27 March 2008

2007 YEAR END MOVIE REVIEW: Digital Dogs Grades the Films of 2007

Everyone has an opinion, and everyone who sees a film has an opinion.

Here’s Digital Dogs’ call on the films of 2007.

E-Ticket Rides

28 Weeks Later
Die Hard 4.0: Live Free or Die Hard

I Am Legend
Transformers: The Movie


OF 2007:

The A List

3:10 To Yuma
Amazing Grace
American Gangster
A Mighty Heart
Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The
Brave One, The
Bourne Ultimatum, The
Bucket List, The

Charlie Wilson’s War
Die Hard 4.0: Live Free or Die Hard
Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The


Hot Fuzz
Hoax, The
I Am Legend
Into the Wild

La Vie en Rose
Lust, Caution
Rescue Dawn
Transformers: The Movie


OF 2007:

The B List

28 Weeks Later
Away From Her
Blades of Glory
Darjeeling Limited, The
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Eastern Promises
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Golden Compass, The
Gone, Baby, Gone
Great Debaters, The
I’m Not There
In the Shadow of the Moon
In the Valley of Elah
Kingdom, The
Kite Runner, The
Miss Potter
Music Within, The
National Treasure: Book
of Secrets
Namesake, The
No Country For Old Men
Oceans 13
Reign Over Me

There Will Be Blood
Savages, The
Simpsons Movie, The
Spiderman 3
Smokin’ Aces
Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Water Horse: Legend of the Deep



OF 2007:

The C List

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
December Boys
Grace Is Gone
Invasion, The

Knocked Up
Lions For Lambs
Lucky You
Michael Clayton
Mist, The
Number 23, The
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Reservation Road

Things We Lost in the Fire


THE BOTTOM TEN FILMS OF 2007: The D List, an incomplete grade

Don’t even waste your money on renting these losers...

Grindhouse – Yet another violent, unwatchable and incomplete film by the most over-rated director of all time, Quentin Tarantino. Folks, there’s a reason he has a hard time writing one complete film… he can’t! Stringing multiple stories together without reason does not make a feature length film, no matter which starlets you walk down the red carpet and no matter what kind of advance press you manage to get. The Robert Rodriguez section works much better.

Margot at the Wedding – Starring Director Noah Baumbach’s real-life wife Jennifer Jason Leigh and a botoxed-botched Nicole Kidman, this film was painful to watch because of detestable characters, ridiculous plot, and uneven direction.

Reaping, The - A painful waste of Hilary Swank’s talent.

Wind That Shakes the Barley, The – An important film about the beginnings of the IRA that was ruined by incomprehensible dialog. This film would have been more interesting were there subtitles. Please tell us director Ken Loach….exactly how many people in the world do you think are fluent in Irish? Don’t you think an important film deserves to be understood by your audience?

Youth Without Youth – A complete embarrassment for director Francis Ford Coppola and actor Tim Roth. This is a clear case of an auteur director indulging his fantasies in a confusing plot while forgetting that an audience has to be able to make sense of what’s going on. The look is beautiful, but the film is painful to see.


© 2008 by Digital Dogs


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