Best of year 2007 –
A great year for movies 2007. Ironically I am publishing my top 10 at time of 2008 but can’t help. Too many late DVDs. According to tradition here is my list.
Best #1. There Will Be Blood
The best movie I saw in 2007 is Paul Thomas Anderson’s American epic tour-de-force There will be blood. In Orcar winning role is devastating and monstorous Daneil Day Lewis playing Daniel Plainview, an oil tycoon. This is story of oil, greed, power, money and religion. This is thoroghly orignial piece of art. Loosely based on Upton Sinclair’s biographic novel Oil! and based on real life character Edward Dohini.
Best #2. No Country for Old Men
Coen Brother’s adapting Cormac McCarthy’s No Country For Old Men is on my Best #2 in 2007. A brilliant chase film revolves around three central characters about a drug deal terribly gone wrong. Javier Bardem gives one of the years best performances as Anton Chigurh devil incarnated chasing ex Nam vet Lleweyn Moss played by Josh Brollin with film’s philisophical centre is Tommy Lee Jones in the role of Sherriff Ed Bell.
Best #3. Ratatouille
Pixar factory product Brad Bird’s Ratatouille is my #3 pick of the year. Remy a charming little rodent who has talent and aspirations of becoming a chef is as A O Scott says ‘one of the best protrait of an artist commited to screen’.
Best #4. Zodiac
On 4 I have David Fincher’s masterpiece Zodiac. A haunting prcedural story of a serial killer in San Fransisco which is one of unsolved cases till date.
Best #5. 4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days
The most heartbreaking voilent movie I saw in year 2007 is Romanian miracle Critian Mingue’s 4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days with extraordinary performances by entire cast especially Anamaria Marinica as Otilita who is helping her friend Gabita ( Laura Vasiliue) having an illegal abortion Romanian black market set in 1980 under dictatorship.
Best #6. I’m Not There
Todd Hayne’s artistic I’m not there a take on one of the most influential and celebrated singer Bob Dylan’s life. Six different actors embody one of Dylan’s enigmatic personality. My favorite is Cate Blanchette’s Jude Queen playing 60s rock guitar transition and experienced a backlash from his huge fan club. This segment is shot in eerie black-n-white and played by a woman with sheer force. Bob Dylan’s music is one of the many relishing pleasures of this film.
Best #7. Michael Clayton
Tony Gilroy’s directorial debut Michael Clayon starring George Clooney as corporate law firm fixer is my no.7 this year. With amazing supporting cast Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton and Sydney Pollock film is brilliantly written, acted and directed is a tribute to Sydney Lumet films of 1970 and 80s.
Best #8. Gone Baby Gone
One of my favourite novels is now my one of favourite films. Dennis Lehane’s powerful ‘Gone Baby Gone’ with astonshingly matured and one of my favourite performances this year by Casey Affleck as Boston private eye Patrick Kenzie gets involved in the investigation of a missing child.
Best #9. American Gangster
Denzel Washington as drug kingpin Frank Lucas in American Gangster is crime saga with shaggy dog hairdo Russel Crowe is dogged cop on Lucas’ trail. This is one of the solid entertainment of the year.
Best #10. Bourne Ultimatum
Kinetic action film of the year Bourne Ultimatum raises bar for action flicks with Matt Demon as battered amnesic CIA spy continues to look for his identity with CIA and almost everyone wants him dead.
Best #10. Death Proof
Quentin Tarantino’s delicious homage to 70’s grindhouse films. A double feature with his segment called Death Proof. Tarantino is once again in dazzling form with an imaginative great muscle car chase and sharp dialogues, geek speeches and fetishes.
Into The Wild
Before The Devil Knows You are Dead
Charlie Wilson’s War
Sweeney Todd: demon barber of fleet street
In the Valley of Elah
Assasignation of Jesse James by Coward Robert Ford
3:10 to Yuma