Thursday, January 16, 2014

Top 10 Lists: 2007

A really good year for horror and action movies, to the point where they ended up comprising all of my top ten list.  What can I say, the only comedies I liked that year were Reno 911: The Movie and the Aqua Teen Hunger Force film plays one other I will reveal below.  It was weird.  This was the year I made a New Year's resolution to see one film the theater each month of the year.  Didn't quite make it.

10. Grindhouse

To be honest, I like the Robert Rodriguez segment a hell of a lot more than the Tarantino piece but it still comes together with the fake trailers to make an amazingly fun package.  Planet Terror is a fun throwback to early 80's horror and while Death Proof is quite flawed, the car stunts more than make up for it.

9. Hatchet

Adam Green's slasher comedy is a fun romp with some great gore, a fantastic performance from Kane Hodder and an infectious enthusiasm.

8. The Rage

Another good low budget horror film, this one if from KNB founder Robert Kurtzman and is a classic mad scientist gore-fest that isn't afraid to just let the plot go crazy.  A great midnight movie.

7. 1408

I really dig this adaptation of the Stephen King short story.  Tense, well shot and actually a little scary in places, this is easily one of the better King adaptations.

6. Behind the  Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

A love when a horror film decides to have fun with itself and this film does just that.  Armed with a good cast and a clever premise, it manages the difficult feat of slyly satirizing the slasher film while also being respectful of what came before it.  It's a very, very well done movie.

5. Trick 'r Treat

Criminally mishandled by Warner Brothers and not even released until 2009, I am nevertheless honoring it here because it damn well should have been released in 2007!  A fun, energetic anthology film, this perfectly captures the spirit of the holiday while also having fun with it.

4. Shooter

 Sometimes you just want a good smash mouth action movie and Shooter delivers that and then some.  Great action, nicely directed and featuring good acting from the cast, this is a solid, underrated gem.

3. Hot Fuzz

Speaking of smash mouth action, the team that did Shaun of the Dead really hit it out of the park with this one.  Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright made a great action comedy that tops Shaun of the Dead in terms of laughs, the cast (gotta love Timothy Dalton) and tone (Shaun of the Dead sort of lapses into a regular zombie film after a while).  Overall, it is probably their most successful film from an overall entertainment standpoint.

2. Black Sheep

This fun little splat-fest from New Zealand follows in the proud tradition of early Peter Jackson films and just goes for broke with a wild tale of killer sheep, crass humor and the amazing spectacle of... The Weresheep!  It really has to be seen to be believed.

1. No Country for Old Men

Finally, we have the Best Picture of that year and one which I heartily agree with.  The Coen Brothers out did themselves here with a wonderfully tense thriller that features solid work from Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem as the creepiest villain in recent history.  Even more amazing is that five years from this film, Bardem would somehow come up with a way to be even creepier in Skyfall!  As for this film, it's just great which is saying a lot when the film intentionally robs the viewer of a satisfying ending.  Best part of that?  It's exactly how the book ends.

While it was a little limited in terms of scope, 2007 was a really, really great year for film.

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I've been a huge fan of action, horror and comedy for as long as I can remember.