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Capone's Best and Worst of 2007!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. Fuck preamble; here's my Best of 2007 list. Actually, I do need to say I know I tend to offer up a bit more than just a run-of-the-mill Top 10 list, but if you think 10 is enough then stop reading at number 10. Ignore every single person who tries to convince you that 2007 was a bad year for film. The fact that no one movie stood out last year is proof that there were so many good ones. It was a very good year, and the proof of that is that this was one of the most difficult "Best of" lists I've ever put together. I was even debating between my number 1 and number 2 choices, but in the end I went with the film that clung to my brain and troubled me deeply the more I contemplated it. To keep this piece to a reasonable length, I'll write up blurbs for the first 10, and just list the rest of my Top 50. 1. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN When I first saw this film, I thought it was among the Coen Brothers' finest films. But having seen it again, I realize I was slightly mistaken; this is the best film the Coen Brothers have ever made. This has not one, but three of the best performances of the year. And Javier Bardem's portrayal of the personification of the Angel of Death is nothing short of nightmare-inspiring. The stunning landscapes that serve as the film's backdrop are as barren and cold as the ones in the Coens' now-second-best film, FARGO. But there's something deeper and more mysterious going on here. Tommy Lee Jones' meditations on growing old in a nation he barely recognizes really hit home and frankly scared me almost as much as the killer with the compressed-air canister. And how about that ending, the most talking about ending of the year, or at least what most people are calling "the ending" (actually there are several scenes after it). To have an entire film build to a confrontation that never comes is frustrating, sure, but it is also gutsy and shows how much the Coens know about audience expectations and how to defy them even if it means pissing off a whole lot of people. Stark, angry and contemplative, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN demands to be seen more than once and to be studied. 2. THERE WILL BE BLOOD I was truly torn between these first two films, and it's so close in my head that it's hardly fair. In the end, it came down to which film surprised me the most. Both feature a slow-building feeling of dread that pays off in ways that are unexpected and devastating. But in the end, the Coens pulled it off just a tiny bit better. (This discussion also acts as my official review of THERE WILL BE BLOOD, which opens this week.) The element of THERE WILL BE BLOOD that nearly gives it the edge, however, is Daniel Day-Lewis' calculated and terrifying performance as a Texas oil man, Daniel Plainview, who will do anything possible to gain an advantage and succeed over his competitors. He's a sociopath. He adopts the child of an old friend who dies in the oil fields not as a tribute to his co-worker but because the perception that he is a family man works to his advantage in business. He cares about no one, perhaps not even himself, but he will not be humiliated or defeated. And pitting Day-Lewis' version of the Devil against Paul Dano's corrupt incarnation of God (he plays a small-town preacher in a community slowly being corrupted by a sudden influx of money when oil baron Lewis moves in) lifts this film from simply being a brilliant character study to a smaller-scale version of the American Apocalypse. But even if you had eliminated Dano's character entirely, the intense portrayal of Plainview would have been enough to carry the film. Watching him weave his way among politicians, other oilmen and simple townsfolk, taking into account what approach will work best on winning them over or throwing them off, is astonishing. Much like the Coens' film, THERE WILL BE BLOOD also seems to indicate that a new and vibrant resurgence of purely American filmmaking is upon us (you could add 3:10 TO YUMA, MICHAEL CLAYTON and ZODIAC to that list, as well). All of these films, in their own way, illustrate the pursuit of the American Dream, as well as how easily said Dream can crush us. Paul Thomas Anderson's magnificent screenplay (based on Upton Sinclair's novel Oil) and direction will haunt me for years to come, and if you thought you were a fan of his work before (with such films as MAGNOLIA and BOOGIE NIGHTS), this film will turn you into a disciple. This latest work is the product of a studied master who scales back on some the parlor tricks (albeit, extremely fun tricks) of his earlier works and settles on an evenly paced, more reserved means of storytelling. He knows he's got a powder keg of a lead performer at the center of his film and doesn't need to dazzle us with his lengthy tracking shots and frogs falling from the sky. The sure-to-be-much-discussed, dialogue-free opening 15 minutes of the film are the closest he gets to showing off, and my God, if that prologue isn't the great opening of any film in 2007. THERE WILL BE BLOOD will be studied, analyzed, debated and lauded for years to come, and rightfully so. 3. EASTERN PROMISES I guess it says something about me that my three favorite films of 2007 are all bloody exercises with very bad men as their focal points, but at least Viggo Mortensen's character in his latest pairing with director David Cronenberg has some good in him. Once again, we have an intense and fearless man at the center of this brooding mystery about the Russian mob and a dead girl's diary. The true sign of Cronenberg's genius is that he switches the lead role about halfway through the film, going from Naomi Watts as the medical expert who has the diary to Mortensen's gangster on the rise. Plus there's a naked knife fight that had me (and my genitals) running for cover. The film had been criticized for being too cold, but I count that as a plus. Most of these characters are ruthless people, and they don't deserve the warm, cuddly treatment. As much as I loved and praised the previous Cronenberg/Mortensen collaboration, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, I liked this one just a little bit more. 4. JUNO Just to show you I wasn't all about the blood and violence in 2007, I absolutely freakin' loved debut screenwriter Diablo Cody's smart and hilarious story of a 16-year-old girl (the note-perfect Ellen Page) who gets pregnant and decides to give up her child for adoption to what appears to be the perfect couple (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman). For being such a seemingly simple and small film, Juno never lets you get quite comfortable with the position of each person in Juno's life. Those that you love and think are cool one moment will leave you feeling quite another way by the end of the film. I didn't just find this film and its players charming; I wanted to become friends with these people. But of all of the many things that this movie is, it is above all funny. I've seen this film four times as of this writing and laughed just as hard with each viewing. You will not laugh harder all year. 5. CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR Speaking of funny, the latest from director Mike Nichols is this stellar true story of a no-name Congressman who managed to fund the entire U.S. covert war against Russia (with a little help from our then-good friends Afghanistan), effectively setting the stage for the end of the Cold War. The perfectly deviant Tom Hanks plays Charlie Wilson of Texas, with the unforgettable Philip Seymour Hoffman as man at the CIA who guides each new covert operation. Never missing an opportunity to portray Wilson as the drunken womanizer he really was, Aaron Sorkin's whip-smart script doesn't act as some sort of propaganda piece for the Reagan administration (I don't think the late president's name is ever mentioned). Instead, it works as a reminder that there was a time when American foreign involvement did some people some good at one time in recent history (even if our follow-through was spectacularly shitty). People have already begun to argue the merits and accuracy of Sorkin's screenplay, but frankly I don't give a crap if it's 100 percent fiction. It's some of the best writing I've seen all year, and it made me understand an impossibly complicated set of circumstances that set the stage for some of America's darkest days. 6. MICHAEL CLAYTON When veteran screenwriter Tony Gilroy (the Jason Bourne trilogy) finally decided to step behind the camera, he certainly did so in a chilling and memorable way with this portrait of a "fixer" for a top-dog law firm whose career and life are on an ugly downturn. George Clooney gives a career-topping performance as the titular character, who pulls together what little energy and inspiration he has left to salvage the reputation of an old friend while managing to save his own skin in the process. There is a confrontation between Clooney and Tilda Swinton (as a chemical company's lead image maker) in the film's final moments that might be my single favorite scene of any movie in 2007 (and there were so many to choose from). 7. ONCE The most romantic and emotionally poignant movie of 2007, this short, simple tale of an Irish street musician (known only as Guy) and a Czech piano player (Girl, naturally) who meet and make beautiful music together captured the hearts of every single person who saw it. People tend to dismiss the power of a great love story when talking about films worthy of awards and accolades, but the truth is this sad and sweet film gave us one of the most classic love stories I've ever seen, using just a handful of lovely songs and two top-notch performances from two non-actors. The film defied all the odds and became one of the most talked about films of the year for all the right reasons. A sleeper hit defined. 8. ZODIAC The word "procedural" has been given a bad rap lately thanks to television, but David Fincher's detailed and deeply fulfilling look at how the police and media worked together and came to blows over the notorious Zodiac serial killer case is undeniably fascinating stuff. This is a case that literally drove people crazy trying to solve it, both reporters and investigators. I think some people were a little thrown off by how little time is spent watching the deeds of the unseen killer, but that isn't what this film is about. This is about tough people who weren't tough enough to allow a phantom murderer to get into their brains and eat away at their sanity. Fincher already made the perfect serial killer movie with Seven; this is an entirely different, although equally elegant, monster. 9. 3:10 TO YUMA Boy, was I excited to have a Western come out in 2007, especially one this fully loaded with greatness. Many people have referred to this work as a Western for people who don't like Westerns, but more importantly, 3:10 TO YUMA also functions as the ultimate tribute to those who embrace the genre. Blessed with one of the greatest casts of any film this year and a director (James Mangold) not afraid to explore what makes his characters tick, this film not only featured some of the great action sequences of 2007 but also dug deeper into the psyches of its many rich, iconic leads. As wonderfully flashy a villain as Russell Crowe plays here, the silent, brooding Christian Bale (who had his best year as an actor in 2007) is the quiet scene-stealer as a man desperate to look like more of a hero in the eyes of his eldest son. This movie didn't just defy expectations; it redefined the modern Western and reminded us that there was a time when Westerns were more than just men on horses, showdowns and cowboy hats. 10. RESCUE DAWN Here's Christian Bale once again throwing himself into a role. In 2007, Bale established himself as not just one of the great actors of his generation but as one of the greatest actors alive. But few of us can fathom what he must have gone through psychologically or physically to play Dieter Dengler, an American pilot who was shot down in Laos during the Vietnam War and immediately captured and put in a prisoner of war camp. Filled with a kind of naïve determination (which Bale captures so beautifully), Dengler plans and leads an escape with his fellow prisoners, only to discover an even greater type of incarceration waiting or him in the Laotian jungle. Director Werner Herzog is certifiable, but he also knows how to make us feel every moment of pain, every indignity and each foul bead of sweat that Dengler endured during his ordeal. Herzog and Bale do everything in their collective power to put us right there in the jungle with Dengler. This is a film that sometimes hurts to watch, and I loved every second of it. 11. 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days 12. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 13. Knocked Up 14. The Orphanage 15. Away from Her 16. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 17. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 18. Lars and the Real Girl 19. The Darjeeling Limited 20. Gone Baby Gone 21. American Gangster 22. Persepolis 23. After the Wedding 24. Into the Wild 25. La Vie en Rose 26. I'm Not There 27. The Savages 28. In the Valley of Elah 29. The Bourne Ultimatum 30. Hot Fuzz 31. 300 32. Grindhouse 33. The Lookout 34. The Lives of Others 35. Control 36. Ratatouille 37. Waitress 38. The Host 39. Sunshine 40. Breach 41. Superbad 42. The Mist 43. The Hoax 44. A Mighty Heart 45. The Simpsons Movie 46. Ocean's Thirteen 47. Paris, Je T'aime 48. You Kill Me 49. Adam's Apples 50. Year of the Dog THE 15 BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF 2007: 1. Lake of Fire 2. Terror's Advocate 3. King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters 4. Nanking 5. Crazy Love 6. Helvetica 7. No End in Sight 8. Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains 9. My Kid Could Paint That 10. The Pervert's Guide to Cinema 11. Sicko 12. For the Bible Tells Me So 13. Mr. Untouchable 14. An Unreasonable Man 15. In the Shadow of the Moon THE WORST FILMS OF 2007 (include, but are in no way limited to): Alvin and the Chipmunks; Awake; Because I Said So; Blood and Chocolate; Captivity; Daddy Day Camp; Dragon Wars; Elizabeth: The Golden Age; Epic Movie; Evan Almighty; Ghost Rider; Hannibal Rising; Happily N'Ever After; The Heartbreak Kid; I Know Who Killed Me; I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry; The Invasion; Kickin' It Old School; License to Wed; Mr. Woodcock; Norbit; The Number 23; The Reaping; Shrek the Third; Underdog. THE ABSOLUTE WORST FILM OF 2007: ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Take a great director and visual auteur (Julie Taymor) and some of the finest music ever made (nothing but Beatles tunes), and you figure, how can you go wrong? The answer and all supporting evidence are right here. This film is a colossal failure at every turn, from its lame renditions of these timeless songs to a collection of young actors and bizarre musician cameos, all of whom prance around simplifying and degrading the '60s and remind us that 99 percent of all hippies were raging, dirty idiots. Even if that wasn't the case, this film makes you think it was. It hurts just thinking about this shit. EARLY CONTENDER FOR WORST FILM OF 2008: ONE MISSED CALL Capone Personally - I felt that NORBIT was the best film of the year, but Harry said I couldn't say that - Write me with your thoughts of NORBIT!




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  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:23 a.m. CST

    First!

    by ye olde shiza

    I suck even more in real life!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Now onto the list ...

    by ye olde shiza

    Thank ya Capone. Nice detailed list. Our lists agree on most everything except Rescue Dawn. It seemed way too silly to me. And homeboy carried his Charlie Manson work into the POW camp, which was kinda frustrating. Herzog should have just let him study (as he requested), rather than throwing him into the role.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Miller's Crossing

    by blacklodgebob

    I'll never understand it, why do people always put Fargo ahead of Miller's Crossing on their Coen lists? To my mind (although I agree No Country is the best) there's no question that Miller's Crossing comes next, none at all. I don't understand what I'm missing that everyone else seems to list other ones ahead of it. It just doesn't even occur to me, and I'm confused and stupefied by it.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:32 a.m. CST

    No Mention...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... of JESSE JAMES at all? Anywhere? Really?!?!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Capone hates Westerns!

    by HEADGEEK

    he just doesn't get that type of film...

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Out of the ninety or so films you mentioned...

    by Shermdawg

    I only saw ONE. <br><br> Boy, I really got some catching up to do.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Swap ACROSS THE UNIVERSE & EASTERN PROMISES

    by killdie

    ACROSS THE UNIVERSE is really outstanding, while EASTERN PROMISES is an overrated piece of crap. Clichéd characters and situations, mediocre acting, a real bad story structure and horrible plot developments. I am baffled by the love this movie gets.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:51 a.m. CST

    NO COUNTRY & CHARLIE WILSON

    by Mullah Omar

    ...are the two most disappointing films of the year for me. <br> <br> NO COUNTRY was a poor adaptation of a superior book. I've heard many people call this a character study, but most of the story's best characterization was cut out of the film. Bell and Chigurh are nowhere near as well developed as they are in the book, and it hurts the overall narrative. I welcome unorthodox endings, but the Coens didn't lay the groundwork that the book did in making it feel deserved. It's too bad, because filming everything in the book as it was written wouldn't have added much more to the total runtime of the film; there was no reason for the Coens to change anything at all. <br> <br> CHARLIE WILSON *could* have been a classic satire if it had any balls. Since a lot of the film was apparently cut from the cinematic release due to legal threats, maybe it actually *is* a classic - maybe we'll finally know for sure when the DVD comes out. But aside from the film being self-censored, there are other big problems here. Tom Hanks underplays what should have been an over-the-top role; we hear so much about Charlie Wilson being a wild man, but we never really see it onscreen, which is a shame because I was hoping for Hanks to cut loose for once. Hanks and Julia Roberts also both have shifting accents that are just embarrassing. Only Phillip Seymour Hoffman seems to be doing anything with his role - he carries an otherwise bland film. Imagine this film without Hoffman's cranky performance and you'd have a Lifetime Movie of the Week with a few tits in it. This film was a dog with no bite or bark.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:54 a.m. CST

    CAPONE I AGREE WITH YOUR TOP 10

    by Derek Wildstarr

    Nicely done. And your "worst" list is hilarious.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Correction...

    by Shermdawg

    I saw TWO films. (Didn't see The Mist up there.)

