A decade is a pretty significant milestone for anything in life, for the film industry it’s normally a cash grabbing opportunity to remaster works that generally don’t need remastered, but for movie buffs it’s just another excuse to re-watch some of our favourites. With that said here are my top 7 films that will be a decade old this year.
7.The Simpsons Movie
18 years in the making, “The Simpsons Movie” was one of the most anticipated animated films of 2007, though besides “Ratatouille” there wasn’t much competition (“Alvin and the Chipmunks”, “Shrek the Third” and “Bee Movie” being its contenders). There is nothing particularly new or groundbreaking about the Simpsons’ big screen treatment, it is however consistently funny and paced much in the same way as the episodes and the return of legendary voice actor Albert Brooks, who die-hard fans would instantly recognise as being the voice of Hank Scorpio, is a welcome one.
6. Dan in Real Life
Whilst visiting family for thanksgiving, widower Dan Burns (Steve Carell) takes a walk by himself and meets Marie (Juliette Binoche) at a bookstore and instantly becomes smitten. Upon returning to his parents house, more optimistic than he’s been in years, he discovers that the woman he’s prematurely began to fall for is his brothers girlfriend. I can’t help but compare Steve Carell’s performance here to that of Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, mainly due to the parallels in the type of role both played when compared to their previous works, shifting to more of the “everyman” character instead of improv based comedic acting. The music can get cheesy at times but besides that “Dan in Real Life” is a solid film that’s funny and insightful, a simple rom-com premise executed well.
“Superbad” is American comedy at it’s finest. Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg the film is essentially about two life long friends Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera), conveniently named after their creators, desperately trying to get laid before they go off to college. Accompanied by their sidekick, Fogell, they embark on a night they’ll never forget as they try to buy booze, get into a cool parties and do their best to lose their virginity. “Superbad” passes the 6 laugh test with ease and still holds up as a relatable comedy whether you’re in the same age bracket as the teenage leads or the thirty-something supporting cast members.
“Once” is a heartwarming and wholly original love story starring Glen Hansard as “Guy” and Markéta Irglová as “Girl”. After meeting on the streets of Dublin where Guy is busking with a bust up guitar (which says more about his character than any other form of exposition could) the two strike up a musical friendship that leads to them falling for each other. Over the hour and a half run time the audience is treated to quirky comedy, nuanced performances that immerse you in the story and a fantastic original soundtrack that won a Best Original Song Oscar for “Falling Slowly”. Once is definitely the lesser known of all the films on this list so if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it.
Definitely the funniest film of 2007, “Hot Fuzz” stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost working once again with director Edgar Wright, a trio of talent that never seems to fail in making audiences laugh. “Hot Fuzz” contains some of the best use of visual comedy in cinema today, a trait of previous Edgar Wright films and one that continued onto later works but I certainly agree with people who say that Hot Fuzz is the pinnacle of the “Cornetto Trilogy”. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have perfect on-screen chemistry as “smart cop” and “dumb cop” respectively and work tremendously with a hilarious supporting cast.
The topics explored in “Juno” are universal and will always be relevant, which in turn makes it a timeless film. Ellen Page is the stand out performance in a film rich with great actors, her character is blunt and often confrontational but in a way that continually makes you like her more as the movie progresses. It’s also through her up front and defensive manor that we understand more about her character and ultimately care about her and the decisions she makes. I distinctly remember having the soundtrack to “Juno” and it would often play in the car as my mum drove me to school, still today whenever I hear “All I Want is You” by Barry Louis Polisar or “Piazza, New York Catcher” by Belle and Sebastian I’m overcome with a wave of nostalgia that never fails to make me smile.
1. No Country for Old Men
How could this not be my number one pick of 2007? Written and Directed by the Coen Brothers, this is among their finest work and personally my favourite (possibly tied with Fargo come to think of it). “No Country for Old Men” is a cat and mouse story, the mouse being Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), a particularly unwealthy man who stumbles upon a drug deal in the desert gone wrong and takes a large leftover sum of money for himself, and the terrifying cat being ruthless killer Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) who follows never too far behind Moss, killing practically anyone he sees with a cattle stun gun and a remarkably haunting haircut. Trying to intercept Chigurh is Tommy Lee Jones essentially playing “Tommy Lee Jones the world-weary sheriff” which isn’t a criticism, he plays it well. The dialogue in the film still reigns ten years later as some of the best written dialogue ever put to film. Some would say that Tarantino is the king of dialogue in modern cinema and to those people I say watch more films, especially ones written by the Coen Brothers.
So there’s my top 7 films of ’07, I hope I’ve encouraged you to revisit one or two of them or perhaps even introduced you to a couple.
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