Jimmy's Top 20 of 2007

by bigjim_88 | created - 19 May 2011 | updated - 10 Jul 2011 | Public

This is the year of evil men with Daniel Plainveiw and Anton Chigurh winning well deserved oscars. This is a very strong list and will be one of the best years of movies in the first half 21st century. There are films that are high to mid 70 percential that I had to leave off my list that I recommend you guys watch in my honorable mentions.

Honorable Mentions

Hairspray, Disturbia, Trick 'r Treat, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Counterfeiters, Knocked Up, Death at a Funeral, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Stardust, American Gangster, Snow Angels, Elite Squad, 12.

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1. There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | 158 min | Drama

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93 Metascore

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Martin Stringer

Votes: 422,170 | Gross: $40.22M

A Kubrickian horror set in the 1900's about men who built America into the greatest nation of the 20th and 21st century with the blood of men.

My IMDb rating 10/10

2. Ratatouille (2007)

G | 111 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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96 Metascore

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.

Directors: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava | Stars: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm

Votes: 526,803 | Gross: $206.45M

Brad Bird proves for the second time to have the greatest handle on a pixar stories narrative. The flow of this film is fantastic not once being bored, while having a standard plot. What this film excels at is showing animated food look edible and having a delicious aroma.

My IMDb rating 9.6/10

3. Eastern Promises (2007)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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82 Metascore

A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Josef Altin

Votes: 204,001 | Gross: $17.11M

A tight thriller with the innocent clashing with the guilty. I any other year of the decade, I would have wanted Viggo Mortensen to win the oscar.

My IMDb rating 9/10

4. Zodiac (2007)

R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, History

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78 Metascore

In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards

Votes: 353,244 | Gross: $33.08M

Fincher's se7en aesthetics are also implemented in this police-procedural with a solid cast of Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr, who play off each other with eclectic chemistry.

My IMDb rating 8.9/10

5. The Orphanage (2007)

R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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74 Metascore

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 130,166 | Gross: $7.16M

A minimalist horror movie that rely on atmosphere rather than cheap cliched scares. The movie is filled with ambiguities such as motive, gesture and even the abstract notions of the Spanish government.

My IMDb rating 8.7/10

6. Gone Baby Gone (2007)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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72 Metascore

Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

Votes: 217,574 | Gross: $20.30M

One of my favorite movies of the year, who would of thought ben affleck is such a talented director and that casey affleck can give a great performance.

My IMDb rating 8.5/10

7. No Country for Old Men (2007)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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91 Metascore

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 695,396 | Gross: $74.28M

The Coen brother's have created a character "Anton Chigurh" that will be one of the greatest villains of the 21st century played by Javier Bardem more than the film itself. The flaw in this film is that the ending is so unnecessarily abrupt; the conclusion in There Will Be Blood wraps up the film with a very satisfying conclusion.

My IMDb rating 8.5/10

8. Sunshine (2007)

R | 107 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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64 Metascore

A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 207,307 | Gross: $3.68M

The organic greens and yellows of the oxygen garden, to the white, yellows, oranges and reds of the solar observation room as well as cold blue and silver colors of the computer rooms giving a sanitized artificial aesthetic. This is one of the reasons why its on my list, although the ending was not at all satisfying.

My IMDb rating 8.5/10

9. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

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76 Metascore

A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster, Logan Lerman

Votes: 255,709 | Gross: $53.61M

A dark revisionist-western that has acting powerhouse's Russel Crowe, Ben Foster and Christian Bale duke it out in a high-speed race.

My IMDb rating 8.4/10

10. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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84 Metascore

When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei

Votes: 86,604 | Gross: $7.08M

Lumet's last great film, the movie has a surprisingly amount of energy that fuels the character's actions with frantic desperation. The Heist genre has rarely been successful in this recent decade but the film pulls it off.

My IMDb rating 8.4/10

11. Michael Clayton (2007)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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82 Metascore

A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multibillion-dollar class action suit.

