Time to Thrown Down! 2007 Top Ten Lists

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  1. Chris

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    My list, which is possible to change later.

    1. Juno - You know, I really debated this. I kept wanting to put a more drama-y oriented film at the top, but I watched this film just last week and I keep thinking it is easily the most enjoyable experience I had at the theater this year. I don't know how I could say more about a film.

    2. No Country for Old Men - Brilliant. The direction, the plot, the acting.. the characters.. this is a film that isn't plagued with an attempt at a parable but rather exists in such a way that it can make you feel sick at your stomach for how ominous it is. I loved it.

    3. Ratatouille - You know, the boys at Pixar really have this figured out. This story is of course, partly about incredible animation, but what makes this film work is that even in it's goofier moments, I wanted to root for all of the characters and I loved and cared for all the characters. I think it's possible for everyone to look at yourself in a lot of the characters and that's what I want in this kind of film.

    4. The Bourne Ultimatum. The best pure action movie I've seen in a very long time. I enjoyed it on almost every level. The film moved in a fast paced way that didn't resort to really goofy stunt storytelling and like all my central films this year.. it had a character you wanted to root for. Matt Damon turned in a really great performance in this film.

    5. There Will Be Blood - I am so divided on this. There are a lot of people who keep proclaiming this to me as the greatest film they've seen. I've seen it only once, maybe I need to watch it again. I greatly admire the craft; and there are some incredible performances in this film.. but at times, the storytelling seemed "too cute by half"; the characters didn't grip me the way that I thought they should and I kept feeling as though there was another shoe to drop. Still, this is a film easily one of the top two crafted films I've seen this year, along with "No Country For Old Men" I just didn't feel it resonated as well as that film.

    6. Once - I didn't get a chance to see this in a first-run theater, unfortunately. But this is a film that has a kind of joy to it I wish more films had this year.

    7. Hot Fuzz - You know, this is one of those films that I know will get overlooked. Yes, it's not Sean of the Dead. But this wry, cute tell of a town of virtual "Children of the Corn" is one of the funnier, off-kilter films I've seen in a while, and it's light hearted lampooning and crafty direction made it a fun two hours.

    8. Gone Baby, Gone. You know what really stunned me about this film? How good the direction and cinematography are. Knowing this is Affleck's first film in the directors chair, I kind of dismissed this film, but I was really impressed. What put the film on this list though is an involving story that made me want to watch and find out what happened.

    9. King Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. You ever see a film and find yourself laughing not with it but at it? This is a film like that. It's not a bad film - it's a truly GREAT documentary. And it knows you're going to want to laugh at the characters in it. The quest of quarters; who is the greatest Donkey Kong player in the world, is humorous, and surprisingly involving.

    10. Knocked Up. You know, if you would have told me a "gross out" comedy would end up so high on my list at the beginning of the year I would have looked sideways at you. The thing about this film though is that even though it's definitely "R" the message is so damn wholesome and good-hearted that you feel for all of the characters. There are moments where things are stretched, but the heart of the film is so endearing it deserves your money. Haven't seen the unrated edition, but the theatrical cut is the way I'd prefer to remember it [​IMG]

    As a counterpoint, my TEN WORST as of right now:

    1. Alien V. Predator 2-R: The "R" should have stood for: "we just raped you for money". This is one of the most offensive, terrible things I've ever sat through. Outside of a truly heinous and not needed sequence (you'll know if you don't heed my warning and watch this steaming pile of crap), the acting is terrible, the story makes no sense, it destroys all the continuity of the "Aliens" series, and the special effects aren't very special. What more can you say? Let's put it this way, "Feast" the project greenlight horror film is INFINITELY more fun and entertaining then this POC.

    2. I Know Who Killed Me. I'll admit it. I went because I figured, at worst, plenty of naked Lindsey Lohan. There isn't even that. This film is so bad that even the "sex" moments are enough to bore you to tears.. and that's saying a lot. I left with a friend who turned to me and said "A Lapdance is Much Better when the Stripper is Crying" (A Blood Hound Gang tune) never have more words been true. I would have preferred a bawling coked out stripper beg me for money then sit through this crap again.