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:56 a.m. CST

    i am legend

    by rourke777666

    i think it deserves at least a spot somewhere on the top 50. sure the cgi is bad and the last quarter of the film is forced but other than that it surprised the hell out of me with a nuanced performance from smith and a meditative and interesting start that never gives too much away right off the bat. anyways... there will be blood rules!!!!!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Worst movies...

    by otm shank

    and no mention of AVP-R!?! Were you indifferent to it or just wise on not even waste your time?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:08 a.m. CST

    I was surprised by Norbit's badness.

    by Rev. Slappy

    I rented it, thinking it couldn't be that bad, that Murphy would have to have some moments that were funny. Nope. It was just as bad as its billing. Brian Robbins has never made a good film and should be getting the Uwe Boll treatment. I do find one thing kind of interesting though: I thought it was odd how critics pointed out en masse how mean spirited and cruel the film was to overweight black women. I didn't find it mean because there isn't a real woman being mocked, everybody knows it's Murphy in a fat suit. These were the same critics that heaped praise on Borat, a film that made fun of and ridiculed real people.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:18 a.m. CST

    What?

    by Errockk

    Really across the universe? I didn't think it was amazing, but farrrrr from worst movie of the year! C'mon Capone! P.S. I think a lot of the songs were done pretty clever, especially strawberry fields.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Rescue Dawn came out 06

    by Prossor

    check imdb

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:27 a.m. CST

    the year of crazy psychos, westerns, and comedies

    by Prossor

    is what this year was. 2008 is already shaping up to be a year of heroes. thank fuck too all these grim gruel movies of this year blackened my soul!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:37 a.m. CST

    I saw Norbit...

    by moviemaniac-7

    In a night bus while traveling through South Africa. So there was no way to run, no way to turn the fucker off. No way to survive. What happened to stand-up Eddie? To Beverly Hills Cop and 48 Hours Eddie? One of the most unfunny movies I have ever seen. Compared to this, Cannibal Holocaust is a laugh riot.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:45 a.m. CST

    'Norbit' was funnier than most films last year

    by Freakjuice89

    Norbit is a good movie. Most people look at the poster or commercials and cringe at the thought of Eddie Murphy in another fat suit, but the film was much more than that. It was Eddie's farewell to the make-up films that help define his comic persona. I'm sorry but Eddie's "Mr. Wong" character was funnier than half the "comedies' that came out last year. At least it wasn't a sequel or a remake. Eddie's a good actor. That's that.

  • seriously... <p>Capone. Like the list old son, however, I would move Michael Clayton down the list a few notches and move 310 to YUMA, ONCE, and especially ZODIAC up the list... and I'd also find room for hot fuzz and the Bourne Ultimatum in the teens somewhere around sweeny todd territory, I'd also relegate Eastern Promises to the early 20's and whack in Atonement. And where the fuck is JESSE JAMES?!? alright maybe I didn't totally agree with it, but its okay, you've not lost your list making privelages just yet. Its still better than 99.99% of BEST AND WORST OF lists out there.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:01 a.m. CST

    'Freakjuice89's post was funnier than most films last year

    by TiPPiDa

    seriously... <p>Capone. Like the list old son, however, I would move Michael Clayton down the list a few notches and move 310 to YUMA, ONCE, and especially ZODIAC up the list... and I'd also find room for hot fuzz and the Bourne Ultimatum in the teens somewhere around sweeny todd territory, I'd also relegate Eastern Promises to the early 20's and whack in Atonement. And where the fuck is JESSE JAMES?!? alright maybe I didn't totally agree with it, but its okay, you've not lost your list making privileges just yet. Its still better than 99.99% of BEST AND WORST OF lists out there.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Fucking double posts...

    by TiPPiDa

    this interwebs thing is ass.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Get your filthy paws off me you dirty raging idiot!

    by Boba Fat

    Thanks Capone. Can't wait for "There Will Be Blood" to hit the UK. "The Mist" too for that matter but that film seemed to get a muted response here and Quint chickened out of a review too!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:13 a.m. CST

    by TiPPiDa

    And no mention of the efforts of my man steve zahn in Rescue Dawn?... that does it... Shenanigans... SHENANIGANS!!!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:28 a.m. CST

    GRINDHOUSE before Ratatioulle?

    by Mezzanine

    You have to be fucking kidding me!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:31 a.m. CST

    best and worst

    by drave117

    Neither of mine were mentioned! My favorite of the year was definitely <i>Ratatouille</i>, just barely beating out <i>Wristcutters</i>. Worst movie of the year, by a freaking LANDSLIDE, was <i>Southland Tales</i>. It was worse than <i>Blood and Chocolate</i>, <i>Epic Movie</i>, and <i>Transformers</i> combined.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:32 a.m. CST

    whoops, there it is

    by drave117

    Somehow scrolled past Ratatouille there the first time.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:33 a.m. CST

    I agree with Moriarty...

    by Blood Simple

    Where the hell is JESSE JAMES on your list?! I consider it a solid #3. Then two movies had to come along and kick even more ass (your #1 and #2 choices). Sad, because JAMES is such a solid film - I think it will be rediscovered (or just plain discovered really) in the years to come. It is a classic in my mind already.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Surely TINO was the worst film of 2007?

    by photoboy

    Or does it win the worst film of the century award instead?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Also...

    by Mezzanine

    The Reaping wasn't THAT bad. It definitely was not a great movie, but it was at least entertaining and had actual characters, as opposed to shit like Transformers, which was shit because it wasne entertaining... and focused on FUCKING ROBOTS!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Across the Universe?

    by Vicenzo

    One of the most breathtaking films I saw in 2007...

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:50 a.m. CST

    And no mention...

    by zed261

    of BUG in the top 50? It was big surprise for me. It will sure end up on my top 10 list. I've seen only poster before I saw the movie and it turned out to be completely different movie than I was expecting. And Ashley Judd's performance is one of the best in 2007.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Number 10

    by Holgi65

    One of the nice things about these lists is - you find things you didn't know about. I haven't heard about Werner Herzog doing a VietNam war movie, and that one was shot in fall of '05 and then it came out in mid 07 and ends on the top ten list of Mr. Capone. So I check out the database if its available in Germany - where Werner and I come from - and there is nothing. Not even a release date. Hum, then I think it probably must be awful, so checkout the trailer. Which is a reasonable as you would expect it trailer. True story and so on, but nothing over the top and Christian Bale looks alright and the production values seem to be alright. So I dig deeper in the database and it has the results for U.S. and U.K. The movie cost an estimated 10 mio $ (which I find a low figure) and it got back something like 5 mio $. That's a failure I would think. Someone must have a problem now, especially if its not distributed elsewhere (besides the Netherlands). So I check out the production company - Gibraltar. And thats when its becoming realy odd. IMDB has a typo on the link, which is fun, but the guy who wrote the website promotion wrote Synapsis instead of Synopsis, which is stupid. You should take the time and read the bios of the producers and owners of this certain production company Gibraltar Films. One is claiming to have night clubs all over and the other one played pro-basketball. "Let's make a movie, shall we?" So the point of my post is: Oddest production of the year? and how did Werner get into this? I would like to see the film, but should I buy it, or wait for cable?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:54 a.m. CST

    Jesse James

    by Fortunesfool

    Where?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Capone Hates Westerns?

    by Splinter

    ...and he has 3:10 to Yuma in his Top Ten? With this as his intro? "Boy, was I excited to have a Western come out in 2007, especially one this fully loaded with greatness." How do you figure that one, Harry?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:16 a.m. CST

    No Hairspray???

    by cifra

    The Host and Ratatouille in the "30"s??? :disappointedbyyourtaste:

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:19 a.m. CST

    What I dont understandand about AICN

    by theycallmemrglass

    Is the sight hypes up about and geeks the shit out of blockbuster films such as Transformers, Rocky Balboa, Pirates, Spiderman, harry Potter, snakes on a plane etc. Then totally ignore them in their ARTY top 50. I've been an AICN reader for years and I see the same pattern. I remember how Harry loved Attack of the Clones and then totally ignored it in his list. Then revenge of the Sith. SO what about this years blockbusters that AICN geeked out on? Spiderman 3 for instance, not the greatest film but it sure had entertainment factor on the high end of the scale and harry dug it (apart from the venom). Pirates of the Caribeean was a major major dissapointment so I will move on! Transformers was geeked to high kingdom (I personally just thought it was fun but no geeky love for it). How about Rocky? I just dont understand why this site is about COOL not ART oscar calibre films, and to be fair most of it is but that geekness and COOL factor never reflected in the best of the year lists. I dont knock most of the best of list either but I find it somewhat hypocritical. How about a geeky top 10 then, films that were enormous fun and rewatchable for the fun factor.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Hannibal Rising, while bad, wasn't that bad.

    by beastie

    It was no worse than Hannibal or Red Dragon. Those were bad, but fun just like Hannibal Rising. The only two good films in the series are Manhunter and Silence of the Lambs.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Gotta disagree on ACROSS THE UNIVERSE...

    by ron2112

    It's barely even a movie, it's more a string of music videos, with what plot there is existing solely to drive us to the next song. And yes, the inclusion of Bono and the genius Eddie Izzard were well beyond unnecessary. But for what it was, I rather enjoyed it. It's far from the worst film of the year. And we've been listening to the soundtrack at home quite a bit, so I've gotta disagree on that point as well.

  • Says a lot that you don't mention it all on either list Mori. Guess the AICN crew are still trying to live down how you all ran interferance for Bay the last two years, telling us all it didn't matter if the movie was good or not, long as the CGI was good. I saw Norbit. It was funny. If the Eddie Murphy/Master of Disguise thing has worn old on you fine, but stop bitching about it. People have become so stupid now that if they see Eddie Murphy in a rubber mask they automatically say, "It's the worst film of all time!" Even without having seen it. Michael Myers does the same thing and gets a pass? Talk about bullshit opinions from bullshit people.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST

    HOT FUZZ... best picture of the year

    by Razorback

    Ok, so it isn't... but it should be higher than 30th place.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Jaysmack

    by Knuckleduster

    Talk about bullshit opinions from bullshit people.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Here's another opinion.

    by Knuckleduster

    Julie Taymor was never a good director. Have you seen Titus? What you call a a 'visual auteur' I call a gimmicky hack.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:44 a.m. CST

    What site is this?

    by ddschneider1972

    How come AICN only talks about these artsy-type popular films one day a year and the rest is hype about James Bond, Indy, Batman, Cloverfield, Buffy comics (which they think is a TV show) etc, etc, etc. I always thought most people come here for the latter...I know I do, but every year the top lists are movies that rarely, usually never had a talkback and many never even been mentioned on the site before.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Jessie James

    by red_weed

    was my favorite western. where is that? Admittantly 3:10 isn't out in australia yet, but still, Jessie James was my number 3

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Hannibal was good

    by the_scream

    For what it was - a sick twisted homage to the Hannibal character. Weirdly romantic and disgusting at the same time. Red Dragon was a non-event and Hannibal Rising wasn't even a blip on the radar. It didn't have an ounce of interest from the audience. Dull, weak, and completely forgettable. At least Hannibal had the icky brain eating scene that left the audience squirming in their seats (ho ho).

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:59 a.m. CST

    ddschneider1972

    by cifra

    is that a problem to raise heads up to more "award-mainstream" films that geeks and fanboys don't even pay attention to, and therefore, miss? Some of us love movies. GOOD movies, wether they're artsy or horror or monster or even porn, for the matter. As long as it is good, I want to watch it.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7 a.m. CST

    I don't really agree with Recue Dawn

    by kungfuhustler84

    There were just a lot more movies that came out this year that were, in my opinion, superior. I love the top ten documentaries though! Great work Capone. Across the Universe was pretty awful.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:02 a.m. CST

    I mean top 15

    by kungfuhustler84

    whatever

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:05 a.m. CST

    One Missed Call early contender for worst of 2008?

    by Spandau Belly

    Hell yeah! I'll go see that then! I loved The Wicker Man Remake and I Know Who Killed Me, so maybe this one will be the next great horror entry.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:08 a.m. CST

    3:10 to Yuma is not the "ultimate tribute to westerns"

    by Spandau Belly

    that would be 'Once Upon a Time in The West'

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Thanks for not over-hyping Superbad

    by I am_NOTREAL

    It was great if you're 16. For the rest of us, some funny scenes but nothing earth-shattering. Knocked Up was far funnier. Hell, Walk Hard was funnier.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:25 a.m. CST

    No Country

    by palewook

    has me watching older cohen brothers movies again. <p> and can't wait for their next movie which is supposed to be a western they have worked on the script for years.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST

    3:10 to Yuma is not the "ultimate tribute to westerns"

    by palewook

    agreed SB, this remake is more for ppl that know nothing about great westerns. the new 3:10 is good but it doesn't belong in the top 50 westerns of all time.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Quint is black?

    by darrenspool

    No Transformers or Die Hard 4.0 in the top 50?????? No Hostel Part 2, AVP-R, Hitcher or Halloween on WORST list????

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Fucking Loved Juno

    by RobFromBackEast

    Best of the year for me along with Zodiac, Bourne and Clayton

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST

    my favorite films are better than yours!!!

    by BrowncoatJedi

    Film nerds arguing about such things on the internet are pretty funny.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:54 a.m. CST

    haven't seen 90 percent of the films mentioned

    by sith_rising

    but Die Hard 4, Eastern Promises and 300 were my year's top picks. Really want to see Yuma and NCFOM.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST

    and Halloween was pretty good

    by sith_rising

    given Rob Zombie's track record, he did a good job. It felt just like a classic slasher killer n' tits movie from the late 70's or early 80's.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Not sure if I've seen that many movies . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . since 1997. Lucky bastards w/ all this time on their hands. . .

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:03 a.m. CST

    300 at number 31?!??!?! best movie of the year.!

    by BMacSmith

    fuck NCFOM.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST

    to palewook

    by zed261

    I think next Coens movie is going to be Burn After Reading. Pitt, Clooney, Malkovich comedy

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST

    No Country For Old Men vs Children of Men

    by messi

    Children of Men was last year's best film, apart from being tight as shit, intelligent, brutal, it was groundbreaking and filmed in a godlike manner. no Country for Old men was a great film,w ell directed, well written, tense, just a damn good movie, but everyone says it's number 1. but is it groundbreaking? No. this movie doesn't look anything new. Assassination of Jesse James was a better movie.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST

    yays and nays

    by filmcoyote

    Gotta agree on No Country and There Will Be Blood, i'm torn on which is the best - though my leaning is Blood. Also agree Lake Of Fire is amazing (although I saw it in October 2006 so wouldn't count it as this year). However there are a lot worse films than Across the Universe: Halloween, Saw 4, Captivity, Pirates 3, for instance. Also can't agree on Eastern Promises and Rescue Dawn, both solid, good films but amongst the best of the year? Not a chance. Still, interesting list.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Live Free or Die Hard and 300 were terrible

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Assassination of Jesse James really should have been in your top 10 Capone. My film of the year. The marketing and distribution teams at Warner should be fired for fucking the film's release.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:31 a.m. CST

    No Country For Old Men vs. Children of Men

    by zed261

    I think booth movies are groundbreaking in their own way. Children Of Men is technical masterpiece and No Country has an interesting approach to storytelling, though I haven't seen Jesse James so I cant say which one is better. What am I wandering is if No Country would be even better with music. It's quite important to every other Coen movie... Can you imagine Fargo without music?...of course you can, but would it be better movie?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST

    What? Hannibal Rising was excellent!

    by Sith Witch

    It could've easily been a WB teen slasher, instead it was a steadied art film, full of poetic subtlety. The use of Humperdink's Hansel & Gretel theme is chilling, and seeing young Hannibal listening to the Goldberg Variations in his garret as he prepares to remember his tormentors was fantastic.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    zed

    by palewook

    http://tinyurl.com/39z4dk <p> seen an interview with them talking about the western as well. said they have been working on the script for 4.5 years and only got the backing for it b/c of No Country's box office take. They have 4 films in various stages listed on IMDB from 2008/9, so the western is probably #5 and around 2010.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST

    The only reason why 300 is not #1 on my worst of...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...2007 list, is that Skinwalkers was worse!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST

    to palewook

    by zed261

    Thanks for that great news, I've never heard about it before. Now I have more look forward to. I would like to see Billy Bob Thorton riding horse in that movie just to give him another worthy opportunity and rip him of from his recent lazy characters. Year ago I've heard about Coens war movie with blind Brad Pitt... Do someone know what happened with that one..?

