The new Rolling Stone came out this week, with Peter Travers’ list of the 10 best movies of 2007 (one of many 10 best lists). His list:
1. No Country For Old Men
3. Into the Wild
4. Eastern Promises
5. Sweeney Todd
6. American Gangster
7. There Will Be Blood
8. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
9. I’m Not There
10. tie between Knocked Up and Juno
I haven’t seen all of these and some of them aren’t out yet, but a couple things jump out. Like, why isn’t Gone, Baby, Gone on anyone’s best of ’07 list? Yeah, it was an Affleck project; it was also better than the movie that won him an Oscar and at least deserving of a spot in the top ten. Knocked Up and Juno also deserve their own spots, and what about Superbad? Even when it wasn’t hitting on all cylinders it still had that Tommy Boy-esque likability factor that most comedies these days are missing. And Eastern Promises, really? Seems to be on everyone’s best of list, but I don’t get it. I like Cronenberg, but this ain’t his best movie. One of the few scenes with action (the naked fight scene) was laughably bad. I’m not saying every movie has to be Jackie Chan, but I would like to get the sense of how something could actually happen rather than just a montage of grunting and Viggo’s balls flopping around.
One thing we can agree on: Travers’ "Michael Bay Award For Worst Soul-Sucking, Dumb-Ass Bottom Feeder" that he gives to Pirates of the Caribbean 3. Amen. I actually forgot that came out in ’07 – I think I repressed it like the time I got molested.