2007 Year in Review - Movies

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And, finally, my 2007 year in review for movies. According to my 2007 Movies collection, I watched approximately 52 movies, for an average of one per week. I got my HD-DVD player in the spring, which really increased my viewing pleasure. Of course, given Warner's decision to go BluRay exclusive (and Paramount may join them), I may be backing the wrong hi-def format. But I figure I will get a PS3 at some point soon anyway, so I'll be covered there. And with my purchase of the Marantz sr7200, I have plenty of HDMI inputs to share.

Easily, my favorite movie of the year was Pan's Labyrinth. I was enchanted, appalled, saddened and ultimately uplifted by this magical movie. What brilliant insight into the Spanish Civil War, and war in general, it offered. I was moved and touched by this movie and I'm very excited to see that it is now available in HD-DVD.

The surprise hit of the year was Bubba Ho-Tep. I really wasn't expecting anything from this movie, but I thought it perfectly walked the tightrope between serious and comic, horror and tragedy. I really need to get this DVD as well.

So, in no particular order, here are my top ten movies of 2007. The ones in this list are the ones I saw for the very first time.

  • The Queen (review) - really solid movie, although you have to wonder how accurate it is
  • The Bourne Supremacy (review) - great HD-DVD, solid action flick
  • Pan's Labyrinth (review) - movie of the year for me. Devil's Backbone (review) was an excellent sort-of prequel.
  • The Fog of War (review) - just a "talking head" but what a head!
  • The Battle of Algiers (review) - a true French classic; gives the Iraq fiasco some historical context.
  • Bubba Ho-Tep (review) - my surprise hit of the year; what fun!
  • The Red Circle (review) - another winning French noir
  • Game 6 (review) - much easier for this Red Sox fan to watch these days!
  • Elevator to the Gallows (review) - great classic French noir
  • The Secret of Roan Inish (review) - Sayles in top form; great to watch with the kids

These are my biggest disappointments. In the case of The Departed, I truly disliked the movie and felt it a real chore to watch. The others weren't as painful, but fell far short of the critical raves they received.

  • Children of Men (review) - some movies I just don't get...
  • The Departed (review) - overwrought mess of a movie
  • Goodfellas

And these are "classics" that I watched again in 2007 and will probably return to the DVD player in 2008. Yes, they are that good.

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (review) - certainly a "Desert Island" movie for me. The best of the "pulp" adventure movies
  • In the Heat of the Night (review) - Jewison, Poitier and Steiger at the top of their game
  • The Sting (review) - a movie that always stops me in my tracks when channel surfing. Excellent HD-DVD presentation.
  • Das Boot (review) - like you're in the tin can yourself.
  • Moulin Rouge (review) - over the top fun.
  • Witness (review) - Peter Weir and Harrison Ford in top form.
  • The Thin Man (review) - must get the DVD set.
  • Unforgiven (review) - spectacular HD-DVD
  • Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (review) - another DVD I have to get

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Interesting list..... although I have to say that I liked all the films on your 'most disappointing' list, especially Goodfellas (It's a wing!) .   Just goes to show ya.Loved The Queen, Pan's Labyrinth, Elevator to the Gallows.  And Witness is a favorite, living as I do in Eastern Pa.

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