Friday, February 29, 2008

"If I have to hear "Yah Mo B There" one more time, I'm gonna "Yah Mo" burn this place to the ground..."

If you'll allow me to shill for my other blog just this once (note: promise not binding), check out the wedding blog for a brief post on some of the music we're planning on playing on the big day, complete with reasons why. Feedback welcome.

While we're at it, I've thought it over, and here's my expanded list of the Top 20 Movies of 2007.

Outside Looking In...

25. 30 Days of Night
24. Rescue Dawn
23. There Will Be Blood (I honestly can't it any higher...)
22. Spider-Man 3
21. Beowulf (IMAX 3D version only)

Revised Top 20 Movies of 2007

20. Breach (totally forgot about this one until someone mentioned it this week. Great flick that didn't try to do too much.)
19. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (not to steal my dad's pet complaint or anything, but there was no need for this film to be as long--160 minutes--as it was. While it didn't hold my interest for the entire time, there's more than enough here (strong performances by Pitt, Affleck, Rockwell, and Paul Schneider) for me to comfortably recommend it. And, if you have seen it, let me know, because I'm desperate to talk to someone about it.
18. Grindhouse (if you take the first hour or so of Planet Terror and combine it with about twenty minutes--i.e. the two car chases--from Death Proof, you'd have a pretty kick ass movie. Unfortunately, the movie is actually closer to three hours...complete with lots of (I'll be honest: tedious) dialogue. Ambitious and (deeply) flawed, it's still a fascinating movie-going experience.)
17. 300
16. Transformers
15. Atonement
14. Knocked Up
13. Juno
12. Hot Fuzz
11. Zodiac
10. Gone Baby Gone
9. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
8. The Bourne Ultimatum
7. The Lookout
6. Into the Wild
5. Eastern Promises
4. Superbad
3. Michael Clayton
2. Once
1. No Country for Old Men

Oh, and file Margot at the Wedding in the "unaccountably bad" category. My this really the same guy that wrote and directed The Squid and the Whale? Prove it.


RT Murphy said...

So... 'Outside Looking In' is the new 'just barely didn't make it'? If that's the case, I am rather surprised to see Spider-Man 3 on there from all I've heard when you leave off Shoot 'Em Up, Darjeeling Limited or Live Free Or Die Hard.

Also, I'll be watching TAoJJbyCRF (what an acronym!) soon enough, and we will jabber.

I would also say that a certain half of Grindhouse was trying to recapture the casual chatter gold of Pulp Fiction while failing to be relevant or even particularly clever- this might be why that 40-minutes-turned-40,000-years worth of conversation in the last half stung so bad.

Mark P said...

The dialogue in Death Proof can basically be summarized as, "When are they going to get to the fireworks factory?"

RT Murphy said...

Shuk, if I ever ask myself "why do I read what Mark has to say?" I will return to that comment. Those are the best 10 words to summarize a movie I have ever heard.