One last thing to write about before the year comes to a complete end. There's always some story about the big events or big news stories or best movies of the year. Roger Ebert, for instance, has his list for the ten best movies of the year (although he doesn't really limit the list to ten). It's naturally not the only list as far as movies go, but having seen a few movies myself this past year, I've decided to put up a list of best movies for 2007.
Of the 12 movies I've seen this year (not a big year, mind you), 11 were released this year. These 11: Amazing Grace, Wild Hogs, 300, Zodiac, Spider-Man 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Live Free Or Die Hard, Transformers, The Simpsons Movie, The Game Plan & National Treasure: Book Of Secrets, are the only movies that have been considered.
Here are the honors and the winners:
Most Inspirational Film- Amazing Grace
The true story of William Wilberforce and his lifelong struggle to abolish slavery in the British Empire as a member of Parliament is a story that was served well by this film featuring Ioan Gruffudd as Wilberforce and Albert Finney as John Newton. Nothing short of inspirational.
Best Sequel (or Prequel)- National Treasure: Book Of Secrets
4 of the 11 aforementioned movies I saw were sequels, and of them, Book Of Secrets and Spider-Man 3 were the finalists. As a movie, Book Of Secrets was great, but only almost as great as the first National Treasure. As a sequel, it was ultimately better than the latest Spider-Man movie.
Most Impressive Film- 300
I hadn't initially planned on seeing the latest adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novels when it was released this past March. Ultimately, though, I did see it and was greatly impressed by how well done it was. How the story of 300 was presented was most impressive.
Funniest Film- The Simpsons Movie
It was like watching the television show itself in movie form. Virtual nonstop laughter. The only other comedies I saw this year in theaters were Wild Hogs and The Game Plan, and while The Game Plan had its moments and Wild Hogs was quite funny, The Simpsons Movie made me laugh longer and harder. (Note: I also saw Night At The Museum Jan. 2nd of this year.)
Best Film- 300
Not only was it my choice for Most Impressive Film, it also became my choice for Best Film. The movie was action-packed and thrilling, and it both told and presented its story excellently. Well-acted, well-filmed, well-directed, well-everything. It's as simple as that. The best.
And so, in this, my 56th and final post of the year 2007, I have presented my picks for the best movies of the year in their respective categories. I look forward to next year's releases.