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Movies from 2007

February 2, 2009

A good friend of mine just returned from two plus years in the Peace Corps in Ukraine.  Her internet access was limited, and the number of movies that showed over there were few, even if she would have had time to see them. 

Upon returning to the States, she learned about my blog and asked me to recommend on it movies from the last two years (2007 and 2008) so that she would know what to see.

What follows is a list of movies from 2007, and I’ll do another post for 2008, of all the movies I saw in that year that I would recommend.  I’ll write a short blurb as to why, and at some point in the future I will go back and recommend them in more detail.  

Kelly, this is for you.  Everyone else, please enjoy.

Movies from 2007

Smokin’ Aces – A fun, violent movies with a mostly coherent plot.  Not the best movie I’ve ever seen, but worth renting. [Trailer]

Reign Over Me – Sad, thought-provoking, and moving.  Another movie that proves, yet again, how talented comedians (in this case, Adam Sandler) can be in serious films. [Trailer]

Meet the Robinsons – I fell in love with this movie from the minute I saw the first preview.  It’s silly, and a little whacky, but it’s a pick-me-up movie, and I highly recommend it. [Trailer]

Hot Fuzz – From the guys who brought us Shawn of the Dead (which even I enjoyed, and I’m not a zombie movie person) comes a satirical homage to action movies.  If you like action movies at all, see this one. [Trailer]

Shrek the Third – Not quite as good at the second movie, but still very funny.  [Trailer]

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End Where the first movie was a perfect blend of comedy and plot, and the second one was a little heavy on the comedy, this is a little heavy on the plot.  Still, not a bad way to wrap up the trilogy, and Johnny Depp is always fun to watch as Captain Jack Sparrow. [Trailer]

Knocked Up – At first glance this looks like a stoner romance movie, full of toilet humor and not much else.  I was pleasantly surprised by how good it actually was.  It resonnated with me and where I am in my life right now.  Surprisingly thoughtful and touching. [Trailer]

Evan Almighty – If you like Steve Carrell at all, this is a good, if a bit brainless, movie to watch.  Fun, funny, and Carrell always adds just that touch of believable sincerity which make his movies so good. [Trailer]

Live Free or Die Hard – Any fan of the Die Hard Movies should see this movie.  It’s over-the-top in the way that only the best actions movies can be.  Tons of fun, and definitely a good addition to the “trilogy”.  [Trailer 1; Trailer 2]

Ratatouille – It’s a Pixar movie.  [Trailer]

Hairspray – A fantastic 80’s Movie turned Broadway Musical brought to the screen with some truly good acting talent.  John Travolta is completely believable as Mrs. Turnblad, and it’s just a fun film. [Trailer]

The Simpsons Movie if you like The Simpsons at all, you’ll enjoy this movie.  [Trailer]

Becoming Jane – Fans of Jane Austen should enjoy this biographical movie.  It’s not an entirely happy movie, but Anne Hathaway does a brilliant job, as always. [Trailer]

Stardust – A slightly more romantic and playful take on Neil Gaiman’s book of the same name, this movie tells a delightful and unusual tale.  A must-see. [Trailer]

Death at a Funeral – The title made me pull this off the shelf at Blockbuster, and the movie didn’t disappoint.  A decidedly hard movie to sell (or describe), it’s one of the best movies on this list, and definitely worth your time. [Trailer]

Shoot ’em Up – Pretty much THE quintissential action movie.  Seen shortly after I read this comic from xkcd.  Good, well-choreographed violence with very little plot.  Fun times. [Trailer]

Good Luck Chuck – I didn’t know if I was going to like this movie because it looks, at first glance, a lot like Knocked Up.  But in the end it’s sweet and funny and not nearly as vulgar as I had thought. Plus, Dane Cook is hot. Not a great film, but fun. [Trailer]

The Jane Austen Book Club – This was a sort of odd movie, a little slower than most, but not bad.  Makes you think a little.  Definitely a “chick flick”.  Fans of the books might appreciate it more than others. [Trailer]

The Girl Next Door – I was startled by how good this movie is, for a show about a porn star moving in next door to a teenage boy.  But the movie is truly awesome, and the soundtrack is even better.  I highly recommend this one. [Trailer]

Lars and the Real Girl – This was an odd movie as well, but in the end kind of endearing.  I’m not enitrely sure what I think about it, but I still liked it and think others should see it. [Trailer]

Dan in Real Life – Steve Carrell has this amazing ability to make you truly care about his character, no matter how silly or serious the role.  He brings a sincerity to his acting that you never expect, and it makes his movies all that more interesting and enjoyable.  This movie is not as cheerful or funny as some of his others, but it has a good message. [Trailer]

No Country for Old Men – As most highly awarded movies, this one is dark, and not entirely cheerful.  But it is very deserving of it’s many awards, and is a brilliant film.  The Coen Brothers rarely disappoint. [Trailer – pick the trailer, not the tv spot]

Enchanted – What’s not to love about a Disney movie that simultaneously spoofs, satires, and pays homage to other Disney movies?  Nevermind that the songs are catchy and the story is engaging.  Highly recommended.  [Trailer]

August Rush – See my actual post about this one.  [Trailer]

Hitman – This is one of those movies I wanted to see from the first moment I saw the preview.  It looked like a fun, interesting action movie, and it had Timothy Oliphant.  What’s not to like?  I’ve never played the game, which I’ve been told actually helped me to enjoy the movie more.  I recommend it, whatever anyone else might say. [Trailer]

Juno – There are too many reasons why this is a good movie to sum them up here.  Just see it.  You won’t regret it.  [Trailer]

P.S. I Love You – Sad, and heart-warming, this movie is about love and loss and coping with losing a loved one.  Parts of it were hard to watch, but it’s really good.  Also, the male lead is Irish and hot. [Trailer]

National Treasure: Book of Secrets – I loved the first movie and the second one was just as much fun, if not the pinacle of film making.  If you liked the original movie, I recommend this one. [Trailer]

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – If you like musicals, or you like dark, disturbing stories, this is the movie for you.  Tim Burton, who has directed Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in many other films, does an excellent job with the creepy tale of Sweeny Todd. It fits his style very well. [Trailer]

There Will Be Blood – A somewhat chilling tale of a heartless oil tycoon at the turn of the 20th century.  Compelling and dark, this movie well-deserves its many awards, and is worth the price of admission. [Trailer]

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