December 31, 2007

2007 Year-End Wrap-Up

There have been plenty of years which didn't have a strong field of finalists like this. I have managed to narrow it down to five. Here goes: Gone Baby Gone, Hot Fuzz, I Am Legend, Ratatouille, and There Will Be Blood.

BEST PICTURE: Ratatouille is easily my favorite picture of the year. Ratatouille has won the Golden Tomato award from Rotten Tomatoes for the best-reviewed movie of the year (96% positive!) It's too bad the Best Animated Feature category was added to the Oscars. What are the chances that another animated feature will ever compete in the Best Picture category (only Disney's Beauty & The Beast has ever been nominated) when the competition is less stiff in their little Animated ghetto?

BEST GENRE PIC: Detective thriller Gone Baby Gone edges out the Western 3:10 to Yuma and legal thriller Michael Clayton, but all three are excellent examples of their genres. Grindhouse is a fun experiment without any real emotional whallop.

BEST COMEDY: Hot Fuzz wins because I saw it three times in the theater. I like Knocked Up, Superbad, and The Simpsons Movie, but I haven't felt compelled to view them over and over. I rented both Knocked Up and Superbad on DVD, but I haven't gotten around to re-watching either of them.

BEST ACTION MOVIE: I was torqued up to see The Bourne Ultimatum ever since I saw the trailer where Jason jumps through the French window in mid-air. The rest of the movie doesn't let up the thrills. No Country for Old Men and I Am Legend both have exciting action set pieces, but are not non-stop action.

The SILENCE OF THE LAMBS AWARD goes to Zodiac, which, like Lambs, is a very good and very scary serial killer detective movie which came out in the spring. Unlike Lambs, Zodiac has been completely ignored by the annual awards, even though it scored a 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

NOTE: This post is dated December 31 even though I saw several 2007 movies in January 2008.