  • you need to get out of the basement, stop sucking some cock and watch more movies, that is pure movie nerd talk. it was an enjoyable movie, and if it's enjoyable, it's not bad. Such fucking losers on this site. You want a bad movie. watch Epic Movie. Worst movie ever.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST

    palewook

    by messi

    I doubt you'd be able to name 50 westerns. and 3:10 to not be in there.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    No Country For Old Men isn't anything 'special'

    by messi

    It's a damn good movie, but i think of best of movies of the past few years and this is just a simply well made film, but nothing 'holy crap' how did they do that. this movie could have come out any time, it's nothing new, but it is good. but generally the best movies do something different that stands out. ie last year. Children of Men and Pan's Labyrinth, filmically did something far greater than No Country for Old Men.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    You've got to be kidding me.

    by 7pointedstar

    Across The Universe as worst film of the year? So you're saying that shit like Daddy Day Camp, Dragon Wars and Because I Said So were BETTER than Across The Universe? You're insane, man. Absolutely insane. I was with you until then - but that one choice just completely invalidated your entire list.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Charlie Wilson's war is underrated.

    by BMacSmith

    loved that movie

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Rescue Dawn over Diving Bell really?

    by directorsaab

    Are you serious? The argument you make for Rescue Dawn is frankly pretty weak. At best it's a good film and an ok one from the great Werner Herzog. But Diving Bell is a work of sheer brilliance. In every facet, from direction, script, performance, and especially camera work, the Diving Bell is a far more accomplished and entertaining film than Rescue Dawn. Just because Rescue Dawn has 'Batman' as the lead, doesn't make it a top ten.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:27 a.m. CST

    No Jesse James???????????

    by messi

    What the fuck? I resaw it today at a theatre. Astronomical filmmaking. Can't believe I was so immersed in these characters and this story which I could not have given a shit about before. And that music and every frame was like Fellowship of the Ring where they could all be photographs.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I have to disagree with the characterization of Plainview...

    by tonagan

    As a monstrous villain. I thought he was WAY more complicated than that. I think it's left up to the individual viewer, but the character is much more layered and ambiguous.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    "Ultimate Tribute to Westerns" is...

    by EriamJH

    "Silverado." You know it. Opens with a gunfight, ends with a showdown in the middle of the street. All the cliches of the genre are there. That being said, there are few bad westerns out there. Just whiny, code-writing bitches who don't like movies unless they have car explosions and dem dare giant robots fist fighting ninja style.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST

    My top 5...

    by cinemixtape.com

    In no particular order - Zodiac, Ratatatouille, Juno, Grindhouse, and The Mist. There are some major ones I still haven't seen, like TWBB. No Country is overrated. Very.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Western Correction

    by TheRealCapone

    Ah fuck! This is what happens when I travel without my laptop. When I first pulled this list together it was on a flight from Colorado to Chicago, and I had a hard copy of a list of every movie I'd seen in 2007. I went through the list and checked off everything I wanted to include in my Best of the Year lists, and then compiled my Top 50 from that. In my original, hand-written Top 10 list, I had THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD tied with 3:10 TO YUMA at the Number 9 spot. But somehow in the transition from paper to computer, JESSE JAMES got lost. My apologies. I think my original review of the film (http://www.aintitcool.com/node/34335) makes it very clear how much I admired this movie. And my point it pairing it with YUMA was to say how thrilled I was that filmmakers were still finding new and interesting ways to tell stories of the West without relying on all the familiar trappings of classic (and not-to-classic) Westerns. In all the years I've been doing these lists, I guess I was bound to accidentally skip something truly worthy. Hopefully this corrects my glorified typo.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Pretty generic list

    by Series7

    I think Lisa Schwarzbaum has this same list. Is it that Capone is not putting stuff from festivals and just giving us a wide release best of list? Because even though it makes me mad when Harry and CO have a best of list and its full of movies that come out next year, or was only shown at Harry's house at 2AM and was part Hallucination. I was hopeing to find out about some cool new movie that I never heard of, because I usually agree with Capones take on a film.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Across the Universe sucked because The Beatles sucked

    by messi

    most overrated band in the Universe.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Jesse James was hardly a Western

    by messi

    because it takes place in a certain time it's a western? More like a Drama about an outlaw and a guy who admired him.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    messi: i could name 100.

    by palewook

    the new 3:10 is for the younger generation that has never heard of randolph scott, alan ladd, van heflin, glenn ford, etc. <p> theres a another generation out there that thinks westerns started with sergio. and don't even know that their best westerns of all time are nothing more than stolen kurosawa remakes. (yes their were lawsuits). <p> face the new 3:10 is for the generation that thinks young guns and "i'll be your huckleberry" define westerns. <p> hell even in modern westerns, The Proposition, Open Range, and Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada are better than the 3:10 remake. <p> No Country is a better western than 3:10. There's nothing wrong with the new 3:10, its just for a different audience. More for the people that like things blowing up, than for people that love westerns.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    2006 had better movies

    by messi

    but 2007 had more movies that were good than last year, but last years movies were better. Cmon. Children of Men, Pan's Labyrinth, Babel, The Departed, The Prestige, The Queen against any top ten list this year.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST

    palewook

    by messi

    i'm just saying in a list of 50, 3:10 would be 50 at least. you take away all the classics, then the glenn ford and john wayne extras. 3:10 would be there.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Spider-Man 3 - worst movie of 2007

    by deucefilms

    Maybe there were movies that felt more lame or missed the mark more (like Blades of Glory), but Spider-Man 3 was an enormously disappointing piece of crap, especially considering the huge budget it had. How about, out of the $200 million you spend on an event picture, take a million of it and hire a decent screenwriter? Hopefully a different director and different writers can pump some life back into that series. I wouldn't say that Spider-Man 3 was as epic a disappointment as something like Phantom Menace, but I'd say it was the biggest disappointment of 2007. I'm sure, though, that the studio looks at the hundreds of millions of dollars it raked in and could care less how stupid the movie was and how disappointed audiences were by it.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Herzog and No Country

    by Series7

    I enjoyed No Country a lot but come on Charlie Meadows > Anton Chigurh and terms of scary bad guys in a Coen Films. Plus Javier Bardem just does not come off as a physco pathic, smart, determined killer. And trust me folks I hang out with a bunch of physcopathic killers. But whatever everyone make up for not really caring about the Coens early work. I would like to see them do a Sci-Fi movie. As for Herzog, man I've studied his films in my generic film class and his movies are sooo tedious to watch. I am not totally sure his accolades as a movie director are totally deserved, his movies just fucking don't do anything. If anything his movies are just potryals of real life? His documentaries are a different thing, clearly his strong point, which makes sense the man must have a PHD in patience. Haven't seen his Nasferatu though?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Why have a seperate list for documentaries!?

    by FILMFUNK

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Any film with Julia Roberts is shit

    by messi

    and never going to be serious or anything remotely good. Fucking Celebrity.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    deucefilms

    by messi

    That's geek talk. Spidey had 2 great scenes. I rewatched it, the fight with Harry at the start and the crane sequence, if a film has even 2 great scenes then it's not super shit. It wasn't a good movie, but it is complete film geek talk if you say it's the worst. Epic Movie is the worst.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    year of the hype

    by Series7

    Don't believe the hype. Don't. Don't. Don't believe the hype! This year confirms my feeling that studios pay critics to like their films. Except Ebert (probably because he is old and crazy), I don't always agree with him, but he doesn't always swing the way everyone else does about movies. Seriously name one critic who didn't like No Country, Juno, or George Clooney. Clooney is the only actor I can't take his personal life away from his movies. Other actors I can forgive for being a fuck up in real life. But his hollier then thou attitude just makes me wish Return of the Killer Tomatoes! hadn't been the break out hit it was.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST

    God Man I hate feeling like a film geek

    by messi

    Alot of people here and other places consciously attempt to not put transformers on their list as to not be ridiculed for some reason. even if it was probably the most fun movie of the year, which is the reason we all watched movies in the first place. Or did you all start watching movies at 3 years old to study character pieces. Fuck this. It's all lost with film geek mentallity. I want fun, it's why I go to the movies. transformers was fun with great scenes and more rewatchable than most movies mentioned. But I'll name There Will Be Blood as best movie of 2007 to make sure everyone thinks i'm smart because if people say i'm a loser it will hurt my feelings. Suck a dick.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    And out of your top ten list

    by FILMFUNK

    I only seen 3:10 to Yuma which i found to be about as by the book and cliche'd a western as i've ever seen infact it felt like i'd already seen it all whilst i was watching it! and Zodiac which i saw on DVD was excellent and restored my faith in Fincher who makes excellent movies but glitched withe the utterly shite Panic Room but then again he made the pretty shite The Game so maybee he makes a poo one for every 2 good ones!?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Turkey Ass!

    by PVIII

    Norbit was gold.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST

    What's with the love for Waitress?

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    I remember Harry calling it oh so sweet, and awesome! I see it here on Capone's list as well, so I rented it for my wife as she was feeling neglected in my movie choosing lately. <P> But guess what, we both hated it. Well, maybe hate is a strong word, but we both found it completely trite, predictable, and yet utterly moronic. As much as I think Nathan Fillion is the man, his character made absolutely no sense, he falls head over heels for this waitress, but really is just a slimy cheater who likes to get it on while his wife is at home, yep what a loveable, lying, douche! Secondly the other plot points (the rich owner who takes care of the cute waitress, the frumpy waitress who falls for the stalking creepy dude, the pie contest) all of that was so cliche. How is it this movie is so well loved? Finally, that first encounter where Kerri and Nathan suddenly rushed into each other's arms and start macking like 9th grade summer camp lovers? Pathetic, so unsupported, so completely disengenuine, I felt like I was watching an episode of Desperate Housewives, it was goofy and silly. <P> Rant over

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    No Superbad?

    by mrpankreas

    Superbad's gotta make the Top 20 Best, no?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Now where are the rest of the 'best of's'

    by Calihoma

    Good list.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST

    superbad

    by palewook

    would agree it has to make the top 20-25 of 2007. was a solid teen comedy. and had a few moments that would make anyone lol.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST

    What probably would make people happier

    by Series7

    Is if you made like a serpeate list of your top ten geek films this year. Yeah I can see how you can say No Country is the best blah blah, we know that we don't care. We are all geeks and care about geek films. Some people have said it earlier that this site talks about these geek films and then comes best of time everyone all of the sudden grows a pretty vagina and becomes Mark McGrath's co host. Show some gravitas and make your best of list a little more original. I don't care if the movies are still the same, but let us know what movie you will probably see 100 times before you die. Something a little different. But telling us No Country, is a intense violent movie, and TWBB is the new Unicron, or saying Juno is the funniest movie of the year because you drink Starbucks and wear A and Finch and think quirky people are interesting on film but would never hang with them in high school. That and girls like Juno are just fucking bitches. Is like telling us the wire is the best show on tv right now (at least the wire hasn't become a trendy thing to watch). Is just frustrating. We look to you for guidence and geek approval.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST

    the essence of Hollywood Liberalism

    by loser_guy

    "frankly I don't give a crap if it's 100 percent fiction...and it made me understand an impossibly complicated set of circumstances that set the stage for some of America's darkest days." <br> <BR> Thank you Quint, your words have done more than a thousand blogs could have. Even if its not true, and I admit it may not be true, I'm still believing it. Priceless.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST

    The difference between bad and bad...

    by wetzello

    Some are mistaking "disappointing" for "bad." The fact is, films like Spidey 3 and Transformers may have been (to some) disappointing, but not bad. Films like Skinwalkers and the aforementioned Epic Movie are bad, flat out. <p> And I swear, if he hadn't mentioned One Missed Call as a frontrunner for worst of '08, I was going to post it. Nowadays, if I see a ton of banner ads for some flick on the front page, I can almost guarantee it's going to be poop. One Missed Call, Poughkeepsie Tapes, yada yada yada.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Most suprising/disappointing..

    by Ironmuskrat

    I haven't seen many of the movies listed so far, so I won't make a best or worst list. I will make a most surprising / most disappointing movies I have seen in 2007. <p> Most Surprising, meaning movies I saw with no expectations of greatness and was surprised by how much I was entertained. <p> 1)Stardust- A great fantasy story that entertains with interesting characters and plot, not a ton of CGI. <p> 2)Children of Men- I was expecting Solyant Green but got a exciting Sci-Fi story with some of the better action scenes of the year, thats how you do shaky cam people. <p> 3)Shooter- A weird combination of Rambo and the Bourne Identity, but it worked for me, I didn't think Mark Wahlberg could pull off the action hero thing, but he did it. <p> Most Disappointing, movies I went to go expecting them to live up to the hype but left the theater scratching my head wondering what went wrong. <p> 1) Spiderman 3- Bloated and excessive. Too many characters, too many plot lines, just too much of everything. <p> 2)Live Free or Die Hard- I could almost live with the PG-13 rating, but the movie had no flow, it was a series of action pieces that never felt like they fit together. I felt like I watching a kid play Counterstrike. <p> 3) War- ok, I know I was one of the few people to actually see this movie, but I am a big fan of both Jason Statham and Jet Li, a win win situation. Wrong, actually the first half of the movie is almost watchable, but then there a plot twist about 3/4 the way through the film that is so jarring and movie breaking that people leaving the theater after the movie ended actually stopped in the hall outside and started a group discussion about what the fuck happened at the end of the movie.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    WTF CAPONE? Eastern Promises was great!!!

    by Proman1984

    Year's worst? Yeah, right!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:32 a.m. CST

    A Good Year For Mister Bale It Seems

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Strange to think that he's the guy from that Shaft remake. I still remember going on his "So you want my shoes?" line to friends who hadn't seen the film. They kept asking who played him and I was like "Dunno. Nobody famous."<p>And now he's Batman!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST

    messi, you're absolutely right!

    by Sith Witch

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Superbad...

    by Lou Stools

    Was easily the most overrated film of '07. I was really stoked to see it after having enjoyed 'Virgin and Knocked Up…but what a rambling, repetitive, boring mess it turned out to be. Every time the two over-the-top cop characters showed up I started looking at my watch. Big step down for Aptow.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Directors

    by Series7

    messi said something about Children of Men being groundbreaking while No Country was just a solid movie. Totally agree with that. A director doing something totally different then what he has done in the past, and like nothing we have seen before. Though i felt he was let down by some of his lead actor (Clive I thought he was going to be the next awesome actor but he has become very wooden in everything he does now, luckily there is Christian Bale)that is a disscussion for last year. But I hate how TWBB is always getting toped by No Country. No Country fits right in with the Coens history, TWBB shows how diverse he is. Plus I feel Sunshine should be much higher, that movie is a theatrical experience. I feel bad for anyone who has to wait to see this for DVD because its awwwness is going to be lost greatly on a small screen. Too bad Transformers/Priates/Spidy probably got all the awards given out to special effects movies on lock down, if not Transformers alone. Sunshine was the best summer blockbuster(even though it was released like an independent film). Knocked Up for worst movie of the year. Call me a sourpuss, but not laughing for two hours (unless thats the joke?) does not a comedy make. Runner up -> War, caught that last night and thought maybe the reviewers were just hating, but man that movie came out about 3 years too early to be staright to DVD. If Li and Statham keep makeing movies of this caliber they will soon become the next Segal and Van Damn. Plus wasn't this movie called The Corruptor a couple of years ago?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Messi needs to get Michael Bay's little dick out of his big mout

    by JaySmack

    Transformers sucked MAJOR ass. If you thought that movie was anything other than pure horseshit then YOU'RE the mindless nerd fanboy--sucking Bay's dick may be your favorite pastime (when you're not masturbating to Photoshopped pictures of Shis LeBoof nude) but it isn't mine! Get a clue you dickless wonder...better yet, get a job!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST

    THE NUMBER 23

    by WickedMonster

    You SUCK! That movie was cool.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Knucleduster or is still Knuckledragger

    by JaySmack

    I live a few blocks away from a hog farmer. One of his prize boars disappeared the other night. Obviously you were in the neighborhood looking for love again, huh? Pull your head out of your ass. Maybe then you won't have so much shit for brains...maybe not. If you thought Bayformers was a great movie, or even decnt, give yourself an "I'm a Dumbass" t-shirt. In knuckles case he won't be able to read it, but then again he won't notice.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Wicked

    by JaySmack

    If I suck, then you must blow! Fuck off asshat!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST

    3 + 0 + 0 = 1

    by BringingSexyBack

    And the 1 word is ... MANLICIOUS

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    Tranformers was bad!

