Feigned Mischief’s Best of 2007

2 Jan

I have only seen 39 films in 2007, with only 9 films added from the previous year where I just saw 30. Not quite a good number really since there was quite quite a few good films that came out last year, or was there?

Anyway, here’s my Top 10 Best for 2007 an d with a few that almost made it to the final list.

10. Ratatouille- Although not a huge fan of animation, I was on a lookout for this film for quite sometime mainly because of Pixar and also because of the idea of a rat making it big as a gourmet chef in Paris. Absolutely loved every bite of it!

9. Enchanted- Call me soppy but I really loved Disney’s latest venture that reminded you of what was once good and sweet. I didn’t expect to like it as I have quite mastered the art of not feeling anything in the name of love, but the story was just right, the music fantastic and Amy Adams was superb as the damsel-in-distress Giselle. Not to mention of course the two dashing and charming princes in Marsden and Dempsey.

8. Zodiac- Gripping film on the investigation of the celebrated 1970’s case as they search for the murderer known as Zodiac. Brilliant performances from Mark Ruffalo & Anthony Edwards who played the Inspectors from SFPD and Robert Downey Jr. who played Paul Avery, the crime beat editor for SF Chronicle and Jake Gyllenhaal who played Robert Graysmith, former cartoonist of the SF Chronicle who eventually wrote the novel that the film was based on.

7. 300- What is there to say but this was easily one of the most anticipated films of 2007. Seeing Gerry Butler as big as a house, as I saw it on IMAX (thanks to Filmstalker!) was worth the admission ticket in itself. 300 is a visual, orgasmic feast of color, effects and style with 300 bare chested Spartans. Eye candy to the max!

6. Die Hard 4.0- John McClane is back and HOW! Bruce Willis is uber-kewl in this much awaited sequel that is nearly just as good as the original.

5. Transformers- Somehow, Michael Bay didn’t disappoint in giving us the film version of the battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons. Highly entertaining and a real popcorn film for the whole family.

4. The Bourne Ultimatum- This is the ultimate Bourne movie with its tense, pulsating action through and through, and is by far the best Bourne installment of the entire franchise, just cut down on the shaky camera bit next time Greengrass.

3. Hot Fuzz- Being a new convert of the triumvirate of Pegg-Wright-Frost after being served with Shaun of the Dead and Spaced, I was full of excited anticipation to catch Hot Fuzz and oh boy how I loved it! Twas the first film of 2007 I saw 3 times in the cinema and I also got the DVD last week!

2. Zwartboek aka Black Book- Espionage thrillers is my favorite genré both on novels and in film so I had no doubt that I will enjoy this film. It’s Carice Van Houten’s brilliant portrayal of Rachel Steinn that is the heart and soul of this movie. She was not only beautiful, but she played the character convincingly well. Other noteworthy performances came from the gorgeous Sebastian Koch playing Gestapo Chief Ludwig Muntze and Thom Hoffman as Hans Akkermans. Directed by Paul Verhoeven.

1. Das Leben der Anderen aka The Lives of Others- This is one of my most anticipated films for 2007 and it didn’t disappoint. But what it has done inadvertently was it raised the bar of my moviegoing experience to such an extremely high level that the rest of the films coming out after this one might not be able to live up to.I will not go into so much about the plot or the technical details but will tell you now that the film’s director, whose name is quite a handful to say, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck will surely go places. If you might know, this film already won the Best Foreign Language film in the last Academy Awards. The performances from the actors, particularly Ulrich Muhe and Sebastian Koch were top notch.

This film will stay with you long after you’ve left the cinema. You will find yourself calling up your friends and tell them to go and watch it. If you suddenly feel you’re choked with emotions and will give way to tears, let it happen, as my eyes burned towards the end of the film. I have never left the cinema with so much satisfaction in a very long time. And it has one of the best endings I have seen in years.

Honorable Mention

La Vie en Rose- Marion Cotillard’s brilliant portrayal of Edith Piaf makes this film a must see. This is an award winning performance and now that most of the award giving bodies have handed out their nomination for Cotillard it’s very well deserved indeed. Her swan song Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regrets) perfectly captured her illustrious but oftentimes tragic life and was a fitting end to the film and Piaf’s life.

Stardust-No star can shine with a broken heart’, (don’t talk to me about broken hearts!) cheesy alright but worked quite okay for me. I was swept away with the film’s visual effects and seeing the Isle of Skye again particularly the Quiraing brought back so many beautiful memories that I almost thought had long been forgotten. Robert De Niro was a real hoot with his flawless performance of a crossdressing pirate and not to forget a wicked but still delicious Michelle Pfeiffer.

Hairspray- A spot on film version of the successful Broadway musical with  fantastic peformances from Travolta, Walken, Marsden, Pfeiffer and newcomer Blonsky.

2 Days in Paris- Written and directed by Delpy (she also co-wrote Before Sunset with Hawke and Linklater), I can truly relate to the cultural differences between her and Adam Goldberg – who did a superb job playing her neatnik boyfriend and I hope will be given more meaty roles after this. The wacky scenes are with her family (Delpy’s real life parents too mind you) over a rabbit dinner, – oh it’s just hilarious! When she said, “I find it fascinating how someone can turn from being madly in love then to feeling nothing at all”, was ooouuuch! That really got through the heart. See it and feel good and hopeful about relationships again!

Atonement- Directed by Joe Wright, the same guy who did the latest film version of Pride and Prejudice which also starred Knightley, this film is a beautiful tapestry of colors, sights and superb performances mainly from McAvoy who in my opinion owned this film. Every scene he was in was a delight, and his passion speaks volumes in one of the pivotal points of the film. He is truly one of the finest actors of his generation.

Up next is a list of my must-see films for 2008.

UPDATE: This list is now available in Filmstalker. Thanks for the kind words Richard!

http://www.filmstalker.co.uk/archives/2008/01/stalkers_top_ten_simone.html#comments

To see my fellow filmstalkers lists, please follow this link:

http://www.filmstalker.co.uk/archives/top_ten/topten_stalker/

     

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2 Responses to “Feigned Mischief’s Best of 2007”

  1. Shishi January 6, 2008 at 4:51 am #

    how come atonement was just an honorable mention? dude, 3:10 to yuma wasn’t even in the list! i don’t like you anymore.

  2. Simone January 6, 2008 at 11:57 am #

    I didnt get to see 3:10 to Yuma that’s why. Relax! 😛

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