Even though 2007 wasn’t the most exciting year in cinematic history, there were some films that stood out for their innovation, plot, acting or excellent directing, and ShowBizCafe’s movie experts have chosen their top 10 for 2007.
Check out if your favorites made the list!
10. The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
This movie’s not for everyone, but that doesn’t mean it’s not one of the more interesting films of 2007. With its rich visual style, fitting soundtrack and talented cast – which includes standout actor Casey Affleck – the movie from director Andrew Dominik is a work of art. (Read the review here)
Award-winning documentary director Michael Moore uses humor and statistics to put the U.S .government under the microscope once again, this time investigating the health care dilemma in the country. The results could change your life and the lives of those around you.
Don’t believe the rumors: This movie’s not immature or childish. But it is hysterical. The actors – almost all young and experts at improv – work incredibly well together. The humor might be a little too crude for some, but the flick is truly a masterpiece about the embarrassment of adolescence.
7. Eastern Promises
Canadian director David Cronenberg reunited with Spanish-speaking actor Viggo Mortensen to explore the inner workings of the human mind in this violent and suspenseful drama. Mortensen shows off his acting ability and gives us one of the best performances of the year. (Read the review here)
6. Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
Legendary director Sidney Lumet took his work back to the big screen this year, reminding viewers what an Oscar-worthy flick looks like. The plot, cinematography, and sensational performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke could prove this movie to be one of the most underestimated flicks of the year. Betrayal, deceit and infidelity are just some of the elements that will keep your eyes glued to the screen while you enjoy this movie about what is supposedly the perfect crime.
5. Gone Baby Gone
Ben Affleck surprised everyone with his directorial debut. A typically cliché story became an intense drama thanks to complex characters and the stellar performances from a super-strong cast. The flaws are minimal in this overall great work, especially for a first-time director. (Read the review here)
4. No Country for Old Men
Brothers Ethan and Joel Coen have perfected the art of directing films that fit their preferred genre. They’ve found the ideal formula for maintaining a high level of suspense while adding touches of humor throughout their stories. It’s no surprise that Javier Bardem and Tommy Lee Jones gave stellar performances, but the big shocker was the standout performance from breakout star Josh Brolin, who’s worthy of an Oscar nomination for his role. (Read the review here)
The characters are fascinating, and the animation is outstanding. Without a doubt, Remy the rat is the highlight of the animators’ canvas. This film celebrates the art of the kitchen, the beauty of food and the talents of a skilled chef. (Read the review here)
2. El orfanato
Created by unique director and scriptwriter Juan Antonio Bayona and produced by terror master Guillermo Del Toro, the movie provides a psychological portrait of someone who seizes the past to escape the present. Its fascinating and spine-chilling perspective takes unexpected turns that keep viewers’ hearts throbbing and eyes on the screen.
1. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
It’s our opinion that the absolute must-see movie of the year is from New York painter and director Julian Schnabel. The story isn’t just about the unexpected stroke of an influential man; it’s about human strength, the power of the imagination and the universal desire to live. It’s an exciting, heart-rending film that will bring you to tears.