    3. The Number 23. Ok, was I alone seeing the idea and thinking this could be interesting? Wow, maybe the most dissappointing. I mean I knew 'I Know Who Killed Me' would be shit, but figured it'd be entertaining while sucking.. but I honestly thought, based on the concept, this could be good.. and the concept is "Outer Limits" type interesting.. but talk about the worst execution of an idea of anything.

    4. Norbit. You know, I remember when Eddy Murphy was funny.

    5. Epic Movie - even on cable or as a rental, this film is one you should go out of your way to NOT watch.

    6. Dragon Wars. You know, I still haven't figured out WTF this film was about. But it seemed like everyone in the film knew absolutely everything, and the existance of dragons that pop out of rocks to engage in war shocked no one from construction workers to school marms, it was very "eh" to them, kind of expected. Which was... odd.

    7 & 8: "Seeker: Dark is Rising" and "The Golden Compass" .. I've now read "The Golden Compass" and let me say, the film is one of the worst bastardizations of any book in a while.. it squashes the book in such a way that it's confusing and baffling to the viewer and it is impossible to care about any character.. but next to "Seeker" it appears brilliant, as that film is COMPLETELY unwatchable and not only makes no sense, but wow.

    9. Wild Hogs.[/]b Let's put it this way.. when a film is systematically comically destroyed in a TV show like "Weeds" and you realize how much funnier that five minute lampooning is then the entire contents of a film, you know something sucked. This film smelled bad from the get go.

    10. Love in the time of Cholera - This is one of those books that just shouldn't have been made into a film. Dreary, at times long pauses that didn't add anything to the film, and characters you just couldn't deal with. The acting in this film was off putting and the film was made in such a way that it just felt like watching wallpaper dry.
     
  2. Adam_S

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    just saying, but I send PMs to people with placeholders after mid january bugging them to post a list. So I'm at least paying attention, Rich.
     
  3. Jose Martinez

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    I still have to see Persepolis, and The Savages to complete my 2007 list but here are my Top Ten (and more) so far:

    01. The Diving Bell and The Butterfly
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    02. Once
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    03. No Country for Old Men
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    04. There Will Be Blood
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    05. The Great Debaters
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    06. Eastern Promises
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    07. Juno
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    08. Beowulf
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    09. Bridge to Terabithia
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    10. American Gangster
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    11. The Brave One
    12. Away From Her
    13. Charlie Wilson's War
    14. Atonement
    15. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
    16. Michael Clayton
    17. In The Valley of Elah
    18. 300
    19. Transformers
    20. The Mist
    21. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    22. Grindhouse
    23. The Simpsons
    24. The Bourne Ultimatum
    25. Stardust
    26. I Am Legend
    27. Across The Universe
    28. Into The Wild
    29. The Kingdom
    30. The Lookout
    31. The Hoax
    32. Zodiac
    33. Live Free or Die Hard
    34. Ratatouille
    35. Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix
    36. I'm Not There
    37. Elizabeth The Golden Age
    38. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
    39. Knocked Up
    40. Sunshine
    41. 3:10 to Yuma
    42. Spider-Man 3
    43. National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
    44. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
    45. The Golden Compass
    46. 1408
    47. Resident Evil: Extinction
    48. The Last Legion
    49. Shooter
    50. Superbad
    51. Rush Hour 3
    52. Arctic Tale
    53. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
    54. Blades of Glory
    55. The Darjeeling Limited
    56. Rescue Dawn
    57. Shrek the Third
     
  4. TerryRL

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    Best Director: Joel & Ethan Coen "No Country for Old Men"
    -P.T. Anderson "There Will Be Blood"
    -David Fincher "Zodiac"

    Best Editing: "The Bourne Ultimatum"
    -"No Country for Old Men"
    -"Zodiac"

    Best Cinematography: "No Country for Old Men'
    -"There Will Be Blood"
    -"The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"

    Best Effects: "Transformers"
    -"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"
    -"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"

    Best Sound: "Transformers"
    -"The Bourne Ultimatum"
    -"Ratatouille"

    Best Production Design & Costumes: 'Sweeney Todd'
    -"American Gangster"
    -"Atonement"