Director: Tony Gilroy | Stars: George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Michael O'Keefe

Votes: 142,892 | Gross: $49.03M

I knew Tony Gilroy was a talented writer but I never guessed that his direction is sound as well. George Clooney is in a purple patch of both find great scripts and being able to convey the dialoge with such conviction.

My IMDb rating 8.3/10

12. Paranoid Park (2007)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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83 Metascore

A teenage skateboarder's life begins to fray after he is involved in the accidental death of a security guard.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Gabe Nevins, Daniel Liu, Taylor Momsen, Jake Miller

Votes: 26,478 | Gross: $0.49M

The Myspace-Movie that is a genuine depiction of the teenage skateboarding communities that depict the teenagers as thuggish brutes with a nihilist philosophy. Christopher Doyle and Kathy Li do a great job with the cinematography the film is beautifully shot.

My IMDb rating 8.3/10

13. Hot Fuzz (2007)

R | 121 min | Action, Comedy

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81 Metascore

A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town that's harbouring a dark secret.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy

Votes: 392,515 | Gross: $23.64M

A very fun buddy cop movie, Pegg-Frost combo has awesome chemistry. Crazy over-the-top action ala bad boys, point break and ill add some of my own miami vice (tv series), the last boy scout and die hard 3.

My IMDb rating 8.2/10

14. [Rec] (2007)

R | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza | Stars: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Pablo Rosso

Votes: 143,639

A found-footage zombie movie that has a tight plot from start to finish with a superior and a more fulfilling ending then 28 weeks later. I shuddered thinking about the remake and I think it will suck someone comment if I'm right or wrong.

My IMDb rating 8.2/10

15. 28 Weeks Later (2007)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

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78 Metascore

Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan.

Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, Robert Carlyle, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 229,017 | Gross: $28.64M

The first scene filmed by Danny Boyle is the greatest opening in any zombie movie I have watched. The movie overall does not keep up the quality but it is still a very good zombie movie that should be highly regarded in the zombie genre.

My IMDb rating 8.1/10

16. Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)

R | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

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74 Metascore

The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world in 1206.

Director: Sergei Bodrov | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Amadu Mamadakov, Khulan Chuluun, Honglei Sun

Votes: 40,132 | Gross: $5.70M

This film is able to give humanity to Genghis Khan's, one of the greatest conqueror's in human history. The battles are truly epic with Genghis Khan demonstrating his military prowess proving why he was such a great leader.

My IMDb rating 8.1/10

17. Persepolis (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

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90 Metascore

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Gena Rowlands, Danielle Darrieux

Votes: 77,067 | Gross: $4.44M

Innovative animation with the use of black and white ink. The animation and tragic coming-of-age story truly express how Islam stifles a female’s individuality and ability to become independent.

My IMDb rating 8/10

18. Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

R | 102 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

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69 Metascore

A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams

Votes: 95,243 | Gross: $66.66M

Sorkin's script is absolutely delightful and the fun Tom Hank's is back. I had fun seeing him stumble through a war with a beer in his hand, fantastic film.

My IMDb rating 7.9/10

19. Los cronocrímenes (2007)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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68 Metascore

A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.

Director: Nacho Vigalondo | Stars: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernández, Bárbara Goenaga, Nacho Vigalondo

Votes: 47,871 | Gross: $0.04M

The movie is a solid entry to the sci-fi genre with an awesome start, which kicks off at a frenetic pace but tappers off with a telegraph ending. Nacho Vigalondo demonstrates very capable directing but a mediocre script, if this movie had a better script it would easily be in my top ten.

My IMDb rating 7.9/10

20. Death Proof (2007)

Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Thriller

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Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito

Votes: 228,587

This is the only movie out of all the recent grindhouse movies that I actually liked. The grittiness feels natural with awesome car crashes and a really cool car chase at the end.

My IMDb rating 7.8/10