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Top 10 of ’07

So yeah, we did have our own awards, or a “master list,” but here are my personal top 10 favorites from 2007:

10) Grindhouse/Hot Fuzz/Knocked Up


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The trifecta. Complete nerdom. Just for clarification, when I list Grindhouse I’m listing the double feature with fake trailers, missing reels, and all. That’s the Grindhouse I know and love. Knocked Up is the movie that got me to jump on the Judd Apatow/Seth Rogen bandwagon, and Hot Fuzz completely lived up to my post-Shaun of the Dead expectations. Some of the most fun I had at the movies this year was watching these three. They all lived up to the hype.

9) Eastern Promises


The 2nd film from the Cronenberg/Viggo duo. Some of the year’s most memorable scenes and my favorite Viggo performance yet. Cronenberg’s films are always strangely unique to him. It’s a shame he tends to be overlooked.

8 ) Persepolis


The story and characters fully transcend the “simple” animation style. Not to bash the animation though, it’s probably one of the most creatively animated films I’ve seen. Reminiscent of Fantastic Planet and The Tripletts of Belleville. It gave Ratatouille a run for its money in my book.

7) Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead


Possibly the most overlooked film of 2007. No Oscar nominations, earned practically nothing at the box office, and completely disappeared in the midst of award season despite its great director and cast. I wouldn’t throw this one in the ranks of 12 Angry Men or Network, but director Sidney Lumet definitely proved he’s still got it, even at age 82.

6) Ratatouille


It’s honestly my favorite pixar film yet. Also, according to rotten tomatoes, it was the best reviewed film of 2007.

5) Sweeney Todd


The umpteenth collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp is my favorite so far, which says quite a bit considering how much I love Ed Wood. The one and only thing that kept me from falling head over heels for Sweeney was the cut of my favorite song from the original play due to vocal restrictions. Otherwise, I’d say it’s just about perfect.

4) No Country for Old Men



I’ve always been a huge fan of the Coen brothers and No Country might just be my favorite film of theirs behind The Big Lebowski, which will probably be my favorite Coen brothers film forever and ever.

3) Once



Totally beautiful. One of my all-time favorite musicals. The songs are great, the story is touching, and it’s a musical that doesn’t go completely over-the-top with sets and costumes, for once. It’s so nice to see a low-budget musical blow away blockbusters like Dreamgirls and, in my opinion, the overrated Chicago.

2) The Diving Bell and the Butterfly



My favorite foreign film of ’07. If I was in charge of the Oscars, I would’ve given Julian Schnabel the award for Best Director. He truly deserved it.

1) There Will Be Blood




Easily my pick for #1, it might be my favorite film of the past decade. It’s hard to think of any I like more. It’s worth mentioning that, like last year, my favorite film is hated by quite a lot of people, but I guess that’s what happens with something so unique. There is however, a consensus that Daniel Day-Lewis gives one of the greatest, most obsessive performances out there. “I drink your milkshake!” gets my vote for the best line of 2007.


Honorable Mentions (In no order):

La Vie En Rose, Zodiac, The Darjeeling Limited, Superbad, 3:10 to Yuma, Lust-Caution, Paris Je-Taime, Into the Wild, Atonement, & Stardust.





Persepolis is an animated film about a young girl, Marjane (the name of the woman who wrote the autobiographical graphic novel which the film is based on), growing up during the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Although this movie’s subject matter is rather serious in nature, the film takes on a mostly chipper tone. You’ll find yourself laughing more than thinking about the socio-economics of Iran, both past and present. This could be seen as both a positive or a negative aspect of the film; I’m not sure where I stand.

This is for certain, the animation is amazing. Not since Les Triplettes de Belleville (2003) have I been so impressed and engrossed by the animation in front of my eyes. The animation alone is worth paying to see.

The storyline moves quickly: we see Marjane go from child to adult in ninety minutes. The flow isn’t off, but you are forced to take in a lot of story and I don’t think the film really allows you to invest yourself in the peoples’ lives your watching, or even the story, for that matter.

But it’s beautiful, very beautiful. The ending is great and it’s incredibly enjoyable to watch.



The First Annual Owl Pellets Film Awards: Nominees


Sorry about the two day delay on this post. The nominees are…


Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

Charlie Wilson’s War

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Eastern Promises

No Country for Old Men




Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

There Will Be Blood


Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood)

Danny Boyle (Sunshine)

Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd)

Joel & Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men)

David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises)

David Fincher (Zodiac)

Ang Lee (Lust, Caution)

Sidney Lumet (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead)

Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)

Quentin Tarantino (Death Proof)


Atonement (James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Romola Garai)

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei)

Charlie Wilson’s War (Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams)

Eastern Promises (Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassell, Armin Mueller-Stahl)

Hairspray (Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, James Marsden, etc.)

I’m Not There (Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, David Cross)

No Country for Old Men (Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly Macdonald, Woody Harrelson)

Stardust (Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer)

Superbad (Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Seth Rogen, Bill Hader)

Sweeney Todd (Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baren Cohen, Ed Sanders)


Amy Adams (Enchanted)

Zoe Bell (Death Proof)

Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age)

Helena Bonham-Carter (Sweeney Todd)

Julie Christie (Away From Her)

Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose)

Keira Knightley (Atonement)

Laura Linney (The Savages)

Ellen Page (Juno)

Tang Wei (Lust, Caution)


George Clooney (Michael Clayton)

Russell Crowe (3:10 to Yuma)

Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)

Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd)

Ryan Gosling (Lars and the Real Girl)

Glen Hansard (Once)

Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild)

Philip Seymour Hoffman (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead)

James McAvoy (Atonement)

Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises)


Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood)

Wes Anderson (The Darjeeling Limited)

Judd Apatow (Knocked Up)

Diablo Cody (Juno)

Joel & Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men)

Ronald Harwood (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)

Tamara Jenkins (The Savages)

Kelly Masterson (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead)

Quentin Tarantino (Death Proof)

Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz)


Atonement (Dario Marianelli)

The Darjeeling Limited (Wes Anderson)

Eastern Promises (Howard Shore)

Into the Wild (Eddie Vedder, Michael Brook, Kaki King)

Lust, Caution (Alexandre Desplat)

Once (Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova)

Persepolis (Olivier Bernet)

Sunshine (Underworld)

Sweeney Todd (Stephen Sondheim)

There Will Be Blood (Jonny Greenwood)


Cate Blanchett (I’m Not There)

Helena Bonham-Carter (Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix)

Marketa Irglova (Once)

Catherine Keener (Into the Wild)

Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix)

Kelly MacDonald (No Country for Old Men)

Saoirse Ronan (Atonement)

Amy Ryan (Gone, Baby Gone)

Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton)

Marisa Tomei (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead)


Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford)

Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men)

Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood)

Robert DeNiro (Stardust)

Robert Downey Jr. (Zodiac)

Albert Finney (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead)

Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma)

Philip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson’s War)

Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild)

Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad)

And remember, the awards will be announced this coming Monday, seriously.