    by FILMFUNK

    It was like being sprayed in the face with silly string for 2 hours! Starts out fun but soon starts drives you mental!!! Spidey3, Pirates3, Hostel2, 300(fell asleep in), and Ghost rider(left early) were all piss poor too but nowhere near as catastrophically bad as TrannyFarmers!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST

    TRANSFORMERS WAS AS GOOD AS THE GOLDEN COMPASS

    by BringingSexyBack

    Meaning they both suck / blow. It's a sign of the apocalypse that I can actually sleep through big loud CGI battle scenes and not even give a shit.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Hey JaySmack

    by WickedMonster

    Actually, by "you" I meant CAPONE! Did you mention THE NUMBER 23 in your post? No. Take your self importance and shove it up your ass, dickhead.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST

    And I agree with one thing though...

    by WickedMonster

    TRANSFORMERS did suck ass.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    I guess this is why I never like Capone's stories

    by jccalhoun

    Of his list the first one I've seen is #30 and the highest one I even want to see is #29. I guess now I know why I generally don't care about Capone's stories.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 11:16 a.m. CST

    I love it how...

    by IAmLegolas

    people keep confusing who wrote the article to which they are talkbacking to. Makes you wonder if they really read it or, more likely, just skimmed it before running screaming for the talkbacks. Uh, this is Capone's article, not Harry's or Moriarty's so stop flinging poo at them.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 11:20 a.m. CST

    This may be a movie geek site...

    by Dijonase24

    Sure, the folks around here spend most of their time pimping the big budget, sci-fi summer blockbusters, but if you pay attention to all of the stories you'd see that they movies like No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood have been praised a fair bit as well. So what if you're bored by those choices? I personally haven't seen most of the big award season contenders, either because I just missed them or because they haven't come to my area yet. That said, I did see No Country and it was the best movie I saw this year. I don't care if it's been said. It can't be said enough. It's a damn fine film. <br><br> That said, most of the rest of my top ten list would be taken up by movies like Ratatouille and Hot Fuzz, but that's just because those are the types of movies I tend to see in theaters. <br><br> And Series7, are you actually saying that it would be a bad thing if people actually started to pay attention to the Wire? Quality is quality. Just because something is being praised left and right doesn't automatically invalidate that opinion. I arrived late to the party regarding the Wire, and I subscribed to HBO just to watch the upcoming season. I'd love to be able to talk to my friends about it, but I'm the only person I know who's seen it. Just because the masses love American Idol doesn't mean they're incapable of liking something that's actually quality work.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    3:10 To Yuma (remake)

    by IAmLegolas

    Maybe it's because I was starved for a new western, and I admit I can be blinded by my love for Christian Bale & Russell Crowe as actors, but I thought 3:10 TO YUMA was fucking awesome, and not something to be thrown in with the likes of TOMBSTONE or YOUNG GUNS, maybe a little below UNFORGIVEN? I mean it's not a classic for the ages, but it's worthy of being called a good western movie. And yes I love Sergio Leone (who's only 'rip off' of Kurosawa was "A Fist Full Of Dollars", he made at least 3 more great Westerns after that), but also Sam Peckinpah... John Ford... Clint Eastwood... HBO's DEADWOOD.... THE PROPOSITION.... so I'm no newbie to the genre. Looking forward to seeing THE OUTLAW JESSE JAMES on DVD as I missed it in the theater.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST

    JaySmack hey dumb cunt

    by messi

    the image I get is a fucking fat loser who has shitty taste in music. Suck a dick dumb cunt. You must be one seriously boring cunt that no one likes.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST

    no Number 23 was truly the worse

    by wash

    Next up was Spidey 3

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 11:43 a.m. CST

    by the way jaysmack

    by messi

    you were going to hate the film regardless. and the score was amazing. the unwritten justice league theme.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST

    I actually didn't find Juno all that funny

    by Bastard.In.A.Basket

    The first chunk of the movie was a tad grating because of how overwritten it was. I settled into it later on and found some laughs. But it was really the sweet moments that were the best parts of the movie.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST

    I guess Capone doesn't have an edit

    by WickedMonster

    button either. We need those, like NOW!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    I sure wish the Juno backlash would kick in already.

    by gummo_local

    Seriously! This movie is entirely overrated. Only the Baltimore Sun reviewer really got it right. The dialogue was so heavy-handed I could have left the theater after the first 15 minutes. Thankfully, my girlfriend and I had snuck into the auditorium after seeing Sweeny Todd. Had I paid $10 to see Juno be clever(!) and quirky(!) and hip(!) and sardonic(!) for an hour and a half, I would have had deep regrets. The movie was tolerable about 3/4's in, but honestly, let's not all succumb to the hype machine. This movie is flawed.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Unforgiven

    by Series7

    was the ultimate tribute to western movies. Why you people try to say other wise I do not understand. 3:10 can't be because its a remake. If anything its the modernization of Western's. I want someone to hand me a copy of all those documentaries though. Docs have gotten so good as of recent, because movies have pulled away from touchy subjects as of recent (I guess you could say Charlie Wilsons war is kind of a touchy subject?). And Dijonase24 yeah I haven't been able to get into the wire because I don't have HBO I tried watching it on BET but they didn't play it in order, and i hate how HBO pawns off there old stuff on shitty channels, with edits. The point I was trying to make is that like not many people watch the wire but a lot of people on this site do and we know its good so stop telling us shit we know. Plus like its one thing for people to watch good things, but when people go see Juno they all of the sudden think they are some movie fan and know so much about movies because they saw what they thought is this small indie movie. Also I had a friend this year who work in the movies and pretty much I used to tell him what movies to watch, but now since he sees movies before me he is all upitty about movies. Yet I ask him about privous works and he knows nothing about them. He was telling me how great No Man was, but he'd never heard of any Coen work pre Fargo. Nor had he seen Fargo. eh whatever like what you want. Fuck I enjoyed the shit out of TMNT, much better then Transformers. I say fight scene of the year is Leo vs. Raf.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST

    The Lives of Others and Lookout

    by Series7

    Roper called the Lookout his favorite movie of the first half of the year. Eh I didn't get it? I mean I got the movie I just didn't see its greatness? Probably because I couldn't get over how fucking stupid the accident was, just retarded. Maybe thats the point? Its good movie, solid not as good as Brick though. Also Live of Others, I must have fucking missed the boat totally on this one. My number 1 for most boring movie of the year, couldn't stay awake to save my life, it took me like 5 hours to watch that whole film. Pan should've gotten that Oscar. So should've Evil.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    I liked the first 75% of 3:10 to Yuma (spoilers!)

    by Spandau Belly

    But once they got to the town where the train was the whole thing just got stupid. And not awesome stupid like amazing trailer for that new Rambo feature that I'm dying to see. I just mean stupid stupid.<br><br>But I loved everything up until that point. I just couldn't believe those guys sat there and looked out the window as the bandits handed out money to anybody who would join their posse and kill the good guys. I'd've gunned all of Crowe's posse down right then, but maybe I'm too sensitive about seeing people contract my murder. And why did Crowe run for the train with Bale for a few minutes and then suddenly decide to be uncooperative? And I got that Bale didn't want his son to think he was a coward anymore, mission accomplished, he came out as more of an idiot and dead than a coward at the end. I also could've done without Luke Wilson showing up, but at least he shared his screen time with a monkey.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST

    mostly shit american movies

    by ironic_name

    believe it or not, there are movies outside the us, you can identify them by their being good, not shit.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Series7

    by Spandau Belly

    I love Unforgiven and all, but Once Upon a Time in the West is the better "tribute" to Westerns, while Unforgiven is the best bookend to Westerns. OUATITW brought all the elements of Westerns together and is actually assembled out of lines from other Westerns. And it ends with Charles Bronsan shoving a harmonica down Henry Fonda's thoat.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Series7

    by Spandau Belly

    I love Unforgiven and all, but Once Upon a Time in the West is the better "tribute" to Westerns, while Unforgiven is the best bookend to Westerns. OUATITW brought all the elements of Westerns together and is actually assembled out of lines from other Westerns. And it ends with Charles Bronsan shoving a harmonica down Henry Fonda's thoat.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Series7

    by Spandau Belly

    I love Unforgiven and all, but Once Upon a Time in the West is the better "tribute" to Westerns, while Unforgiven is the best bookend to Westerns. OUATITW brought all the elements of Westerns together and is actually assembled out of lines from other Westerns. And it ends with Charles Bronsan shoving a harmonica down Henry Fonda's thoat. That's

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Series7

    by Spandau Belly

    I love Unforgiven and all, but Once Upon a Time in the West is the better "tribute" to Westerns, while Unforgiven is the best bookend to Westerns. OUATITW brought all the elements of Westerns together and is actually assembled out of lines from other Westerns. And it ends with Charles Bronsan shoving a harmonica down Henry Fonda's thoat. That's how

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Series7

    by Spandau Belly

    I love Unforgiven and all, but Once Upon a Time in the West is the better "tribute" to Westerns, while Unforgiven is the best bookend to Westerns. OUATITW brought all the elements of Westerns together and is actually assembled out of lines from other Westerns. And it ends with Charles Bronsan shoving a harmonica down Henry Fonda's thoat. That's how I

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Series7

    by Spandau Belly

    I love Unforgiven and all, but Once Upon a Time in the West is the better "tribute" to Westerns, while Unforgiven is the best bookend to Westerns. OUATITW brought all the elements of Westerns together and is actually assembled out of lines from other Westerns. And it ends with Charles Bronsan shoving a harmonica down Henry Fonda's thoat. That's how I roll.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    sorry about that multiple post

    by Spandau Belly

    my computer went wierd, maybe it was trying to prove its son that its not a coward.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    I was underwhelmed by Eastern Promises.

    by Garbageman33

    (SPOILERS AHOY) I thought it was decent, but certainly not worthy of the third spot on a top ten list. The weak, impetuous son that an honorable man has to keep cleaning up after was done better in Road to Perdition. And, to me, the big revelation that Viggo was a cop kind of deflated everything that came before it. The most interesting thing about the movie was the crisis of conscience of someone who'd been a criminal all his life. Take that away and you're left with an undercover cop simply doing his job. In other words, you're left with The Departed, Donnie Brasco and dozens of other "cops who are in too deep" movies. Sure, the bathhouse scene was amazing. But you can't judge a movie by one scene. If you could, Hot Rod would've been the best movie of the year. "Cool beans".

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:14 p.m. CST

    "Degrading the 60's..."

    by Mistahtibbs

    Hahahaha..HAHAHAHAHA! Whooo! That was FUUUNY. *sigh* Huh? Oh, he was serious. Um....OK. MT

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Baffled.

    by Tourist

    Continue to be baffled by the love of Eastern Promises. Don't get me wrong, its not BAD. It's just not very good. It's a pretty generic crime thriller with a top notch cast who don't have much to do. If we are going to throw in a crime film, why not Gone Baby Gone. Not great either, but a little more interesting. I'm not baffled by the inclusion of 3:10 To Yuma however, (the worst major release film I saw this year) it just proves that the rest of humanity are dim witted, slack jawed slobs.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Hatchet?

    by Jack Burton

    This site pimped that movie pretty hard and when I finally see it? Underwhelming in every way. Yeah, the kills are gruesome and old school fun. But the movie is stupid and lacks a damn ending. Once again the "next big thing in horror" turns out to be a terrible waste. My faves of the year were Stardust, Waitress, 300, Pan's Labyrinth, Blood Diamond, Children of Men, Sweeney Todd, Zodiac, Rocky Balboa, and 28 Weeks Later. I know not all those movies came out this year, but I saw them for the first time this year. I tend to avoid going to the theater nowadays so most movies I wait until DVD. Spider-man 3 was utter crap. It wasn't just a disappointing movie. It was a shit movie. It almost made X3 look competent. Obviously Michael Chabon was integral to the strength of Spidey 2, they should have got him back.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    I found Grindhouse to be

    by SpawnofAchilles

    Fuckin' Terrible, what is with all the love for it around here? Nostalgia? I know a lot of us weren't around for those orginal grindhouse films (myself included, I'm 24) but deathproof to me was utter shit, barely watchable until the car chase and while technically very good, it was still stupid. Like half that movie is eight chicks (4 in one scene and all gross, 4 in another scene and thankfully hot) talking about bullshit. Planet terror I enjoyed but was definitely not blown away by it. So what's with the grindhouse love? It's probably just that I hate camp and they were pretty campy...

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:52 p.m. CST

    The Lookout was terrible!

    by Gwai Lo

    What a joke of a movie that was. Joseph Gordon Levitt is a promising actor but The Lookout was just embarassing. How can you take a movie with a character like "Bone" seriously enough to place it above Lives of Others (which came out in 2006, by the way.. not sure why so many are confused about this..)

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:54 p.m. CST

    JESSE JAMES!!!!!

    by SpawnofAchilles

    This is my best movie of the year (seeing TWBB tonight so we'll see) pretty disappointed by how its getting swept under the rug because of NCFOM and TWBB.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Grindhouse would find it's way into my top 30

    by Gwai Lo

    I give it an 8/10, I enjoyed it.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:06 p.m. CST

    knowthyself

    by Gwai Lo

    I agree that critics often unfairly dismiss genre films, but I don't respect anyone that would put Shoot Em Up on a best of 07 list. To even suggest that it's better than anything in Capone's top 10 (which looks fairly different than mine) is idiocy. Yeah yeah, I know, personal preference and all that junk. Let people pick their 'favorites', it's all subjective and there is no 'best'. Honestly though, you are simply wrong if you believe that.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST

    WARNER BROS. TO GO BLU-RAY ONLY

    by Pennsy

    http://tinyurl.com/33qv6u

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Harry has chosen BLU-RAY, here's why...

    by IAmLegolas

    because HD-DVD is out the door! YEAH!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST

    by christpunchers2007

    People say Eastern Promises was sooo amazing yet they whine about how No Country for Old Men ended? Eastern Promises sort of ended abruptly as well. You never really know what would happen after the two leads argued to take down the father figure.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    by christpunchers2007

    And I don't see how Hot Fuzz is sooo amazing.. it had its moment but none of the jokes were that funny, nothing subtle or dark about it at all. Spider Man 3 was the absolute movie of the year for me. I went in with minimal expectations (Raimi + Venom was already a sign of death) and even with that I couldn't stand how badly written it was. They shrunk New York into a 4 block city where everyone knows each other. Watching the first two movies again really makes me question if anyone could really consider #3 to be a part of the trilogy.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Coens are scary good

    by Larry of Arabia

    Fargo is the SECOND best film. Blood Simple? Miller's Crossing? Big Lebowski? Third at best. That's a record worthy of Kubric. If they keep this up in the next two decades it may be on par with Hitchcok. You could argue that they are two people and the others are just one, but come on. Any way you slice it their record is just scary, classic good. If there was any argument left that they should be counted among the all time greats of world cinema it is slowly dying.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Just throwing this out there...

    by Halloween68

    Why do so many of these top 10 lists come across as being put together by intellectual snobs? Doesn't entertainment value count for anything anymore? No offense to Capone. I'm sure he's trying to impress his friends with his grasp of film theory. But come on. I mean, isn't that the whole idea behind film to entertain? Sure, there are those films out there whose whole point is to express. But to that I'd say those very good ones also entertain. Just once, I'd like to see someone give a top 10 list of the truly most entertaining movies of the year. That would be, by the only definition I know, the 10 best films of the year. Films don't have to be a living parable or a metaphor of a metaphor to be a good. They don't have to wear an agenda on its sleeve or anywhere else for that matter. They don't have to have any deep social meaning. They don't even have to have any half-assed, seat of the pants commentary whatsoever. At heart, a film should move you, a film should challenge you, a film should "entertain" you. Here's the kind of honest top 10 list I'd like to see: HOT FUZZ, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, ONCE, SUPERBAD, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, BEOWULF in IMAX 3D, the complete GRINDHOUSE experience, HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, STARDUST and THE DARJEELING LIMITED. In that order. And yes, I've seen all the films in the above article's top 10, except for JUNO and 3:10 TO YUMA, and I plan to see JUNO this weekend. That said, not one of those films was as thrilling and purely entertaining as HOT FUZZ and not one was as funny as SUPERBAD. And are you kidding me with ZODIAC? There have been like 10 films made about the Zodiac killer; this one's probably the dullest. Also, please note that THE HOST was a 2006 film. And THERE MIGHT ME BLOOD and EASTERN PROMISES are good ... I'll give you that. I'd have them at the top of my honorable mentions though, along with 300, FIDO, RATTATOUILLE and BUG.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Beowulf in IMAX

    by christpunchers2007

    Was amazing... I don't know why it's ranked so lowly but the sheer amount of FUN I had in that film surpassed anything I've watched in recent memory (other than SinCity and perhaps Spiderman 2). I left that theater with a feeling of being in a different atmosphere. Plus the film had the right amount of subtleties, humor and action (no cheeseball dialogs) all it did was implied a lot of little details that the viewers need to think about all while mesmerizing at what's being displayed in 3D. And I absolutely loved the ending, you're thrown in a fairy tale world yet everything ends in a dark tone. There should be more IMAX films like this.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Beowulf and Grendel, however

    by Gwai Lo

    Was an excellent, atmospheric, unique take on the legend that features a pretty kick ass Gerard Butler before he was King Leonidas.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:58 p.m. CST

    I'm Not There at 26? Pfff.

    by Mostholy

    Todd Haynes' Dylan movie was the film of the year (just edging out NCFOM, IMHO), and at least merited the Top 10. Worst movie of the year was Southland Tales, although Across the Universe is down there.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:01 p.m. CST

    GHEYWULF?!

    by Garbageman33

    Bayformers?! How does this guy keep coming up with these gems?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST

    It may just be me..

    by Gwai Lo

    But I usually find intellectually stimulating films to be far more entertaining than films with so called "entertainment value". Stuff like Transformers and Shoot Em Up is not entertaining to me at all, the action in those films actually bores me. I do like action scenes when they're really well orchestrated (such as the 18 wheeler/motorcycle chase in Terminator 2, the battle scenes in 300, etc.) but only the most deftly executed films can survive on "entertainment value" alone. I don't subscribe to the idea that I have to turn my brain off to enjoy something, or that Transformers is somehow good because it's about giant robots and what was I expecting, Bergman? But to each their own..