    Best Makeup: 'Sweeney Todd'
    -"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"
    -"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"

    Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis "There Will Be Blood"
    -Phillip Seymour Hoffman "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"
    -Viggo Mortensen "Eastern Promises"

    Best Actress: Ellen Page "Juno"
    -Angelina Jolie "A Mighty Heart"
    -Amy Adams "Enchanted"

    Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem "No Country for Old Men"
    -Paul Dano "There Will Be Blood"
    -Tom Wilkinson "Michael Clayton"

    Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan "Gone Baby Gone"
    -Cate Blanchett "I'm Not There"
    -Marisa Tomei "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"

    Best Screenplay: "No Country for Old Men"
    -"Juno"
    -"Michael Clayton"

    THE MOVIES
    #1 "No Country for Old Men"
    (the rest listed alphabetically since they all rank the same for me other than 'No Country')
    -"300"
    -"The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
    -"Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"
    -"The Bourne Ultimatum"
    -"Eastern Promises"
    -"Gone Baby Gone"
    -"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
    -"I Am Legend"
    -"In the Valley of Elah"
    -"Juno"
    -"Knocked Up"
    -"Michael Clayton"
    -"No End in Sight"
    -"Once"
    -"Ratatouille"
    -"Sunshine"
    -"Superbad"
    -"There Will Be Blood"
    -"Zodiac"
     
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    I've been way out of the HTF loop the last 2 months. Tons of stuff to see still. I will say that No Country is at #1 at this point and should be tough to knock off.
     
  7. Jan H

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    1. No Country For Old Men
    2. Sweeney Todd
    3. Atonement
    4. Once
    5. Ratatouille
    6. Eastern Promises
    7. Waitress
    8. Across the Universe
    9. Michael Clayton
    10. The Wind that Shakes The Barley

    I'm assuming There Will Be Blood will displace number 10 when I get around to seeing it.
     
  8. Tarkin The Ewok

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    1) Ratatouille
    2) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    3) Stardust
    4) TMNT
    5) Meet the Robinsons
    6) Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
    7) National Treasure: Book of Secrets
    8) Ocean's Thirteen
    9) Transformers
    10) Enchanted

    Does Blade Runner: Final Cut count as a 2007 movie? If so, my list could change.
     
  9. Tim_C

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    I still have quite a bit of catching up to do, but here's the list so far:

    1. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    2. There Will Be Blood
    3. Once
    4. The Kite Runner
    5. No Country For Old Men
    6. Ratatouille
    7. Zodiac
    8. Golden Door
    9. Meet the Robinsons
    10. Paprika

    RUNNERS-UP:
    Across the Universe, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Great Debaters, I'm Not There, SiCKO

    Still left to see: The Assassination of Jesse James By That Coward Robert Ford, Away From Her, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Black Book, The Darjeeling Limited, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Eastern Promises, This Is England, etc.

    It's been a pretty swell year for movies, in my opinion.
     
  10. Elizabeth S

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    1. Zodiac
    2. In the Valley of Elah
    3. No Country for Old Men
    4. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
    5. 28 Weeks Later
    6. Across the Universe
    7. Gone Baby Gone
    8. Snow Cake
    9. The Bourne Ultimatum
    10. Michael Clayton


    Very tentative list, as I'll soon see "Juno", "Atonement" and some others.

    I generally use the U.S. non-limited release date for creating the list; thus the inclusion of "Snow Cake". However, while I had included "The Lives of Others" on my list for another site, on further contemplation, I decided to omit it here since its winning the Academy Award this past ceremony really makes it feel like last year's film to me. . .
     
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    I'll play:
    1. This Is England
    2. Eastern Promises
    3. Knocked Up
    4. Shanghai Kiss
    5. Waitress
    6. 3:10 To Yuma
    7. American Gangster
    8. I Am Legend
    9. Sunshine
    10. The Bourne Ultimatum
     
  12. Kirk Tsai

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    List is probably not finalized. Unlike some others, I felt this was a relatively weak year.

