, but I didn't get around to it. I have compiled my lists and here they are.
Best of 2007
1. Gone Baby Gone - this cop thriller caught me by surprise. I was hooked from the beginning. Ben Affleck does a great job directing, while the performances from Casey Affleck, Ed Harris, Morgan Freeman, and especially Amy Ryan. I hope Amy Ryan wins best supporting actress at the oscars;she deserves it. The ending is one to be talked about.
2. The Lookout - this was #1 until I saw GBG, I loved the story and when it came to dvd i recommended it to everybody since it wasn't in the tri-cities a long time. Joseph Gordon Levitt and Jeff Daniels were both very good. It was just an original piece i enjoyed.
3. Zodiac - David Fincher is one hell of a director and this was a great story. It was long, but i didn't notice the 2 1/2 hour running time at all. I was so much into the story I didn't care. Robert Downey Jr. gave a nice supporting role in the movie.
4. Sweeney Todd - I know you didn't like this movie at all, but that's the best part, everyone to their own opinion. Johnny Depp gives another great performance as Sweeney and the supporting cast was just as good. It was a bloody musical that I really enjoyed, plus Tim Burton is a mad genius and I love his movies.
5. 3:10 to Yuma - the western is back and I enjoyed every minute of it. Russell Crowe and Christian Bale were both very good, not a lot of action, but great dialogue that kept my attention. Ben Foster was awesome as Crowe's 2nd in command.
6. American Gangster - Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington, need I say more. Both give strong performances and it was just an entertaining movie from beginning to end. The supporting cast was good as well including Josh Brolin. Watching Crowe and Washington at the end of the movie was worth the price of admission.
7. The Mist - a monster movie that surprised. I enjoyed King's adaption earlier in the year with 1408, but this movie kept me on my toes from the beginning. Thomas Jane was good as was Marcia Gay Harden. I actually enjoyed the ending a lot and that ending won me over and earned a spot on this list.
8. Eastern Promises - a movie I said that had a quiet brillance about it. Viggo Mortensen was really good as a Russian mobster and Armin Mueller-Stahl almost stole the movie. An interesting story and Cronenberg continues to do great work especially after A History of Violence.
9. Away from Her - i had no intention of watching it, but I sat down and was completely moved by the story. Julie Christie was amazing and I hope she wins the oscar for best actress because she gave the best performance of the year. The scene where her husband visits her for the first time after putting her in the home was extremely heartbreaking with the look on his face when she has no idea who he is.
10. Knocked Up - I enjoyed this sex comedy from comedic genius Judd Apatow. I know you didn't like it, but I really enjoyed it. Most people enjoyed Superbad more, but I really liked this movie more. Seth Rogen was so funny and Paul Rudd continues his work as a great supporting character. A funny movie with a lot of heart.
Worst of 2007
1. The Brothers Solomon - i was the only person in the theater when i saw it and for good reason, it wasn't funny at all. complete waste of money and talent on the screen.
2. Bug - the ending was dumb as was the rest of the movie. Ashley Judd deserves better.
3. Norbit - completely unfunny the entire time. Eddie Murphy was so good in Dreamgirls and then did this garbage. Waste of talent.
4. Ghost Rider - Nicolas Cage was made some bad movies: Next, The Wicker Man, Nationalk Treasure 2 and this comic book piece of crap. I like Cage and comic book movies, but this was not a good choice, he did it for the money.
5. Blood and Chocolate - Romeo and Juliet with werewolves. bad movie with bad acting with bad title.
6. Epic Movie - date movie was garbage and so was this. its not even a parody, they are only copying scenes and not even trying to be funny.
7. The Comebacks - again, i was the only person in the theater when i saw this parody. David Koechner can be funny in supporting roles, but this movie was just baaaaaaadddddddddddd.
8. Primeval - a monster movie w/o a monster. I take that back, the crocodile is in the movie, but he is not the central point. it is based on a "true story". i wanted monster movie and this wasnt it
9. Code Name: The Cleaner - Lucy Liu fire your agent, Cedric the Entertainer can be funny, but this was a bad attempt at a movie or even a story.
10. WAR - big disappointment, i like Jason Statham and Jet Li, but this movie sucked just like their previous movie "The One" and the ending was horrible.
I even had some guilty pleasures: Underdog Alvin and the Chipmunks Transformers Shoot Em' Up
Big Disappointments: 300, No Country for Old Men
Big Surprises: Enchanted, Hairspray, Stardust, Across the Universe
-- Kevin from Kennewick
Mr. Movie writes
You put a lot of thought into your list. Excellent analysis. I did notice, however, that most of your favorites were more action-oriented than cerebral though I think 3:10 does fit the cerebral category.
You also mentioned Away From Her. Wow. Great movie. No one saw it but it blew me away. Julie Christie is getting all the notice and the nominations... and she's who I'd give the Oscar to, at least at this point... but where is Gordon Pinsent, who played her husband. Without him, her performance is nothing. By the way, Gordon has an incredible voice and does a lot of books on tape. Or what they used to call books on tape. Now they're books on CD.
I loved The Lookout and it almost made my best of list. It was my guilty pleasure movie of the year.
The Mist? Top 10? A movie so bad I wish I'd "Mist" it.
I also loved American Gangster especially in the all-too-few scenes with Denzel and Russell Crowe. Wow. Great stuff.
I saw just a few on your worst list. Most of them weren't screened and if the studios don't screen them, I rarely see them. One of your worst I did like. Bug. Ugly movie but for the most part it worked. It played like an on-stage play. Creepy.
I do agree with you on Norbit. Somebody should ban Eddie Murphy from doing anything involving people of sizeable girth and Adam Sandler from doing fart jokes. He's 40, farts should have stopped being funny at 15.
Anybody else have a best of list from last year?