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    I don't get the love of Eastern Promises either.

    by skimn

    Don't get me wrong, I admire it dearly. I just think it pales to History Of Violence just a bit. Viggo does deserve all the kudos, though. This guy deserves to be a big star. (That Cronenburg fella's not bad either..)

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Memories of Murder

    by Jack Burton

    No, I'm not British. I know CoM was 2006 but I didn't see it until 2007. Same with Blood Diamond and some of the other movies on the list. As I said in my post I watch a lot of movies but don't go to the theater often so they were new to me in 2007. I forgot to add "Hot Fuzz" and "Knocked Up" I dug the hell out of those 2. And "Transformers" was a lot more fun then I thought it would be.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Memories of Murder

    by Gwai Lo

    I can't say I get Zemeckis' love for motion capture either. There is such slavish devotion to making the images look real that I can't fathom why they're not out there filming real images. Maybe stuff like Beowulf is baby steps and this technique will improve, but right now it seems like the cinematic equivalent of tracing with a light table. I don't think Beowulf and Grendel was a masterpiece, but I agree with all of the positives you mentioned. Above all, I loved the mood that it created, which reminded me of Herzog in a way. Like Herzog, the cinematography was very much based on landscapes, and how they reflect the landscapes of our psyche and soul. Some of the shots in the film were absolutely superb. Even though the film wasn't 100% successful, it was a fresh take on how to handle the material. Zemeckis' version just seemed like a more polished attempt at what Christopher Lambert and Co. tried in the 90s.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    WARNER GOES BLU-RAY

    by Turnquest

    Hey Harry, y'all really fucked up there! <p> This is now really the end of HD-DVD, and more importantly, the end of the format wars. <p> I expect the report to go up momentarily

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Real naked Angelina Jolie

    by Gwai Lo

    Gia, and that one with Banderas. Probably others.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Say GHEYWULF one more time...

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    and I'm coming to your house to teabag you in your sleep....and maybe impregnate your dog/cat/ferret/capuchin monkey.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Outside of the 3D COMIN AT CHA!!!!

    by skimn

    I was bored to tears by Beowulf..and the motion capture doesn't look like it advanced that much from the Final Fantasy movie. And ironically that movie had more mood and atmosphere for a movie based on a video game franchise, than a movie that looked like a commercial for a video game.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Now let's hope Tintin gets canned.

    by Gwai Lo

    I want to see Interstellar and the Hobbit, not fucking Tintin.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Gwai

    by skimn

    I seem to remember her and Ethan Hawke goin at it in ..what was that ...Taking Lives.?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    I never saw Taking Lives so I'm not sure..

    by Gwai Lo

    The Banderas one I mentioned is Original Sin

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Worstest movie ...

    by flippypog

    ... was Norbit

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Across the Universe == Almost Famous == Overrated Shit

    by dtpena

    Most overrated films in History.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Oh and Mr Saxon

    by skimn

    If your fiance laughed all the way through Epic Movie...you may want to rethink your commitment..if not, you are a stronger man than I..

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Charlie Wilson's War ...

    by flippypog

    ... could have been better. Not a lot of suspense near the end though some excellent performances.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Angelina Jolie nudie pixels

    by Gwai Lo

    enjoy: http://tinyurl.com/2b5hg

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Oh and Buffy is overrated too

    by dtpena

    and Serenity

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Stop the Across the Universe Hate NOW!!

    by dundundles

    While a few of the numbers, I will agree, did fall flat, I haven't seen a more inventive and fun movie musical ever. It was a feast for the eyes with more than a few great performances by the relatively unknown cast. I love the Beatles and I love almost every rendition featured in the film. Some more than the originals. I agree that this movie is very divisive, you will truly love it or truly hate it, but I think to blast away this movie without even giving it a chance is just plain retarded.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Across the Universe looks stupid so I will never see it

    by Gwai Lo

    Just wanted to blast away at the movie without even giving it a chance. But seriously, it looked really stupid.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    NO COUNTRY disappointed me too.

    by I Hope You Die

    I'd read the book and expected the ending. My complaints are different. The changes from the book were all harmful and unnecessary and seemed to be directed at making Chigurh a much less developed character. One of the changes they made, in the hotel shoot out, is probably the reason why the ending failed for so many people. [POTENTIAL SPOILER:] In the film it seemed as if only Chigurh was hunting Moss; whereas in the book it's always obvious that Moss' fate is in the hands of the dealers and that Chigurh represents the excess that Bell talks about. They also removed Chigurh's most important conversation. The Coens introduced a condescending humor to all the bit characters and to Chigurh himself that wasn't present in the book (McCarthy loves his simple, small town characters). It worked in the first and second act but by the end it had worn thin. If you liked the film, read the book.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Tech question...

    by skimn

    why can a performance like Andy Serkis' Gollum or Bill Nighy's Davy Jones be captured by mocap and digitally render such memorable characters? I hated Pirates but am amazed that the Davy Jones character is a complete special effect. The realism and texture is incredible.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    WARNER BROTHERS BLU RAY EXCLUSIVE

    by mooseaka

    I have remained quiet in this Blu Ray-HD DVD slop fest (except the occasional jab at the Headgeek for that awful "I've chosen HD DVD and here's why" column from last year. But...<P><P> WARNER HAS GONE BLU RAY EXCLUSIVE - SUCKAZZZZZZZZZ

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Similes use like or as.

    by Gwai Lo

    Don't worry, 99% of the english speaking world gets these two terms confused.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Most anticipated for '08

    by Gwai Lo

    http:// www.imdb.com /mymovies/list?l=31247948

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    About Across the Universe

    by Mr. Olevar

    I absolutetly agree with you. Across the Universe is one of the worst movies of the year! Its so pretentious, totally hated it! Terrible!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight my MOST anticipated

    by Gwai Lo

    Some of the other movies on that IMDB link I posted I'm not terribly concerned with, but I'm keeping track of them anyway.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Ledger had me fully convinced

    by Gwai Lo

    When the trailer hit.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    There will be a Midnight Meat Train movie?

    by travis-dane

    I hope Clive Barker is really involved!The story is Fucking great!Count me in.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 5:37 p.m. CST

    I agree with your list for the most part....

    by Engelhast

    But mine would have Stardust somewhere in at least the top 20. I really dug that flick. I have not seen Across the Universe yet and still intend to dispite your negative review of the moive.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6 p.m. CST

    skimn

    by drJames

    <div>LOTR and POTC worked for 2 reasons. <div>First, they are integrated into an actual filmed location. <div>Second, the cgi toons weren't supposed to look like a normal human in POTC/LOTR; they weren't trying to look like an actual everyday human being. That may seem like a "duh" statement, but let me explain (and yes, i've worked in animation). If there's one thing that the human mind 'knows' better than any other thing...it's what a human face should look like (another thing is the minds ability to find patterns in textures...the bane of all game developers). Other object, animals, and mythical creatures are relatively easy to model/animate compared to the a human face. With other creatures and animals you can sacrifice perfect realism for artistic exaggeration, this is something you can't do if you want to make a believable CGI human. Think about it, a micro-shift in facial muscles is all that it's taken to make thousands of memorable moments in thousands of movies. At our current level of technology we simply can't seem to find the means to perfectly replicate the complexity of human facial expressions. So every time you see a CGI human that's supposed to just be a normal CGI human, the face will always look expressionless and the lips will always look just a little bit weird for what the toon is saying.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    300 is the only glaring error in this list.

    by rbatty024

    I am, however, pleased to see Sunshine make the grade. An underrated movie. I agree that this was a good you for movies, you just had to do a little more leg work.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    There Will Be Blood is not leftist

    by Lovecraftfan

    What an incredibly narrow generalization of the film. Also considering its only been released to a handful of theaters its hasnt actually failed yet.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST

    NO JESSE JAMES?!

    by Logan_1973

    THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD was, by leaps and bounds....a better film than NO COUNTRY. Not even a nod? WTF?!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Titus was awesome

    by Detective_Fingerling

    Across the Universe sucked

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:40 p.m. CST

    its getting kinda artsnobby around here.

    by BMacSmith

    seriously, what happened to fun genre movies being worshipped here? AICN became a arthouse critic site so gradually i didnt notice at first...

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Mr. Saxon

    by Logan_1973

    Thanks for moderating. There were just too many damn posts to scroll through. Besides, I needed to vent out how much better of a film FORD was compared to OLD MEN.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Good list, Capone But a few things...

    by LoneGun

    I like your top ten and the runners up. And I particularly like that you composed a strong list of notable documentaries. I'm differing with you on a few points, however. First, I see no mention of either ATONEMENT or BLACK BOOK, both extraordinary films. I can't remember if you perhaps included BLACK BOOK on your 2006 list. Even so, it should be on your 2007 list. Next, why is 300 so low down on your list (#30)? Few movies this year were as enthralling, entertaining or beautiful to look at as this stylized historical epic. It was a huge hit and the talk of the film world when it stormed theaters. AICN seemed crazy about it at the time. Capone, you yourself wrote, "300 is unlike anything you've ever seen before...I'm drooling just thinking about it." (/node/31826) Did you really prefer KNOCKED UP? Lastly - a minor thing - while I share your enthusiasm for CHARLIE WLSON'S WAR, a very entertaining political drama, I didn't think it was as good as MICHAEL CLAYTON, which was SUPERB. The ranking there, I think, should be switched around. Otherwise, I think you've put together a pretty solid top film list. Well done.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Snobbish

    by Ivan_1985

    Really... By the way Capone, i don't understand why you hate Across the Universe so much. You didin't even payed attention to it (you got some characters sexual preference wrong) This only prooves mi theory: Critics don't pay attention to movies and decide if they're gonna hate a movie or like it in advance. If they show at screenings is just to sit there and think for a whole two hours about what shiny ingenious phrase mocking the title they're gonna use to name the review.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST

    How the FUCK is TWBB or Michael Clayton "Leftist Tripe"

    by polyh3dron

    Can you PLEASE answer that for me?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:26 p.m. CST

    nice list...

    by virtual_ninja

    gotta catch up on all those movies, i did manage to see no country for old menthough, and i loved it. BTW i dont understand why people liked Ratatouille, it was a overhyped piece of shit, one of the biggest let downs of this year imo.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:38 p.m. CST

    TRANSFORMERS wasn't the worst movie of last year...

    by Darkman

    ...but it was the worst movie I SAW last year. Big difference. <br><br> Call me crazy, but I actually expected to enjoy myself, particularly since the same director/writers surprised me with THE ISLAND a couple years back. Then I saw the film. <br><br> Jesus H., what a load. Dull action, unfunny comedy. It's like the only thing anyone cared about on this project was the fuck-you money they'd end up making. I seriously believe that I'd have gotten the same amount of entertainment value staring at a brick wall for 2 1/2 hours. I'd go so far as to say that NORBIT was a better film (you read that correctly). I agree with the person above who said that Mr. Wong was hilarious. And Terry Crews...when is this guy NOT funny?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:52 p.m. CST

    What about Cage's "Next" for one of the worst?

    by GQtaste

    for one of the worst? Not saying it was the worst but it was fucking awlful!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST

    why isnt alien v predator on there?

    by Lloyd Bonafide the Korean War Veteran

    it came out in 07 and is worse than a hybrid of gigli and glitter

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Capone hates Westerns?

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    Oh, say it ain't so!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST

    ANd Carrey's Number 23 was putrid!

    by GQtaste

    An ambarassment to all involved. I guess you could give props for attemtping something different but for christ sake it was bad.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:11 p.m. CST

    You had me at "No", Capone...

    by BurnHollywood

    Kudos for putting "No Country" at the top, m'friend...I've noticed a lot of the "hipper", "happening" critics (meaning: assholes) have been leaving it off the top ten and consigning it to the "honorable mention" list (if citing it at all), likely because of the "Fight Club"-like cult quickly building around it...or just that they're a bunch of sentimental pussies who never understood that a movie's protagonist need not be heroic or that the ending be happy. Or blatantly spelled out. Good list.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:13 p.m. CST

    BLACK BOOK WAS LEFTIST TRIPE TOO

    by BringingSexyBack

    I mean, helping victims is a pretty Leftist thing to do, ain't it Anchorite?<p> You filthy fucking NeoCon cocksucking whore.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:37 p.m. CST

    BurnHollywood

    by Series7

    I wanna know some names of any critic hip or not not putting No Country on their top ten? I don't believe it.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:39 p.m. CST

    My one problem with RESCUE DAWN

    by TallBoy66

    Where did that hippy dude in the prison camp (dude with the stringy hair) get his supply of acid? Motherfuckers are starving to death and he's acting like he's tripping balls in every scene. Liked the movie, had some great moments, but the freak-out hippy annoyed me.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Quote.

    by TiPPiDa

    "Atonement is my favourite movie of all time, or at least my favourite where the word CUNT is gratuitously splashed across the screen" - My Mum... This is one of the reasons I love her hahaha.<p>Whatever happened to the good old days, when people went to the movies to be entertained?.. one of the best top 10 lists I ever read was a list that was done in 2004 where the Incredibles was at number 1, and Million Dollar Baby and the Aviator were nowhere to be found. The guy wasnt pandering to the pretentious pricks, nor agreeing with the critics to be 'safe', he just loved the entertainment value of the movies on the list, and I think that's awesome.<p> Children of Men was top of my list last year. This year... I'm undecided, I'm trying to decide between Ratatouille, 300 or Bourne Ultimatum (I just had the most fun with these 3, its a personal preference. I had an awesome cinema experience with all of those films this year). P.s. on a related note, If you're looking to get an awesome blowjob after the movies, make sure the girl is totally into you and has a sense of humour (its best if you've been going out for a while), Put the popcorn container on your lap, and stick your dick into the bottom of the popcorn box where the folds meet. Then play the waiting game (be sure not to eat any, or you might as well be eating your 'own product')... When she grabs your cock after she doesn't look while reaching into the box (AGAIN!) Give her a smile, If she finds it offensive and disgusting, she's not worth it, but at least you got her to touch your cock.. if she smiles or blushes have a laugh and put the dick back away in your pants.. then after the movie, walk a little funny and laugh, then tell her oh so coolly, that you "still have imitation butter and salt on your cock".. VIOLA... Its now seen by her as NOT a tubesteak that will probably taste like a dick and give her a shot in the eye like that oh so ghey superman movie last year. NOW she sees it as a tasty food product, salty, buttery, delicious. I had the best bj of my life that night ahahah trust me true believers.. That woman is now my wife hahahahaha... Fuck its fun being a perve sometimes.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:28 p.m. CST

    TiPPiDa

    by Series7

    Dude if the penis in the popcorn joke is entertaining/perveto you, then clearly you are still stuck in the 50's. That or your only 12.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Series7

    by TiPPiDa

    Thanks for your input. What can I say, I go with what works.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 11:16 p.m. CST

    hmmm

    by slkboxrman

    where the hell is TRANSFORMERS ? this fool put the simpsons movie in there but no transformers ?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 11:28 p.m. CST

    yawwwn

    by slkboxrman

    the only people that thought transformers sucked were lame fanboys....to not even make the list is insulting..but then again this is his top movies,...and of course there is no accounting for taste....sounds like a big awards show suck up, cuz thats what most of that list looks like .....not movies that people would actually see unless ur forced to.....that should be taken into account when putting together a list like this....i should just make my own site....hey if harry can do it, why not me ?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Sunshine

    by sammylou

    I'm glad he mentioned it, although it was #2 best film of the year in my book. I fucking loved it, but I've talked to almost no one who has seen. A really, really great film.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 12:44 a.m. CST

    I HOPE HILLARY BECOMES PRESIDENT

    by BringingSexyBack

    Just so Anchorite can have that long-overdue fatal heart attack. Fuck you you stupid twat pig fucker. BTW, nice turn posting as "Silverfinger". Fucking dickshit.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 12:46 a.m. CST

    SLKBOXRMAN

    by BringingSexyBack

    I hated Transformers but was never a fan of the cartoon series - never even saw one episode. Didn't know anything about the robots except that Optimus had no flames. I hated the movie on its own merits.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    The Bourne Ultimatum????? That movie was CRAP! >:(

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    It was like watching Jason Bourne vs. the Keystone Cops!<p>"Where are you now CIA guy?"<p>"I'm, uh... in my office."<p>"If you were, we'd be having this conversation face-to-face."<p>"Gasp! Quick... Bourne's at headquarters! Drive back!"<p>How's about simply calling security have having them LOCKDOWN THE ENTIRE FLOOR so Bourne can't go anywhere??? Apparently, CIA headquarters lacks cameras the average college dorm has, so it can see if the most wanted man on the planet happens to sneak in to hang out in the director's office.<p>I was shaking my head in disgust at the stupidity of this movie's characters and script. And people knock AvP:Requiem???

