The '07 Movie Hierarchy

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  1. A
  2. Ratatouille
  3. Gone Baby Gone
  4. My Kid Could Paint That

  5. A-
  6. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  7. Day Night Day Night (2)
  8. 28 Weeks Later (2)
  9. Joshua
  10. The Lives of Others
  11. No Country for Old Men
  12. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  13. Fido
  14. Superbad (2)
  15. Offside

  16. B+
  17. The Wayward Cloud
  18. Brand Upon the Brain!
  19. Deep Water
  20. Paprika
  21. This Is England
  22. You, the Living
  23. Grindhouse
  24. Rescue Dawn
  25. [REC]
  26. The TV Set
  27. Hot Fuzz
  28. Exiled
  29. Time
  30. Helvetica
  31. Bug
  32. Into the Wild
  33. The Host
  34. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
  35. Michael Clayton

  36. B
  37. At Sea
  38. Lake of Fire
  39. There Will Be Blood
  40. Syndromes and a Century
  41. No End in Sight
  42. The Italian
  43. I Am Legend
  44. The Boss of it All
  45. Black Snake Moan
  46. The Mist
  47. Knocked Up
  48. Zodiac
  49. Sicko
  50. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  51. Le Deuxième Souffle
  52. Seraphim Falls
  53. Red Road
  54. Away from Her
  55. Once
  56. Spider-Man 3
  57. Black Book
  58. Juno
  59. Comedy of Power
  60. Regular Lovers
  61. I Think I Love My Wife
  62. Vacancy
  63. Air Guitar Nation
  64. Them
  65. The Savages
  66. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

  67. B-
  68. Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (2)
  69. Eat, for This Is My Body
  70. The Tripper
  71. The Girl Next Door
  72. Maxed Out
  73. Breach
  74. Nightwatching
  75. Hostel: Part II
  76. L'Iceberg
  77. Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs)
  78. Wind Chill
  79. Inside
  80. The Lookout
  81. The Valet
  82. Hannah Takes the Stairs
  83. Ten Canoes
  84. Private Property

  85. C+
  86. Smokin' Aces
  87. Halloween
  88. The Simpsons Movie
  89. Flanders
  90. Eastern Promises
  91. Chalk
  92. Right at Your Door
  93. Persepolis
  94. Honeydripper
  95. Blades of Glory
  96. Summer '04
  97. The Girl in the Park
  98. I Don't Want to Sleep Alone
  99. 3:10 to Yuma
  100. The Wind That Shakes the Barley
  101. Mr. Brooks
  102. Sacco and Vanzetti

  103. C
  104. Ocean's Thirteen
  105. Glory to the Filmmaker!
  106. Drama/Mex
  107. Antibodies
  108. The Orphanage
  109. Bender's Big Score
  110. Dr. Plonk
  111. Fay Grim
  112. 12:08 East of Bucharest
  113. Reno 911!: Miami
  114. Epic Movie
  115. They Wait
  116. I Know Who Killed Me
  117. Smiley Face
  118. Black Sheep
  119. Election
  120. Help Me Eros
  121. The Reaping
  122. Redacted
  123. Negative Happy Chain Saw Edge
  124. Hatchet
  125. Alone with Her

  126. C-
  127. Highlander: The Source
  128. It's My Party and I'll Die if I Want To
  129. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2)
  130. Atonement
  131. Interview
  132. American Cannibal
  133. Barcelona (A Map)

  134. D+
  135. Stardust
  136. Sad Vacation
  137. The Messengers
  138. Thr3e
  139. The Abandoned
  140. The Condemned
  141. The Hitcher

  142. D
  143. Bloodrayne 2: Deliverance
  144. Resident Evil: Extinction
  145. Trigger Man
  146. Southland Tales
  147. Dead Silence
  148. 30 Days of Night
  149. Scrap Heaven
  150. Severance
  151. 300
  152. Exodus
  153. The Hills Have Eyes II

  154. D-
  155. Captivity
  156. The Wizard of Gore

  157. F
  158. The Devil's Chair
  159. Seed
  160. Silent Resident
  161. The Blood Shed
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Ooh, I still want to see The Wayward Cloud.

