Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The Top 100 of 2007 (91 - 100)

91. Reno 911! Miami
I won't lie... this is a low-minded movie, and even with the TV show, for every joke that nails it, there are two that fall flat. But I still enjoy it and laugh my ass off. The film sort of fell in line with that for me. Call it a guilty pleasure I guess.

92. Day Night Day Night
What a profoundly interesting premise, but what a middling execution. Coul have landed in my top 10 had they pulled this off correctly. It's the story of a female suicide bomber heading into NYC. We know nothing about her other than that she's chosen to do this, which is fascinating. I loved the way things turned. Just a complete lack of focus and too much attention to the trivial that mostly sank this one.

93. Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
Some great actors all watsed in a poorly edited film that could've been really good. My rule is that if I notice your editing, it's piss poor editing. And this was one of those "let's try to make your film different through editing" kind of films. Could have been great if they just toned it the fuck down./ But instead, this is sadly going to end up being Lumet's swan song. A shame really.

94. We Own The Night
Some really great sequences surrounded by nothing. Joaquin does a prety good job in it, but I just wasn't impressed. It just seemed rather by-the-numbers on the whole.

95. Starting Out In The Evening
Frank Langella was great, and the supporting performances had their strong points. I wanted to like it more, but nothng quite came together the way I hoped it would. Some beautiful things about it, and some strengths can be found in what you don't see. But ultimately... eh.

96. The Orphanage
Perhaps at a certain age, you outgrow ghost stories. Or maybe just bland movies. But in either case, it just felt tired and done before.

97. Wristcutters: A Love Story
Interesting premise, flawed execution. It's about a flat, dead world that represents the limbo in which the recently deceased via suicide live. Not a bad concept. Just not very interesting when you get down to it.

98. 300
The costumes and effects were wonderful. But the film itself, outside of the special effects was a complete bore. Slice, stab, splatter, big empassioned speech, repeat.

99. Stephanie Daley
So, it's an interesting character study, and Amber Tamblyn and Tilda Swinton are both wonderful. But I was left feeling a little "so what?" about this one.

100. The Host
Standard monster movie fare that seems to be getting lauded for the family angle. Sorry - that isn't unique. That's been done before too. Why do I feel like I'm the only one who wasn't impressed?

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