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST

    GHOSTWHOLURKS

    by BringingSexyBack

    I agree that scene was weak - but the pacing of it, and the entire movie, covered it up pretty well on initial watching. It was a pretty good rollercoaster ride at the theater - it delivered its money's worth.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 1:49 a.m. CST

    The end of Rescue Dawn was pure cack...

    by quantize

    so melodramatic and corny that it entirely unraveled the experience. Im really surprised so many people are putting this in their lists..if NCFOM frustrated anyone, the finale of Rescue Dawn made me want to run out of the cinema, I was embarrassed at the hideously one dimensional patriotic goofiness. You can do that shit well, it definitely wasn't..

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 2:51 a.m. CST

    questionable list

    by erts

    While I have not seen all the movies, specifically once, michael clayton, and rescue dawn, i do question your list. While There Will be blood, No country, and eastern were good, they were so geared towards critics, and while he filmmaking was superior, they were all slower movies with long periods of silence, that really missed mass appeal. I enjoyed all, but I think that Superbad is arguably the funniest movie ever, Enchanted is a return to Disney form, Knocked Up is fantastic, Hairspray is perfect, I Am Legend was interesting and strong and Will Smith was amazing, and grindhouse was tons of fun. My top ten were in order, superbad, knocked up, grindhouse, hairspray, juno, charlie wilsons war, i am legend, breach (a fantastic, underappreciated movie by critics), and finally ratatouille. I also think Walk Hard, Sweeney Todd, There Will be Blood, and 3:10 to Yuma were fantastic and are just barely off my list. Try and connect more with real people, and if u go to theaters and enjoy the experience more that makes a movie better, which is part of the reason that some movies like Superbad are sooo good.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 3:01 a.m. CST

    TheGhostWhoLurks

    by Prossor

    that was one goofy scene. those CIG agents were running around with their dicks in their hands. i'm guessing they were CIA temps or sumthin

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 5:14 a.m. CST

    *yawn*

    by TiPPiDa

    I'm not usually the type to confuse educated with contrarian, self absorbed and over-opinionated, its become too hard to make the distinction these days.<p> Save to say you remind me of my brother.<p> Make of that what you want.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Clarification..

    by TiPPiDa

    Not you Memories of Murder.. some other peanut further up.<p>I agree with you. You're pretty spot on with your assessment of COM.<p>However I use different things to guage what makes a good movie. Yes it is dystopian, dark, nihilistic, depressing, and scary, it is also technically brilliant, well directed and shot, with some incredible performances from some of my favourite actors.<p>From what I can gather though, you seem to think I'm looking at making my best of list thematically, and I wasn't. Otherwise I wouldn't throw Ratatouille, 300 and Bourne in with each other, because they're all vastly different but equally enjoyable in different ways. I also think Eraserhead, the Deer Hunter, and Requiem for a Dream are great movies too for different reasons, they are also dystopian, dark depressing, etc. etc.. Just saying.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 6:54 a.m. CST

    There Will Be GHEYWULF

    by applescruff

    Mr. Smack said:<br><br> "People have become so stupid now that if they see Eddie Murphy in a rubber mask they automatically say, "It's the worst film of all time!" Even without having seen it. Michael Myers does the same thing and gets a pass?"<br><br> Man, if Michael Myers came aroud wearing that rubber mask, I wouldn't saying shit about a fucking movie. I'd probably shit myself and run screaming.<br><br> Fuck that movie Across The Universe also. That bitch needs to go back to Broadway. Ringo should beat the shit out of her.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br> GHEYWULF!

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Norbit was not funny, neither was Knocked up.

    by Stalkeye

    but 3:10 to Yuma was a pleasant surprise and I hate westerns. Honorable mention: American Gangster with great performances from Denzil, Russel and Josh (Brolin.) Not a bad year for movies however i expected more from Spideman 3 and to some degree Ghost Rider.<p> Let's hope Ironman and the Incredible Hulk can redeem the recent Marvel flops.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Overated 2007

    by Stalkeye

    Eastern Promises (lame ending payoff)<p> No Country for old men (another WTF ending, but Javier Bardem is badass!)<p> Knocked Up (nowhere as good or funny asthe 40 year old virgin.)<p> Attonement (why? because it was very boriinngg until the very end.) <p>Shoot em up (liked the first 10 minutes, but the rest was a lackluster attempt at paying "homage" to John Woo flicks and Grosse point Blank's dark humor. Best parts: Nirvana song,the "FU" in neon and of course Monica.) Oh wellz, to each his/her own.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 7:51 a.m. CST

    I'm telling M-O-M!

    by Darkman

    I expected very little from THE ISLAND and I ended up having a good time. I'm not holding up as some lost masterpiece of the genre, but given the choice between this and, ahem, BAYFORMERS...there's no fuckin' contest.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 8:53 a.m. CST

    I hated Juno, and I'm surprised you all fell for it...

    by DanielKurland

    This isn't a smart screenplay at it. It's a script that is trying way too hard. It's as if normal dialogue was written, and then Diablo Cody just took an urban dictionary and inserted buzz phrases. Stuff like "Silencio", " Thundercats are go", and "What the blog" (when the character doesn't even have a computer) were absolutely cringe-worthy and the entire thing was just too self aware. The entire film was makinng references for the sake of references, and it intentionally chose things that were obscure enough, that it would appeal to it's certain audience. It was like, hmmm, Romero is too mainstream, so let's mention Argento, and anyone who knows anything about Argento, has seen Suspiria so let's actually mention that too. Everyone is treating Juno like some second coming of Enid from Ghost World, which Diablo Cody desperately wants her to be, but that movie and character happened organically, whereas this one is trying too, too hard. Ellen Page did a great job as the character, but I absolutely hated Juno as a character. Every time characters would be left to riff for a few minutes, these references would continually pop up, and that same cliche of, "How do we make a girl be 'cool', and not mainstream, well let's have her like horror, and punk rock, etc.". I also didn't think this movie was funny at all? What were you guys laughing at in it? The one thing I thought funny was Bateman's reaction to the "Like the city in Alaska?" "No" part. I also didn't like how Bateman's character was billed as a villain too, when all he wanted was someone to talk to. There was all that pedophelia stuff hinted at that was done for no real reason (and the film would have been more interesting had it gone somewhere). I just hate how young girls everywhere now are going to start saying "What the blog", and listen to Iggy and the Stooges, etc., just to be like Juno, when she's hardly an original, layered character. Most disappointing movie of the year for me, easily. People are calling this the next Little Miss Sunshine? It is nowhere near that film. That being said, I can appreciate and understand that this film makes people feel special, or inspired, or have courage, and that's good, but to me it just seemed like a really easy family film, that when you take out the "Creative" dialogue, it's hardly an original script idea to begin with.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Can someone please point out...

    by DanielKurland

    some of the jokes in Juno? Because I can honestly barely think of any. I chuckled at the "I was thinking 'Women Now', because they help women now", and that stink eye joke about Bleeker's "new romance" (which seemed more spiteful, and easy than an actual joke). But people please tell me how this is an incredibly funny movie. Or is it just funny because snarky little Juno acts differently than a "typical" girl, and does shit like drive a car over her pregnant belly.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Capone, No Atonement? What's up with that?

    by johnnyangelheart

    I just saw it yesterday. It would make anybody's top ten. Capone, did you not see Atonement, or are you considering a 2008 release, or did you just give it the big, Meh?

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Did no one see "Nothing is Private"...

    by DanielKurland

    Alan Ball's latest film? I know it hasn't been released for the general public, but I'd figure some critics at least would maybe have seen it. That's definitely my favorite film, in spite of it kind of glorifying pedophiles, buthat's not the point of the movie by any means, and the rest of it does overpower it. 1. Nothing is Private, 2. There Will Be Blood, . Zodiac, 4. No Country For Old Men, and 5. Eastern Promises I suppose. A pretty predictable list, yeah. But they're good movies, you can't deny that. Also, I was surprised by how good Bug was as well. Completely different than how it was being sold, and a wonderful ending.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Gone Baby Gone

    by christpunchers2007

    Makes me never want to trust any reviews ever again... 8/10 on imdb but absolutely one of worst movies I've ever seen. Casey Affleck and the girlfriend were horrible, only saving grace was Freeman.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Rev. Slappy, those people in Borat...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...made fun of themselves. And yet there was still a genuine appreciation for who they were as people, and it was never vitriolic (for the most part).

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Prossor, Rescue Dawn came out in 2007.

    by Lenny Nero

    Go to IMDB, then click on the film's release dates. It didn't come out in the US until July of 2007.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Joe Elliott, you just described...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...half the people in Hollywood who have any public persona. If you're going to rip into Cody, you might as well rip into the whole darn system.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Jayspack, this is Capone's list.

    by Lenny Nero

    Not Mori's. And thus I continue to correct people on their mistakes!

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 12:17 p.m. CST

    SUNSHINE!

    by tango fett

    needs more love.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Across the Universe

    by TheTornadoKid

    Was a huge let down, especially since I had been looking forward to this for what seemed like years with all the push-backs. I was really expecting something like Tommy or The Wall, which is wasn't at all. The songs were taken all to literally, at times bending the story to fit. For Dear Prudence, they actually had a girl Prudence whom they were trying to get to come out of a closet...way to literal. The strongest points were by far the crazy, whacked out shit like "I Want You", but very little of the movie did that. This film wasn't what I wanted it to be, but even worse it didn't know what it wanted to be.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Oh... and

    by TheTornadoKid

    Bale kicked the shit out of everyone this year, Gordon Pinsent was incredible, and Once is very underrated.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Some of you are idiots

    by Gwai Lo

    "You didn't put all my plebeian favorites on your list, waaaaaahhh! Instead you put all these complimacated films made for critics. Why aren't you catering to the lowest common denominator? You can't possibly think that a boring complex movie like No Country for Old Men is more entertaining than Transformers. If anyone needs me I'll be banging my head against the wall"

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Joe Elliot isn't wrong about Cody...

    by DanielKurland

    I think I know the point he is trying to make. She used to be a stripper and she writes about that, and says how much she has overcome, and how it has given her interesting stories. HOWEVER, she intentionally became a stripper SO she would have stories to tell. And I think this reflects Joe Elliot's point. Having a relative die is obviously a traumatic experience that will change you and the works you produce, but paying someone to kill your relative so you have stories to write is not the same thing, and she's treating it as it is (metaphor is a bit of a stretch, but it's apt).

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Chuck and Larry

    by ThePilgrim

    Wasn't that bad of a film, nor was it a bashfest to the gay community. The whole sterotype and uncalled for gay jokes slams on the film from the critics her at AICN are total bullshit. In the end they didn't try to change the kid, and they pushed the issues of acceptance and the whole being gay or straight shouldn't be an issue a lot. I guess the real question to knowing the truth behind the critic slams around here lies in the simple answer to this question- Does Harry and Co think it's a homosexual act if a man allows a women to insert her finger up his ass to play around with prostate? Depending on how they answer that. The truth be known. I think homophobes thought the dialog and charatcer was very gay offensive. Character sterotype has been a comedic staple since silent pictures. It's never going to go away completely. I agree that, taht was in the film, but no one was safe. So stop being such a homophobe and admit that it had some funny parts! I laughed.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Halloween68...

    by Tourist

    ...It's not intellectual snobbery to leave off lazy, insulting and boring movies like Stardust or Bourne. Having to sit still for 2 hours while watching a dull, embarassing mess is not my idea of entertainment. Thats why they wouldn't be on my list.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    anchorite

    by Tourist

    So There Will Be Blood is bad because of its politica leanings? Why do you come to a movie site, when you clearly don't care about movies? Doesn't fox news have talk backs? Or do they charge by the word?

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Taymore made "Frida" between "Titus" and "ATU."

    by Lenny Nero

    Just to put things into perspective, and that many people on this site do little factchecking, if at all.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 5:42 p.m. CST

    And Anchorite...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...being against the Iraq War is not a purely liberal matter anymore. Have you looked at the polls over the last three years? A vast majority of the country, Left and Right, wants it to end. <p>And this is just a guess, but correct me if I'm wrong: I doubt you've seen most of the movies you even listed as liberal trash. Just saying.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Transformers was leftist tripe.

    by Christopher3

    Bunch of illegal aliens as heroes? And they forged their identities, and took the jobs of hard-workin' 'merican trucks and cars!

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Just my opinion...and a message to messi

    by marv42134213

    I loved 300...can't wait to see what Snyder does with Watchmen. 3:10 to yuma was a great watch. Superbad made me laugh all the way through. Lot's of good movies this year. I guess I am in the minority that actually enjoyed the Transformers movie. I liked Spiderman 3 also. Not as much as the first two, but come on folks, years ago these movies wouldn't have even been made. We should be glad we are living in an age where are childhood fantisies are being realized on the big screen. These producers are going to learn from there mistakes and hopefully they will keep getting better. And to messi...if you think the Beatles are the biggest overrated band in the world, well, you are entitled to your opinion, but people are still listening to, discovering them and loving the music over 40 years later. Their music will be around long after any of us will.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    SoylentMean

    by christpunchers2007

    to each his own.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 7:49 p.m. CST

    I love Across the Universe

    by CherryValance

    :p Your prejudice against dirty hippies overwhelmed your better judgement I'm sure. Granted hippies did ruin the world and hand over the shitty remains to our generation but we can't blame the movie for that. *sigh* anywho, I'm happy you've got Rescue Dawn up so high. Most people missed it I guess. I didn't see it until DVD and I think Steve Zahn and Christian Bale were great together. It should be getting more attention.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 8:57 p.m. CST

    It's hard for me to respect Rescue Dawn after reading this...

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    http://www.rescuedawnthetruth.com/

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 9:21 p.m. CST

    You forgot the Halloween remake

    by RoarsLoudly

    Easily the worst thing I've EVER seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Easily! On all counts a wretched piece of junk!

