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Top Ten Movies Of 2007

June 11, 2008

10.  3:10 To Yuma: This is a Western about a robber named Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) that carelessly become caught by local authorities when romping with a woman. Ben is as bad as they come and his outfit is responsible for twenty-two robberies. His outfit is waiting for him near Mexico, but close enough to come back and take Wade before the Sheriff can get him to the 3:10 train to Yuma prison. He recruits help that includes a small time rancher that has only one leg named Dan Evans (Christian Bale), who is not only about to lose his own ranch, but his oldest sons respect as well. Evans will receive a $200 reward if he succeeds in getting Wade on the train. The trip is perilous as the group seems to be dropping like flies in conflict with Wades outfit, Apache Indians, railroad bandits, and Wade himself. Then, his son William (Logan Lerman) joins to help and their journey to contention becomes that much more complex.  For more READ HERE!

9. I Am Legend: This entire movie seemed full of hopelessness. Everything was lost.  In the vastness of Manhattan, Robert Neville appeared to be the last man alive.  After three years his hope in finding someone else, or curing the disease that had infected those who were left was waivering.  The only thing left alive was the morphed creatures that haunted the night where Robert hid in his fortresslike home waiting for the frightening hours to pass.  With no human contact, and only a dog as his companion, his mind slowly begins to deteriate and his carefully structured existence along with it.  For more READ HERE!

8. American Gangster: Ridley Scott took us back into a time when drug dealers were smooth and classy citizens and the cops were low down dirty criminals trying to get their piece of the pie. Frank Lucas was portrayed as almost a Robin Hood of Harlem. On thanksgiving he tosses turkey’s from a truck to the citizens. It’s no mystery that while Scott wants the viewer to cheer for Roberts, the real hero of the story is Lucas, who is less of a drug lord and more of a businessman. That is when he’s not shooting people in their faces or setting them on fire.   For more READ HERE!

7. Lars And The Real Girl: A lonely man who lives in a small northern town, in a garage outside his brother and sister in laws house finds himself uncomfortable and awkward around people.  Somehow, he is still very likable.  Lars purchases himself a life size doll named Bianca.  He has deemed her his girlfriend and the woman of his dreams.  When he introduces Bianca to Gus and Karin as though she is a real live woman, their reactions were obviously in the category of shocked.  However, they take their brother to a physician/therapist and she begins to help Lars and Bianca.  Her instructions include going along with Lars delusions, and Karin and Gus must face their entire small town and their brother’s mental illness together. For more READ HERE!

6. The Bourne Ultimatum: The Ultimatum hits hard and fast. This quick action packed film gets right to the point and delivers some of the best Bourne fight scenes and action sequences to date. While the action scenes are brilliant, the suspense that builds in this addition is edge of your seat excitement. Meanwhile, we once again get further into the depth and psyche of Jason Bourne. Somehow, even with the amazing things he does Bourne still remains a tangible character that is easy to sympathize and connect with.  For more READ HERE!

5. Juno: Juno is a clever, original film that has enough depth mixed with just the right amount of humour to touch anyone and everyone. This is a movie you could take your twelve year old daughter to, along with your seventy year old grandmother. What a breath of sincerity. For more READ HERE!

4. No Country For Old Men: No Country For Old Men puts on a simple mask shrouding a frightening face.  The drama begins slow and continues at it’s own natural pace, not succumbing to the force of the events happening in it, it simply develops on it’s own.  The driving force of the story is the character’s and each of their motivators.  The violence of the story is graphic but not overdone.  And the basic nature and feeling of one world that doesn’t understand the other becomes the perfect picture of contrast. For more READ HERE!

3. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street: The cinematography of this movie is quite possibly the best I’ve seen in a Tim Burton film, which is a considerable feat.  The gritty appearance of London brings my imagination to a time when Jack The Ripper ruled the streets and the city was filled with darkness and fear.  The paleness of skin, and the greys and blacks make for a very ominous and depressing feeling, where hope lies dormant buried in a locked box with no key. For more READ HERE!

2. Ratatouille:  Remy is a rat, who lives in the rural community of an attic of an old lady.  His acute sense of taste and smell makes him different from his clan as he doesn’t like to steal or eat the garbage the rest of the rats are satisfied with.  His father is the leader and is disappointed in Remy’s uniqueness until he finds a suitable use for it and suddenly Remy becomes the rat poison detector.  Unsatisfied in his station Remy begins to wander even further away from his kind, until he finds himself in the old lady’s kitchen attempting to make a meal when he catches a commercial about a chef who has written the cook book, “Anyone can cook”.  Remy is inspired and begins to make his own meal but it becomes too late when the woman has spotted him and discover the entire pack of rats who make a run for it.  Remy is separated and finds himself alone in sewers somewhere underneath the city of Paris.  Hallucinations of Chef Gusteau tell Remy to run to the surface and “create” his own food.  Remy finds himself at Gusteau’s restaurant adding his own ingredients to a bus boy’s soup.  The soup is a sensation and when the boy is asked to repeat the miracle again, he and Remy team up for an adventure of love, creation, and inspiration!  For more READ HERE!

1.  Zodiac: With a track record like David Fincher one expects nothing less than brilliance and perfection onscreen and that is difficult to live up to time and time again. But Fincher rules again with this beautifully shot creation and perfectly paced story about a monster that was never apprehended. Fincher balanced the intricate details of fact in the story with the in depth character development and the suspense of discovery in his regular fashion of perfection. Time is spent to give each character life and real motivation and a base development that makes them extremely three dimensional. They are the heart of story instead of the killer and violence he created and that is what makes Zodiac most compelling. The brutality of the murder’s the Zodiac committed are visualized but not overly gruesome as was the case with Finchers 1999 film Se7en. He does nothing to indulge the killers ego, which it seemed the publicity craving Zodiac seemed to desire above and beyond anything else. The interpretation of the Zodiac as a desperate man in need of some kind of recognition or acknowledgement is a brilliant and different take on the killer that could have been easily portrayed as a one dimensional mad man who killed for the sake of killing.   For more READ HERE!

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  1. August 2, 2008 9:25 pm

    Thank you

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