Movies Of 2007
(still in progress)
Stranger Than Fiction
(4) -- Much to my surprise, Will Ferrell (Anchorman, Elf) did
a great job with this drama about a man who wonders if he only exists at the
whim of a popular writer who has killed off all of her characters at the end of
her previous novels. Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson were great, as usual, in
Children Of Men (4) -- Clive Owen (Inside Man) was amazing as a man who inadvertently gets involved with a plot to save the world's only infant. This movie takes place in a London from the near future and it's not too hard to imagine this alternate reality in these days of politically-created xenophobia. This film felt claustrophobic even when the scene was outdoors. There was a car-chase shot from inside the car being chased. Clive's character ran around inside a building as it was being shelled by gunfire. The whole thing just felt all too close for comfort for my taste.
Smokin' Aces (3.5) -- I still can't believe this movie wasn't written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The biggest name in the film was probably Andy Garcia, but the casting was very inspired. Alicia Keys? Ryan Reynolds? Ray Liotta -- who virtually has nothing to do here?
Zodiac (4) -- I vaguely remember the real story (serial killer scaring Californians in the 1970s with sporadic violence and codes sent to newspapers) while it was going on, but the producers and director did a great job making me feel like I was back in the 1970s all over again.
300 (3) -- If this movie is the future of filmmaking, American movie fans could be in trouble -- unless eye candy is all they're looking for. Based on the true story of Spartan King Leonidas and his against-all-odds battle with the Persian army juggernaut, this movie WAS visually stunning. The buildings were real, but every single "view" shot was digitally created. Other than the King (Gerard Butler from Timeline) and the omnipresent graphic violence, the action and story outline in this movie are on par with the daily soaps. This movie gets three stars from me because of the visuals and the action -- and because it was the first of its kind that I've seen. However, any future films that resemble this one will get lower ratings.
Bridge To Terabithia (3.5)
Meet The Robinsons (4)
Spider-Man 3 (3)
Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End (3.5)
Evan Almighty (3)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (4)
The Simpsons Movie (3.5)
Rush Hour 3 (2)
The Bourne Ultimatum (4)
Nightmare Before Christmas 3D (3.5)
Bee Movie (3.5)
The Golden Compass (3.5)