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 10:12 p.m. CST

    agree roarsloudly

    by marv42134213

    I rented the Holloween remake last week and thought it was blah...to put it mildly. The original scared my 3rd grade mind horribly, looked around the bushes for a long time hoping not to see the evil captain kirk. Actually, I may not be being fair cause it put me to sleep, but when I woke up and saw the end, I was glad I caught a nap. nothing against Rob Zombie, cause I have liked some of his movies, but I think this one should have stayed in the classic catagory. The original, in my humble opinion, was just too hard to beat.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    sorry, but one more

    by marv42134213

    Epic movie sucked in more ways than Cartman could have come up with

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Chaplinatemyshoe, I haven't seen "Rescue Dawn"...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...but I can't take that website seriously at all. Simply stemming from the idea they they consider any of Herzog's tales the stories of Hollywood. I don't know another well-known international director that is LESS Hollywood than Herzog. They seem to have the general complaints, on top of that, that comes from anything "BASED ON A TRUE STORY," which is always nitpicky, subjective rhetoric. It's just silly. Take the movie on its own accord.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 10:56 p.m. CST

    I'll never understand why critics like certain movies...

    by PornKing

    You know, the type of movie that all the critics like, but is a complete commercial failure because it is boring beyond belief, but has great "performances." This list contains more than a few of those, no need to point them out.

  • Jan. 6, 2008, 1:31 a.m. CST

    PornKing, a movie's box office revenue...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...has very little to do with how good or bad it is. If you find movies different than the status quo boring, then you're pretty much part of the problem. The age of B-movies has taken over.

  • Jan. 6, 2008, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Anchorite, there has always been social agendas...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...Left and Right, in Hollywood. To deny that is to deny a massive chunk of film history, and definitely shows a lack of understanding of culture. <p>In addition, anti-corporation has been thrust upon the Left, but once again, it's somewhat nonpartisan if we're talking about regular American folk that do not have white-collar jobs. Everybody talks about "The Man" in one form or another and spits on the concept. Why would the Left attack those with high-profit jobs when they make up more than half of the percentage of people who have said high-profit jobs? You're mistaking the Left's desire for constant change with petty bickering. How often is this country bombarded with movies about Conservative family values, spirituality that not everybody believes in and jingoistic action and war films? <p>Every story has a right to be told, but you only seem to want to nitpick those whose message you disagree with. <p>I still don't think you've seen the movies that you purport to hate.

  • Jan. 6, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    marv42134213

    by RoarsLoudly

    I thought I was the only one. The original STILL scares me even long after I've watched it. LOL! Zombies' version lacked many things and the number one element was: SUSPENSE! Like you I also rented it and wished 4 a refund or at the least some free popcorn!!

  • Jan. 6, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    No Love For HOSTEL 2?

    by LaserPants

    I don't know if I'd put in the top ten, but somewhere in the top 50, surely. I'm surprised that it didn't make yr list.

  • Jan. 6, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Lenny Nero: I would normally agree BUT

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    The thing is Herzog did a documentary on the subject. He knows the truth. And he changed all the supporting characters to fit his ideology. The biggest case of this was Jeremy Davies character who stays behind out of cowardice when in fact he stayed behind to take care of his fellow soldiers. I'm okay with changing the story a bit, but change the characters names if you're going to smear them like he did...

  • Jan. 6, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Underdog was better then Spiderman 3

    by cekma

    It's true.

  • Jan. 6, 2008, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Why start your top ten list with number 1?

    by Allfather Starr

    Once I've read what you think was the best film of last year why would I give a fuck what you thought were the seventh and eighth best films of last year? Start from fucking ten, it's a countdown.

  • Jan. 6, 2008, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Chaplinatemyshoe, this is all true...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...but to say he Hollywoodized it just gives me a belly full of laughs.

  • Jan. 6, 2008, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Chaplinatemyshoe

    by Gwai Lo

    I read that article around the time I saw Rescue Dawn, but I can't say that it altered my appreciation for Rescue Dawn (which is currently my #3 pick of the year.. but I'm seeing There Will Be Blood tomorrow) If you're going to take a film to task for not accurately representing history then why stop at Rescue Dawn? Herzog has never really been concerned with showing us accuracy or objective truth, just watch any of his documentaries (including Little Dieter Needs to Fly) and you'll find that out pretty quickly. In fact, a scene from Little Dieter immediately pops to mind where Dieter explains his need to constantly open and shut doors, to remind himself of his own freedom and the importance of having choice. Herzog made that up and told Dieter to do it for the purpose of the "documentary". Herzog is far more concerned with reaching what he calls "ecstatic truth", constructing something that represents what he is trying to communicate from pieces that aren't necessarily wholly true on their own. The fact that the Jeremy Davies character was given short shrift is unfortunate for the family of the real person, but it does not change my judgement of the film in the slightest. I always try and approach films without context, because it can impair my ability to judge a film. I'm Jewish (atheist), should I deny that Triumph of the Will is a masterpiece because of my own heritage? The answer, fortunately, is no.

  • Jan. 6, 2008, 10:18 p.m. CST

    ONCE gave me four cavities

    by Garbageman33

    I just got done watching it on DVD and now I think I need to make an appointment with my dentist. The scene in the recording studio where the producer is not paying any attention and then, suddenly he hears this beautiful song and his ears perk up, that scene alone caused 1 1/2 cavities. That director needs to learn a little something we call "subtlety".

  • Jan. 6, 2008, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Anyone saying

    by Series7

    Sunshine needs more love is awesome. That movie should have and easily could've been HUGE. But no, people were more focused on getting people to see Knocked up? What was Sunshine budget? Plus I didn't want to, but I actually enjoyed Heartbreak Kid, and really enjoyed Hot Rod. Good back to back rental (better then my earlier this week with Resident Evil 3 and War, 3 was as good as 1, War = worst movie of the year). Hotrod is pretty much a sequel to Zoolander, if you liked that movie you'll like Hot Rod. And Heartbreak Kid had its moments. Like just when I thought Judd Uptoe had killed comedy or your just sick of his idea of infusing Wonder Years with Dick jokes as being raunchy comedy check those movies out. Superbad was the only funny one. Also am I the only one who thought Jason Bateman's best role this year was in The Kingdom? He was really funny in that movie, which was underrated as well. Oh well after Hancok people will start to know who Peter Berg is as a director.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Eastern Promises

    by TheBigChill

    This en media res introduction to Viggo Mortenson's Nikolai has immediately gone down as the greatest introduction to any criminal figure in a crime drama that I've ever viewed. In all sincerity, as moving as the rise of Al Pacino's Michael Corleone was in The Godfather, Mortenson's turn as the Russian mafia/Scotland Yard undercover agent is more griping and unprecendented. I truly believe that the Italian mafia is the most over-publicized, examined, and utilized crime syndicate by far. And while the Irish mob has gotten some more face time, most notably in The Departed, some recent crime dramas like Brotherhood and The Black Donnoley's, as well as Cronenberg's A History of Violence, the Russian mafia remains in the background, sometimes referenced, but never explored as closely as this film did, and it is for that reason why Nikolai is such an intriguing character. While we are becoming more and more entranced by the inner workings of this group, Nikolai is experiencing the same discovery, and is trying to unveil as much as possible. We get an outside introduction to the character, receive an understanding that he has been headed down this path for some time but question what has actually happened, and close with a wide variety of questions about Nikolai's future. While I don't envision Cronenberg wishing to create an expansive series of films based around this one mob character, the potential is there for the story of the most interesting mob character in some time. But I get the overwhelming feeling that Cronenberg fed audiences of this film a delicious third of a serving simply because that little is known about the Russian mob. Enough to make you feel like you're really going somewhere, but never enough to feel like you've reached your imagined destination. Hopefully Cronenberg gets the creative itch to expand upon his most interesting character to date, because the not knowing is killing me.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Tourist

    by Halloween68

    To each his (or her) own. And not that I need to make excuses, but I'm a fan of the Bourne series, so I can see why others who haven't follow said series aren't a fan. I though this third film was a fine addition. I actually really liked at the theatre, but I absolutely loved it the second time around. The same thing that happened with SUPREMACY. The BOURNE films are clever films based on some really good books. Not sure where you're coming up with lazy. And the same with STARDUST. Lazy? STARDUST was one of the more unusual films of the year. Not the least one of the more fun films. Again, this was an adaptation from literature. Do you have something against books? Is that where the lazy comment comes from? Both these films are strongest on story. But again, to each his (or her) own. My message before was not to say that everyone's top ten list should be the same, it was just to point out that I find it suspicious when every film on a top ten list is critical darling with academy award asperations. Where are all the fun films? And what's with the lack of love for HOTFUZZ? This was a huge favorite here at AICN when it first came out. Does everyone have that much of a short term memory? Still my favorite film of the year to date. I've seen it like 10 times this year, and it never fails to entertain me or anyone I see it with. Not once.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    There wasn't a film released in 2007 as lousy as...

    by Powers Boothe

    Next starring Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore. Truly terrible. Almost as dreadful as the Wicker Man remake. Those two films destroyed all good will generated from Cage's underrated The Weatherman.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Stardust was surprisingly dreadful too!

    by Powers Boothe

    A massive disappointment considering the "interesting" casting choices and the fact it was made by the fella who did Layer Cake.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Story?

    by Tourist

    You mean Bourne visits famous location A, a GQ model attempts to kill him and fails, Repeat through steps B and C and D, only GQ model (hard ass, cold blooded killer assassin) falls for "Give peace a chance, brother" line and doesn't shoot. Oh, and the big, horrible secret is...BOURNE KILLED SOMEONE. He didn't even know who they were! Wait, don't fucking Marines and Navy pilots do that day in and day out for kicks? What made it especially bad was that, aside from the hollywood-necessary prolouge, Bourne Supremacy truly did deliver on everything it promised. It was an amazing action film and a great story, that was well written and performed. Ultimatum was just some chases and punches to get your cash. Stardust was based on the horrible writings of Neil Gaiman. A bad place to start. But it was just an ugly, flat and poorly conceived film from the get go. It might be saying something about how strong a year it has been when I can honestly say the 3 worst major releae films I have seen were 3:10 To Yuma, Bourne and Shoot Em Up, all which received a certain measure of praise.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    My ten favourite films of 2007

    by Powers Boothe

    I wouldn't be arrogant enough to dare call these "the best" films of '07...they were simply the films I enjoyed most. <br> 1. Before The Dvil Knows You're Dead<br> 2. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford<br> 3. Zodiac<br> 4. Grindhouse<br> 5. Michael Clayton<br> 6. No Country For Old Men<br> 7. Year of the Dog<br> 8. Transformers<br> 9. Ocean's Thirteen<br> 10. Sunshine

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST

    I assume the people who consider Juno "great"...

    by Powers Boothe

    haven't seen Election, Ghost World or Citizen Ruth.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Is it silly that I made a "best of" list without watching...

    by Powers Boothe

    There Will Be Blood? I plan to see it on the big screen but I must confess I'm not the biggest PTA fan. I fear TWBB will be a 3 hour compilation of images lifted from Heavens Gate, Citizen Cane and Days of Heaven.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    all you guys bashing Bourne Ultimatum

    by Spandau Belly

    Did you actually like/see the first two? Did you consciously pay to see two sequels to a film that you hated? Or did you expect to come in during the third act of a story and be fine? I've yet to hear anybody say they loved the first two but hated the third.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Yes, Powers Boothe, I saw all of them...

    by Garbageman33

    And I still really enjoyed Juno. To me, the difference is that the three movies you mentioned (all of which I also enjoyed to varying degrees) have contempt for their characters whereas Juno has nothing but affection.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Nicholas Cage's NEXT

    by Spandau Belly

    It was pretty Cagetatastic. For you guys who are students of Cage I recommend seeing this. If you didn't see the entertainment value in The Wicker Man Remake or The Kiss of Death Remake, then don't bother.<br><br>But for the rest of you this film is Cage stepping into Seagal territory (which could be classified as 'dark'). Cage even does some judo kicks and chops when escaping his FBI cell. Later he does a good Matrix bullet dodge move. But there are plenty of Cage moments of hilarious overacting, arm waving, bug-eyed head twitching, sputtering, and of course classic Cage dialogue including a little anecdote about true beauty and a good Cagified joke about a hotdog.<br><br>Jessica Biel also gives Cage-level supporting performance as a woman who meets a creepy guy with a wierd haircut at a truck stop diner, offers him a ride during which he spouts insane babble about how they were destined to meet, and doesn't get creeped out in the least. This is also one of those love story movies were it takes place over a day but the characters act really attached to each other like they've been together for years.<br><br>If I had any problems with the movie it would probably be Julianne Moore. She's way too good an actress and playing this role too realistically. I think they should've reunited Cage with his Kiss of Death Remake costar, David Caruso and really let the sparks fly. Caruso would've nailed this role. I also felt the ending was a bit abrupt, but since you guys all love this No Country For Old Men picture you probably will think it's artsy and daring or something.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Other Top Lists

    by Greenleaf1

    When will see see Harry, Moriarty, and everyone else's best of 2007 lists?

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 10:38 a.m. CST

    *American Gangster* and *Into the Wild*

    by SadCadillac

    I would’ve rated these two films much higher, as they mark crowning achievements for both their directors and principal actors. Oh, and unless I’m mistaken, *The Lives of Others* was a 2006 release. Remember it winning a certain “Best Foreign Film” award at a little red-carpet ceremony held in Hollywood every year? Yeah, that’s the one.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    SadCadillac, the Oscars go thusly...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...the nominees for "Best Foreign Film" are sent in by their countries as part of that specific country's release as opposed to America's, so rarely have they ever actually been seen in this country. They are watched at select Academy screenings and are thusly judged, but that specific category has nothing to do with U.S. release. the film in question was released in 2006 in Germany, 2007 in the U.S. <p>Here's an example. I worked for an Oscar winner a few years ago, and was brought along to many AMPAS screenings. Specifically, I saw "City of God" a year before everybody else in this country. The group that judged "City of God" watched it because it was Brazil's nomination, but it never actually became one of the top five to make it into the category that year. (Kind of a controversy, actually, considering what happened next:) The next year, it was finally released generally across the country, and with the help of many critics--Ebert gets a big shout-out for helping this along--it ended up being nominated for four major Oscars (including Best Screenplay and Best Director) when judged as an American release, not as a foreign release. "The Lives of Others" was a 2007 release as far as the U.S. is concerned. It had a limited release in early February, so Capone is right to put it on his list.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Lives of Others was released in North America in 2006

    by Gwai Lo

    It came out in the States and in Canada in September 2006. By December it had gotten as wide a release as is necessary to qualify. For crying out loud. Stop including it as a 2007 release.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST

    WHO'S YOUR CADDY = unfunniest comedy OTY

    by turketron

    Definitely in my list of worst films of 2007... I swore never to watch it, but got pulled into watching it with a female friend directly after Superbad. It was almost unbearable. Embarrassingly bad. I hear that Epic Movie is pretty terrible, but I can't see how it could be worse than that garbage.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Gwai Lo AND Lenny Nero

    by SadCadillac

    I saw it in an American theater in 2006 too. And that's here (Vermont), a rather small market. Perhaps it wasn't an official release, because I did see it as part of a cinema club that prides itself on getting films weeks before their “official” release date.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Yeah..

