Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Reflecting on Movies of 2007

After reading my friend Emilie's blog entry about her thoughts on the movies of 2007, I found myself scratching notes about the movies I had seen this year and figuring out how I felt about them. Would I want to rent them or buy them when they are released on DVD? Would I suggest someone else see them? Am I regretting ever paying money to sit in a movie theater to watch it?

So here are some thoughts of mine on the year's movies, in no particular order, other than they're in a certain "category" of mine.

My "Must See" Movie List of 2007:

  • Michael Clayton
  • Juno
  • Ocean's Thirteen (I think this was the best of the trio, IMO!)
  • Knocked Up (laughed until I cried)
  • The Departed
  • Gone Baby Gone
  • Enchanted (will be buying it)
  • Hairspray (toes were tapping throughout!)
  • The Bourne Ultimatum (makes Matt appealing again, and talk about action! Whew, you'll need a towel after seeing it from the sweat!)
  • Waitress (sweet at pie, *wink wink*, and I still sing that "gonna make a pie" song Keri Russell sings at the end to her baby to my angel girl)
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • The Lookout (not a hugely known movie, but we liked it)
  • Disturbia (I'll give it props for keeping us on the edge of our seat)
  • Blood Diamond
  • The Holiday (um, loved it, bought it, and shared it already)

Movies I saw, but didn't really love, but didn't really not like:

  • Live Free or Die Hard (although this was somewhat fun, especially all the computer techie stuff)
  • Little Children
  • The Queen (so far, from what I've seen)
  • Evening
  • Fracture (liked it to a point, not sure how I really felt though..........)
  • Breach (I was disappointed in Chris Cooper and does Ryan Phillippe ever show emotion?)

Movies that disappointed me:

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • Superbad (seriously, were CJ and I the only 2 that did NOT like this movie, other than McLovin?)
  • Mr. Brooks (again, CJ and were mystified at the great reviews, was it just us? We actually make jokes to each other now, when we see that it's on Pay Per View: "honey, look, I heard that movie Mr. Brooks is really good,should we rent it?" LOL. Although I will say, I DID NOT recognize Dane Cook,so there's a bonus)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (time to throw in the towel, Johnny, as delicious as you are to look at)
  • Alpha Dog (Justin Timberlake DID once again prove his acting chops)
Movies that are STILL on my must-see list, which is sadly longer than is used to be pre-baby days. However, props to CJ for allowing me as many movie days as I get! Thank you, my love bug! Anyways, here they are, with hopes of seeing soon enough:

  • The Savages
  • No Country For Old Men
  • In the Valley Of Elah
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • American Gangster
  • Southland Tales
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Once
  • Gideon's Daughter
  • Sweet Land
  • The Lives of Others
  • Zodiac
  • The Painted Veil
  • We Own the Night
  • Into the Wild
  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
  • The Kite Runner (although I'm leery of this because the book was so moving and complete for me)
And...just because.... a list of the top all time movies in my book. These movies have made an impact on me, for one reason or another. Maybe you could check them out:

  • Snatch
  • Memento
  • Trainspotting
  • Amelie
  • True Romance
  • The Princess Bride
  • Tombstone
  • Pulp Fiction
  • the opening scene in Reservoir Dogs
  • Babe
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Sliding Doors
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • The Wedding Singer
  • Murder Ball (documentary I was lucky enough to see at Sundance, where it won the documentary audience award)
  • Elf (sorry, but CJ and I saw this on our honeymoon, and I'll never forget it)
  • Annie
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
  • Twelve Monkeys

If I think of any more, I'll be sure to add them on. Cheers!


Emilie said...

Oooh, great list, Carrie! I didn't love Superbad either (a lot of male humor - Steve liked it more than I did!), although I did think the relationship between the two main guys, particularly at the end of the movie, was poignant. I didn't really like the TV series "Freaks and Geeks," either, and that was made by the same people.

We just watched "The Bourne Ultimatum" this weekend - loved it! And I'm not usually into those types of thrillers. (The chase scene in Tangiers, though, was WAY too long, though I suppose it did give Julia Stiles a chance to do something.)

kristine said...

Youhave a great list here! I watched Waitress today and I must agree - it was a GREAT one! I cried too much!

Missy said...

Oooh, what a fun post! I just added a bunch of these to my Netflix list! :)


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