Top 5… Films from 2007

Boy, 2007 was a good year. If I could have a top 10 list I would have done. Narrowing it down to 5 was hard and without further ado, here they are.

5. Gone baby gone

After his film career looked to be at an end, Ben Affleck decided to step behind the camera and direct his brother Casey in this story of a girl who goes missing in Boston and the private investigators who are hired to help find her.

This was an amazing film and really impressed me. Not only was it solidly acted but there was a confidence to the storytelling that made people stop and take notice of Ben Affleck again.

4. There will be blood

Daniel Day-Lewis has created a character that will live forever in Daniel Plainview. A prospector in the early 1900s who finds oil and how the greed of it affects him, the town the grows around the well and his family. This film took my breath away. It was haunting, skilfully made with memorable moments that never fade. The haunting soundtrack from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood doesn’t hurt either!

3. No country for old men

Josh Brolin stumbles upon the aftermath of a drug exchange that went horribly wrong and ends up leaving with $2 million dollars in cash and going on the run. Hot on his tails is a psychopathic hitman (Javier Bardem) armed with a bottle of compressed air and hot on his tail are the police headed up by the always great Tommy Lee Jones.

The Coen brothers create one of their greatest films with this masterpiece. They balance action, thrills and great characters perfectly. Even the strange (but true to the book) ending can’t disrupt this modern classic.

2. The mist

Frank Darabont, director of such classics as The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, takes a stab at horror in yet another adaptation of a Stephen King novel with this fab film. It didn’t win any awards and it didn’t break box office records but most of those who saw it loved it.

The basic premise is that a dense mist descends on a small American town and people seek shelter in a supermarket. Soon, strange creatures in the mist start to attack. As the people huddle together and try and survive they start to fight with each other and soon there may be more danger from within the supermarket than without.

I personally love that King and Darabont agreed to do it on the smaller budget that the studio were offering if they could end it the way they wanted and I am so glad they did. Brilliant!

1. Sunshine

Danny Boyle, can you do any wrong? Every genre you tackle you knock out of the park. And with Sunshine you take on sci-fi and create one of the greatest science fiction films of all time (bold statement I know). What makes this film so great is the realism of it. He doesn’t leave plot holes or make characters do strange things that don’t make sense. When decisions are made (and especially the tough ones) you totally understand why and agree.

It was so refreshing to see a film raise the intelligence stakes and treat my brain with respect. It’s also gorgeous and has one of the most beautiful musical pieces in cinema: Adagio in D Minor

Honourable mentions

  • Stardust – Funny and magical. Reminds me of Princess Bride which can only be good!
  • Ratatouille – Pixar’s take on a cooking rat in Paris is yet another great film for their collection.
  • Zodiac – Fincher takes on a different kind of serial killer from the perspective of the journalists in this underrated thriller.
  • Enchanted – A fairy-tale princess in New York makes great family friendly comedy!
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford – Beautiful. Just beautiful.
  • Juno – Hip, funny and burst Ellen Page into the mainstream.
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