    by Gwai Lo

    I saw it sometime in the fall 2006 at the Fifth Avenue theater in Vancouver. The Fifth plays arthouse/foreign films most of the time, but it's a normal theater and it doesn't get anything that far in advance. It was re-released in North America in limited release after the Oscar win, but it was definitely playing in theaters as early as September 2006.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Why does everyone

    by Series7

    Like Layer Cake? Like I thought it was going to show Daniel Craig being a bad ass (had to wait for Bond to see that). It was just a cheap British/Guy Richie afied version of Carlito's Way. I don't know why everyone thought that Layer Cake showed so much promise? Can't say anything about Dust yet though, fucking long wait netflicks.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Series7, I'm with you on Layer Cake

    by Spandau Belly

    I thought it was pretty entertaining. But it was definately a Guy Ritchie movie that came five years late of that time when Ritchie's films were 'in' and when they reshot half of Mel Gibson's Payback to make more like a Ritchie movie. I'm still pretty cold on Craig in general. I've liked lots of his movies, Casino Royale, Road to Perdition, The Jacket, Munich, but he's never really impressed me or made me want to see him in another movie. I kinda lump him in with a guy like Tom Sizemore, who's also been the right actor for several parts in good movies like Heat, Black Hawk Down, etc. But I would never say "Gotta see that new Tom Sizemore flick!" or "Sizemore's in this? I'm there!" <br><br>But everybody got crazy when they heard he was going to be Bond. And I was like..."Really? That excites you?"<br><br>I haven't seen this new movie where he fights CGI polar bears with a little girl, maybe a more credible movie like that will endear him to me.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST

    another slice of Layer Cake

    by Spandau Belly

    I also didn't get what all the big fuss was about Sienna Miller. Every review I read said something like "she really sizzles in this movie" or make it seem like she was in some way a major character. I don't even think she was in this film for five minutes and I found her pretty boring. Sure, she looked fine, but everybody made this out to be a breakout role for her or something. I still can't even recognize her, she's probably been in ten movies I've seen and I haven't noticed her.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    The Lives of Other was officially released...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...in the United States in February. http://tinyurl.com/yox6fl <p>The necessary qualification is only, ONLY, that it is released in its country of origin in an Academy year, not stateside. This is not an argument. Any US screening in 2006 was unofficial, like the aforementioned club or a festival or someplace like The Castro or The Egyptian.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Worst Film of 2007 Lists

    by AssWhole

    Any "Worst Film of 2007" list that doesn't contain that abortion "Halloween" remake is immediately suspect in my book. "Dead Silence" was pretty awful too, but R. Zombie needs to go back to his trailer and do some serious book-learnin'. All cameras need to take out restraining orders against that hack.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST

    JUNO = Most Overrated Movie of 2007

    by LaserPants

    Ellen Page is an adorable little pixie, and an extremely talented actor, but I found her character in this deeply, deeply irritating. Actually, I found the whole movie deeply irritating. If only for the simple fact that people do not talk like that in real life. AT ALL. Nobody in the movie struck me as remotely human or believable. The whole thing felt very forced and ersatz.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Across The Universe????

    by CruJones00

    Really? You obviously have something against anyone who touches Beatles material. There are completely worse films than that this year.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Laserpants, a lot of people say that...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...but Juno is the first movie is a while that sounds exactly like the way my teenage years were. And that's not a lie. If it's not your bag, fine, but you might as well pick on Kevin Smith as well. It's totally okay to say nobody struck you as believable, but some people do actually talk like that.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST

    What list would you put this film on???

    by Timmy Grrr

    Take a peek and weigh in with your thoughts: http://tinyurl.com/27hy62

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Girr, I do believe that's spamming...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...by AICN definition.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Lenny Nero

    by LaserPants

    Point taken, but I think the real truth of it is that people want to believe that they were like that when they were teenagers, because it makes those years seem cooler than they actually were. Theres nothing wrong with that, of course, but the notion that JUNO has somehow ripped the lid off of teenage america is, well, bullsh*t.<br><br>For my money, the best recent teen flick that reflects how kids really talk and feel is the almost impossible to find LILYA-4-EVER, which, dark and depressing as it was, felt like documentary in terms of how teenagers actually talk and interact with each other. Of course, they were former Soviet Union teens, but still, teens are pretty much the same everywhere, and I've never met ANYONE who talks like the characters in JUNO talk. Another film that struck me as very honest about teen life is WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE. JUNO is a movie that wants to be a reflection of teenage venacular so badly that it sounds exactly what a first time 20 something writer would write in a fit of pop-cult reference desperation. Not so much a reflection of teenage life as an idealized portrait of same. Again, nothing wrong there, per se, but I found it forced, fakey, and deeply irritating.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    LaserPants, Lilya-4-Ever is brilliant...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...but I'm not too far removed from my freshman year of high school (9 years, actually), and I'm a writer, so I would hope that what I remember is actually true. I've also not read one review that Juno does some ripping of lids, but that may just be my fault.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST

    I mean 11 years removed.

    by Lenny Nero

    Wow...I need to stop talkbacking drunk. Or continue! Whee!

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST

    SoylentMean, it's sort of "the holidays."

    by Lenny Nero

    Sheesus.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Nono, Sherry Lewis deserves all the punishment...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...she can handle. Fucking cunt.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Orthodox Xmas?

    by LaserPants

    Isn't that today?

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Bourne bashing.

    by Tourist

    If you read my post, you would have seen that I actually LOVED the second Bourne film. It was part of the reason that the shitty we-need-cash sequal sucked so hard for me. That and they tried to lift the beats from the second one, when it clearly wasn't going to work. Right down to a big ass city car chase that culminates in an a personal and emotionally devestating revelation in a small room. Except Ultimatum didn't deliver the goods. It was worse than fucking Transformers. To join in on the Layer Cake discusssion. It was derivative, not terribly interesting...But it was very well made. Good performances, good editing and even well written, considering what they had to work with. Makes Vaughn's follow up even more embarassing. Loved Into The Wild...American Gangster was a well mounted production of a useless script. But even then, Ridley knows how to shoot exciting scenes. I mean, its still dog piss compared to crime flicks like City Of God...But at least it was better than Crowes other effort this year. Lives Of Others is far and away 2006. Not even close to 2007. And I live in Australia, and we get shit late. Juno isn't out here yet. The trailers are horrid...But I keep hearing amazing things about it. And yet, there isn't even a single funny line in the advertising, but a series of cringe worthy poseur crap. Although, I gather from the reviews that it slowly switches gears in the movie. Like Ghost World? I'll wait for video (because I'm a cheap bastard) I guess.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Mcfly

    by TerryMalloy

    This is now the third time I've seen this post. Let it go.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Lives of Others was a 2007 US release.

    by Lenny Nero

    End of discussion. <p>But at least Tourist spells "poseur" correctly. I can't tell you how many times I've had to correct that.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 9:29 p.m. CST

    "Poseur"

    by TerryMalloy

    Really? It looks classier that way.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Yes, classier and correct.

    by Lenny Nero

    http://m-w.com/dictionary/poseur

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Charlie Wilson's War ahould be called Charlie Wilson's Whores

    by Orionsangels

    I saw Charlie Wilson's War. What's the big deal? Was it good? Sure it was ok, but wow you movie critic's see magic in the strangest movies. You act like its the greatest movie ever. When I finally watch it. I'm left thinking. Ok good movie, won't remember in the morning though.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST

    If you're left thinking, Orionsangels...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...that's better than most of the movies widely released.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 1:35 a.m. CST

    How is Spiderman 3 not on this list?

    by Cotton McKnight

    Or was it so utterly stupid that everyone forgot about it? Seriously, that movie was a piece of crap from beginning to end. What a disappointment.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    should be much higher. Also, Freakjuice89, are you smoking crack? Did they actually let you out of your straightjacket to post? Norbit was funny? WTF? You're either joking or retarded. Simple and plain, buddy.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    knowthyself

    by just pillow talk

    Well, it's true that all three movies had to do with him running away/trying to remember his past, but I disagree that they were boring. I think the one-on-one battles were great and brutal, and I thought Damon was awesome as a spy. I'm not sure how he's doing an impression of Jack Bauer. <p>And I've heard nothing but bad things from Shoot Em Up, besides Monica being in it of course.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    knowthyself

    by Gwai Lo

    I believe the word you're looking for is "feign" interest. Saw There Will Be Blood last night, currently trying to decide if it's my #1 or #2.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Memories and Spandau

    by Series7

    Memories, first off are you from some Viking country? (iceland, Sweeden up there) Or an asian kid, because reading what you write, all i can think off is someone from up there speaking. But your screen name references the asian horror movie? Whatever the case may be, I didn't say Layer Cake is some horrible film, just the marketing was totally misleading and of course all critics just review movies based on the trailer so they repeated the lie. I didn't say I was disappointed, I just didn't get why everyone liked it and called it so badass. It literially was a copy of Carlitos Way and both are good movies in their own way, just Layer Cake was a rip off. But since that post I've seen the DVD preview for Stardust and its much better then the one they showed when the movie was out in theaters. All I remember about that trailer was from the Director of Layer Cake, like that meant something. The dvd trailer markets the movie a lot better (probably big wigs realizing they lost a shit ton of money on it). And Spandau I agree with you about that girl Jude Law was with, she was in that movie for 5 min and I guess she's been a bunch of movies I've seen but I can't even put a face to the name. Just makes me mad when british actors/directors are all hyped up while other go unnoticed. Why is the Danny Boyle/Cillian Murphy combo ignored but people clamor over and talk about how cool/good most of what Owen/Craig/Law/Statham I'll do anything for a paycheck movies are? That and I am getting tired of America tring to make these british actors/directors big stars in the states. I'd much prefer they stay in the Isle's so they make better movies. America its always about quantity not quality. Christian Bale is the only one thats worth the fuss, but he's been working in America all his life.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 7:12 p.m. CST

    I will happily contribute content to this site.

    by Gwai Lo

    I don't get too many scoops or whatever but I will review anything under the sun. Send me some DVDs and I'll take over the DVD column.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 10:28 p.m. CST

    No joke - where's the beef?

    by Mullah Omar

    I even sent in reviews of stuff like CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR and NATIONAL TREASURE 2 before they came out - neither of which were published. I can't be alone in having sent content into a black hole. I guess people have been too busy this holiday season to check their e-mail or write intros to submitted reviews. Oh well.

  • Jan. 9, 2008, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Shoot Em Up and Bourne...

    by Tourist

    Were as bad as each other. At least Shoot Em Up had Belluci in it.

  • Jan. 9, 2008, 12:25 p.m. CST

    ONCE

    by Vincenzo1975

    saw this last week, i wonder when they were making it, did they know how good it actually was. There were moments where I found I had stopped breathing watching it....fantastic.

  • Jan. 9, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Forums are good for a laugh

    by zombiemaster

    A post at the top slams Juno based on...the trailer? People like that make me laugh every time. Across The Universe. It's funny, everyone I personally know who has seen this film either LOVESLOVESLOVES it or thinks it's a really good film, across the board. It strange to process that someone thinks it's THE worst film of the year. AVPR is a lower grade movie than Universe, but that's not even mentioned or How about Resident Evil: Extinction. Maybe Capone secretly hates the Beatles and doesn't want to fess up?

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Zombie, Capone outwardly stated...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...his hatred for everything hippie in his review of Across the Universe, so clearly the movie was not made for him. He is entitled to his opinion, but seriously, it's really easy to hate a movie that you pretty much already hate on principle. (Even if the movie was made by a supporter of the Republican party and actually talks a lot of shit about hippies.)

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    I was trying to write a wrap up of the 2007 film year but

    by PumpyMcAss

    there is no one trend to single out. You could write one about the return to form of old warhorses like Friedkin, Nichols and Lumet (and the admittedly not that awesome return of Coppola). There is plenty to talk about in terms of the re-emergence of the western with 3:10 to Yuma, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and No Country for Old Men. A decent piece could be penned about the smart "stupid" comedies of the year like Knocked Up, Superbad, Year of the Dog, and Juno. Five thousand words could be written about ambitious directors getting even more ballsy in regard to the work of Fincher, both Andersons, Haynes, Burton, and the Coens. Hell, you could even talk about actors kicking ass behind the camera like Ben Affleck and Sean Penn. You could write about the great musicals that came out this year like Once, I'm Not There and Sweeney Todd (and the not so great musicals Hairspray and Across the Universe). The unusually smart horror movies of the year like The Host, The Orphanage, 28 Weeks Later, and Hostel Part II deserve an article as well. Violence at the multiplex was also quite exciting with such films as Beowulf, No Country for Old Men, Eastern Promises, and Grindhouse throwing it in our faces in expertly handled ways. Book adaptations were also extraordinary with No Country for Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, There Will Be Blood (based loosely on Oil!), and Atonement doing their original sources no disservice whatsoever (and The Kite Runner's last act cheesiness - with its stupid coincidences and needless melodrama - amplified to an even greater degree in the film version is as good of an antithesis as is needed). The point I'm trying to make is that there were a hell of a lot of ways in which this year was ridiculously awesome. Anyone who couldn't find something great at the theater in '07 was no doubt careless in what they spend their money on.

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Atonement was pretty dead-on with its source material.

    by Lenny Nero

    Otherwise, Pumpy, that's pretty dead-on, (we'll agree to disagree on the "not so great musicals," if a bit confusing as a talkback. Is this just a pasted blog entry, because it doesn't really have much to do with anything discussed.

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Nero

    by PumpyMcAss

    No, I don't have a blog. Just been trying to write something for a friend's publication and finding it difficult. Thought I'd see if anyone else had any thoughts on the year or disagreements with my own opinions. Sorry for the confusion. I'm just a nerd spouting opinions like anyone else here.

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST

    No problemo.

    by Lenny Nero

    It does feel a little soft, as if you're just throwing out a list. Make it your own (and not just your opinion). Right now, it sounds like an intro to something else. And thus, I overinflate my own ego that won a lot of national writing awards in college but haven't done shit with my life since!

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Nero re: Universe

    by zombiemaster

    Yes we all our opinions. However, if you are claiming to be a reviewer for something (anything), there are certain personal aspects that must be set aside. I personally think religion is one of mans worst creations, but do think all movies involving religion are the worst? No, that would ignorant. So for a "professional" movie reviewer to claim a movie is the worst of the year simply because they hate hippies shows an extreme lack of professionalism. How about it gets rated on it's technical merits, script or acting and so on...These are the aspects of the film that matter, not, in this case, that it has hippies. Because really, Across the Universe simply can not be worse then AVP:R, Resident Evil: Extinction and so on.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST

    by zombiemaster

    ...we all have...My kingdom for an edit button.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Yes, Zombie, I am quite aware of the complications.

    by Lenny Nero

    But it's almost like me seeing "Bratz" and hating it, seeing how Capone wrote his intro of his "ATU" review. Capone is the one who hated hippies, not me. I'm confused. Did you think I wrote the review? Or is that entry dedicated to Capone while the subject heading mentions me?

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST

    by zombiemaster

    Just a reply discussion to you about Capone. I was using "You" in the general sense. Fun forum antics!

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Reagan

    by Jack_Diablo

    Not to nitpick but Julia Roberts' character asks Wilson if Reagan is in his bedroom when he's about to bang his constituent's daughter.

  • Jan. 12, 2008, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Just Saw Eastern Promises

    by Stormshadow4life

    Really good movie, but I think I like History a little better. Also saw The Orphanage yesterday, if I had seen that in 2007, it would have made my top 10

  • Jan. 13, 2008, 4:53 a.m. CST

    I thought Across the Universe was feckin' brilliant!

    by Vek

    I simply don't understand the vitriol aimed at this picture. It was astonishing and exhilarating. One of the best movies of 2007.

  • Jan. 15, 2008, 2 a.m. CST

    This years Horror list was terrible

    by Madame_Silky

    I could count the number of good horror movies on my thumb and index finger. Left out 30 Days of Night? That would have been my worst. Come on! I watched 20 mins of that movie then got up and walked out.

  • Jan. 15, 2008, 6:20 p.m. CST

    As far as horror goes

    by Gwai Lo

    I liked the Orphanage and 28 Weeks Later. And Grindhouse. But other than that, it has been an average to mediocre year. A lot of the smaller horror films that got buzz were disappointing, like Hatchet.

  • Jan. 15, 2008, 6:20 p.m. CST

    As far as horror goes

    by Gwai Lo

    I liked the Orphanage and 28 Weeks Later. And Grindhouse. But other than that, it has been an average to mediocre year. A lot of the smaller horror films that got buzz were disappointing, like Hatchet.

  • Jan. 17, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Spider-man 3 snub

    by Dazzler69

    I can't believe it's getting all the snubs. Venom was pretty scary and probably the villain of the year. Sandman was interesting also not just a generic villain but with a back story. I thought Peter's dancing was pretty funny and you have to remember he was under the influence of the suit. I admit the endings always suck for the movies except for the first one. They should always end a comic movie on a cliffhanger or a note of things to come. I hope they make the Lizard for the next one with Man-wolf as a side villain that they could resolve before the end of the movie. I don't mind the multiple villains but they have to keep moving the story along. And does everything have to be personal with Spider-man in all the movies? Can't he just do a movie where he helps people and solve problems? Maybe Spider-man 3 was the worst of the year.

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