Sunday, December 16, 2007

2007 Movie Picks

Theater Best:
The Kingdom
Spider-Man 3
No Country For Old Men

Theater Worst:
Transformers
Zodiac

DVD Best:
Sophie Scholl
Volver
Amores Perros
The Painted Veil

DVD Worst:
The Visitation
Sicko
An Inconvenient Truth
Flags Of Our Fathers
The Quiet

2 comments:

A. Walter said...

Brian, I applaud your attempts to "see the other side. Personally, I can't bring myself to waste the time seeing more Michael Moore or the Gore film. I liked Volver and The Painted Veil, but wanted a bit more from them. TPV especially let me down when in one scene Watts asks Norton if he'd ever actually fight for her, and then the next scene gives him the opportunity to do just that. Overly convenient.

I liked Zodiac quite a bit, though the story's an inherently unsatisfying one. Good performances and direction. I'm very curious to see The Kingdom.

Brian said...

Adam, The Kingdom is not a great movie and won't be remembered years from now but it comes at a time that, in some small way, fills the vacuum of the American war movie. The recent anti-American anti-war movies (Redacted, Lions for Lambs, Rendition) have all bombed and we are hungry to see Americans being good guys and jihadis as the malignant evil that they are.

If done right I think a Mitch Rapp or a Jack Bauer or a Scot Horvath character could bring a Rocky-type franchise to the big screen right now.