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50 ... And Counting
2007-12-31 08:25
by Jon Weisman

On Friday, I saw my 50th movie of the year. Notwithstanding the fact that it was a matinee of Alvin and the Chipmunks, I thought it worth mentioning. Still, there are a number of movies I feel I'd like to see before I close the book on the 2007 film year. Won't get to them all, but here they are:

3:10 to Yuma
4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
Across the Universe
Becoming Jane
Charlie Wilson's War
I Am Legend
I'm Not There
King of California
Sweeney Todd
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Band's Visit
The Darjeeling Limited
The Great Debaters
This Is England
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Films I have seen in 2007:

A Mighty Heart
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Amazing Grace
American Gangster
Away From Her
Bee Movie
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Blades of Glory
Care Bears: Oopsy Does It!
Dan in Real Life
Eastern Promises
Gone Baby Gone
Grace Is Gone
In the Valley of Elah
Into the Wild
Knocked Up
La Vie en Rose
Lars and the Real Girl
Lions for Lambs
Lust, Caution
Margot at the Wedding
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
Romance and Cigarettes
Surf's Up
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The Hoax
The Jane Austen Book Club
The Kite Runner
The Lookout
The Namesake
The Nanny Diaries
The Savages
The Simpsons Movie
The TV Set
There Will Be Blood
We Own the Night

2007-12-31 17:32:03
1.   Zak
Nice list... I saw maybe half of those movies this year... Bourne, Juno and Once stand out in my mind as once I'd like to see again.

About Alvin, I have a 3 year old and was not sure if he'd like it. What did you think? A little young? For what it's worth, he loved the Bee Movie and didn't like Shrek 3, despite liking the original Shrek.

Wish you and yours a successful, happy new year. Can't wait for the Dodgers already... I do feel better about A. Jones than I did about J. Schmidt and J. Pierre, plus the kids are ready to roll. Should be a fun year. I'll catch you on the boards.

2007-12-31 19:08:16
2.   Bob Timmermann
I hear that the Care Bears movie was often overlooked.
2007-12-31 19:08:53
3.   Mark T.R. Donohue
"Walk Hard" is one of the four movies I saw in theaters this year. The other three were "Transformers" and "Superbad" twice.

I would wait for the DVD... the biopic formula drains the comedy out of a lot of the scenes (Jenna Fischer is pretty much wasted) and the few sequences that really work just make you long for the "Line-o-Rama" extended versions that will appear on the DVD.

2007-12-31 21:49:22
4.   Jon Weisman
1 - My kids, 3 and 5, liked Alvin and weren't too young for it. But you, certainly, will be too old. I would say my 3-year-old liked it more than Bee Movie.

I saw Sweeney Todd this afternoon to bring me to 51, and I have 132 minutes to finish the final 42 minutes of Jesse James to make it 52 before the end of the year.

2008-01-01 12:45:55
5.   jtrichey
Wow. 50 movies just from 2007 is impressive. I doubt that I got to 10, though I probably saw another 15-20 that were actually 2006 movies.

Did you catch the matinee double header of Care Bears and There Will Be Blood? :)

2008-01-01 18:02:17
6.   Jon Weisman
Oops - I forgot Kite Runner. So I'm actually at 53 now.
2008-01-01 21:18:16
7.   T Money
I've seen most of the ones on your "wanna see" list, and I'd break them up into four categories:

DEF. MUST SEE: 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days; This Is England

WORTH SEEING: 3:10 to Yuma; Charlie Wilson's War; Persepolis, Sweeney Todd; Darjeeling Limited

EH: Becoming Jane; I Am Legend; King Of California; The Great Debaters; Walk Hard

SKIP IT: Across The Universe; I'm Not There; Assassination Of Jesse James

Then again, Jon, you and I frequently disagree on movies. So maybe you should disregard everything I've written.

2008-01-02 08:54:36
8.   Jesse
t money: your skip it list looks pretty good, actually. i'm not there was something i wouldn't recommend, but loved. it was more narrative in feeling than anything else (if that makes sense, though it really doesnt).
2008-01-02 15:19:29
9.   dzzrtRatt
I miss most movies in the theater, but I did see Sweeney Todd (my son's a big fan of Sondheim, and he graciously let me take him to his second viewing). Really good, I thought. A good effort by Tim Burton, whose films had become very mannered. This is a return to form.

The peripherals are incredible: Sets, cinematography, costumes, makeup, sound, lighting. All of it works.

The idea of having the non-singing actors sing makes loads of sense onscreen. The songs seem like the characters' private thoughts -- things they might be saying to themselves as much as to others.

The music is great. In fact, I'd venture to say that, hands-down, this is the best music ever in a slasher film.

2008-01-03 15:43:57
10.   underdog
I missed too many films this year, too, or at least, too many before I had to finally complete my own darned "Best of '07" list - enough where I could see changing half the films on the list in another two months after I've finally seen them all.
But here they are, at least for the moment:

I tried desperately to get a screener for Jesse James after missing it in theaters, to no avail. But at least it's officially coming to DVD next month.

2008-01-03 15:44:49
11.   underdog
Yeah my colleague had "4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days" as the best film of the year. Of course he had the advantage of seeing that one in Berlin. Hasn't opened here yet.
2008-01-03 18:05:13
12.   T Money

It actually played in LA last week - for just one week - in order to qualify for Oscar consideration. But there wasn't much publicity surrounding it, as its official release isn't until late Jan./early Feb.

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