Best of 2007

My favorite movies from 2007. With comments.
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1.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
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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. (122 mins.)
“ A masterpiece. One of the Top 5 films of the decade, and the Coen Brother's best film ever.

Nominations:
Best Picture**
Best Supporting Actor- Javier Bardem**
Best Supporting Actor- Tommy Lee Jones
Best Director- Joel & Ethan Coen
Best Adapted Screenplay**
Best Cinematography ” - jaddison383
 
2.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
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The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, AKA Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical. (116 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Another masterpiece, and another director's best film: Tim Burton. He reportedly hates musicals, which makes it funny that he is clearly the perfect person to have brought this brilliant show to the screen.

Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Actor- Johnny Depp
Best Actress- Helena Bonham Carter
Best Director- Tim Burton**
Best Cinematography
Best Art Design/Set Decoration**
Best Costume Design**
Best Make-Up** ” - jaddison383
 
3.
Juno (2007)
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Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child. (96 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ And another fantastic film that quite possibly makes the Top 10 of the decade, and introduced the world to the vibrant and totally unique Ellen Page.

Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Actress- Ellen Page
Best Supporting Actress- Jennifer Garner
Best Original Screenplay- Diablo Cody**
Best Director- Jason Reitman ” - jaddison383
 
4.
Michael Clayton (2007)
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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 multi-billion dollar class action suit. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Gilroy
“ Another fantastic film, and a one of the best performances of George Clooney's career.

Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Actor- George Clooney
Best Supporting Actress- Tilda Swinton**
Best Supporting Actor- Tom Wilkinson
Best Original Screenplay- Tony Gilroy
Best Director- Tony Gilroy
Best Original Score ” - jaddison383
 
5.
Hairspray (2007)
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Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. (117 mins.)
Director: Adam Shankman
“ Two great movie musicals in one year is a rarity these days, but both Sweeney Todd and Hairspray are fantastic, and ironically totally opposite.

Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Supporting Actor- John Travolta
Best Art Design/Set Decoration
Best Costume Design
Best Make-Up
Best Original Song- Ladies Choice**
Best Original Song- New Girl in Town ” - jaddison383
 
6.
Atonement (2007)
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Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. (123 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
“ More masterful direction (I had forgotten how strong of a year 2007 was) from Joe Wright.

Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Supporting Actress- Vanessa Redgrave
Best Director- Joe Wright
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Score- Dario Marianelli** ” - jaddison383
 
7.
Dan in Real Life (2007)
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A widower finds out the woman he fell in love with is his brother's girlfriend. (98 mins.)
Director: Peter Hedges
“ The kind of movie that somehow manages to renew your faith in love. Beautiful, hysterical, and sweet.

Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Original Screenplay ” - jaddison383
 
8.
Away from Her (2006)
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A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man, Aubrey, a wheelchair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home. (110 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley
“ Just as Dan is about new love, Away From Her is about old, and it is just as challenging and moving.

Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Actress- Julie Christie
Best Actor- Gordon Pinsent
Best Adapted Screenplay- Sarah Polley ” - jaddison383
 
9.
The Orphanage (2007)
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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. (105 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
“ Chilling, expertly-directed, and a superb performance from Belen Rueda.

Nominations:
Best Picture ” - jaddison383
 
10.
Waitress (2007)
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Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep south. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness. (108 mins.)
Director: Adrienne Shelly
“ Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Supporting Actor- Andy Griffith
Best Original Screenplay- Adrienne Shelley ” - jaddison383
 
11.
The Savages (2007)
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A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father. (114 mins.)
Director: Tamara Jenkins
“ Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Actress- Laura Linney
Best Original Screenplay ” - jaddison383
 
12.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
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A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
“ Dark, strange, and even bizarre, this is not an easily digested film. Perhaps it was a little too much for me; others tend to acclaim it more than I. Still. It stuck in my mind for some time.

Nominations:
Best Actor- Daniel Day-Lewis**
Best Cinematography
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Score ” - jaddison383
 
13.
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
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A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet. (106 mins.)
Director: Craig Gillespie
“ A strange and sweet, underseen little film.

Nominations:
Best Supporting Actress- Emily Mortimer ” - jaddison383
 
14.
Rescue Dawn (2006)
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A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War. (120 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ Nominations:
Best Actor- Christian Bale
Best Original Score- Klaus Badelt ” - jaddison383
 
15.
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
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Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer. (115 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ Thrilling, entertaining, exciting. Love it. ” - jaddison383
 
16.
A Mighty Heart (2007)
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Mariane Pearl embarks on a frantic search to locate her journalist husband, Daniel, when he goes missing in Pakistan. (108 mins.)
“ It was a tough call between this, Enchanted, and Charlie Wilson's War for the last spot (honorable mention to those two). But out of those, this is the film that affected me most, thanks almost entirely to Angelina Jolie's masterful performance.

Nominations:
Best Actress- Angelina Jolie ” - jaddison383