Thursday, December 27, 2007

My favorite movies of 2007

Some maybe actually 2006 movies. No special order and no real surprises. These were probably on everyone's lists. What were yours?

Painted Veil
Lives of Others
First Snow
51 Birch Street
Away From Her
3:10 to Yuma
Gone Baby Gone
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
Starting Out in the Evening
Sweeney Todd


Todd Mason said...

Indeed, I reckoned VOLVER my third-best of 2006, after STRANGER THAN FICTION and PAN'S LABYRINTH, and have managed to miss every damned one of your other choices, while working myself to death.

My biggest surprise this year was how much I liked the Spanish film PRINCESAS, which I caught on HBO.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I saw Pan the year before. And stranger than fiction was handicapped by my strange aversion to Will Ferrell. I know, I know. My son would kill me for admitting this but he just takes me out of any movie. In fact, I can say all alumnae of SNL suffer this for me. Have to catch PRINCESAS.

TM said...

Correction...I did see ZODIAC, which struck me as interesting but too long, and not completely convincing. It's a remarkable year for me in which I've seen fewer than ten films in a best was probably STARDUST.

TM said...

Most of the SNL folk have indeed learned how to show off more than act. But STRANGER was a decent enough performance by Ferrell and utterly atypical of his work otherwise, a good script, and a superior cast otherwise.

My grim film thought of the day...well, we know which role Angelina Jolie will be seeking out next.

GFS3 said...

Can't agree with "3:10 to Yuma" -- a movie driven by characters with no commonsense.

My take on it:

pattinase (abbott) said...

I mostly like it for the acting and atmosphere. They were stuck with a sometimes poor plot. How they could run throught the streets and not get shot made no sense.

TracyK said...

I liked Zodiac, and I would like to see Starting Out in the Evening. Three movies from that year that I remember and liked are Hot Fuzz, In Bruges, and Live Free or Die Hard.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Love the first two, never saw the third. STARTING OUT probably has the best evocation of the writing life on film.