This year's been a bit odd, movie-wise, for me. Normally I would be going to the cinema 2 or 3 times a week but this year was not like that. In fact, there was a three month movie drought, not because of the quality of films but due to time. And not enough of it. So I missed quite a lot at the flicks and am trying to catch up. I've got about 50 films downloaded from this year alone so I may amend this list as time goes on. All of the films are 2007 releases in the UK but some of them, you will notice, were released in 2006 in the States (bastids!) and have already been lauded at various award ceremonies. So, here we go.
2007 TOP 10 FILMS
10. MUSIC & LYRICS
Talk about easy to please! Give me some Eighties music (although it isn't really)9. APOCALYPTO
; stick HUGE GRUNT
and PHEW BARRYMORE!MORE!MORE!
in it; make a romcom
; keep it in at about 90 minutes; sprinkle with some laughs and I'm as happy as a sand boy. One of the few films this year I've watched more than once. I know, and I'm meant to be a Film student!
Who gives a flakey biscuit
if it's historically accurate or not? It ain't
a flippin' documentary. MEL "Insert Jew-Hate Gag Here" GIBSON
directs this number very tightly and keeps it going, surprisingly
, all the way. It looked beautiful too and the cast, although I couldn't understand a word of what they were saying (yes, I know there were subtitles)
, were very sympathetic. A very simple story told very simply. And very
8. NOTES ON A SCANDAL
A tad grim
but the performances of BLANCHETT
were sublime and I feel the latter should have been awarded the OSCAR
and not whats-her-name
that played whats-her-face
in THE QUEEN
. Not one to watch on a Saturday night and, to be frank
, I'm not overly keen on seeing it again.
7. LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
Not the greatest
story but a very enjoyable one, mainly thanks to the dynamic duo of WHITAKER
. Vibrant and incredibly
amusing at times despite the rather horrific scenes that pop-up. Interestingly, and I use the word in its past tense, nobody piped up that this
film was not historically accurate. Hypocrites!
A little film that seemed to pass everyone by. The critics focused on O'TOOLE but full marks are to be given to the delightful performance by newcomer JODIE WHITTAKER - innocent and filthy (astonishingly so) at the same time. The rest of the old bastids in the cast were tremendous to watch too.
5. HOT FUZZ
Huzzah for PEGG and WRIGHT again! Just as good as SHAUN OF THE DEAD and also suffering from the only negative point I have about both films - overly long in the third act. If they had trimmed about 10 minutes those crazies could have had the poyfekt movie. Still, there's always next time guys...
4. THE DARJEELING LIMITED
does it again with a more subtle tale than his previous and also less lauded. It does suffer from his usual traits (self indulgence, namely)
but I love it nonetheless. Super colours, super sounds, super movie. And bloody
funny too. And a bit sad also. There, that's about it. I reviewed it recently, so you can read that HERE
3. THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
I reviewed this one recently too, you can read that HERE. Needless to say, this film bowled me over. Unmissable.
2. HALLAM FOE
This one came out of nowhere! Well, that's not true. It came out of a film studio but it felt like it just drifted onto the screen. Unassuming and unnerving all at once. One reviewer said, "[Hallam Foe] ... is a bit like BATMAN meet OEDIPUS"
and never a truer word was spake. This is a great
British movie. F**k off BEAN!
1. BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT
Well, it had
to be. One of the greats was brought back to our screens all cleaned up with some of those pesky technical issues fixed (visible wires, wrong dialogue, obvious use of body doubles, dove flying into clear sky and that's just the ones that come to mind)
. Still stunning
and gripping, RIDLEY
packs a punch like no one has since and people are still trying to copy it. If you get the DVD set, there's an amazing documentary called DANGEROUS DAYS
which tells you everything you need to know (about the film, not life)
Feel free to comment on my Top Tens and post your own. I'd love to know what you guys & gals lurve too!
Labels: 2007 Film Review, Assassination Of Jesse James, Best Films Of 2007, Blade Runner, Hallam Foe, Hot Fuzz, Music And Lyrics, Notes On A Scandal, The Darjeeling Limited, Venus