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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Top ten films of 2007 - REVISED

01: There Will Be Blood - Paul Thomas Anderson
Epic, brooding and pitch-perfect. Daniel Day-Lewis is stunning as Daniel Plainview, of course.

02: Zodiac - David Fincher
Very cerebral newspaper drama and police procedural thriller. Extremely well cast and exciting to the end.

03: Michael Clayton - Tony Gilroy
Couldn't have been acted any better with a cast of George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson and Tilda Swinton. Another brooding film that truly shows you the psyche of a troubled man while still telling a taut story.

04: The Darjeeling Limited - Wes Anderson
Whimsy abound in this travel film with Wes Anderson's trademark style. Wasn't too well thought of by critics, but what do they know anyway?

05: No Country for Old Men - Joel and Ethan Coen
Beautifully shot movie, a slow burn with a quirky ending that feels a little off. I feel like this movie was a bit overrated, but still it is fantastic and worth a watch anyway.

06: Gone Baby Gone - Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck's directorial debut, of course, starring his little brother Casey. Tells the story of a private investigator in Boston who examines a kidnapping case and ends up in deeper than he bargained for. Really great.

07: Eastern Promises - David Cronenberg
It's David Cronenberg, do I really have to explain more? Okay. It has Viggo Mortensen as a Russian mafioso. There. Now go watch it.

08: Breach - Billy Ray
Chris Cooper stars as FBI traitor Robert Hanssen. Ryan Phillippe leaves a little bit to be desired, to be honest. Still solid.

09: Superbad - Greg Mottola
Hysterical and quotable in every way. Don't miss it.

10: Before the Devil Knows You're Dead - Sidney Lumet
A very dark movie, almost a modern noir film without the aesthetics of that style. Star-studded cast has Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, and Marisa Tomei among others. Extremely tight crime thriller with an fresh perspective on the genre.


metanoia said...

radness. I'm "working" (read: sometimes thinking about) a tattoo based around an ink splot that turns into a flock of crows. This is quite useful for reference.

metanoia said...

uh, I was referring to the flock of crows pic, but I guess I clicked on the wrong link. Ok, on topic: no Hot Fuzz love?

JD said...

I liked Hot Fuzz a lot, and I almost put it in over Grindhouse, but Grindhouse was the better theater experience.