    Seen: 71

    1. The Lives of Others*
    2. Ratatouille
    3. Gone Baby Gone
    4. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
    5. Hairspray
    6. Black Snake Moan
    7. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
    8. Black Book*
    9. Once
    10. Juno
    11. Death Proof (extended cut)

    * If these do not qualify as 07, I will put up additional spots for later stat compiling purposes.
     
  13. Adam Lenhardt

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    1. Black Snake Moan
    2. Juno
    3. Bridge to Terabithia
    4. Superbad
    5. Across the Universe
    6. Reign Over Me
    7. Persepolis
    8. Waitress
    9. Knocked Up
    10. In the Land of Women
    Great:
    Live Free or Die Hard
    Transformers: The Movie
    Hairspray
    August Rush
    Sweeney Todd
    The Darjeeling Limited
    1408
    The Bourne Ultimatum
    Good:
    The Simpsons Movie
    Reno 911!: Miami
    Georgia Rule
    National Treasure: Book of Secrets
    Problematic:
    The Golden Compass
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    The Last Mimzy
    Spider-Man 3
    28 Weeks Later
    Bad:
    Good Luck Chuck
    Dan in Real Life
    The Invasion
    Wild Hogs
    At World's End
    Hot Fuzz

    Bottom 5:
    5. Blades of Glory
    4. I Now Pronounce You Chunk and Larry
    3. Evan Almighty
    2. The Brothers Solomon
    1. Rush Hour 3
     
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    Thanks for the title correction for me [​IMG] I really did enjoy the hell out of this one; it's cute fun that really had me smiling [​IMG] I'm glad to see some others made time for a documentary.
     
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    I completely agree. I also felt that last year was pretty weak overall, but it finished stronger than this year with movies like Casino Royale and Pan's Labyrinth.

    Films Seen: 28

    1. Juno
    2. Battlestar Galactica: Razor *
    3. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    4. Across the Universe
    5. Enchanted
    6. The Simpsons Movie
    7. Stardust
    8. Ratatouille
    9. The Bourne Ultimatum
    10. Bridge to Terabithia


    *It had a limited nationwide release before airing on TV, so I consider it eligible.
     
  17. Greg Layton

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    Tentative Top 10...

    1. There Will Be Blood
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    2. Gone Baby Gone
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    3. Atonement
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    4. Juno
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    5. Into the Wild
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    6. Waitress
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    7. Reign Over Me
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    8. Rescue Dawn
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    9. Charlie Wilson's War
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    10. Lars and the Real Girl
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    Honorable Mention:

    11. Enchanted
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    12. Sunshine
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    13. The King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters
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    14. In the Shadow of the Moon
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    15. Hairspray
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    2007 films watched so far: 67

    The 2007 movies I still plan on seeing are:

    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
    Grace is Gone
    I'm Not There
    Persepolis
    Youth Without Youth

    Updates:
    Added Sunshine at #11 on 1/08/08
    Added There Will Be Blood at #1 on 1/19/08
     
  18. RyanAn

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    Here is my placeholder. I'll post a link a to all the films I've seen this year, in order of best to worst of course. [​IMG]
     
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    1. Once (The most authentic film I've ever seen)
    2. No Country For Old Men (Pretty much what I expected; in other words, chilling but deep)
    3. 3:10 To Yuma (Really opened my eyes to Russell Crowe's talents)
    4. Juno (Ellen Page is irresistable)
    5. Dan in Real Life (Hit a personal note with me)
    6. Mr. Brooks (A rarity: a gimmick that worked)
    7. Superbad (The opening dance montage alone would have been enough to place it)
    8. Interview (Does Steve Buschemi ever disappoint?)
    9. Sicko (Skewed, but not without merit)
    10. A Mighty Heart (Very dramatic, even though the outcome is known)




    Some that I haven't seen yet that may make the list (although I can't imagine anything bumping Once):


    American Gangster
    Atonement
    I'm Not There
    Michael Clayton
    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
     
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    1. The Simpsons Movie
    2. Stardust
    3. Transformers
    4. The Bourne Ultimatum
    5. Die Hard 4.0
    6. 3:10 to Yuma
    7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    8. Ratatouille
    9. TMNT
    10. Superbad
     

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