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Best year this century? Try best year since Jesus invented the eyeball!!! 0 0%
Spot on assessment Lance. I love you more than you'll ever know. 3 15.79%
Yeah, it looks pretty damn good, but you haven't quite convinced me yet. 5 26.32%
Best year this century? Try worst. Douchebag. 8 42.11%
Lance, you are a disgrace to humanity. I'd rather gargle my own excrement than watch any of those films you listed. 3 15.79%
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:59 PM   #1
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This could be the best year of cinema in the 21st century thus far.

I'm super cearal, bitches. So far, I've already given 6 films this year an 8/10 or better:

Zodiac - 9.5
Grindhouse - 9
Sunshine - 9
Snow Cake - 8.5
Knocked Up -8
1408 - 8

All of which are fantastic films I know I'll be seeing again and again in the years to come. But it's really the fall/winter seasons this year that make nuts perspire honey. Let me just list all the films I want to see in theaters this year, with release dates. Then I'll complete the list with my top 5 most anticipated for the rest of the year, as well as my pre-mature pick for Best film of '07.

Rescue Dawn - July 4 (Been out a while, not sure I'll get to see it before it leaves theaters unfortunately)
The Bourne Ultimatum - August 3 (Seeing this Thursday, fucking-A sweeeeet)
Stardust - August 10
The Invasion - August 17
War - August 24
Balls of Fury - August 31
3:10 To Yuma - September 7
Across The Universe - September 14
The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford - September 21
Lust, Caution - September 28
We Own The Night - October 12
Reservation Road - October 19
I'm Not There - November 21
The Golden Compass - December 7
Atonement - December 7
Be Kind, Rewind - December 21 (OMG AMAZING)
Sweeney Todd - December 21


That is a lot of friggen movies to see. A lot. I know I'll never see all of them in theaters. I'd be broke otherwise. And I know all of them won't be super-amazing, but there's already the chances that enough of them will be to secure 2007 as one of, if not the best year for cinema so far this decade.

But.

The next 5 films are practically guarenteed to be amazing. I expect nothing less than 9/10 personal scores from every one of them. I might be wrong, and I have a feeling some of the ones I listed above might end up being in the top 5 of the year, but as of right now, these are the ones I'm most looking forward to:

5. The Mist - Frank Darabont - November 21

Frank Darabont is the one man I trust 100% to deliver an amazing Stephen King Adaptation. The Green Mile was fantastic, The Shawshank Redemption is in my all-time top 5, and The Mist looks to maintain the pattern of excellence.

4. American Gangster - Ridley Scott - November 2

It's a gangster flick. It's directed by Ridley Scott. It stars Denzel Washington and Russel Crowe. What more do you need to know? Oscar bait.

3. No Country For Old Men - Joel and Ethan Coen - November 9

The glorious return of the Coen brothers, some of the most genius minds in contemporary filmmaking. Early screening reviews all claim this film is another masterpiece, dripping with blood and old dude attitude. This film will kick your ass. And you will love it.

2. The Darjeeling Limited - Wes Anderson - September 28

The first Anderson on my list, and one of the two Andersons in my top 2. What a cute coincidence. Wes Anderson is one of the most beloved and maligned directors working today, likely due to his quirky and unique narritive and visual styles. I love him. You should too. This film also looks like it could be his most emotional resonant film since Rushmore.

And my #1 most anticipated film of the year, and my extremely pre-mature pick for best film of the year...a film that just oozes with promise and just gives me the feeling that it's holding something extremely profound for the film-world:

1. There Will Be Blood - Paul Thomas Anderson - December 26

I didn't know about this film until recently. I knew PT Anderson was working on a new film, but for some reason I never checked it out. This is the Anderson, btw, that crafted such remarkable films as Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and Punch-Drunk Love. Yeah, that guy. He's damn good. One of the best contemporary writer/directors I say, and this looks like it could be his finest work yet.

It's a narritive losely-based on Upton Sinclaire's OIL!, and marks a unique turn for Anderson. The movie's set in the early 1900's, and revolved around a profiteering oil tycoon who purchases a bunch of real-estate in a pissant country town and strikes it rich in oil. The story claims to be a moral and family drama, rich in conflict and apparently violence. Expect nothing less than a modern masterpiece here.

Oh, and did I mention Daniel-Day Lewis plays the lead role? Yeah, you're seeing this film now. Don't even try to kid me.

Watch the teaser trailer, and be in awe.
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You forgot 300 and Transformers.
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You forgot 300 and Transformers.
I gave them each below an 8. But they were both entertaining films, each worth seeing.
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That was one of my most anticipated movies of '07 when it got bumped to '08, same with Fanboys.

I gotta agree that this year has been fantastic for movies, and it's too early to say whether or not it's the best, but it has the potential to be.

'06 might've been my fave so far.
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Be Kind Rewind.
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Not according to Dark Horizons. Maybe December 21 is just limited release though? Whatever. It still counts for 07 I say.
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Once (with Glen Hansard from The Frames) was my favourite movie of the year so far, but an Irish indie flick has no chance of being nominated for an oscar...
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I remember doing one of my IMDb roundups and seeing a September/October release date at some point. Oh well, here's some other flicks to add to that list:

The Ten - August 3 (it's limited, fuck that shit)
Superbad - August 17
The Brothers Solomon - September 7
Shoot 'Em Up - September 7
The Kingdom – September 28
The Heartbreak Kid – October 5
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium – November 16
Leatherheads – December 7
I Am Legend – December 14
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story - December 14
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All worthy additions, LMP.
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I'm glad you approve.

I forgot about Charlie Wilson's War:

http://imdb.com/title/tt0472062/

Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams in an Aaron Sorkin-written political drama? Count me in.
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http://imdb.com/title/tt0891527/

Lions for Lambs.

Another one that may surprise with goodness.
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Holy shit, how did I miss that?

I caught Quiz Show on Showtime the other day and loved it, little did I know it was directed by Robert Redford.

Death at a Funeral looks pretty funny, too:

http://imdb.com/title/tt0795368/

Frank Oz's only misstep to me was The Stepford Wives, a horrible one at that.
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It is all about 2002.

28 Days Later
About a Boy
About Schmidt
City of God
The Dancer Upstairs
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
In America
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Mothman Prophecies
Signs
Spider-Man
Unfaithful
Dark Water
Phone

I've been really disappointed by this year so far and only a few to come look interesting.
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