December 18, 2007

Looking Back on 2007, Viewing-Wise

The Cinecultist has been slightly under the weather lately, so while trying to take it easy this weekend we constructed our top 10 list for 2007. Now granted, CC still have two weeks worth of screenings we could (and probably will) try to cram in, so bear that in mind when you analyze our choices. Looking back it's been a strong year for drama, full of dysfunctional families, cultural malaise and senseless violence at the movies. But, CC still managed to toss a musical comedy, a Western and a summer action blockbuster on the pile. Because basically that's how we roll, viewing taste-wise.

After the jump, we also listed the rest of the movies we saw this year divided into the categories stuff we liked, stuff that we are now indifferent to and stuff that is just painful to recall. When you watch this many movies in a year (nearly two a week, on average! and that's not counting dvds or repertory), sometimes you have to sit through utter garbage. But if Cinecultist didn't suffer a little, we know we'd never discover the hidden gems, those little features that make this delightful obsession all worth while.

1. No Country for Old Men
2. There Will Be Blood
3. The Savages $ @
4. Michael Clayton @
5. The Bourne Ultimatum @
6. The Wind that Shakes the Barley
7. Enchanted $ @
8. I’m Not There
9. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford $
10. Zodiac $
(special award) 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (saw this year, but comes out in January and it’s amazing.) @

$ = paid money to see
@ = didn’t watch alone

Saw and Enjoyed
Catch and Release. Jennifer Garner at a grieving granola chick in the Pacific Northwest kind of hit a cord for us.

The Lives of Others. East Berlin was not a happy place but this is a great movie.

The Namesake. Kal Penn rewards us for our long term support of Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle. $ @

Blades of Glory. Funnier than you’d expect a one-note comedy about ice skating should be.

Black Book. Only Paul Verhoeven would dare make Nazis sexy.

The TV Set. If you’re lovin’ Juno, give Reitman’s other fellow second generation director Jake Kasdan's feature from this year a go.

Year of the Dog. How much do you love Peter Sarsgaard’s asexual vegetarian dog rescuer?

Hot Fuzz. Simon Pegg makes darn funny movies.

Waitress. $ The affection for Kerry Russell is not unfounded.

Fay Grim. Hal Hartley still makes movies that make us think.

Once. Bringing back the musical, one busking Irishman at a time.

Knocked Up. CC laughed until it hurt during our screening but we got tired of the over-enthusiasm and subsequent backlash against this movie.

La Vie en Rose. Marion Cottilard is a revelation in this one.

A Mighty Heart. @ Just pretend this isn’t an Angelina Jolie movie.

Broken English. This is how neurotic real New York single women are.

Ratatouille. $ Paris, this is my town baby.

Rescue Dawn. Christian Bale, you are the man. Steve Zahn isn’t too shabby either.

Sunshine. Like Solaris and 2001 but with Michelle Yeoh in it.

Exiled. Bad ass Asian gangsters but with a Western twist.

3:10 to Yuma. @ Better than we expected for a nouveau Western with Russell Crowe.

Into the Wild. Sean Penn brings out lots of great quiet performances and some gorgeous scenery.

My Kid Could Paint That. Quite well edited, and we’re not just saying that because we’re friends with the editor.

Lars and the Real Girl. $ @ Ryan Gosling does it again.

Gone Baby Gone. @ Amy Ryan is our favorite new discovery of the year.

Persopolis. A good, woman-centric story about life in a part of the world we want to know more about.

Juno. $ Ellen Page is great though the script has some overly cutesy moments to it.

Sat Through
The Water Horse
The Kite Runner
Alvin and the Chipmunks
The Golden Compass
Southland Tales $ @
Margot at the Wedding @
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
Lions for Lambs
Bee Movie
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
The Darjeeling Limited
Transformers (saw on an airplane, okay?)
Sydney White
The Jane Austen Book Club $
The Brave One
December Boys
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With
The Nanny Diaries
Mr. Bean’s Holiday
Super Bad @
The Invasion
The Last Legion $
Becoming Jane
El Cantante $
No Reservations
Goya’s Ghosts $ @
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $ @
License to Wed
You Kill Me
Ocean’s Thirteen $ @
Mr. Brooks @
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End $
The Wendell Baker Story
Home of the Brave
The Ex
Paris, je t’aime
Private Fears in Public Places
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters
The Host
300 @
Avenue Montaigne
Music and Lyrics
Blood and Chocolate @
God Grew Tired of Us
Run, Fat Boy, Run (comes out next year)
The 11th Hour
Hannah Takes the Stairs
Great World of Sound $ @
Dans Paris
Day Night Day Night @
East of Havana
The Wayward Cloud @
Tears of the Black Tiger

Want/Need to See Before the Oscars
Sweeney Todd
Charlie Wilson’s War
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Eastern Promises
Away From Her

Painful. Utterly Painful. That’s 2 Hours of Our Life We’ll Never Get Back
Because I Said So. Worst Mandy Moore movie ever. And that’s saying something. $ @
Exterminating Angels. This was an art house French film that was actually porn, but not in a good way.
Evening. Dear god, the cheesy flash back-induced pain. It still hurts.

Posted by karen at December 18, 2007 9:00 AM

Good list. But another 2nd gen director, Jake Kasdan, made THE TV SET.

Posted by: karina at December 18, 2007 9:40 AM

Ha, Evening *was* painfully bad. Wow. That may have been the worst thing I've seen all year.

Posted by: Matty at December 18, 2007 7:03 PM
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