It's definitely worth your time. I suspect, from the way it's lodged itself in my mind, that it'll only get better on a repeat viewing. That there Tsai, he knows what he's doing. (No idea what the NY critics were talking about.)

Agreed. I knew, going into it, that Grindhouse would have quotes around the entire thing. Hell, I even knew Tarantino would bait-and-switch by attempting to make a "real" movie.

Well, yeah. That's the whole of Tarantino's ethos -- refining trash into art. That's probably one of the reasons I like his work so much.

A-
The Lives of Others

C
Redacted
George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead

Man, 2007 sucks.

You have. NO IDEA. How crushed I was upon viewing Diary of the Dead. I don't understand the mostly positive notices it got in Toronto -- it's lazy, poorly thought out and obvious even by Romero's non-subtle standards. Just knowing it exists breaks my heart a little.

Lake of fire just a B?, i'm really looking forward to it, gotta wait for the dvd tho, is it way too graphic?

It's pretty ugly at times, but that doesn't factor into my reservations -- I think Kaye uses too much footage of easy-target pro-life zealots long after he's made any point that could be gleaned from said footage. (The Lamb of God minister, in particular, is an egregious inclusion.) That said, it's still potent shit.

Another question, do you prefer Citizen Ruth?

Gone baby gone? really? i heard it was horribly edited.

Affleck's directing skills won't blow anybody away, but they're not distracting. Plus he's smart enough to stay out of the way of the material, which is wicked awesome, as they say up there. The thematic richness of Gone Baby Gone really clinched the film for me, turning a solid crime drama into one of the year's most pleasant surprises.

Like Paul said, Affleck's best skill is his unobtrusiveness. He lets the material do its work without mucking it up with flashy technique. As for the editing, there's some two-shots early on that felt a bit off, but otherwise I didn't notice anything egregious.

I have to say, your "C" category cuts down some sacred cows admirably. Lotti would be (is) proud.

He's That Tough on music too (read: why the diss on Torture Garden dude, that album is mega-awesome). Still, the thing to remember is that most of the time he's also right (i.e. Boxer, which is in no way near the level of Aliigator, sorry indie-rock dudes).

See, and I've been told I'm too lenient on music (too easily lured by obvious hooks, too fascinated by what people consider mediocre bands, like Coldplay and The Killers). Hmm.

But there's so much better Zorn stuff out there BTW....

I'm sure there's better Zorn stuff out there (I really should explore his catalog some day), but I doubt there's anything that's as fun. I think it's Eye's gibbering vocals that make it for me -- the other Naked City album I own isn't nearly as cool.

And there's nothing wrong with being lured by obvious hooks. Fuck it -- on this year's music-poll ballot, I'm casting a vote for 'Umbrella' in the singles department.

-ELLA -ELLA -ELLA -A -A -A

If only one of the songs in "Sweeney Todd" were half as memorable as that Rihanna joint, I'd probably be about as high on it as you, Cos.

I think that's a bit unfair, since just about nothing is as memorable as Rihanna's big summer jam.

Haha. Touché.

ahi have to ask, The simpsons movie above futurama? i only ask because personally i was laghing a lot harder and a lot more while watching futurama. The jokes seemed to be aimed at an older audience, where as to me, the simpsons movie felt below par and the jokes fairly stale, the only 2 i can remember laughing at loud were

"finally , the rich white man is in control"

"i like men now"

whereas with futurama there were too many to mention, but i'll mention one

Nibbler : i've manage to save the universe and 40% of your rectum
Bubblegum Tate : that's all you need!

[i]B
There Will Be Blood[/i]

I hate to say it, but this is about right for this one. Why o why will I never embrace a PTA film? :(

... but I draw the line at Rescue Dawn being called better. :)

The way I see it, take Davies outta Rescue Dawn and you've got one of the best things Herzog's done in the last five to ten years. I don't know why I respond so strongly to seeing his man-vs.-surroundings aesthetic applied to fictional frameworks, but I do. Though I'm still skeptical about Invincible.

As for Blood... I dunno. I think the film lurches too much to be a genuine masterpiece, and I say that as someone who believes that PTA already has two if not three masterpieces on his resume.

Listology is stocked to the teet with Herzog fanboys. I am more and more convinced that docs are his preferable medium. ;)