Good Movies in 2007

Friday, December 11, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Wanting to know a little more about some of the good movies in 2007? Well, pal, you’ve come to the right place. The following list includes some of the best movies of 2007, plus, I’ve tried my best to present the whole thing in a clever and sometimes snarky package. Never let it be said that I don’t go that extra mile for my readers.

So hop on in the WABAC Machine, grab hold of Mister Peabody, and get ready for a tour of all the good films in 2007 (or at least 10 of them).

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12 - If you’ve ever seen 1957’s 12 Angry Men, starring Henry Fonda, you might be interested in this Russian remake from director Nikita Mikhalkov. For that matter, seeing the original isn’t a requirement, so you really don’t have an excuse. A jury of vodka-loving citizens debate the verdict of a young Chechen boy accused of killing his stepfather, a former officer in the Russian military. Just get comfortable before starting, as it times in at just over 2 ½ hours.

Zodiac - Not everyone cared for this film, but I’ve long been fascinated by the Zodiac Killer since reading Robert Graysmith’s book of the same name. Jake Gyllenhall stars as a newspaper cartoonist who becomes obsessed with the notorious San Francisco area serial killer. Directed by David Fincher, someone who knows a little something about making films with a pervasively creepy atmosphere.

Beaufort – Dealing with the Israeli Defense Force unit stationed at the Beaufort Castle (a Crusader stronghold from the 12th century) in Southern Lebanon, Beaufort is a powerful film about the futility of war and the last days before the 2000 Israeli withdrawal. Considered by some to be the best Israeli film ever made.

The Lookout – Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a promising hockey player who suffers brain damage following a car wreck. Reduced to a menial cleaning job at a local bank, he’s targeted by a group of criminals to act as their inside man during an upcoming robbery. Watching Gordon-Levitt’s powerful performance, 3rd Rock from the Sun seems like a million years ago. I’m still waiting for that big French Stewart comeback.

Mongol – The first in a planned trilogy about the life of Genghis Khan, this film deals with the early years of his life, including his father’s murder by a rival tribe and efforts to unite all the Mongol tribes. The venerable Roger Ebert praised it, saying it was “all but overwhelming.” That’s high praise, indeed.

Knocked Up – Written and directed by Judd Apatow, this is the movie that really put Seth Rogen on the map. He plays slacker Ben Stone, a doofus who ends up impregnating career gal Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) during a one-night stand. The rest of the film involves the duo’s efforts to become a happy couple as the baby’s due date grows closer.

Talk to Me – “Inspired” by real-life events (that’s Hollywood code for “we changed up a lot of freakin’ facts), Talk to Me follows the life of radio DJ and community activist Ralph “Petey” Greene (Don Cheadle) and his manager, Dewey Hughes (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Cheadle is his usual likable self, which is all the more amazing when you consider that he personally funded the genocide in Darfur so he could later star in a film about it.

Katyn - A Polish film about the notorious 1940 massacre of 22,000 POW citizens and officers by Soviet forces under Stalin‘s orders (big surprise). The Nazis used this event as propaganda against the Russians, and the Soviets covered it up until Mikhail Gorbachev made a public admission of his country’s participation in 1990. A fascinating look at a very dirty piece of history.

The Kingdom – A team of FBI agents head to Saudi Arabia to investigate a terrorist incident in this film from director Peter Berg. Starring Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, and Chris Cooper. Great action sequence towards the end of the film, and keep an eye out for a cameo by country singer Tim McGraw (which instantly makes any film a classic).

The Counterfeiters – A Jewish counterfeiter in a concentration camp is forced to help the Nazis with the secretive Operation Berhnard, a plan to destabilize the British economy by flooding it with fake currency. Based on real-life events, it won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2008.

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How’s that for a list of good movies in 2007? If you’re still in the mood, here are some other articles to check out, as well. Just be careful that you don’t overdose on the magical year that was 2007.

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